Letter L | Lion & Lollipop + Giveaway

Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer is 47 months old.

Over the last few weeks we have settled into a new routine which I am loving!  Summer and I have spent a lot of afternoon time together and she is really enjoying it, as am I.  She loved our Letter L week and we spent most of our days cuddled up reading and playing certain games over and over.

Her set-up...



Our themes and the majority of our printables are from Jen of Bitty Beginnings on Etsy.

These tracing cards are absolutely adorable and I love incorporating them into our week. 


Pre-writing practice...


Dot painting...


Summer still adores these two-part puzzles.  She asks to play "the card game" every time, several times.


Stamping with our alphabet stamps...


I set up a bin of foam shapes to hide her sensory look and find pieces, something new and different for her.


We skipped the dot marker and opted for marker for Spot It!


Kaitlyn loves playdough and being anywhere Summer is.  They worked together cutting and rolling balls of dough for her letter mat, which you can grab for FREE here.

Sorting colored pom-poms...



We also used this sheet to practice counting and adding, which she liked.


I've discussed in previous posts how we are loosely using Confessions of a Homeschooloer's K4 program.  This week's number was "0" and I found these cute sheets for her to try.  At this point, I'm in the process of simplifying our preschool so we may or may not continue this particular program in the fall but for now I'm putting it on hold.


And, now for the Giveaway!
Jen from Bitty Beginnings is offering one of my readers a chance to win her Letter L | Alphabet Learning Pack filled with over 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! 

Freebie Friday: Letter L | Playdough Mat

Friday, June 24, 2016

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Throughout the summer I'll be offering FREE printables courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings, as part of her Alphabet Letter Learning Pack Collection.  You can view all free printables here.


This week I'm sharing a cute Playdough Mat Activity from the Letter L | Lion + Lollipop Alphabet Letter Learning Pack which can be printed in either pink/purple or blue/green.

Through the end of August, you can get the Complete A-Z Alphabet Letter Activity Set on SALE now for $25!
To download, click the image below.
letter L freebie image

USA Geography | New York

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Next on our trip through the Northeast is New York!

New York is such a fun state to learn about!  Reading was the main theme this week as there were so many read aloud options and Abby (well all the girls, really) loved reading them, some several times.  My favorite sites for books are here and here


These cute figurines are from a set of NYC Toobs I found at a local arts and crafts store.  They were perfect to accent our shelf and Abby was pretty interested in each piece. The items are labeled for easy reference and we spent one day specifically looking each up online and reading interesting facts.


We also took some time to look at various paintings and illustrations by Norman Rockwell.  I remember my grandmother having several copies of The Saturday Evening Post laying around her home and thought it would be fun to have Abby illustrate her version of the magazine cover.  I found this printable for her to use.


USA Geography | New Jersey

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

As of last week, we are officially done with Abby's second grade year...yay! I got a little behind posting our geography activities over the last several weeks, so over the next month I'll be sharing the rest of our Northeast activities before diving into the South.
One of my favorite aspects of our geography block is the variety of read alouds we have come across for each state.  It's a mixture of fiction and non-fiction and these two sites (here and here) are fantastic in providing great book options.


We kept the activities rather simple, sticking with highly requested printables.  This printable is great for reviewing facts we've learned throughout the week while also introducing a few new topics we can research and learn more about.


Another weekly printable we use are these USA Passport sheets.  I love the graphics and Abby enjoys flipping through our growing book of states.