Tag Archives: reading

Free Jan Brett Printables

Homeschool Creations is offering free printable for Jan Brett’s book, The Mitten.

The site says the pack includes fun activities to tie in with the story ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, a tracer page, sequencing cards, a fun song, beginning sound cards, counting activities and more!

Just under the download link there are links for more great activities including Jan Brett activities and a link to read The Mitten online.


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The Runaway Bunny–Free Printables

I love Margaret Wise Brown books, so when I found out Homeschool Creations was offering fun printables for The Runaway Bunny, I just had to post it.

The printables are suited for Pre-K and Kindergarten kids. The kit includes the following:

~ vocabulary words

~word tracer cards


~syllable counting

~story sequencing

~1:1 counting and more

They are intended to help extend some of the learning from the story itself.

Just under the download link  are a few more links for more printables for this book and others.


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Just In Time for Back-To-School

These cute ABC flashcards and Wall Cards are just in time for back-to-school. The free download can be found at Living Life Intentionally.

3 Dinosaurs is offering over 100 pages of neat ABC printables using the same graphics. You will find ABC Activities including: Missing letters, Writing Pages, ABC Clip Cards, Stamping Pages, ABC Cards, 3 part ABC Cards, and ABC Matching.


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BOB Books for Beginning Readers–Free

I found a super freebie today…Bob books (Set 1, books 1-3) and supplements to go along with them. Walking by the Way is offering these fantastic goodies.

I used BOB books with my daughter when she was little, and I used them with my kindergarten students when I was still teaching. I wish printable activities and sheets had been around back then.



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Fun Free Game Site

I found a fun site today called ABCya! The creator is a public school teacher. Her games are geared for children in K-5th grade.

Here is what the site says: was designed with a focus on parents, teachers and children.  The services and features on the website reflect our focus.

The navigation features of the website are simple and straightforward.  The homepage provides links to six main grade level categories: Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade.  The grade level categories are broken down by content categories: Letters, Numbers, More (shapes, social studies, art) and Holidays.

With the guidance of an adult, children will be able to successfully navigate the website..

Grade level lessons incorporate areas such as math and language arts while introducing basic computer skills. Many of the kindergarten and first grade activities are equipped with sound to enhance understanding. Fun children’s Holiday activities are available in grade level sections!

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February Fun–Freebies

Thought I would post a few neat freebies for February fun.

Funnix is offering their beginning reading program for free until February 16th. After February 16, the price goes to $38.00.



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It Will Happen

I remember when my daughter was learning to read. She was so excited and frustrated at the same time. My sweetie has dyslexia and other learning challenges that made that special time in a child’s life rather difficult.

I was teaching at a private Christian school at the time, and she was also enrolled. We worked extra hard at home so she wouldn’t have as hard a time in class the next day. Her teacher was very loving. She worked hard to make my daughter feel normal. No matter how hard we all worked, she knew she was different. That made me sad, and it frustrated her to no end.

I explained to her that she was not the problem, it was the fact that she learned differently. I assured her she was smart, and sooner or later, she would be reading books she enjoyed.

She loved listening to me read to her, but reading on her own was not her idea of fun. I thought she would never learn to read, or never learn to read well. Because reading was such a challenge for her, she hated it. I tried everything under the sun to make it fun for her.

Time ended up being our best friend in the long run. She finally found books she WANTED to read. They were a bit younger than what other kids her age were reading, but that was the least of my concerns. I was beyond thrilled that she even wanted to read. We quickly visited the book store and found her books.

The bottom line is some kids, even with reading challenges, will read when THEY are ready. She is not a fast reader, but her comprehension is great! Keep your chin up; your child will read.


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Free copy of Stepping Stones for Early Readers

School Sparks is offering a free copy of Stepping Stones for Early Readers. It is an e-book filled with tips for helping your child build confidence and become a successful reader. They use sight words and word families to accomplish this goal.

The e-book also includes other reading resources such as a list of 92 Dolch sight word flashcards, 96 easy-to-read sight word sentences, 10 sight word bingo cards, and 10 word family sliders.

You can also download a free copy of the Early Writing for Little Hands e-book from School Sparks. This e-book includes a summary of how to introduce your child to the letters of the alphabet, ideas for  teaching your child proper pencil grip, and 52 full-color letter tracing worksheets (one worksheet for each uppercase and lowercase letter).


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Read! Build! Write! Vocabulary Mats ~ Free Printables




Homeschool Creations has a post about downloading free Read, Build, and Write mats. It is a fun way to use several senses while practicing word writing with your little one or your classroom. You will need letter tiles or magnetic letters, a vis-a-vis or dry erase marker, card stock, and lamination. The mats come in various color choices.


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Summer Reading Fun

The following post is from Freely Educate:

Join Freely Educate & Random House in the Read & Play Summer Fun Community! Yay! I’ve partnered with Random House, the fab publishing company, to create a Read & Play Summer Fun Community. We are focused on encouraging children to pick up a book and read this Summer, because we hope they’ll then continue to read all year. Any child can be encouraged to love reading, but sometimes he or she is a bit reluctant. Our new community is a gathering place where you are welcome to come and be encouraged, ask questions, join in discussions, share your advice, and even win prizes! For the next two Summer months, I will work with 9 other bloggers as a Community Leader at the new Read & Play Summer Fun Community. Since we are parents, we’ll welcome discussions on any parenting topic, from health to new teeth to organizing your schoolwork! We are also going to work on an upcoming donation drive. In fact, for every comment in the community, Random House will donate a book through FirstBook, their book donation program! Please join me in the community at anytime, and at our Launch Party tomorrow night from 9-10pm EST, where we will be chatting live and giving away prizes. Here’s how you can get involved in our new Read & Play Summer Fun Community: Join our Launch Party Live Chat on Thursday night, June 30th, from 9-10pm EST. We will be giving away books and over $100 in gift cards! I’ll be there, so come say “hi!” Join our Read & Play Summer Fun Community and get involved right away in the discussions. We would love to read your advice or answer your questions! I hope to see you there! Pop in and say “hey” to me when you do.

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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Giveaways/Freebies, Kids


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