Good Fortune Eggs

More "Egg"cellent Activities

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Check out today’s Easter Egg activities:

  1. Good Fortune Eggs

  2. Money Matching Eggs

  3. Golden Egg Treasure Hunt

Good Fortune Eggs

This morning, as the girls prepped for school, they also pitched in to help clean.  The oldest grabbed the dust rag and started cleaning off the blinds.  She may have used a bit to much water, creating a soppy mess; however her heart was sure in the right place.  Our other daughter swept the floor clearing the floor of dust. All the kids were so cheerful and helpful, it started me pondering a fun incentive. As I got to work on my projects today, I came up with extra chore eggs. My husband suggested I add a little advice of each egg hence the Good Fortune Egg idea was hatched. Each egg, on the outside is labeled, Thank you, Wow or Good job.  Inside the egg is a positive phrase with a small amount of change as a thank you for a job well done.   Here are some of the sayings we used:

  • It’s the sweet things you do that make us smile.
  • Aren’t you sweet! Thank you honey!
  • Daddy and I are so proud of your work.
  • That’s what we call perseverance!
  • Good belief in yourself! You did it!!
  • Than you for your help! You are an “egg”cellent (excellent worker).
  • Thank you for always saying please and thank you. You are “egg”tra special.
  • We love spending time you with you. You are “egg”tra (extra) sweet.
  • You are sweet to help! Thank you!
  • You really made us smile today! Thank you!

To download our full list of positive phrases, egg praise. You could even use this idea without the extra money. Just a positive praise would be a lovely reward.

Easter Store Match

For a fun math game, consider creating a matching game.  My middle daughter loves collecting recyclable goods for her play kitchen. I found twelve containers and labeled them with a variety of change amounts.   Then, I took an empty egg carton, placed twelve plastic eggs with the matching coins.  The recycled items and plastic eggs were placed into a “center” bag for her to pick up and practice her math skills. This fun activity could be used in all sorts of math matching activities.

  • Matching shapes
  • Matching numbers to objects (manipulatives)
  • Matching capital to lower case letters
  • Matching larger amounts of money for older students.
  • Matching time
  • Matching fractions

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Treasure Hunt

Find the Golden Egg!

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Last year I created an adventure race for my daughters spy party.  Ever since then treasure hunts are requested for every celebration.  Using the same format from last year’s race, I have come up with an interactive Easter Egg Treasure Hunt. Each clue created has activity that is either a mind puzzle or an athletic event.  The clues are placed in plastic eggs and pre-dispersed according to the destination. To create golden eggs, I found chalk eggs at Target in the $1.00 bin and used spray paint turn them into gold.

 

Here are the clues I wrote.

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Clues 1 & 2

Clue 1: Sweet Little Peeps, don’t fall asleep. Run along until you hear the beep.

  • The clue in the Car.

Clue 2: You put me together to carefully find the next clue you must piece together with your mind. To find the right path just relax in a bath.

  • The clue is in a bathtub
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Clues 3 & 4

Clue Three: Now it’s time for a training of sorts. Head out to the “obstacle course”. Hop onto the logs but don’t fall into the bogs. Balance well my friends, you don’t want to wiggle and end into the bottomless pit of vipers you see. Now climb to the top of the bars to free the clues you seek but don’t make a peep. Silent as a ninja but quick don’t sleep.

  • The next clue is outdoor near our pull-up bars and pretend obstacle course.

Clue Four: Now thing my dear team, what is half of one? Where would you find a fraction of fun? What is 1/2 of 4? What is 1/2 of 2? What is 1/2 of 12?  Add those numbers together and what do you get? Now find the clue in the numbers you drew.

  • The numbers connect to display our house number.  The next clue will be in our mailbox.
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clues 5 & 6

Clue Five: Directional Challenge: X marks the Spot. Look at this map you will clearly see where the next clue for the treasure surely be.

  • The map is a picture of our living room. The clue is hidden in the treasure box on top of a cabinet.

Clue Six: Careful with this clue you wouldn’t want to brew up trouble. Measure your steps well; you wouldn’t want to scare the morning bear.

  • The next clue is by the coffee pot.
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Clues 7 & 8

Clue Seven: Training Time Count Down to 1:

  • 10 Jumping Jacks
  • 9 sit-ups
  • 8 burpees
  • 7 long jumps
  • 6 spider walks
  • 5 push ups
  • 4 jogs in place
  • 3 star jumps
  • 2 frog hops
  • 1 min. of plank. After you are done, your next clue will be given to you.

Clue Eight: Decipher the Code

  • The next clue will be near the piano keyboard
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Clues 9 & 10

Clue Nine: Time to Show off your bunny skills. Grab a bag and hop, hop, hop. Your team must jump from start to stop. To the side of the house, quite as a mouse. Your final clue awaits, just race to the finishing gate.

  • This activity is a race with Walmart fabric bags hopping along the side of the house.

Clue TEN: unscramble the letters of this final clue, to uncover the mystery you seek. You have completed your task. Now is’t time to bask. But please be aware, you’ll need to share!!

  • The letters unscramble to form the words: guitar case where they will find their Golden Eggs

To download our clues, click here: Easter Treasure Hunt

 

 

Easter Egg Literacy

"Egg"tra Fun Learning

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Spring has arrived and with it creative Easter projects. Check out today’s Easter Egg activities.

Spelling Pratice

Write the words on the outside of each egg.  Inside each Egg container, place a fun and quick spelling “treat”. Some ideas might include:

  • Shoot, swing, kick for each letter as you spell.
  • Start each letter, grow louder until you reach the end of the word.
  • Spell your word with a pirate voice.
  • Spell your word like an opera singer.
  • Spell your word with a little baby voice.
  • Spell your word in a squeaky mouse voice.
  • Spell your word in a lions roar.
  • Spell your word in a robot voice.
  • Do a jumping jack for each letter you use in the word.
  • Spell your word with a farmer voice.
  • Spell your word like royalty with a British accent.
  • Hunt for your word in a book.
  • Sparkle write your letters to spell your word.
  • Write your letter with an expo marker on the mirror.
  • Pretend you are a bunny and hop for every letter you spell.
  • Challenge: For one minute you have to spell everything you say. Have someone guess what you are trying to communicate.

For extra fun, create an egg hunt, scattering the eggs about the room.

Sight Word Pratice

Write each sight word on the outside of an egg.  You may want to split the word by common endings.  Doing so allowed my daughter to line up her letters to read the full word. Inside each egg provide a sentence containing that specific word. Have them locate and highlight the word to practice words in print.  The sentences I included were questions or funny phrases to keep my kindergartner entertained.  Like the spelling practice, I hid her eggs about the room, which she loved.  Today, on the go, she packed her eggs into an egg carton.  She’s been carrying her sight words ever since.

Poetry Project

For a little Easter gift this year, my three children wrote poems to their teachers. For this project, I typed up a templates for a variety of poems. One the outside of each egg I placed an Easter topic word.  They choose the topic they wanted to write about and opened up the egg to fill out their poem.   I coached my three year old and assisted the five year old.  The seven year worked to design her own poem.  We then typed, printed, decorated and glued the poems on the back of a adorable bunny plaque.  Today they gifted their sweet projects to their teachers.  Here are the words and styles of poetry I used:

  • Easter: Acrostic Poem
  • Chocolate Bunny: 5 Senses Poem
  • Spring/April: Subject Poem
  • Easter Egg Poem: 5 W Poem (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
  • Bunny: Cinquin Poem
  • Jelly Bean: 5 Senses Poem
  • Flowers: ABC Poem (Each letter is a new line until you reach your subject letter)
  • Chick: Diamante Poem
  • Free Choice: Haiku Poem

Stayed Tuned: Tomorrow I will be working on the next two Easter Egg projects : Shopping for Eggs (Learning through Math) & Treasure Hunt (Scavenger and Spy Style Easter Egg Hunt)!!!

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3rd Top 10 to Try in Kaua'i

3rd Top 10 to Try in Kaua’i

~as recommended by a 3 year old Keiki

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Traveling with young kids to Kaua’i?  My three children have chosen their top 10 favorite things to do on the island. Previous post from the 7 and 5 year old’s top ten are published.  Now to highlight the 3 year old boy’s point of view.

  1. Beach-For a little boy, any beach with sand to build race tracks and water to frolic is a perfect beach.
  2. Tree Tunnel– at the start of hwy 520 just off of hwy 50 headed south west from Lihu’e towards Po’ipu is a tunnel of trees that C. loved watching the cars flash by.

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3.  Red flavored ice cream – Our favorite ice cream shop was Lapperts Hawaii. The color red (Strawberry), his favorite color was what he chose every time.

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4. Kauai Luau: The Haka along with the fire dance was why C. choose this in his top 10.

5. Chickens roam free on the island of Kaua’i much to the delight of my  young three. Young and carefree, he was never going to catch a chicken but that didn’t stop him from trying and giggling with delight.

6. Travel Journals– C loved his nightly Travel Journals.  he would circle the weather, activity for the day and draw a little picture to accompany his journal.  Than rate the day by circling the smily face. Now, after returning home, he keeps his journal on his bedside table.

7. Train Ridethrough Kauai Plantation Railway, this little train took the us on an hour tour through their orchard, showing us many fruits that grow and are native to the Hawaiian Islands. We even stopped along the tour to feed the animals.

8.  Airplane– Riding on each and every airplane was a thrill for my young 3 year old. As we boarded one of our flights the crew even let him peek inside the cockpit.  A glowing smile accompanied that treat.

9. Buying a Car with a Surfboard– what does a little boy buy for a souvenir, a car of course, with a surfboard attached.

10. Big Waves– watching the waves splash along the shore and climbing the rocks gave us scare but sure entertained him.

#1 Favorite Thing to do:

Play with my Family

2nd Top 10 to Try in Kaua'i

2nd Top 10 to Try in Kaua’i

~as recommended by a 5 year old Keiki

Traveling with young kids to Kaua’i?  My three children have chosen their top 10 favorite things to do on the island. Yesterday I posted our 7 year old’s top ten.

Today our TOP 10 is courtesy of our 5 year old girl, L.

  1. Snow Cones & Lilikoi Pie – My little sweetie loves her snow cones and pie.  What makes Hawaii’s snow cones extra special? The layers of course. Decadent flavors of ice cream in a bed of sweetened shaved ice makes for a delicious and refreshing treat.  L’s favorite flavor is mango to match her favorite color orange.   Normally not a pie or cake girl, my girl fell in love with the sweet, tangy flavor of Lilikoi Cheesecake Pie from The RIght Slice

2. Swinging Bridge- tucked away in the artistic town of Hanapepe, is a swinging bridge that terrified  the kids at first then thrilled so much they had to cross again.  L’s little mantra as she walked and balanced across the bridge, “No Fear, L, No Fear, You got This”. What made this town extra special was the connection to the Disney movie Lilo and Stitch.

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3. Chickens roam free on the island of Kaua’i much to the delight of my  young three.  One of L’s most treasured souvenirs is a small chicken adorned with a Lei who is now nicknamed HeiHei from Disney’s Moana.

4. Tree Tunnel– at the start of hwy 520 just off of hwy 50 headed south west from Lihu’e towards Po’ipu is a tunnel of trees that L loved so much she begged for a video.

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5.Hawaiian village of Kamokila– exploring the past through a reconstructed Hawaiian village.  5 year old L.loved feeding the chickens and exploring the town.

6.Allerton Gardens : The various gardens, flowers and magnificent Moreton Bay Fig Trees, featured in  Jurassic Park, along with it’s rich history and gorgeous views is tour that L. enjoyed (especially climbing among the roots of the Bay Fig Trees) .

7.Poipu Beach– with a secluded area for kids to play in calm waters and a larger area for adults to experience snorkeling, this beach is a favorite for my little travelers.

8.Kauai Luau: Dancing along with the beautiful dresses was why L voted this among her top 10.  Plus, we each received a Lai which made the experience even more magical for her.

9. Lava Lava Beach Club a spur of the moment decision made for a wonderful moment as we found this charming restaurant on the beach. We played games, relaxed on cozy couches with a spectacular view of the ocean and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

10. Spouting Horn located next to Allerton Gardens, is the Spouting Horn.  Water spout and sprayed from a hold in the rocks which reminded L of a while’s blowhole.  She was so excited to see the water shoot up.  Go early and they have venders with local crafts set up.

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Her #1 Favorite Activity:

Eating Snowcones

Top 10 to Try in Kaua'i

Top 10 to Try in Kaua’i

~as recommended by a 7 year old Keiki

Traveling with young kids to Kaua’i?  My three children have chosen their top 10 favorite things to do on the island. Our first TOP 10 is created by my 7 year old girl, S.

  1.  Pulka Dogs – Hawaiian Style Hotdogs.  While she went with just ketchup on hers, I personally recommend the pineapple relish with Lilikoi’s Hawaiian mustard. Talk about an explosion of flavor, this small “hot-dog stand” is a royal treat. img_3943
  2. Poipu Beach– with a secluded area for kids to play in calm waters and a larger area for adults to experience snorkeling, this beach is a favorite for travelers.

     

  3. Hawaiian village of Kamokila– exploring the past through a reconstructed Hawaiian village.  7 year old S. was so captivated she decided this was her new home.

  4. Active Play- Learning about the island took a creative spin as the kids acted out becoming an island chief, created a boat and alligator from tree limbs that fell from the storm and practiced her Luau.

 

5. Poi- made from the stem of a taro plan, this traditional Hawaiian purple food, although bland in taste for me, was a favorite for my sweet girl.

6. Majestic Waves- along the coast of Princeville and Hanalei Bay . Stunning views, a picnic lunch by the seashore and giant waves made this venture a memorable day.

7. Lilikoi Cheesecake- For my birthday I choose a lilikoi cheesecake from The RIght Slice.  This adorable little shop with it’s decorated outdoor wall served the most delicious sweet and savory pies.  The lilikoi cheesecake quickly became a favorite dessert.

img_44368. Train Ride-through Kauai Plantation Railway, this little train took the us on an hour tour through their orchard, showing us many fruits that grow and are native to the Hawaiian Islands. We even stopped along the tour to feed the animals.

 

9. Coffee and Noni Farms- The Kaua’i Coffee Plantation was a delcious visit.  A quick self-guided tour and a taste of local coffee, little S. learned the basics of how coffee is created.

We had hoped to take a tour of the Noni Farm, however we ended up catching a bug.  Luckily we stopped by a farmers market where they had a booth.  She enjoyed tasting the  Noni Leather, which has a distinct flavor and smell. Although I had trouble choking it down, S begged for another piece.  She also purchased a small Noni Lotion that works wonders on bug bites and eczema.

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10. Shopping- What little kids doesn’t like to find treasures and goodies to take home as a souvenir. What did she choose?  A laminated placemat that featured a map of the island, a beautiful “Moana” Necklace, a small musical instrument and a few other small trinkets.

To read more travel ideas, check out my previous post on science fun.

 

Her #1 Favorite Activity:

Spending Time with Family

Ocean Analogies & Other Science Fun

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Florida: Peninsula :: Hawaii: Island

Living so close to the beach allows us to play with comparisons and analogies.  Over the last two weekends we have ventured out to our local beaches where my three babies quickly noticed the differences from Florida to Hawaii. Ask them which one they prefer and they will instantly say Hawaii but then just as quickly amend that our beaches are just as amazing.

White sandy beaches along the Emerald Coast allows for a stunning contrast and a  welcome escape.  While Hawaii has cove beaches and a peaceful landscape that evokes tranquility. Anyway you look at it, both are gorgeous landscapes that are enjoyed especially right now in winter.  Here are some of the comparisons the kids have made.

  • Destin, Florida: White Sands vs. Kauai, Hawaii: Brown Sands

  • Florida: Palm Trees vs .Hawaii: Coconut Palms

  • Florida: Seagulls vs. Hawaii: Macaws (in a local hotel)

  • Florida: Long Flowing Beach Grass vs. Hawaii: Lava Rocks

  • Florida: Long Stretches of Beaches vs. Hawaii: Rocky Cove Beaches

  • Florida: Dolphins vs. Hawaii: Whales

  • Florida: Cold water in winter vs. Hawaii: Warm water in winter

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During our most recent trip to Hawaii we looked at many different comparisons to give the kids a sense of wonder and amazement at the difference they find in the world around them.  One such science lesson had us exploring a pond verses ocean life.  As we researched the pond, we watched a variety of different animal and plant life.  We examined the size of ponds & lakes and compared them to oceans and then analyzed salt verses fresh water.

Near the  Opaeka’a Falls and down a steep road is the little reconstructed Hawaiian village of Kamokila.  This little gem was a favorite for our family.  Guided by Ilima, this lovely artist took us on a personal tour of the village, playing her ukulele as we walked and explored each hut.  Much history was learned as she entertained us with stories about island life.  While on our peaceful tour we discovered the joy of learning without walls by sampling food off the trees, playing games, learning about local history and past plant based medicine (this sure helped with the pesky mosquito bites). This little village gave us the perfect opportunity to compare and contrast historical lifestyle with current practices.

Other science activities that our kids enjoyed on the island:

Kauai Coffee Plantation: Excellent self-guided or docent lead tours

Kauai Plantation Railway: Tour lead by an adorable train through the orchard.

Allerton Gardens : Well worth the entry fee, this garden with it’s rich history and gorgeous views is a garden tour that even our youngest enjoyed.

Salt Pond: Although not currently opened, the children were able to see the salt beds and get an idea of how it was cultivated.

Waimea Canyon and Na Pali Coast  Stunning landscape, makes this day trip well worth the drive.  Someday it would be fun to take an arial tour or boat trip out of see the coast.  With our young children, it didn’t happen this time.  However, the views are not to be missed, from the lookouts.

Kauai Luau: My kids one request was to take their dad to a luau.  The dancing, artistry and food was a hit with the whole family.  Learning about traditions, comparing the food and making precious memories made the experience so worth while.

Many discovery are made when learning without walls. In the next couple posts, I will blog my kids 10 ten must see/do things around the island of Kaua’i.

Rainbows and Butterflies

Hawaii is stunning, with gorgeous cove like beaches and heavenly painted sunsets that begged to be watched, visiting the island of Kaua’i is comparable to entering a dreamland. Stunning views and a multitude of places to explore, the geography is a travelers paradise.  With many captivating memories imprinted into our family’s experiences, the two weeks were amazing.  However, not all of our trip was filled with rainbows and butterflies.  During these moments we tried to keep a positive attitude and roll with the tide.

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With a bad storm hammering much of the east coast, our connecting flights were tricky and our luggage was delayed by a few days. Upon reaching the island, we were utterly thankful to have arrived safe, sound and on the same day! Additionally, my husband traveled this leg with us and having an extra set of hands made an enormous difference. The stress evaporated making the traveling journey enjoyable. The first few days, frolicking around Kaua’i in winter travel clothes was a challenge. However, we were thankful to have a laundry machine and extra essential items brought by my parents and sister’s family. Ultimately, a quick shop for swimsuits for the kids and a summer dress for me, made the rest of the wait so much easier.

Normally a healthy eater, avoiding sugars and complex carbs, and addicted to my five days of workouts I unconsciously took a break during our two-week vacation. During our trip I overindulged with sweeties and enjoyed delicious dinners out (Who doesn’t love decadent macadamia-nut ice cream tucked inside a heap of mango flavored shaved ice). Moments of guilt plagued my conscience as I used swimming and basic hiking as my daily workouts. However, I could not seem to stop the sweet cravings and time away from my exercise.  Where as before I would allow my lapse to gnaw at me, this time I am not allowing myself to dwell.  Living in the moment and learning moderation is key as I move beyond the guilt.  Bouncing back to healthy eating and workouts came as we returned and wouldn’t you know, I feel more energized and empowered.

Our last couple days on the island, the dreaded stomach bug hit our family.   By this time, my husband and already left for home, everyone was sick and we were facing an overnight flight home.  All but one of my babies had their personal day of rest and I was dreading the upcoming trip, where I was sure my five-year old would come down with the flu. Three flights later and 11 hours in the air, my girl still didn’t show any signs of tummy trouble -and I watched her like a hawk.  Amazingly and ironic since she struggles with G.I. issues, she is the only one not to come down with the flu out of 15 people. We are immensely thankful to have made it home without her getting ill.

Are these the memories that I am going to let define a lovely family vacation?  No!! Memorable moments, yes, I can call them that but I have a choice now to turn them into fantastic self-growth lessons, learning opportunities and a chance to focus on all the amazing time we spent as a family. Looking back on the trip, we were able to see a great deal, spend much-needed time with each other and turn this vacation into a cherished memory. Within the next few blog posts I will explore some of our must see places on Kaua’i, discuss learning without walls, and share projects developed on the island.  There is so much to do and see in the paradise of Kaua’i Hawaii!

Finally, a shout out to my parents!  This trip would not have been possible with our my their support.  We are so very thankful for the gift of tickets, a place to stay, abundance of food and all your help with the kids (especially the  much-needed date night out)!  Thank you so much for all you do for us and our family!  You are both a blessing and an inspiration.

Learning on Holiday

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This weekend, for my 40th birthday, our family is headed on a grand adventure to Hawaii. The last couple weeks have been spent gathering teaching material and creating fun projects for my 3, 5 and 7 year old children.  In order to make the most of space, I’ve tried to come up with projects that don’t require a lot of storage but still spark creativity. During our trip, I plan to blog about our family learning adventures.  We hope to travel and learn on the go creating a classroom without walls. We are excited about the learning possibilities and adventures we will have with our kids!  Here are some of the projects I’ve created, so far.

Travel Journals 

With the different age levels in mind, I created personalized journals.  Designed not to be to labor intensive, I want the children to be excited and enjoy writing in their logs. For my preschool child, he can circle the type of activity & weather and rate the day.  Then he can draw a simple picture while I write down one sentence about his drawing. For my kindergartener she can also circle the type of activity, weather and rate the date. Additionally there is a space for a picture and sentence prompts for details about each day. For my 2nd grade child, I have the same as the 5 year old but with words rather then emoticons to rate the day.

This year, I bound each of their journals into a fun personal book.  First, I added a blank page to each side of the book.  I then hauled out my sewing machine and stitched one side of the book for a spine. Using a sticky back foam pages, I attached it one to the front and the second to the back to create the cover.  Using patterned duct tape, I reinforced around the outside cover for a finished look. Originally I was just going to tape the spine, however the sticky foam continued have edges that popped up and I figured this would make it easy for children to take the book apart.  So, I ended up taping around each side.

Learning Modules

The teachers are sending home some of the material they are covering in class but this holiday gives me the opportunity come up with create projects and writing prompts for my students. So with that in mind, I created different modules for three children.

1st up is my preschooler.  Found on Mrs. D’s Corner, I absolutely love her morning work binder.  I purchased, downloaded and modified to fit my little one’s needs.  In this binder, I have practice for learning to spell his name, his street address, phone number and understanding weather.  To add to this idea, I designed suitcases that I laminated for all my kids to practice packing according the season, putting the months and days in order and housing their personal information for the velcro sheets.  Towards the back of the binder, I also found some fantastic clip art story boards to use with dry erase markers.

Each of the girls have a binder/folder filled with projects and activities. There is music and movement, a Hawaii Glyph, a short play, reading comprehension for the older and following directions for the younger.  I’ve also included a variety of working with words and language development for each girls designed for their level.  Each girl has a daily activity that I used a few years ago while teaching in Colorado. This one page is chalk filled with daily math uses.  There is number of the day with ten frames, hundred charts, calendar, patters, temperature, clock, analogies and either sentence editing or site word practice.  Then, there is my favorite section, writing lessons.

Writing Projects

During our time away, I have created a variety of writing prompts themed for our time on the island.  There is a prompt for creative stories, procedural writing and comic.  I also created a movie strip from a suitcase to design a picture story.  Each prompt can be used for a variety of levels by offering more or less help when writing stories.  I am also taking a few blank books for when inspiration hits or to save brochures and pictures from the island.

Books

Our evening routine is not complete without story-time.  With that in mind, I looked for island themed books.  Here are some of the Hawaii books we found. Some are on kindle with others are paperback.

 

 

Fall in Love with Reading

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Get your February Home Reading Calendar early.  With the theme, “Fall in Love with Learning”, make reading fun and meaningful with these educational activity calendars. Fun for all elementary learners, there are three calendars in this set. Pre-k & Kindergarten, enjoy filling in hearts and Valentine themed pictures for each day you read. 1st and 2nd grades, enjoy a good book and complete 20 activities then color Fall in Love with Reading! Grades 3-5 enjoy a calendar filled with fun activities from art to athletic and simple to engaging, complete 20 tasks for 20 days read. Have fun and share your work.  Download a copy of February Home Reading Here.

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February Home Reading Pre-K and Kindergarten

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February Home Reading Grades 1-2

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February Home Reading Grades 3-5

Sight Word Adventures!

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During Christmas vacation, my 5 year old was motivated to practice reading. However, for her, isolated words are a struggle. In order to make the sight words more meaningful, I tried a variety of ways to help encourage her learning.

Meaning in Print

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I LOVE the Target dollar bins. There are all sorts goodies you can find for teaching.  Often this section has an empty book bundle in sets of 8.  These books can be used for all sorts of projects.  Here is how we used them recently:

Family Book: My mom and sister gets credit for this genius.  For a Christmas present my Mom came up with the idea of personal story starters.  My children love coming up with stories from these adorable pictures.  So, the other night, we played a family game.  We took turns drawing a card and writing part of a story.  In one of the blank books, I scripted the adventure as the family spun the tale.  We were all in a fit of giggles as the saga unfolded.  After the story was complete, we highlighted sight words in the book and let the three kids decorate.  They have now re-read the story many time and added extra details and shared with friends.  Thank you Mom and Auntie B. for creating such a wonderful Christmas gift!

 

We also used these blank books to create personal site words books.  Choosing two or three of the words per book, my 5 year old helped write her story. Then I”boxed” the “missing” sight-word.  There are a variety of ways to make this project fun but for this round, I secured an envelope inside the front cover (to hold the words or tools).  Next I taped the covered the words written with packing tape.  Now as she reads the sentences, she can write in missing words with an expo, fill in the words with a missing card or use a “star” sick to read her sight-words.  Not only does this add meaning to the site words but it offers a chance for her to practice reading in a fun way.

Personal Game

Another Christmas gift,  a chalk board table runner, was sent to us from our good friends. I LOVE this present! It’s reusable, fun and interactive!  Over the whole runner, I drew chalk flies & bumble bees and filled each in with sight-words.  Next I placed the same words on paper and added a little spider inside the mix. Then I gave them each a mini fly swatter. The rules were as follows:

  • Pick a card from the box, read, find and swat the insect.  You have 20 seconds.
  • Pick the spider, create a sentence from one of the words on the board.
  • Continue until all the words are swatted.
Treasure Hunts

Also from the Target dollar bin, I found individual chalk boards.  To make our road trip (over 20 hours) more fun, I gave them each a word (or letter for the three year old) of the day.  They had to locate and find their personal word in bulletin boards, street signs or a different stops along the way. Every time they got in and out of the card they also read their word.

Yesterday, my oldest created and designed a treasure hunt sight-word game!  She wrote clues on note cards but left a spot blank for a sight word.  On the back of the card were three sight words as choices to fill in the blank.  Once the sight word was filled in, it told us where to go next. About 10 cards were created in total.  S. took us on a fun sight-word scavenger hunt!! Impressive my little 7 year old, I’m proud of you!

Fluency

Going through my teaching materials, I came across an old tape recorder.  I literally had to tape the pieces together to make it work, but it was so worth it!  The three kids have enjoyed recording their reading and listening to old tapes.  Although they did say it took forever to rewind the tape, which totally cracked me up!

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 Popcorn Words from Learning Resources

As an early Christmas gift, we ordered the game of Popcorn Words for our kids to play and practice sight word reading.  They insisted we take this fun game with us on vacation so they could play with family.  Now words are “popping” in books for our littles.

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Sight Word Apps

Looking for practice on the go?  Check out the Mystery Word App.  My kids enjoy playing this interactive game.  Word lists can be generated to personalize the game for each child. The cost is $3.99 for this app.

Another Free Sight Word App for flashcards is My Sight Word Lists.  Personal lists can be created, then flagged for still struggling words.  Lists can also be emailed to parents or teachers.

I hope these ideas have sparked a fun way to practice sight words with your students!  Enjoy and happy reading!