APR
24
2013

Homeschool Reading and Phonics Curriculum Forum

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  Hi everyone! Welcome to the homeschool curriculum forum post series! Today we’re discussing reading and phonics. Since my children will be in grades prek, 2nd, 4th, and 5th this post will be geared towards elementary students. However feel free to leave a comment for whatever ages you are working with as I know it will help other homeschoolers out there!   For the early years I like to stick with basics and use Abeka for phonics and language practice. I prefer the more traditional approach to teaching letter sounds and blends as well as the reinforcing worksheets provided by Abeka.     I also like the various readers that come with the program as well as the comprehension questions after each story. You’ll want to make sure to get the “text questions and answers key” for the readers. I also like the “Read & Think” skill sheets that Abeka has starting in grade 3. They are timed reading exercises with comprehension questions at the end. … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2012

First Grade Sight Word Sentences

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Greetings readers! As promised, I have some more sight word sentence printables for you! Today I am sharing  First Grade Sight Word Sentence worksheets. Each one has the word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word, then writing it on their own.   Students will also cut out the letters and spell the word correctly to complete their sentence, great for fine-motor skills and spelling practice! Next they will write the word to complete the sentence.   Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition along with the variety of activities really helps students remember their sight words! This download includes 41 First grade level sight words from the Dolch sight word list. --> Download the First Grade Sight Word Sentences ! <--   More Sight Word fun! Kinder (Pre-Primer) Sight Word Sentences Kindergarten (Primer) Sight Word … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2012

Kindergarten (Primer) Sight Word Sentences

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Hi everyone! As promised, I have some more sight word sentence printables for you! Today I am sharing Kindergarten (Primer)  Kindergarten Sight Word Sentence worksheets. Each one has the word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word, then writing it on their own. Students will also cut out the letters and spell the word correctly to complete their sentence, great for fine-motor skills and spelling practice! Next they will write the word to complete the sentence.   Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition along with the variety of activities really helps students remember their sight words!   This download includes 40 Primer level sight words from the Dolch sight word list. --> Download the Kindergarten Primer Sight Word Sentences ! <--   More Sight Word fun! Kinder (Pre-Primer) Sight Word Sentences Sight Word Search Sight … [Read more...]

DEC
02
2012

A-Z Do-A-Dot Worksheets

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Hello readers! Today is reader choice printables! Okay, so I just made that term up, but really I’ve had soooooo many requests for all of my alphabet do-a-dot pages in one download that I was extremely compelled to make them for you all. :o) So, for all of you who emailed me asking for the whole alphabet do-a-dot pages in one easy download…this one’s for you! That’s right, I put the whole alphabet (upper and lowercase) do-a-dot pages in one nice download! Previously they were separated out in my preschool alphabet activities by letter, so you had to download one at a time…pain I know. Here is a close-up of one of the pages, each one has both the uppercase and lowercase letters for your students to do. --> Click here to download the A-Z Do-a-dot Worksheets! <--   Don’t know what “do-a-dot” worksheets are? I’ll let the Teeny Tot show you.   We use these pages with very fun and colorful Do-A-Dot Markers. The pages are great for working on hand-eye … [Read more...]

NOV
18
2012

Third Grade Dolch Sight Word Cards

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Good morning to all of you totally terrific third grade teachers! As promised last week, today I’m sharing some very cute and fun Third Grade Sight Word Caterpillar cards with you!   --> Download the Third Grade Sight Word Caterpillar <-- How to use the caterpillar sight words: Print pages 3-6 on cardstock and laminate for durability if you choose. Page 7 includes blank caterpillar pieces so you can add your own words! TIP: Laminate two sheets back to back so the printed sides are facing out, and the blank sides are touching. Run both sheets through your lamination machine, then cut apart and cut out circles. This will create a circle that is laminated on one side, but not on the back side. This helps with creating a backside that is not slippery and can be taped to the wall. Add the caterpillar head to a blank area of your wall where you plan to add the caterpillar sight word cards. Add each new caterpillar sight word body part to your wall as you learn … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2012

Second Grade Dolch Sight Word Cards

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Good morning to all of you super sensational second grade teachers! As promised last week, today I’m sharing some very cute and fun Second Grade Sight Word Caterpillar cards with you!   --> Download the Second Grade Sight Word Caterpillar <-- How to use the caterpillar sight words: Print pages 3-6 on cardstock and laminate for durability if you choose. Page 7 includes blank caterpillar pieces so you can add your own words! TIP: Laminate two sheets back to back so the printed sides are facing out, and the blank sides are touching. Run both sheets through your lamination machine, then cut apart and cut out circles. This will create a circle that is laminated on one side, but not on the back side. This helps with creating a backside that is not slippery and can be taped to the wall. Add the caterpillar head to a blank area of your wall where you plan to add the caterpillar sight word cards. Add each new caterpillar sight word body part to your wall as you … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2012

First Grade Dolch Sight Word Cards

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Good morning all of you super cool first grade teachers! As promised last week, today I’m sharing some very cute and fun First Grade Sight Word Caterpillar cards for you!   --> Download the First Grade Sight Word Caterpillar <-- How to use the caterpillar sight words: Print pages 3-6 on cardstock and laminate for durability if you choose. Page 7 includes blank caterpillar pieces so you can add your own words! TIP: Laminate two sheets back to back so the printed sides are facing out, and the blank sides are touching. Run both sheets through your lamination machine, then cut apart and cut out circles. This will create a circle that is laminated on one side, but not on the back side. This helps with creating a backside that is not slippery and can be taped to the wall. Add the caterpillar head to a blank area of your wall where you plan to add the caterpillar sight word cards. Add each new caterpillar sight word body part to your wall as you learn it. Review … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2012

Kindergarten Dolch Sight Words 1

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Good morning to all of you totally awesome Kindergarten teachers! I’ve had several requests to make Dolch Sight Word cards, so I thought this cute little caterpillar was a fun way to learn and review sight words! Today I’m sharing the Kindergarten Dolch Sight Word Caterpillar cards with you! --> Download the Kindergarten Sight Word Caterpillar <-- How to use the caterpillar sight words: Print pages 3-7 on cardstock and laminate for durability if you choose. Page 8 includes blank caterpillar pieces so you can add your own words! TIP: Laminate two sheets back to back so the printed sides are facing out, and the blank sides are touching. Run both sheets through your lamination machine, then cut apart and cut out circles. This will create a circle that is laminated on one side, but not on the back side. This helps with creating a backside that is not slippery and can be taped to the wall. Add the caterpillar head to a blank area of your wall where you plan to add the … [Read more...]

JUL
29
2012

Educational Insights Hot Dots Giveaway!

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Hi everyone! I have an awesome giveaway for you all today! Educational Insights has come up with some new Hot Dot cards and a fun new pen as well. And today I have some of them to giveaway to you all!   Since we’re working on the human body this year, I chose the Human Body Science Cards. What a fun way of reviewing and practicing all of the parts and functions of the Human Body!   For those of you who haven’t heard of Hot Dots before, they are educational cards with dots on them. When pressed on the dots, the special pen registers whether or not the answer is correct or not.   The pen then lights up green and dings for a correct answer, or red and buzzes for an incorrect answer.   We also chose some Vocabulary Cards, these particular ones help practice Synonyms.  Here is a close up of what some of the cards look like. This set comes with 50 double-sided, illustrated cards that cover synonyms for grades 2+. They have 6 interactive vocabulary … [Read more...]

JUN
17
2012

All About Learning Press $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

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I know you are all working hard on getting next year’s curriculum chosen, purchased, and organized, and I have somethin’ for you today that I think will make all that a little bit easier…and less expensive! You got it, I have an All About Learning Press $50 Gift Card to giveaway to one of you this week! Yeah! It’s no secret that over here at Confessions, we LOVE LOVE LOVE All About Learning Press products! I started using them last year for our phonics and spelling help and we’ve never looked back. Tinker Bell has just finished up All About Reading Level 1 this year, and is reading really well. She’ll be moving on to All About Spelling next year, and hopefully All About Reading Level 2 when it comes out!     Why do I love All About Learning Press so much? It’s easy to do with no prep work on my part The phonics rules are reviewed often so kiddos remember them It’s a hands-on learning style that makes learning fun Results: I personally witnessed in … [Read more...]