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!
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
It has been a couple of days since I posted last, but not to worry, my creative juices are flowing. I have a few fun math related items to share with you, that are coming soon! My muse is my son, I see what he struggles with and I try to make it less of a struggle and more fun! So that takes a little thought and effort. So stayed tuned for some fun activities for a child who struggles with the teen numbers: 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18 and 19.
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!
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and you avoided the Black Friday shopping rush! I attempted to make my very first dinner for my immediate family this year. I am happy to say it turned out pretty good! Maybe once I have more confidence in my cooking I will make dinner for the extended family.
Now for Black Friday, I had to work, I sell shoes. It wasn't too bad a lot of people, a lot of sales, tired feet... Today was a fun day, we put up our Christmas trees! I thought I would share them with you :)
It was a lot of fun this year, my daughters put up the big white Christmas tree and I put up the little one (the easier one) with my son. We are ready for Christmas in our house, when do you put up your Christmas tree?
On Monday, the fun of the holidays and tree decorating will come to an end and school will resume. I am excited. I love doing school with my kids, especially my son, he is where I get all my inspiration for these fun games, charts etc. that I share with you.
Are you looking forward to get back into the groove of school? Let me now in the comments!
Today in math my son and I were working on subtraction. Two digits on top, single on bottom. A little background on my son. He has a learning disability. He needs the directions or instructions told to him several times and he has to be told in steps, not all at once. So today I caught myself repeating how to subtract with every problem we did.
So to make life a little bit easier, I made this awesome reference for him. It has a nice tune to it, so it is fun to say and it will stick in his head. Trust me, give it a try, you will be saying it just to say it! I will say that I didn't come up with the wording, I found it a long time ago, but I did make the sheet that I am about to share with you. So *thumbs up* to the person who came up with the wording. I just made it pretty *wink*
Please feel free to print this out and hang it in your learning area or put it in a binder for your student to reference in the future.
I will be the first to admit that I struggled with math all through my schooling years. I had to take the high school proficiency test 4 times and I think the last time they just passed me..lol The one thing I did enjoy and I was surprisingly good at, was order of operations, oh and I am awesome at my multiply facts.
When the time came to teach my older kids order of operations, I was super excited. Unfortunately they struggle with math too, must have got that bad gene from me..lol So I created a math binder with notes in it, so they can refer back to whenever they get stuck on a math problem. It has come in handy over the years and I am slowly but surely getting all the notes into fun printable sheets that you can use in your notes binder or even to hang in your learning area.
For all of you P.E.M.D.A.S. lovers, here is a chart to help your kiddos remember the Order Of Operations.
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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.
As a kid I struggled with word problems. I had a hard time understanding what I was reading and figuring out which operation to use was not easy for me. So I came up with a way to help my kids figure out what operation to use and what key words to look for in the word problems.
I created this anchor chart, I keep a copy of my charts in a binder for my children to pull out and reference when they are stuck. You can do that or you can print it out and hang it in your learning area.
What tricks do you use to help figure out which operation to use? 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!
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.
I have been homeschooling for about 9 years now. It is so funny how times have changed from when I was in school. When I was in school, math class for 1st and 2nd grade was all about memorizing math facts, you get a sheet that was filled with math facts and you just go through and write the answers. The tests were the same way, you get a test with just plain math facts and all that was required was the answers. If the answers were right, you got credit for it.
In first and second grade I taught my daughters math facts just like I learned them, when adding double digits, you just add the ones column and the tens column and that was it. Now my son is in second grade and math is not that simple anymore. It is all about how you got the answers, breaking them down into simpler addition problems to get the same answers. I struggled with this myself, so it took me a long time to figure out how to do math this way. After I figured it out, I was amazed on how easy it was. I didn’t have to teach him about carrying the one, it was broken down to the point where all he had to do was add the ones column and tens column and boom he got the answer.
So, to help with this method I made this template using two things, a white board and masking tape.
Now, of course math is not always going to be easy, but for 1st and 2nd graders this is a genius way to do adding! Please feel free to use this idea.
What tricks do you have to teach adding to your elementary school children? 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.