As a former Pre-Kindergarten teacher and now stay-at-home mommy of 2 boys and a sweet baby girl, many people ask me how they can be implementing educational concepts in the lives of their young children at home before they enter school. Instead of trying to come up with a quick list of ideas off the top of my head to answer these questions, I have decided to put all of my lessons into this blog. I, along with so many other parents, want to be purposeful at home with my children and make the most of the time I have with them.
I hope that this blog can help, encourage, and inspire you to work with your kiddos and
get involved in the learning process! The benefits will be endless,
and the moments you share together will be priceless! As Dr. Seuss once said,
"The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!"

Friday, June 15, 2012

Summer Thinking - Week #2

Mighty Math Monday: Lego Math
Math Objectives:
* To use addition and subtraction skills with legos
* To recognize the symbols +, -, and =, and understand what they mean

* Printables from The Kent Chronicles ( I had to copy the images and paste them into Word.)
* Legos
* pencil

* Great pinterest find from The Kent Chronicles!
1. Print out the worksheets from the link above.  Show your child how to count the dots on each lego.  Then help them understand that a + sign means to add the dots all together or a - sign means to take that number of dots away.  Starting with the addition pages, help your child add up the number of dots on the legos.  Then help them write the total.  You can use real legos, as well.

2. When doing the subtraction pages, cover up the number of dots you need to subtract to help your child visually see the "taking away" of the dots.

Totally Technical Tuesday: ABC Mouse
Technology Objectives:
* To find and explore the ABC Mouse website on the computer
* To practice using the mouse with dragging and clicking skills

* Computer
* ABC Mouse Website

* I'm sure you've seen the advertisement for this site on T.V.!
1. Go to the ABC Mouse site online.  There is a 30 day free trial for this program.  We love it so much that we purchased access for the first year!  You can fill out the information for your child, and they can start their own learning path.  You can also just explore and play the games you want to.  Remember to help your child use the mouse by guiding their hand first, then allowing them to do it on their own.  This site is fantastic!!!  Enjoy!

Wacky Word Wednesday: Sight Word Book
Language Objectives:
* To create a sight word book using flashcards
* To start memorizing sight words (10 at a time)

* Printables from Unique Teaching Resources
* scissors
* rings or ribbon to attach flashcards together
* hole punch

I found this incredible website from Unique Teaching Resources that has free printables for 1,000 sight words!!!
1. Using the link above, print out the number of sight words you want to start with from Fry's First 100 list.  I printed 30 words, but we will do 10 at a time each week.  Cut out the words, punch holes in the top corners of the cards, and attach them all together using a ring or a ribbon.

2. I also printed the checklist off for the first 100 words in order to keep track of the words Sawyer has learned.

3. Introduce the book to your child.  Say the words for them as you flip through the book, and have your child repeat after you.  Continue flipping through the first 10 words 3-4 more times.  Keep practicing throughout the week until your child has memorized these words.

Thoroughly Thoughtful Thursday: God Made Me
Social Skills Objectives:
* To understand that God made us
* To recognize that God made different parts of our body for special reasons
* To look at bible verses to help understand what each body part is for in God's eyes

* Printable from Danielle's Place
* scissors
* crayons or markers
* glue
* Bible

* Another fun pinterest find from Danielle's place!
1. Print out the "God Made Me" page from the link above.  Cut out the words at the bottom and have your child match the words to the correct box.

2. Look up verses in the bible that discuss these different parts of the body.  Talk about what God intended us to do with each part of the body.  Here are some of the verses we looked at:
Listening Ears: Isaiah 30:21, Mark 4:9
Wonderful Eyes: Psalm 119:18
Helping Hands: Acts 9:36, 1 Timothy 5:10
Guarded Mouth: Psalm 19:14, Psalm 71:8, Proverbs 21:23
Happy Heart: Proverbs 15:13
Beautiful Feet: Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15

3. Have your child color the picture to look like them!

Silly Sawyer!

Fantastically Fun Friday: Sidewalk Chalk Paint
Fun Objectives:
* To create sidewalk chalk paint by following a recipe
* To use the fine motor skills involved with painting

* plastic cups
* corn starch
* water
* food coloring
* paint brushes
* a sidewalk to paint :)

* This is a fun alternative to sidewalk chalk!  There are lots of recipes out there, but this one worked best for us. 
1. Pour about a cup of water into each plastic cup.

2. Mix in 1/2 of a cup of cornstarch.

3. Put a few drops of food coloring into each cup and stir.

4. Using the paintbrushes, have your child create designs on the sidewalk or driveway.  The colors get brigther as the paint dries.  Sawyer loved this!


  1. Do you recommend getting a mouse to use even for a laptop? Is that a skill to work on, or can they just use the mouse pad on the laptop?

  2. Mel, kids will need to know how to use a mouse, as well as the mouse pad on a laptop, so either/both right now is great!

  3. I am so happy to see that you found the "God Made Me!" printable useful. I will link to your blog from my website so other can see how you used it. Can you please change the link to the printable to this page of my website: The link you put is to a image file, which I don't allow, and that image is no longer there.