Egg Adventures

Egg Adventures!

How is Easter already next weekend?  Didn’t we just celebrate Christmas?  In the spirit of the holiday, I created a few fun projects for our kids this week.  With each one of our children at different academic levels, I wanted to develop an activity that would address each individual’s needs. Also as a combined family project, I brought back our Christmas Kindness Challenge and revamped it for Easter.

 

Kindness Challenge

Be Grateful, Be Kind, Believe in Kindness

Little toys, tiny trinkets, a coin or maybe a dollar, these are some of the possibilities that fill our kindness challenge eggs. Over the next week, our family will find places around town or even on our spring break travels to place these little gifts of love.  What would you put in your own kindness eggs?

Sight Word and Beginning Letter Challenge

Egg Fun for Four

 

Our four year old this week is working on beginning letters and recognizing site words in preparation for Kindergarten in the fall.  On the outside of each egg is the letter of the word inside. At the $ section of Target I found an egg puzzle. On one side I placed shape stickers and the other number for review.  Story starters are also typed up on other pieces of paper as a fun way to travel.  Open up each egg, read the story starter and create a family story as you drive or fly towards your family adventure.

Motor Skills and Movement Challenge

Eggs & Movement

Our middle girl is working on strengthening her muscles. So for her eggs, we placed a variety of movement exercises to get her up, moving and engaging those muscles in a fun challenge.

 

Stem Questions in Context Challenge

Stem Stories

Our oldest is working hard to master Stem questions in reading context. For her, I typed up a list of questions sent home by the school to use for her story retell.

What Egg Creations do you have planned for your Easter Celebration this year? 

Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

Beanbags, Balls and Boggle

With multiple snow days, running my Rodan+Fields business and sending out query’s for my book, getting back into the swing of preschool has been a challenge.  A little math lesson here a literacy project there, we haven’t been as consistent.  To kickstart the week, I decided to create a few lessons that would engage, entertain and excite my little 4 year old.

 

Yesterday we took a trip to the dollar store for a pack of sports balls and balloons.  Additionally, I dusted off my game of Boggle Jr. and tracked down my bean bag letters & numbers to add to our projects.  Then, once the girls arrived home I adapted the activities to review their math and literacy skills.

 

Looking for some interactive literacy and math practice, here are the activities we generated.




Literacy and Math Review with Beanbags

Preschool

Play toss with the beanbag.  My three year old and I sat on opposite sides of a yoga mat and tossed the beanbag back and forth.  We reviewed phonemic awareness with letter names & sounds, and matched beginning and ending sounds.

Bean Bag Spell: Pratice making words and phonemes with simple three to four letter word combinations.  I usually try and stay with one word family group a day such as -it or -an.  Then we change out letters to make new words.

Pop the word: Just this morning we used up a cereal box of Pops.  So, my four year old and I raced the timer (in the Boggle game) to name as many letters as we could.  As soon as the timer rang, we popped the letters out of the box.

Number Pull.  In a beach bucket I placed numbers 1-10.  We drew a number and counted out chocolate chips to match. Then we practiced writing the number on our Boogie Board.

1st and 3rd Grade

Word Review and Spelling. My 3rd grader practiced spelling her words with the beanbags while my 1st grader helped build and read new words.

Math: Beanbag Multiplication skills were practiced for my 8 year old while the 6 year old focused on fact families (or adding and subtracting three sets of numbers ie: 2,4,6). For example: 2+4=6, 4+2=6, 6-2=4, 6-4=2

Learning with Sports Balls

The sports pack from the dollar store consisted of a football, soccer ball and basket ball.  On the football I wrote common ending words such as: at, an, all, it.  Upon the mini basket ball I wrote three sets of numbers, evenly spaced, on each section. Each hexagon on the mini soccer ball had a letter. Upon reflection, for less confusion, I should have written the vowels on the black pentagons or used a red pen to isolate.

Preschool

Letter Review (Soccer):  Practicing and identifying letters and their sounds, we tossed the ball at each other reading a new letter each time.  We then moved on to identifying words that started and ended with specified letters. We then kicked the ball around the room also naming letters we saw.

Making Words: Tossing the football, we practiced reading the words/common endings. Using the soccer ball, we then added a letter to the common endings to make words.

Grades 1 & 3

Number Review: We took turns tossing the basket ball identifying numbers.  For my oldest, we tossed back and forth for multiplication review. The first player named a number then passed the ball. The next player then said a basic binary operation then read an additional number.  He/she then tossed back the ball for the player to solve the problem.  For my first grader, using mental math: I tossed the basket ball, read the three numbers across and then had her add them together.

Boggle Jr:

Beat the clock to find the correct letter, spell and read the word.  I challenged my preschooler to quickly find the letters before the clock expires, exaggerating and being goofy as we solve the puzzle. He also enjoys playing by himself to review letters and make words.

Polar Express Week

All Aboard the Polar Express!

It’s time for some Christmas fun! Travel with us over the next two weeks and learn about holidays around the world. This holiday themed learning is filled adventure. This set includes a DIY train story, math with more and less, subtracting on 1 less, family activities and more! Plus head over to Venture2Learn.com and follow along as I list helpful books and projects to go along with our Christmas Train Ride! I’ll be adding more holidays around the world next weekend so stay tuned!

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

  

Suggested Books for Polar Express Week

The Polar Express

Holidays Around the World 

Celebrate Christmas 

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World 

Legend of the Poinsettia 

The Legend of Old Befana

The Night of Las Posadas

The Tomten

Other Activities for Polar Express Week
  • Read The Polar Express the watch the movie. Compare and Contrast them.
  • Prepare a Polar Express party with hot chocolate, cookies and music. Dress the part.
  • Look for a local train ride (locate a a Santa Express, Polar Express ride or just a short little train ride)
  • Research each country, look online and discover what makes each country unique and different.
  • Check out the following website for Christmas celebrations from around the world. Videos from Around the World and this big list of Christmas Traditions Around the World .
  • For our England visit, we will follow these directions on How to make a Christmas Cracker.

 

Christmas Tree Learning

Christmas Tree Learning

 

Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!

The holiday season is here and with it Christmas themed activities for Preschool. Time for some Christmas fun! This holiday themed learning is filled with all things trees. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a decorate the tree book, math with more and less, adding on 1 more, family activities and more!For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

Suggested Books for Christmas Tree Reading

Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story 

Wish to Be A Christmas Tree

The Last Christmas Tree

The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever

Other Activities for Christmas Tree Week
  • Locate, at your craft store tree stickers or parts. Use this to count and make patterns.
  • Decorate/Trim your Christmas Tree.
  • Go on a field trip to a Christmas tree farm. Walk among the trees. Find out how they prepare and trim the trees.

T is for Turkey

Time for some Turkey Talk!

November is here and with it fall themed activities for Preschool.  This Thanksgiving themed learning is filled with all things turkey with an emphasis on being thankful. This set includes a letter T word hunt, a thankful book, math with more and less, math with adding on 1 more, thanksgiving placement cards, family thankful game and more! For a link to my Etsy page, click here. 

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

 

 

 

Suggested Books for Turkey Week Reading

Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving 

Five Silly Turkeys

The Silly Turkey

Turkey Trouble 

The Great Turkey Race & The Silly Turkey Party

10 Fat Turkeys 

Run Turkey Run 

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Daily have each child write down what they are thankful for on the feathers. Create a display turkey on Thanksgiving for a Turkey Talk.
  • Turkey Talk: Discuss the many ways you are thankful. Use the provided feathers to help prompt the children.
  • Display cards: Create display cards with one reason why that family member is loved.

 

Harvest Week

Time for some Harvest Fun!

November is here and with it fall themed activities for Preschool. This week we are learning all about fall harvest.  With Thanksgiving themed learning about farm, deer, squirrels and other fall activities, your preschool child will enjoy learning all about harvest! This set includes a letter D for deer word hunt, a color by numbers, a pattern and simple counting page and an entertaining squirrel song.

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created (for more, click here):

 

Click here for a link to my Etsy site for a PDF of our leaf activities.

Suggested Books for Harvest Week Reading

 

Fall Harvest: Bringing in Food 

Tractor Mac Harvest Time

Strega Nona’s Harvest

Hello Harvest Moon

Animals in the Fall: Preparing for Winter

Other Activities for Leaf Week
  • Field Trip to a Farm
  • Explore Tracks Outside
  • Go on a hike to explore nature
  • Create a follow the footprint game. Trace and cut out footprints. Place them around the house or outdoors for kids to follow your path or treasure hunt.

Below are pictures I will update for our upcoming Harvest week:

 

 

P is for Pumpkin

Halloween Preschool Projects

P is for Pumpkin

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter P for Pumpkin which includes a letter P word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little interactive pumpkin song. For a link to my Etsy page and more Pumpkin Activities. Here is a small sample out of the 18 pages I created.

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Pumpkin Books

Looking for Pumpkin Books to read?  Here are some of the titles we are using:

Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington

The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll

My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola

Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever! by Don Freeman

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkin by Dianne Ocholtree

The Runaway Pumpkin by S.D. Schindler

The Pumply Dumply Pumpkin

 

Other Activities for Pumpkin Week:

Graphing Candy Corn and Candy Pumpkins (or rainbow goldfish)

Sorting and Counting Candy Pumpkins.

We happen to have play handcuffs sitting around the house to use as sections.  Grab a couple of pumpkin plates or string to make circles and you are all set to sort and count.

Halloween Preschool Projects

Halloween Preschool Projects

The past several weeks my little preschooler and I have been busy creating, learning and having fun.  From writing books, identifying letters and learning to count, my son has picked the theme and I’ve developed projects to meet his needs.  In this post, I will cover the following:

  • M for Monster

  • H for Halloween Haunted House

  • Bat for -at week

M is for Monster

maze

This little collection has Halloween themed learning with the letter M for Monster which includes a letter M word hunt, a color by numbers, patterns and simple counting page and a fun little maze. For a link to my Etsy page and more Monster activities, click here.

Here are some of the hands-on extra activities I added into the letter M, Monster Week.

Books we read for Monster Week:

There’s a Nightmare in my Closet

Where the Wild Things Are 

Goodnight Little Monster

Go to School Little Monster 

 

From the 40% off Hobby Lobby special I found a pack of Monster crafts.  We decorated and labeled each monster with a letter from some alphabet work. My little guy spent time putting the letters in order and making words.

With big sister home sick from school Lego blocks came in handy to build a maze for letter M week!

M&Ms for letter M week are sure a fun treat when sorting, counting and graphing.

 

Letter H for is Halloween Haunted House

Halloween themed learning with H week. Words focus on the letter H. This set includes a mini book, letter hunt, patterns counting, dot to dot and other interactive activities for your preschooler. Contains about 22 pages with 12 pages a mini book. We also purchased a haunted house gingerbread kit to do as a family.  Walmart had them for $7.00 and change (FYI: the icing didn’t work so well to hold the house together so I used hot glue — sorry kids, you won’t be able to eat this candy house). Here is a couple examples of my haunted house activities for more, click on my etsy page.

Books we Read for Haunted House Week:

In a Dark, Dark House

At the Old Haunted House

Room on a Broom 

Halloween Hustle

 

 

B for Bat -at week

Halloween themed learning with -at week. Words focus on the at family such as: bat, cat, sat, mat, hat, pat, vat, rat, flat, at, slat, fat. This set includes a mini book, a fun song and rhyme, dot-to-dot, patterns word hunt and other interactive activities for your preschooler or kindergartener. Here are some examples of the projects created for bat week. For more, click on my Etsy page:

Bat Books we have Read

Bats at the Beach

Bats at the Library 

National Geographic Reader: Bats

Bats by Gail Gibbons

Stellaluna

(we also found a Reading Rainbow Recording video on Amazon!) Episode 13

Next week we will work with pumpkins so stayed tuned for some fun projects headed your way including sorting and graphing autumn mix candy!

 

“Train” Your Brain

Train Your Brain

 

School is officially in session it’s time to Train Your Brain.

Welcome all to Fall!

Excitement is building as my creativity has soared over the last couple weeks. Thanks to the expertise of Bamboo Rocket Apps, my blog is getting a makeover.  With the transfer of my site, I will be better able to build and grow.  So, invite your friends and family as we launch on a journey and get ready for an exciting adventure with Venture2Learn! With fresh, innovative ideas and a creative approach to teaching, leading and learning I am ready to share my unique teaching style. I look forward to meeting more families on the same journey, learning from them and growing as a community.  I’m bubbling with promise of what’s to come!!

As I worked on setting up my classroom for preschool, I created a couple designs that I wanted to share today.  This adorable “Train” your brain was inspired by my little one’s love of transportation.  Together with his help, we designed each train car, engine and caboose with simple shapes.  See if you can find an identify all the until lines and shapes we used.  Each shape color choice is selected by him. For our math cars, we used Pixabay, a free image site, for each car, truck or form of transportation.  Our little four year old is in love with his cars and loves to count, build on and identify his shapes.  Have a little one who loves trains, cars or automobiles, this set is for you! Shape Train contains a set of 12 shapes an engine and caboose. The number set includes a numbers building from 1-12 an engine car and caboose.

Travel to my Etsy Page to see the Shapes Train and Numbers Train listings.  Below is a preview of our train.

 

 

Summer Family Adventures Week 10

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Summer Family Adventures

August 2017

Looking for a way to organize your summer goals, check out our August Summer Activities.  Each day, during the the week, we have an academic goal, life skill or sports activity.  Weekends are reserved for a fun family adventure and chosen from our families Summer Bucket List.

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Week 10 Adventures!

Monday: Sports Day  7 minute Superhero Workout We are going to try a new app I just heard about that takes kids on missions while they exercise.

Tuesday: Eating Fractions During snack time, we will divide yummy foods and learn about fractions in a real-world setting.

Wednesday: Exploring Science– We will explore science in our own backyard with this scavenger hunt. Scavenger Hunt

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Thursday: Life Skill Discovery Drawing a birthday notes and thank you cards. Our youngest has his birthday this week and gifts have already arrived.  Starting early, I want my kids to show they are thankful treats by sending thank you cards.

Friday: Art Class Painting with Ice Cubes.  I’m creating a new recipe so once we try it and love it, I’ll feature it on the blog.

Family Adventure

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Water Day  

Today we will grab our swimsuits, Buckets, Water Guns and Water Balloons and enjoy a water day! Looking for a way to bring water to your own party, check out Home Depot’s Blog on  PVC Pipe Sprinklers and games.