How can you use basketball to make learning flashcards more fun? Lucas, my 11-year-old son, came up with this idea to do with his Chinese tutoring students. He and I brainstormed tons of ideas to make learning Chinese characters more fun and this one is one of our favorites!
- Find flashcards that you want your children to use or make them yourself. Put one word on each card.
- Decide on the number of cards that you want your student to learn
- Review those cards with your student
- Place the cards in a semicircle around the basketball hoop (farther for older kids, closer for younger ones)
HOW TO PLAY:
- The student needs to say the word on the flashcard before he/she can try to make a basket
- If the student gets the basket, he/she gets to keep the card as a “point”
- If the student does not make the basket, he/she needs to move to another card and read that one.
- The student keeps on moving from card to card until all of the cards are “won”.
- If playing with multiple students, make sure that they take turns. One child goes, and then the other. You don’t want the students so focused on making the basket that they forget to stay the word on the card.
- Designate a spot for students to put the cards that they have “won” so that the cards don’t get messed up in a pocket or mixed up with another child’s cards.
- If your children enjoy competition, set up a challenge to see who can get the most cards.
- If your children do not enjoy competition with one another, set up the game so that the children see how well they can improve. How many cards can they get in a certain time period? Can the student get the points within two shots for each card? Set up the game so that your child finds it enjoyable.
Have fun! Please let us know how it went in the comments section of this post!
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