It has been crazy in our household, the holidays are approaching, work has been crazy and school is about to be put on hold for a few weeks for winter break! I am super excited about that, it will give me time to create some awesome FREE activities for your homeschooling journey.
The next lesson my son and I are going to be working on is the long /o/ sound using the -oa, -ow and -oe. I will admit that I do use some great content from other homeschooling mommies and daddies and also create some of my own. I had a good amount of worksheets for the week, but I felt I was a little short, so I created these three awesome worksheets. They are simple and a great tool for practicing long /o/ sound and writing (My son needs to practice his writing, he likes to float his letters....lol).
Here are the three worksheets for you to use!
Do you have any long /o/ activities that you do with your child? Let me know in the comments, I am always looking for fun new things to do in my learning space!
Yesterday in the mail my son received his first Highlights magazine. My in-laws got him a subscription for Christmas and I am so excited. I think I was more excited than he was. I remember growing up and reading the magazine. I loved the stories and the fun activities in it.
The magazine now is just as fun but I think it is better! With his very first magazine he got the magazine, of course, but he also got a hidden pictures book and a calendar! He opened the hidden pictures book right away and started searching for those pictures. He even paused his video game just to do some of the puzzles, now that is amazing!
I was really shocked that he wasn't getting frustrated when he couldn't find some of the pictures, but he just asked me for help and we did it together. I think this will be a great tool in our teaching arsenal. I believe that it will help him develop patience and not freak out when he can't get something right away (he freaks out when he plays video games all the time). If you don't know what the Highlights magazine is, I highly recommend checking it out here.
Did you grow up reading the Highlights magazine? If you did, what was your favorite part of the magazine? Let me know in the comments!
In a few days we are going to be working on the long /i/ sound. As part of the lesson, I created a few activities for practice. The first one is holiday related, so something fun to do this month! Here is a free printable for your little one to practice using the long /i/ sound. At the end of the packet there are three charts that you can hang in your learning area or put into a binder for your child to look back on when he or she is struggling.
What are some activities you do with your child to help with the long /i/ sound? Let me know in the comments!
I just love the Henry and Mudge books. They are so cute and my son just loves them. In the first book, there was a story where Mudge gets lost and my son wanted to read the next chapter to see if Henry finds him. It warms my heart to see my son wanting to read more to find out what happened. There was a time when my son refused to even try to read and now he is more open to the process of reading.
I highly recommend the Henry and Mudge books, because for my son they are just on the border of him being able to read most of the words but still needs a little help from me. They have small chapters and the pictures are great in helping my son decode words that he is having trouble with. He is a visual person and looking at the pictures helps him read the words. It is amazing to see how his learning process is, that is one of the reasons why I chose to have him do school from home.
If you are interested in the Henry and Mudge books, here is a link to the first and second book.
I would love to hear what books your child is reading! Let me know in the comments.
I am so excited that my brain is spitting out all of these awesome things to help with recognizing teen numbers. My son really enjoyed working in his Teen Numbers book, you can check out that post here. So my next project I did was, Name That Teen Mini Game! It is a simple board game with the teen numbers, 11-19, all around the board.
You can print the game board here. I glued mine on a cereal box side, but you can just play as is when you print it out. Now you are ready to play the game. Pick some game pieces, we play with small Lego pieces, and use one die to roll. Roll the die and move that many spaces and say the number, that simple. Simple and fun is what I do best. Too complicated frustrates my son, so I try to make all of our "fun" learning simple, so when we do the "not so fun" learning he isn't burned out.
What type of games do you play to practice teen numbers? Let me know in the comments.
I don't know what it is, but my son has the hardest time with teen numbers. You can show him numbers all the way up to 100 and has no problems telling you what they are, as soon as you show him a 15, he says 51, it is so odd and he does that with the all the teen numbers. Now if I say no, he will count to himself until he gets to the 15 and says it correctly, but to just look at it and say it, he always says the number backwards.
So I did some research and my creative juices started to flow. I completed the first project in my teen number series, the Teen Numbers Booklet! It is a simple booklet that has counting, tracing and even the number as a word. I am not very good at making a book, so I used some glue to put it together, so please google how to put the book together, because I am not the person to ask, I will make it more confusing than it really is. Even my husband was confused on how I put it together, lol (I don't have color in my printer, but the pictures are in color)
Inside you will find fun pictures to count and I used a tracing font, so your child can count the pictures, trace the number and trace the number word. Here is the PDF, if the PDF doesn't print like a booklet, send me an email and let me know and I will send you the word file that prints out like a booklet.
Do you have any suggestions on how to make learning the teen numbers fun? 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.