You may be wondering what in the world is a word wall?
“A word wall is a collection of words which are displayed in large visible letters on a wall, bulletin board, or other display surface in a classroom. The word wall is designed to be an interactive tool for students and contains an array of words that can be used during writing and reading.” www.ReadingRockets.org
The use of word walls is something that most teachers use, whether it be for literature, math, or science. I have seen firsthand the power of using a word wall and therefore wanted to incorporate one into our homeschooling venture.
Since we are currently studying our colors, our first word wall will consist of color words.
We started with the color RED, so I will feature it here, but we will continue adding to our word wall each week as we study a new color.
To begin, I used block letters and wrote out the word R-E-D on white cardstock with a black marker. Each week, to mix things up, I will allow Copeland to paint/color the color word using different mediums, but this first week we just used a paint brush and washable paint.
This was the first time that Copeland had ever painted, and he had a grand ole time… and this momma was grateful for how quickly baby wipes clean up paint. =)
…and just because she is so gosh darn cute, here is Eisley watching her brother, wishing she could paint too!
After Copeland finished painting, we let the paper dry thoroughly overnight and then I cut out our color word and glued it onto a black cardstock (to really help each color pop).
Looking through a magazine we had on hand, we found items that were RED. Since Copeland is only two, I cut out the pictures and adhered the glue (glue stick) to the back and then let Copeland place the pictures on the cardstock.
After we completed our magazine picture hunt, I taped our RED color word up onto our children’s bedroom door. Sadly, we do not have a playroom, otherwise I would have used an actual wall for our Word Wall. =)
Here is a picture of RED and BLUE on display for continued learning day after day!
Curious how I use a Word Wall with a two year old? We stop often at the door and practice each word together, and then each letter individually (as I point to them). Other times, we play a quick game of “I spy” and Copeland has to tell me the color of what I spied. For example, “Copeland, I spy a vacuum. What color is the vacuum?” “Great job buddy. It is blue! Let’s spell blue now!”
Once our Word Wall is complete, I will return to this post and add an updated picture. =) In the meantime, don’t forget that singing your color word songs will help tremendously. After all, “what’s learned in song, is learned long!”