After School Activity – Word Ladders Printable { Free }

word ladders literacy activity It’s conference week here and we have been so busy. I wasn’t going to post today until I saw this pin by Fun Games 4 Learning and was reminded of Word Ladders. I haven’t used them in many years ( since I was student teaching elementary school actually) but knew immediately my son who is home today would love them. So I made a quick and easy word ladders printable for him and thought why in the world am I not sharing this easy literacy activity with all of you. This is a perfect addition to our Learning After School series ( <— click to see the whole series). What I love is that you can play it the way that they suggest in the post as a game for two people or teams, or as an individual challenge with this printable.

Word ladder

Gather your materials. You will need a word ladder printable ( click on the image above and print) , a pencil, and a kid to do all the rest of the work!  I keep my printables simple so they don’t use up too much ink but you can make your own at picmonkey.com with as many cute graphics as you want!  To make this re-usable slip it in an acrylic document stand, or a document sleeve, and use a fine tip dry erase marker.word ladder supplies

 

Start by explaining that you are going to climb the ladder by changing just ONE letter in the word. With beginners doing a ladder together is a great idea. Then write the first word of their ladder to get them started. I find that when I let him do it he’d chose more obscure words and get stick a few rungs in. word ladder printable for after school activity

 

Next one is solo.thinking hard word ladder literacy activity for kids If you want more of a challenge set the timer and have your child go up against you in a timed race. Whoever writes down the most words in the time period wins!almost done word ladder activity for kids

 

Need a ladder idea for a much younger child? Check out our Ladder L letter craft!

 

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Rhyming Activities For Kids

rhyming lessons for preschool Rhyming is a vital part of literacy development. When children rhyme they play sounds and apply their abilities to new combinations of letter sounds. This is a fun activity for most children but some children really struggle with rhyming. For all kids we should be trying to make this fun. I encourage all parents to rhyme with their kids, it’s an accessible way to work on literacy skills at home and it rarely feels like work!

Here are nine fun rhyming activities for kids to try at home.

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Rhyming Tag

rhyming rockets done

Rhyming Rockets

find and rhyme game for reading

Rhyming Hide & Seek

rhyming puzzle pieces

Rhyming Puzzle st.patrick's day rhyming treasure hunt

Rhyming Scavenger Hunt

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Rhyming Jars

Rhyming pegboard literacy activity for kids

Rhyming Peg BoardRhyming Tree - Early Literacy Lesson

Rhyming Tree

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Spin & Rhyme

Storytelling Activities For Kids

storytelling Storytelling is an important piece of the literacy puzzle. Of all the benefits to encouraging your children to tell and write stories I think the most amazing one is to connect them with their creativity. They take an idea, develop it, and then create something the can share . To me showing children that they can create is incredibly powerful. Of course there are so many side lessons from storytelling like spelling, learning story elements, comprehension, character development, even public speaking.  Here are 20 storytelling activities for children including two of my favorite tools for storytelling puppets and pretend play!

story telling with family photographs

Storytelling with Family Photos
Story Stones from Happy Hooligans
Fill In The Blank Easel Stories
Storytelling with Stamps from Amy Mascott

drawing activity for kindergarten
Toy Catalog Drawing Prompts
Shadow Puppets from Nurture Store
DIY Board Book About Feelings
Storytelling Cards from A Mom With A Lesson Plan
Fractured Fairy Tale Activities
Experience Books For Kids from Twodaloo

All around town photo safari and book
My Neighborhood Photo Safari and Book
Printable Comic Pages from Inner Child Fun
Action Figure Stories
Storytelling Bag from Carrots Are Orange

puzzle story telling at the zoo
Storytelling with Puzzles
Storytelling Basket from The Imagination Tree
Paper Roll Puppets
DIY Story Cubes from Red Ted Art
25 Pretend Play Set Ups
Fairytale Fridge Magnets from Nurture Store

Top 13 of 2013 – Early Literacy and More!

notimeforflashcards2013 was a great year for us and I hope it was for you too. Each year I take a few days to look back and celebrate the most popular as well as my favorite posts we’ve shared. These 13 posts were the most popular post I wrote in 2013. The trend is clear that early literacy is popular. This makes me so happy because writing and sharing ways for parents to work on reading and writing with their kids is my passion. Expect even more of this in 2014!

Is your favorite on the list? If not swing by tomorrow to see my favorites of 2013.

50 Ways To Teach Your Child To Read
8 Ways Parents Discourage Their Kids From Reading
75 Everyday Activities For 3 Year Olds
25 Books With Crafts To Match
13 Creative Ways To Learn Letters
15 Fun Writing Activities For Kids
25 Funny Books For Kids
25 Playful Ways To Work On Fine Motor Skills
15 Easter Egg Crafts For Kids
88 Books That Teach Important Lessons
Sight Word Dominoes & Speed Racer Game
Alphabet Activities For Every Season
23 Books For Fall With Crafts That Match

Paint & Read { and sound it out }

learn to readTwo skills children need to master in their journey to independent reading are segmenting and blending sounds. Segmenting is breaking a word apart into individual sounds and blending is very simply the ability to combine the sounds together smoothly. When we tell a child to sound it out , this is really what we are asking them to do.  This activity was designed for my son who is a great reader but who will often read so quickly that if he encounters a word he doesn’t know he simply guesses and continues. If I ask him to sound the word out he will  still often guess and get frustrated at me for asking instead of slowing down and doing it even though he is perfectly capable of doing so.  I had to come up with a playful way that would force him to chill a little, slow it all down and focus on the sounds.  This activity can be adapted for any level even single sounds or sight words. We did a similar one for toddlers exploring letters here.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some white paper, white wax crayon, dark water color ( container is you need one) , a little water and a paint brush. I also used a clipboard to keep the pages secure while painting. reading
  2. Start by writing out the words you want your child to stretch out. I used a book we’ve recently read to help me think of some words. Many of the words I chose were not a challenge to read , the challenge is to get him to slow down and stretch them out. For new readers you will want to do words like cat, dog, ball, map, off, snap etc…  but know that older children and more proficient readers can still work on this skill with more complex words. paint and read early literacy activity for kids
  3. Next I popped the black water color into the jar and added just a little water. To do this well you want a lot of color but not too much water .
  4. I invited my little reader and explained that he needed to paint over the words SLOWLY and read as he went, then to read the whole word normally. I had to emphasize that the goal was not to guess the word after painting over the first few letters, that the right way to do it was to carefully say each sound then put the word back together. paint and read learning to read activity for kids
  5. The activity was an instant hit. paint and read learning to read activity for kindergartenIt really did get him to slow it down and pay attention to all the sounds in the words instead of just guessing. I was happy to find a tool for him to keep working on these skills without making him feel like I was giving him a remedial task.  paint and readQuick activities likes this one can be thrown together easily with some really fantastic benefits to your child’s reading ability. paint and read early literacy lesson for kids