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Alphabet Matching Game!

August 17, 2017
Alphabet Matching Game!

  This matching game is fun and easy to set up. Win-win for everyone! Materials: bottle caps/ping pong balls (or some object that floats if you intend to use water) permanent marker paper clip clear tape fishing pole/stick string magnet pool/bucket chart of the alphabet for the game – Alphabet Game Make the “Fish”...
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Word Scramble Game

May 9, 2017
Word Scramble Game

Word Family Scramble 1. Choose words that your child is familiar with. Cut out letters that are in those words then mix up the letters. Tell them the word they are trying to unscramble. 2. For beginners, include only the letters for the word you want them to spell. For instance: if you want...
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Word Family Sorting Cards

May 9, 2017

Word Family Sorting Cards Materials: Word Family Cards (PDF) or make your own word cards Steps: Using the word cards have your child start by sorting the words by first letter, then by the last letter. Does your child see any words that end with the same two letters? Let them discover the middle letter...
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Word Family Wheels

May 9, 2017
Word Family Wheels

Word Family Wheels Materials: cardboard or round cake base pen/pencil brad or fastener compass stickers to decorate the front (optional) Cut two large circles out of cardboard.  Using a compass, make one circle about 7 1⁄2” in diameter and the other 8 1⁄2” in diameter.If you don’t have a compass to make the circles, you can trace...
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Word Families Review Dice Game

May 9, 2017
Word Families Review Dice Game

Word Family Review Die Materials: scissors pen tape Make Die Start with word families for: -un, -ot, -at, -ap, -eg, and -ig Cut dice out on the dotted lines. Write one of the word endings on each side of the dice Fold on the solid lines. Tape flaps to die. Play Game Before you begin the game come up...
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Fun Activity for Vowel Teams!

March 14, 2013
Fun Activity for Vowel Teams!

  Vowel Teams I was looking for games and activities for my early readers and came across this great website: Lanternfish!  This activity came for there. I downloaded the cards and started coloring!  It’s very relaxing and I knew my students would enjoy them.  So now they are on construction paper and laminated and...
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Easter Bunny

April 5, 2012
Easter Bunny

Reinforce the alphabet with this coloring sheet.  Have your child connect the dots with upper case letters, lower case letters and numbers 1 – 7.   Tweet
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Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

March 14, 2012
Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

I was thrilled to see my article for beginning readers was published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Beacon newsletter. My article is titled, “Ignite the Love of Reading“. Let me know what you think. I will be speaking at their annual conference in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 31 and...
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Word Families Flip Books

June 14, 2010
Word Families Flip Books

After your child knows her letter sounds and can identify the beginning and ending sound in words, she is ready to work with the vowel sound in the middle. Introducing word families or patterns to your daughter will help build her reading and spelling vocabulary as she begins to see the patterns found in words. Word...
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Playing with Words Through Rhyming

December 12, 2009
Playing with Words Through Rhyming

Rhyming prepares children for beginning reading by “playing” with the letter sounds. In order to rhyme, children need to be able to hear the different letter sounds in words and be able to change the beginning sound to make a new word. Poems, nursery rhymes, jump rope jingles… all help make rhyming fun when...
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