You can get the -ad word family here. Here is a preview of one of the activities in the packet.
If you are interested in more worksheets, games, etc. check out my stuff here!
I am back with another word family activity packet! This packet focuses on the -ad word family. If you missed the first one in the series, the -ab word family you can check it out here. This packet includes two cut and glue activities and 3 worksheet style activities to complete!
You can get the -ad word family here. Here is a preview of one of the activities in the packet.
All the things I create are great for extra practice and something to put in your portfolio. My son does all his schooling with an online curriculum, so the activities I create really come in handy for our end of the year review!
If you are interested in more worksheets, games, etc. check out my stuff here!
I am happy to say that this is the first of the word family series! I am so excited about this series. Each packet will focus on one word family at a time. There will be two cut and glue activities and three worksheet style activities to complete! This series will be a great addition to the word family lessons you are already working on!
If you missed it, I also have a word family sliders game that you can print out for free. You can check that out here. The first word family will be the -ab family. You can get your packet here. The packet includes a picture word and make a word type of craft. The worksheets include a word match, which word and a sentence activity. Here is a preview of the word match and make a word activity.
Keep an eye out on my blog to get the rest of word family series. What do you do to practice word families? Let me know in the comments.
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This post has been heavy on my mind lately. I wasn't sure if I should post it because it is about homeschooling, but not like my normal posts. But, the more I thought about it, the more I thought that not only will this post help others but it will help me as well. Here is a little background about me.
I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis 26 years ago. I was 14 years old and the doctors believe that I got it from an infection in my lungs. I will give you my definition of the disease, but please feel free to look up what the medical definition is. So basically, bronchiectasis is the inflammation of airways in the lungs that causes a large amount of mucous which in turn causes infections, because of the damage to the lungs, my cilia doesn't work to bringing up the mucous so I have pocket of fluid in my lungs. So because of this I am constantly getting infections.
I used to be able to go 6 months without a flare up, but since January, I have been sick on on off for three months. People with my condition usually are treated with antibiotics. I was on a powerful antibiotic for years but recently I have grown a resistance to it and it doesn't work anymore. So I was in the hospital and experimented with different antibiotics. I am allergic to a lot of them, so my options are limited.
So I have found a few that work, but the problem is when I am done taking them, a week later I am knocked back on my butt sick in bed. So I constantly have to on something and I am just now experimenting with this and keeping my fingers crossed that it works. So with that said, homeschooling has not been constant lately.
I have been trying to brainstorming on how to adjust our homeschooling routine when I feel really bad. I would love to hear to what other homeschooling families that either have a disabled child or the parent who is teaching is disabled handles days or maybe weeks when sitting at the dining room table is not an option. Let me know in the comments.
Hello everyone! Hope everything is going well during this crisis. I am slowly making new products for my store. I hope you got a chance to take advantage of the sale I had at the beginning of the month, if not check out some of my amazing products, prices are still reasonable!
Well, as many of you, homeschooling is a normal thing in our household, so as my son was doing some phonics independent work, my gears were turning in my head. As the gears were turning word families popped in my head. So my current project is putting together some fun worksheets, games and maybe even a craft or two.
As always, I like to offer everyone something free that is beneficial and that would easily go great with the word family project I am currently working on. I created word families sliders. These sliders are your basic word families, at, ad, ap, etc. You can print them here for free.
I also created other word family sliders using word families that end with and, ank, ask, etc. You can check out that post here.
I hope you enjoy this free resource and keep an eye out on my store for my word families resources. While you are there take a moment and look at the other resources I offer. I have a lot of free items as well as paid items. You can check that out here.
I would love to hear what you guys use to practice word families, let me know in the comments!
I am happy to announce that on April 6 and April 7 everything in my store is 20% off on TpT! This is a perfect time to get worksheets and games to go along with your lessons or if you need something to supplement during quarantine schooling. Click here to find worksheets and games.
While you are checking out my items pop on over to other stores to check out other great teaching resources, worksheets, games, etc.
It has been crazy with this virus scare. I have been in the house since March 13 and for most of the time I was really sick. I didn't have the virus, but I was struggling. I am just now starting to feel better. So I am back at it and I am happy to say I have complete the Roll and Say Number set to 999.
If you missed the last post, you can get the Roll and Say Numbers 100-199 here for free. If you are interested in the rest of the numbers you can get them below. The game is really easy to play, just print out the game boards, grab one die and something to cover the numbers with. We use math counters, but you can use anything from coins to bingo markers. Roll the die, say the number in the column and cover the number. It is pretty easy to play and kids will love it. Once you feel that your child has mastered the numbers move on to the next board.
I know times are difficult, but we will get through this. Please remember that there is a reason why we are asked to stay at home, this virus is very serious and deadly, so please stay home and only go out when you need to.
I noticed the other day that my son was trying to tell me how many points he got on a game and he just couldn't say the number right. It was up in the thousands, so that got my mind thinking. First off, we need to take a step back in math and review numbers. Second, I didn't want to make it boring so I came up with a cool way to practice saying numbers.
I plan on doing a whole series, but I wanted to offer numbers 100-199 for FREE!!! This is a fun roll and say game. Roll a die, pick a number in the column, say it and cover it! Very easy! There are four different game boards. Some of the numbers are repeated. Once you feel your child(ren) have mastered one board, move on to the next!
You can print it out free here!
Do you have any fun games you like to play when practicing numbers? Let me know in the comments!
Alright, I am here to ask for some help. My younger daughter has been an e-schooler since kindergarten and she will be in 9th grade next school year. As of right now, she is not interested in doing any of her work. She doesn't log into classes, doesn't complete her assignments on time, nothing. Like right now, she has 12 things over due. I am getting a little nervous that she will probably be kicked out of the school.
So, I am looking into traditionally homeschooling her for highschool. I am looking for a complete online program that will meet all the graduation requirements for my state (Ohio). I have looked into two, one of them didn't get great reviews, the other has okay reviews.
This is where you come in. If you homeschool a highschooler using online curriculum, comment below and let me know what program you use and why you like it!
Thank you so much for your comments, they will really help me in deciding which curriculum to choose.
It seems like it has been forever since my last post and I do apologize for that. Everyone at my house was sick and kept passing the sickness around and around. Knock on wood we are starting to feel better, so I was able to finally get a my prefix -un story done and create a cool bingo game too!
I am going to brag about my kiddo for a minute. For my first time readers, my son is 10 years old and is a struggling reader. He was part of an e-school last year, which he was in 2nd grade. I felt that he wouldn't be ready for the required state test they have to take in 3rd grade and I felt that I would be able to help him learn without feeling pressure to "hurry" and catch up. So for this school year I am traditionally homeschooling him and will do that through at least 5th grade. After that I will reevaluate to see if I am going to enroll him back in the online school for middle school and high school or keep going with the homeschooling.
So the bragging part. My son has improved so much in a short time with his reading. Like with normal homeschooling, a child will not be at the same levels in every subject, like for example, I started him out on level one with a language arts curriculum, we just started level two, which we will continue throughout the summer, but in math we are starting multiplication, which is about 3rd grade!
Okay bragging over! So now to the fun part. Here is a free story that I created. You can print it here. Either you read or have your child read the story, highlight all the words that start with the
-un prefix and discuss what each word means. For an example, highlight the word unwell, you would have your child tell you that unwell means not well.
I also created this fun prefix bingo. The game includes the prefix un and re. There are 4 bingo cards and call cards. The caller reads that meaning of the word, like "not well" and the child will put a bingo marker on the word "unwell" on the bingo card. The first to get six in a row wins! You can check it out here.
Since I got to brag about my kiddo in this post, it is only fair that you get to! Leave me a comment telling me something your child accomplished recently!
By now, everyone should be back to their homeschooling routine. We started out pretty great after break, so I hope we can keep it up. One of things that I love about homeschooling my son is watching his brain grow. You can tell when his brain grows because things he was struggling with before, he gets now. I always say, you can try to teach a kid something until you are blue in the face, but if his or her brain is not ready to receive that information, you are wasting your time.
That is a beauty of homeschooling, not every kid learns the same way and not every kid learns at the same time. My son is a slow learner when it comes to reading and that is okay, because I know that his brain will catch up and all the worries I had and will have will be for nothing.
Okay, I kind of went off topic there.. sorry ;) So recently we did some lessons on -er and -est as comparison words. I created this fun color by words printable. All the words ending with -er are red and all the words ending with -est are blue. It is a heart picture so it will be perfect for the month of February. You can print it for free here.
If you are looking for more -er and -est activities, check out this packet I made. It contains two worksheets and a game. You can check it out here. Here is a preview of one of the worksheets.
What fun activities do you to practice comparison words that end with -er and -est? Let me know in the comments.
Christmas is over and pretty soon break will be over and my son and I will be back to our lessons. We will be working on the drop the "e" and the four types of sentences. I created this fun game show activity to add a little fun to the lesson. You can print it here for free!
Looking for more sentence activities? Check out my Four Types of Sentences packet. It includes 2 worksheets, a memory match game and a sentence craft! You can check it out here.
Do you work through the holidays or do you give your kids some type of break? Let me know in the comments.
Growing up I think compound words were my favorite part of grammar. How cool is it to take two words, put them together to make a new word. I like that if you put two words together and they don't make sense, then it is not a real compound word, if it makes sense, you made a new word. It is all about trial and error, not too much pressure and still fun to do. I think making silly words and saying them out loud was the most fun.
That is what it is all about, fun. My son gets bored when I am just lecturing, I do all the talking and he does all the listening. We do this a lot in Math, so I try to make English a little more fun. I create fun games, worksheets or crafts to make the learning process easier.
I created this fun worksheet called Alien Compound Words. Help the Aliens find their home planets. You can glue the Aliens on the planets for a one time activity or you can just place the Aliens on their home planet to do it more than once. The choice is yours. You can print the worksheet here.
You want more fun activities to do with compound words, no problem, I created more fun things here. There is a compound word match, compound word adding, compound word shopping and a compound word sunflower craft. Here is a preview of the word matching and word adding.
What fun things do you do when practicing compound words? Let me know in the comments.
Well, not really ewww, but definitely -EW! I can't believe that Christmas is in like 2 weeks. I barely got any shopping done. Is your shopping done? To make our lessons a little more festive, I have created this cute Christmas themed -EW worksheet.
All you have to do is have your kiddo color all the -ew words. You can print it here.
How do you incorporate the holidays into your lessons? Let me know in the comments.
I know everyone is getting for ready for Thanksgiving and a lot of you have decided to take a break from lessons and concentrate on the holidays. I am not one for cooking so we are going to a relatives house. So that means I have some time to create some more awesome content for you!
We are working on subjects and verbs and I created this chart to put in your child's notes. This way when he or she is stuck, they can pull it out and reference it to help with their lessons. You can download it here!
I also created three fun subject/verb activities to go with your lesson. You can check it out here. Here is a preview of the board game that is included in the packet.
Do you take breaks for the holiday or just on the day? Let me know in the comments.
I am back at it! We are back to reviewing tr, br and dr in the curriculum, so I decided to make a few games to make it fun and some coloring too!.
You know it is so funny how kids learn. My son will swear up and down that he can't read, but as soon as he gets mad, he is spitting out words like nothing. Another thing I have noticed is that my son learns better by moving around. I am still trying to incorporate reading a book and him moving. Okay, lets get back to those games and the free coloring page.
With Thanksgiving coming around, I decided to create a fun color by blend turkey sheet. You can get it here for free.
If you are interested in the games you can find them here. Here is a preview of the flip and say and the board game. There is a directions page on how to play each game. I am really excited about the blends card game I made, it's like go fish, but with blends! Check it out!
What ways do you mix moving around and reading a book? Please let me know in the comments.
I cannot believe that we are in the month of October already. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I love the pumpkins, witch hats, scary spiders, etc. I wouldn't mind if it was Halloween all year round...lol
So, with that being said, I have a fun pumpkin template for you. You can use this template for rhyming word fun, practicing sight words, etc.
I left them blank for you to write on them whatever you need. You can print them here.
I also have a practice packet using -OO words, like in boo, food, etc. I have them available in two places, so if you a teachers pay teachers account you can get it here, if you have an Etsy account you can get it here. Here is a sneak peak on what you get in the packet.
What fun Halloween themed activities do you use in your classroom? Let me know in the comments.
I don't know what it is about hunts, but my son loves them. They can be as simple as looking for my phone when I misplace it or searching for his headset! No matter the type of hunt, word hunt, scavenger hunt, etc. he loves it! He gets all excited and the light bulb goes off in his head and he is busting out words like there is no tomorrow.
A little background, my son says to me that he is not smart, he doesn't know how to read or do things and he really does. He may not be the best at it, but he does know how to read. I hear him when he is playing video games or watching TV. He likes to have the subtitles on and I hear him reading them or if there is a sign or something in a game, he will look at me and say, this says, ....., it is amazing to see. Now when it comes time to read something he is not excited about, he struggles.
But, I believe the struggle is mostly because he is bored. I know I don't like to read books that I am not interested in, I get tired and annoyed real fast...lol
So that brings us to the hunt, the silent "e" hunt. The game is simple, print out the words and the star template here. Cut the words and star out. I attached the star to a ruler with tape and I taped the words around the room. Our living room and dining room are one, so I have a lot of room. Have your kiddo go around the room with the magic "e" wand, have him or her say the word without the "e", then have them hold up the wand to the end of the word and say the word with the "e".
Let me know in the comments if your kiddo loved the hunt and remember for more games and worksheets you can check out my store here.
,Tomorrow we are starting another week of learning! I will admit, I had a rough week last week. I got frustrated because I feel that my son is never going to be at the "grade level" that schools expect him to be at his age. This is one of the reasons why I elected to traditionally homeschool him, I felt him being pushed through was not good.
Like I said I was frustrated, but I reached out to my homeschool support group on Facebook and I feel better. My favorite comment was that, not all kids in brick and mortar schools are at the same level, every kid is at a different level in different subjects. That got me thinking, I found these free assessments to give your child to see what level he or she is at.
So after all my worrying, he is right where we are at in our current language arts curriculum. Yes he is behind, but I have to accept the fact that he will always be behind. So I will just keep trucking away and hopefully when my husband and I decide to enroll him back into the online school, he was attending, he will be ready. Keeping my fingers crossed.
So with that said, I created this neat little game call Long and Short Vowels Wishing Well. You can print out the templates here. Once you print out the stones with the words on them, glue the whole sheet of paper to a cereal box and covered it with clear packing tape and then cut out the stones. I am cheap so I don't have colored ink in my printer, but the activity is in color.
I used buckets for the wishing wells, but you can use any type of container, it can be jars or boxes, whatever you have around your house will work. Once you have the stones and labels cut out, just tape the labels on the containers, put the stones face down on the table and have your kiddo, pick one, say the word, help them if they need help with the word and ask them if the vowel sound is a short or long, once they answer have them put it in the right "wishing well"
Here is what my set up looks like, again, yours will be in color, if you have a color printer.
I would love to hear how you practice long and short vowels, let me know in the comments!
I decided that every Saturday I will be taking my kids hiking during the fall season. We had our first hike this past Saturday. So being my first hike I didn't really know what to expect. I wanted it to be this cool scavenger hunt and collect things to make crafts out of later. Well, it didn't quite work out that way.
We did use the scavenger hunt hike sheet I created, which you can print for free here. My son was pretty excited to use the sheet to find things and mark them off. So that was a good thing, but we didn't collect anything. I felt that nature should stay in nature. Maybe on future hikes I will feel different, but that day, I knew that nature needed to stay in the woods.
I think the best part is when we got chased by a dragon fly, everyone ran except my middle child, she just stood there looking at us like we were crazy, lol. Here are a few pictures of the neat things we saw during our hike.
Here is a preview of the scavenger hunt printable.
Since I am new to the whole lets go hiking every Saturday, how do you incorporate learning during your hikes? Let me know in the comments!
I am reviewing blends with my son. It seems like he has gotten it down, but it doesn't hurt to practice. So I created this awesome packet to do just that. You know me I don't like to keep amazing things to myself, so I am sharing this packet with you for FREE!
Who doesn't like free stuff?!? You can print the packet here. Below is a preview of a game that is included with the packet.
If you enjoyed this packet you should check out the other packets I have:
What activities do you do to practice consonant blends? Let me know in the comments.
I finally got some things done. The whole house has been sick and when that happens, I don't feel accomplished at all. The house is a mess and school pretty much was no go this week, so now that everyone is feeling better we will be back at it on Tuesday.
Which "To, Too, Two" to use? That is the question?!? This seems like a struggle with a lot of kiddos. My son was getting pretty frustrated with it, so I created him this cute anchor chart that can easily be put into his notes binders. Anytime we are working on this subject he just pulls this out and uses it as a reference to help him decide which "to" to use.
As always, I have made this available to you for free, you can print it out here.
If you want to go a step further, I also created a cool game to go along with this chart. If you have a race car fan, he or she will love this cool game, you can get it here.
What fun activities do you do to practice To, Too and Two? Let me know in the comments.
I will say it again, "No more boring math practice!" Nothing is worse than trying to put a worksheet filled with math facts in front of your child and expect him or her to do it without no fuss. Unless you child is a future mathematician and wants to do math all day long, your child is probably like mine. As soon as the worksheet is put in front of him, he starts throwing himself around saying he doesn't want to it, its boring. Well, I think I solved the problem, well at least for my son, I hope I did you for too!
Say goodbye to boring math fact practice and hello to fun math practice games. This template packet comes with 6 fun ways to practice math, you can use dice, playing cards or dominoes. We have used the domino template and my son really enjoyed it, plus my older children got involved too, so that just made it even easier to get him interested.
As always this is free to print. You can grab your template packet here. If you are interested in more math games, you can check out my math memory packet here.
I would love to hear what ideas you have about making math fun! Let me know in the comments.
I am back again with another great craft! I swear that I am more excited about school than my son is.. Ha! As you know from reading my other posts that I am making games and crafts to go with my son's science lessons.
This time I made this cute life cycles craft to go along with both your plant and animals life cycles lessons. You can print it here and as always it is free. I included a directions page. I didn't include an answer sheet only because I don't want to debate what came first the chicken or the egg, so you can do the life cycle of the chicken anyway you want, it doesn't matter if you put the chicken or the egg first it still turns out right.
If you are interested in a life cycles memory game you can check it out here!
What fun crafts do you do with your kiddos when learning about the life cycle of plants and animals? Let me know in the comments!
So school is about to be starting in this house in a few weeks. I am excited! I have been going through my son's science book and making some fun crafts and games. So for the lesson about what jobs animals have, I made a baboon job mat! It's simple, cute and a fun way to give your kiddo a break from book work.
You can print out everything you need right here. There is an instruction page and an answer key page too! I am really working on making my creations easy to understand. But, if you are confused or have any questions, you can always comment below.
If you are looking for more great activities check out more posts on my blog and I also have some in my store, the link is on the side!
Do you have any great resources to share? Let me know in the comments.
My name is Robin. I am a homeschooling mom of three and I just love to find ways to make learning fun. I am so excited to share my ideas with you. I try to make my ideas as inexpensive as possible. Most of the items I use are things that are around most houses and if you have a printer and ink you are all set. Please feel free to use these ideas in your own learning adventure with your children.