Can you believe we only have two more months of Summer? Where has the time gone? Soon, we will be getting ready for the Fall.
To help you celebrate Summer, we have uploaded four games that you can print out and use in your classroom or at home. Continue reading Free Downloadable Summer Games
Need to kickstart your summer of reading with your kids or students? Try these ideas!
Continue reading Try These Ideas to Kick Off Summer Reading Fun!
Anybody else planning a trip to the beach this summer? Ocean? Lake? Pond? A DIY beach in your backyard? Or how about a make-believe trip to the beach?
Some beach reading can bring extra fun to your trip while also giving your children practice with those essential emergent reading skills!
- Phonological Awareness
- Alphabet Knowledge
- Print Awareness
- Narrative Skills
Continue reading 6 Beach Books + Literacy Skill-Building Activities!
Enjoy this flashback tip I shared last summer!
My lovely cousin, Holly, asked me if my kids would like to be pen pals with her kids over the summer and I hastily replied, “Yes!” Holly is a teacher and knows what good writing practice this will be for our kids. I’m thankful for her initiative, as this was one of those things I was wanting to do this summer but wasn’t sure I was going to get around to starting. Continue reading Pen Pals! A Great Way to Keep Them Writing This Summer!
For some parts of the country, school is just letting out for the summer. In other parts, like where I live, we’re already almost four weeks into summer break! So that means the inevitable summer boredom is creeping in a little. Who am I kidding? My kids were complaining they were bored the very first day of summer! No joke! Continue reading Summer Boredom Buster: Make Your Own Board Game!
Summer never feels like a time when things slow down and life is a little less crazy. Our summers are busy, for the kids and for me. When I see these book lists on Pinterest titled things like “10 Best Beach Reads,” I laugh. What mom is able to actually read at the beach (If you are a mom that does get to read at the beach, please don’t tell me, or I might cry)? I’m always busy making sure my kids don’t get pulled out to sea by a rip current. Continue reading Finding Space for Reading
Can I show you what we’ve been doing in class this past month? I can’t believe I will be trading the preschool classroom for the homeschool classroom. It feels very weird but exciting. And I’m thrilled that I will get to invest more time and energy into creating fun and meaningful literature experiences for my little guy AND my older kids! Continue reading Ideas for Summer Book Fun!
I love seeing Child’s Play’s big brown box of books show up on my porch every few months. The kids and I get to test drive new titles and see what we think. Child’s Play is an independent publisher, specializing in whole child development, learning through play, life skills, and values. Their stuff is so pretty and fun. The latest additions to their collections got a thumbs up from us! Check it out.
The What’s That board book series encourages guessing prediction, and memory skills. Four titles in the series include , , , and . What’s that noise? Lift the flap and find out! Lift the flap books are my go-to’s with little ones. Always a hit! Familiar themes and vibrant illustrations will mean much, repeated, and fun-filled readings.
Continue reading New Child’s Play Books!
Buy a “Sun Tea Pitcher” (or any glass pitcher, pref. the kind that Continue reading Summer Science
For my summer program I did a bulletin board with Fishes and had Continue reading Summer Ideas