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Challenges: Worksheets and Games

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Our students' favorite game: Horsey Pictionary!

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Challenges:
Worksheets and Games

Use both printed teaching materials like worksheets and hands-on games to keep students engaged in learning.

Scroll down to learn more about our worksheets and games, then use these buttons to quickly find the resources you need.

Reinforce important concepts and test retention by using low-key assessment tools.

You can challenge students' knowledge with a mix of printed "homework" assignments and fun group activities.

TIPS FOR WORKSHEETS:

Using Written Materials Wisely

Written materials can help students retain information and remind them of key points and details. If kept in a binder or folder, worksheets and quizzes keep information readily available when students need a quick review.

But kids get a LOT of that in school, so it's important to

That means you’ll want to use well-crafted materials that produce a positive outcome.

A few helpful guidelines for using worksheets to teach horsey topics:

PRO TIP

If you want students to keep written materials for future reference, give them a folder or binder. Otherwise, they will promptly lose all paperwork!

See our suggestions for effective worksheets

Want eager-to-learn students?

Make it a game!

fun way to learn your dressage test

This is pretty much our default teaching method. Here's why:

The key to fun competitions? Keep them relaxed and supportive.

Here are a few tips for maintaining a positive vibe in group learning games:

PRO TIP

At summer day camp, we award cheap strings of colorful beads for every challenge.  At the end of camp, the winning team earns first pick of the popsicle flavors and big applause at our camp closing ceremony. It’s easy and it works!

Most games can be easily adapted for individual students:

PRO TIP

We have an annual Summer HorseSense Challenge: the student who completes the most unmounted objectives by the end of the summer wins a prize. Any objectives earned during our Level Up summer day camps are counted in the total. The winning student’s picture and all participating students’ scores are then published on our Facebook page. 

Use creative group learning activities to strengthen those important bonds!

The best reason to cultivate a riding school “barn family” is that you end up with a core of students – both adults and children – who like to do horsey things together.

When you provide fun educational opportunities for your groups, it helps everyone get more invested in the community – and consequently more likely to sign up for the next activity. Trust us, it works!

Learn more about making horsey educational games work for you

Formats and Printing Tips

All worksheets and games downloads are printable PDF files.

Get help with using our download files HERE.

If your device can open a PDF file in a browser, then you should be able to resize and scroll the resource download pages sufficiently to read them without printing – handy for barn lessons!

You’ll need internet access (data or wifi) – unless you use an app that can open offline PDF files on your phone. Check your app store for options.

All of our worksheets and games are designed for full color desktop printing using plain 8.5″ x 11” copy paper.

We suggest downloading any of the free resource files in the slider below to test the files with your desktop printer.

Make sure your printer software is NOT set to “shrink to fit”!

We always print extras of these things to keep on hand for impromptu rainy day lessons.

We’re not printing experts, but we’ll be happy to answer your questions – contact us.

Want to share a favorite worksheet or game for teaching Learning Levels?

Send us a message with your recommendation!

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We have been blessed with many talented photographers over the years: students who voluntarily stood out in a sweltering/ freezing arena – or slogged up and down our hilly pastures – capturing lifelong memories of camps, clinics, and shows. We’re grateful to all of them!

One such student, Delaney Witbrod, is now a professional photographer with a gift for animal portraits – see more of her fine work here.

You’ll also find illustrations throughout our online courses and printed materials (like study guides) graciously donated by Rhonda Hagy, who is a student and lifelong friend. Contact us for information about her work.

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