Winter theme hide, find, and read characters.

My oldest daughter age 6 is currently in Kindergarten. Getting her to read and memorize sight words can be difficult. I’m always trying to find games anything to keep her interested long enough to help her remember all the words she has to remember by the end of Kindergarten. Every once and awhile I switch out characters we use for a game in which the characters are hiding with a word and my daughters have to find them. Since it’s currently Winter I chose characters that felt fitting for the Season.

I laminated each character that way we can switch out the sight words as often as my husband and I want. The way we play is we simply hide the characters throughout the house and allow our daughters to find them. My youngest age two helps find them and say what the character is for example if she picks up the snowman she says snowman. My oldest daughter reads the word written on the character each time she finds one. We play until they’re over the game and ready to move onto something else.

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Teaching Spanish to young kids.

My oldest daughter has been wanting to learn Spanish for some time. We had started the process although we never stuck to it enough for her to retain the material fully. For awhile we had been working on learning about a new country every week to expose my daughters to other cultures. The downfall was that picking a new country every week I didn’t feel my daughters were retaining the information. Also we would touch base upon different languages that were spoken in other countries which took away from our focus of learning Spanish.

Therefore I’ve decided to go about exposing my daughters to cultures and languages differently. In order to teach my daughters Spanish I’ve decided to run the lessons corresponding with my youngest daughters letter of the week theme. Therefore week one (Aa) my oldest daughter will learn the words apple, almonds, alligator, airplane, acorn, and angel in Spanish.

Before turning to a concrete lesson plan of teaching my daughters Spanish I had created two posters to touch base with colors, and different words in Spanish. I myself am not fluent in Spanish therefore when it comes to lesson plans I needed something that broke it all down in a way to teach myself at the same time.

Books we’ve used in the past and I’ll be implementing during our Spanish lessons now and in the future are several books.

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The book Mis Primeras 100 Palabras My first 100 words is a book both my oldest daughter age 6 and youngest age 2 enjoy using. Being that we bought it as a board book it holds up to my youngest daughters destructive curiosity. My oldest often has me quiz her by me saying a word in Spanish and her naming the correct word in English as we look at the book together. It names a handful of animals, toys, vehicles, clothing, food, and has two pages dedicated to body parts. I personally find the body part pages the most helpful part of the book, labeled both in Spanish and English. Which helps me out greatly as I’m still learning/refreshing on Spanish myself. I’ve taken courses in College although I had difficulty retaining the information. I find the simplicity of the book quite helpful.

The book Let’s Learn Spanish First Words for Everyone, by Aurora Cacciapuoti is a useful reference to beginner Spanish. As a mother trying to teach Spanish to her daughters and learning herself at the same time, the first several pages are helpful because it gives a brief introduction to Spanish. It is more informative than our board book although I don’t often use it with my youngest because being a paperback it’s likely to get tore up. It is a great book to use with a Kindergartener. It has animals, body parts, food, colors, numbers, clothes, occupations, family, weather and seasons, and more.

A book in Four Languages English, Spanish. French, Mandarin, colors is a simple board book that works great for my two years old that is still in the phase of ripping things. I emphasize each color in English first then will say each in the other languages. I do like how it shows the correct pronunciation of each word which I find quite useful.

A Book in Four Languages English, Spanish. French, Mandarin, Numbers is another simple board book with fruits and vegetables. My youngest and I count the fruit/vegetable on each page in English, and then will say the number in the other languages.

The Scout & Violet 100 Words Book is helpful when introducing Spanish to young kids because it is an electronic book with two modes one in English and one in Spanish. Being electronic we can hear the proper pronunciation of each word in Spanish and it allows my daughters a little more independency with Spanish learning. My youngest can click whichever picture she wants and hear the words she chooses. Kids seem to learn better when they’re able to be in control at least my kids that is.

As we move through our Spanish learning unit I’ll begin to share our week to week lesson plans in future posts.

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The Color Red

Recently I’ve decided to turn to a color of the week theme in order to teach my youngest daughter age two colors. The first color I chose was red because it felt fitting to go along with the letter Aa for (a red) apple. I made a simple red poster to print out and a matching activity to go along with it. I decided to stick them both into dry erase pockets that way I didn’t have to laminate them. By placing the matching worksheet in a dry erase pocket my daughters could use the worksheets several times throughout the week. When not in use I can keep them upon our learning wall to serve as a kid theme decorative art.

To add to a color of the week theme you can place red items in a jar or bucket to bring out throughout the week that kids can dig through and explore items that are red. You can play a fun game of I spy with the items. For example if you place a magnet with an apple on it in the bucket you could say I Spy something red that you can eat.

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The magnet set above are what I use with my kids for our educational magnetic wall. We use them for learning beginning sounds and color descriptions. Counting bears are my daughters top favorite toys to play with for color recognition, sorting, and math skills.

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Letter of the week Aa.

I’ve been working on a letter of the week focus, with my youngest age two and my oldest in Kindergarten I’m often distracted by my oldest daughters school lessons. Therefore I’ve decided to go ahead and start a letter of the week program for my youngest to keep me on top of exposing my youngest to letters among other important skills. I do not expect her to remember all the letters at her age, although I do think early exposure is important the more practice a child is given the better chance they will obtain the information later on. A basic foundation is the key to success when it comes to reading. Learning the letters, and their sounds is an important step on the pathway of learning to read.

A is for___ poster.
Matching worksheet

A simple matching picture to the word worksheet to go with the letter Aa poster. I placed the activity within a pocket sheet that way my daughters could do the worksheet several times throughout the week.

A fun inspired letter Aa cut and paste activity in which kids can color themselves.

I added in a simple T-Chart cut and paste activity that would introduce young children to the concept of T-charts, and briefly touch base on the fact the letter Aa makes two sounds. Short Aa, alligator, almonds, and apple. Long Aa, angel and acorn.

Creating fun Aa inspired art. No need to print anything out, read through instructions below to create an alligator with capital A and an apple with lowercase a.

When it comes to learning to write letters simple alphabet workbooks are helpful. For alphabet theme workbooks the dollar store is a great place to check out first. I recently found alphabet handwriting practice books, and beginning sound books, to pair with the printable activities I made at my local dollar store. If you don’t have a printer workbooks will work perfectly on their own to help young children learn to write letters. Also you can simply write several uppercase and lowercase A’s on a piece of notebook paper and allow kids to trace that.

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Images above are my Amazon picks for helpful tools that help children practice and learn how to write the letters of the alphabet. The magnetic writing board is a great tool because it has arrows that guides young children through the proper formation of writing letters. Both my daughters are drawn to it because of the little magnetic beads.

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If your looking for more letter learning fun click the image below. Although it is Halloween theme, it can still be enjoyed all year round. My daughters enjoy getting up and moving around as they learn, as many young kids do. Take a look, print out the game for free and get up and move around as you teach the alphabet to young kids.

Snow People Monsters

For a fun art activity in which my daughter could take control and explore with different materials we attempted to make a snowman out of modeling dough. In our house the colors often become mixed together quickly. We didn’t have any white dough left. Therefore our snowmen transformed into monsters rather than snowmen. Art is suppose to be an expression of creation that is a result of trial and error not perfection. In our house we often use art time as a way to explore and allow our daughters to freely enjoy the creative process. My oldest becomes stressed when we approach every activity of our day in a strict manner she enjoys flexibility and a chance to create freely.

Items my daughter and I used to make our Snow People Monsters…
-various colors of modeling dough rolled into three balls
-googly eyes
-beads for nose and mouth
-popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners for the arms
-feathers to add wings
-a pom pom to be a hat on it’s head
-a piece of string and pipe cleaners as a scarf
-buttons to be used as the buttons on it’s body

Now if your someone who doesn’t like unrealistic looking arts and crafts activities which is perfectly fine everybody has their own approach to art and learning. In order to make a more realistic looking snowman you’d want to provide the child or children your sharing the project with a different set of materials than my daughter and I used.

A list of materials for a more realistic looking snowman…
-3 balls for snowman’s body made out of white modeling dough.
-Black modeling dough to make eyes, mouth and buttons to go on the snowman’s body.
-Orange modeling dough to make a carrot nose.
-Brown pipe cleaner cut in half to make two stick arms, or brown modeling dough to roll into two stick arms.

The dollar store is always my first recommendation when obtaining craft supplies, and or activity books. There’s often a wide assortment to choose from at an affordable price. However when my daughter first started school I went into a full panic trying to figure out everything she’d need for Kindergarten at home, also messes and clutter really stress me out. Therefore I had bought her a craft kit that came with plenty of craft supplies and a storage container to keep it all in. It works great for our small space, she can easily carry it throughout the house wherever we choose to create art, and then store it all back in it’s spot when finished. Picture shown below is of the craft kit I bought my daughter for school.

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Play-doh kit above is a kit we often use in our house during our modeling dough time we have at least once a week.

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Zebras for a sight word wall.

As my daughter learns sight words we’ve been placing them on the wall. She wanted something that wasn’t plain. She chose animals as the theme. The first batch of animals she chose a unicorn, this time she chose zebras. Although zebras have black skin beneath their fur I left the zebra mostly white with black stripes, to allow for more space for writing the sight word.

The printable itself has no words on it, that way any words can be written on them. When finished writing the sight words I then laminate for more durability. After I cut them out and use tape to place each zebra on the sight word wall.

I recently wrote down her list of other animals she would like for her wall..
– cats
-dogs
-horses
-elephants
-tigers
-lions

As I make them I’ll keep posting the printable for each sight word animal : )

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Letter, number, shape, and color of the week.

Starting in January I plan on introducing week focuses to hold me accountable when it comes to my two year old daughter preschool lessons. I made a simple chart to update each week with the corresponding letter, number, shape, and color of the week. I placed the chart in a dry erase pocket that way I wouldn’t have to print one each week. By placing a Velcro command strip to the back of the pocket chart I’m able to place it upon my daughters learning wall in the living room.

Basic chart.

My oldest being in Kindergarten already knows her colors, numbers, letters, and most of the shapes therefore I felt it was a great opportunity to bridge their learning process together. By teaching the color of the week, shapes, and number I could make her a Spanish/English chart. That way she could learn in Spanish what my youngest is working on in English, which gives my youngest exposure to Spanish as well. I chose to go with word of the week rather than letter of the week. For example if the letter of the week is Aa then we could learn to say apple in Spanish.

Spanish/English chart

We had begun to learn Spanish, although we never committed to learning it on a regular basis. My daughters enjoy reading the Spanish books my husband and I bought them. Besides reading the books we rarely set time aside each day to learn Spanish. For a while we were studying a new country each week and being exposed to other languages which was great the downside was that it just didn’t feel like enough. My daughters weren’t retaining much of the information and I kept falling behind on getting material together. Therefore I’ve decided to switch the way we were going about it and focus in on a specific language and talk about countries in which speak that specific language. I haven’t decided how long we will focus in on each language, sometimes it works out better if I allow my daughters the opportunity to see how they feel and not rush the learning process.

As I gather and create a comprehensive lesson plan I’ll share each in it’s corresponding post. Until then if your interested in just doing it in your own way, in an order that works best for the kids your teaching you can download the free charts through the links below.

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If interested in checking out Spanish speaking countries my daughters studied during the time in which we studied a new country each week click on the images below.

Setting up a sight word wall.

I have been planning on creating a sight word wall to display sight words as my daughter learns them. I fell slightly behind and am getting caught back up. She requested several different animals to go on her wall. The first batch of words are written on unicorns.

I made two versions one in which the unicorns are plain in which my oldest can color herself, and another set with a little color already on them just in case she wasn’t in the mood for coloring. After printing out the unicorns she wrote the words on them herself in pencil and I traced over in sharpie to make them stand out better. After she wrote the words I laminated them for durability.

Eventually I plan on turning the wall in her bedroom into a magnetic wall and placing magnetic stickers to the back of each word. That way she can rearrange the words any way she wants whenever she wants. Also it it will give her the opportunity to play pretend with the unicorns and read the words as she plays. Which provides her the opportunity to review what she has learned in a fun way on her terms. The more I stay on her terms the less of a headache learning becomes. Until then I simply placed tape to the back of them and placed each one on the wall as she learns more words.

Her next pick are zebras once I finish that batch I’ll share them in another post. : )

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Colors of the Month are Red and Green.

I’ve been attempting to pick two colors a month as the focus colors for my youngest daughter age two. I’ve been making a poster for each color and matching cards to go along with them. For the month of December I chose red and green because of Christmas.

I laminated the color posters and the cards for extra durability. My youngest enjoys matching the cards to the pictures on the posters. As she picks up a card I ask her which color poster it goes to red or green. Then she finds the correct picture spot. It makes for a simple activity in which a child is able to combine the concept of matching with color recognition. If you don’t have a laminator you can turn it into a fun cut and paste activity. In which the child is able to cut out the pictures working on their scissor skills and then glue the card to it’s matching spot on the color poster.

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The laminator shown above is the specific one I use. As for the Learning Colors with Nana Hedgehog book and the counting bears they are both great tools to help with color exposure and color recognition.

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Christmas theme Characters to hide, find, and read.

My oldest daughter doesn’t always feel up for learning. She often rolls her eyes, and explains that it isn’t school time. Whenever I try to add in additional sight word practice. Personally trying to expose my daughter to all the sight words she’s suppose to be reading by the end of Kindergarten can often be difficult and feel overwhelming.

Therefore I pick four words a week to focus on. In which I write on a piece of notebook paper I laminated and hung on a wall. I laminated the paper to make it durable and re-useable. Something I quickly learned about school at home is how much paper waste is created. Also the amount of ink I go through is often ridiculous which is why I had chose to use a lined piece of notebook paper rather than wasting ink and time making a sheet on the computer. Every school day I try to get my daughter to write the words of the week out on handwriting paper for writing practice and extra sight word practice.

For the month of December I made four Christmas theme characters for my daughter to hide, find, and read. I laminate each character for durability and that way they’re dry erase. I switch out the words on the characters to correlate with the words of the week. Therefore the printable has no words in the open space that way the words can be switched out often. As we play I often tell her riddles to help her find the more difficult hiding spots. She enjoys finding the characters, and I can often get her to read the words to me. If she’s unsure of a word she hesitates and then I go ahead and help her read it. I wait for her cue that way I don’t give her the answer to soon.

My youngest age two plays along with us. Her method of playing is hiding as many characters as possible under items in our living room. Pushing them as far under giggling as she does.

If you don’t have easy access to a printer there are plenty of alternatives even for a Christmas theme hide, find, and read activity. If you have a Christmas theme coloring book you can allow kids to color the pages themselves pick out their favorite characters and cut them out. You can laminate the coloring pages for durability. If you don’t have a laminator it’s still a great activity just write the words on whatever your child chose and hide them throughout the house. Each time they find a character ask them to read the word to you, allow them the chance to try and then if they’re struggling have them repeat the word after you. Go ahead and hide it again until they show signs of disinterest. If they stop wanting to read the word that is ok, just read it for them and allow them to keep looking for characters, all you can do is keep trying and not push to hard.

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The posters and placemats shown above are what I use in my home for additional sight word support.

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