Letter D 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 4 {letter D} here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

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I am excited to share all about our fourth week together, with a focus on the LETTER D! 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.

All About Reading Lessons

This past week we enjoyed lessons 16-20 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 on counting the number of words in a sentence, understanding syllables, and rhyming!

In addition to the lessons, we use an awesome freebie from All About Reading called “Feed the Puppy.”   Each week I 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!

Letter D 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 and the Alphabet Curriculum Bundle from Crafty Classroom! The kids enjoyed the following activities this week:

  • Letter Path Trace
  • Cut & Glue Letter D
  • Play Dough Letter D

D is for Daniel Tiger

I added in some fun Daniel Tiger work since they both like the show! They really enjoyed this fun addition for letter D week!

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter D

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 D Toys & Puzzles

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


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. You can see their collection in the bottom right photo below. In the bottom left, you can see them working on a beginning sound sort using our tiny objects. See more about this here!


Letter D Books

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


More Kindergarten/PreK Fun

There’s more than just our letter of the week focus! See more of what we did below!

For math, I am using Interactive Kindergarten Math with them.


While I work with one child, the other has “rug time” which is basically reading books or playing with toys on the rug! This works well and allows me some one on one time with each of them. After we finish they enjoy some rug time together. My daughter joins them during this time, which they LOVE!



They work on their monthly calendar notebooks at home and also with me on the days they are at my house.


Another thing they enjoyed this week was playing POP For Rhyming! It’s such a simple game but is perfect for them since they are still working on rhyming words. I couldn’t find the game online {we have had it for years} but it is from Learning Resources.

Letter D 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!

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Letter D Plans

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


Letter D 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 D Books! I will be using books we own as well as books from the library when able.


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 D 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. Click on the graphics below to see posts from past weeks!



Let’s Draw Dinosaurs ~ Free Printables!

Learn to Draw Dinosaurs  FREE Printables

I love to draw but am not a natural artist. I love drawing tutorials and have used them in my homeschool with my kids for years. When I saw this fabulous set of dinosaur drawing tutorials in a clipart collection I was thrilled to create a set of printables for you to use.

My daughter got her hands on these and loved them!

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There are 6 different dinosaurs included: tyrannosaurus rex, apatosaurus, triceratops, stegosaurus, and pterodactyl. Each dinosaur has a full size page with the drawing steps on the left and a blank area to draw on the right. This way you can easily trim off the tutorial if you want to display just your child’s drawing!

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There is also a set of cards in case you want to print these only, laminate them and add them to your art area!

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Download your free Let’s Draw Dinosaurs printable set here!

Draw Dinosaurs FB

More Dinosaur Fun…

Dinosaur-Theme-Sensory-Bin Dinosaur Work Drawer Labels Dinosaur Train Tot Pack Just Color Dinosaurs

See our Dinosaur  Theme Pinterest board here!

Dinosaur Pinterest Board

Finish the Picture ~ Fun Trace & Draw Printables for Kids

Finish the Picture A, B, C, D, E, F

We have a fun new printable set that my daughter has especially enjoyed! Finish the Picture Printables are a fun and simple way to encourage creativity in drawing with a bit of support by providing a traceable outline to get a child started.

Here’s an example of before and after.

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I let her chose which pictures she wanted to do and here are the one she chose! Cute, huh? I wish I would have thought of this idea when she and my boys were younger.  The fear of drawing can cripple some kids and these provide a slight hand-hold with the traceable outline to get them started.

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As you can see I scaled the pages down to print half sheets.  See how to do that here!

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Letters A, B, C, D, E and F are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Finish drawing an alligator, butterfly, cat, dog, elephant and fish!

Finish the Picture Trace and Draw an Alligator Finish the Picture Trace and Draw a ButterflyFinish the Picture Trace and Draw a (3) Finish the Picture Trace and Draw a (4)Finish the Picture Trace and Draw a (5) Finish the Picture Trace and Draw a (6)

Download A, B, C, D, E, F for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

Finish the Picture A-Z

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Ocean Animals Dot Fun Printables

Ocean Animals Dot Fun Printables

Recently we shared a new Ocean Animals Preschool Pack, Ocean Animals Color by Number, Ocean Animals Q-Tip Painting and today we have a brand new Ocean Animals Dot Fun set for you!

This mini printable pack features dot fun letter mazes, dot fun large letters and a dot fun beginning sound activity. The following ocean animals are featured in this pack: crab, dolphin, fish,  jellyfish, octopus, oyster, squid, starfish, stingray, shark, seahorse, turtle and whale.

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Download the Ocean Animals Dot Fun Printables here!


Ocean Animals Dot Fun Printables FB


More Ocean Fun!


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Looking for more theme based printables, see this post!


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