Letter B 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 B Plans

You can see our plans for LETTER B here! You’ll find direct links to things we are using, and other links to help plan a Letter B unit! I decided to use Google Slides so I can update them easily in the future if needed!

 

Letter B 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 B 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 B 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 are Count Down to Fall next! 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. You can see Letter A in action here!

Letter A Learning in Action

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. Each week I plan to share our plans, which I did for week 1 here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

I am excited to share all about our first week together, with a focus on the LETTER A! In addition to a letter focus each week I am using All About Reading Pre-Reading with them. Since I only have my students two days a week, we cram a lot into a short time! I also provide their parents with activities to do at home also.

All About Reading Lessons

This past week we enjoyed lessons 1-5 in AAR Pre-Reading. I am not doing the letter crafts from AAR in the order of the lessons, but am going to use those with our letter of the week focus. We are moving quickly through the activities that focus on other pre-reading skills and right now the emphasis is RHYMING! The kids loved all of the fun games and Ziggy the Zebra! We also completed the A is for Alligator craft page!

One of our weekly activities is a freebie from All About Reading called “Feed the Puppy.”  With this fun, hands-on activity, they will work on identifying upper and lowercase letters. Each week I will go through the cards with them and they can only feed the puppy the letters they can identify, which is highly motivating to them since they want the puppy to get lots of bones! Highly recommend this activity if you have kids working on letter identification.

 

Letter A Fun

We enjoyed several different activities, most from my site! I will link everything we used below!

Everything shown in this collage is included with our Ultimate 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 {clockwise from top left}:

Activities we did that aren’t pictured:

 

I also really love the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle from Crafty Classroom! The kids enjoyed the following activities this week:

  • Listening Skills
  • Letter Path Trace
  • Cuisenaire Letters

 

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter A

I didn’t get any action shots, but we enjoyed the verse bracelets, and tracing pages this week in addition to the items on the display board!

 

Letter A Toys & Puzzles

I love setting up fun letter displays and playing with the items. See more ideas here! Here’s our Letter A set-up:

Some of the items pictured below, see even more alphabet toy ideas here!


 

 

Letter A Books

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

Forest Animals Montessori Printables – FREE 3 Part Cards

We have a new addition in our Montessori Printables collection! All new Forest Animals Nomenclature cards featuring photographs. If you are planning a forest theme, these free printables will be a great addition.

Many of you incorporate Montessori methods into your homeschooling, as I did when my kids were younger. I hope you enjoy these new free printables!

This new forest animal nomenclature card set contains 18 different woodland animals you might find in a forest!

Unfamiliar with Nomenclature cards, also called 3-Part cards? 

Nomenclature cards are a Montessori based idea. The word Nomenclature comes from the Latin “nomenclatura” which means assigning of names to things. Nomenclature cards are also called “3 part cards” for obvious reasons! Read here on our Montessori page to learn more!

Grab some fun forest animal books and toys to go along with a fun unit featuring forest animals!


 

Download your FREE Forest Animal Nomenclature Cards here!

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More FOREST ANIMAL FUN here!

Read & Write the Room A to Z

Many years ago when I taught Kindergarten I enjoyed using Read & Write the Room with my students. I began using this idea with my own children when they were younger. You can see our original post about this here. Now that it is time for me to teach Kindergarten again, I am bringing the activity back! But first, what is Read & Write the Room? Read below to see and decide if it might be something your child would enjoy.

What is Read & Write the Room?

The concept is very simple. Word cards are placed around the room to be read and as students locate the cards, they write the words on a recording sheet.

 

What is included?

 

Word Cards

Each set includes at least 5 words, some include up to 18 words! These are cut apart and placed around the room. You can also use these cards for other activities {print 2 and play memory!}.

 

Recording Sheets

I offer 5 different recording sheet options, choose what is best for your child!

 

How is Read & Write the Room Set Up?

  • Print the image/word cards and cut apart.
  • Tape these around the schoolroom or school area in your home.
  • Give your child a clipboard, and a pencil and have him/her find the words and record them on the recording sheet you choose.
  • For fun, allow your child to use funny glasses, a fun word pointer, and a special pen or pencil! You could even slip the recording sheet into the Crayola Dry Erase Center or sheet protector, and have your child use a dry erase marker!

 

WHY use Read & Write the Room?

  • Letter Identification ~ This activity is wonderful for children who are learning {or have recently learned} to identify letters.
  • Beginning Sound Practice ~ Since this set focuses on beginning sounds, it is perfect for identifying and learning beginning sounds.
  • Handwriting Practice ~ Instead of sitting at a table and writing words for handwriting practice, this activity gets kids up and moving. Often this simple change helps kids who are reluctant writers. The activity {searching for the word cards} can help them forget that they dislike handwriting practice!
  • Build Vocabulary ~ Your child may not already know the names of all words and this is a great way to build vocabulary.

There are a couple of ways to get your hands on this!

You can buy it here in my Shop!

OR

You can buy a Kindergarten @ Home Membership which will give you access to this and so much more!

Read & Write the Room A to Z is included in Level 2 and Ultimate memberships!

You can read more about Kindergarten @ Home here on my blog, see FAQ here, and see a spreadsheet with cost savings details here!

You’ll notice I just added our Kindergarten Monthly Calendar Notebook Membership {$18 value} to the Ultimate Membership, making the Ultimate membership level an even better deal!

Download Letter A Read & Write the Room for FREE here!

 

 

Build Vocabulary with Word Addiction!

Finding ways to build vocabulary, practice spelling, and have fun are goals of teachers {and parents} everywhere! Recently I was introduced to a new app called Word Addiction, which I am sharing with you today thanks to their team sponsoring this post!

As a homeschooler, I immediately started using the app with education in mind. Since we are spending much more time at home now, this is a fun way to keep kids learning outside of structured homeschool/virtual school time. For those of you new to the homeschool world, I highly recommend adding in educational game time and Word Addiction is a perfect example!

Obviously we all know that the game Scrabble is a great family game and Word Addiction is very similar to this well-loved game, with some different features making it even more exciting! My favorite feature is that you have access to ALL letters, making word-building better for kids {and adults}. The dictionary feature is fabulous! That is a common argument when playing Scrabble at my house! Having the dictionary right there in Word Addiction makes it so easy to look up a word.

 

Word Addiction’s Unique Features:

  • ALL players have access to ALL the letters—ALL the time!
  • Play the first word anywhere on the board.
  • Build words in any direction.
  • Randomly placed BRIDGES allow players to move off the crossword path.
  • Randomly placed BLOCKS stop players from building words in that direction.
  • For all ages and skills— the game is as easy or challenging as the words you play.
  • Pass and Play feature – challenge your friends on one device!
As I mentioned above, at first glance, it appears that Word Addiction is just another version of Scrabble. I agree that the object of Scrabble AND Word Addiction is similar, but the games are played differently.

 

Key Differences:

  • Scrabble Letters have numbers on the letters and perks on the board marked Double Words and Triple letters etc. Word Addiction letters are color-coded: 10 Points for RED letters, 5 Points for TEAL letters, and 1 point for PURPLE letters.

  • The Word Addiction board has BRIDGES AND BLOCKS. Simply stated—the BRIDGES extend word making and it helps the players move on the board. BLOCKS simply block word building for all players. Players usually start a game near a Bridge. When a letter from either player touches a BRIDGE and the BRIDGE changes color, players can access that BRIDGE and add a new word on the other side of the BRIDGE. In the example below, the word DRIVE was built up to a block on the left-hand side, so another word cannot be formed on the right-hand side of the block.

 

Personal Thoughts

I love Scrabble and I love Word Addiction! Personally, learning new rules is a challenge for me so that was a bit difficult to get used to. I greatly prefer Word Addiction’s layout, having access to all of the letters, and rolling the dice to see how many letters I can use is very helpful to me. Playing on my phone was a bit difficult, my fingers had a hard time grabbing the letters from the perimeter of the board. It is much better on a larger device! I mostly played the Solitaire version, at the beginner level. Since I am not a super Scrabble player, beginner is my speed. I did try the “Random Opponent” feature but had a hard time with the game timing out waiting for the other player – this could be due to my phone service/internet though. We are heading to the beach soon and I plan to bring out this game for us to play together!

How to Get Word Addiction

You can download this app for free here in iTunes or here in the Google Play store. There are in-app purchases available but you can play for free all through the beginner level and earn stars to unlock the next levels.