Saturday’s Sites

Here you go…some great sites I’ve found lately!

  • Shining Our Lights Preschool has a free idea to share for keeping track of your child’s reading skills, especially this summer.  If you do Word Study with your child, based off of Words Their Way, they recommend keeping a Word Study notebook.  We do this at this reading mama’s house and it’s another great way to keep track of what your child knows.
  • Do you have a preschooler at home?  Here’s a wonderful blog called A Mom With a Lesson Plan.  She’s got some great ideas.  I plan on using and posting some of her Letter Activities with NJoy soon!
  • I LOVE Michelle’s post on handwriting WITHOUT pencil and paper!  My favorite thing about this reading mama is that she posts videos for every letter to show you how to do it.  Thanks, Michelle!
  • She did it!  I Can Teach My Child came up with a way to use her toilet paper books into word family practice.  Check it out.

Saturday's Sites

Here are some literacy-based links I found this week while surfing the web:

  • Homeschool Creations has a great page with phonics printables.  There are mostly ABC printables, but there are also some short and long vowel activities.
  • This craft caught my eye from I Can Teach My Child.  I wonder if I can make a book this way or use it for word families…very creative.
  • Worksheets are not my favorite thing to do with kids, but sometimes, it’s nice to mix in a worksheet or two.  Here is a website that offers free literacy (and math) worksheets.  I found this one on Confessions of a Homeschooler.

Tuesday’s Teaching Tip

If you have young children at your house, are the hours between 4-6pm somewhat hairy (maybe even extremely hairy) around your house?  It can be over here.  Hey, I’m just keepin’ it real.  I had a MOPS mentor mom who once called them the “arsenic hours”!

Dinner needs to be prepared – “But, I’m hungry now” becomes the mantra – the baby wants to be held (or at the very least, stand in between my legs and whine) – the two big brothers are fighting – everyone is cranky (sometimes even mama) – “But, I’m hungry now” mantra is repeated – daddy’s not home yet – the baby is crying – insert “But, I’m hungry now” mantra – the two big brothers are fighting over the same toy (again) and both of them claim they had it first…the list could go on and on.

Here’s a tip that helps with sanity around this reading mama’s house: give the kids something to do at the kitchen table (or bar area) as you stir the noodles and bake the chicken.

My favorite thing for the boys to do are simple:

  1. crafts
  2. writing activities

Notice I said simple.  The last thing I need is something else to do during this time, so easy is the key.

Here are some CRAFTS my kids like to do:

  • play with with Play-Doh (pull out special cookie cutters & accessories)
  • scissor practice (use old papers or coupons you’re not going to use)

  • play with stickers- I save stickers that they really like and let them decorate a scene with them, like they did with the vehicles seen here
  • play with stamps
  • water color painting-I found two Paint with Water Books at Books-A-Million for $1 each.  I can remember doing these as a child!
  • Carisa @ 1+1+1=1 has some other ideas I use for simple crafts.  But, I do not do anything that has the potential to create a big mess during this time.  The last thing I want is to have to clean up my kitchen right before dinner!

Here are some fun WRITING activities:

  • write on dry erase boards
  • color in a coloring book or page from DLTK’s site
  • Crayola Wonder & Crayola Explosion are great activities because their markers won’t make a mess on walls or chairs if I happen to turn my back on NJoy to stir those noodles!
  • work a simple puzzle like a crossword puzzle, maze, dot-to-dot, or word search.  ALuv really likes the Puzzle Buzz (made by Highlight) activities and I save the magazines for special occasions.

One more thing I sometimes do is utilize the laptop.

  1. I plop MBug in her highchair and let all of them watch a DVD on the laptop.  We get new DVD’s at the public library almost every week.
  2. Internet-You can view some of the sites we like here.
  3. Youtube.com has some great videos including this one, which is one of our all-time favorites.

If you find yourself wanting to pull out your own hair from 4-6pm, I hope that one of these ideas may help you out.  If you have some tricks up your sleeve for the “arsenic hours”, I’d love for you to share themWe could always use a fresh idea!

Saturday's Sites

Passing along more great online literacy resources today…

  • I found an awesome online resource related to a question I posted earlier this week on Facebook: What things do you do with your child to keep her from forgetting what she learned the previous year in school?  This PDF ebook gives MANY  ideas of things to do during the summer months.
  • Annie @ The Moffatt Girls has posted Unit 3 from her Ready2Read series.  Free printables and lesson plans…gotta love that!
  • Michelle @ Beginning Reading Help has a great post with free online stories.  I’ve already checked quite a few of them out and am impressed.  Michelle is right in saying that kids love computer time, so here’s a sneaky way to get some more literature in there!

Saturday’s Sites

I came across these great sites this week and wanted to share them with you:

1. I Love That Teaching Idea!- reading activities, writing/language arts activities, & spelling activities

2. The Moffatt Girls Unit 2 of Ready2Read.  I posted about Unit 1 last week.  Here is the 2nd installment :).

3. Would you like a FREE book?  If so, try the double dog dare challenge from Borders Bookstore.

Saturday's Sites

I came across these great sites this week and wanted to share them with you:

1. I Love That Teaching Idea!- reading activities, writing/language arts activities, & spelling activities

2. The Moffatt Girls Unit 2 of Ready2Read.  I posted about Unit 1 last week.  Here is the 2nd installment :).

3. Would you like a FREE book?  If so, try the double dog dare challenge from Borders Bookstore.

Saturday's Sites

Here are a couple of recent sites I’ve found that I wanted to share with you.  Good stuff!

  • Weston Woods, a division of Scholastic, has free study guides you can download as PDFs on their online catalog for their new releases, bestsellers, and other books (left hand sidebar).  On each study guide, there is a summary of the text, learning objectives, before & after reading activities, and other related titles!

            Here’s an example study guide for Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom!

  • Annie, from The Moffatt Girls, has launched her reading program called Ready2Read.  It’s designed for kids who are just beginning to read and it’s free!  She posted her first unit yesterday, which covers 5 sight words & the -at and -an word families.  She even includes lesson plans for her unit.  I like her word family activities because they are similar to Words Their Way.  She has 7 more units to post, so we have more to look forward to!  I hope you’ll check it out.

Saturday’s Sites

Here are a couple of recent sites I’ve found that I wanted to share with you.  Good stuff!

  • Weston Woods, a division of Scholastic, has free study guides you can download as PDFs on their online catalog for their new releases, bestsellers, and other books (left hand sidebar).  On each study guide, there is a summary of the text, learning objectives, before & after reading activities, and other related titles!

            Here’s an example study guide for Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom!

  • Annie, from The Moffatt Girls, has launched her reading program called Ready2Read.  It’s designed for kids who are just beginning to read and it’s free!  She posted her first unit yesterday, which covers 5 sight words & the -at and -an word families.  She even includes lesson plans for her unit.  I like her word family activities because they are similar to Words Their Way.  She has 7 more units to post, so we have more to look forward to!  I hope you’ll check it out.

Saturday’s Sites

1.  We were given this absolutely adorable homemade giant fleece ball as a Christmas present this year.  My kids love it, especially MBug.

After commenting on how much my kids loved it, the person who gave it to us told us the ball’s story.  Very moving.  You can read about it here.

2.  Are you looking for a website or blog that gives you different activities you can do with your preschooler (or school-aged kid), especially this summer?

This reading mama really likes these three sites when it comes to activities:

The Activity Mom – New! to my Blogroll.  I have “met” Nicole through We Teach and marvel at the way she can make anything a fun, learning experience.

No Time for Flashcards – I’ve been following this one for a while now and have found some very fun activities for my boys.  The activities range from infant to age 8.

Education.com – Click on activities in the green navigation bar and you will unlock an education world of activities for ages Pre-K through High School!

Saturday's Sites

1.  We were given this absolutely adorable homemade giant fleece ball as a Christmas present this year.  My kids love it, especially MBug.

After commenting on how much my kids loved it, the person who gave it to us told us the ball’s story.  Very moving.  You can read about it here.

2.  Are you looking for a website or blog that gives you different activities you can do with your preschooler (or school-aged kid), especially this summer?

This reading mama really likes these three sites when it comes to activities:

The Activity Mom – New! to my Blogroll.  I have “met” Nicole through We Teach and marvel at the way she can make anything a fun, learning experience.

No Time for Flashcards – I’ve been following this one for a while now and have found some very fun activities for my boys.  The activities range from infant to age 8.

Education.com – Click on activities in the green navigation bar and you will unlock an education world of activities for ages Pre-K through High School!

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