Dot Fun Alphabet Review

The kids I am teaching are working on letter identification and beginning sounds. You can see our Kindergarten homeschool plans here! I created this review activity for them to review the letters we have learned. We are about 5 weeks into our learning together, see all of our posts featuring this adventure here!

Our new Dot Fun Alphabet Review is a great way to review letter identification. Each page features 3-4 letters {upper and lowercase} and the child uses specific colors to identify each letter.

 

We are doing a letter of the week style and at the end of week 4, we used this to review letters A-D.

I recommend using Dot Paint, kids love this! If you don’t have Dot Paint, just use crayons, markers, colored pencils, or whatever you have!


 

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!

Dot Fun Alphabet Review 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 recently added our Kindergarten Monthly Calendar Notebook Membership {$18 value} to the Ultimate Membership, making the Ultimate membership level an even better deal!

Download Letters A-D Dot Fun Review for FREE here!

Cut, Mix, Sort, and Glue Alphabet Review

The kids I am teaching are working on letter identification and beginning sounds. You can see our Kindergarten homeschool plans here! I created this review activity for them to review the letters we have learned. We are about 3 weeks into our learning together, see all of our posts featuring this adventure here!

 

Option #1

The first option is a simple worksheet with boxes at the top and an uppercase letter in each box. The bottom has a cutting strip featuring the lowercase letters and two items that begin with that letter.

The child cuts out the items and mixes them up. If you want a one-time use activity – have your child sort and glue in the boxes. If you want a multi-use activity, laminate the page and use it again and again!

 

Option #2

The other option features four large letters on a page and small items to cut out on a different page. There are 2 lowercase letters for each letter as well as four different items that begin with the letter.

This activity is a bit more difficult due to the extra items to glue on. Your child will cut them out {or you can}, mix them up, sort them, and glue them on the appropriate letter! This makes a nice poster to hang up or keep in a notebook for review!

 

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!

Cut, Mix, Sort, & Glue A-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 recently added our Kindergarten Monthly Calendar Notebook Membership {$18 value} to the Ultimate Membership, making the Ultimate membership level an even better deal!

Download Letters A-D Cut, Mix, Sort, & Glue for FREE 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!

 

 

Country by Country World Geography Curriculum

Geography is something I want my kids to know. I think this comes largely from me growing up feeling inadequate in this area. I did not have a good grasp on locations and names of places in our world and this bothered me. As a way to be sure my children are exposed to every single country in the world at least once, I created Country by Country! Many geography curriculums touch on major countries, but I didn’t like ignoring the smaller countries and territories. This project took me a year to complete and involved much research! I personally learned so much while creating it!


How do I get this?

You can purchase individual units and extras, or purchase the Country by Country Bundle for the best deal. Once you purchase the bundle {home use here, group use here}, you can print everything as often as you need and use it now and in the future! Plus you’ll get access to anything I add in the future {if I come up with new ideas}.


What is included?

The main component is the Country by Country notebook for each continent. Every country and territory is included. On each page, you’ll find a place to write the country’s name and the capital city’s name. There is also a small map of each country and a large blank map of the continent to color in the country’s location on the map. I also included the country’s flag to color and one interesting fact about each country. The individual pages are simple on purpose so kids don’t feel overwhelmed. I didn’t want this to be busy work and by keeping it simple, it shouldn’t overwhelm most kids. The fun facts are chosen randomly, much research went into this and with each fact, I tried to choose something that would interest kids. Use Google to find more fun facts about each country if your child is interested!

Each continent notebook also includes the following:

  • List of countries and capitals
  • Visual flag list
  • Various maps
  • Additional info as needed {regions, territories, etc.}

Country by Country EXTRAS!

In addition to the main Country by Country notebook shown above, each continent also has flashcards, quizzes, and Jeopardy to go along!

Flashcards

We offer flashcards, that can be completed as your child learns each country. Use these cards as a display in your classroom or as a way to review countries your child has done.

 

Quizzes

Another way to expand is by using our quizzes! These are a great way to review the capitals and locations of countries.

 

Jeopardy

If you have multiple children, I highly recommend playing Jeopardy! You can mix and match as your children work through different continents. Be sure to utilize the DIY cards included in each set to create your own questions based on what your children are learning.

See my kids playing Jeopardy here!


Ages & Grades

Country by Country can be used with a variety of ages, making it easier to teach multiple students at once time. Since the curriculum does involve some copy work, I recommend using it once your child is capable of writing letters independently. This curriculum can be used as a simple exposure to the countries of the world all through elementary, middle school, and high school if desired. The target age is upper elementary and middle school.


Expanding the Curriculum

You can choose to keep this as simple as your child completing the page for one country per day! There are also many ideas for expanding the curriculum if you choose. One simple way is to look up the country of the day together online. If you are a planner, you can look it up ahead of time and bookmark anything you find – videos, articles, photos. My kids are usually interested in the animals and landmarks, so we often look those up to learn fun facts!

Books

I recommend adding in books to go along with the continent being studied. We choose our family read-aloud based on this. Last year we enjoyed two books set in Africa while my kids were working through Africa Country by Country. The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind and A Long Walk to Water. We have book recommendations for each continent, I am adding to these lists as I find more books! I have not read all of these, this is where I gather books that are set in specific countries. You can see my lists by clicking on the links below.

 

Continent Boxes

If you want to add even more, you can see how we used Continent Boxes in the past. This is a great way to add in hands-on learning, especially if you have young kids!

 

Country Notebooking Pages

For older kids, use our country notebooking pages to have your child choose a certain number of countries per continent to do deeper research on.

 


Get a Binding Machine

I highly recommend buying a binding machine! This is what we use to put our Country by Country notebooks together!


Grab YOUR Bundle!

The best way to get your hands on all that Country by Country has to offer is by purchasing the bundle. You will be given access to a private password-protected webpage with direct links to download all components! You will have access to the following for each continent immediately:

  • Country by Country {the main component}
  • Jeopardy
  • Flashcards
  • Quizzes

SALE!

The bundle is on sale through the end of August 2020 since I know many families are entering the homeschooling world thanks to Covid-19, I wanted to offer the discount a bit longer than planned for this reason! The total value of the bundle currently is over $65. The bundle’s regular price will be $45 but it is currently listed for only $32!

You can purchase the group option for use in a classroom or co-op! See the group option here – all of the same printables, but with the freedom to use outside of your own home with your classroom students!

If you’d like to purchase separately, you can do so by continent bundles, or by individual items. Click here to see all purchasing options!

 

Over in the Arctic Kindergarten Literature Unit

Kindergarten Literature Unit Over in the Arctic

We have a another new Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack which is expanded to include more activities than our units in the past! Explore the Arctic with this new set based on the book Over in the Arctic by Marianne Berkes.

Set the stage for your unit by gathering extra books and some toys! It helps to draw your child in and get her/him excited about your learning time together.

Don’t have a lot of toys and books to go along with this book? Ask friends, go to the library, or buy some things you think might be a good long term investment for your homeschool!

Be sure to purchase the book Over in the Arctic, or check it out from your library. In addition to the main book, I recommend adding in other fun POLAR ANIMAL books and some stuffed or toy animals to bring the theme alive!

Polar Animals Books for Kids


For this unit, I selected several Kindergarten Math and Literacy Goals to focus on.

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

There are over 20 activities to keep your Kindergartener engaged for quite awhile! Many tots, preschoolers and even 1st graders will enjoy this set! The main focus is Kindergarten but that isn’t exclusive! Below you can see a collage of all the printables included! Click each image to enlarge!

Over in the Arctic Printables (1)  Over in the Arctic Printables (2)

Over in the Arctic features a fun book filled with Arctic animals! Children can learn about these marvelous creatures while they count the animals and sing to the rhythm of the whimsical children’s tune, "Over in the Meadow."

The printables were created to go along with the story as you will see in the photos below! Connecting your activities to a book is such a great way to weave a literacy rich learning environment into your homeschool in such a natural and fun way!

Have fun retelling the story and expanding comprehension with our comprehension questions, photo cards, and sequencing activities!

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Explore beginning sounds, animal names, sentence structure, sight words,  rhyming and more with these fun activities!

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Explore important Kindergarten math concepts with several different activities.

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Use this printable for some practice with shapes and colors!

Over in the Arctic Printables (41)

Have fun with find the difference, tracing, and shadow matching.

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Expose some geography skills by discussing the animals who live in the Northeast Greenland National Park. Use our printable maps and animal charts as well as our discussion ideas.

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Over in the Arctic Kindergarten Literature Unit is here in my Shop!

Over in the Arctic Kindergarten Literature Unit

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