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Halloween Charades

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Sweet Pea is 8 years old.

 

From: I was looking for some activities for Sweet Pea’s classroom Halloween party and got the idea for a game of Halloween themed charades from EasyPartyIdeasAndGames.com. Since we were going to be playing with beginning readers (1st, 2nd and 3rd graders), I wanted to make Halloween word […]

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Building Words with the Movable Alphabet

Word Building (Free Printable Movable Alphabet and Pink Series Word Cards)

Sweet Pea was about 4 years old when she was introduced to this work.

From: The Movable Alphabet is a set of letters that allow children to build words before they have started either writing or reading. It is a very classic and well-known piece of Montessori work.

Prerequisite: You and your child […]

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“I Spy” – Montessori Style

I Spy - Montessori Style

Sweet Pea was about 3 years old.

 

From: “I Spy” is a well known children’s game, but in this version, the clues are sounds instead of colors. This is a classic Montessori activity that helps children begin to recognize phonetic sounds. I first read about it in David Gettman’s book Basic Montessori Learning […]

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Annual New Year’s Interview – 2013

Interview Your Tots Every New Year's!

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: A few years ago I saw this great idea at Teach Mama and now we do one every year. Amy revamped some of her interview questions so they are more geared towards older children now, but mine are still aimed for younger ones.

Material:

Pen or […]

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CLOSED: Bob Books (and a Giveaway!)

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Several people told me that “Bob Books” are fantastic for beginning readers, so when Sweet Pea started showing an interest in reading, I bought the first set for us to try.

Material:

A set of Bob Books.

 

Prerequisite:

Before your child tries to […]

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Lower Case Milk Cap Letters (& Intro to Alphabetical Order)

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Sweet Pea is 5 years old.

From: Ever since I posted a worksheet with my original upper case milk cap letters, people have been emailing me asking for a set of lower case letters too. I finally created a set of them and thought up this quick activity for introducing alphabetical order […]

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Rhyming Cups

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: Allison from No Time for Flash Cards shared this great way to teach your tot about rhyming words.

Material:

A list of 5 simple words plus 4 or 5 words that rhyme with each of them. Here are some options: bug: hug, jug, mug, plug, rug, drug, […]

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Personal Spelling Dictionary

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

 

From: Sweet Pea has been (relentlessly) asking us how to spell certain words. My husband mentioned that one of his teachers had created a personal dictionary for each student and that we should try making one for Sweet Pea.

Material:

Any notebook with at least 27 pages […]

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Annual New Year’s Interview

Sweet Pea shows off her new bike.

Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

Sweet Pea requested a “big girl bike” from Santa.

From: I’m so glad that we have started doing a yearly interview with Sweet Pea. It is always so much fun to look back at all her old answers. I originally saw this great idea at Teach Mama.

Material:

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Memory Matching Game with Hershey’s Kisses

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Sweet Pea is 4 years old.

From: This easy activity was from The Activity Mom. (Her site has a whole bunch of fantastic ideas and you should definitely check it out if you haven’t yet.)

Note: We used simple Christmas words for this activity, but you could also draw shapes for younger tots, use […]

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