Readers Corner- Activity Request!

Sight Word Bingo

Sight words are tricky for a lot of kids, since so often we encourage them to sound it out, and take their time, with sight words we want to know them immediately. Here is a fun activity you can do at home to help practice these words! I used this game with a 2nd grader I tutored and it worked like a charm! Oh and yes this is for older children, not toddlers and preschoolers!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need some paper, a ruler, a marker, scissors, a paper punch or pre punched shapes, and a list of words your child needs to practice. I am using the Dolch Sight Word list for 1st grade.
  2. Using your ruler make a Bingo Board on a plain piece of paper.
  3. Write in the words and don’t forget to have a free space in the middle of the board!
  4. Write the words that are on the board on small pieces of paper , you’ll be drawing them out of a bag/or bowl when it comes time to play.
  5. Using a paper punch , punch out place holders so that you can re sue the board over and over.
  6. You can also use pre cut shapes or characters, these Spider Man shapes came from a large retailer’s birthday party section and work great.
  7. Here are the steps for playing:
  • Start with a bare board.
  • Have your child draw one of the cut out words from a baggy or bowl.
  • Have them tell you what it says, and find it on their board.
  • Pop the marker ( Spider man in this case) on that word.
  • Keep going until they get BINGO!
As you keep playing you will notice they get faster and faster, if there is a word they are having a really hard time with you can always put it on the board more than once to provide additional opportunities to practice it!

Painting With Water

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No, I am not using child labor to spruce up my house, this activity will amaze you at it’s simplicity and how much kids LOVE it. I used to do this with my class on nice days when they would get stir crazy inside! The key to making this last is to wait to introduce the different brushes and sponges.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some water, and a variety of paint brushes ( make sure they are clean you don’t want to really paint your house). painting with water supplies
  2. Dip your paint brush into the water and start painting! Fences or other unpainted works the best because it will darken when “painted”.painting with water
  3. While you are painting with your child, point out the dry wall and the wet brush and ask them what happens when they paint it. painting with waterLittle exchanges like this are fantastic teaching opportunities. Remember though if they just want to do it in peace, let them you can always recap later.painting with water 3
  4. When your child starts getting uninterested- in a insanely enthusiastic way introduce the next brush. I know that this is hard for people who aren’t used to being surrounded by small kids , but a little enthusiasm goes a long way- feel free to fake it too .My son loved the roller- I gave it to him last and ended up having to go grab a coffee cause he played with it for almost 20 minutes alone! ( by grabbing a coffee I mean from my kitchen , not Starbucks). painting with water 5
 

Mouse Craft For Kids

preschool mouse craft We love the book Fredrick by Leo Lionni and many other picture books with mice as main characters so making a little mouse at art time today was a perfect fit. Using recycled materials for art isn’t just frugal it’s also a lesson in creativity for kids. What can they make with a recycled box? Crafts like that give them a few suggestions. If your child is strong enough to cut through cardboard have them do the cutting, it’s great for building hand strength.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a small cardboard box from your recycling bin, a marker,pipe cleaner, glue, googly eyes, some paint and a paintbrush.mouse craft supplies
  2. Cut your box flat and draw one large Oval and two smaller ones.mouse craft template
  3. Draw a nose and whiskers on the large oval with a black marker. I drew mine in when it was dry but it would be much easier to do it before.
  4. Have your child paint the ovals. Let dry, I sped up the process by wiping the excess paint off with a paper towel.mouse craft for kids painting
  5. Cut out the ovals out .mouse craft pieces
  6. Glue the ears and eyes on.mouse craft ears
  7. Poke a hole near the bottom of the body and attach the pipe cleaner (I cut mine in half) for a tail!mouse craft for kids

Books About Mice

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brave

Sheila Rae, the Brave by Kevin Henkes is a fantastic story about Shelia a little mouse who is not afraid of anything until she looses her way… luckily her little sister who is afraid of somethings knows the way home and proves to her older sister that you can be be afraid sometimes and still be brave!

Fredrick

Frederick by Leo Lionni is a fable about the importance of imagination. When all the mice are working hard to gather things for winter Fredrick is quietly taking in the sun, and colors they will need to help get them through the dark, cold hungry days ahead. The other mice don’t see why this is so important until everything they have gathered runs out and they need Fredrick and his imagination to help them make it ! Great commentary about art being vital. Your toddler may not pick up on that but you will !

If_you_Give_a_Mouse_a_Cookie

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff if you haven’t read this yet I am really shocked, grab it! It’s a fun book about what happens when you give a mouse a cookie… the demands keep flowing but so will your child’s imagination and enjoyment. Children love these books, and because they are short you will notice that they will start “reading” them to you very very soon. Fun stuff!

Parent’s Corner : Car Seat Safety

Drive Safe!


I am off on a field trip today and thought this would be a great time to share something I think all parents are concerned about- our children’s safety.

Below you will find links that will hopefully provide you all with information to keep your precious little ones safe and sound !

  • All about infant car seats, why they should ONLY be used rear facing and why you might want to think twice before using an old seat.
  • 1 year old and 20 pounds is the earliest you can turn your child around in a toddler seat but click here to find out why it is safer to keep your toddler rear facing as long as possible.
  • Click here to check to see if any seat your child may be using has been recalled.
  • A Parent’s Guide to Booster Seats!
  • This video is not easy to watch BUT will have you considering keeping your child in a 5 point harness as long as possible.
  • Click Here to find a car seat technician near you to check your seat- research suggests that as many as 90% of all car seats are incorrectly installed!
I hope these links are helpful !


Reduce Reuse Recycle !

Greeting Card Collage


I have old greeting cards in almost every drawer in my house, this craft is fun, easy and helps you get rid of the clutter!
  1. Gather your materials. You will need those old cards you have hanging around, some glue, some scissors and a piece of construction paper.
  2. Start by cutting out pictures from the images on the cards. Older kids can and should do this step, they will love it too!
  3. Grab the glue and go for it! Today was my son’s first day gluing himself and there were some spills but I was surprised how well he did, so fear not if they want to try themselves why not?
  4. Ask them about the colors, shapes and pictures as they keep going!
  5. Now you can open all those clutter free drawers!