Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Learning Tricks with Rainbow Balls

Sun Kissed Boy #1 told me Monday he likes his teacher. (Sigh!)  He said she reminds him of her tutor.  When I asked him how so, he responded that she smiles a lot and plays games like his tutor does.  Since this is a schooly time of year, I thought I’d share one of the games that SKB #1 is referring to.

Ms. Tammy, the tutor, first has SKB #1 read a story out loud.  Then they toss these balls back and forth.

She will usually call out a color while the ball is up in the air, then SKB will have to answer the question corresponding to that color as it relates to the story.  When he tosses the ball back to her, she takes a turn in answering the same question.

Ms. Tammy stared using this technique when she was teaching 1st grade.  In a classroom setting, she used beach balls.  All the children would sit on the floor.  After she read them the story, she would toss the beach ball.  To keep the kids from going nutty trying to catch the beach ball, she would call out a specific student in the direction the ball was heading.  Wherever the student’s right hand touched, that would be the question he/she would answer.

This is one of many tricks Ms. Tammy has up her sleeve.  I love that she keeps it fresh and keep SKB motivated to learn when he doesn’t even realize it.

What learning tricks do you have up your sleeve?  
Yanet  IIIII

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ABBYTRU said...

That is a very good way to teach, congrat to Tutor and Teachers. SKB # 1 is learning and entertaining at the same time.
I do not have a learning tricks, but remember when I was at school a loooong....time ago, one of my teacher (at that time a nun, excellent teachers), she put children (only girls, at that time) on line 1..2..3..etc. and asked questions related to the lesson she teached the day before,
the girl that answer the correct one, pass to the No. 1 on line and so and the end she gave a little gift as a reward to the no. 1 girl. That was a motivation for us to study.
Oh, she called that play "The little questions"...."Las pregunticas", in Spanish.

Christine Wang said...

no learning tricks yet as i am still learning but i still love your kitchen so much!

Unknown said...

I have read this post very carefully because I think that you, the tutor and teacher are on to something important. How to make learning fun. How to keep it interesting. I applaud these efforts and am wondering what I can learn from this. What can I use?

My son is bright, but has problems with reading and writing. He is a good story-teller. He actually did spontaniously one of the things that was written on the balls:'Give a different ending'.

On Sunday he begged me to let him see a DVD of the film about flight #93. With some doubts and reservations, I let him see it. It made us all very sad. So he retold the story with a different ending. 'What if...?' (He let the pilot live and get them to safely land the plane, which of course, did not happen.

Reading this post, I realised that I could have done more with him. I could have helped him write it down. (I may do that later anyway.)My son has a kind heart.

Thanks for sharing.

You are 'First Commenter' on my post and have recieved an extra link to your blog. This is not the first time you have been 'First Commenter', so you know what I mean!

Best wishes & hugs,
Anna's Rainbow Mystery

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

This is an awesome idea. I sent the link to my daughter who is an elementary school teacher. Love it!!

Cheryl said...

Terrific learning tool. I love it when kids are learning without all the fuss.

Sorry, no tricks up my sleeve.

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

What a great idea and fun way of thinking and learning! I was never that creative in raising my boys!!

Viki said...

Wow, this really is a neat idea. How smart of Ms. Tammy.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Sounds like your son has a wonderful teacher!!!

Susan Anderson said...

Not many, but I sure love this one! A good teacher is such a blessing.


Cheryl D. said...

What a cool technique!

Teresa said...

What a great tutor for your SKB.

Terra said...

oh my, I like that. I am so making us some of those!!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This is such a wonderful idea! It really opens the flow of conversation with fun.


I love this post. What an awesome teaching idea. I am passing this one on.

Betty said...

I think that's a great way to keep the kids interested in the story. I still remember my tutor, but we didn't play fun games. My mind always wandered and something like that would have held my interest.

Jenny said...

Yanet, I love this tip! I've never seen it before but I'm going to adapt it a bit for teaching our youngest Grand the Alphabet. She is having trouble with letter recognition.

I think these would be fun for dinner parties when the conversation is waning as well.

Fling a ball at their head! ha!

Thanks for your wonderful link. I'm so glad you found this meme. You always surprise and wow me!


H said...

The rainbow balls are an excellent idea.

We use lolly sticks with the childrens names on. We use them to pick out kids to do tasks or answer questions or join groups.

Sometimes, I have used bubble mixture, The child blows a bubble and then has to tell as much as they can before the bubble bursts (e.g. about a character in a story).