Sunday, November 27, 2011

Yards, Feet, and Inches Worksheet

If your kiddos are working on measurement, you may want to print out this worksheet for them to practice making conversions from inches to feet to yards.

Paper Plates Make Great Venn Diagrams!

If your child is working on comparing and contrasting two of anything (books, math concepts, habitats, etc.) you may want to try using two paper plates for a fun way to present a venn diagram.

CVC Words Board Game

Luke is practicing his sight words right now, so I was excited to find this CVC (Consonant, vowel, consonant) board game from Teach With Me.  He is not quite at this level yet, but I will be saving it for the future.  However, it gave me a great idea to use with the blank game board template I had previously posted.  I am going to program the template with the sight words he is practicing, and play the same way as this game is played.  He rolls the dice and has to read the word he rolls or move back that many spaces.  Fun!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Print and Use Gameboard Pattern

Games are always a fun way to review concepts previously learned, and the kiddos don't even realize they are learning!  Print the gameboard pattern.  You can add a clever titel or decorate it to make it more interesting.  Program the spaces with vocabulary words, sight words, math facts, or other curriculum focused questions.  Then laminate the board and provide your child with the board, a die and a few markers and let the games begin! 
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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Free Math Worksheets For Your Kindergartener, First Grader, or Second Grader

If you are looking for some extra math practice for your kindergartener, you will want to download this set of blackline masters.  Includes over 82 pages of math practice. Here is an example of one of the worksheets included:

For your First Grader

For your Second Grader

Road Trip Learning

Many people will be embarking on road trips this Thanksgiving holiday to visit family and friends.  You can use your road trip to add to your child's learning!

Add up the signs
You can use the distances on signs to practice key operational skills such as adding and subtracting.  Have them add up the distances such as in the sign above - they could add 46 + 107.  Or they could subtract as well.

Find a Word
Use a word from a road sign - such as Sacramento - how many words can they find? 
Sacramento (rent, ram, meant, to, etc.)

Take a tally
Have your child practice tallying up the things they see.  They could tally the # of trucks, stop signs, etc.  Make it an extra challenge for your older kiddos by asking them additional questions - What percentage of those trucks were Fed Ex trucks?

ABC Find it
Have your child look for all of the letters in the alphabet on road signs or license plates.

What other ideas can you think of?

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Learn How To Say Thank You In 45 Different Langauges

While not every country celebrates Thanksgiving, there is a way to say "Thank You" in every language.  Here are just a few:

What's The Scoop Graphic Organizer

I love this What's The Scoop? Graphic Organizer from Laura Candler!  You can have your child use it as they read a newspaper or magazine article, when they find an article on the web, or while reading a book.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

When You Meet A Turkey Reader

I love this little When You Meet a Turkey Reader!  Print out the pages, then print out seven turkeys here for your child to color and paste into the book.  The last page is here.

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The Little Red Hen

November is a great time to study the story of the Little Red Hen who couldn't find anybody to help her bake the bread, but plenty of animals who would help her eat it!  Here are some activities to go along with the story:


Have your child read this fun Rebus Version of the Little Red Hen.

After reading ths story ask your child the following questions:

1. How would you describe the hen?
2. How would you describe the other characters?
3. In what ways are they alike? In what ways are they different?
4. How do you think the Little Red Hen felt doing all of the work by herself.

Your kiddos will love retelling the story with this activity.

Here is a Little Red Hen activity packet.

Little Red Hen Letter Matching Cards

Letter Matching Spelling Cards

Practice reading color words with this emergent reader.


Little Red Hen Counting Cards

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Printable Alphabet Coloring Pages

Here is a great set of alphabet coloring pages.  You can print them out individually if you do a letter of the day or week, or you can print them out and place them in sheet protectors and a binder for your child to practice each day.  I place a sticker on all of the letters that Luke can name.
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

I See You Cat - Fun Writing Prompt

I am a big fan of using photos or pictures as writing prompts - you never can tell where your child's imagination can lead them!  Have your child write a story about this adorable cat - he almost looks like a super hero with a mask on!

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Kids in the Kitchen Videos

My boys absolutely love helping out in the kitchen and making yummy things. Cooking is a great way to make learning hands on and fun - adding and multiplying fractions, measurement skills, following directions and more! I was super excited to find these fun Kids in the Kitchen videos for them to watch.  The episodes feature yummy and healthy recipes for kids 6th grade and up to make on their own.  Younger kiddos can help parents to make the recipes.

Here are a few of our own cooking posts:

Chocolate Chip Cake 
S'Mores Pudding
S'Mores Brownies
Homemade Microwave Popcorn
Popcorn Cupcakes
Handprint Turkey Cookies

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Alphabet Phonogram Cards

If you have a beginning reader, you may want to print out these alphabet phonograms cards from A to Z teacher stuff.  Simply print the cards on card stock, (laminate for extra durability - optional) cut them out, and you are ready to use. 

•Hold up each card and ask your child: What sound does the letter a say? (substitute each letter as you say them)  your child should be able to say the correct sounds that each letter says.  This can be a great 5 minute warm-up activity before reading lessons.  You could also randomly try them throughout the day.

I always give Luke a sticker each time he practices, which he loves!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Thanksgiving Lift The Flap Easy Reader

I love finding little printable books that I can make for Luke to keep in his own personal "book bag" (we use a pencil pouch) that he can practice reading on his own.  This little reader from Teaching Heart is perfect for Thanksgiving!

You can print it out here.