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Language Arts: Reading, Writing, and Spelling Crafts and Activities

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Bulletin Board and
Word Wall Printables
   

 

Word Wall Printables

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Use these charming printables to encourage your children to learn and spell new words. Print out the patterns onto card stock and staple them to a bulletin board. Make word cards by cutting different colors of construction paper in half lengthwise and then into 2-inch strips. These printable bulletin board pictures are available to members. You can also glue the pictures to the outside of a file folder and store the word cards in the pockets. Or glue them to a large envelope and store the words inside the envelope.

Words I Otter Know

Words I Otter Know www.daniellesplace.comIf your child is learning to read, print any new words he doesn't know on the word cards. Pin the new words under the "Words I Otter Know" otter picture.

When your child is done reading go over the new words, and then ask you child if he recognizes any of the words. If your child knows any of the words, let him take the word cards down and pin them under the "Words I Bear-ly Know".

If you are using spelling words, remove all the spelling words from the board and go over them a couple of times, and then have your child spell the words on his own. If he spells a word correctly the first time without any help, pin the word card under the "Words I Bear-ly Know" bear picture. If he doesn't spell the word correctly the first time, go over the word again, but pin it back under the otter picture.

The next day follow the same process with the word cards under this picture.

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Words I Bear-ly Know

Words I bearly know Printable sheet www.daniellesplace.comThe words under this category are words your child has already studied or recognized correctly at least once. They should be reviewed every day until your child can spell or read them.

If you are practicing spelling, remove all the words that are pinned under the bear. Ask your child to spell the words. If he can spell the word on the first try, let him pin it under the "Words, I Owl-most Know" owl picture. If he can't spell a word, go over the word and then place it back under the "Words I Bear-ly Know" picture.

If you are practicing word recognition, leave the words under the bear picture and ask your child if he recognizes any of the words. If he can say any of the words the first time, let him take the words down and pin them under the "Words I Owl-most Know" owl picture. If he doesn't recognize a word, go over the word again, but leave it pinned under the "Words I Bear-ly Know" picture to be reviewed the next day.

Words I Owl-most Know

Words I Owl-most Know printable spelling help sheet www.daniellesplace.comThe words under this category are words your child has already recognized or spelled correctly at least twice. They should be reviewed every day until your child can spell or read them.

If you are practicing spelling, remove all the words that are pinned under the owl. Ask your child to spell the words. If he can spell the word on the first try, let him pin it under the "Words, I Know Purr-fectly" cat picture. If he can't spell a word, go over the word again and then place it back under the "Words I Owl-most Know" owl picture.

If you are practicing word recognition, ask your child if he recognizes any of the words under the owl picture. If he can say any of the words without help, let him take the words down and pin them under the "Words I Know Purr-fectly" cat picture. If he doesn't recognize a word, go over the word again, but leave the word pinned under the "Words I Owl-most Know" picture to be reviewed the next day.

Words I Know Purr-fectly

Words I Know Purr-fectly www.daniellesplace.comThe words under this category are words your child has already recognized or spelled correctly at least three times. They should be reviewed at least every week until you know your child will not forget them. If you have a lot of words under this category, you can start taking the easier words off and only display recent words.

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Reading is Out of This World Paper Plate Craft and Reading Activity

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Use this simple paper plate craft to encourage your children to read. They will discover the limitless worlds they can visit through books and enjoy sharing those worlds with their classmates.

What you will Need: Paper plates, water color paint, decorative items such as sequins, buttons, and gems, glue, scissors, and paper.

How to make the paper plate UFOs:

1. Fold a paper plate in half.

2. Cut a small slit on on the folded edge of the paper plate along the outer edge of the inside circle so that you can insert your scissors.

3. Cut around the outside of the inside circle on one half of the plate. Fold up the half circle you just cut out as shown in the picture.

4. Glue the rim of the paper plate closed so that you have a small pocket in the front of the UFO. If you don't want the pocket in the front, you can use the other side of the plate, or you can just cut off the cut half of the paper plate leaving the inside circle.

5. Print out the Top of the UFO Pattern and make copies. (Available to members). You don't have to use the pattern. You can just have your children draw on the paper plate if you would like.

6. Instruct your children to read a book and then write on the top part of the UFO where that book took them. It may be a specific place as defined by the setting of the book or it may be somewhere in general. For example, if a child read the book "Where the Wild Things Are", he can write "I Went to Where the Wild Things Are." If he read "The Lorax", he may right, I visited the Lorax" since the book does not give the name of the town.

7. Instruct your children to draw a picture that represents the story and where they visited on the top of the paper plate UFO. If they don't like drawing, they can print a picture out from the Internet.

8. Have your children write about their journey on a separate sheet of paper. They can fold up the paper and place it in the paper plate UFO.

9. Staple the UFO's to your bulletin board after your children have shared their journey with their classmates.

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Learning the ABC's Games

 

Spelling Games

 

Crayon Box and Crayon Learn to Spell and Read Colors Game

Crayon Box and Crayons Craft Stick Craft and Spelling Game www.daniellesplace.comWhat you will need:

Card stock or library card pockets

Craft sticks (popsicle sticks)

Magic Markers

Glue

Scissors

How to Make The Crayon Box Spelling Game:

1. Print out the Crayon Box Pattern onto card stock. (Available to members.) If you are not a member, you can use library card pockets instead. They are a little shorter, but you can cut the crafts sticks shorter to match the envelopes.

2. Have your children color the craft sticks different colors and then write the name of the corresponding color on the back of the craft stick.

How to Play the Crayon Spelling Game:

1. Remove all the crayons from the box and turn them right side up so you can see
the colors.
3. Have your child say the name of the color and try to spell it, and then turn the crayon over to see if he is correct.
5. If he is correct, he can place the crayon back in the box.
6. Have your child keep playing until all the crayons are in the box, and he can spell all the words.

How to Play the Crayon Reading Game:

1. Remove all the crayons from the box and turn them over so that the words are showing.
2. Have your child read a word on one of the crayons, and then turn the crayon over to see if he is correct.
3. If he is correct, have him place the crayon in the box.
4. Have your child keep playing until all the crayons are in the box, and he can read all the words.

 

 

 

Spelling Dominoes

Spelling Dominoes GamePlay dominoes and review beginning and ending sounds. Beginning sounds used in this game are: b, fl, ch, h, s, sh t, w, g, it, an, op ar. Ending sounds used are: op, in, am, um ap ash, ill, en at, it, an, and ar.

Patterns and Directions to this game are available to members only.

 

 

 

"The Great Bait Escape" Spelling Game

worms(Patterns are Available to Members Only) In this spelling game your child helps all the worms escape a certain fate of becoming bait by spelling words correctly. If he spells all the words correctly, he will be able to help all the worms escape.

Before class pick several words your child is having problems spelling. Write one letter of each word on a worm (Leave on blank) and place them in a bucket. In class tell your child that the worms are about to become bait. He can save them from this fate by spelling all his words correctly. Give him the worm without a letter. Then tell him the first word. He should look through the bucket of worms and pick out the ones that spell out the word you gave him. He should hook each worm on the next worm to make a chain and then pull it out of the bucket. Then give him the next word. He keeps finding letters until he has saved all the worms -- if he spelled them correctly.

 

Play "Bucket of Worms"

When you are all done saving the worms, curl up the heads and tails of the worms and see who can pick up the most worms by connecting them into a chain without touching any of the worms except the top one. Play like the Barrel of Monkeys game.


Duck, Duck, Goose Spelling Game

This game is played like Duck, Duck, Goose except children spell out a word. The child walks around the circle tapping a child's head for each letter of the word. On the last letter he runs around the circle while the child that was tapped last chases him. If the child spelled the word wrong, or if the child chasing him tagged him, he has to do it again.


What Letter is Missing?

Write a spelling word on pieces of paper one letter per paper. Place the letters in order and show your child the word. Tell him to close his eyes while you remove one letter. Mix up the papers. Now tell your child to put the letters back in order to spell out the word and then tell you which letter is missing. (You can use letters from a Scrabble game or letter blocks instead or cutting up pieces of paper.)


Play Hangman

Play Hangman except use only your child's spelling words. If you don't like the idea of a hangman, make up a different character.


Spelling Review with a Puppet

You will need a puppet that can open and close its mouth for this review game. Tell your child that the puppet is very hungry. Give your child some small sheets of paper and tell him that the paper is the puppet's food, but the puppet only likes to eat food that has words on it and only words that are spelled correctly. Give your child a spelling word and tell him to write it on the piece of paper and then try to feed it to the puppet. If the word is spelled correctly, make the puppet eat it up and make happy sounds. If the word is spelled incorrectly, make the puppet start to chew on it but then spit it out and choke on it. Tell your child that the puppet didn't like it because he didn't spell the word correctly. Let him try again until he spells it right.

 

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Learn American Sign Language and Spelling at the Same Time

This is a great way to review spelling words. Teach your child the signs for each of the letters. You can find information and printouts for each letter on many web sites. Once you both know the letters, you can take turns spelling words to each other and seeing if you can guess what the other person is spelling.

Make up your own sign language - This is a great way to review and get the wiggles out at the same time. Help your child come up with different ways he can make each letter of the alphabet using his whole body then give him a word to spell using his body.

 

 

Word Pictures

Here's a fun activity that will teach your child words and get his imagination working.

word picturesWhat you will need: Card stock or other heavy paper, glue, and any other objects you can think of.

How to Make Word Pictures:

1 Help your child think of words that you can use small objects or pictures to form the letters. For example, for the word "food" you can use food.

2. Gather all the materials you will need.

3. Help your child figure out how to spell the word he or she will be decorating. Write the letters as big as you can across the paper.

4. Glue things on the letters to spell out the word using only things that actually relate to the word.

Some other Examples:

1. Use glue or glitter glue to spell out the word "glue".

2. Use fish stickers or fish crackers to spell out the word "fish"

3. Use beads to spell the word "Beads".

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Word Search

Make your own spelling word search - At Discoveryschool.com web site you can type in your child's spelling words and make a personalized word search.

 

 

Learn to Read Game

 

Easter Bunny Egg Scramble Game

Easter Bunny Egg Scramble Printable Game - Review vocabulary words with this fun interactive game.  Now available as an instant download from www.daniellesplace.com for only $1.00!Children scramble to collect the most eggs.

What you will need: Card stock (heavy paper), die, markers, scissors, a marker or playing piece for each player, and tape.

How to Make Easter Bunny Egg Scramble Game:

1. Print out the game patterns onto card stock. (Available to members only) and tape them together to make the game board.

2. Print out the egg patterns onto different colors of card stock or use white card stock and color the eggs. (Available to members only) Cut out the eggs.

These patterns are also available as an instant download for non-members.

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Set Up:

1. Print your child's vocabulary words or words he is learning to read on the eggs. You can also use math facts, review questions from your lessons, and spelling words. If you are using spelling words, turn the cards over so that your child cannot see the words.

2. Place the eggs on top of the pictures of the eggs on the board. You can place more than one egg on each picture.

How to Play:

1. To start players place their markers on top of any of the eggs on the board.

2. Each player should throw the die to see who has the highest number. The player with the highest number goes first.

3. The first player throws the die and moves that many spaces in either direction (clockwise or counter clockwise). If there is an egg or more than one egg on the space he lands on, he gets to collect one egg after saying the vocabulary word, answering the math fact, or spelling the word correctly. If a player does not answer correctly, he does not get to keep the egg. Keep playing like this until all the eggs on the board have been collected. The child with the most eggs wins.

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Compound Words Scrambled Eggs Game

Unscramble the Eggs to Make Compound Words!

Compound Words Scrambled Eggs Game www.daniellesplace.comThis is a fun and challenging game that reinforces the fact that two words put together can make completely new words.

What you will need: Card stock (Heavy paper) or pretty scrap booking paper, marker, and. scissors.

How to Make Scrambled Eggs Game: Cut egg shapes from the paper and write words on the eggs that when put together will make a new compound word.

To Play: Give each child a set of cards and see who can "unscramble" the eggs first.

Three different sets of nine compound words and a Fill-in-the-words sheet are Available to Members.

This pattern is also available as an instant download for $1.00

  

Foods - buttercup, sweetheart, butternut, cheesecake, tablespoon, shortbread, gumball, jellyfish, and egghead.

Body - bodyguard, sideburns, handbook, headline, footrest, brainwash, eyelash, backslide, and skintight.

Animals - watchdog, grasshopper, bluefish, butterflies, horseback, honeybee, earthworm, snakeskin, and blackbird.

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"What Can It Be?" Reading Game

Reading GameThis is a great way to review vocabulary words that your child is having trouble remembering.

What you will need: Construction paper, pictures from coloring books, magazines, calendars, etc.

How to Make "What Can It Be" Reading Game: Mark off lines one inch apart on a piece of construction paper as shown in the picture. Print one of your child's vocabulary words above each line. Cut on the lines leaving one inch from the side of the paper intact. Glue a picture on another piece of construction paper, any size will do, even a very small picture. Then staple the word page on top of the picture page. Staple the left-hand side that hasn't been cut so that you can lift up the word strips to see what is under them.

Ask your child to pick any word on the page and tell you what it says. If he can tell you what the word is, lift the flap to reveal part of the picture underneath. If he doesn't guess correctly, he should pick another word to read. Keep playing until he has discovered what the picture is.

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Feed The Dogs Reading Folder Game

Feed the dog reading folder gameThis game can be used with children at all levels. Word endings are written on the dog bowls and beginning sounds are on pieces of dog food (square pieces of paper). Your child must place the dog food into the correct bowl to spell a word. Each dog must end up with only three pieces of food. The patterns for this game are available to members only. (Just click on the link.) It includes six games with different word endings: at, it, og, ot, ig, ed, ut, in, an, ar, un, ap, ake, ace, ice, and oke. (This activity is available to Members Only.)

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"Is It a Word?" Learn to Read Game

is it a word learn to read gameCut up two different colors of card stock into 2" pieces to make cards. On one set of cards write words endings and on the other set write beginning sounds. Fold down the tops of two paper bags as shown in the picture. Write "Ending sounds" and Beginning Sounds" on the bags matching the colors you used for the cards. Write the title of the game, "Is it a Word?" on the bags as shown in the picture. Place the cards in the appropriate bags.

How to Play:
1. The first player selects one card from each bag and puts the letters together to see if they spell a word. If the letters spell a word, the player gets a point. The player then places the cards back in the bag and shakes it up again for the next player. The first player to reach ten points first wins.

"Is It a Word?" File Folder Game 1: Words ending in ail, ew, ead, ake, ide, ade, ask, ike, ead, op, out, ill, ain, ue, ank, ug, ail, amp, ing, all, and ink.

"Is It a Word?" File Folder Game 2: Words ending in eel, eal, eet, eat, eed, ead, eep, and eap.

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Squirrel Color Sheet and Activity Page

This activity sheet can be used for many activities.

squirrel color sheet and activity pageSpelling Word Review Ideas:

A. Writing Spelling Word - Have your children write their spelling words on the acorns and glue them to the color sheet around the squirrel.

B. Spelling Game - Cut out around the squirrel's arms. If a child spells or says a word correctly three times in a row, he can place the acorn with that word in the squirrel's arms. Tell him to keep practicing until he can get all the acorns in the squirrel's arms on the first try. You can write, "I know how to spell all my words" at the bottom of the color sheet.

C. Matching Spelling Words - Write out all the vocabulary words on a set of acorns. Place them in the squirrel's arms. Make a matching set for your child. Turn over all the acorns. Ask your child to find the acorn that matches the top acorn in the squirrel's arm. Keep playing until your child has matched all the acorns.

D. Fall Words - Cut out all the acorns. Have your child think of words relating to the fall season; and then write them on the acorns.

E. Search for Acorns - Write your child's vocabulary words on the acorns. Scatter them around the room. Ask your child to help the squirrel find his acorns. When your child finds an acorn, ask him what the word is on the acorn and let him place it in the squirrel's arms. If he doesn't know the word, save it and hide all the acorns he doesn't know again. Keep playing until he can remember all his words.

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Acorn Search File Folder Game

squirrel pictureIn this game children help the squirrel find an acorn and review math facts or vocabulary words the same time. Write your child's math facts or vocabulary words on the back of the leaf patterns. Hide an acorn pattern under one of the leaves. Your child then turns over one leaf at a time looking for the acorn. He has to answer the math problem before he can look under another leaf. You can use this game for a group of children or for just one child and hide more than one acorn behind the leaves. A pattern for this file folder game is available to members of The Resource Room.

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Basket Full of Words Review Game

What you will need:

Paper - Fall Colors

Card stock - Fall Colors

Scissors

Markers

Markers

New Words Fall Basket of Leaves Paper Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

How to Make Basket Full of Words Review Game:

paper basket diagram11. Before class make the baskets from tan or brown card stock. To make the baskets fold a piece of paper 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" in half, corner to corner to make a triangle.

2. Place the folded piece of paper on a table so that the folded, long edge is at the bottom.

3. Fold over the right, bottom corner so that the point meets the left edge of the triangle.

4. Fold over the left, bottom corner so that the point meets the right edge of the triangle.paper basket diagram2

5. Fold down the top layer of the top corner along the top edges of the folded corners. Turn the bucket over and turn the top corner over the same way.

paper basket diagram3

6. To make the edge of the basket as shown in the picture, unfold the top corners you just folded down, and fold them in half and then in half again, and then fold them down on the first fold you made.

7. Print out the Leaf Patterns and use them to cut leaf shapes from fall-colored paper. Have your children write their vocabulary words on the leaves.

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Leaf Word Games

Gathering Leaves - Place all the leaves face-up on a table in front of your child so that he can see the words. Tell your child that he can place all the leaves that he can read in the basket. If your child picks up a leaf that he cannot read, tell him what the word is and have him repeat the word. Place that leaf in a pile to be used after he has tried to read all the leaves on the table. When he has gone through all the leaves, place the ones he has missed on the table, and have him try to read the words again. Keep playing until all the words are in the basket.

Matching Game - To play this game make sets of matching words, and more paper baskets. Give each player a basket. Turn all the leaves over on a table so that the words aren't showing. Take turns turning over two leaves to see if the words match. The player that turns over the leaves should read the words on each leaf. If the words match, the player gets to keep the leaves and place them in his basket. The player with the most words in his basket wins.

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Flat Cat Learn to Read Game and Craft

flat cat craftUse this cute little cat to play a word game that teaches your children words that rhyme with "cat". Children will love making their own flat cats to take home and help them learn to read.

What you will need: Two or three Styrofoam dinner plates or heavy duty paper plate for each cat, one small paper plate, acrylic paint, glue or staples, large paper clip, and sticky note paper or plain paper.

How to Make Flat Cat Learn to Read Game and Craft:

1. Cut out legs, ears, and a tail from one paper plate or a Styrofoam tray. I cut the feet from around the rim of the paper plate so that they naturally bend down. Try not to have the feet and tail stick out too far. This makes it harder to spin because the tail and legs keep bumping on things.

2. Glue or staple the legs and tail to the top of one plate.

3. Cover that paper plate with another paper plate to form the cat's body. The plates should be glued or stapled top to top.

4. Fold the small plate in half to form the cat's head. Glue ears to the head at the fold. Glue the head to the body.

5. Paint the cat.

6. Write words that rhyme cat such as rat, mat, sat, flat, fat, bat, hat, pat, rat, tat, at, and vat on sticky note paper or just small pieces of paper. Place the stack of words in the cat's mouth. Secure the words with a large paper clip or clothespin.

7. To play have the children sit in a circle around the cat. Take a hold of two of the cat's legs and spin the cat. (Practice this before class) The child that is in line with the cat's head picks a word card and reads it. Keep going until all the words have been read.

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Rainy Day Words Cloud Craft

cloud gameChildren assemble the cloud and rainbow craft. They think of words that describe a rainy day and write them on the raindrops. They can then make a cloud shaped book and write a rainy day story using the new words they have learned. Members, click on the link above to get further directions and a pattern.

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Label Mommy Game

Here's another fun activity to help your child learn to read.

label mommyWhat you will need: sticky notepapers, or small pieces of paper and tape, and marker.

How to Make Label Mommy Game:

1. Before you start tell your children that they need to pay attention really well because every word that they remember they will get to stick on you, but every word they forget, you get to stick on them.

2. Help your children think of words that are body parts such as eyes, ear, nose, forehead, cheek, hand, feet, chin, lip, mouth, etc. Go over each word and write them on a separate piece of paper.

3. Mix up the words and set them out on the table. Have your children take turns picking a word and trying to figure out what it is. If a child figures out what they word is he picked, he can stick it on the body part that is written on the paper. If not, you get to stick it on him.

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Twister Review Game

This is a great way to teach children who can't sit still for very long. Use a dry erase marker to write numbers, letters, or vocabulary words on the circles. Write the same numbers, letters, or words on the spinner. Play just like twister except call out the words instead of the colors.

 

Compound Words

Compound words are two words together that make one words such as ladybug. There are many other insects that have names that are compound words. Ask your child if he can think of any. Play the following game with your child.

 

Compound Word Bugs Game

Write the following words on cards: Lady, fire, yellow, walking, June, grass, bumble, wolf, cut, ear, swallow, butter. Write these words on a different color of cards: Bug, fly, jacket, stick, bug, hopper, bee, spider, worm, wig, tail, fly. (A Pattern is Available to Members Only)

Mix the cards up and place one color on one side of the table and the other color on the other side of the table. Have your child try to match up a card from one side to a card from the other side to make compound words. Once your child knows which words go together play a concentration game. Turn all the cards over and take turns turning two cards over at a time. If they match, the player gets to keep them. The player who gets the most cards wins.

 

Draw Compound Bugs

Use the cards from the Compound Word Bug Game above. Mix up the cards and have your children pick two cards from each color group. Have them put them together to make a new type of bug, and draw a picture of the new type of bug.

 

Frog Learn to Read Game - Musical Lily Pads

Cut out lily pad shapes from construction paper. Write your children's vocabulary words on the lily pads, one per lily pad. Tape them to the floor in a circle just far enough apart so that your children have to leap to reach the next lily pad. Play like musical chair except no one has to sit down. As you play some music have the children leap from one lily pad to the next. When the music stops each child reads the word on his lily pad.

 

Feed the Kitty Word Sounds Game

kitty reading gameThis cute little kitty will help your child learn to read in a fun and active way.

What you will need: Two paper plates, card stock, glue, and scissors.

How to Make Feed the Kitty Word Sounds Game:

1. Print out the patterns for the eyes, nose, arms, and tongue (PDF Pattern) and cut them out. Color the nose and tongue pink.

2. Print out the cat face pattern (PDF Pattern) and use it as a template to cut a paper plate to make the cats face. Use the the pattern to cut just the ear shapes out of another paper plate for the back of the head. Glue the two paper plates together (top to top) to make the face.

3. Glue on the nose and eyes. Draw in the whiskers with a black marker. Color in the ears. Glue the arms on the back of the head as shown in the picture.

4. Cut a slit in the paper plate used for the back of the head 2 1/2" long and 1/4" wide. Slip the tongue down through the hole so that it stick out of the mouth.

The Kitty can be used to teach and review many subjects.

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Review Letter Sounds - Print out small pictures of different items and place a piece of tape on the back of each one. Using pictures from your child's worksheets works great. Tell your child that the kitty is very hungry but she only wants to eat things that start with the "a" sound. (Move the kitty's tongue back and forth.) Ask your child if he or she can find a picture of something that starts with that sound and place it on the kitty's tongue. If the child is correct, the kitty will eat it. (Pull up the tongue so it looks like the kitty is eating it. And pull it all the way out and remove the picture. Then place the tongue back in it's mouth. If the child picked a picture that does not match that letter sound, just move the tongue back and forth and tell your child that the kitty does not like that one because it doesn't start with that sound, and he should try again. (You can also play this game using ending sounds and long or short vowel sounds.)

Review words - Play as above only use word cards with matching pictures. Show your child a word card and have him feed the kitty a picture that matches the word.

Review Numbers or Letters - Give your child a pad of small sticky notes. Tell him that the kitty is hungry for a certain letter or number. He should write the letter or number on the sticky note and feed it to the kitty. If he is correct, the kitty eats it. If not, he must try again.

Spelling Words - Play as above only have your child write his or her spelling words on sticky notes. If he or she spells them correctly, the kitty will eat them, if not, he must try again.

 

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Reading with a Puppet

Doug sock puppet Ford focus spokespuppet www.daniellesplace.comIs your child hving a hard time sitting still and concentrating when you are teaching him to read? Here is a great technique to use that will take a lot of the frustration out process.

Children love to feel like they are in control and this technique will give them a little control. When you are having a hard time getting your child settled down enough to read bring out a puppet that says he knows how to read. Make the puppet sound like he is bragging. Say something like, "I can read 100 words a minute! I can read the whole dictionary. Do you want to hear me read?" Of course your child would prefer the puppet to read than himself even if the puppet is better than him. Once the puppet starts to read, have him get stuck on some easy words or say the wrong words and read the sentences so they don't make sense. Your child will then try to help him. If he doesn't volunteer his help, have the puppet ask him for help. The puppet can then say, "Wow, you're a pretty good reader!" This will give your child confidence in his reading. When my child was trying to help the puppet read and didn't know a word, she would whisper to me and ask what the word was and then tell the puppet. It was a lot of fun and she was reading!

 

Dial-a-Word Wheel

Reading WheelChildren turn the inside wheel to make words that rhyme with "at" and form new words. Each new word is represented by a picture below the word.

What you will need: Card stock, crayons or markers, scissors, and brad.

How to Make Dial-a-Word Wheel:

1. Print out the patterns:

Word Wheel 1 - Cat - Top Wheel (PDF Pattern) and Bottom Wheel (PDF Pattern)
Word Wheel 2 - Can - Top Wheel (PDF Pattern) and Bottom Wheel (PDF Pattern)
Word Wheel 3 - Rib - Top Wheel (PDF Pattern) and Bottom Wheel (PDF Pattern)
Word Wheel 4 - Pin - Top Wheel (PDF Pattern) and Bottom Wheel (PDF Pattern)
Word Wheel 5 - Tub - Top Wheel (PDF Pattern) and Bottom Wheel (PDF Pattern)

2. Cut out the wheels. Cut out the square at the top of the wheel. Cut out the window at the bottom leaving the top attached to form a flap to cover the window.

3. Punch a whole through the center of both wheels and put a brad in the center so that the wheels turn.

4. Have your child color the picture.

5. The child turns the wheel to find a new letter, sounds out the word to figure out what the new word spells. When he thinks he knows what the word is, he opens the flap to see if the picture matches the word he guessed.

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Spelling and Vocabulary Word Games

 

 

Match Game

Use the word cards to play match game. Write your child's vocabulary words on index cards. Make two cards for each word. Place all the cards face down on a table. Take turns turning over two cards at a time trying to find matching cards. If they match, the player gets to keep the cards and try again until he misses. The player that has the most cards at the end of the game wins.

 

What's the Word?

Write all your child's spelling words or vocabulary words on index cards. Show your child a card and ask him what the word is. If e knows the word, he gets a penny or other reward. (If you are using spelling words, ask him to spell the word without showing him the card). If he knows the word or can spell it, take it out of the cards in your hand and place it on the table face up. If he doesn't know the word or can't spell it, tell him what it is or how to spell it and then place it in the back of the cards in your hand. Keep playing until all the cards are on the table.

 

Timed Review

Use a certain amount of cards and time your child to see how fast they can say all the words. See if they can beat their time.

 

Find the Special Card Vocabulary Review Game

Place a sticker on the back of one of the word cards. Place all the word cards on the table face up. Have your child select a card and tell you what it says. If she says the word correctly, she gets to turn it over to see if there is a sticker on it. If she doesn't know the word, help her pronounce it and then let her turn over the card to see if there is a sticker on it. Keep playing until your child finds the card with the sticker. You can give her a small reward for finding the card with the sticker. Place the sticker on another card and play again. Keep playing until your child gets bored.

 

Find the Missing Part Vocabulary or Spelling Review

Write your child's spelling or vocabulary words on index cards; but write half of each word on one card and the other half on another card. Write the first half of the words on yellow cards and the second half of the words on green cards so that your child knows to match up the cards with a yellow first and then a green. Spread the cards out on a table face up. Ask your child to match up the cards to make words. You can time her the first time and then have her do it again to try to beat her first time. Keep playing until your child can match up all the cards quickly.

 

Find a Word

You will need old children's magazines. Open up two magazines to pages with about the same amount of words on them. Take turns picking a word to look for. Each person looks for that word on their page and circles all the ones they find. The person who finds the most on their page wins.

 

Find Letter Blends, or Endings

Pick a common word blend such as tr, pr, th etc. Tell your child that every time she finds that blend in the book she is reading she will get a reward. Or if she can find a certain number of words with that word blend she will get a prize. This is a great way to help them learn how to spell.

 

Reading Crafts and Activities

 

Goldfish Reading Craft

goldfish reading craftWith this activity children learn numbers, left and right, up and down, and big and small. They glue gold fish crackers onto the fish outlines. If you don't want to use real crackers, or you can just have your children color in the fish and eat the crackers for a snack.

What to do: Print out the Pattern (PDF Pattern). Have your children glue the fish onto fish outlines. (You will need both rainbow fish crackers or goldfish crackers and the giant fish crackers for this project.)

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Friday Fun Day Treasure Hunt

Treasure hunts are a great way to reinforce reading, math, and thinking skills. Your child will be motivated to read and figure out problems because he will be anxious to find the treasure at the end of his hunt. You can design your treasure hunt to match your child's skills. In our home school, Fridays are fun days. We play review games and take field trips relating to what we are studying, etc. Treasure hunts are great because you can review all the materials you have covered that week. Click here for a Sample Treasure Hunt that we have used. I used a box or candy corn as the treasure for this hunt. This treasure hunt was written for a fourth grader.

 

Learning Vowel Sounds Song

I Had a Vowel
Written by Narita Roady
(Sing to the tune of "Bingo")

Sing Using the Short Vowel Sounds.

I had my vowels to make some words
And this is how they sound
A - e - i - o -u
A - e - i - o -u
A - e - i - o -u
And that is how they sound

I had an 'A' to make some words
And this is what I made
Cat, hat, bat, and rat
Cat, hat, bat, and rat
Cat, hat, bat, and rat
And this is what I made

E - Set, bet, get, and jet

I - Sit, bit, hit, and fit

O - Cot, dot, got, and rot

U - Cut, hut, nut, and rut

Sing Using Long Vowel Sounds.

I had my vowels to make some words
And this is how they sound
A - e - i - o -u
A - e - i - o -u
A - e - i - o -u
And that is how they sound

I had an 'A' to make some words
And this is what I made
Ate, cape, hate, and mate
Ate, cape, hate, and mate
Ate, cape, hate, and mate
And this is what I made

E - Tea, see, weed, and keep

I - Bite, like, kite, and ripe

O - Note, hope, rope, and joke

U - Cube, rude, tube, and tune

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Writing Games

 

Play "Don't Complete the Sentence"

Players take turns writing a word and adding to the previous words to make a sentence. The player who completes the sentence looses. Each player must have a sentence in mind when he adds his word. If a player can't think of a word to add to the sentence, the other player must finish the sentence. If he can finish the sentence, he wins. Younger children will like this game if you just write silly sentences and don't worry about who finishes the sentence.

 

Write a Silly Story

Each person takes a turn adding one sentence to the story until it is finished.

 

Writing Activities

 

Preposition Easter Egg Hunt, Writing Activity, and Bulletin Board Display

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Use this Easter display to review prepositions, vocabulary words, or for other learning activities.

Printable Patterns for this craft are available to members.

Also available as an instant download to non-members for $2.00 including: Bunny pattern, preposition basket lables, and egg shapes.

    

What you will need:

Regular-sized Paper Plates, White Card Stock, White Pipe Cleaners, Paint, Scissors, Feather Boa or Feathers, and Glue

What to do:

1. To make the head fold down two sides of a paper plate about one inch wide and six inches long. Fold another paper plate the same way. Cut the mouth shape out of one of the paper plates. (Pattern available to members.)

2. Draw a face on the plate and poke small holes for the whiskers. Cut pipe cleaners in half and stick them in the holes. Tape them to the back of the plate. (Patterns for the eyes, nose, and mouth are available to members.)

3. Glue the two head paper plates together to make the head and glue it to the top of another paper plate.

4. Cut feet shapes, arms, and ears shapes from other paper plates and glue them to the body. (Patterns are available to members.)

5. Paint the ears, mouth, paws, and belly.

6. To finish glue part of a feather boa or feathers to the top of the head.

7. To make the baskets fold a paper plate in half and cut out half the center of a paper plate. Cut another paper plate in half and glue it to the front of the cut paper plate to make a basket. Paint the basket. Write "Prepositions" on one plate and "Objects of Prepositions" on the other, or use the printable pattern. (Available to members.)

Preposition Easter Egg Review Game

1. Print out egg shapes onto different colors of paper, and some on white paper. (A pattern for the eggs is available to members.)

2. Write prepositions on the colored eggs such as under, on, in, below, above, etc. Hide the eggs according to what you wrote on the eggs. If you wrote the word "under", hide the egg under something. Write objects of the prepositions on another set of eggs (the places where you hid the eggs) and tape themto the bulletin board.

3. Have each child find one egg and then write a sentence saying where they found the egg on a white egg such as: "I found the egg under the table." Then have them decorate the egg. Tape the finished eggs on the bulletin board.

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Action Verbs Color Sheet

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Action verbs are words that tell us what a person or thing can do.

How to Use this Sheet:

1. Have your children color the activity sheet and then make their own sheet using different action verbs.

2. Have yoru children color the activity sheet and then write sentences using each action word on the sheet.

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Write it Down!

Do you have problems getting your child to concentrate on his schoolwork? Does he keep coming up with questions and changing the subject? Here's a solution that will keep him focused or at least help him with his spelling and writing. Make it a rule that during school your child cannot ask a question that doesn't pertain to his lesson or change the subject unless he writes the question down so you can read it. For example, he might write, "Can I have a snack?" You would answer him by writing something such as, "You can have a snack when you finish your math." When he is finished he might write, "Can I have a snack now?" You can then write, "What would you like for a snack?" Make the words appropriate for your child's reading level.

If your child has a question that doesn't pertain to the lesson, such as "How do they make pencils?" Have your child write it down and tell him that we will set this question aside until we are done with the lesson and then we will try to find the answer. This will work great with children with ADD because they can then get their attention back to the lesson knowing that their question will be answered later.

This also works great when you are on the telephone. Your child won't have to interrupt you and he won't forget the question because it is written down. Don't worry about his spelling when you are doing this activity. Just keep track of the words he is misspelling and add them to his spelling list.

 

 

"Duck on a Bike"

Written by David Shannon (Ages 3 - 7) - One day down on the farm a goofy looking duck decides to ride a bike. He says hello as to all the different animals that that live on the farm as he rides by. They all say hi back in their won way, but what there really thinking is something completely different. Cat says, "Meow, but what she thought was, "I wouldn't waste my time riding a bike." She is seen lying on the ground licking her paw like she could care less. Horse says, "Ne-e-e-igh!". But what he thought was, "You're still not as fast as me, Duck!" He is pictured with his nose up in the air and glancing sideways at duck. Goat say, "M-a-a-a". But what he thought was, "I'd like to eat that bike!" He is shown with wide eyes staring at the bikes tires.

Creative Writing

This is a great book to demonstrate repetition in writing. Your children can write their own pages to add to the story. Let them pick an animal and decide what he thought after saying hello to Duck. If you have beginning writers have them use the fill in the blank worksheet. More experienced writers can follow the pattern used in the book. They can then draw a picture illustrating their own page. Here is an example my daughter wrote. "Then Duck rode, no-hands, past armadillo. "Hello, Armadillo," said Duck. "Hello," said Armadillo. But what he thought was "He needs a helmet like me." Art - This is a great book to demonstrate perspective in drawing. We see the duck on a bike drawn from every perspective imaginable.

 

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curriculum for preschool through third grade.

1. Each lesson in this curriculum is a thematic unit based on a letter of the alphabet, an animal starting with that letter, and a basic Bible truth.

2. Each thematic unit in this curriculum is used for one week reinforcing the main Bible truth and integrating it into every study area through games and activities. Areas include: math, reading, writing, science, physical fitness, and more.

3. The Bible lessons and activities in this curriculum are great for children who have special needs, such as children with ADD, ADHD, or other learning disabilities because all areas of study are reinforced using active learning and lots of sensory stimulation. Children learn while having fun!

4. The lessons and activities in this curriculum were designed for children preschool through third grade. You can use the same lesson for all these levels. The games and activities are made so you can adapt them to your child's needs and academic level.

To find out more about the ABC, I Believe Lessons AND receive the first four lessons for free go to the ABC, I Believe Home Page.

 

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