Are the occupants of your house, at this moment, so loud and boisterous that you’re contemplating running away? No? Maybe that’s just my house, then! In any case, here’s a take on the game “Simon Says” to practice nouns and verbs that will get everyone up and moving.
Go outside if you can, so that you can get some fresh air at the same time. Now, everyone lines up a bit more than an arm’s length away from each other. Siblings who are likely to begin wrestling should be far, far away from each other.
Now, shout out a word. “Tree!” “Jump!” “Wriggle!” (Do not yell “Help!” or “Fire!”).
If you’ve yelled out a verb, your child/ren perform the action. If you yelled out a noun, they stand very still until the next verb is yelled out. It’s a great illustration of action words versus other kinds. Be sure to include some very tiring verbs!
Erin is a writer and the owner of The Usual Mayhem blog. She homeschools her two of her three children (the other’s already a graduate), runs a home daycare, and has more than 25 years of child-wrangling experience. You can find her on her blog (www.theusualmayhem.com), or on the other sites she writes for: Mummyology, Pre-K and K Sharing, B-Inspired Mama, and Serenity You. She also writes a weekly nature study class for SchoolhouseTeachers.com, an online learning site owned by The Old Schoolhouse magazine. She drinks far too much coffee and rarely sleeps.
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