All About Me Poster

All About Me Poster

Put your junk mail to good use and make an All About Me poster! Armed with a stack of grocery flyers, toy store ads, circulars and a few simple art supplies, your preschooler can make a cool poster AND he'll get some hands-on sorting practice, a key early math skill. What You Need: Junk mail ads (grocery circulars, toy store advertisements, etc.) Newspaper Safety … [Read more...]

Recipes for Beginning Readers

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Do you have a beginning reader (interested in trying to read, can identify a few sight words, and uses picture clues while reading)? It can be hard to find interesting material for beginning readers to have fun reading that are at the right level (not too difficult). That's why I developed these recipes for beginning readers. They are heavy on picture clues, repeat common … [Read more...]

Rings and Things Phonics Game

Blending Sounds Phonics Game

I found a set of plastic rings at the craft store (You may also find these at party supply stores.) and put together a fun phonics game to help my daughter both sound out simple words, and then blend the sounds together to read the word. I collected some tiny objects from around the house. My daughter is just learning to read so I started with simple 3 and 4 letter … [Read more...]

Banana Bread Recipe for Kids

Banana Bread

Kids love helping out in the kitchen! This banana bread recipe is not only delicious, but fun for the kids to make! Banana Bread Recipe for Beginning Readers Smash 3 ripe bananas.  Scrape the bananas into the mixing bowl. Also add 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of butter, 3/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of sour cream, 2 eggs, 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 … [Read more...]

Make Summer Reading Exciting

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I'm a reading specialist, as well as a mama to a first grade daughter, M.  With school rapidly coming to a close, now is a great time to think of ways that you can continue reading your way through summer!  These are some of my favorite ways, both for classroom AND home learning! Summer Reading Whisper phones are my favorite and each one cost about $0.55 to make!  I … [Read more...]

Flashlight Sight Words

Flashlight Sight Words

This is a really fun way to start introducing sight words in a way that gets kids excited to both write and read! Let your child guide you with words that interest them. My daughter really wanted to know all the names in our family, so we started with those words. Write one word on each star and tape them to the wall or ceiling. Once it gets dark, turn off all the … [Read more...]

Learning Activities with Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Compound Words

You might have enjoyed our Foam Easter Egg Decorating, Easter Egg Color Matching, Easter Egg Counting, and Easter Egg Letters. Now here are some learning activities with Easter eggs for your older children. I picked up a pack of these foam eggs from Target, but all of these learning activities can be done with construction paper eggs cut into pieces. Easter Egg Compound … [Read more...]

Learning with Bottle Tops


Start saving your bottle tops and lids! There are so many ways you can have fun learning with bottle tops! Here are a few to get you started: 1 - Bottle Top Fish 2 - Bottle Top Names 3 - Sorting with Bottle Tops 4 - Bottle Top Sentences 5 - Bottle Top Shapes and Colors 6 - Bottle Top Numbers and Counting Cards … [Read more...]

Improving Reading and Math Skills (Giveaway)


This giveaway is now closed. Have you heard of The Reading Lesson? It is a phonics based, step by step reading program for parents and teachers to use to teach basic reading skills such as how to decode words. I've just started Lesson 1 with N. It focuses on letters and letter sounds. You can download and try lesson 1 and lesson 2 too. (Just scroll down on their site … [Read more...]

Sight Word Game – Four in a Row (printable)


Sight Word Game - Four in a Row Four in a Row is a fun and easy way to practice sight words (or any other words, letters, colors, shapes, numbers, Math facts, or Science questions). How to Play:  Read the word. If you read it correctly, cover that square with one of your game pieces. The first person to get four in a row (across, up/down, or diagonal) … [Read more...]

Ways to Practice Sight Words


B brought a list of sight words home from school that he is supposed to practice each night. I knew we needed ways to practice sight words besides just reading the list. I made these games (using his word list) to make practicing the words more fun. Game 1 - Sight Word Sticks Write the sight words on popsicle sticks. I also included a few "wild" sticks with Superhero … [Read more...]

Alphabet Books (printable)


Mini Books from DLTK I've talked about how much I love the alphabet books (printable) from Itsy Bitsy Letter Books  that N(2.5) is now enjoying. Itsy Bitsy Letter Books So I was thrilled to find more printable mini books for beginning readers on the same site, DLTK, that I could use with B (5.5). These printable mini books are available for all … [Read more...]