The color is yellow.

In our house we’ve adapted a color of the week theme. To try and focus on a specific color each week to help my youngest daughter (age 2) learn to recognize colors. For the color yellow I made a color poster and a matching worksheet that my oldest daughter (age 6) could help my youngest with.

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Sight word coloring pages that contain the words (you) and (yes).

My oldest daughter (age 6) often confuses the words (you) and (yes) with each other when reading. I decided to make five coloring pages that my daughters could color together that focused on the words (yes) and (you) among other sight words. My daughter often tries to sound out sight words therefore I bold them on the coloring pages as a way to jump out at her. Which gives her a simple reminder that those words are tricky to sound out and are better memorized. I used two different fonts when making the coloring pages to expose my daughters to the different styles of letters.

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Making a shape book for young learners.

I’ve been working towards teaching my youngest daughter (age 2) shapes. At the same time I’ve been trying to teach my oldest daughter (age 6) to recognize the written word for different shapes. I made traceable shape pages that could be turned into a book. If you wanted to make the book reusable you can choose to laminate each page, or keep it as a one time use. I give my daughters a new page a week that goes along with the focus shape of the week. I made two different versions suitable for different ages.

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Five coloring pages for early readers that are perfect for children that like animals.

I find when my oldest daughter (age 6) is reading she often tends to try to sound out sight words in which I remind her that certain words are more difficult to sound out and are meant to be memorized. With that in mind I made five fun coloring pages for my daughters to color over the weekend. Each page contains sentences containing plenty of sight words perfect for early readers. I bolded the sight words to make it easier for my daughter to spot them and remember they are words she needs to memorize rather than sound out. I went with numbers 1-5 for my youngest daughter (age 2). Although she can count to 10 I want to teach her the concept of numbers.

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The letter of the week is Dd.

To help my youngest (age 2) to begin to recognize letters and learn more words I have been utilizing a letter of the week theme. For the letter Dd I made a poster to use as a visual aid throughout the week that we could save and review many times. To go along with it I made a matching worksheet in which my oldest daughter (age 6) could use to practice her reading skills. At age 2 I don’t expect my youngest to retain each letter, my intention is exposure. The more a child is exposed to the more they will retain later. With that in mind I placed the pages within a dry erase pocket that I store upon our learning wall to reuse the matching page. When finished with the week I placed everything within a folder to bring out and review again. Of course you can choose to laminate each page for durability, I however chose not to in order to save on lamination paper.

Dd is for duck coloring page.

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Memorizing sight words through play.

My oldest daughter (age 6) is often disinterested in reading and learning sight words. Especially when she isn’t in the mood for reading a book I try to implement fun gaming strategies to maintain her interest. I’m always trying to come up with learning strategies that will keep my youngest daughter (age 2) busy as well. She’s always in the middle of our lessons and I need age appropriate content for her.

Today I brought out toys that both my daughters enjoy playing with along with sight word cards. I allowed my daughter’s to lead the gameplay as long as my oldest daughter would read the words on the card. She proceeded to line the cards up making her own gameboard. She placed fidget spinners in different places to make them free spots in which she wouldn’t have to read a card. I asked her what she’d want to use to determine how many steps each character could take. In which she decided to use a stuff animal grey hedgehog. Claiming that if it lands on it’s stomach that’s one space, if it landed on it’s back that’s six spaces. I often let her make up her own rules which allows less resistance when it comes to reading the words.

My youngest daughter played with three fidget spinners. I would help her get the fidget spinners to spin each time they stopped and we placed little toys on top to spin and watch them fly off. In between playing the sight word game with my oldest. The spinners kept my youngest distracted as my oldest read her word cards. I used basic position words such as on/off. The car is on, the car fell off.

Any kind of toys would work it’s really about creating an environment that doesn’t feel as school-like and strict when it comes to reading sight words. I used sight word cards that I made printed out and laminated for durability. I used orange and green stickers to quickly recognize which words are from the preschool list and which are from the Kindergarten list. If you’d prefer not to print anything out you can write out the words on index cards instead. I personally bring out around 12 words at a time to review words she already knows or to work towards memorizing new words.

Teaching Spanish Week 3: Focus words for the week.

Each week I run my oldest daughters (age 6) Spanish lesson alongside my youngest daughters (age 2) letter of the week theme. Week 3 we focused on words that started with the letter C. Therefore I made my oldest daughter a poster that focused on the name of each animal and food item in Spanish. I also made a simple matching activity that goes along with the poster. I placed both within my daughters Spanish binder to reuse and review throughout our Spanish unit.

Week 3: Focus Words Poster
Week 3: Matching Worksheet

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Teaching the color grey in Spanish.

To teach my children (ages 2 and 6) Spanish I have been using a week by week method. Each week I introduce a new focus color. For the color grey I made a Spanish/English grey color poster and a matching worksheet to go along with it. I placed the sheets within my daughters Spanish Binder to be used as a review throughout our Spanish unit. By placing it within a binder sheet my daughter is able redo the matching activity as often as she likes.

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A day of learning. Reminding myself that it’s ok to take breaks and enjoy the moment.

This week has been a struggle to keep my Kindergartener focus. Often when she feels overwhelmed she lashes out and refuses to finish her school lessons. Therefore today we took many breaks between her school lessons and added filler lessons of our own that allowed her some free expression. Art tends to help my daughters regain their focus and allow them to express themselves. After my daughter completed her Art requirements I allowed both my daughters to choose what they wanted to make, and what they would like to use for their art work. Today we used watercolors and dot markers.

My oldest daughters (age 6) artwork.

When finished I asked my daughter to tell me about her artwork. She explained to me that it was inspired by shapes.

My oldest daughter (age 6) artwork.

The above art piece she informed me was rainbow fingerprints with tadpoles and lily pads.

My youngest (age 2) artwork.

When finished I asked her to tell me about the painting. She had told me it was a dinosaur. Although her older sister had helped point out to her that it looked like a dinosaur. In which they decided it was a dinosaur climbing.

My children’s take on gym class.

As like many things gym class at home isn’t quite the same as a traditional gym class in school. I set timers throughout the day in which we spend 15-30 minutes at a time to devote to physical education. My daughter’s grab jump ropes, agility ladders and run around from one activity to the next. Sometimes we just dance, other times they jump on our indoor trampoline. Often they create obstacle courses. Today they played with jumps ropes, danced, and spent some time on the trampoline.

Songs we often listen to during dance time…
See it Say it Sign it by Jack Hartmann
Count to 120
Count 1-20
Days of the Week
The Floor is Lava
Gummy Bear Song

Making snowballs.
Outdoor time

We took a break outside before finishing my oldest daughters last school lesson for the day. I’ve learned it’s ok to take breaks and taking our time is fine. Rushing her only makes her more upset and causes it to take longer to get through lessons. Therefore we just spend the day as everything we do is a learning experience. Life is often taken so seriously and we forget to just enjoy the process enjoy life. Wrapped up in the notion of what everything must look like rather than enjoying each day.

When we got back inside our cat threw up on the trampoline. Pushing the urgency of finishing my daughters last lesson further back. As I cleaned up the mess, with my daughters screaming eww gross in the background. My oldest said “it sounded like he pooped.” Which I replied “No definitely throw up a hair ball.” Again learning at home is different than sending kids off to school in which they’re in an environment with other children their age learning at their level. At home there’s always random hiccups throughout the day.

At home with kids at different educational levels it can often be a struggle trying to find activities engaging and appropriate for both. Through all that though being able to spend extra time with my kids and having an opportunity to be a part of their learning process rather than sending them off to school feels rewarding. Even though most days are spent in chaos trying to keep my kids on track and focused. As my husband often states the most important thing is focusing on what’s going on right now not what will happen next. Reminding myself of that throughout the day it reminds me to enjoy the moment although crazy and chaotic if I focus on the moment with my daughters eventually tomorrow will come and yesterday wasn’t a waste they learned something no matter how small or simple.

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