Many 1st and 2nd graders are working on mastering their gross motor skills with increased coordination. They are able to reason a bit more effectively. This age group’s vocabulary is exploding and they can more easily use words to connect with people and build friendships. We can help our child by talking and learning about what friendships are, what it means to be a good friend and how a friend might act. Look at encouraging social interactions or (virtual) play-dates with peers that are within groups you may already be a part of such as, homeschool groups, before/after school daycare or programming, religious affiliations, summer camps, neighborhoods, nearby parks or sports teams.
What should my 1st & 2nd Grade child be learning?
- Phonics, Reading
- English Composition, Grammar, Communication Skills, Spelling
- Math, Sequencing, Measurements, Multiplication
- Social Studies
- Science, Health
Brain Quest Workbooks are curriculum-based exercises and activities aligned with common core standards to supplement learning with a spirit of fun. Complement the workbook with our 1st & 2nd grade recommended line of products to assist parents in making learning from home not only educational, but fun!
The Power of Play: Balloon Obstacle Course
You will need 1 balloon (not helium) and 2 paper plates. Set up an obstacle course indoors or outside if it’s not too windy. Use chairs, pillows, tables, hula hoops, cardboard boxes, or anything else for an obstacle; get creative. Have your child weave the balloon through the obstacle course only using the paper plates to move the balloon through. Too easy? Too hard? That’s easy to remedy. Do timed trials and see if they can get a faster speed the 2nd, 3rd or 4th time through. Encourage them to set up the next course for you. This is a great activity to work on those gross motor skills and burn off some extra energy at the same time.
Find 200+ screen free activities for your 1st or 2nd grader in the new and exciting book designed to give you ideas and activities for 6-10 year olds.