20 Best Tips
Teaching Textbooks

Goodnight Moon Sequencing Cards – Free Printable

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown was one of our favorite books when the kids were little. I do believe I can still quote the entire book by heart, I know it that well. 

We used the book as a part of our Before Five in a Row studies and years ago I created some go-along printables for the story. Recently though I found some new clip art that was just begging to be put into something *new*. Since we have nieces and nephews, there is always an excuse to create with them! I am going to update the other printables soon, but today I wanted to share a little something new to go along with the book: the Goodnight Moon sequencing cards

In the set, you’ll find both number sequencing and sentence strip sequencing. Your children can either work on number placement (up to 14) and number word identification or reading short sentence strips. 

The number cards can be separated into three pieces: picture card, number, and number word. A set of vocabulary cards is also included in the set if you would prefer to match pictures to word cards. 


Don’t forget to check out the fun activities we worked on in our Goodnight Moon unit (Kaleb looks so little in the pictures!!). 

If you’re ready to work on sequencing with your kids, feel free to download by clicking the green button below. 

Are You a Ladybug – Ivy Kids Kit

A little friend and I have been having some fun with the recent Ivy Kids kit for April based on the book Are You a Ladybug. (Can I tell you how much I really miss this kindergarten/first grade age?? Don’t get me wrong – I love the ages my kids are now, but there’s just something about picture books and the simple painting and creating that I absolutely adore. 

Literature-based learning is really one of my favorite things to do with kids. Over the years we have read so many books together and extended the learning between the covers of the books with so many hands-on activities. Ivy Kids puts all of that wonderful-ness into a box, gathers all the supplies you will need, writes the lesson plans for the activities, and you and your children do the fun stuff together. What’s not to love about that? 

Unboxing Our Ivy Kids Literature Kit


For those of you who aren’t familiar, the above video gives you a peek into what is in an Ivy Kids box and how they are put together. 

Our Ladybug Fun

Katelyn was more than excited to see the box of goodies I brought over to use with her, and over the next few weeks we are going to explore the rest of the box together, but I wanted to give you a quick look at some of the fun things we did together already. 

We worked on number identification and covered the numbers we turned over until all the spots were on the ladybug. The number cards that come with the kit – all perforated for easy take-apart (win!). 


Our favorite activity so far has been recreating the life cycle stages of the ladybug. We used modeling clay to create our own bugs (these were all made by Katelyn, age 6). 

We also read the book together and worked on odd and even number identification. Overall, reading the book and completing three activities today took us about 50 minutes – working on those teeny, tiny eggs from the ladybug took some concentration and time!  There are still ten more activities for us to work on together, and we’ll spend time doing that later this week. 

Here’s what the contents of the entire box hold: 

  • The book Are your a Ladybug by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Realistic Life Cycle Figures: Learn more about the 4 stages of a ladybug’s life by exploring the realistic figures.
  • Ladybug Life Cycle: Match each figure to the corresponding stage of the life cycle. Use the realistic life cycle figures as models for an observational drawing. 
  • Clay Model of the Ladybug Life Cycle: Use the colorful clay to make models of each of the 4 stages of the life cycle: eggs, larva, pupa, and adult ladybug. 
  • Ladybug box: Use paints to decorate a cute and functional ladybug box.
  • Ladybug Painted Rocks: Use paints to create beautiful ladybug rocks.These adorable rocks can be used as paper weights, shelf decorations, or additions to your garden.
  • My Ladybug Garden: Grow your own garden and attract ladybugs with easy to grow forget-me-not seeds. Decorate your planter with ladybugs and painted rocks.
  • Ladybug Spots: Roll and Cover: Roll the dice, find the number on the ladybug board, and cover it with a black pom-pom.  
  • Ladybug Paper Plate Craft: Create your own ladybug by placing the stickers onto the plate. Then find a nice spot to hang your ladybug.
  • Ways to Make 5 : Place different numbers of pom-poms on each side of the ladybug to make a total of 5 spots on the ladybug. How many many ways can you make 5 spots on the ladybug? 
  • Ways to Make 10: Place different numbers of pom-poms on each side of the ladybug to make a total of 10 spots on the ladybug. How many many ways can you make 10 spots on the ladybug? 
  • Catch the Aphids: Catch as many aphids as you can with the ladybug racers! Name the letter and letter sound on each aphid you catch! How many can you get?
  • Ladybug Race: Pull-back the ladybugs and then watch them go! Use the number cards to measure the distance that each ladybug traveled.
  • Odd or Even Spots on a Ladybug: Investigate whether a number is odd or even by dividing it equally between the two sides of a ladybug.
  • Ladybug Frame: Add your favorite photo to this ladybug frame and decorate. 

Check Out Ivy Kids Kits for Your Family

New subscribers to Ivy Kids can save 20% using the code IVY20. Free shipping is always available for orders over $60. Don’t forget that the kits are personalized for your child, so if you have more than one child to work on the kit with, you can add on a sibling kit for $5 more! 

Have you used Ivy Kids before? I’d love to hear your favorite book! 

 

20 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for Where the Wild Things Are

One book that’s been on our shelves for years is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. This was one of our oldest daughter’s favorite books! Perhaps your family has read the book over and over again (believe me, I understand that!) or maybe even watched the go-along movie.  

If your children are crazy over the book, here is a collection of ideas and printables that you can use with your kids or classroom when reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

Activities to Go-Along

Monster & Sailboat Activities

 

Printables

Read the Story Online

If you don’t have a copy of Where the Wild Things Are at home, or if you’d like to do something a little different, read it online here.

 

 

Like this? Don’t miss my post The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities and Crafts

30 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for The Polar Express

Over 30 go-along crafts, activities, and printables for The Polar Express

Our kids still enjoy The Polar Express book by Chris van Allsburg and the go-along movie. When we pull out our stash of Christmas books, it is so much fun to see the favorites and re-read them! No matter how old you are, there is something magical about the Christmas season!

Here is a collection of activities, crafts, and printables that you can use with your kids or classroom when reading (or watching) The Polar Express.


Activities to Go-Along

hot-chocolate-sensory-bin-scooping

Polar Express Crafts

pom-pom-hot-cocoa-mug-craft-for-kids

Snacks & Yummies

graham-cracker-train

Science Tie-ins

polar-express-science

Printables

Read the Story Online

If you don’t have a copy of The Polar Express at home, or if you’d like to do something a little different, read it online here (read by Liam Neeson). 

 

The Snowy Day Activity Ideas

Like this? Don’t miss my post 35 Activities, Crafts, and Printables for The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats.

activities, crafts, and printables to go along with The Snowy Day

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Crafts, Activities, and Printables

Brown Bear, Brown Bear crafts, activities, and printables

One of the first books we read to each of our children was Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. Full of colors and word patterns, it was always a favorite with both the kids and parents.  We talked about animals, sounds they made, learned colors, and tried to guess which animal was coming next. 

Beyond that, there are so many art ideas, cooking projects, and activities to work on in conjunction with the book. And when I say many, I mean a LOT. With my nephew and nieces loving his books, I put together this collection of over 30 crafts, activities, and printables for Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Click on the links below to visit the sites and activities – and have fun reading together!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities

Brown-Bear-Button-Snake-650x975

Brown-Bear-Brown-Bear-Colourful-Sensory-Tub


Brown Bear, Brown Bear Arts & Crafts Projects

Brown-Bear-Sensory-Book-1

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Cooking & Snack Ideasfood Collage

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Science Activities

brown bear slime (6) label

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Printables to Go-along

Brown Bear Brown Bear vocabulary word cards for Read Build Write Mats from Homeschool Creations

 

Looking for more literature-based learning fun? Don’t miss the roundup of Very Hungry Caterpillar Crafts, Activities, and Printables

Very-Hungry-Caterpillar-crafts-activities-and-printables-.jpg


Brown Bear, Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards – Free Printables

Brown Bear Brown Bear Vocabulary Cards

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr. is such a classic children’s book, and with my nieces and nephew working on books together with their mom, I put together these Brown Bear, Brown Bear Word Cards for them to use in the upcoming weeks – and thought you all might enjoy them as well!

 Brown Bear Brown Bear vocabulary word cards for Read Build Write Mats from Homeschool Creations

There are three different pages of word cards – a total of 35 vocabulary words in all for Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Words include: bear, sheep, bird, dog, frog, horse, duck, fish, cat, teacher, students, as well as color cards. 

You will need TWO downloads (both free!!) to use the word cards – both the word cards and the Read! Build! Write! Mats.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

The Read! Build! Write! Vocabulary Mats

Not familiar with the Read! Build! Write! mats? Basically, they are a fun way to work with your child on word identification and spelling.

Read, Build, Write collage

Here’s how the mats are used:

Read: Place one of the vocabulary cards in the top box and read the word together.

Build: Use letter tiles or magnets to build the word in the second box.

Write: Finally, practice writing the word in the bottom box.

Print the mats onto cardstock and then laminate them so that you can use Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers on the mats.

Read, Build, Write collage 2

Check out the Read! Build! Write! page to find additional themed vocabulary cards to go along with all of the Early Learning Printable Packs that I’ve put together so far.

All downloads are in the green columns on the Read! Build! Write! page

 

 

Hope these help you all out! Feel free to ‘pin’ the printables and share them with others! If there are some other vocabulary cards that you would like to see me put together, leave a comment and let me know!