I think "sticky notes" are one of the world’s greatest inventions! Their educational uses can be fun and creative. Young children love working with them. Here are four ways to use these helpful notes to inspire reading, writing, and math skills.
They make great bookmarks. The notes can be easily moved from one page to the next as your child progresses through a book. Best of all they don’t fall out!
They can be used to eliminate the "Oh, I didn’t hear you" excuse. As your child begins to read, use them for simple reminders of chores or family rules. For example, stick a note on the TV screen that says, "No TV until after homework."
They are great for making large, visual bar graphs that young children can easily understand. For example, after visiting the zoo, write the name of five animals that your child saw on the bottom of a poster board. Above the animal’s name, put one sticky note for each of the animals observed. Three lions, three notes, one above the other. When the chart is complete, your child will clearly visualize the total number of animals seen and start to comprehend the concept of graphs. Use the graph to compare "most," "least," or "How many more monkeys did you see than lions?"
Make a simple "flip" book with about 6-10 sticky notes. Place the sticky side of the notes to the left. On the bottom of each note, write a direction word, "up," "down," "over," etc. Have your child make a small picture to show the word. Stack the notes together, and hold them on the left side. "Flip" the pages for a simple animation book that your young child will love, and want to "read" again and again.
Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.