As a part of my Before Kindergarten - Developmental Skills Your Child Needs Before Kindergarten, I am excited to share one of my most favorite activities for teaching your child your address. This is one of those numbers that you think about, write and say fairly frequently and is one of the most important numbers for your child to know for safety's sake. If your child gets lost, one of the things that an officer will ask is if your child knows your address (and phone number, but that post is coming soon!).
I remember a few months ago, Big Sister and I were going over the numbers in our address. We probably said them 100 times but still when I asked "What's your address?" she didn't know. Then one day it struck me: Make it the pass code to get on your iPad! So, that's what I did. And sure enough, she knew it in less than 5 minutes.
We were doing an activity that caused the iPad to turn off after inactivity so she needed to reenter the information many times. She would run over to me and ask what the code was, I told her the numbers and reminded her it was our address. After a few times (since she was highly motivated to learn it!), she didn't need me to tell her the numbers.
The easiest way, I think, is to make your address the pass code to get onto a favorite piece of technology. If your game systems or phones or other devices do not require pass codes, here is a way you can do it at home.
Pass Code Cards
You can get the Pass Code Cards here.
We used them to memorize and then practice our address and other important numbers like birthdays.
First, start off with the basics: number recognition. You can either print off multiple copies of the Pass Code Card that is the correct number of digits for your address (or other important number) or you can use little squares of paper with the numbers written on them.
Since Big Sister already knows our address, I decided to work on another important address. We reviewed the numbers and then put them on the Pass Code Card spaces.
Later, I mixed them up and she had to put them in the correct order.
Finally, I taped the Pass Code Cards in various places around the house where she likes to go. In order for her to enter (or get a desired object), she has to say the pass code! The Pass Code Card is a cue or reminder for what she needs to say.
If your child is struggling, start by having all of the numbers written out and have your child read them off to you. Slowly remove the numbers, starting with the last number, until she can confidently read the beginning numbers and remember the last number. Then remove another number (the next to last number) until she can confidently read the beginning numbers and remember the last two numbers. Keep removing numbers until you have a blank Pass Code Card and your child can confidently say your address! This could take many days or be complete in one lesson. Go at your child's pace!
Another good time to practice your address is while you are driving or walking down your street. You can ask and have your child say the numbers in your address before you can see your house and the numbers!
Just for Fun!
For older kids working on spelling words, you could make these cards and put them around the house and have them spell their spelling words as the Pass Code to get in a room or get a desired object! It would make practicing spelling more fun!
I am sure there are lots of ways to use the Pass Code Cards! How will you use them?
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