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Our Angry Bird Unit ~ The Week of Angry Birds

Preschool CornerNo surprise that the mere mention of Angry Birds made Kaleb jump up and down in excitement. He’d only been eyeing the growing pile of games and fun for weeks, hoping that each day would be the day we started.

Well, this week was the it! We had so much more planned to do, but a certain mom forgot that we had a field trip to the planetarium in her enthusiasm to collect every fun idea on the internet related to Angry Birds {cough}.

There may be a few more Angry Bird activities that will now spill over into next week. :)

Fun with Angry Birds Printables

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For the most part we kept up with our regular subjects each day {above is our weekly grid}, unless there was something in the printable pack that could take the place of a subject {i.e. for math we worked on several of the math pages in the pack, etc…}. Something about the colorful birds made things extra fun!

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One of the math highlights of the week was the prediction page to go along with the roll and graph page in the Angry Bird Printable pack. Before rolling the Angry Bird die, Kaleb predicted which of the six animals would ‘win’. He rolled the die and filled in a square with a Do-A-Dot marker each time he rolled. When he was done, we answered a few additional questions and read the graph together {he was cheering for the black bird to win, so he was VERY excited at the end!}.

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The Do-A-Dot markers are still one of Kaleb’s favorite things, so we pulled out a few more to use in the ‘find the word’ story. He loved finding multiple copies of the word ‘the’. Can you tell he was a little dot happy? He had a pattern system worked out at the beginning, but that quickly went to the side and he just dotted away.

Other parts of the Angry Bird Printable pack we worked on: beginning sounds sheet {upper and lowercase}, 1:1 counting, word tracers, letter tracers, mazes, addition, directional words, patterns, find the A’s, word matching, find the difference, more/less/equal, letter P sound, least/greatest number, and following directions. Phew!! That was a lot more than I thought!!

More Angry Bird Fun

There was quite a bit of hands-on fun this week too. Believe it or not, we didn’t pull out the iPad or iPod ONCE to play the game!! Instead we pulled out a few fun things and played it in real life!

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Using small plastic cups and Angry Bird pencil toppers, we built fortresses, hid pigs, and tried to knock it all down. We had plans to set up some elaborate block structures, but that didn’t happen – I have a feeling that fun will continue into the weekend for us!

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Kaleb painted a bunch of paper plates and made some fun Angry Bird faces {idea found here}.

Angry Birds card game

One of our favorite games this week was a simple Angry Bird cards game. Kaleb was able to pick up the rules quickly and teach it to everyone. It became a fun game for him to play with the others when they were waiting for something {especially since the games last between 5 and 10 minutes overall}.

We also had picked up a set of the Angry Birds knex, and although they were cute, the pieces didn’t stay together well, which ended up frustrating Kaleb. A few of the parts we are using for other things though {the sling shot is great!}. Instead we are getting the Knock on Wood game {which is what I thought I had ordered – oops}. That one has easier pieces to manage.

The Rest of the Week

Angry Bird anger management

Something that ALL of the kids enjoyed {mom included} were some great tie-in anger management lessons from The Home Teacher. I really can’t do it justice in explaining it all – just know that you are going to want to download her posters and use them with your kiddos. FABULOUS!!! And something kids will remember because it ties in with a game they love!

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Our trip to the planetarium was a lot of fun!! We went with a group of friends and the ‘show’ we watched was entertaining for even the younger ones and then the peek at the night sky was very neat {even I learned a few things!}.

All About Reading program

Kaleb is about halfway through his reading program right now – just one more lesson and he gets to try the moon ice cream that came with our kit!! That has been a fun incentive for him to keep reading. There are days when he acts so frustrated and then just minutes later is reading along great – so puzzling. He ‘thinks’ he can’t read and needs a LOT of encouragement to remind him that he CAN do it.

That about sums up our week – I’d love to hear about your week!! What was the most exciting thing that happened with your kids this week? Leave a comment below and share the excitement!

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Alphabet Do-a-Dot Printables

Alphabet Do a Dot Printables

 

These printables for Do-A-Dot markers were shared a few years ago, but they are fun to pull out every now and then and use with the kids in a variety of ways.

Do a Dot Markers

Not sure what Do-A-Dot markers are? Basically they are like bingo markers but colorful and fun for kids! If you don’t have any Do-A-Dot markers, don’t worry – there are many different ways to use do-a-dot pages that don’t involve markers {click here to find some creative uses!}.

—–> Download the Alphabet Do-a-Dot Pages here. <——-

Other than do-a-dot markers, how have you creatively used do-a-dot printables with your children?

Find more ABC learning ideas on my ABC Pinterest board:

Alphabet Ideas Pinterest Board

Download the Alphabet Do-a-Dot Printables

Ready to download the printables? Just click on the links below, download, print, and start having fun with your kids!

Download the letters A-M Printables here

Download the letters N-Z Printables here

 

Other Printables You May Find Helpful

PDF Printing Problems

Having trouble downloading or printing this file? Be sure to check out the post on PDF Download Problems for tips and tricks on getting the files to download properly. The solution is usually something simple and quick!

Angry Birds Printables for Preschool and Kindergarten

There happen to be quite a few children {and adults} in our home who l.o.v.e. Angry Birds in any form. This pack has been in my ‘to create’ pile for quite some time and it is FINALLY done. Although we won’t be using them for another week or so {and don’t worry, I’ll be sharing all the fun things we do!}, I figured that you all might like to start downloading and planning as well – right?

Angry Birds Printables

There are two separate downloads included in the Angry Bird  printables – one targeted toward PreK and one for Kindergarten skills. A few of the things included:

  • vocabulary word cards
  • letter tracers
  • puppet fun
  • patterning
  • mazes
  • beginning sounds
  • least and greatest numbers
  • positional words
  • and more!

I hope these free printables will bring much fun for your kids {and you too!}. Just click on the link below to download the files {don’t forget there are two of them}. There are some additional links below as well, so be sure to scroll down and check them out as well.

——> Download the Angry Birds Printables HERE <——

Don’t Miss These Either!

~ Angry Bird word cards for the Read! Build! Write! vocabulary mats

~ Angry Birds ideas on Pinterest

~ Kindergarten Angry Bird Printables from 1+1+1=1

~ More Early Learning Printable Packs

 

Enjoy – and have fun with these!

Christmas Even and Odd Number Sort Game

Christmas Number Sort game from www.homeschoolcreations.net

The next week and a half we’re planning to have a little fun during our school time since we are a bit ahead in some areas – and fun is always welcome! To help Kaleb continue with understanding the difference between even and odd numbers, I put together a little Christmas Even and Odd Number Sort game for us to work on.

Use the Christmas Even and Odd Number Sort game to have your child work on sequencing numbers from 1 to 20 or have your child sort the numbers by odd or even. If 20 numbers is too many, choose a handful of numbers and record them on the mat {great handwriting practice as well}.

Christmas even and odd number sorting mat from www.homeschoolcreations.net

Print the pages on cardstock and laminate them to make them sturdy {this is how we laminate more inexpensively}. Then let your child sort the numbers by even and odd while spread out on the floor, or pick a handful of the numbers and record them on the last page in the even or odd basket using a Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers.

Other Fun Christmas Printables

Looking for a few other Christmas related printables to use with your kids? Check out the below printable packs based on some of our favorite books that are FREE to download.

Gingerbread Baby printables for Preschool and Kindergarten

The Gingerbread Baby Printables include fun activities to tie in with the story ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, tracer page, counting activities, number identification, patterning activities and more!

Mr Willowby's Christmas Tree printables for preschool and kindergarten

The printables for Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree include fun activities to tie in with the book ~ vocabulary words, word tracer cards, puzzles, tree size sequencing cards, a story sight word chart, recycling items, counting activities and more! Be sure to download BOTH sets of the printables since they go together and build on the skills your child will use.

Have fun learning and sorting together!


Thanksgiving Number Sort Printable

With Thanksgiving this week, we’ll be working on some fun projects together all focused on the theme of Thanksgiving. To work on the difference between even and odd numbers, I pulled together these number cards to use this week along with our studies.

Thanksgiving Number Sort

Use the Thanksgiving Number Sort cards to have your child work on sequencing numbers from 1 to 20 or have your child sort the numbers by odd or even. If 20 numbers is too many, choose a handful of numbers and record them on the mat {great handwriting practice as well}.

Thanksgiving Number Sort Mat

Print the pages on cardstock and laminate them to make them sturdy {this is how we laminate more inexpensively}. Then let your child sort the numbers by even and odd while spread out on the floor, or pick a handful of the numbers and record them on the last page in the even or odd basket using a Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers.

Have fun learning and sorting together!

Don’t Miss These Thanksgiving Printables!

Thanksgiving Printable Pack for Preschool and Kindergarten

~ Thanksgiving Printable Pack for Preschool and Kindergarten

~ Thanksgiving word cards for the Read! Build! Write! vocabulary mats

~ Thanksgiving Preschool Pack from 1+1+1=1

~ Paper strip pumpkin craft

~ pumpkin spice playdough

Have fun – and feel free to share a link to this page with others!

Enjoy!

Printables from A to ZEnjoy free printables? If you are looking for something in particular, be sure to check out my Printables from A to Z list, a complete list of every printable I’ve created over the years. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Leave a comment and I’d be happy to help you out!

Three Letter Word Cards ~ Free Printable

3 Letter Word Puzzle Cards

Looking for an fun {and colorful} way to have your child sound out and spell three letter words? The Three Letter Word Cards contain a list of 42 3-letter CVC words for children to sound and spell using fun picture clues and hands-on learning – and they are FREE especially for my email subscribers – yay!!

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The Three Letter Word Cards include:

  • 48 full color picture cards with word prompts {lightly shaded in gray}
  • 48 full color picture cards with no letter or word prompts
  • 2 sheets of color-coded letter tiles {upper and lower case}

Ideas for Using the Word Cards

Three Letter Word Puzzles

  1. For early learners – trace the shaded letters using Vis-à-vis markers or dry erase markers
  2. Match the correct letter tile to the letter on the puzzle card
  3. Spell the word with letter tiles using no prompts
  4. Write the letters in the squares using a vis-à-vis or dry erase marker

 


How We’re Using the 3 Letter Word Cards

3 Letter Word Cards - 42 CVC words for spelling and reading

We printed off our set onto cardstock and then laminated them to make them a bit more sturdy. {Note: This is how we laminate more inexpensively}. We’re using a cookie sheet as the base for our word cards and have added magnets to the back of the letters. If you are looking for magnets and an expanded set of GREAT letter tiles, All About Spelling has Letter Tile Magnets and Letter Tiles available that are already perforated ~ a huge help!

The letter tiles include vowels in both blue and pink. If you are teaching your child the difference between consonants and vowels, the pink tiles will come in handy to show that they are vowels in the CVC {consonant-vowel-consonant} words.

Ready to have some fun?

Download the 3 Letter Word Cards

3 Letter Word Cards - 42 CVC words for children to sound and spell

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If you would prefer not to subscribe, the 3 Letter Word Cards are also available for purchase in my Teacher’s Notebook store for $3.00. 

I’d love to hear how your children enjoy them!

 

Ready for Reading?

All About Reading Review-1 All About Reading Review-2

If your child is ready for reading, take a look at All About Reading Level 1. We’ve used it with both of our boys and LOVED it! Use the Reading Readiness Checklist to help you decide if the program is right for you.

 

Supplies for the 3 Letter Word Cards


Printables from A to ZEnjoy free printables? If you are looking for something in particular, be sure to check out my Printables from A to Z list, a complete list of every printable I’ve created over the years. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Leave a comment and I’d be happy to help you out!

Note: This idea came from a set of printables that I originally put together several years ago for Zachary, based on a thrift store find from a reader.