CVC Word Puzzles

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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 word puzzles as a fun way to practice!

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!

Preparation Instructions:

If you’d like to use yours the way we are using ours, with a work mat, follow these instructions to prepare!

Print the work mat and laminate. We printed ours on colored paper. Add Velcro strips to the gray lines.

 

Print the word cards, cut on dotted lines, and laminate. Add Velcro dots to the back of each piece.

Choose the words you want your child to work on and present those! We store our pieces in these storage containers.

 

Want the Bundle?

I have prepared a bundle with all of the word puzzles 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 about the K @ Home Membership here!

You can purchase the bundle here in my shop individually.

 

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 R 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 R Plans

You can see our plans for LETTER R here! You’ll find direct links to things we are using, and other links to help plan a Letter R 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 R 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 R 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 R 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 R in action!

Easter Theme Kindergarten Printables

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I needed some specific activities to use with my Kindergarten students and wanted a new theme so I created a new Easter 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 Easter 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
  • beginning sounds
  • basic addition
  • patterns
  • counting
  • missing numbers
  • counting by 10s
  • counting by 5s
  • color words
  • & more!

Download your free printables here!

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

Check out All About Reading!

Kindergarten at Home ~ Letter Q, 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 Q 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 seventeenth week together, with a focus on the LETTER Q! 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.

We do a lot of our school at my dining room table, I love having early childhood activities there again!

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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.

In addition to our All About Reading curriculum, we also use other resources to practice. Below you can see us using our Self-Correcting CVC Word Cards. They sound out the word and flip the card over to see the image.

 

Letter Q 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 Q 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 Q

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 Q 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 Q photo:


Letter Q Books

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


You Can Read Word Family AP

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 _ap family. These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

 

 

LOVE Theme

We did this unit in February so we had fun with some heart theme printables and activities! I based their math around this theme, so math is included below too! These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

All of the activities they did were from our LOVE Theme Kindergarten Pack.

 

 

Solar System 3 Part Cards

We have a new addition to our Montessori Printables collection! All new Solar System Nomenclature cards featuring photographs. If you are planning a Solar System learning 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 Solar System nomenclature card set contains all 8 planets, plus dwarf planet Pluto, the sun, and the moon.

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!

 

Download your FREE Solar System Nomenclature Cards here!

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