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Family Fun – Lesson 17 – Long U Sound

Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in Beginning Reading, CVC words, Early Literacy, Final e Rule |

Here comes that “magic e” again. This time it’s changing the short u sound to long u! Family Fun – Lesson 17 I can change vowel sounds in words by adding final e. Objective: To change vowel sounds in words by adding the final e. (RF.K.3) Materials: chalkboard, magic wand. Procedures: Ask your child to spell “tub” on the chalkboard. Tell her to place the “magic e wand” at the end of the word. Explain that this word no longer says “tub” but by adding the “magic” e at the end of the word, the word has changed to “tube”....

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Family Fun – Lesson 16 – Word Families

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Final e Rule, onset-rime, Phonics, Reading Games, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading, Word Families |

Make learning time feel like play time with Duplo blocks! Family Fun – Lesson 16 I can sort words by their word family. Objective: To sort words by their word family. (RF.K.2) Materials: Duplo blocks, labels, markers Procedures: Choose word families that you would like your child to practice. Write them in red on labels. Attach the labels to Duplo blocks. With a black marker, write decodable words from each word family on labels and attach the labels to more blocks. Your child will choose a block, read the word and connect it to the...

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Family Fun – Lesson 15 – Sight Words

Posted by on Jul 3, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Sight Words, Spelling, Teaching Reading |

Yum! What could be more fun than writing in chocolate pudding. Especially when you lick your finger between words! Family Fun – Lesson 15 I can identify new sight words. Objective: To identify sight words: again, pretty. (RF.K.3) Materials: pudding, sight word cards, dish Procedures: Place a thin layer of pudding on a dish. Tell your child she is going to learn two new sight words. Display the sight word “again” and read it to your child. Have your child trace “again” with her finger. Then she will copy the word by writing it in the...

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Family Fun – Lesson 14 – Writing Prompt for Book 3 Rose

Posted by on Jun 25, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Phonics, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts |

This writing prompt will have your child focusing on descriptive words about her home and backyard. Family Fun – Lesson 14 I can write about my home and backyard. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.2) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Talk about Rose’s home such as its color and location. Discuss the things she saw in the grove. Ask your child to write about her home and things she might see in her yard. Encourage her to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use...

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Family Fun – Lesson 13 – Book 3 Rose

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Final e Rule, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading |

Meet Rose, an adorable little girl who lives in Pine Grove. Who is that little animal peeking his nose out of a hole? Read this story to find out! Family Fun – Lesson 13 I can read the story, Rose. Objective: To fluently read the story, Rose. (RF.K.4) Materials: Rose (Set 15, Book 3) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Who is the main character? What kind of trees are those. What is on the ground under the trees? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the...

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Family Fun – Lesson 12 – Sight Word Memory Game

Posted by on Jun 7, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Early Literacy, Reading Games, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Sight Words, Teaching Reading |

Playing a memory game is always a fun way to practice sight words and the kite cards go along well with our new book, Mike. Family Fun – Lesson 12 I can identify new sight words. Objective: To read sight words: by, white, saw, his, into. (RF.K.3) Materials: sight words cards, instant coffee grounds, tray, kite cutouts, marker Procedures: Tell your child he will learn five new sight words (by, into, white, his, saw). Have him trace each sight word card with his finger, saying the letters and the word. Then he will copy the words in a...

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Fun and Educational Online Activities for a Rainy Day by Jenny Wise

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in Art, exercise, music, Science, Storytelling |

Photo via Pexels Fun and Educational Online Activities For A Rainy Day                              Written by: Jenny Wise The internet is filled with time drains and useless videos, but it is also filled with a mind-boggling range of educational resources and tutorials just waiting to be explored. So, the next time you and the kids are stuck inside on a rainy day, use the opportunity to pick up a new skill, work on a project, or simply spend some quality time together. Exercise Videos Just because you’re inside doesn’t mean you can’t get...

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Family Fun – Lesson 11 – Magic E

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Beginning Reading, CVC words, Early Literacy, Final e Rule, Phonics, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Spelling, Teaching Reading |

A simple dollar store item like this can make learning extra fun! Family Fun – Lesson 1 I can change vowel sounds in words by adding final e. Objective: To change vowel sounds in words by adding the final e. (RF.K.3) Materials: scribble slate, magic wand. Procedures: Ask your child to spell “hop” on the scribble slate Tell her to place the “magic e wand” at the end of the word. Explain that this word no longer says “hop” but by adding the “magic” e at the end of the word, the word has changed to “hope”. When there is a final e, the...

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Family Fun – Lesson 10 – Writing Prompt for Book 2 Mike

Posted by on May 8, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Journal Entry, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading, Writing, Writing Prompts |

For your child, deciding which favorite outdoor activity to write about will be the hardest part of this lesson! Family Fun – Lesson 10  I can write about my favorite outdoor activity. Objective: To use inventive writing to write a story. (W.K.1) Materials: journal, pencil, crayons Procedures: Refer back to the story and name some of the things that Mike liked to do outdoors. Ask your child to write about her favorite outdoor activity. Encourage her to use spaces between words, punctuation at the end of the sentence and to use...

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Family Fun – Lesson 9 – Book 2 Mike

Posted by on May 3, 2018 in Beginning Reading, Comprehension, Decodable Books, Early Literacy, Fluency, Phonics, Phonics Readers, Set 15 Family Fun Lesson Plans, Teaching Reading |

Oh no! This adventurous little boy needs to watch where he is going. To find out what happens, read this funny story. Family Fun – Lesson 9 I can read the story, “Mike.” Objective: To fluently read the story, Mike. (RF.K.4) Materials: Mike (Set 9, Book 2) Procedures: Discuss the cover of the book. Ask questions such as: What is the title of this story? Who is the main character? Where does this story take place? What season is it? Turn to the inside front cover to read and discuss the vocabulary words. Then have your child read the...

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