Four Leaf Clover Hundreds Chart Activity

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After we made our Valentines Day Hundreds Chart Activity, I thought it would be fun to make one for St. Patrick's Day as well!   This Four Leaf Clover Hundreds Chart activity is great for helping children see patterns in the hundreds chart and use clues from the remaining numbers to fill in the missing numbers.   Download the Four Leaf Clover Hundreds Chart activity here.       … [ Keep reading… ]

Rainbow and Pot of Gold Baskets

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A couple years ago we made some super cute fabric Easter baskets using balloons.  I made these every Easter with my first graders and it was a fun tradition to continue at home with our boys.  I thought it would be fun to make a miniature version in honor of St. Patrick's Day, so we made these adorable Rainbow and Pot of Gold Baskets!   The only problem was, I couldn't get the water … [ Keep reading… ]

Split Pea Soup

Delicious Split Pea Soup

I have to make a confession.  (Shhhh...I don't like peas.)  I never have and, though I will eat them if served to me or if I serve them as a side for our kids, they aren't a vegetable I particularly enjoy.  Just keep that in mind when you scroll through this recipe...because even people who don't like peas can LOVE this hearty, delicious, healthy soup!   A few months ago when I wasn't … [ Keep reading… ]

30+ Hands-On Word Family Activities

Hands-on Word Family Activities

  Beginning readers can benefit greatly from learning and implementing word families.  Here is what I share regarding phonograms (the fancy word for word families) in my I Can Teach My Child to Read eBook:   "Another strategy that has proven to be helpful for many children is the teaching of phonograms.  We often refer to these as “word families” because the onset (beginning sound … [ Keep reading… ]

Word Family Fishing

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  After our Word Family Snowball Toss activity, I was trying to think of a way to repurpose the ping pong balls and thought it would be fun to use them to fish!   Learning word families (words with the same ending sound) is beneficial for children as they learn to recognize chunks in words.  Since these words rhyme, it is also a great phonemic awareness activity after the fact … [ Keep reading… ]

How to Help High-Energy Kids Fall Asleep

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  Our boys have energy like you wouldn't believe.  If only there was a way to harness it...I am quite certain that they would produce more than one of those fancy schmancy windmills.  Their energy is good for many things, like making thundering noises running laps around our house while simultaneously waking up their sister.  Or wearing out our couch cushions from jumping on them so much. … [ Keep reading… ]