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what to do to make it fun
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What are your favorite things to do to make learning fun so that your kids want to be there everyday


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>Fun and/or high interest read-alouds every day

>Songs and video clips to go with lessons

>Math and ELA games to review skills

>Hands-on science experiments

>Math manipulatives and real-life math problems

>Bring lessons outdoors

>Show and Tell, Readers Theater

>Class challenges - (ex: ice cream party if we read x# of books in a month)
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A good attitude on my part. And treating the children like the individuals they are. School is not fun and games every single second, but your attitude will help them want to come to school.
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I agree with both of the posters above.

Attitude is huge! If I'm having fun, it's contagious.

In addition to the above:

*Real Life/Hands-On/Active Learning. No one likes to sit at their desks for hours doing paper/pencil/computer work. Mix it up frequently.

*Get to know kids' interests and try to incorporate activities related to their interests.

*Little things like hot chocolate waiting for them on the 1st day it snows.
*"The Day It Snowed M and M's" (with 4-5 candies on their desk and M and M writing paper) writing prompt on another snowy day.

*Things like Pioneer Day (tied to our History unit), Dr. Seuss Day activities.

*My reward system is highly engaging. Basically, I pull scrabble letters out of a bucket when they are doing well. The letters come together to form the reward. Extra Recess, Bouncy Ball Day, Chew Gum Day, Eat Lunch With Teacher Day, Stuffie Day, etc. I pull the letters frequently at the beg. of the year to spark excitement, then taper off.

*Guest Speakers and Field Trips.
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All of the ideas posted are great! In part, it comes to your own personality. I enjoy music, so I incorporate it. I don't mind messes, so I let students manipulate clay during read alouds. Math lends itself so well to hands-on and games.

My experience is that taking time for fun/engaging activities keeps interest high and benefits total learning for the year. I'm glad you're thinking about this.


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Kagan cooperative learning structures.

It's fairly easy to find the "Cliff Notes" editions online, for FREE!
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