Shape caterpillar to hide and find.

If your looking for a fun way to teach shapes to your preschooler then this printable shape caterpillar is a great place to start. You can hide the pieces around the house giving children a chance to move around and explore as they learn their shapes. My daughter enjoys finding the pieces and matching the correct body part to the correct foot. Which makes a great matching game as well. I often fine incorporating movement in with learning to be useful way to keep my daughters interested and motivated to keep learning.

I laminated the pieces so they would hold up to my three year old and last for longer than a day. That way we could hide the pieces over and over. Repetition is an important part of the learning process. If you want to opt out of laminating you could use them as scissor practice allowing your youngsters to cut the pieces out themselves and glue them onto a poster board. In which you can name the shapes with them as they place the pieces upon the poster and match the boots to the correct bodies.

Each shape body part has a matching foot to go along with it.

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A diagraph puzzle.

To strengthen my daughters reading skills I have been going back over concepts to make the reading process easier for her. She is currently in First Grade and although she knows the sounds letters makes she often gets tripped up when it comes to diagraphs.

A diagraph is when two letters are put together and make one sound. For example ch in the word cheese is a diagraph. C goes /k/ and h goes /h/ when on their own. When the two letters are combined they make one sound like in cheese, much, and chill for examples. C and h can also make the sound /k/ as in chaos, school, and chronic. C and h when combined can also make the sound sh as in chef, machine, and brochure.

My daughters enjoy puzzles often to make the learning process a little more enjoyable I make and use puzzles that correlate with what we are working on. For diagraphs I made two sets of similar puzzles that I laminated for durability.

Diagraph puzzle with pictures and words. For my youngest daughter (age 3) to be introduced to the concept letters put together make words. Also to allow her to match the letters.
Diagraph puzzle with pictures. I made a set without pictures that way my oldest daughter had to concentrate on the sound each picture made rather than look at the way it was written.

As a parent that homeschools I often find myself having to re-teach myself therefore I often make myself simple charts to reference to keep me on track when I explain concepts to my daughters. In which I made a quick reference poster to explain what a diagraph is. I also made a chart that goes along with the puzzles.

A diagraph is when…
Diagraph chart.

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Winter theme with Red Apple Tree and Blue Eye Guy coloring page for early readers.

Sight Words in bold font for quick identification. To remind early readers those are words best memorized rather than sounded out.
Empty space to allow a child to express their creativity and add a background. Snowflakes for example. Also they can add a hat to the snowman. Maybe they want to add a jacket and a scarf.
Without words to make the characters larger to color on.

Not only is the coloring page a great way to get in more reading and sight word practice they can also be cut out and made into puppets. My oldest daughters idea, both my daughters enjoy creating puppet shows. It’s a great way to incorporate scissor practice as well.

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12 Early reader coloring pages for the holidays.

Happy holidays! If your homeschooling and looking for a fun way to go over shapes and incorporate reading or looking to supplement over holiday break these early reader coloring pages are a great way to sneak in extra reading practice. Sight words in bold font for quick recognition.

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12 Shape presents coloring pages for the holidays.

Happy holidays! If your homeschooling and looking for a fun way to teach shapes over the busy holidays or just looking for something to keep your little ones busy as they’re out of school on break these coloring pages will give the kids something to do while supplement learning.

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Learning through play; The Elves Workshop.

My daughters are ages 3 and 7 and trying to find fun play based learning activities that bridge their age gap can be difficult. Therefore I often provide my own in which we can play together and incorporate as much learning within the activity as possible. My daughter’s love holidays and all things presents. We decided to set up our own Elves Workshop, in which my oldest wrapped a bunch of her own toys to place under the tree in her bedroom for the game. I made shape presents to incorporate shape learning into the activity. I also made presents with a text box upon them that way I could write in the sight words we are currently working on.

We made bracelets and sight word learning trees with the presents in which we used as ornaments to hang upon our tree.

Tree with holiday presents wrapped by my oldest.
The game was a mess although worth it because it kept them interested enough to get in some learning.
An example of what the presents look like.
I wrote sight words down on the present cards to turn the game into a chance to practice sight words. Later we made sight word trees to hang on the holiday tree.
Sight word trees.

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Thanksgiving theme coloring pages with Nana Hedgehog, Red Apple Tree, and Blue Eye Guy.

With a long weekend coming up I decided to make a few Thanksgiving theme coloring pages for my daughters (ages 3 and 7) and I to color together during the holiday weekend. I added sentences for early readers to encourage my oldest to read and practice sight words. The sight words are in bold font as a quick reminder that those words are best memorized rather than sounded out each time.

My oldest daughter insisted she wanted a turkey on a cake coloring page to go along with a Thanksgiving theme. In which she drew me up her design and wrote a sentence to go along with it. Which gave her extra writing practice for the day. If you also have a stubborn learner that often turns to art and doodles during lessons encouraging them to design their own reading coloring pages can be a helpful way to get in writing practice on their most stubborn days and allow them to freely express their creativity.

My daughters original design.

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Using early reading coloring pages to supplement our learning.

I started a letter of the week strategy with my youngest several months ago. Although we fell off the routine quickly because she wasn’t quite ready for a more strict routine. With her third birthday coming up in a few days I felt it was time to try again. This week we are starting with the letter Aa. A is for apple.

It can be a struggle to find activities appropriate for both my daughters that we can do together. I often turn to early reading coloring pages. In which I write simple words to caption an image they get to color. I know coloring doesn’t seem like learning, although it allows us an opportunity to spend time together having fun and getting a little extra learning in. Spending time together is a part of the reason why we chose to homeschool in the first place.

Today we used coloring pages to cover several skills at the same time.

-Sight words (Written on the early reading coloring pages.)
-Early reading
-Shapes (We used shape stickers on our coloring pages.)
-Colors (We talked about the colors we used to color with, and what color each shape was.)
-Fine motor skills (Coloring allows for teaching proper grip, adding in stickers gave extra fine motor practice as my youngest ripped the backings off each sticker.)
-Letter recognition (Aa is for apple coloring page.)

Today re-printed out some coloring pages I made last year for an apple theme learning unit. To represent Aa is for apple. We also got around to coloring our fun Birthday theme coloring pages. In which my daughters grabbed out fun shape stickers to add in as extra decorations. In which gave me an opportunity to add in shape recognition.

We used shape stickers to outline the letter Aa.
My oldest colored and read the sentence to my youngest.
Using shape stickers to decorate a Birthday cake. Allowing my youngest to improve her fine motor skills and work on shape recognition at the same time.
My oldest placed googly eyes all over the cake as she read the sentence to me.
During coloring time my oldest decided to draw a picture of a bear with a bee. She used googly sticker eyes in her picture.


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Birthday coloring pages for early readers.

I often make coloring pages for my daughters with simple sentences perfect for early readers. I use the coloring pages as a way to slip in more sight word and reading practice in a fun relaxed way. I tend to keep the pages simple that way my daughters can add their own drawings on the pages. I use bold font for all sight words as a quick indicator to my daughter that it is a sight word and it’s best to be memorized rather than sounded out. This time I went with fun Birthday theme coloring pages. If your young learners have a birthday coming up soon these coloring pages are perfect to add in throughout the day for extra reading.

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Incorporating learning within art.

Learning time can often be a struggle in our home. My daughters are four years apart (2 almost 3 and 6 almost 7) which can make it challenging when trying to find activities that promote brain growth in my oldest while still being appropriate for my youngest. I try to supplement as much of our learning with activities appropriate for my youngest because otherwise I’m left sitting her in front of a screen to hold her interest and keep her from distracting her sister. In which recently my youngest had decided she felt like painting and my oldest having a great desire in the arts excitedly agreed.

Often in our home we use art as a way to calm ourselves and freely create whatever we want. As my daughters draw and create whatever they’re feeling at the time I often create art centered around the skills they’re working on. For example I draw several shapes and ask my youngest what they are, and frequently check in to see what colors she is using. Anything that she is unsure of I simply tell her for example “that is a square and it is easy to mistake it for a rectangle.” or “that color is red, and it’s easy to mistake that color for orange.”

My youngest helped me with my shape drawing by smearing the paint all over the paper.
Then she decided it was time to get up and stomp her feet. The thing about learning at home is you have to remind yourself not to take it to seriously and messes happen. It’s all about spending more time together and being productive at the same time.

My oldest is currently working on the concept of doubles (example 2+2=4, 3+3=6) and using doubles to solve other problems. I decided to paint pumpkins as a way to go over the concept with her.

Using pumpkin art for math review.


As my oldest painted I grabbed out our sight word index cards and had her read off our sight words of the week once I knew she was at a point in which she’d be willing to take a break from painting and read without frustration.
A is for alligator.
B is for ball.
C is for camel.
D is for dog.

My oldest decided to write a few letters and draw pictures to help her sister recognize the letters A, B, C , D. Which gave my oldest letter writing practice, a chance to practice letter sounds and to work on her drawing skills all at the same time.

I hope our painting time helped inspire a few ways to incorporate learning in a fun way throughout your day with your young learners. Remember it’s not the process that matters, if it’s sloppy that’s alright. If your young learner takes a break, struggles throughout the day, and your left pondering if your making the right choice. I say hang in there nothing is perfect just remember time is valuable and each moment spent teaching your young learners is not wasted even when they’re struggling, or you feel overwhelmed it’s ok. That time spent together is special and it’s ok if not every moment is perfect because at the end all that matters is the time spent together and the knowledge your young learners retain.

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