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Alphabet

Literacy Centre for Kindergarten

Literacy Centre for Kindergarten

Set up a new literacy centre for kindergarten every two weeks with our selection of alphabet learning activities and printables! Whether you are teaching in a traditional kindergarten classroom or looking to organize a homeschool room, literacy centre stations make a...

Popsicle Stick Letters

Popsicle Stick Letters

Challenge children to build popsicle stick letters, while using these printable cards for inspiration! What craft supplies are more common than popsicle sticks? And yet, it never occurred to me that we could make popsicle stick letters! It was my three-year-old...

LEGO Duplo Alphabet Mats: Uppercase & Lowercase Letters

LEGO Duplo Alphabet Mats: Uppercase & Lowercase Letters

Build the alphabet with Duplo bricks, using these printable Lego Duplo Alphabet Mats with uppercase and lowercase letter designs! Also check: Lego 3D AlphabetLego 2D AlphabetPattern Block AlphabetMagna-Tiles Alphabet Before my son was old enough to dedicate the living...

LEGO Alphabet

LEGO Alphabet

Use these printable LEGO alphabet mats to combine early literacy with STEM and teach letters in a playful hands-on way! Everything is a little more fun with LEGO! That’s why we try to include the blocks into as many of our learning activities as we can. The kids love...

Pattern Block Alphabet: Printable Challenge Cards

Pattern Block Alphabet: Printable Challenge Cards

Combine early literacy with STEM and teach the alphabet in a playful hands-on way with these printable pattern block cards! Also check: Lego 3D AlphabetLego 2D AlphabetLego Duplo AlphabetMagna-Tiles Alphabet One of the latest additions to our classroom are these...

LEGO Letters Printable

LEGO Letters Printable

Teach your children the alphabet in a playful hands-on way by making Lego letters! Also check: Lego 3D AlphabetLego Duplo AlphabetPattern Block AlphabetMagna-Tiles Alphabet About LEGO Letters If you have a LEGO lover around, you know that everything is a little more...

Magna Tile Ideas to Print and Build!

Magna Tile Ideas to Print and Build!

Looking for Magna Tile ideas for kids to build? Choose one of 166 printable Magna Tile designs and build away! There are letters, numbers, geometric shapes, 2D and 3D creative designs. No matter how exciting and engaging at first, most toys eventually fall out of...

Lego Duplo Animal Alphabet with Free Printable Cards

Lego Duplo Animal Alphabet with Free Printable Cards

Use Lego Duplo to build animals while learning the alphabet! Included are 26 free printable cards with ideas of animal and letter designs. My son was not among the natural early readers. He never worried about mastering his letters, as long as there were things to...

Wooden Block Alphabet Free Printable Cards

Wooden Block Alphabet Free Printable Cards

Learn the alphabet the hands-on way - by building letters with wooden blocks! Use our free printable cards for inspiration. People process information differently, and while three main processing methods are defined as auditory, visual and kinesthetic, there are in...

Magna-Tiles Uppercase Alphabet Printable Cards

Magna-Tiles Uppercase Alphabet Printable Cards

A great addition to your literacy corner, these printable cards encourage kids to make letters with Magna-Tiles, Picasso Tiles, and other magnetic tiles. It is a fun hands-on way to teach the alphabet to preschoolers and kindergartners who like building. Also check:...

Beginning Readers

Early Reader Comic Books

Early Reader Comic Books

Early reader comic books give kids who are just beginning to read an opportunity to step away from workbook texts and enjoy the stories! While teaching my son to read this year, I was faced with a problem. I mean, besides the attention span of a six-year-old when he...

DIY Printable CVC Rods with Phonetic Reading Blocks

DIY Printable CVC Rods with Phonetic Reading Blocks

Make a DIY version of Montessori CVC Rods with Phonetic Reading Blocks for beginning readers with these printable templates! These CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) phonetic reading blocks are inspired by the wooden blocks used in Montessori schools. The blocks provide...

Books

Graphic Novels for Kids

Graphic Novels for Kids

Graphic novels and comic books for kids are great for encouraging interest in reading! Not very long ago at all, if someone had mentioned comics to me, my first thought would have been, "Like... Batman or Superman?" Something more for a teenager than a little boy like...

Early Reader Comic Books

Early Reader Comic Books

Early reader comic books give kids who are just beginning to read an opportunity to step away from workbook texts and enjoy the stories! While teaching my son to read this year, I was faced with a problem. I mean, besides the attention span of a six-year-old when he...

50+ Best Audiobooks for Kids that Adults Will Also Like

50+ Best Audiobooks for Kids that Adults Will Also Like

Do you have a child who loves to read? Check out our list of the best audiobooks for kids. Equally great for road trips and during quiet time at home! When I was a child, we had a few audiobooks on vinyl. Before I learned how to read, they were my most treasured...

Send a Book on an Adventure: Bookcrossing for Children

Send a Book on an Adventure: Bookcrossing for Children

Have you ever lost a book? It has happened to me a couple of times. But have you ever lost a book on purpose? I have not had such an opportunity until a few days ago when our family decided to participate in bookcrossing. As it turned out, there is...

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set Review

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set Review

If you have never read Calvin and Hobbes, it requires a short introduction. It was a comic strip written by Bill Watterson and published daily in the newspapers from 1985 until 1995. The comic features the daily life and philosophical observations of a six-year-old,...

Picture Books that Make the Best Gifts

Picture Books that Make the Best Gifts

We love books, and have pretty much set a monthly fund for “growing the library”. It has been growing so well that the books are now everywhere. They are spilling off the shelves, and can be found in the baskets by our beds, on the kitchen table, and in the car. It...

Audiobooks for Toddlers: Record Your Own Audiobooks

Audiobooks for Toddlers: Record Your Own Audiobooks

If your toddler can listen to books for hours, maybe he or she is ready for audibooks? Record audiobooks for your kids and win yourself a little time for coffee while they're enjoying their favourite stories! When I was a little girl, I had a couple of vinyls with...

Toddler’s Favourite Book: Make It Yourself

Toddler’s Favourite Book: Make It Yourself

In our family, we like creating traditions for celebrating milestones, and we certainly never fail to find more of them. I can hardly think of any parent who would not be excited about their child turning one, though. Last December, when Budster turned one, we planned...

WRITING

How to Write a Book Review – for Kids

How to Write a Book Review – for Kids

Wondering how to teach children to write book reviews? With this free printable template, anyone can write one! While I usually write about our educational games and crafts, the biggest part of our homeschooling has always been reading books. (Isn't it the same for...

Printable Nature Journal with Creative Prompts for Kids

Printable Nature Journal with Creative Prompts for Kids

Learn how to start a nature journal with kids using a free printable template that offers ten creative prompts. It is a perfect nature STEM activity for kids as it encourages them to go outside, explore nature scientifically, then record their nature finds...

End of School Year: Printable Journal of Questions for Kids

End of School Year: Printable Journal of Questions for Kids

Another school year is coming to an end. Encourage kids to answer the questions in this free printable end-of-school journal to capture the year's memories forever! When school comes to an end, it is a perfect time to create a little time capsule with children's...

About Me: Free Printable Q&A Journal of Writing Prompts for Kids

About Me: Free Printable Q&A Journal of Writing Prompts for Kids

This free printable journal for kids is filled with creative questions and writing prompts that will inspire even the most reluctant of writers to create their own book about what they know best. A book about themselves. People change. It’s especially noticeable with...

Make a Back-to-School Book of Questions for Kids

Make a Back-to-School Book of Questions for Kids

As a first-day-of-school tradition, make this little back-to-school book together with kids! Filled with writing and drawing prompts, it captures their likes and dislikes, hobbies and aspirations. A fun keepsake for parents and a creative way for teachers to get to...

52 Questions to Ask Children: Free Printable Q&A Journal

52 Questions to Ask Children: Free Printable Q&A Journal

If you like creating keepsakes and family traditions, you will like this one. Download this free printable template for a Q&A journal with 52 questions to ask your children - and fill it once a week or whenever convenient! People change. It’s especially noticeable...

Name Writing Nature Hunt

Name Writing Nature Hunt

Sometimes a new focus is all that is required to return the vibrancy to something that is beginning to pale. This is what this activity is about - making a familiar walk special by having a spontaneous nature hunt. But we weren't just hunting for pretty leaves and...

Peek-a-Boo Book from Envelopes

Peek-a-Boo Book from Envelopes

As a part of the Junk Play series that focuses on creating crafts and toys for kids from recyclables, we made a little peek-a-boo book from envelopes.   Lately, my son has been very partial to sea creatures - whales, sharks, and dolphins. We took him to see the...

Best Board Games for Nurturing Creativity

Best Board Games for Nurturing Creativity

Board games did not come into my life until I was in my early twenties. I had some experience playing Monopoly when I was a little girl, and there were a few versions of Snakes and Ladders, but I did not discover the variety of board games available until my best...

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