Butterfly theme coloring pages for early readers.

I often make coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers to color with my children over the weekends as a way to get my oldest (age 6) to read in a fun relaxed way. I keep the coloring pages simple to allow my daughters space to draw in their own images if they choose to do so. Adding in a chance for their creativity to shine through. On the coloring pages I bold sight words as a way to remind my daughter those words are best to memorize rather than use sounding out techniques on. She often gets confused and since she is still learning the basics of reading I use the bold font as an extra cue.

Both my daughters enjoy looking at butterflies outside therefore I decided to make butterfly theme coloring pages.

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Frog theme coloring pages for early readers.

Both my daughters (ages 2 and 6) enjoy coloring. It’s great to work on my youngest daughters fine motor skills and get to her to work on proper gripping of a marker, crayon, etc. In order to add educational value for my oldest I often make simple coloring pages with short sentences for her to work on her reading skills in a relaxed environment. When it comes to reading, sight words trip my daughter up and she often tries to sound them out therefore I bold sight words on the coloring pages as quick reminder that those words are best memorized. I keep the pictures simple because my oldest enjoys adding her own drawings into the pictures as she colors them. I recently made three frog theme coloring pages to get my oldest reading over the weekends when she tells me it isn’t learning time therefore she doesn’t have to read a book. As she colors the pages I’m able to get her to read the words allowing us to fit in reading time during the weekends when she doesn’t feel she has to read anything.

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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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Valentine’s Day inspired craft and coloring pages.

With Valentine’s Day landing on a Sunday this year I wanted to find fun Valentine’s Day inspired activities for the weekend. I asked my oldest daughter what she’d want to make. I suggested heart monsters. She had informed me that heart monsters were silly and didn’t make sense. I asked her what about animals, she declined that idea and decided she wanted to make a heart person. Often when it comes to crafts she often wants to do it her own way, this time she wanted me to make her a basic template to color and cut out. At her age I try to get her to practice her writing as much as possible therefore I placed a To: and From: spot and turned the heart people into cards. I made one template as a kid with a dress and the as a kid without a dress.

M youngest daughter (age 2) heart people cards.
My oldest daughter (age 6) heart people cards.

For added learning fun I also made five Valentine’s Day theme coloring pages for early readers. One of the coloring pages can also be used as 4 Valentine’s Day cards that kids can color, and cut out to give away to friends and family for the holiday.

Can also be used as fun cards to decorate and cut out for Valentine’s Day.
For additional scissor practice the heart can be cut out and given away as a homemade gift for Valentine’s Day.

Talking about Valentine’s Day and looking at the symbol of a heart I wanted to talk more about the human heart to my youngest daughter (age 2). When we look at the shape of a heart I often ask her where is your heart in which she points to her chest, and I’ll explain to her that her heart pumps the blood through her body. I filled out a simple sheet about the human heart that I printed out in which I could use to remember the main talking points I wanted to cover with my daughter’s about the human heart. I also made a simple sheet to print out with information about Valentine’s Day. The possible theory of how Valentine’s Day came about is morbid. I tried to keep it simple and straight to the point. The world isn’t built on perfect and I don’t believe painting a light in which it is perfect is a healthy thing for anyone. Therefore I try to be honest with my children while not bombarding them with all the terrible truths of the past. Of course as parents/caregivers we all must choose what we feel is appropriate for our children therefore I kept the human heart and Valentine’s Day sheets separate that way it’d be easier if you chose that you wanted to print out the human heart facts and not the Valentine’s Day sheet.

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Christmas calendar with Christmas themed counting coloring pages.

My oldest daughter is currently working on learning sight words, reading written number words, and counting. My youngest daughter age two is gradually learning to count and is building a basic foundation of skills. Therefore I made a fun Christmas Calendar for my daughters to mark off each day with a fun corresponding coloring page.

Christmas Calendar laminated for durability.

The coloring pages represent numbers one through twenty-five. Each coloring page has simple sentences with sight words and the corresponding written number for extra reading practice. I opted not to include the number symbol because I wanted my oldest to try and write them by memory best she could. I figure everyday my daughters can color a coloring page and cut out the images for scissor practice, then glue them onto construction paper to make their own Christmas scenes.

Christmas Calendar Coloring Pages

1. I see one pretty Christmas tree.
2.    I see two kids wearing Christmas pajamas at nighttime.
3.  Do you see three gingerbread houses?
4.  I see four silly polar bears in Santa hats.
5.  I see five angels.   
6.  There are six hedgehog heads in Santa hats.
7.  I see seven penguins. 
8.  I see eight reindeer heads.
9.  I see nine gingerbread people that I can decorate myself.
10.  I see ten Christmas books.   
11.  I can see and count eleven dogs with Santa hats.
12.  I see twelve snow people in the snow.
13.  There are thirteen little candy canes for you and me.
14.  I see twelve Santa Clauses how many more would be needed to make fourteen?
15.  I see fifteen seals with Santa Hats.
16.  I can see and count sixteen chimneys.
17.  I see seventeen orcas.
18.  There are eighteen Christmas stockings.
19.  Do you see nineteen turtles in Santa hats?
20. There are twenty stars in the sky tonight.
21.  I see twenty-one gumdrops.
22.  There are twenty-two Santa hats.
23.  I see twenty-three ornaments.
24.  I see twenty-four elves.
25.  I see twenty-five presents.

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My youngest daughter gets into everything and since we tend to decorate our Christmas tree with ornaments my husbands mother bought him yearly when he was growing up we decided not to put out a normal tree. Instead last year and this year we decided to keep the ornaments safe from her. Instead we’ve been putting up the toy tree and the gingerbread house to play with. During the off season we store the tree in her bedroom for my daughters to pretend play Christmas together, stacking toys around the tree.

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Thanksgiving coloring pages for early readers that are appropriate for the year 2020.

My husband and I haven’t fully celebrated Thanksgiving in several years because of our work schedules we often spend the day at work rather than with our kids in the traditional way most people do.

This year with COVID-19 the holidays look different for everyone. It has been a struggle for my oldest daughter staying at home, visiting her grandparents less and adjusting to the reality of school at home as I’m sure it is for most children.

Therefore this year the concept of being Thankful for what we do have seems to be more important than ever before. Rather than the constant repetition of reminding my daughter that this is the new normal. No matter how hard as parents, and or caregivers we try to keep them safe there isn’t a prior place to seek advice from we’re all just figuring this out for the first time. Trying to stay calm, as we keep our kids calm. Honestly how can we keep our kids calm when the constant reality weighs on us.

Even if I wanted to keep a distance from her and the rest of the world away from the reality of COVID-19 it’s impossible. In matter of months we’ve added masks into typical out of the house attire. When a six year old searches for cute masks to buy with their birthday money it leaves me as an adult feeling sad. Sad that at six years old my daughter has to embrace a reality of uncertanty. Yet proud that my daughter respects the safety of others.

Shifting back to point during times filled of such negativity and distress it’s important to remember what we are thankful for. To slow down and remind ourselves were still alive and there is still good in the world, and even in times of a pandemic we can allow ourselves to be happy. We all should give thanks to the ones we love, and be thankful for each other. For people working in healthcare settings, grocery stores, and any setting in which they’re directly involved with the public. Even people working from home that are still continuing at times when it might feel helpless. Teachers navigating a new normal, parents trying to bridge life before with life now.

There’s plenty to be thankful for. Rather focusing on what we’re loosing out on during the pandemic instead atleast for one day we can focus on what is worth being thankful for.

That’s why for the holiday of Thanksgiving I made my daughters five coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers. Rather than focusing on Thanksgiving in the traditional sense I focused on what Thanksgiving may look like this year. Reminding my daughters it’s the small things that matters. We don’t have to be talking to someone in person to socialize. We can talk on the phone, we can see people on the computer, and make cards to remind the people we care about that we are thinking of them.

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Counting leaves coloring pages.

For the month of November our focus theme has been the leaves falling and changing colors during the Fall Season. Therefore I made five leaf counting coloring pages to go along with the theme of the month.

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Items above are some of the helpful tools my husband and I use to help teach our daughters how to count to 100 and do simple math problems. They both enjoy using the 100 placemat as they eat cereal and count together.

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Leaves with shapes coloring pages.

Most weeks I give my daughters five coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers to read and color together. The month of November we went with a leaves theme for the last month of Fall.

My youngest daughter is beginning to learn names for different shapes. Therefore I made five fun leaf coloring pages with different shapes for extra practice and exposure for my youngest daughter that she could do along side her older sister.

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More Halloween theme coloring pages for early readers.

The idea I had in mind when I started making coloring pages with simple sentences to read was for my daughters to color a page a day and hold me accountable to do something extra with my oldest that would also be age appropriate for my youngest as well. To be honest my plan didn’t stick and instead I give my daughters generally five different coloring pages a week that they color mainly at the end of the week. They’re great for the weekends to get in a little reading time when my oldest is addiment on reminding me that the weekends aren’t for learning.

For the last week of October I made another set of Halloween theme coloring pages. Free printable below each coloring page image.

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Halloween theme coloring pages for early readers.

For the month of October I’ve been making Pumpkin and Halloween theme coloring pages with simple sentences for my daughters to color and read throughout the month. Each week I choose five to share with them. My oldest daughter enjoys coloring as we read the sentences together. She often cuts the pictures out after coloring for additional scissor practice.

Enjoy five fun Halloween theme coloring pages with simple sentences for early readers.

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