About Me

I'm a mom, a teacher, a student, a wife, and a scout leader. I am actually an education major currently working on my practicum in a 2nd grade classroom. I also home school my two children. I'm also a cub scout leader, a girl scout leader, and at church I'm the children's music leader. ;) I tend to stay a little busy. My state requires homeschoolers to keep a portfolio. I am going to use this blog as my portfolio.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Learning Activities on a Budget

My kids love learning activities and I love it when they love learning but I love it even more when it doesn't cost much or take too much effort on my part. I can't help it... I'm lazy and have lots to do so I don't want to spend hours creating things. It's just not in me. Right now, my son (5) is learning to read. Here's a video of him reading... it's not that exciting but he was excited and so were his parents so it's okay. :) Anyways, I've been looking for things to make his reading practice fun. So, here is something that I saw a picture of and then just went with it.
This one was easy. I just bought a book of index cards (we went with neon colors b/c I thought it was more fun) with the spiral thingy on it for $1.30 or so. Then I cut all the pages into thirds so each third would turn on its own and then I put letters on it. Easy peasy!! I read where they're lettered different ways but I did A-Z on the first third, vowels only in the middle and consonants only on the end. My son saw it after I was finished and without telling him anything about it he started playing with it and making up his own words. Love it!!

The second one that I made was completely free but I can't take credit for it. I got it from a friend of mine who runs the blog Children, Cakes, and Creations. Here is what I did. I went to Wal-mart and picked up a bunch of those little paint samples. Make sure the big ones have the little hole in them as seen in the second picture. This is mainly to work on rhyming. I put the last part of the words on the big ones and then the first couple of letters on the smaller ones. See pictures below b/c this description makes no sense. The pictures tell it better. :)

Now both my kids are rhyming away!! :)

1 comment:

alecia said...

:) so awesome!