Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day from! Today I am thankful to be living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Thank you to the men and women who serve and who have given their lives, so I can be free.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Free Printable Activities for Kids

Summer can be a difficult time to keep kids motivated and keep kids learning. Parents can spend a lot of money buying programs and curriculum, hiring tutors, or paying for summer camp experiences. Summer can be a fun time to explore the outdoors and enjoy hands on summer learning activities. Summer can also be a great time to spend reading great books to keep little minds sharp. Another fun way to keep kids engaged over the summer, is with worksheets and coloring sheets. Coloring and writing can keep finger muscles strong for writing and learning during the school year. Some kids really enjoy playing school or completing coloring sheets. It can get expensive to buy workbooks and activity packs. I've found an online source with fun coloring pages and worksheets for kids to use over the summer, and it's free!
Free Printable Online offers free printable worksheets, cards, lesson plans, activities, and crafts that your child may enjoy during the summer months.
There are many ways to use Free Printable Online in your summer learning. Children can practice real life writing skills by creating and sending their own printable cards using the free printable card maker. There are free printable crafts like printable origami. Learning a new skill, like folding origami, can be a fun summer project. Printable games, like word searches, can be taken along on family road trips. Children can review skills taught during the school year with free printable worksheets.
Free Printable Online offers a lot of free options for summer learning. The worksheets have very simple graphics and simple concepts, but they could be a fun and easy way to keep kids learning all summer.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Summer Learning Activities

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Last week I was excited to see a ton of activities that my family can use for summer learning activities. We want kids to continue learning during the summer months, but we don't want that learning to be boring! This week I am featuring fun summer learning activities. These activities for kids are hands on. Many of them take the learning into the outdoors. Kids won't even know they are learning all summer! 

Dig into Reading Gardening Activities from KCedventures. KCEdventures shares that this summer the National Summer Library Book theme is "Dig into Reading". She has rounded up a bunch of great books and book activities on a gardening theme to help with the summer library theme!

Create a backyard water wheel from iGameMom (yes, there is an app for this).

Splish Splash Water Math from Crayon Freckles Check out these great learning activities for learning about measurement.

Water Bead Science from Gift of Curiosity Water beads are a fun summer activity. Try out this science experiement using water beads.

Magic Paint from Coffee with Us 3 We used to make this paint during Vacation Bible School. I can still remember painting the whole church with it! Find out the "magic" ingredient.

Scooping Ice from Sugar Aunts Cool off with this fun and easy learning activity

Creating Art with NonTraditional Materials from Gummy Lump Use object from nature in a painting project.

Catch a Spider Web from Preschool Powol Packets Go on a hunt outdoors for spider webs. Preschool Powol Packets shares an awesome way to capture spider webs so you can study their formations!

Going on a Shape Hunt from Gummy Lump Explore the outdoors and learn about shapes.

18 Ways to Spend a Day at the Park from KCEdventures Don't let your park time get boring, try these fun, simple ideas!

Frugal Summer Activities from Real Housewifes Clip Coupons I've already added some of these fun and frugal summer activities to my calendar for the summer!

Alphabet Summer Fun from Growing Book by Book Activities for each day that fit with beginning alphabet sounds plus a book to accompany each summer activity. 

Summer Bucket List from School Time Snippets Create a list of activities to complete before Summer kicks the bucket.
A Toddler's Ultimate Bucket List of Day Trips from More Fun Mom another fun bucket list that is great for toddlers.

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Dinosaur Preschool Theme

Dinosaurs seem to be a very popular theme among preschool children. My boys love reading about dinosaurs and we have many favorite dinosaur theme picture books. Each Monday on Ready-Set-Read, I am compiling books to accompany various preschool themes. This week, I am exploring the dinosaur preschool theme. While there are many, many books that would fit the dinosaur theme, these are some of my favorite dinosaur books that have worked especially well with the preschool reading level. Clicking on the book cover will take you to the book on Amazon for your convenience. These are affiliate links.

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preschool theme, picture books, dinosaur activities, how do dinosaurs say goodnight, jane yolen How do Dinosaurs...  Series by Jane Yolen To begin a dinosaur theme book list, I feel like I have to begin with Jane Yolen. Yolen has many books featuring dinosaurs. In Yolen's books, dinosaurs deal with bedtime, going to school, cleaning their rooms, celebrating holidays and more. The illustrations in the book, by artist Mark Teague, label each dinosaur. The books are great for dealing with preschool behavior, but don't give any information about dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Vs. The Potty, Bob Shea, preschool theme, picture books, dinosaur activities Another series of books that uses dinosaurs to focus on preschool topics, are the Dinosaur Vs. Books. These books, like Dinosaur Vs. The Potty, by Bob Shea tell a story about a dinosaur who doesn't think he needs to use the potty. The obnoxious dinosaur jumps around and roars. Preschoolers will love "roaring" along with the dinosaur. (And what's a dinosaur unit without roaring?) Again, this series, will not teach facts about dinosaurs but they are fun for kids to explore during a theme study.

Aliki, Digging up Dinosaurs, preschool theme, picture books, dinosaur activities Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Aliki follows a child through a museum of dinosaurs. As the reader moves through the book, he/she can read simple facts about dinosaurs on each page. Along with the main text, there are speech bubbles to listen in on conversations in the museum. Some of the conversations are educational, others are entertaining! This is a good book for introducing names of dinosaurs, types of dinosaurs, and the concepts of extinction and paleontology.

Dinosaurs Dinosaurs, preschool theme, picture books, dinosaur activities Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton is a wonderful "first" dinosaur book. In Dinosaurs Dinosaurs, Barton provides simple, brightly colored drawings of dinosaurs with simple descriptive text. For example, "There are dinosaurs with horns." This book is great for preschoolers to learn to understand the descriptive words without having to cover all of the details. In the front and back endpages, the book provides clear pictures with labeled names and pronounciation guides for kids who want to know more.

dinosaur activities Dinosaur!  by Peter Sis is a wordless story about an imaginative boy and his toy dinosaur. The book begins with bathtime. The boy takes his toy dinosaur into the bath, and suddenly, a dinosaur pops out of the water. Gradually, larger and larger dinosaurs begin to appear around the bath. The boy gets smaller and smaller. The book opens to a three page spread, to fit all of the large dinosaurs. As the page turns, the boy's mother comes rushing with a towel, and bath time-- and play time-- are over. The bathroom is covered with water! Judging from how our bathroom looks after bathtime, I wonder if my boys have had dinosaurs visiting??

  Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs, dinosaur activities Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs (Harry and the Dinosaurs) Harry finds a bucket of old dinosaurs in Gran's attic. "Dinosaurs don't belong in boxes," says Harry. Harry washes the dinosaurs, puts them in a bucket, and takes them everywhere he goes. Until one day, Harry mistakenly leaves the dinosaurs on the train. But he knows how to get them back. I believe this book was originally published as Sammy and the Dinosaurs We've been reading that one since Logan was 2! Follow the link to an old post with a book activity and a picture of little Logan!
There are several other Harry and the Dinosaur books. My boys really liked Harry and the Dinosaurs Say 'Raahh!'. which was a fun story about Harry taking his bucket of dinosaurs to visit the dentist for the first time.

I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur, picture books, preschool theme  I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur is an easy to handle board book. Each page features a different dinosaur and names it alliteratively, for example, the Stegosaurus is named "Sammy Stegosaurus." According to the book, "The illustrations were prepared in antique fabrics and felt with sequins, buttons, beads, and assorted bric-a-brac." Which would be completely awesome... if you could actually feel that. However, I guess it was too costly to mass produce books with antique fabric and  bric-a-brac. (I love that word). So the book is just pictures of those things. Check out the dinosaur craft project we did to make our own dinosaur touch and feel book after reading this book.

Last week, I asked for recommendations of favorite dinosaur picture books on my facebook page.  Laura, from The Seeds Network, recommended this last dinosaur book, Dinosaur Roar! It looks so fun. Make sure you check out the video in the post. My boys loved the book and boogie dance that went with the book. This is a great book for teaching preschoolers about opposites.

Dinosaur Roar, picture books, dinosaur activities Dinosaur Roar (Picture Puffins) Dinosaurs of every shape and size race, roar, and stomp through this colorful book of opposites. And where are all these silly-looking creatures off to? A dinosaur picnic, of course! These prehistoric pranksters and the simple, playful rhymes that accompany them will delight children everywhere.

Do you have a favorite book for teaching preschoolers about dinosaurs? Leave it in the comments or join our discussion on facebook.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Free Printables Featured on Mom's Library (+ Weekly Giveaway)

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Check out last week's Mom's Library for Book Activities for popular picture books, like this fun bird craft to accompany Are You My Mother? that was shared by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails. See all of the book activities here.

Featured Activities-- Free Printables

Mom's Library is a great source for a variety of helpful resources.  I've noticed each week, there are many writers who share their resources for FREE! This week I am featuring free printables for activities with kids and educational activities. There is a ton of great stuff available for free! I'm just featuring a few of them, so make sure you check last week's Mom's Library for even more freebies.

Laundry Letters (a letter recognition activity) free printable from My Joy Filled Life

Word Family Uno (decoding words in the short a word families)  free printable from The Measured Mom

Transportation Clip and Count Cards free printable from The Measured Mom
If you like this one, also check out The Measured Mom's Free Transportation Matching Memory Game. I'm lovin' all of The Measured Mom's freebies this week!

Fun with Forest Facts (great for kids in grades 2-4) free printable from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
God Makes the Plants (Plant Lifecycle File Folder Game) free printable from Bible Fun for Kids

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Everything you need to help develop a love for Geography in your children.
The set includes: Basic Weather Features, Terrain, U.S. States, Major Countries of the World, and Printable Maps.  It also features 2 Project Around the World activity guides that will take you on a virtual tour of New York City and Alaska.  
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