Letter R | Rabbit, Rhino + Rainbow

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Kaitlyn is 3.5 years old.

This week was all about the Letter R!

Our set-up...

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We are using Bitty Beginnings A-Z Learning Packs as a base for our weekly activities, courtesy of Bitty Beginnings.

These Write 'n Wipe cards are Kaitlyn's favorite.  She chooses them first every.single.time. 

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We worked on shapes with these adorable letter crowns...

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Accessorized with a cute letter bracelet...

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Worked on counting and number identification...

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She loved this transferring and matching colored pom-pom activity.

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Puzzle fun...

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This was a last minute idea I thought she might enjoy. I laid rainbow colored foam sheets out and put an assortment of colorful objects on a tray for her to sort by color. Kaitlyn and Summer both really enjoyed it!

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And, we also cut colorful straws. Total hit!

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Freebie Friday: Letter V | Playdough Mat

Friday, September 15, 2017

Welcome back to Freebie Friday!

Today I'm sharing a free Playdough Mat printable from Bitty Beginnings' Letter V | Van + Vulture Alphabet Letter Learning Pack.  You can view ALL free printables up to this point here.

LETTER V COLLAGE

This download can be printed in green/blue or pink/purple.  You can find the complete Letter V Pack and many other activities by visiting the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy.

Click the image below to download.

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Letter Q | Queen + Queen Bee

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Kaitlyn is 3.5 years old.

I've been looking forward to our Letter Q week since I first downloaded the A-Z Letter Packs from Bitty Beginnings.  It's so cute and I knew my little girls would love it!

Kaitlyn's set-up...

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We are using Bitty Beginnings A to Z Letter Learning Packs, courtesy of Bitty Beginnings.

Over the last few months, we've slowly been easing Kaitlyn into activities.  She's been the most reluctant by far and normally just observes, which is totally her personality.  One day out of the blue she decided Dot Painting looked like fun and from then on she requests "her school" all day, every day.

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It's funny because even though she took a bit longer to start preschool type activities, she's picked up on so much just by observing and listening to the other girls. Plus, she loves when they cheer for her after learning something new. 

We worked on identifying Capital Q and Little Q along with making the sound.

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She absolutely loves these Write ' n Wipe cards. She worked on these over and over trying to get them just right.

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Playdough fun...

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And, she used magnetic pom poms on a cookie sheet to make Qq's.

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We worked on shapes and colors...

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Counting and more color practice...

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And, transferring and counting "pollen" which she did over and over again.

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Freebie Friday: Letter U | Look and Find Activity

Friday, September 08, 2017

Welcome Back to another week of Freebie Friday!  I'm back with a free printable from Bitty Beginnings' Letter U | Umbrella + Unicorn Alphabet Letter Learning Pack.  You can view ALL free printables up to this point here.

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This download includes the Look and Find playmat which can be printed in either pink or blue from the Letter U Pack.  You can find the complete Letter U Pack and many other activities by visiting the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy.
 

Hope you enjoy!

Click the image below to download.

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Letter P | Pig + Pie

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Happy Weekend, Friends!

Last year, I began incorporating Abeka K4 into our weekly letter activities.  I was hoping to offer Summer more hands-on learning activities alongside her Abeka work, but also include Kaitlyn who seemed to be more and more interested in what we were doing. 

Our set-up...

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I get so many questions about our shelf, the trays and if my kids actually leave it alone during the week or if it gets destroyed. First off, the shelf is Threshold from Target.  It's held up really well over the last several years even with me moving it across the room a dozen times. The trays are from Oriental Trading, just search "cool craft trays." These are perfect for just about anything!

Our homeschool room is in our basement and not the main level of our home.  When I begin setting up the shelf it does receive quite a bit of attention from the girls.  They look, explore, touch, pick up and begin thumbing through the books.  At first it drove me nuts, yes--but then I began to accept that it's all brand-new and I'm doing it for them for this exact purpose--to excite them and get them intrigued to learn.  However, once I've organized everything--it's off limits until we begin that day's activities and they are really good about listening--most of the time.  When the baby is in the room with us though, the trays are moved to another location.  Sometimes we replace the trays with baby friendly activities and books or just leave them empty.

Honestly, my go to way to incorporate preschool activities into our day lately is just by pulling random printables out of a folder or grabbing a game or resource I think one of my girls may like.  It all works whatever way you decide is best!

Onto our week...

We are using printables courtesy of Jen from Bitty Beginnings as a base for our weekly activities.

Summer continues to love Spot It, we use this to reinforce letter sounds and identification.  

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Letter sorting...

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Dot painting...

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Lots of playdough fun...

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Look and Find...

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And, letter puzzles...

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We used stickers to randomly identify numbers 1-20.

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And, worked on rhyming with puzzles.

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Freebie Friday: Letter T | Write 'n Wipe Cards

Friday, September 01, 2017

Happy September! I'm back with a free printable from Bitty Beginnings' Letter T | Turtle and Tea Cup Alphabet Letter Learning Pack.  You can view ALL free printables up to this point here.

This download includes the Write 'n Wipe from the Letter T Pack which can be printed in green/blue or pink/purple.  You can find the complete Letter T Pack and many other activities by visiting the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy.
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Hope you enjoy!

Click the image below to download.

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Freebie Friday: Letter S | Cut & Paste Letter Sort

Friday, February 03, 2017

Today, I'm back with a free printable from Bitty Beginnings' Letter S | Sheep & Strawberry Alphabet Letter Learning Pack.  You can view ALL free printables up to this point here.

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This download includes the Cut & Paste Letter Sort from the Letter S | Strawberry + Sheep Pack which can be printed in green/blue or pink/purple.  You can find the complete Letter S Pack and many other activities by visiting the Bitty Beginnings shop on Etsy.

When Summer was younger I would pre-cut the letters and just have her paste as she sorted.  A few weeks later, I would cut the letter portion into strips where she could then cut them out individually.  Before long she would ask to do the whole thing by herself.  More often than not she prefers using a glue stick for this activity, but occasionally I switch it up with a bottle of glue so we can practice "dot, dot, not a lot" and not going crazy with the glue. ;-)

Hope you enjoy!

Click the image below to download.
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Freebie Friday: Letter R | Pre-Writing Practice

Friday, January 27, 2017

Welcome back to Freebie Friday! 

Each week 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.


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Today, I'm sharing the Letter R | Pre-Writing Practice from Bitty Beginnings' Letter R| Rhino & Rabbit Letter Pack.  This activity can be printed in two color options, pink/purple or green/blue.

Also, be sure to take advantage of Bitty Beginnings' January Sale happening now!  Click here to check out all letter packs and activities and use CELEBRATE2017 at checkout from now through the end of January!

To download, click the image below.

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Freebie Friday: Letter Q | Letter Hunt Template

Friday, January 20, 2017

Today I'm sharing one of our favorite activities from the Bitty Beginnings' Alphabet Letter Learning Packs--Letter Hunt Template!


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We use these in SO many ways.  I have printed on scrapbook paper and also on printer paper, using markers to design fun images.  This could be an activity for kids to design, as well.  After printing, I laminate for durability and cut them out.  The template includes three different sizes of both uppercase and lowercase Letter Q.  We sequence big to little/little to big, hide in sensory bins and even use painter's tape to "hide" the letters around the room for Summer to hunt for.  She LOVES this!  I give her a basket and she plays over and over!

Also, be sure to take advantage of Bitty Beginnings' January Sale happening now!  Click here to check out all letter packs and activities and use CELEBRATE2017 at checkout from now through the end of January!

To download, click the image below.

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Freebie Friday: Letter P | Letter Puzzles

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Friday!

Throughout the year 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.

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This week, I'm sharing both Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Puzzles, from the adorable
Letter P | Pie + Pig Alphabet Letter Learning Pack!

To download, click the image below.

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