So, I’ve been meaning to include Spanish sight words on our wall but wasn’t yet decided on how to make them stand out in their own way. (Our English sight words are part of a fun set of flash cards we purchased and love to work with as shown below.)
Then, I came across a display of high frequency Spanish words on an educational website. It was also the perfect solution for making great use of all our extra construction paper scraps! Conveniently, my trusted masking tape roll also doubled as the stencil for the right-sized circles, too.
I’ve already envisioned another slide show for the future but until then, I simply made a list on Google Sheets you can find here that contains the visible words on the image shared on Facebook by Rockalingua.
It’s a wonderful page to follow by the way, for your Spanish learning!
Around the time I’m preparing lunch for the kids, The View comes on ABC (perfect name for a network when the alphabet is being practiced daily on my end.) Speaking of, I was only too happy to discover that Schoolhouse Rock! (a beloved children’s program for many of us while growing up) is part of the ABC App Throwback collection!
But, I digress. I simply appreciate daytime talk shows because even though I’m making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I can still feel like I’m seated at the Grown-Ups table when they go live. So, until I return to the business of early learning, I’m just…
Over the years, I’ve put together several early learning presentations. I’d play them on our old computer or connect a cable to the television to view on a larger screen. Nowadays you don’t need a wire and with Screen Mirroring, all you need is Internet access and your smart phone will do.
Here’s just another set of ABC flash card slides thanks to MS PowerPoint (which you can then import into Google Slides for sharing as I have done.)
These slides are supposed to be a focus on our favorite things but with preschoolers, it’s more like the first things that came to mind. Then there was an issue with K. For no apparent reason, my suggestions for Kiss, Karate, Kite, Kangaroo or Knight were a fail while Ketchup was unanimous. Then there’s the case of the bitter X. Not many new or easy choices for this letter with little ones, am I right? But hey, we do enjoy our Xylophone and X-Rays always remind us of Dem Bones. And, no need to wait for Halloween to begin doing The Skeleton Dance!
Play around with the software if you’re interested and come up with your own flash card favorites. Our next project is photos of actual family members (Aunt, Brother, Cousin, Dad, Grandma, Dad, etc.) and if you have any pets, you should include them too!
Hope you enjoy our ABC Favorite Things Slide Show you can view here!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that yes, the very mention of My Favorite Things always brings me me back to The Sound of Music.
Turns out that June is just loaded with a variety of themes: Flag Day, Father’s Day, first day of Summer and in sweet succession, wait for it… a day for the Pineapple.
Yes and yum!
Admittedly, I didn’t know all that much about pineapples except that they’re readily available in tropical places and how wonderful they taste (by the way here’s a smoothie recipe and another with Piña Coladas for us (aka Bacardi.)
But, back to the kids. So, with a little bit of research I was able to piece together a slide show to include some simple facts, images and even a recipe for us to enjoy (thanks social media!) By the way, these early learning presentations are so much fun to create and share with fellow parents and caregivers!
Maybe while you’re reading this you’re stuck in a waiting area with a child who’s starting to become impatient. If so, you should be able to distract the little fellow or princess by bringing up the fact that there’s such a thing as Pineapple Day. Then, view our slide show found here (that also contains printable coloring page for later, if they’re interested.)
If you didn’t have anything prepared for tomorrow, enjoy this lesson theme too!
We have quite a few puzzles by Melissa and Doug around and the younger ones are still trying to put the right pieces in the right place. Once a child has mastered the task however, they move on and get creative by incorporating the pieces into other forms of play, which is great!
With this in mind, I thought of another option by printing the names of each piece as cards that we can remove from the deck, one at time.
If the child is able to read the word they see, they can go ahead and put the correlating piece in the appropriate place on the puzzle. If not, we set them aside to go over them again later.
Some of the words are more familiar (as they’ve seen them before in our standard flash cards) such as “cow” but “excavator” not so much. It’s all good. They’ll get there, eventually!
This is a great way for us to continue working with the same puzzles we already have, but on another level as a new experience. Maybe you have some of these in your toy chest too. Our puzzles cover some of the animals found on the farm and jungle, sea creatures, as well as, vehicles for transportation and construction sites.
If you’d like to print the sheets we used for this puzzle piece sight word game, you can find them here.
It’s not just the little ones that want to run under the covers during a thunderstorm. It’s pretty scary for everybody, even when you’re indoors.
Trying your best to calm a child through one isn’t always easy and even more difficult if you also happen to lose power which can happen sometimes.
We’re always talking about the weather, but it was time to go beyond the temperature and what to carry with us when its raining. Mainly because I wasn’t able to explain this intimidating force of nature to myself, much less a child. I think we all know at the very least, that it’s dangerous to be outside at the time.
I knew thunder was loud and frightening, but does it always follow that flash of lightning? Thankfully, the Weather Wiz Kids had us covered, like an umbrella. You’ll find the answer to the question under Thunderstorms along with the causes, patterns and helpful safety tips. We also learned a new math game we can play during the next storm to find out how far away it is from us.
After my first stab at this, I kept tooling around with it, literally, and came up with something more presentable you see above. With the help of a black piece of foam I found that’s the precise shape, I used brass metal fasteners to keep the paper in place. An unexpected bonus was that the saw handle hooks to the fastener on the left and thus stays put inside. Then, it dawned on me to use a yellow post-it note for the lock as it will naturally work on its own if I use the sticky side for the cut-out. I found some other tool images to adorn the cover instead of the blue corners and kept the handle from before. I simply poked a hole at the top and stuck the hook part in there upside down and glued the bottom of the handle that touches the top of the foam.
Naturally, I turned to Pinterest (their images above) for guidance in honor of Father’s Day when it comes to things like arts and crafts.
Not every man wears ties, so that was out and I already did a palm print for Mother’s Day. If the dads you know are just as handy, then the saw tool idea was the one. But, I also noticed the tool box which will tie in (no pun intended) so I combined both of these suggestions.
I started by folding red construction paper into the middle to get a tool box shape. I used this coloring page image (that I had to size appropriately to fit) inside the space as shown in the finished product while an old cereal box provides its sturdiness.
I dug through my craft stash in search of a plastic handle instead of using a paper cut-out for this too. I found something that did the trick that once held my opaque tights. Other random packaging used is a rectangle-shaped piece of cardboard to hold the tool box. Then, I punctured a hole in the back at the bottom of it to tighten the handle closer to the edge with string. Glue and double-sided tape kept everything else together as needed.
The message (Best Dad I Ever Saw) goes on the front and I added the child’s name and date on the back .
For those little ones who can’t do much more than finger paint designs, this is a craft they can at least carry by the handle to surprise Dad with on Sunday. I’m still keeping busy making some more of these with whatever recycled materials I have left in the bin and it’s still not to late for you!