St. Patrick’s Day Beginning Sounds Freebie

St. Patrick’s Day Beginning Sounds Freebie I thought I would surprise you all with a cute St. Patrick’s Day activity, seeing as it’s only a couple of weeks away! Best of all, the entire unit is FREE! Click on any of the pictures to download it and if you decide to try it out, please leave a comment letting me know how it worked for you! So… let’s see what’s included! Firstly, there is a coloured matching activity. I LOVE all things colourful and beautiful images make learning more fun – at least, they do for me 😉 To prepare the activity for use, print all the pages (cardstock is preferable, but not necessary), laminate them for durability and then cut out the pots and shamrocks. If you’re going to use these in your classroom yearly and are worried about little fingers picking away at the edges and un-sticking the laminating that you have done, you can cut out the pictures BEFORE laminating and then, once laminated, you cut out around the shape leaving a small edge of “lamination”. Of course, this does require cutting two times… I guess this is a good time to call in your parent helpers 😉 The aim of this St. Patrick’s Day activity is for children...
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Glow in the Dark Sight Words

Glow in the Dark Sight Words I know that I’m not the only one who loves to buy anything colourful, anything cute or anything new from the stationary section at the store – even if it’s from Woolworths… which is where I bought my Neon Sharpies! I must have been bored one day, ’cause I read the text on the packet in which my new and unused sharpies were encased. And then my heart jumped a beat – “fluoresces under black light”. Black light… hmm… hadn’t I just seen some guy on Facebook showing how to make black light with an iPhone? Yes, I had! But I needed something much better than an iPhone light. After a remarkable effort of cleaning out the garage, my hubby finally found the camping flashlight – I was overjoyed! I got to work making the black light using the instructions I found on Instructables – thank you, Google search 😉 And then I had fun with some sight words printables! I mean, how cool do the sight words word find pages look??! Even though the blue and pink didn’t do well under the black light, the other colours looked marvelous! I also bought some “fluro” paint to use on my sight word q-tip printables…...
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Mazes for Preschool and Kindergarten

Mazes for Preschool and Kindergarten Let’s talk fine motor skills before I show you the mazes unit I’ve been working on! Why is strengthening the small muscles in your kiddos’ fingers so important? Well, not only do those tiny muscles help with a number of every day skills, such as buttoning up a shirt, cutting, and constructing with Lego, they also help to develop good pencil control in preparation for writing. Mazes are a really fun way to develop pencil control because they provide kiddos with the opportunity to practice moving their pencil along a path, stopping at specific points, and changing direction before continuing towards the end. Sooo… I happened to find some very cool maze clip art and decided to make a set of picture mazes. But wait, it gets better: these are beginning sounds mazes! How cool is that!? You can focus on beginning sounds and build fine motor and pencil skills all in one fun, hands-on activity. Filip has been very busy playing with his cousins, who we are babysitting for a few days, and so I decided to try out the mazes myself. Of course, you would ask your kiddos to trace the path with their finger first, then with a pencil. I’m a bit more clever than your average preschooler or...
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Preschool Winter Activities

Preschool Winter Activities I just finished a new Preschool activity packet and wanted to share some of the work Filip and I did today. (This unit is available for purchase in my TpT store; I have included some freebies for you to try when you download PREVIEW here.) The activity Filip was most excited about was the snowman maze. He suggested he trace the path to the black snowman with his finger first, in case he made any mistakes. Then Filip used a pencil and finished the activity by dotting along the pencil line. We also did a beginning sounds cut and paste activity. My little man has become so confident at identifying beginning sounds, and it makes my mummy heart happy to see him excited about his progress! We also did a CVC activity. I coloured the pictures for Filip and he dotted the correct word. I’d just like to add a note here to let you know that I have updated this page as all the correct answers were on the left. Oopsy! We also did a rhyming activity. I initially explained to Filip that rhyming words have the same ending. However, we also have to listen at the ending because sometimes words are spelled differently, even though they sound the same (such...
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Preschool Letter X

Preschool Letter X (Throughout this Preschool Letter X post, click the hyperlinked text to take you to the complete unit in my TpT store/original resource link, or click the pictures to get the freebies!) Letter X… Is it OK if I don’t like this letter? I mean, besides “x-ray”, are there any words that begin with the “x” sound? It is an impossible letter to teach, unless you teach it as an ending sound, or teach its 2 sounds from the beginning… which we are not. Anywho, here’s what we did on our single day of Preschool Letter X! We started with a Letter Find page. And moved on to our CVC word work page. (Just in case you’re wondering, Filip DID ask why all the Xs are at the end of the words!) We also did a CVC word building activity. In the past, I usually kept the words intact and Filip just glued them on whole. This time, I asked my little man to cut out each letter to see whether he could sequence the letters correctly as he really struggles with this when writing. But he did really well! We finished the day off with a letter craft: X for Xylophone and x for x-ray. And there you have it: Letter X...
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I'm Lavinia
a child of God,
wife, mother of 4,
Sunday School teacher and a lover of cute graphics!