CVC Word Cards ~ Short A

 

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I am teaching two young children who are using All About Reading Level 1 right now. We are working on reading CVC words and they practice at home a lot in addition to their time with me. I created these cards for them to use independently since they are self-correcting with a photo on the back!

All About Reading Level 1 moves quickly but it isn’t meant to do at a particular speed. The lessons introduce the sounds and words, but many kids need additional practice before moving on to the next lesson. I am creating resources for them to use and will be sharing them here also, so be sure to follow along! These cards are just the beginning!

For this set, I chose words that they are working on in their reading curriculum as well as additional short a words. There are tons of printables online featuring cute clipart so I chose to use photographs, which is always my preference if possible, The following CVC words are included in our short A set:

Preparation Instructions:

Print the whole page, cut apart on dotted edges around the image and the word. Fold in half on the solid gray line. Laminate after folding. If you aren’t laminating, use tape to seal the card shut.

This allows the child to practice reading the words and immediately self-correct by flipping the card over to see the image!

 

As my students learn specific sounds and words in the reading curriculum, I add to their stack of words to practice. We don’t practice all at once, the goal at a young age is to create a love of learning and a love of learning to read! Keeping review simple and short is key to not overwhelming a young child who is learning to read. Yes, they need lots of practice, but keeping the joy in learning is also an important part. The self-correcting aspect of these word cards provides confidence as the child can quickly self-correct.

 

Here is a short video clip showing the cards in action:

 

Want the Bundle?

I have prepared a bundle with all of the word cards for each vowel in my shop and also added it to the PreK/K @ Home Ultimate member section! If you are already a member, go grab it! If you aren’t, see info here!

You can purchase the bundle here in my shop individually also.

 

I will also be sharing individual sets for free on our new All CVC Words webpage!

 

You’ll find the free SHORT A set there now!

Letter P Printables, Books, & More

I am teaching young children again! Not my own children this time, but the children of a very good friend. See our original post about this new adventure here. One of the ways I plan to share with the parents of the kids I am teaching is through the use of Google Slides. I am creating slides to show what we are using so they can see and also so they can easily share with friends. In addition to sharing with them, I will be sharing with you!

 

Looking for previous letter posts?

Letter P Plans

You can see our plans for LETTER P here! You’ll find direct links to things we are using, and other links to help plan a Letter P unit! I decided to use Google Slides so I can update them easily in the future if needed! Click here or on the image below to see all of the activities we used, our lesson plans, and links to everything!

 

Letter P Books

I am also creating book collections for each letter so I remember to pull out certain books each week! Planning like this in advance really helps me remember all of my ideas! As I get older, the ideas vanish at times!

Here is a link to our Letter P Books! I will be using books we own as well as books from the library when able.

 

FAQ

Why are we doing a letter-of-the-week approach?

Honestly, to keep my brain in order. Going from A to Z and focusing on a letter at a time helps me stay organized. Now, we won’t ONLY be focusing on that letter. This is just a simple way to have fun with letters and sounds through printable activities, hands-on items, and books!

What grade/age is this appropriate for?

I am not big on labeling kids between the ages of 3-6 because they are all so different! Tot School, Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten have what I call “blurry lines” and a child doesn’t always fit into a specific grade. The plans I am sharing are appropriate for kids who are learning letters, and basic early childhood skills {rhyming, opposites, basic K math skills, colors, shapes, patterns, etc.}. When you follow along with us, you’ll see how I am working with my students at their own pace, rather than identifying a specific grade level. It is a mix of Pre-K and Kindergarten and will progress as needed. Much of what I create is labeled “Kindergarten” but is appropriate for many younger and even older kids. Use our assessment to guide your choices. Feel free to adjust and choose activities based on where YOUR child is at rather than what GRADE they should be in! That’s the beauty of homeschool!

Will we use the same activities each week, for each letter?

No! If I find my students don’t like a particular activity, I will probably choose something else {unless it is something I feel is absolutely necessary}. There are SO many options, many I have created myself, but they don’t need to do every single letter P printable out there. That’s silly. I will choose several based on what I think they will enjoy and will meet them at their level. It may change from week to week and you’ll be able to see what we use in our Google Slides for each letter, which I plan to post about as we move along!

Is this all we are doing?

No! Our themes will be based on our Kindergarten Literature Units.  We will also be doing a few other things, which you can see in the Google Slides! In addition to sharing our plans {like this post}, I am also writing posts after each week is complete. Stay tuned for Letter P in action!

Solar System Kindergarten Printables

 

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I needed some specific activities to use with my Kindergarten students and wanted a new theme {ages 4 and 5} so I created a new Solar System Theme Kindergarten Pack! It is created using our Kindergarten Literature Unit template, so you will see similarities, however, I did not base this one off of a specific book. Choose your favorite Solar System book and use these printable activities!  Here are some of our recommended books:

Kindergarten Goals

In this free printable pack you’ll find many Kindergarten Math and Literacy Goals to focus on.

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Below you can see many of the activities included:

  • CVC words
  • 3-part cards
  • beginning sounds
  • basic addition
  • size comparing
  • patterns
  • sorting
  • counting
  • missing numbers
  • planet cut-outs
  • rhyming
  • ordinal numbers
  • alphabet cards
  • & more!

Some fun toys to add to your unit:


Download your free printables here!

Looking for a fabulous Kindergarten {& beyond} reading program?

Check out All About Reading!

Kindergarten at Home ~ Letter O, Reading, Math, & More!

I am teaching young children again! Not my own children this time, but the children of a very good friend. See our original post about this adventure here. Each week I plan to share our plans, which I did for Letter O here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

Looking for Past Weeks?

I am excited to share all about our fifteenth week together, with a focus on the LETTER O! In addition to a letter focus each week we do several other things, which I will also share with you. Since I only have my students two days a week {3 hours each day}, we cram a lot into a short time! I also provide their parents with activities to do at home.

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All About Reading Level 1

My students used All About Reading Pre-reading during the first half of the year and after using the placement test from AAR in December, I could see that they were ready to begin Level 1! One of my students is almost 5 and the other is almost 6, and they are academically typical for those ages. We do the same lessons together, but I expect different from each of them.

This week we did lessons 5 & 6. It is so fun watching them learn to read!

 

Letter O Fun

We enjoyed several different activities, most from my site! I will link everything we used below! These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

The Letter O activities shown below are included with our Ultimate PreK/Kindergarten @ Home Membership – which is the best way to get your hands on everything we offer, see the cost savings here!

Below you can see AK and Ki doing the following activities:

 

 


Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter O

While the kids color I tell them the story and we review the items on the display board {shapes, colors, numbers}. They also do tracing at home for homework and take the verse bracelet home!


Letter O Toys & Puzzles

I love setting up fun letter displays and playing with the items. See more ideas here!

 

The kids enjoy playing with the toys and reading the books. Another hands-on activity I have them do is bring in objects from home that begin with the letter we are studying. Each week I take a photo of them with the objects they bring in and then I edit it and we have a photo album of each letter! Here’s their letter O photo:

 

Letter O Books

We read tons of books featuring the Letter O! See all of our Letter O book ideas here!

 

Math

For math, I am selecting goals to focus on and using activities to work on those goals. I have been creating several activities to help with their goals, which you can download for free here on our math resources webpage. These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

Below you can see photos of them working on:

You Can Read Word Family AN

We are using You Can Read Word Families in addition to our reading lessons. Word families are a great way to build confidence in reading CVC words. It also helps us review rhyming, and focus on word patterns. We are taking 2 weeks for each word family, this week we started the _aN family. These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

 

Over in the Arctic Literature Unit

We usually focus on a literature unit for 2 weeks, as a fun extension. This week we started Over in the Arctic! We loved learning about arctic animals and we even made snow! These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

 

Exploring Chameleons with Ivy Kids Kits

Ivy Kids Kits are incredible! We have been reviewing kits for a long time now and the boxes never disappoint!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent  The Mixed Up Chameleon for this review!

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle, is a delightful story about a small green chameleon that wished to be handsome like a flamingo, smart like a fox, and funny like a seal. The Mixed-Up Chameleon will delight children with its interactive art, funny antics, and heartwarming message.

Some Activities From Our Box…

If you’ve been following along, you know I am teaching two young students right now. Read all about that adventure here! My two students also have two siblings who joined in on our Ivy Kids Kit fun! Since my own youngest child is getting too old for Ivy Kids Kits {sniff sniff}, I will be featuring future kits with this awesome family, with kids ages 4, 5, 6, and a sweet baby who tags along!

Here is a peek inside of this kit and ALL of the amazing activities and supplies included.

Crafts are very popular with these kiddos and Ivy Kids sent them sibling add-on supplies so they could each have one!

There are always several games included, you can see them enjoying some of the games below!

The Chameleon Lunch game and the Letter Snatch Game were lots of fun!

Writing fun!

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our other Ivy Kids Kits, click on the images below to take a peek inside of each kit we have loved!

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