One of many aspects that has been challenging to adjust to in the home schooling arena is the fact that what I make may only be used once or twice. I know there is a possibility that the activities, manipulatives, etc. that I make may be used by Madison, but they may not. She is a completely different learner and may never use these same items I am now creating for Mason. Don’t get me wrong, it is still worth the time to create that which I know is right for each child. I simply had not realized how much I took comfort in finding a good tool that would work year after year when I was teaching in the public school setting.
With that said, earlier this year I had found a cute emergent reader book that I downloaded and printed from thisreadingmama.com. It was a garden theme since we had just planted our garden. Mason loved it, read it once, and had it down pat. We read it maybe two more times, if that, and it was done – forgotten.
The point to this story, you ask?
I love it when something can be repurposed. I am not always able to see how an item can be used in a new unique way. My husband is much better at this than I. He saw the garden emergent reader, knew we were ‘done with it’, chopped off the sentence, separating it from the picture. Now Mason’s task was to match the sentence to the picture. Perfect! It was great as a new fresh spin on an activity Mason was already familiar with, and it also gave us an idea of how much of the sentences he was reading simply from context as opposed to actually knowing the words. I may also have Mason draw his own pictures for the sentences. Can’t wait to try it!
- We have started a new lapbook covering Creation. The first activity was a cute mini-book that showed a picture of each day and what was created that day. Mason enjoyed tracing the words on each page: ‘Day 1’, ‘Day 2’, etc. As he completed a page, we read that portion of the creation account together.
- Here is a picture of the mini book as an accordian book. We, however, simply stapled ours on the side as a normal book. (Our little book has gone missing at this time, hence the lack of a picture!)
- This link will take you to the site to download the creation mini book.
Sight Word Practice
- Using the Dolch sight words, I created a set of PowerPoints. Each Power Point presentation is comprised of 10 sight words and a sentence to accompany each of the words, as well as a list review slide at the end. We reviewed Lists 2-4. This could be a great way to do a spelling list if desired.
- As another sight word practice activity, I printed a ‘Color by Sight Word’ coloring sheet.
(Click the pic to download.)
- This is the activity described in the post above. Mason had to match the sentences to the correct story pictures.
Word Blend Review
- We reviewed beginning consonant blends. We looked through the word blend wall cards from 3 Dinosaurs.
- As we read each card, Mason named another word starting with the same blend. (i.e. for ‘bl’ock, he also stated ‘bl’ue)