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Preschool Corner: Mommy is Planning edition

This past week was more of a game week and outdoor time for us as a family since:

a) Mommy was sick part of the week
b) Mommy is gearing up and planning, planning, planning

That said, I wanted to share a few free printables I found {other than mine} that you all might enjoy. I know I’ll be printing a few of them off and laminating them to use this year!

These printables are available through CurrClick {you do have to register for a free account to download them}, but you can save them to your computer. I started digging around after I received an email about the first free printable below:

~ Preschool Printable Alphabet Worksheets – this one won’t be free for long!
` A Taste of Australia – this one will be handy for us this year!
~ Teacher Calendars – colorful monthly calendars for the 2009-2010 year
~ Bossie’s Alphabet – capital letters that are flowery
~ Whatever the Weather – I can’t wait to print off these weather cards to use in the morning with the boys!
~ Old McDonald Had a Farm
~ Clothespin Counting Cards
~ Phonics Games
~ Simple Scissor Practice
~ Chocolate Fractions – is there a better way to learn about fractions?

About the Preschool Corner:

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our “preschool time” with our kids. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below (if you have questions feel free to ask). Be sure to link back to this blog post so that your readers can find some other great ideas too!

The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

Share what you’ve been doing in your house this week!

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Preschool Corner: Workbox Number Cards

I had every intention of posting a different printable this week, but I’ve been so wrapped up in getting our workboxes pulled together that my focus was a little swayed.

Some of you may be wondering what workboxes are {I’ll soon be posting about the system and how we’re using it this year} and some of you have already been sucked into the workbox realm. Making the workboxes fun and appealing to both me and the kids is important, so I asked both boys what they wanted on their number cards. The answers were ‘Chicken Little’ and ‘Nemo’. And then Zachary saw the Chicken Little ones and decided he wanted Monsters, Inc. instead. Since I can fit two sets on a page, I had to throw in a Bug’s Life too.

Click on the graphic to download and print the document.

The printable has two pages of number cards with the four different character sets above. I’ll be printing off two copies – one for the boxes and one for their number strips. Stay tuned to see how we’re all piecing it together!

If you are wondering about the different colors, we color code our kids. Yes, I’m serious. Each one has their own color – makes it a whole lot easier to figure out what belongs to who. Blue is for Zachary and green is for Kaleb.

While I’m in the midst of planning and re-organizing our upcoming school year, the world around me hasn’t stopped. So share, share, share!! What all have you been doing this last week?

About the Preschool Corner:

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our “preschool time” with our kids. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below (if you have questions feel free to ask). Be sure to link back to this blog post so that your readers can find some other great ideas too!

The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

Share what you’ve been doing in your house this week!

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Preschool Corner: Three Letter Word Printables

So, how about some more printables? The title of the cards still makes me snicker every time I read it – makes me think of four letter words…and well, then I laugh. Somehow it just makes the printables seem like something they are NOT. They are educational ~ and all words are safe for your children to use. {grins}

I got the idea for these cards last week when visiting Clemencia’s site. She posted about a literacy game she had picked up at a thrift store and since I don’t have the game, but loved the idea, I put one together last night. The pictures aren’t puzzles in mine, but you could easily make them simple four piece puzzles.

Click on the graphic to download and print the document.

The printable has twenty pictures of words that are spelled with three letters. I made letter tiles with both lower and uppercase letters {’cause each child is different}. You can use the picture as a prompt for your child to sound out and spell the word pictured.

I haven’t uploaded the pictures of Zachary playing yet, but he is having too much fun trying to spell and read right now, so this is a perfect time for this game for him! Hope you all will enjoy it too!

About the Preschool Corner:

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our “preschool time” with our kids. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below (if you have questions feel free to ask). Be sure to link back to this blog post so that your readers can find some other great ideas too!

The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

Share what you’ve been doing in your house this week!

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Preschool Corner: Summer Challenge


A quick note about Summer Preschool Corner: Summer will be a little more laid back, so feel free to share a fun craft or other fun idea that you are doing at home ~ you don’t have to have an elaborate week’s worth of plans to participate. I won’t! :)

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With summer in full swing around our house we’ve had very little “school time” as it generally is. What we have had a lot of is playing outside, sprinkler running, pool time and craziness. Somehow I have a feeling the majority of our summer is going to be like this! :) {and really…that’s ok!}.

So while I don’t have a day-by-day account of what we’ve done, I will share something with you that we have implemented for the summer called “School’s Out Reading Challenge!” We’re doing this with our oldest three, but made it a little easier for Zachary. I am not the one who came up with the idea ~ I based ours from Carissa’s Summer Plans at 1+1+1=1. Be sure to head over and see what she’s doing too!


Each day Zachary can earn points based on a list that I pulled together of school-type things or helping out around the house. When he earns a certain level of points he can cash them in for a prize or hold out for a big prize. At the rate we’re going right now, I might have to offer several prizes throughout the summer, but you might notice my prize list is a little {ahem} cheap. :) Here are the prizes he can earn {and little does he know I have some of the things already stashed away in my closet!}:

15 points: Trip to Target dollar section; trip to Dollar Tree; book from the Thrift Store

30 points: Frosty from Wendy’s or a Hot Wheels car

45 points: Ice cream for dinner or a new dinosaur


The points page is hanging nearby to remind me of how many points Zachary earns for different things:

~ Reading/Listening: Audio books {in the van} or reading a book to Mommy

~ Writing – completing a writing worksheet

~ Bible – Mommy sits to read a Bible story from our ‘special Bible’

~ Spanish – Using a cd-rom we have and knowing the words Mommy asks

~ Lapbook review – going over the lapbooks we’ve done this past year

~ Letter writing – {Mommy will help with this}

~ Chores & Extra: Cleaning up without being asked, going all day without tv, etc….

If you are interested in doing something similar with your kids, I uploaded a blank set of Summer Challenge sheets for boys and girls to my site. Just follow the link and you can download your own set to print off. If it doesn’t work for you, let me know and I can email you the pdf file.

About the Preschool Corner:

The Preschool Corner is a place for us to share the ideas we are using during our “preschool time” with our kids. You can join in the fun and record what you are doing in your house. Please link your exact blog post to the Mr. Linky below (if you have questions feel free to ask). Be sure to link back to this blog post so that your readers can find some other great ideas too!

The guidelines can be found here if you need them.

Share what you’ve been doing in your house this week!

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Printable Number Matching Cards

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Remember when I asked you a little while ago which printable you wanted next? And then I avoided the number cards you all chose and selfishly made some Fruit and Vegetable Matching Cards?

I promised I was working on them ~ and today they are yours for the printing! The set includes the numbers 1-20, number words 1-20, Roman numerals 1-20 and also dot cards 1-20. I am loving that I can use these will all of my kids right now: Zachary can work on his number words, the girls can practice Roman numerals more, and Kaleb can start counting 1:1.

These cards are designed to help your child identify the numbers 1-20, practice counting with 1:1 correspondence from 1-20, identify number words 1-20, and also learn Roman numerals from 1-20.You can have your child sequence the numbers in the correct order, match the correct number card to the corresponding dot card, match Roman numerals to numbers…the rest is up to you!

The full set of cards is available for FREE by clicking on the download graphic below ~ I promise it’s easy! Enjoy!

 

Looking for more? Be sure to check out the additional number printables linked below! 

Fruit and Vegetable Matching Cards {Preschool Printables}

Before I have a mutiny on my hands, I AM going to be posting number cards soon!! I did pay attention to the poll results…but since I already had these partially completed {and they were so pretty}, I’m going to post them first.

Will you forgive me? {grins}

Here’s a little thumbnail glimpse at what they look like.

The cards can be used as a memory game, for matching to like objects, grouping by colors, etc…It’s up to you! You can also use the picture cards to practice identifying fruits and vegetables with your child {or sort by what they like and dislike…you never know!}.

Word cards are also provided for each of the fruits and vegetables pictured. Let your child sound out the words and find the word card that matches the picture card. But have fun!! Click on the thumbnail to print off the cards ~ it’s that easy!

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