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.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
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.
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!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
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!
Saturday, November 19, 2011
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
For your First Grader
For your Second Grader
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
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?
While not every country celebrates Thanksgiving, there is a way to say "Thank You" in every language. Here are just a few:
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.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
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
Sunday, November 13, 2011
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.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
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!
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
Homemade Microwave Popcorn
Handprint Turkey Cookies
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
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.