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April 15, 2019 2 min read

Did you know that you can make learning fun and build literacy skills with everyday objects found in your home?  There are many creative ways you can use sticky notes in your home to teach various reading and writing skills such as letter names and sounds, spelling, vocabulary, study skills, sight words, and note-taking. Here are just a few ideas:   


Hide and Seek

  • Pre-K and K:  (letter recognition and letter sounds)  Write each letter of the alphabet on a sticky note and hide them.  Find the sticky note and say the name and sound of the letter. Once all of the sticky notes have been found, put them in alphabetical order.  
  • 1st and 2nd: (sight words) Write sight words on sticky notes and hide them.  When all of the sticky notes have been found, make a Sight Word Wall.  Write all the letters of the alphabet on a large piece of paper (make sure you leave space underneath). Every time you learn a new sight word, write it on a sticky note and put it under the beginning letter.  
  • 3rd and Up: (study skills) Whenever you need to review vocabulary, concepts, or facts for any subject, write each word and its corresponding definition and/or fact on a separate sticky note and hide them.  After all the sticky notes have been found, match each word to its correct definition, concept or fact.

      • Pre-K and K:  (beginning sounds and letter writing)  Find items around the house, say the name of the object and its beginning sound.  Write the letter that makes that sound on the sticky note and put it on the object.
      • 1st and 2nd:  (beginning, middle and end spelling)  Repeat process above, but write the letters that makes the beginning sound of the word, the middle sound of the word and the ending sound of the word.
      • 3rd and Up: (note-taking)   Use sticky notes as a bookmark to record information.  As you read, use sticky notes to record questions you may have, meaningful parts of the text, unfamiliar vocabulary or to summarize what happened.
      As you can see, sticky notes are a fun, easy and inventive way to practice literacy skills using items found around the house.  The only limit is your imagination!

      About the Author
      Taylor Burke, Neighorborhood Lit.

      Taylor Burke, M.Ed. graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her Master of Education from Rutgers University. She has been developing amazing readers at Neighborhood Lit. since 2011.