JUL
05
2015

Lakeshore Learning Real Bugs Discovery Kit

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One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.   And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we have quite a variety of bugs to investigate. And a rather large quantity of them as well, so they’re fairly easy to locate. However being the cautious mom that I am, I don’t always want my kids picking up and inspecting bugs up close. Plus it’s just gross. And apparently also very interesting to younger members in this family! So you can imagine how excited I was when Lakeshore Learning offered to send us this Real Bugs Discovery Kit! The bugs are safely encased in indestructible acrylic, so that kids can explore these little guys up close and personal! Without getting bitten or ending up with nasty guts all over the place.   That makes this mama happy! And honestly I was super … [Read more...]

MAY
26
2015

Preschool Daily Learning Notebook 2015-2016

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Good morning everyone! I’ve had so many requests for this, and here it is! The 2015-2016 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook!   This one of course has the updated traceable calendars for August 2015 – July 2016, as well as all of the other goodies! And it has a fun new cover too! –> Download the 2015-2016 Preschool Daily Learning Notebook <–   New! For my Southern Hemisphere friends, I’ve also included non-seasonal calendar pages for you since I know your seasons are opposite of mine! You can download the Southern Hemisphere version here: –> Download the 2015-2016 Preschool Southern Hemisphere Daily Learning Notebook <–   The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10) I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on it for … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2015

Sight Word Printable Worksheets

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Welcome back lovely readers! Since my sight word activities are one of my most searched pages, I thought it would be a good idea to put them all in one place for you to see!  So here they are, all of my free sight word flashcards, worksheets, and activities! Check back for updates regularly! Sight Word Flash Cards & Wall Caterpillars:   Sight Word Worksheets:   Special Themed Sight Word Games:   And that’s it for now, I hope you enjoy these sight word activities in your homeschool and classrooms!   Looking for more printables, worksheets, and activities? Check out my printables page for more goodies! … [Read more...]

SEP
10
2014

Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

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I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. MONDAY –> Monday Added traceable number word cards for each day of the month – i.e. one, two, three, four, etc.     **The updates include the daily notebook pages where students trace what day it is, as well as the number word cards, so if you already have the learning notebook, you might want to just print these pages to save on ink!   The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10)   I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on … [Read more...]

AUG
05
2014

Preschool Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Preschool Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my Letter of the Week  preschool curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you purchased prior to that date, or just want to add it to whatever you’re using currently, download it here for free and add it into your daily lessons!   Number Practice: The dot-to-dot worksheets help teach students number recognition, counting, and number order. The preschool sheets have a light gray tracing line to help your student know where to go on the worksheet. I recommend doing them with your student as these sheets count a bit higher than the other Preschool level work in this curriculum. This will help challenge your students count a to a higher number as they progress through the curriculum.   Phonics Practice: Not only does each … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2014

Homeschooling 101: Preschool

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling preschool students.   Homeschooling Preschool Homeschooling a preschooler is probably one of the most exciting times. They’re excited to learn, and keeping school fun at this age is a must! While there aren’t any specific curriculum requirements for preschool, I encourage you to focus on creating a love of learning and keep your curriculum to the basics. Preschool is the perfect time to start because you and your child will have the opportunity to grow and learn together. In essence, preschool is a very forgiving year. It’s a time to try new things, enjoy time with your child, create fun art, make mistakes, change the way you do things, get a schedule figured out, and in a nutshell get acclimated to homeschooling. I like to use the preschool year to help students get used to a little more formal schedule without the pressure of having to do a certain amount of … [Read more...]

JUN
10
2014

Preschool Daily Learning Notebook 2014-2015

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Hi everyone! I have the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook ready for the upcoming year! I’ve seen several versions of these on various blogs and decided to create one that fit our needs. I wanted something that allowed the Teeny Tot to work on her calendar time activities each day, and this was a perfect fit! **The updates include the monthly calendar pages where students trace what day it is, as well as the monthly weather tracking pages, so if you already have the learning notebook, you might want to just print the calendar and weather pages to save on ink!     The Preschool Daily Learning Notebook includes: What day is it? Find today’s number Write today’s number Write today’s number word (I don’t always require her to write the number word, but usually add it for days 1-10)   I made a printable for each weekday, Monday through Friday, with traceable days on it for preschoolers. On this page your preschooler will trace the … [Read more...]

MAY
27
2014

K4 Kindergarten Activities

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Good morning everyone! I thought I’d share some more of what the Teeny Tot (yes, we’re looking for a new name for her) has been doing this week! She’s finally in my K4 Kindergarten Curriculum now and doing well. Here’s a little glimpse into what she’s working on these days. Missing Numbers: This kindergarten math worksheet is a great way to help with number recognition, counting skills, and number order. The worksheet comes with missing numbers  and number tiles. She’s cut the number tiles and glued them to the appropriate apple to complete the numerical sequence.   Uppercase Beginning Sounds: Here she’s working with beginning sounds. So we sound out the letter to the left of each column. Then we say the name of each of the items in that row. She then circles the one that begins with the same sound as the letter shown. This might take your student a little bit of time to get, but just stick with it and help them sound out each one putting emphasis on the beginning … [Read more...]

MAY
20
2014

Preschool and Kindergarten Activities!

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Good morning readers! I thought I’d do another update for our prek/kindergarten activities today! We’re still plugging along with our combined preschool and kindergarten activities for my 5 year old and she’s doing great. She’s reviewing the Letter F and has a few added kindergarten level activities to help challenge her and get her ready for full kindergarten in August. Scissor Skills: She loves to cut and it’s great exercise for those fine-motor skills too! Here she’s carefully cutting along the dotted lines on my Letter F for Fish Scissor Skills worksheet. b   She has also moved on to more formal kindergarten handwriting worksheets as well. These include some warm-up shapes, then the actual upper and lowercase letters as well.     I always like to throw in some logical thinking and spatial relationship type of activities. And the Imaginets from MindWare is a great way to do that. It is a set of colorful magnetic wooden shapes that kids can use to create … [Read more...]

MAY
07
2014

Kindergarten Activities

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Good morning! I thought I’d do another update on the Teeny Tot for you all today. She’s reviewing some of her favorite Letter of the Week activities, and we’re slowly adding in more of the K4 Kindergarten activities to her day as well.   This week she mostly worked on the Letter E games. Here she is with her completed elephant lacing card. I’ve had a lot of questions about laminating and printing on cardstock. And unless you’re going to re-use your materials with future children, there’s not much need to laminate and print everything on cardstock. But for the lacing card, it is important that it’s somewhat durable. So if you’re not reusing materials, I would say at least laminate this card if nothing else.   She knows her colors quite well, but still enjoys doing these color matching puzzles.     These are the elephant counting cards. She put them in numerical order, then counted out the correct amount of beads to go on each card. You … [Read more...]