This homeschooling malarkey is hard isn’t it? I’m working and trying to keep my 4 year-old’s phonics, writing and maths going – no easy feat! Yesterday, I came up with a phonics treasure hunt – it’s an independent activity, got her decoding and gave me some peace!
The idea is simple: come up with a list of common household items for a phonics treasure hunt (or scavenger hunt, for any Americans tuning in), have your child decode the name of each item as they hunt and take a picture!
We know you’ve got your hands full at the moment, so Jenny from our team created a set of cards using decodable phonics words, in a variety of difficulty levels and in various places in the house to buy you some more time!
Four sets of easy words: three-sound (or CVC) words e.g. ‘mop’.
Four sets of harder words: words which either use digraphs (two letters representing a sound) e.g. ‘f-or-k’ or words which consist of four sounds e.g. ‘s-t-e-p’.
Two more sets of the harder words and two sets of outside words e.g. ‘twig’, for when it’s time to stretch your legs.
As your child finds each item they might like to take a picture.
Apologies if we ruined your photo stream, but you got 10 minutes of peace right?
With relatives wanting to help out with childcare, we also came up with a digital take on this. My daughter read the words to her uncle over FaceTime and he hunted them down. They both loved it!