Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Q-tip Printing Practise and Bottlecap Number Words


I found this fabulous idea, Q-tip painting over letters.  I thought it would be a great printing practise review for Butterfly.  She can draw the letter over top or dap dots, using a Qtip, over top of the letters I wrote out for her.



I like varieties in printing activities as it makes the child more keen on practising again.



I made a little numbers game that I store in a shoe box.  We have been collecting many bottle caps, and I saw this idea on the same site and came up with a Number Words activity using our saved bottle caps!


I made 10 number word baggies.


On the outside of the bag is the spelled number word, plus a sticker of the number, and a circle sticker to match the number.  Inside the bag are bottle caps, a letter on each cap to spell the number, and the number of pom poms for that word.



So Butterfly takes out the caps and pom poms and spells the number word as shown on the bag.  To know what number is being spelled she sees the number two sticker.  There are two circle stickers on the baggie for her to place her two pom poms on for counting that number.










I love this activity as she is able to work independently on it while learning that numbers are words as well and how to spell them.


Monday, October 29, 2012

BOB Books- Mat



I have been waiting for Butterfly's initiative to learn to read on her own.  Just a few days ago, she said she wanted to read a book all by herself!  Yes!!  Thank goodness I had just got my first set of Bob Books!  I've heard so much about how these books are great to learn to read with!  So we pulled out the first book "Mat" from the Collection 1 box.


We spent some time on it, learning the words by sounding out the letters, and by the end of the evening Butterfly was reading this book all by herself!!  Her Daddy and I were so proud!


I thought before we move onto the next book, we need to make these new words and sight words concrete!  I want to make sure she knows them really well before we add more new words in.  So I decided to make my own worksheets!  My first printables!!!  And of course I will offer these to all of Rockabye's Readers for free!  I'm going to make a set for each book as we progress through the Bob Book collection!

Click HERE to get the first books' worksheets for the book "Mat" FREE from my Teachers Pay Teacher Store!


The first sheet, Butterfly traced the new words and then attempted to write the new word herself on the provided line.  The next sheet, its a word match up, it gets her looking and reading the words again, matching the left column to the right column.


I made an easy wordsearch to get her to read and find the new words.
And in the beginning of the book, there is a page on "beginning sounds" for letters M, A, T, and S.  So I made colouring sheets with letter and word tracing to emphasize and practise these sounds that are in her new words.  Go check out my new printables and help yourself! :)



I also found some helpful worksheets for Book 1 at Walking By The Way 's site.


Circling first sounds, another wordsearch, and we used the Listen and Stick page.- I called out one of the words, Butterfly put a sticker under that word's column, until we filled the whole chart.



Here is a video of Butterfly reading her first book, "Mat" !




Next Monday will be BOB Book 2- Sam, with more printables to share!

Click Here for Rockabye Butterfly's BOB Books Free Printables.

Visit more BOB Book Blogger's posts and their free printables:
 We will be posting together every Monday as we go through the books together with our children!

In Lieu of Preschool
3 Dinosaurs
Royal Baloo
Walking By The Way
This Reading Mama 

Also, come follow our new BOB Books Pinterest Group Board!



Friday, October 26, 2012

Poetry and Rhyming Words


Our Homeschooling Club has been working on a new school theme: Poetry, Learning Rhyming Words.
I saw Counting Coconuts' posts on Poetry Baskets and have been meaning to set that up for Butterfly.  So I did, calling them Poetry Trays!



There are red dots under each word in the poem to use with the "Seeing Eye Stick" (popsicle stick with a glued googley eye).  The idea is to read each word and pick out the rhyming words, talking about how rhyming words sound the same!  There are props on the tray, objects that are in the poem, to make what was read more concrete and hands on.


I would say the trays were a success!  Butterfly has done these many times over now with me.



I brought out our Rhyming File Folder Games.




I printed out rhyming pictures and glued them inside the file folders.  Then I taped strings to one side of a row of pictures, and folded sticky velcro strips on the ends with the matching velcro on the other row of pictures.  Then Butterfly finds a rhyming pair and matches them up with the string.  Kind of like a worksheet where you'd draw a line to the answer when given two rows.


This is something we have come back to more than once, as it's reusable, it's a great rhyming practise activity.




There are lots of great free rhyming printable worksheets HERE.


I brought out lots of poetry books for the group to read.  I picked out a couple of basic simple "AABB" nursery rhymes, we read them out loud and clapped our hands on the last word of each line, emphasizing the words that rhymed with each other.

Also nursery rhymes are great to work on memorization and presentation.  Butterfly has worked on memorizing a few poems off by heart and whoever will listen- friends, family- she'll recite her newly memorized poems to them!


The next thing I knew, after extensive work on this unit, Butterfly was making up her own poems!  She remembered words that rhymed and put them together orally into her own poems!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Halloween Pumpkin Workboxes


I have put together some fun Halloween/ Pumpkin activities in our Workbox system for Butterfly to use this week.



In our first drawer I have Mighty Mind.  This is a great activity using shapes and math concepts.  We are working our way up in the tangram like cards.


In drawer number two we have Confessions' Sight Word pumpkin worksheets.  We are just starting to dabble in sight words, so I thought these sheets would be another great introduction, and also focus on practising hand writing.


In the next drawer, two sweet stories for this holdiday.
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat and Franklin's Pumpkin.


In this drawer we have a note saying Sensory Box and the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin file folder game.


My girl still loves sensory experiences, I want to keep her a Kinder for as long as she wants to be a kindergartner.  So I pulled out our soya bean bin and added in our Silicone Pumpkin Baking Cups that I used in our Pumpkin Muffin Tin Lunch with three different sizes and types of scoops/spoons.  Butterfly loves scooping and pouring and measuring, great activity for eye hand coordination.


Here is our Life Cycle of a Pumpkin file folder game.



In this drawer I have a fun bat craft, as Butterfly loves to do crafts.  I included a bat headband to wear while she crafts her bat!


In the next drawer there are lots of Halloween worksheets.


I picked out two Halloween themed sequences from our 6 Scene Sequencing Cards box.


A set of cards of a boy putting on a clown costume and makeup, and a set of a girl cutting a jack o lantern.  I will mix up the cards and have Butterfly put them in order from first step to last step, which is a great activity for storytelling skills and for learning the concepts "first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth."


I have orange finger paint in the next drawer.


I drew a large pumpkin on a piece of finger paint paper.  Butterfly loves to get her hands dirty so she will have fun covering a whole pumpkin orange with her hands.


In the last drawer is a Glow in the Dark Beads set for Butterfly to make necklaces/ bracelets to wear in the dark!


These are our fun Halloween workboxes for school time this week.  In addition, we are starting a new theme in our Kinder Homeschool group, which I will be posting about this week.  Plus Butterfly is involved in a few classes again this Fall that has been keeping her busy- Gymnastics, Ballet, and Karate.  We have also been dabbling in Kindergarten Workbooks for Math, Phonics, Letter and Printing work.  Her Letter Of The Week Program has given her a great foundation to reach the next steps, but I am always following her pace in learning and interests which I believe is a productive way for new information to stick and for the process of learning to be enjoyed!


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