Letter M 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 adventure here. Each week I plan to share our plans, which I did for Letter M 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 thirteenth week together, with a focus on the LETTER M! 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 4 and the other is 5, and they are academically typical for those ages. We do the same lessons together, but I expect different from each of them.

 

Letter M 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 M 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 M

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 M 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 M photo:

 

Letter M Books

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

 

Math

For math, I am selecting goals to focus on and using activities to work on those goals. After assessment in December, I realized we needed to work on identifying, writing, and ordering numbers 1-20. I created several activities to help with this, 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}:

Their favorite activity is Roll and Trace. We began with numbers 5-10, but will continue to increase the numbers each week.

We started work on our number activity book.

 

I created these Cut and Glue Number Order worksheets but I laminated ours and added velcro dots so we could use them over and over again! We do one a day and they also take them home for homework.

 

Clip the Number is a simple way to review ten frames and counting. They are working on numbers 1-20.

You Can Read Word Family AT

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

 

When it Starts to Snow Literature Unit

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

For our winter theme, I got out our Winter Sensory Bin, which they LOVED!

 

Free Play

They love playing with my toys, I am so glad I kept my favorites! The Mini Muffin Match Up is a favorite, and yes, my cat almost always plays with them!

 


 

 

Letter M 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 M Plans

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

 

Finish the Picture ~ M-R

Finish the Picture M, N, O, P, Q, R

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

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Letters M, N, O, P, Q and R are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you want all of them you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Finish drawing a moose, a necklace, an octopus, a penguin, a quilt and a rabbit!

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Download M, N, O, P, Q, R for free here!

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

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Drawing Tutorial Printables M through R

Let's Draw Printables - M, N, O, P, Q, R

We have a new set of Let’s Draw A-Z Printables for you! Letters M, N, O, P, Q and R 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.

Each page features a heading which can be colored, the drawing tutorial, and a space for drawing. The space is at the bottom of the page so you can easily trim it off to just keep your child’s drawing. Let’s Draw a monkey, nightingale, owl, penguin, quail, and rabbit!

Monkey Drawing Tutorial Nightingale Drawing TutorialOwl Drawing Tutorial Penguin Drawing TutorialQuail Drawing Tutorial Rabbit Drawing Tutorial

Download M, N, O, P, Q, R for free here!

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

Let's Draw A to Z

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Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

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Animal Alphabet Coloring Pages M-R

Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables M through R

We have a new set of Animal Alphabet Coloring Printables for you! Letters M through R 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.

Each letter features an animal and a fun coloring picture to go along. M is for mouse, N is for narwhal, O is for owl, P is for penguin, Q is for quail and R is for rhino!

M is for Mouse Coloring Page N is for Narwhal Coloring PageO is for Owl Coloring Page P is for Penguin Coloring PageQ is for Quail Coloring Page R is for Rhino Coloring Page

You will also find the name of the animal at the bottom of the coloring page too. This helps with print awareness in young children. These coloring pages are a great addition for children who are learning their letters and love to color! 

Download M-R for free here!

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

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Grab A-F here and G-L here!

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Looking for more ABC ideas, check out our ABC Pinterest board here!

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