Freebie Friday: Letter H | Cut & Paste Letter Sort

Friday, April 29, 2016

Today I'm sharing the Letter H | Cut & Paste Letter Sort activity from Bitty Beginnings' Letter H | Hat & Hippo Alphabet Letter Learning Pack! 


I love that this activity is a multi-purpose learning tool that encourages the use of several skills, promoting learning and independence in a fun and exciting way. Today's freebie can be printed in two color options (pink/purple or blue/green) and is perfect to introduce or review cutting, color sorting, uppercase and lowercase letter identification along with pasting.

You can find all printables shared up to this point by clicking the "Free Printables" tab located at the top of the page.  Also, be sure to check out the entire Bitty Beginnings' product collection here and save 20% until the end of April by entering SPRING2016 at checkout! 

To download, click the image below.
Freebie Letter H

Summertime Preschool Plans

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Recently, I shared a look at Abby's lighter schedule for the summer months and how we follow more of a loose routine in our home.  Our typical school days begin with breakfast followed by outside time with Daddy before he heads to work, lunch, then school while Kaitlyn naps.  Once school is done, the rest of the afternoon, depending on the day, can go in any direction.  This routine works well for the summer months too, as most of Summer's extra activities will be during the morning hours leaving the afternoons open as usual.


For Summer, we will continue to work through the alphabet using Bitty Beginnings' Alphabet Letter Learning Packs, along with many other resources to go along with our weekly themes.  You can read more about her preschool plans here.  If we stay on track, we should be wrapping up with Letter Z towards the end of August.  Our preschool time takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on what I have planned and what she wants to do.  There are a few additions I'm considering adding to her day, but I want to make sure our weeks flow smoothly before I begin adding extras.

Here's a look at all our weeks up to this point and an idea of what we will continue to do. 

Currently, we are halfway through our Letter I theme and I have struggled throughout the year to be consistent in our weekly preschool activities.  I'd start strong, fizzle out, get back on board, only to fizzle out yet again because I never had a clear plan in mind.  However, I've been experimenting with a few ideas and believe I've finally stumbled upon a system that works for us.  The main thing--I wanted an actual plan, my days organized on paper (I have this thing with checking things off my list) and all activities and printables in one place organized by day.  That's my goal at least and I can't wait to share once I have everything in place.

USA Geography | Maine

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This week, we continued exploring the Northeast region of the United States with a trip to Maine. 

Here's Abby's shelf set-up and a look at several of the books we used.  I like to include the state abbreviation using this letter construction kit, a fact card, foam cut-out shape from this puzzle and any other items we may use.  This week, we continued with several of the Little Passports activities from the introductory package.


She couldn't wait to read Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie since it had her name in the title. :-) Then, the girls painted a lighthouse with watercolors.



She reviewed facts with this activity sheet.


And, we finished our week reading One Morning in Maine, The Sea Chest, coloring and making blueberry muffins.


Letter H | Hat & Hippo + Giveaway

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Summer is 44.5 months old.

It's been awhile since I shared our letter of the week preschool activities.  We came to a point where while Summer was still enjoying the activities, I needed a major overhaul of how our weeks were organized.  I talked briefly about how I initially prepared for the year here and while that helped greatly, circumstances changed and I found myself wanting a more streamlined system.  I am currently *experimenting* with several ideas and hope to find something that works best for us that I can share in more detail soon.

A look at our set-up...


A closer look at a few of her activities for the week...


Our themes and the majority of our activities are from Bitty Beginnings on Etsy, you can use code SPRING2016 to save 20% off from now through the end of April. 

Summer worked on two part letter puzzle matching...


Uppercase and lowercase shadow match puzzles...


She loves the letter hunt. I use painter's tape to hide the letters around the room for her to locate.


She's so close to being able to do her letter crown completely on her own. I help with the trickier zig zag cutting portion and shapes, but otherwise she wants to do it herself.



For her letter craft, we used paint to make hippo footprints.


Kaitlyn even joined in for a sensory look and find with lentils.


I am also using bits and pieces of Animal ABC's from 1+1+1=1. This week, we worked on number and shape identification and tracing.



We played BINGO and reviewed colors and shapes.


Put together a puzzle...


She LOVED LOVED LOVED this animal letter train puzzle!


Made a hippo...



Spent the afternoon playing with this safari truck...


Playing with playdough...


And, took a nature hunt walk. I found these adorable printables and they were perfect!




And, now for the Giveaway!

Jen from Bitty Beginnings is offering one of my readers a chance to win her Letter H | Alphabet Learning Pack filled with 12 activities!  The pack includes the option to print certain activities in either pink/purple or green/blue depending on your child and she details how to prep each activity along with fun ways to play.  Keep checking back for more opportunities to win each week as I share each letter!

For a chance to win, simply enter below! 

Summer Plans for Abby

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Summertime around our home is really no different than any other time of the year, with the exception of a few extra activities and more time outside.  While I'd love to say we stick to a certain schedule to help our days flow better, I prefer a loose routine with plenty of room for alternative plans and last minute activities.  Part of that routine includes continuing with our school, just on a lighter scale which gives us a chance to tie up loose ends if needed.  This year, Abby will be involved in several summer day camps that will occupy most of her time during the summer months, giving her a nice break yet still allowing a few weeks here and there to work on various subjects. 

Mid-year, I made several changes to Abby's second-grade curriculum which you can read about here.  Because of this, there are a few programs we will not have a chance to complete before the end of her second-grade year the first week of June--Horizons, Mathematical Reasoning and Language Smarts.  All About Reading is another program we are slightly behind on due to poor planning on my part in the beginning.  The majority will be complete before the fall or not long after, except Horizons which we will finish up in November.

During those mid-year changes, I discovered a new way to plan which was a complete game changer for me.  In just a few days, I was able to plan out the rest of her second-grade year, pre-plan for the summer months into her third-grade year.  I love it! 

Here's a look at her first week. 

week 1

This particular week, she has full-day camp on Friday only so we will not do any school work that day.  This amount of work takes her about an hour/hour and a half depending on how quickly she works. I also wanted to keep subjects she really enjoys like History, Geography and read alouds. 

I will be doing a detailed post on how I plan soon, but until then here's a brief explanation. I pre-numbered worksheets starting at Lesson 1 on up for the summer months, tore them out of the workbooks and placed in folders labeled Lesson 1, Lesson 2, Lesson 3 and so on.  For subjects a little tricker (in our case Reading, History, and Geography) I used post-it notes to pre-plan what to do that day. For example, I spread her All About Reading lessons out over several days so she isn't overwhelmed by all the words, so it takes us a little longer than it may some.  I go through the teacher's manual, activity/fluency sheets, and stories jotting those daily lessons on a post-it note.  Then, I stick the post-it into the folder to eventually enter in to my spreadsheet when I get a chance.  Our History and Geography lessons, same deal.  It's such a simple system and has saved me so much time!

USA Geography | Delaware

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

We just finished our third week of geography and I am so happy with how it's going.  This week we traveled to Delaware and also started using Little Passports: USA Edition. 


As we continue using Road Trip: USA as a general guide, I love the freedom to add in various read alouds, activities, crafts and modifications.  I also like doing short geography lessons daily which help keep the information fresh and is something Abby looks forward to.  Our weekly routine looks something like this.  

After the introduction of our state of the week, Abby begins coloring while I read various facts for the state.  We use these coloring sheets. 


The next few days, I will continue reading from parts of this book as part of our general curriculum plans, complete our USA Passport and add various read alouds--this week we read Red Knot, When Washington Crossed the Delaware and Horseshoe Crabs and Shorebirds.


Abby loves Liberty's Kids, so after reading about George Washington crossing the Delaware, I found an episode on YouTube (Season 1 Episode 19)  that fit perfect.


Abby's favorite review sheet...


And, more coloring during read alouds.


Not long ago, we won a 3-month subscription to Little Passports.  I chose the USA Edition and we were finally able to begin working through Abby's first delivery which included a letter, disposable camera, USA Scratch Book and Field Guide.


She LOVED the USA Scratch Book, full of various colorful hologram scenes to reveal.



We worked on a few pages in her field guide journal, answering questions about where she lived, places she wanted to travel, etc.


We will finish up the last page this coming week and let her explore with the camera while we wait for the next delivery which should be soon. I can't tell you how excited she is to play with the camera. :-)