Maybe you already have one, and you find yourself wondering how to put it to use. Maybe you’ve been eyeing the nifty little things but holding off because… how exactly do you use a boogie board?!
I first used mine while teaching 2D shapes to a Grade 3 class. I was burning through paper drawing shapes and illustrating word problems… the boogie board achieved the purpose of paper, but I didn’t need to keep it or create waste. I was sold. Then just as I was dabbling in homeschooling, we were gifted two of them. At first I wasn’t sure, for a 3 and 5 year old? They played, doodled, and promptly lost interest (as predicted). Then we began homeschooling in earnest and they have become a valuable tool that is almost always in my bag when we go out.
Here are the top 10 ways we use our boogie boards:
- Practicing blending and sounds. I write sounds (Jolly Phonics lingo for letters🤓) and they say them. We also work on correct letter formation on our boogie boards.
- Practising our name. My three year old, in particular, traces the letters in her name with frequency.
- Creative drawing. This is a go-to Activity when we are waiting for something or in line. I draw something… like a tree. My 5 year old has to add something to the picture… like a bird. Then I add the sun and so on.
- For my preschooler, I draw dashed lines and have her trace them as a way to practice penmanship.
- Counting using tally marks. Tally marks are an important math skill that sometimes gets under appreciated, if not overlooked entirely. How many red cars do you see in this 30 minute drive? Make me a tally!
- 2D shapes (as mentioned above). Need to show how two triangles can make a square, don’t waste paper on that!
- Perimeter is another math skill that creates a lot of waste as you illustrate word problems. Boogie board to the rescue.
- Drawing! It’s fun, and the kids like it. No more scraps of paper or piled up “so so” artwork. Doodle away.
- Copywork. Sometimes copywork is worth keeping, but when it is a means to an end, such as when memorizing poetry or scripture, then copywork can be done on the boogie board. This is particularly effective for students who feel stressed about their copywork’s neatness factor. It’s best to focus on the learning goal at hand when dealing with a struggling student. Is the goal memorizing or neatness? It can be one or the other, but for some kids, it just can’t be both.
- Has there ever been a more educational place than the grocery store? We find numbers, colours, shapes, not to mention our groceries. I can only imagine this routine part of our day becoming more educational as we move out of the early years stage. I draw and write a few of the simple things we are getting that day such as milk, cheese, apples, etc. and then my 5 year old crosses them off as we go.
So that should get you started if you own a boogie board, and if you don’t – you can see why I recommend them so highly. How do you use your boogie board? Suggestions for homeschooling on the go are highly welcomed!
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