,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 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.
Update: Alright guys if you enjoyed this blends game and would like other worksheets to go with it you purchase the packet here.
Did you miss me? I haven't been around lately. Personal things going on. I did post about it, you can read it here. Anyways, I am back to creating. My son and I are working on blends and that can get a little boring, so I created this fun game!
I made it pretty simple. When you go to print, you will have 2 options to use. The first is a mini game board, just print and play! The second are the game board pieces, they are a little bigger and can be used to create your own game board. I would use cardboard or poster board. The last page is the playing cards. These will be used with both versions of the game.
Playing is simple. Grab two player pieces (legos, mini action figures, counters..etc.), place them on the start box, grab one die, roll and play! Roll the die, move the number of spaces shown and say the letter blend, find the playing card with the same blend and read the words.
I hope everyone had a nice Easter. We spent the day with my in-laws eating good food and having fun conversations!
It is finally done, word sliders are here. These sliders are great for practicing word families and blends. My son has a hard time seeing patterns, so these word sliders make it easy for him to recognize the pattern, only the first sound changes, the ending stays the same.
You can print out this free printable here. I also included instructions on how to put them together.
If you don't want to make your own, here are a few fun sliders you can purchase off of Amazon.
What fun activities do you do to practice word families and blends? Let me know in the comments.
Are your kiddos having problems with word families? How about the -un word family? I created this game to make learning the -un words fun!
There are two ways you can set up the board, you can print out the board, cut and tape the sheets together or you can cut out the circles and glue them on a piece of cardboard. I covered mine with contact paper and decorated it. Here is the game board that you can print. You can use whatever game pieces you want. I found a bag of plastic bears at goodwill and we use those for our game pieces. You just need one die and you are ready to play!
If you don't want to make your own game, here are a few games you can purchase on Amazon:
What fun games do you play to practice the word families? Let me know in the comments!
I remember the days of word stretching, my daughters got it right away, my son, no go. Even to this day, he struggles with it. He will be reading and when he comes to a word that he don't know, he just starts saying a whole bunch of words instead of sounding it out. So that got me thinking, why not make a game out of word stretching.
This game focuses on the parent saying the sounds and the child putting those sounds together to make the word. It is Easter themed, so it will be a great addition to your Easter themed lessons. You can get your game here. Just print out, cut and play. (Mix up the cards so the word families are mixed together.)
What fun activities do you do with your kiddo to practice word stretching? Let me know in the comments!
Update: I have updated the game board to be less confusing and I also added additional information on the second page of the download to clarify the directions. I am sorry for any confusion before. I am very happy that so many are enjoying this game.
Bossy "R" is so bossy! I think it deserves it own bingo game! I am getting a head in the game and creating this fun game when we finish learning about the bossy "r" vowels. This game has all 5 of the bossy "r" vowels: -ar, -er, -ir, -ur and -or.
How to play, it is simple to play, you can print out the game board, grab one die and some bingo chips. You don't have to use traditional bingo chips, you can use Legos, or counters or whatever you have on hand. Roll the die, find a word that matches the bossy "r" vowels, say it and put your marker on it. Six in a row wins!
What fun games do you play to practice those Bossy "R" Vowels? Let me know in the comments.
This week we will be working on Ghost Letters or Silents Letters, -kn, -wr, -gn, -mb. I really enjoyed making my worksheets for this lesson. I even made a fun ghost craft activity. I think for these pesky letters that it is important to have fun with the lessons. As we are getting farther along, things are getting trickier, so that means more frustrating moments and more breaks through out the day. Just remember it is perfectly fine to take as many breaks as needed as to not overwhelm your students. I have learned that once that constant frustration sets in, I have lost the battle. My son won't be listening and the whole lesson pretty much went in one ear and out the other. But enough with that.
Before I get into the worksheet I made. I will go over the craft I made. For this craft I just used construction paper. Here is a picture of the craft I did. I will have my son glue the words on the correct ghost.
I created some fun worksheets and I created more stories. In a previous post, I made up some stories to go with the subject we were working on. Here is the link, if you wanted to check those out. This time around I made stories using the ghost letters words. You can either read the passage to your child or have them read it. The point of the worksheet is to have them circle the ghost letter words and write them on the lines provided. Here is the free printable packet. Remember all of the worksheets and games I make are always free and printable.
What fun activities do you do with your students to practice ghost letters? Let me know in the comments!
Hey! I have been doing a lot of creating this week. My son and I will be working on the long /u/ sound soon and I created some fun activities. I really put some thought into this one. I like to mix things up and try to do different activities for each lesson.
I created some fun picture matching worksheets, fun word find puzzles and I created short reading passages using the long /u/ sound! I am really excited to share this free printable packet with you. The long /u/ letter combinations that are used are u-e, ue and ew. You can get the whole packet right here!
Here is a preview of my one of the reading passages that I created!
What fun worksheets or games do you use when practicing the long /u/ sound? Let me know in the comments!
As soon as I say sight words, I swear my son goes running. He hates practicing his sight words. I think because it is just plain flash cards and that is boring to him. So how do you make sight words fun? Make a fishing game of course! Check out below on how to make your own fishing game!
Sight Word List
Ruler with holes
Magnet with a hole
How to build the fishing pole:
1. Cut a piece of string ( you can decide which length will be best)
2. Insert one end of the string in one of the holes in the ruler and tie a knot, so it won't slip out
3. Insert the other end of string through the hole in the magnet and tie a knot.
How to Play:
1. Print out the fish templates (print out as many as you need)
2. Cut out the fish and write sight words on each fish. ( here is a list of words)
3. Put a paper clip on each fish
4. Scatter the fish on the table and go fishing!
5. When you catch a fish, read the word. (you can go a step further and write the words as you catch them on a piece of paper)
What games do you play to make sight words fun? Let me know in the comments.
Winter break is almost over and I didn't get as much as I wanted to get done. With Christmas and cleaning up after Christmas and then I am feeling under the weather, has left me with no time or energy to do the things I wanted. I hoped everyone else was able to accomplish all they wanted to during winter break.
I did manage to get my next lesson worksheets done. We will be starting the long /e/ sound soon and I came up with some fun worksheets for my son to practice. I even created my first color by word activity. You can print the long /e/ worksheets for free, here.
I hope you are ready for winter break to be over, because honestly I am ready to get back to it! What fun activities do you do when teaching the long /e/ sound? Let me know in the comments!
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!
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 think out of all the holidays that Christmas is my favorite. Christmas is the only holiday I decorate for and I love to create Christmas or Holiday themed games. I did a similar game for Halloween, that I made myself using construction paper, you can check it out here. This time around, I made several templates that you can print out and write a set of rhyming words on them. You can come up with your own words or you can use my list.
There are several pages of templates, you can print them all out or you can use the ones you like best. The way I do it is, I pick two word families, there are 4 words in each family, so I would have a total of 8 cards. I just lay them out in a board like pattern and play memory, when two words rhyme, you get to keep the card and the next person takes a turn.
My son is sort of a sore loser so I try to keep the games fun, so that means no one wins, but you can make your own rules for the game, it is all about your child's journey, my son gets mad and just shuts down and learning is done for the day, so I try to avoid that by making the games fun instead of competitive.
What is your favorite holiday template and what holiday themed educational games do you play in your classroom? Let me know in the comments!
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My son loves to play games. I decided to use this fact to my advantage. Of course he likes his regular video games, but since I am not a video game designer, I can't create my own educational video game, so I create my own hands on games (old fashion games). I do love Reading Eggs which is an online type of game to help with reading. He really enjoys it and I highly recommend checking it out!
This game is called "Throw a Digraph". You can use a piece of poster board that you can get from the dollar store, but I found an old piece of table top in our basement and I covered it with contact paper. After the surface was covered, I just drew out the boxes and wrote in the Digraphs, -Ch, -Th, -Sh, -Wh and -Kn I do suggest if you are using contact paper to use a sharpie marker, but if you are using poster board, regular markers will work just fine. I also decorated mine with stickers that I had laying around the house.
The game is pretty simple to play, you just set it up on the floor, stand as far back as you think is appropriate and throw a bean bag and whatever digraph it lands on, have your child say the sound it makes. You can also go a step further and have them say the sound and a word that starts with the digraph.
What games are you playing with your child to help in identifying digraphs? Let me know in the comments.
If your child is anything like mine he or she gets bored real easy, especially when they are learning about letter blends. So when I hear the words, "Mom, this is boring", that is my cue to come up with a fun game. I created a dice game called roll a blend.
I made my own dice, there are easy instructions on the internet. After I put them all together I wrote 3 letter blends on one and two letter blends on the other. The three letter blends I am using are -Str, -Shr, -Spl, -Scr, -Spr and -Thr. On the other die, I picked 6 two letter blends and wrote them on each side of the die. Here is a list of two letter blends.
Its game time! Just roll the die and say the blend. That's it! I only use one at a time, for an example right now we are working on three letter blends, so I will be using the three letter blend die. I made the three letter blend die a little big. I did this because my son loves to throw things, so he can throw the die and it can land on the floor, he gets a big kick out of that. The little one will probably work best on the table.
What letter blend games do you play? Let me know in the comments.
I am back with another game that is similar to the last game post I did, you can read Hard and Soft C says here. The game is the same except this time we have the "Hard G and the Soft G". I also made an anchor chart to go with this game as well. Anchor charts are great for those students who need to "see" how to determine which G to use.
The rules of the game are the same as "soft c", print out the playing cards, you may choose to laminate the cards or not, it is your choice.
Once you printed the game cards, cut them out and spread them face down on the table. Decide who goes first. I went first the very first time we played the game, just to show my son how to play. Pick a card, read the word (there are pictures to help identify the word) and say if it has a soft or hard “G”, then do what the card says, like, “bark like a dog”.
Here is a little tip and where the anchor chart comes in, have the chart next to your child and let him or her refer to the chart to help in deciding which “G” is being used. This will not only help in getting the right answer, but it will also help in remembering how to tell which “G” is being used.
I would love to hear what games you play to help in figuring out which “G” is being used in words.
Comment below .
What are digraphs? Digraphs are two letters that make one sound. The most popular digraphs are SH, CH, TH, and WH. There are so many different activities you can do to help your K-2 grader learn his or her digraphs. To start I created this fun and easy digraph sort. Just print and go!
I also have 6 fun digraph games to go along with your lesson plan. You can get your games here.
You could go a step further and cut out the charts when your child is done sorting and glue it in a notebook or put in a binder, so they can go back and use it as a reference when you are working on digraphs for future assignments.
If you would rather have an anchor chart to hang up in your learning space, I created one here for you.
It is an awesome feeling when your child knows of all his ABC’s and the sounds they make. It is even better when he or she can put those sounds together and make words and eventually read. Then comes the letters that make different sounds in different words. So now we are back to square one teaching them which sound they should use.
Right now my son is learning about the hard and soft “C”. He gets confused easily and I wanted a way for him to be able to determine which sound to use without getting frustrated. I came up with an awesome anchor chart and a fun game, that not only helps in learning the Hard C and Soft C, but to get your little one moving and laughing.
Here is the anchor chart that I made, please feel free to download it, print it and use it. you can use it as a big chart that you hang on the wall or you can make a binder with the chart in it. I do the binder, this way my son can use his “notes” when doing assignments to help him know the answers.
Now the fun part, the game. I love games and most kids love games too. I know that there are great educational online games, but sometimes, I feel my son needs to get away from the screen and play an old fashion game. This game I created does double duty, it helps in figuring out which “C” is being used and help with following directions and having a little fun too!
The game is called, Hard and Soft C Says. It is like Simon Says, but more educational based. Here are the playing cards, please feel free to print them out and use them or you can create your own. Once you printed the game cards, cut them out and spread them face down on the table.
Then decide who goes first. I went first the very first time we played the game, just to show my son how to play. Pick a card, read the word (there are pictures to help identify the word) and say if it has a soft or hard “C”, then do what the card says, like, “bark like a dog”.
Here is a little tip and where the anchor chart comes in, have the chart next to your child and let him or her refer to the chart to help in deciding which “C” is being used. This will not only help in getting the right answer, but it will also help in remembering how to tell which “C” is being used.
I would love to hear what games you play to help in figuring out which “C” is being used in words. Comment below .
I really enjoy making board games and combining that with learning makes it even better! I created this game call One, Two, Three Syllables. The purpose of this game is to help kids identify how many syllables are in words, (i.e. cat= 1 syllable, zebra 2=syllables, lemonade= 3 syllables). There are many ways to show how to figure out the syllables, but my favorite is clapping. Clap while saying the word, how many times did you clap, that is the number of syllables in the word.
Here is how to create the game, all the supplies that you will need will most likely be around your house.
This is simple to make. If you would rather print out a game board and glue the game pieces to the premade board that is fine too. I personally like to make my own game boards.
That is it on how to make the board. Here is the fun part, how to play the game. For game pieces you can choose anything you want. You can use different colored counters or buttons or even player pieces from different games. You will also need a die, you can make your own or if you have one laying around you can use that.
How to play:
It is that simple, for me the point is to learn so I didn’t include board squares that say lose a turn, roll again, etc. It is just about saying the words and figuring out the syllables.
This game is perfect for K-2 graders. It is all about having fun and you might just learn something too!
What syllable games do you play with your kids or students? Let me know in the comments!
Happy Halloween! Today is all about fun, but that doesn't mean that learning can't be fun too.
One of things I noticed is that all my kids have different learning styles. My son is a visual learning, it helps if he physically sees what is going on. One way of doing this is coming up with fun games to help him understand what we are working on.
The one thing that he struggles with are rhyming words. If I “say” what rhymes with dog, he has a hard time figuring out the answer. If I put the word in “writing” in front of him, he sees that dog ends with the -og sound, so now he knows that another word that ends with -og is the rhyming word that goes with dog.
I came up with a fun rhyming game using CVC (consonant-vowel- consonant) words. Not only does this game help with rhyming, but it also helps with sounding out words too. Since it is October, I have decided to do a Halloween themed game. You can choose whatever theme you like.
First, make your templates, you can either draw them yourself or print them out from the internet. After you have your templates trace them on construction paper.
Cut each one out and write words on each of the patterns. Here is a list that I use, you can use this one or you can search for CVC words on the internet.
This is optional, you can decorate the patterns or leave as is. Lay the cards out and start the game. Turn two cards over, have your child say the words and ask him or her if the words rhyme, if they do, they get to keep the cards, if they don’t turn the cards over and the other person takes a turn.
If you have fun rhyming games you play with your children please let me know in the comments, I am always looking for ways to make learning fun.
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.