Fun exercises and education games for learning disabilities

Education

 Learning delays or having trouble getting along really well are of all times and all times and of all types of education; from Montessori to college Education  . Whether in kindergarten or in group 8; can always adjust. Especially due to the COVID19 crisis, many parents are concerned (like your author), especially for the children who already have a (chance of) learning delay. Now the Minister of Education came with a less hopeful message some time ago. But do not be sad; there are plenty of fun educational tools and educational games to brush up on in any group. There is a huge range, but we will stick to a few highlights.

‘Learning disadvantage’ and comparable concepts are relative concepts. Teachers and parents can judge for themselves when something is lagging behind and whether or not you should do something about it yourself. If you want to do something yourself, we only give tips of fun games and activities. Every child is different, so always tailor it to the individual.

We go through the following parts:

  • Language development
    • Websites and apps
    • Own games and activities
    • Physical games and products
  • Math and numbers
    • Websites and apps
    • Own games and activities
    • Physical games and products
  • World Orientation
Educational games and activities for language development

Writing, reading and spelling are the basis for many other school activities. Here you can use existing tools or get started yourself. Below we first look at digital tools, then at our own games and activities and then existing games.

Websites and apps with language assignments and reading exercises

Apps and websites abound. We are not going to discuss them all in detail. The apps below all achieve a minimum score of 4 stars in the Android Play Store.

  • Learning to read letters – Miss Jannie (€ 3.99)
    This app is suitable from four years and also makes use of audio. Seven types of exercises are available.
  • Lollige Letters – Learning letters for kids (free)
    This app goes back to the absolute basics: recognizing letters optically and with audio. Ideal for children in kindergarten who could use some extra attention in this area.
  • Learn to Read Sentences – School Education (free)
    This app is suitable from third grade. You must do this together with your child, as there is no self-control built in. You simply see sentences with an image showing the action in the sentence. Children have to read the sentence aloud and therefore have visual support.
  • Master Michael
    This  website offers a wide range of free language exercises, including reading skills. This runs from kindergarten to upper secondary. The assignments are straightforward and explanations for the answers are not always available. However, the diversity for a free tool is quite large: from parsing and verb spelling to vocabulary. Because the explanation is sometimes missing, it can be useful to do this together with your child.
  • Junior Einstein
    A practice site for language but also other subjects where you may want to work on stimulating and improving school skills. Every group and level can be found, only the free practice is limited. Paid options are also available from € 6.25 per child, per month. You can practice for free by clicking on the boxes halfway down the page.
Own games and activities for language skills

Letter bingo on the street

We are always a fan of going outside, as we  could already see with our    . You can also make your own bingo with letters and thus find the objects during a walk that the letters start with. You can of course do this at any level in order to match the learning phase in primary education. ‘Impossible’ letters such as the X and Y can of course be removed from the bingo card. Are all letters checked? Then of course there may be a (tasty) reward in return. Tip: you can also do this in a playful way during weekends away when children are exploring a new environment.

Writing in sand

Writing on paper is of course possible, but practicing letter writing is much more fun in combination with playing. This can be, for example, a large flat bowl filled with sand or in the sandbox. Just shake or wipe and you have a clean canvas again. You can of course also do this with numbers!

 

cookie letters

An exercise where you bake the reward yourself. Use a tablet as an example to show letters and put the dough in letter form… and bake! This one can also be done with numbers.

story ribbon

Conversations are always good for language skills and contribute to passive vocabulary if you as a parent also put challenging words in a conversation. You can also give a conversation another dimension by creating a ribbon: you take turns saying a sentence and the sentence should start with the last word of the previous sentence. This way you as a parent also have some control over the level.

Car navigation screen

Do you drive your fixed route and do you not use the navigation screen while your child is sitting in the passenger seat? Then open the search bar of the navigation and let children spontaneously write words themselves or let them get inspiration from the environment. The level is in your hands. Pay attention to the road, so the children have to know where to find the backspace button. Another fun one for on the road: reading texts on trucks, signs and buildings.

Physical games and products for working on language deficiency

These series of games all have a self-correcting function, allowing a child of any age to get started and discover on their own without the pressure of someone ‘watching’. The series consists of reading and language skills:

  • I’m learning to read
  • I’m learning to write
  • I’m learning letters
  • I learn contradictions
  • I’m learning words
  • I’m learning to write letters

 Level reading books

Reading together works! To be able to buy a good book, for example on bol.com it is useful to know how reading levels work in primary education. You read it  here.

loco

A lot of parents may remember it from the past: Loco. There are several variants, including the basics in recognizing letters and sounds. Old school, but no less fun for that. Don’t forget that you also need to buy the basic set.

The Kidsweek books are not filled with boring assignments, but with fun puzzles, riddles and jokes where children while doing and playfully brush away their possible vocabulary with a smile. You can choose group 5 & 6 or 7 & 8. If a child has a bit of background, you can of course take the version just below the actual grade.

  the great proverb game – Scala Nicer Learning

Learning proverbs is certainly not a shot at open target, because you are busy for a while before your children shake them out of their sleeves. But with the right motivation and fun methods, no bridge is too far. In short, after a while of fun practicing, you can fly the flag. This card game naturally has a competitive element that makes the children (6-2 years) eager to fight for the win.

Educational games and exercises with math

Reading and writing grades is the basis for many other school activities. Here you can use existing tools or get started yourself. Below we first look at digital tools, then at our own games and activities and then existing games.

Practice websites and apps for math and number exercises

Apps and websites abound. We are not going to discuss them all in detail. The apps below all achieve a minimum score of 4 stars in the Android Play Store.

 

  • Lola’s Math Train – BeiZ (€ 5.49)
    The author’s daughter is crazy about pandas, so this game is at least a hit. The children help Panda Lola to solve problems along the way. There are three levels available. More difficult tasks become available only after the simpler tasks have been successfully completed. Maker BeiZ has several Lola products online. The Math Train is aimed at the age of about five to seven years and has voice support from the app.
  • Games square
    On this  website you can find several counting games and math assignments, from the basics of learning counting to simple sums or even fractions. Take a look around; it looks simple, but there will be children who will enjoy themselves here educationally and thus unnoticed, for example, get rid of a math deficit in a playful way.
Own activities for practicing math and numbers

Own games are always fun and above all free. The biggest advantage, however, is that you know your child best and know where the interests really lie in order to stimulate intrinsic motivation.

house number games

Numbers can be found everywhere, literally on your doorstep. For toddlers, the simplest form is reading the house numbers. Is your child a little further along? Then try to have him or her actively search for songs. Counting can also be practiced with the lower house numbers. Is your child in the middle or upper school and does he or she still have some trouble recognizing patterns in numerical series? This can also be practiced in many streets.

Behind the wheel

We mean the digital speedometer present in many cars. Children can watch from the front passenger seat or part of the rear seat. Have them say the numbers or give them a number to call out when they see it. On the A2 with cruise control on, it is of little use, but in other areas it can be a fun game. The only drawback is that you cannot cope with problems with numbers above 130 in the Netherlands.

Physical games and products 

Did you know that any dice board game for young children is very conducive to socializing? If you want to make it more difficult, switch to a two dice game so that the addition is included.

 Tiptoi is a major brand in educational games and makes learning fun and interactive. For all Tiptoi products you do need the Tiptoi Pen. This digital marker is included with several starter packs. For this exciting game you also need to download the free audio. In this game the kids go on a treasure hunt. To get their hands on these treasures, they have to solve math problems. There are four levels in the game and it is geared to primary school subject matter. As with all Tiptoi products, the Stift also provides self-control, allowing the child to improve their math skills in his or her own way and pace. The game is suitable from 5 years old and continues up to an average of 9 years. Not enough of Tiptoi and even more with numbers? Then ‘The Hungry Number Robot’ is also recommended.

You may have said later that you would never need fractions when you grew up. Nevertheless, this basic skill is important for arithmetic development. Especially if a child has difficulty with this, visualization helps enormously. That’s where this comes in handy: Kids can literally put the fractions down.

Twister with a Twist… from group 3. Children learn to recognize numbers literally while playing, but simple sums or tables are also possible. Additional assignment cards can be downloaded online. Of course, as parents you can also play along, to check off your daily portion of exercise.

  The previously mentioned Gorgels can also be found when practicing the tables. Where it used to be just stomping, there are now tons of creative ways to get better at tables. With this game from 7 years, children can practice (extra) with the tables from 1 to 12. It comes with a control sheet, so that parents or the children can check the answers themselves. The erasable marker makes it reusable.

 Jumbo is also well represented in this segment of educational games with several self-correcting games and exercises, especially for young children. These are very useful if the child has a rough start. The series consists of:

  • I learn numbers
  • I’m learning sums
  • I’m learning math
  • I learn the tables

 Caterpillar Never Enough is of course a classic and luckily there is also a game for those fans. The game teaches counting from 1 to 12. By means of puzzle pieces with numbers on them and with pictures, a child learns to recognize the counted number as a number. Because each set of puzzle pieces is unique, it also works self-correcting.

 

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