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A Beginning Letter Sounds Hunt for Toys to Wash

To delve further into prepping to read this summer, we’re moving onto reviewing and learning beginning letter sounds. Henry has learned his letter sounds this past year, so this is a great review for him. George is not to this point on his reading journey, so this is entirely new for him and more just as […]

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Pre-Reading Books Perfect for Quiet Reading

I’ve been sharing pre-reading activities to learn the alphabet as part of a series this summer to keep and get the boys ready for reading. How about some books to do during our quiet reading? We’ve finally found the perfect time and place for quiet reading. It’s so peaceful. We head outside. After supper, in […]

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Learning Upper and Lowercase Letters on the Sidewalk

This week continuing on our journey to reading this summer, we went outside to review [& learn] upper and lowercase letters! A Mom with a Lesson Plan [check out her new look, oolala!], is sharing easy ways to read 20 minutes a day today, so be sure to pop over and get those tips! No Time for Flash […]

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20+ Activities to Start Learning Letters

To continue on our quest to reading, we’re continuing on reviewing [for Henry] and learning letters [for George] right now. They have to know them before reading, right? Be sure to check out what Jillian of A Mom with a Lesson Plan is sharing about Reading Rewards today for our summer reading program! The very […]

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Recognizing & Building with Letter Blocks

With this letter block activity, I built on George’s current knowledge of letters and stuck them into something he always loves! Blocks! Last week for the Summer Reading Series with A Mom with a Lesson Plan [she's sharing a book report template today!], I shared the beginning stage of introducing letters with a fun and […]

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Magic Letter Learning!

As part of the Summer Reading program I’m doing alongside A Mom with a Lesson Plan and Creative with Kids, I’m going to work through the areas of learning that needs to be learned before actually reading. First on the list is learning letters, or even simpler: letter recognition. I’ve already collected tons of ideas […]

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Summer Reading with Quiet Reading too!

Today is the start of something big, and something really important for our kids… but, its also something I don’t normally share about here. Reading. We’ve always been big into reading here… but its never been on the forefront of my mind of sharing what we’re reading with you guys, mostly because we like to […]

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Spot the Sight Word

A new thing for us. Henry’s learning sight words! This has been such a treat to practice with him. I set up a simple ‘assignment’ [wow, am I the homework mom now?] to begin learning sight words. Henry mastered his letters long ago, and recently also [apparently] mastered letter sounds [that’s all from preschool, we […]

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12 Best Interactive Books for Kids

Interactive books are great for really getting the kids involved in what they’re reading. What Do We Do All Day? is generously sharing 12 of the best interactive books for kids! Get the kids interactive by reading books on the iPad too! I’m so delighted that Jamie has invited me to share my love of children’s […]

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A ‘Counting Up’ Countdown to Back to School

Henry’s getting pretty excited to get back to school in a few days. We had a preschool open house the other night, so Henry got to check out his new classroom and officially meet the teacher and her aide [though he already knew his teacher personally]. The following day we had a home visit from […]