Teaching Language Arts With Legos
Legos can play a HUGE part in your homeschool curriculum, especially your language arts curriculum. We came up with so many creative and fun ways to use Legos to teach language arts that I have to break this post into two! Be sure to check back next Tuesday for part 2.
Spelling With Lego Bricks
Learning to spell probably ranks second, behind reading, as the most important language arts skill. When my son and I created these Lego spelling blocks, he was more than happy to leave the stickers on, after the photos were taken, because even for a 10 year old, they were a joy to play with.
For a younger student, I can envision these spelling blocks playing an important roll in his or her desire to learn to spell, create new words, practice phonics and more.
Just like the blocks I shared on Tuesday, these are made with two 2×2 blocks stacked together with a sticker attached. The only difference between those and these is that we rotated these blocks on their side so that the letters could be stuck together to make horizontal words.
You can print out my sticker sheet on either a full page of sticker paper or on plain paper. If you choose to use plain paper, try double sided tape to attach the numbers to the Legos. In my Tuesday post, Teaching Legos: Preschool Ideas, I showed why it is better to attach the stickers to a stack of two Legos instead of just one. The sticker sheet that I created contains the following letters:
We have also had an absolutely blast doing activities with full words. The words in the photo below are alphabetized in one tall tower. Any series of words can be used. I’ll share the printouts for these words in part 2 next week, but all the words below came from copywork sheets that I created. All the sentences in the copywork pertain to famous quotes about creativity, imagination, ingenuity, playtime and the inner child.
Lego set instructions…I can’t think of a more perfect resource to teach your children how to read and follow step-by-step instructions! You can find free Lego instructions to print at the following websites. You can also make up your own, verbal or written, or even have your child make up instructions, verbal or written, for YOU to build!
- Sets, old and new, straight from Lego.com. Search by keyword or brand.
- Brickfactory.com gives the option of searching by theme, name, and year.
- Let’s Build it Again is a neat site that not only has instructions, but shows off kid creations sent in by readers.
- And last but not least, my favorite – Peeron.com. I like this site because not only do they provide the complete instructions, they offer a list of parts. Take a look here at the Wookie Attack. A lot of the instructions now do not offer a parts list, but the team at Peeron create the lists themselves. This is very handy in case your child has a lot of random pieces and want to try to build a set on his own. He can look through the parts list and try to gather all he can before attempting the build.
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