Snowflake Segmentation Printable Mat

Developing phonemic awareness is a crucial component to later reading and writing success, but don’t worry. Many early childhood activities like singing songs, reciting nursery rhymes and more help kids with these important skills. There’s a full continuum of phonological and phonemic awareness skills that kids progress through. Today we’re sharing an activity from our snowflake theme lesson plans to help kids with segmentation. Use our free printable snowflake segmentation mats and these steps to practice with your kids one {Read More}

Rhyming Toss Outdoor Play

We love to play outdoors whenever we can, so it’s always a bonus when we can incorporate some of our learning goals into outdoor play. This simple rhyming game is a fun way to help toddlers and preschoolers practice generating rhyming words. To set up the game you’ll need to gather some small toys or objects from around the house. Try to grab items that are easy to rhyme with. We chose a bug, train, cake, keys, ball, pot, block, {Read More}

ABC Games at the Beach

Today I’m over at Gummylump Blog sharing an activity for their Summer Camp at Home series.  Come see how we practiced the ABCs at the beach. Even if you don’t live near a beach, these activities are fun and easy enough to set up in your sandbox, kiddie pool, or bathtub. While you’re there check out all of the activities shared by other bloggers, too. There are a lot of creative ideas for summer learning and play. If you’re visiting {Read More}

Rhyming with Alice the Fairy

David Shannon is the author of the month for the Virtual Book Club for Kids. I’m familiar with many of his books from using them in the classroom, but we haven’t ready too many of them here at home yet. As with our Julia Donaldson books, we read many of David Shannon’s books throughout the month. I let the girls choose on their own, and the book they both kept coming back to was Alice The Fairy. Alice is a {Read More}

DIY Drums to Go With Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb

It’s almost Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so we have been reading some of our favorite Dr. Seuss books. Although Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb was actually written by Al Perkins, we associate it with Dr. Seuss. This book has been a favorite of both of my girls since they were babies. Its rhythm just makes your toes start to tap, and we have always played along as the monkeys drum and monkeys hum. I thought I would share some of our favorite DIY Drum {Read More}

K is for Key Reading Activities

We have been learning about the letter K. I typically include a lot of animals in our continent and environment studies so I tend to do our letter of the week themes around a different topic. This week K was for keys! We were able to do a lot of different activities with keys, and the kids enjoyed playing with them in many different ways. These are some of the reading activities we did, and in a separate post I {Read More}

Jack and the Beanstalk Reading Activities

The kids really enjoyed reading different versions of Jack an the Beanstalk last week. We did a couple of easy reading activities to go along with the books. Story Retelling To practice retelling the details of the original story we used this wonderful printable set and the Jack and the Beanstalk craft I described in the math activities post. The kids had a lot of fun acting out the story with these props. Alphabet Practice Watching the Super Why!: Jack {Read More}

Patriotic Activities

With Election Day and Veterans Day this week we are doing a few different patriotic activities. We aren’t getting too political with it, just discussing some of the major symbols of the United States of America. Red, White and Blue Tot Trays Some of our trays this week are red, white, and blue. We are talking a lot about red, white, and blue being our national colors. These trays help the kids practice counting, sorting, color recognition, patterning, and fine {Read More}

C is for Corn: Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Activities

During our farm theme we learned a lot about corn and used corn kernels for a variety of activities. In addition to using corn kernels for math activities, we also used them for alphabet and phonemic awareness activities activities. Alphabet Letter Hunt  The kids loved searching for letters in a bin of corn kernels. Each child had their own bin. One day we searched for all of the letters we learned so far this year. One bin had uppercase letters and the {Read More}

A is for Acorn: Alphabet and Phonemic Awareness Activities

There is finally a slight chill in the air, but only until 10 am! It’s a perfect week to be learning about the changes we see in fall. For the past couple of weeks we have been collecting acorns as we go for walks and visit the park. The kids have loved searching for them and filling up their buckets, so now we are using them for different reading, math, science, art, and sensory learning activities. These are a couple {Read More}