Beginning Sounds Center

Beginning Sounds Center

When students are learning to read, research has shown that it's MUCH more important for them to learn letter SOUNDS than letter NAMES because they'll immediately be able to use those sounds to read words. And these beginning sound cards a playful, hands-on way to...

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Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Learn Letter Sounds with ACTION!!

Guest post by Kindergarten and Preschool for Parents and Teachers. Young children learn with hands-on exploration using their five senses and movement. Of course you want them to learn to read, but do their eyes glaze over when you try to interest them in flashcards? ...

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Beginning Sounds Board Games

Beginning Sounds Board Games

If you're teaching kids how to identify beginning sounds, these board games are a fun way for them to show you what they know! Use them as literacy centers, small group activities or homeschool games. For more preschool learning, try our Ultimate Preschool Activity...

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Phonological Awareness Daily Warm Ups

Phonological Awareness Daily Warm Ups

Research has shown that new readers need to practice phonological awareness every. single. day. But, if you're like most teachers I know, the thought of adding even one more thing to your lesson plans can feel daunting - new lessons usually mean MORE prep and...

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Phonics Toolkit

Phonics Toolkit

This phonics toolkit makes it easy to teach letter sounds in fun, hands-on and playful ways. Just prep the toolkits once and students can use them all year long!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND 6 PHONICS TOOLS THAT FIT PERFECTLY IN A PENCIL BOX:

–> Easy to follow assembly directions

–> 6 colorful phonics tool kit labels

–> An alphabet chart

–> A digraph and blend chart

–> 2 consonant and vowel sound walls (one with mouth shapes and one without)

–> A reusable sound map

Plus a list of additional hands-on supplies you can add from the dollar store, Target or Walmart for even more fun!

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Sound Walls

Sound Walls

The science of reading has proven that teaching students to hear the sounds in words helps them learn to read more quickly. These print-and-go sound walls make teaching those sounds quick, easy, and fun for kids!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

 

–> Easy to follow directions including 5 questions you can ask students to help them differentiate between the look and feel of each sound

 

–> 2 bulletin board-sized sound walls so you can choose the design you like best

 

–> 2 file folder-sized sound walls that make it easy to create an individual set for each child in class

 

–> Cover up sheets that build students’ excitement to learn a new sound

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Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

Bubble Gum Sound Mapping

When students are struggling to hear the individual sounds in words they’re trying to spell, they often need to build a skill called phonemic awareness. And sound mapping is a simple but powerful way to boost it! Add in a fun gumball theme and some squishy playdough...

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Floss Rule Puzzles

Floss Rule Puzzles

Do you know the floss rule yet? When the sounds /f/ /s/ /l/ or /z/ come at the end of a one-syllable word, they're written with a double consonant. See some examples and then grab this batch of floss rule puzzles to make practicing it fun for kids! The Floss Rule Why...

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Sub Plans

Sub Plans

No batch of chicken soup could ever be strong enough to cure the sub planning blues... Especially when you already feel lousy! This makes it easy for you to pull together sub plans that'll last you for DAYS. And when you spend 15 minutes setting everything up NOW,...

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Slinky Phonemic Awareness Game

Slinky Phonemic Awareness Game

If you've ever had a student who could sound out each letter in a CVC word but, when it came time to blend those sounds together, they said something else instead like "D-O-G. Drop?" then this phonemic awareness game is for you. Grab a slinky and get ready to...

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What is the Science of Reading?

What is the Science of Reading?

The science of reading has been ALL the buzz lately, but if you're secretly scratching your head and thinking that you don't REALLY understand what it means yet, don't worry. You're not alone! And I promise this rundown will help break it all down for you. The Reading...

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Phonemic Awareness Pop Its

Phonemic Awareness Pop Its

Do you have any students who know ALL of the letter sounds but, when it comes time to blend those sounds together to read a word, they STILL struggle? This will help! A lot of times readers just need to practice something called phonemic awareness. Luckily, this...

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Hard and Soft G Little Reader Books

Hard and Soft G Little Reader Books

Learning letter sounds is important for both reading and writing, but some letters of the alphabet are trickier than others and make not one but TWO sounds! G is one of those letters. These free little reader books and rhyme help kids learn more about soft G sounds...

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Magic E Activities

Magic E Activities

If your kids are learning about the magic e, you'll love this game and bonus worksheet! As kids race to find their magic treasure, they practice reading ordinary CVC words plus their magical pairs - words that have a silent e at the end that makes the vowel say its...

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Hard and Soft C Little Reader Books

Hard and Soft C Little Reader Books

Does your little one get confused when trying to read the letter C in a word? Children are so used to spelling words like c-a-t that when they come to one like c-i-t-y they pronounce it as "kitty."  The hard and soft C can be difficult to master. These hard and...

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Rhyme Slime Games

Rhyme Slime Games

If you're looking for some fun, new rhyming activities to try with your kids, these quirky rhyme games are sure to do the trick.  And, our best-selling Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack is a must-have if you're looking for similar activities! Getting Ready Before...

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Free CVC Games

Free CVC Games

These free CVC games and child-friendly worksheets help kids learn to identify short vowels and break words into individual sounds called phonemes. Grab your set of free CVC games below and then practice any words under the sun with our Editable Word Work Games! CVC...

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Apple Vowel Sort

Apple Vowel Sort

It's hard to think of fall and not have Johnny Appleseed come to mind. This playful, apple-themed short and long vowel sort is a must-try! Scroll below to snag your freebie and then hop over and grab our Vowel Team Centers as well! Getting Ready The prep for this...

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Apple Vowel Clip Cards

Apple Vowel Clip Cards

Back to school season is right around the corner, and with it comes all things apples.  Add some seasonal fun to your reading centers this fall with these hands-on medial vowel clip cards. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then jump over and grab our Vowel Team...

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Free Vowel Sound Sort

Free Vowel Sound Sort

Looking for a fun way to practice vowel sounds with kids?! We've got you covered. This free vowel sound sort is a great literacy center, guided reading activity or homeschool project. Just print, prep and play. Then, for more fun vowel work, check out or Vowel Team...

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Free CVC Words Picture Sort

Free CVC Words Picture Sort

Picture sorting is a simple and engaging way for children to learn about short vowel sounds in consonant-vowel-consonant words like cat, bed, top and cut.  When they say the name of pictures out loud, children can stretch the sounds out S-L-O-W-L-Y, isolating the...

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Free Short Vowel and Long Vowel Sort

Free Short Vowel and Long Vowel Sort

Looking for a fun way to practice those tricky vowel sounds with kids? This complement to our popular CVC word sort helps students sort, match and compare short vowel and long vowel words. The hands-on freebie is great to use as literacy centers, guided reading...

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Word Family Centers

Word Family Centers

If your students have learned their beginning sounds, practiced their end sounds, chances are they are ready to dive into those tricky vowels sounds. Giving kids a strong foundation for this important skill is a must which is why I LOVE our new word family centers...

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Short E Centers

Short E Centers

Teaching kids to read takes a lot of repetition to make sure that kids are grasping important skills like recognizing common vowels sounds and turning them into CVC words. I love to choose just one vowel (either A, E, I , O U) to focus on, giving students a solid...

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Short O Centers

Short O Centers

For most students, working on short vowel sounds like A, E, I, U takes lots of practice. So let's make all of their hard work super motivating and fun with a laser focus on just one vowel- O. This engaging pack has 12 fun activities for kids to choose from! And...

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Short A Centers

Short A Centers

Teaching kids to read and recognize common vowel sounds is an important step in their reading journey. Often focusing on just one vowel at a time is a major help for helping students really master the concept. And what better place to start then with short A centers?...

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Beginning Digraph Activities

Beginning Digraph Activities

Just when kids have finally mastered letter sounds, along come tricky digraphs like CH-, TH- and SH- to trip them up again.  Thankfully, these ten digraph activities make it fun to master all of the most common digraphs in words: CH, CK, KN, NG, PH, QU, SH, TH, and...

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CVC Pumpkin Patch Activity

CVC Pumpkin Patch Activity

Ready to add a little seasonal fun way to your literacy centers?  This adorable CVC pumpkin patch activity is the perfect way for students to learn and practice short vowel sounds. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then make sure to hop over and snag our Pumpkin...

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Long Vowel Clip Cards

Long Vowel Clip Cards

Long vowels are tricky! There are numerous ways to spell them out, so it takes time and practice for kids to become confident. These long vowel clip cards are an easy and fun way to show long vowel words spelled in different ways. They're great puzzlers for first and...

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Alphabet Printables

Alphabet Printables

These free alphabet printables are perfect for young learners! Help children identify beginning sounds, lowercase letters and uppercase letters with a colorful alphabet chart, clip it cards and letter matching puzzles. Snag your set below and then hop over to our shop...

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Free Compound Word Puzzles

Free Compound Word Puzzles

Looking for a fun way to teach kids about compound words?! These picture-only compound word puzzles are a memorable way to show how two words can be combined to make a brand new word. They're great to use as a whole class lesson, guided reading activity, literacy...

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Pumpkin CVC Puzzles

Pumpkin CVC Puzzles

With fall in the air, it will soon be a great time to visit a pumpkin patch and enjoy some super fun pumpkin learning activities. These pumpkin CVC puzzles are the perfect hands-on game for beginning readers and will make a fun addition to literacy...

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Alphabet Puzzles

Alphabet Puzzles

These bright, hands-on alphabet puzzles are a must-grab. Kids will love that they're fun and YOU'LL love that they're so easy to prep. Snag your set below and then hop over to grab our Ultimate Preschool Activity Pack in our shop! Getting Ready To prep for the...

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CVC Word Puzzles

CVC Word Puzzles

Are you looking for a fun way for kids to practice reading and spelling CVC words?!  These free CVC word puzzles are easy to prep and your students will love the fun and bright pictures. Grab your copy below and then hop over and snag our awesome Editable Word Work...

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This Little Piggy Finger Puppets

This Little Piggy Finger Puppets

Rhymes for kids help children notice that words are clumps of sounds with a similar pattern.  When they begin spelling and reading words later, they'll notice that rhyming words often end with the same letters.  For instance, cat, bat, sat and hat all end with the...

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Free Diphthong Puzzles

Free Diphthong Puzzles

Diphthongs can be a difficult concept to grasp for many students but fun, hands-on activities like these diphthong puzzles can help. The game is a perfect addition to your literacy centers and can easily be used throughout the entire school year.  For more...

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CVC Clip Cards

CVC Clip Cards

Clip cards are a quick and easy way for kids to practice reading skills. That's one of the reasons we love them so much! Rhyming, alphabet letters, blends, digraphs... you name it, we've clipped it!  These CVC clip cards are a motivating way to help students identify...

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Digraph Sort and Find Activities

Digraph Sort and Find Activities

Once kids learn stand alone letter sounds, they're ready to tackle digraphs - two letter combinations that make just one sound like the pairs CH, SH and TH. Just like our digraph cards, this simple sort and find digraph activity is a motivating, hands-on way to make...

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Cookie Jar Beginning Digraph Sort

Cookie Jar Beginning Digraph Sort

Mastering letter sounds can be a tricky thing, and learning digraphs can be even more challenging. After all, now kids need to remember not only what letters say on their own, but what certain combinations say when put together! Since we are all about making learning...

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Digraph and Blend Chart

Digraph and Blend Chart

Digraphs and blends tend to trip up new readers. Just when kids finally have their letter sounds down, out pop tricky letter combinations that change those sounds. Oy! This digraph and blend chart is a helpful way for students to keep letter clusters...

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Veteran’s Day Activity Sheets

Veteran’s Day Activity Sheets

Looking for a quick prep Veteran's Day activity for preschool or kindergarten? These free handwriting sheets give kids practice writing and sounding out the letters V and P. Grab the printable below and then hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get...

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Summer Long E Cards

Summer Long E Cards

With summer just around the corner, my students are counting down the days until break.  This long e sunglasses activity were the perfect way to keep my kids excited about practicing the long e sound even with summer break rapidly approaching. Scroll down to grab the...

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School and Bus Alphabet Match

School and Bus Alphabet Match

Alphabet recognition is an important skill for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students.  This School and Bus Alphabet Match is a fun way to work with uppercase and lowercase letters when heading back to school this fall. Grab your copy below and then hop over and...

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Popsicle Beginning Sound Match

Popsicle Beginning Sound Match

Learning letter sounds is no easy task, but there are few things more exciting than when kids start down the path of learning to read. Letters and sounds are a huge part of that journey so we love playing fun games to help us practice!  These beginning sound match...

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The Super Simple Word Slider

The Super Simple Word Slider

As kids learn letter sounds they can start putting those sounds together to read words. This super simple word slider is an awesome visual showing them how to do just that. It's one of those teaching tricks you'll never want to forget.  For more reading fun for your...

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5 Things Kids Should Know Before Kindergarten

5 Things Kids Should Know Before Kindergarten

Wondering what your soon-to-be kindergartener needs to know before the first day? As a kindergarten teacher, I spent many days leading up to the start of school calming parents’ anxiety about their child’s transition.  Not knowing what their child REALLY needed to...

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Seashell Vowel Team Sort

Seashell Vowel Team Sort

This seashell vowel team sort is a motivating way for students to practice their long vowel sounds this summer! Scroll below to grab the freebie and then jump over and snag our Vowel Team Centers in our shop! Getting Ready The prep for this vowel team sort was very...

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16 Secret Long Vowel Sentences for Summer

16 Secret Long Vowel Sentences for Summer

Looking for a fun long vowel activity for kids?  These secret summer sentences give kids plenty of practice reading and writing words with long vowels including -ay, -ee, -igh and -oa. Children will love solving the mystery words and you'll love that they're getting...

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Beach Bucket Writing

Beach Bucket Writing

Whether you're planning a trip to the beach or you're just dreaming about warm summer weather, this motivating writing project is a must-try activity for kindergarten or first grade. Grab your copy below and then hop over to snag our Writing Center Starter Kit to...

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Pool and Beach Ball Alphabet Match

Pool and Beach Ball Alphabet Match

Looking for a motivating alphabet activity as we head into summer?! This Pool and Beach Ball Alphabet Match is a super fun way to work with uppercase and lowercase letters during the summer so pre-k and kindergarten students are ready to hit the ground running in the...

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Beach Bucket Digraph Sort

Beach Bucket Digraph Sort

It is buckets of fun to review and practice digraph sounds!  This colorful, hands-on digraph sort is a great way to add some fun to your reading practice this summer. Scroll below to grab your freebie and then hop over and snag our Inflectional Ending Centers in our...

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Rhyming CVC Words

Rhyming CVC Words

Beat the summer heat with this fun CVC rhyming activity! Kids will love that it's playful and YOU'LL love that it's easy to differentiate for a variety of reading levels... These darling CVC flip flops have picture clues AND simple short vowel wods so even early...

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Uppercase Letter Tracing Roads

Uppercase Letter Tracing Roads

Looking for a motivating way to teach kids how to write the ABC's? These free letter tracing sheets take writing practice to a whole new level of fun. The motivating pages are great to use as a literacy center, homeschool activity... even a busy bag you can take along...

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CVC Word Board Games

CVC Word Board Games

These CVC word board games provide fun practice for children and help them build confidence as readers. Just print the CVC word board games (below) and get ready for some serious reading excitement. Snag your free game below and then hop over and grab 14 more board...

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Beginning Blends Picture Sort

Beginning Blends Picture Sort

If you're after a simple way to teach beginning blends like FR-, CL-, DR- and SK-, you'll love these 10 free picture sorts. Simply print, color, cut, sort and paste! Grab your set below and then hop over and grab a copy of our blend clip cards, too.  For more fun...

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Self-Checking Syllable Clip Cards

Self-Checking Syllable Clip Cards

Working with syllables is a great way to encourage kids to listen closely to the sounds in words. And the ability to differentiate and break down words into smaller units of sound is super helpful for learning to read and write well in the early years. Help beginning...

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Consonant Digraph Posters and Dice

Consonant Digraph Posters and Dice

If you're looking for a fun way to introduce common digraphs, you'll love these free dice and digraph posters. The charts are great for teaching beginning and ending digraphs and are handy for use as flash cards, too. And speaking of word work, check out our Vowel...

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How to Teach -ED

How to Teach -ED

Have you ever noticed that when -ED is added to the end of a word, it can sound like /ed/, /d/ or even /t/? When we teach -ED, it's important that we introduce students to all three sounds (and explain the difference!) so they always know how to read and spell them....

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Vowel Sound Sticks

Vowel Sound Sticks

For many kids, the hardest letter sounds to learn are those tricky vowels: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. Every word in English has at least one, so tackling them is uber important but, MASTERING them.... well, that can be a long road for some.  This vowel activity is...

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10 Ways to Help Struggling Readers

10 Ways to Help Struggling Readers

This list of 10 ways to help struggling readers is a great one to bookmark or pin so you can quickly find it again! Since every child's brain is different, every solution can be slightly different too. Having this list handy will make it easier to find a just right...

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Free Reading Assessment

Free Reading Assessment

An important first step in teaching kids how to read is figuring out what they already know. This simple reading assessment makes it easy to see the letter names, sounds and sight words students have mastered so that you can determine what to teach next. It's the...

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Two Kinds of Readers

Two Kinds of Readers

Did you know that there are two kinds of readers sitting in your classroom right now? It's true! And if you've ever felt unsure about how to help a struggling reader, than you'll want to stick around, because knowing how to spot each type will help you get bigger,...

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4 Things to Teach BEFORE Reading

4 Things to Teach BEFORE Reading

When you think of teaching kids to read, you probably picture alphabet letters, little reader books and sight words.... lots and LOTS of sight words. But the truth is that what happens before you dive into phonics and sight words is key to skyrocketing students'...

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How to Teach Reading

How to Teach Reading

If you're wondering how to teach reading, you're in the right spot! This step-by-step guide covers everything from pre-reading skills to phonics, sight words and reading comprehension so that you can take kids from NON-readers to STRONG readers. Check out the...

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4 Signs Kids are Ready to Read

4 Signs Kids are Ready to Read

Just like we're never 100% sure when kids will take their first step, we also can't name the time and place when students will read their first word. But there ARE four signs kids are ready read... Dive into the 4 signs below and then request an invite to my 4 week...

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14 Must-Have Bug and Butterfly Activities

14 Must-Have Bug and Butterfly Activities

Do your kids love bugs and butterflies?! These 14 must-have activities will keep preschoolers and kindergarteners learning and engaged for weeks.  Practice alphabet letters, sight words, numbers, addition, writing, learn about the butterfly life cycle and so. much....

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11 Plant Life Cycle Activities

11 Plant Life Cycle Activities

Looking for fun ways to teach kids about the plant life cycle?! These 11 science activities and experiments are perfect for preschool, kindergarten and first grade.  Make a sprout house, try your hand at leaf chromatography, turn a flower not one but TWO...

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Middle Vowel Cards and Puzzles

Middle Vowel Cards and Puzzles

Vowel sounds (A, E, I, O and U) are often the most difficult for children to master. These hands-on puzzles and word cards give kids plenty of practice sounding out short CVC words and identifying the missing middle vowel sound. They're great to use as literacy...

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Middle Vowel Cards and Puzzles

Middle Vowel Activity Sheets

If your kids are learning about middle sounds in words, then you'll love these simple, kid-friendly middle vowel activity sheets! They are great for review or a print-and-go activity on a rainy day. Snag your set and then hop over and request your invite to our VIP...

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Digraph Clip Cards

Digraph Clip Cards

Need good, hands-on digraph activities that will keep your students engaged and having fun? You're in luck! These digraph clip cards are a great way to review digraphs all year long. They're the perfect complement to our free digraph wheels, too!  While you're at some...

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Beginning Sound Clip Cards

Beginning Sound Clip Cards

These beginning sound clip cards are a hands-on way to make learning fun and engaging for young learners! Students simply look at the picture on the sunflower and clip the letter that starts the word. They are a great addition to your small reading groups or literacy...

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Free Blend Posters and Dice

Free Blend Posters and Dice

These free blend posters and dice are a great visual way to teach blends like CR-, GL- and SK-. The posters are great as a classroom display or flashcards, and the dice provide an engaging way for children to think of words that begin with each blend.  Also included...

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Raindrop Beginning Sound Match

Raindrop Beginning Sound Match

"Rain, Rain, Go Away..." Are you having some rainy days this spring, too?  Even if you aren't, this raindrop beginning sound match is a great alphabet activity to add to your spring literacy centers! Scroll below to grab your freebie and then make sure to hop over and...

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Flower Garden Digraphs

Flower Garden Digraphs

This flower garden digraph activity is the perfect way to bring some spring blooms into the classroom.  And they're a fun, hands-on way to help your students learn digraph sounds -CH, -SH, -TH and -WH. Scroll down to download your freebie and then hop over and grab...

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20 Flower Activities

20 Flower Activities

I don't know about you, but after a long and gray winter, I'm always excited to see flowers start to grow. You too? From working on phonics and letter sounds to science experiments and ten frames, these flower activities are perfect for kindergarten and first grade....

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Easter Egg Consonant Blends

Easter Egg Consonant Blends

Blends are always a little tricky for my little learners, so anytime I can make practicing them engaging and fun, I'm all over it!  These Easter Egg Consonant Blend Puzzles are the perfect way to bring some playful learning to your spring centers. Grab the fun freebie...

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Letter Sound Wheels Alphabet Activity

Letter Sound Wheels Alphabet Activity

Every so often, there's an alphabet activity that makes my teaching heart skip a beat. It stretches kids' thinking and helps them tackle those tricky letter sounds. It's colorful, playful AND engaging.  This is one of those alphabet activities. Enjoy these letter...

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Sound Boxes for Phonemic Awareness

Sound Boxes for Phonemic Awareness

Sound boxes are a great way to build phonemic awareness with new readers because they encourage children to focus on one sound at a time and then blend those sounds together to make a word. Snag your sound boxes below and then request an invite to my 4 week course,...

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St. Patrick’s Day Beginning Sound Match

St. Patrick’s Day Beginning Sound Match

Being able to identify beginning sounds in words is an important skill, especially for learning to read and write. This St. Patrick's Day beginning sound match is a great game for early readers! Kids will love connecting initial sounds to their written letters in...

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Flower CVC Match Word Game

Flower CVC Match Word Game

Looking for a spring-themed word family activity your kids will LOVE?!  This flower CVC match up is a playful way to practice sounding out three letter words.  CVC word games are fun and engaging way to introduce reading to kiddos! Snag your free activity below and...

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Walking on Eggs

Walking on Eggs

This kids' science activity is a jaw-dropping fun way to teach little Einsteins about the strength of arches. How can a hen sit on an egg and not break it, but a chick can peck its way out? To find the answer, just walk on eggs. Like our Rainbow Jar activity, it's a...

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Kindergarten Centers

Kindergarten Centers

If you’re looking for kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite kindergarten...

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Pre-Kindergarten Centers

Pre-Kindergarten Centers

If you’re looking for pre-kindergarten centers your students will beg to repeat, you’ve come to the right spot! Playdough to Plato is all-in on helping you save time, stay inspired and get bigger teaching results so we pulled together some of our favorite...

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Beginning Sound Valentine’s Day Puzzles

Beginning Sound Valentine’s Day Puzzles

Are you working on beginning sounds with kids this February?! These playful beginning sound Valentine's Day puzzles will be the perfect addition to your literacy centers. Your students are sure to L-O-V-E this center! For more learning fun, hop over and grab our...

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50 Fun ABC Games for Kids

50 Fun ABC Games for Kids

ABC games are a fun, hands-on way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. This roundup of 50 ABC games includes favorite finds from across the web. Whether you're looking for a super-active game or you'd like an easy download you can print and play, this list...

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Paper Cutting Station

Paper Cutting Station

Teaching kids to cut with scissors is an important life skill and helps build fine motor strength and hand-eye coordination they'll need for writing alphabet letters and words later.  Paper cutting stations are here to help! Handing over a pair of blades to young kids...

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Must-try Playdough Mats

Must-try Playdough Mats

These must-try playdough mats are a squishy, hands-on way to develop kids' fine motor skills while they practice upper and lowercase letter formation, letter sounds, 2D shapes, counting and writing the numbers 1 to 10. They're the perfect combination of fun and...

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25 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

25 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

Looking for some fun St. Patrick's Day activities with a math, science and literacy focus? You've come to the right spot. We've pulled together 25 of our favorite St. Patrick's Day activities for kids in one spot. We hope your little leprechauns love them too! For...

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Beginning Sound Rainbows

Beginning Sound Rainbows

Kids love rainbows (and I do too!) so I couldn't wait to create a set of colorful rainbow puzzles that would give new readers plenty of practice matching alphabet letters with their beginning sounds. These beginning sound rainbows are perfect to use as a literacy...

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Winter Activity Pack

Winter Activity Pack

These 20 motivating winter activities are perfect for pre-K and kindergarten! Use them as math and literacy centers, early finisher activities, morning tubs… the sky's the limit. Whether you're putting together a winter unit, or just want to step up math and literacy...

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Digraph Game – Snowball Cover

Digraph Game – Snowball Cover

It's "snow" much fun to practice digraphs with a game!  This playful, hands-on activity is a great way to add some excitement to your literacy centers this winter!  Snag your activity and then hop over and grab our Vowel Team Centers for more word work fun! Getting...

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Groundhog Day Centers

Groundhog Day Centers

Groundhog Day is just around the corner and this pack makes it easy to add some motivating, groundhog-themed math and literacy centers to your lesson plans.  Students will practice letter sounds, sight words, ten frames, graphing, 2D shapes and so much more. The set is perfect for pre-k, kindergarten or first grade.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 1-20 Counting Clip Cards. Work on ten frames and counting from 1 to 20.

–> Roll and Colors. Practice immediately recognizing the numbers 1 to 6.

–> Roll, ADD and Color. Easily differentiate for kids who are ready to start working on addition.

–> This or That. Compare two numbers and color the one that’s bigger. 3 levels for easy differentiation.

–> Groundhog Shapes. Learn 2D shape names and practice graphing.

–> Groundhog Predictions. Make predictions and work on graphing.

–> Alphabet Groundhogs. Practice upper and lowercase pairs.

–> Alphabet Puzzles. Match up each letter with a word that starts with it.

–> Alphabet Spin. Spin a letter and color a word that starts with it.

–> EDITABLE Don’t Wake the Groundhog Sight Word Game. Work on reading and writing any words under the sun.

–> Groundhog Day Magic. Make your sight words magically appear.

–> 2 Story Starters. Build students’ creativity as you work on writing.

–> If I Were a Groundhog… Stretch kids’ imaginations while they practice writing.

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100 Free Playdough Mats

100 Free Playdough Mats

Playdough mats are an easy way to grow kids' imaginations, develop fine motor skills and teach important skills like counting and the ABCs. This roundup of 100 free playdough mats includes some of our favorite finds from across the web. Get inspired below then hop...

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A-Z Letter of the Week Crafts

A-Z Letter of the Week Crafts

Help preschoolers and kindergartners remember the shape and sound of the ABCs with these adorable letter of the week crafts. Then, hop over to become a VIP Plato Pack member so you can get all of the tools, strategies and support you need to reach ALL of your...

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23 Christmas Centers

23 Christmas Centers

'Tis the season for Santa Claus, jingle bells and sweet treats. I love it! This go-to Christmas Activity Pack includes 23 elf-approved math and literacy activities bundled together in one easy instant download. It's perfect for Pre-K and Kindergarten. Grab the...

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20+ Must-Try Halloween Science Experiments for Kids

20+ Must-Try Halloween Science Experiments for Kids

These 20 Halloween science experiments for kids are sure to get little ghosts and goblins excited. Make tea bag ghosts really fly, whip up a batch of dancing Frankenworms and use candy to make a magically growing pumpkin. There are so many spook-tacular science...

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21 Super Fun Pumpkin Activities for Kids

21 Super Fun Pumpkin Activities for Kids

Tis' the season for all things orange! There are SO MANY super fun pumpkin activities and we're excited to pass along our favorites from across the web. This fall-themed roundup includes pumpkin-themed math, literacy and science projects your kids will LOVE. If you're...

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Apple Activities

Apple Activities

Nothing screams fall quite like apples, am I right? These 16 motivating apple activities make it fun to practice literacy, math, science and STEM. And the best part is that your kindergarten and first grade students will LOVE every single one of them! Snag your...

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Kindergarten at Home – Week Three

Kindergarten at Home – Week Three

Just like last week, I’m excited to give you just-right activities for your students to complete at home so that they hit the ground running when school starts back up again.

By popular request, I added a sheet of reading comprehension questions parents can use during read alouds PLUS an engaging science experiment kids can complete using just a Ziploc bag, a couple drops of food coloring and a Sharpie!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND…

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 4 print-and-play activities practicing letter sounds and CVC words, sight words, adding to 12, doubling + 1 and two-dimensional shapes.

–> 1 sheet of reading comprehension questions parents can print off and use during read alouds.

–> 1 easy-to-follow science experiment teaching kids about the water cycle.

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Kindergarten at Home – Week Two

Kindergarten at Home – Week Two

Just like last week, I’m excited to give you just-right activities for your students to complete at home so that they hit the ground running when school starts back up again.

By popular request, I added an editable sight word game this week so you can have kids practice any words under the sun!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND…

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 6 print-and-play activities families can print off at home. This week works on beginning letter sounds and CVC words, sight words, addition to 10, subtraction within 10, patterns, units of time and weather.

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Diphthong Centers

Diphthong Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 18 engaging print-and-play centers motivate kids to practice reading and writing the 8 most common diphthongs: -AU, -AW, -EW, -OI, -OO, -OU, -OW, -OY If you're looking for more just like this, become a VIP Plato Pack...

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Kindergarten at Home – Week One

Kindergarten at Home – Week One

I’ve heard from so many kindergarten teachers like you whose schools are closing indefinitely because of the coronavirus and they need an easy way to keep kids engaged and learning at home.

Rather than scrambling to pull together just-right activities for your students each week, I’m excited to give you a simple solution: a pack of school at home activities your students can complete on their own.

And since we know that some families won’t have access to printers, I made sure to include plenty of printable-free learning options so that every child can participate.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> A teacher letter you can copy and paste in an email to quickly explain your plan to families.

–> A weekly checklist giving kids 25 simple (and fun!) ways to stay engaged and learning.

–> 5 print-and-play activities families can print off at home. This week works on beginning letter and digraph sounds, sight words, addition to 10, subtraction within 10, 2-dimensional shapes, 3-dimensional shapes and fine motor skills.

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Short A Centers

Short A Centers

Focusing on one vowel at a time helps many kids learn to differentiate those tricky middle sounds once and for all.

This mega pack of Short A centers includes 13 playful print-and-play activities honing in on the 8 most common short A word families:

-AB, -AD, -AG, -AM, -AN, -AP, -AT, -AX

Just print and play!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND…

–> 7 motivating game boards

–> 7 no prep spin and color sheets

–> 7 I spy games

–> 8 roll and graph centers

–> Word family puzzles

–> Flip and write game

–> Sound it out building cards

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Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Phonics Games That Make Learning to Read Fun

Teaching kids to read is one of the most important tasks a kindergarten and first grade teacher has. Some students learn quickly, while others need a bit more help.  Enter: phonics games! For those reluctant kids, nothing makes phonics more fun than games. These...

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October Centers

October Centers

Get ready to save TONS of planning time!

This mega pack of October math and literacy centers practices letter sounds, word families, sight words, shapes, graphing and so much more.

All 16 centers are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

–> Rhyming Puzzles

–> Uppercase ABC Game

–> Uppercase-Lowercase ABC Game

–> 5 CVC Word Family Spin and Color Sheets

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Board Game

–> EDITABLE Spin & Write Sight Word Games

–> EDITABLE Cover Up Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Graph

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards for Your Writing Center

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, graphing, addition and subtraction.

–> 3 Sets of Number Puzzles (1-20, Making Ten, Adding to 12)

–> 1-10 Number Dominoes

–> 3 Sets of Build and Compare Challenge Cards (0-20, 0-50, 0-120)

–> One More – One Less Game

–> Subtracting from 10 Write and Wipe Cards

–> 2 Subtraction Mats

–> EDITABLE Math Puzzles

–> 2D Shape Clip Cards

–> 3D Shape Clip Cards

 

THAT’S 16 OCTOBER MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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September Centers

September Centers

Get ready for some serious inspiration! This mega pack of September math and literacy centers practices letter sounds, word families, sight words, shapes, graphing and so much more.

All 15 centers are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

Check out the product description below to see what’s included.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

–> Rhyming Puzzles

–> Rhyming Sort

–> Uppercase ABC Game

–> Uppercase-Lowercase ABC Game

–> Beginning Sound Puzzles

–> CVC Word Family Puzzles

–> CVC Word Family Sort

–> EDITABLE I Spy Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game Board

–> EDITABLE Hide & Seek Sight Word Pocket Chart Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Graph

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards for Your Writing Center

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, graphing, addition and subtraction.

–> Ten Frame Clip Cards

–> 1-120 Base Ten Block Clip Cards

–> Tractor Hide & Seek Number Game

–> One More – One Less Game

–> Addition to 10 Write and Wipe Cards

–> Roll & Subtract Subtraction Game

–> Shape Graph Game

–> EDITABLE Word Graph

 

THAT’S 15 SEPTEMBER MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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August Centers

August Centers

August math and literacy centers just got a whole lot easier to plan! These 19 print-and-play stations practice letter sounds, word families, sight words, shapes, graphing and so much more.

They are perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

–> Rhyming Puzzles

–> Uppercase ABC Pencil Match Up

–> Uppercase-Lowercase ABC Pencil Match Up

–> Beginning Sound Clip Strips

–> EDITABLE Lunch Rush Sight Word Game Board

–> EDITABLE Hide & Seek Sight Word Pocket Chart Game

–> EDITABLE Flip & Write Sight Word Game

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Graph

–> CVC Word Family Puzzles

–> 3 Story Starters + Word Cards

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, graphing, addition and subtraction.

–> 2 Roll & Cover Pattern Block Mats

–> 2 Roll, ADD, Cover Pattern Block Mats

–> Roll & Color Number Game

–> Roll & Add Addition Game

–> Roll & Subtract Subtraction Game

–> Shape Graph Game

–> 4 Graphs of the Week

–> EDITABLE Word Graph

–> 2D Shape Clip Cards (2 versions: read the word + read the shape)

 

THAT’S 19 AUGUST MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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End of Year Centers

End of Year Centers

End of year centers your students will LOVE! Finish the year stronger than ever with 21 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, telling time, skip counting, number bonds and so much more.

The end of year centers are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

The mega pack makes it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> Color Up. Work on letter sounds, digraphs or blends! Simply grab a card, say the word out loud and color the beginning sound.

–> Spin a Word Family. Spin a word, read it and color it on your sheet. There are 5 versions so you can practice every vowel.

–> Word Clip Cards. Have students read and clip CVC words or, if they’re ready for a challenge, give them the Magic E version instead.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the finish line as you read and write sight words along the way!

–> EDITABLE Roll and Write. Roll a die and write the matching word. Because the game is editable, you can practice any words under the sun!

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Puzzles. Match each sight word with its twin! When you’ve finished, write your pairs on your record sheet to practice spelling.

–> EDITABLE Hide and Seek. Play a pocket chart sight word game with the class!

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Card Game. Have students practice their sight words with a friend!

–> 4 Story Starters. Get kids writing with creative story prompts and end of year word cards.

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, telling time, addition and subtraction.

–> Mystery Numbers. Practice counting in numerical order from 1-120.

–> Skip Counting. For students who are ready to be stretched, practice skip counting by 2, 5 or 10 instead.

–> Shape Graph. Work on 2D or 3D shapes AND build graphing skills at the same time. Just spin a shape and add it to the graph!

–> Number Bonds. Figure out the missing number and write it on your number bond!

–> Telling Time 4 in a Row. Read the analog clock and then find the digital time that matches! There are two versions included so that you can easily differentiate for a variety of learners: telling time to the nearest hour and quarter hour.

 

THERE ARE 21 END OF YEAR MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Earth Day Centers

Earth Day Centers

These Earth Day centers make it so easy to plan your math and literacy activities for the week of April 22nd! Just hit print.

This print-and-play pack includes 18 math and literacy centers practicing word families, sight words, telling time, number bonds and so much more.

The Earth Day centers are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS

The mega pack makes it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> Beginning Sounds Color Up. Pick a card from the pile and color the letter that starts with the word shown.

–> Digraph Color Up. For students who are ready to be stretched, practice digraph words instead.

–> Blends Color Up. And for children who need even more of a push, pull out the blends version of the game.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the finish line as you read and write sight words along the way!

–> EDITABLE I Spy Game. Have fun and burn off a little extra energy as kids search the room for sight words and then practice spelling them on their record sheet.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Puzzles. Match each sight word with its twin!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with creative story prompts and Earth Day word cards.

MATH CENTERS

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including numbers, telling time, addition and subtraction.

–> What’s Next? Easily differentiate by having kids focus on the numbers 1-20, 1-50 or 1-120.

–> Roll and Cover. Challenge students to roll two dice, add the numbers together, and then cover up the sum on their pattern block mat.

–> Subtraction Mats. Spin two numbers, write the subtraction problem and solve it!

–> Number Bonds. Have kids complete Earth Day number bonds.

–> Telling Time Puzzles. Read the analog clock and then find the digital time that matches! There are three versions included so that you can easily differentiate for a variety of learners: telling time to the hour, half hour and quarter hour.

–> Color by Shape. Practice naming and recognizing 2D or 3D shapes with a playful game of chance.

–> Shape Graph. Spin a shape and add it to the graph. What shape reaches the top first?

 

THERE ARE 18 EARTH DAY MATH AND LITERACY CENTERS IN ALL!

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Fall Activities

Fall Activities

Looking for fall activities your students will beg to play over and over again?!

This print and play pack includes 14 math and literacy centers practicing letter sounds, word families, sight words, number concept, 2D shapes and so much more.

The fall activities are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for kindergarten and first grade!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY CENTERS:

The mega pack also includes literacy centers that make it so easy to differentiate. Stretch activities for your strong readers and break down the activities for your struggling kiddos.

–> Alphabet Acorns. Such a motivating way to work on letter recognition and upper and lowercase pairing.

–> Letter Sound Puzzles. Find the letter that starts each word. The set even includes digraphs!

–> Rhyming Sort. Find the words that sound the same.

–> Word Family Sort. Sound out 24 CVC words.

–> EDITABLE Sight Word Game. Race to the tree as you read and write sight words along the way.

–> EDITABLE I Spy. Find the sight words hidden around the room. Then write the words in the right spot on your sheet!

–> EDITABLE Color by Sight Word. A fun literacy craftivity!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.\

MATH CENTERS:

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including counting, number writing, patterns and 2D shapes.

–> 1-12 Number Sort. Build number sense as you sort four different ways to write the numbers 1 to 12.

–> Base Ten Puzzles. Count the base ten blocks and find the matching number. It’s a fun way to work on 1 to 120!

–> Roll and Cover. Practice quickly recognizing 1 to 6 OR, for kids who are ready for a stretch, work on adding up to 12.

–> Leaf Patterns. Create AB, ABB, ABCD, AABB, AAB and ABC patterns. Then invite students who are ready for a challenge to create patterns of their own.

–> Write and Wipe Making 10 Cards. Write and solve fall-themed making ten addition problems.

–> Write and Wipe Subtraction Cards. Then invite students to write and solve subtraction within 10!

 

THERE ARE 14 FALL ACTIVITIES IN ALL!

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Farm Activities!

Farm Activities!

Whether you're prepping a farm unit or just need motivating ways to teach STEM, math, science, reading and writing skills, this farm MEGA pack is a must-try. These activities are yours when you become a VIP Plato Pack member. Just join, print, and play! SO EASY TO...

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Fall Short Vowel Sort

Fall Short Vowel Sort

Are your little readers working on reading short vowel words this fall? This sort is the perfect way to practice reading simple words while identifying the medial short vowel sound with a fun seasonal twist. Scroll below to grab your freebie, then make sure to hop...

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Short Vowel Emergent Readers

Short Vowel Emergent Readers

Helping kids notice differences between short vowel sounds can be tricky but, thankfully, these ten short vowel emergent readers are a huge help!  The ten emergent reader books are a motivating and easy prep way to help kids build critical pre-reading skills. Each set...

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Short Vowel Emergent Readers

Short Vowel Emergent Readers

Helping kids notice differences between short vowel sounds can be tricky but, thankfully, these 10 short vowel emergent readers are here to help!

They’re perfect for new readers in Pre-K and Kindergarten.

—————-> Bundle with all of our emergent readers and SAVE!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 10 emergent reader books in color practicing all five vowels PLUS the common sight words “this, is, look, there, a, do, you, see, the, like, my, and, I, can, we, need, is, with, she, could, went, to.”

–> A second set of the same 10 books in black and white in case you’d like to save ink.

–> Matching reading pointers students can use to point underneath each word as they read. The pointers are a playful way to build kids’ one to one correspondence and help them remember to read left to right across the page.

–> Pocket chart cards you can use to practice the text as a whole class or during your read around the room center.

–> Follow up practice pages to use as guided reading activities, morning work, a literacy center or homework.

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Alphabet Posters

Alphabet Posters

These bright and colorful alphabet posters are the perfect addition to your classroom or homeschool!

They’re a helpful tool for Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students who are learning beginning sounds because they can easily match the upper and lowercase alphabet letter to a familiar word that starts with it.

You can even print multiple sheets on a page to make flashcards students can take home for review.

Get ready to add a fun pop of color to your walls!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 26 alphabet posters featuring uppercase and lowercase letters and an image to go along with the letter

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St. Patrick’s Day Activities

St. Patrick’s Day Activities

Looking for St. Patrick’s Day activities your students will beg to play over and over again?!

This print and play pack includes 13 motivating ways to teach alphabet letters, word families, sight words, number concept, graphing, making ten and so much more.

The St. Patrick’s Day activities are easy to differentiate, making them perfect for pre-K and kindergarten!

Check out all the fun details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Alphabet Puzzles. A playful way to work on letter sounds.

–> Rhyming Puzzles. Find the matching words.

–> Perfect Pairs. Sound out 16 pairs of CVC words.

–> EDITABLE Gold Rush Sight Word Game. Race to the gold as you read and write sight words along the way.

–> EDITABLE Leprechaun Words. Write your word list in a St. Patrick’s Day tray!

–> 3 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.

MATH

The set also includes math activities teaching critical skills including counting, number writing, patterns, shapes and graphing.

–> 1-20 Ten Frame Dab. Read the number and then fill your ten frame with that many dots.

–> Shamrock Ten Frames. Spin a number and color the shamrock ten frame to match.

–> Making 10 Challenge Cards and Review Sheet. How many more do you need to make 10?

–> Cut and Paste Patterns. Solve AB, AAB and ABC patterns.

–> Leprechaun Shapes. Spin a shape, name it and graph it. What shape reaches the top first?

–> Counting Clip Cards. Count the St. Patrick’s Day objects and clip the matching number from 1-12.

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Groundhog Day Activities

Groundhog Day Activities

Groundhog Day is just around the corner and this pack makes it easy to add some motivating, groundhog-themed math and literacy centers to your lesson plans. Students will practice letter sounds, sight words, ten frames, graphing, 2D shapes and so much more. The set...

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Letter Sound Wheels

Letter Sound Wheels

These letter sound wheels are absolute alphabet perfection! The playful clip cards are a motivating way to work on beginning sounds.

Clip the words that start with each letter.

But don’t be fooled! Four of the choices aren’t a match.

There’s one wheel for all 26 letters.

—> Bundle with all of our other alphabet activities and SAVE!

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23 Alphabet Centers

23 Alphabet Centers

Get ready to add a huge dose of fun to your alphabet centers! These 23 fun, motivating alphabet games teach kids critical skills including letter names, letter sounds, ABC sequencing, letter formation and uppercase-lowercase pairing. Use them as literacy centers,...

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300+ Word Work Activities… And Growing!

300+ Word Work Activities… And Growing!

Do you spend countless hours hunting down "good fit" word work activities and literacy centers for each of your reading groups? Word work is an amazing way to take students' reading to the next level because it gives kids a chance to play with words - breaking them...

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Playdough Mats

Playdough Mats

These bright and colorful playdough mats give kids hands-on practice with fine motor skills, upper and lowercase letter formation, letter sounds, 2D shapes, counting and writing the numbers 1 to 10.

It’s a mega pack of playdough activities in one easy download.

Print and laminate the mats, grab a batch of playdough, and you’re all set!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 26 uppercase ABC mats

–> 26 lowercase ABC mats

–> 8 two-dimensional shape mats for circle, triangle, rectangle, square, rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon and oval

–> 11 counting mats for 0-10

 

Imagine the hands-on fun and learning in store!

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5 Senses Activity Pack

5 Senses Activity Pack

Teaching the five senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch) helps kids learn how they make observations in the world. That's why it's the perfect science topic for children in preschool, kindergarten or first grade! These 12 motivating, hands-on activities make...

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Sound Boxes

Sound Boxes

Sound boxes (also called "Elkonin boxes") help kids strengthen pre-reading skills by teaching them how to identify and replace phonemes in words. The word "cat", for instance, has three phonemes: /c/ /a/ and /t/. Our mega pack of 102 sound boxes are a playful,...

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Sound Boxes

Sound Boxes

Sound boxes (also called “Elkonin boxes”) help kids build a strong foundation of pre-reading skills by teaching them how to identify and replace phonemes in words.

This mega pack includes 114 sound boxes giving kids practice sounding out 2, 3 and 4 phoneme words.

To play, students say the word out loud normally once and then stretch out the word slowly. They tap their finger (or slide a manipulative) into a box for each phoneme they hear.

Step up the fun by using the sound boxes with a variety of manipulatives: sliding counting chips, driving in Matchbox cars, squishing balls of playdough, clipping small clothespins, sliding LEGO bricks, or writing an X with a dry erase marker.

Children will soon be able to name and replace phonemes in a snap!

NOTE: All of our activity packs are instant downloads.

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STEM Challenge: Write Computer Code

STEM Challenge: Write Computer Code

We've all heard it a million times. In an increasingly techy world, computer coding is "the wave of the future." But what does "coding" really mean and how in the world are we supposed to actually TEACH it?! Thankfully, teaching kids computer code has never been...

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Must-Play Beginning Sound Games

Must-Play Beginning Sound Games

As children learn how to read, the part of words they are able to isolate and spell first are beginning sounds. It is as though their brain works so hard to pull apart that first sound that the rest of the letters just melt away. These eleven beginning sound games are...

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Beginning Sound Activity Pack

Beginning Sound Activity Pack

As children learn how to read, the part of words they are able to isolate and spell first are beginning sounds. It is as though their brain works so hard to pull apart that first sound that the rest of the letters just melt away.

These eleven beginning sound games are the perfect combination of fun and effective for kids! Children will be ready to move on to ending sounds in no time.

Check out all of the motivating details below.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Clip cards

–> Alphabet match up puzzles

–> 5 game boards

–> Color by sound no prep sheets

–> Sound sort

–> Mystery beginning sound no prep sheets

–> Beginning sound cover up mats (in color and black and white)

 

NOTE: All of our activities are instant downloads.

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Bug and Butterfly Centers

Bug and Butterfly Centers

If you’re looking for motivating bug and butterfly activities for Pre-K or kindergarten, this set is for you!

The bug and butterfly set includes plenty of variety so that you can easily differentiate for different learners. Work on alphabet letters, word families, sight words, counting, adding, life cycles and so much more!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> Rainbow butterflies practicing upper and lowercase pairs

–> Alphabet puzzles working on letter sounds

–> 2 EDITABLE sight word games

–> Rhyming clip cards

–> Word family clip cards and writing activity

–> 0-20 counting clip cards

–> Ten frame coloring sheets

–> Roll and cover pattern block mats practicing counting and adding

–> Ladybug addition sheets

–> Butterfly life cycle hats

–> Butterfly life cycle posters

–> Ladybug life cycle wheels

–> Ladybug life cycle posters

–> 4 story starters

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2D Shape Activities

2D Shape Activities

The 2D Shape Activity Pack is bursting with motivating ways to learn about circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, ovals, rhombuses, trapezoids, hexagons, stars and hearts!! Clip 2D shape sandwiches, make interactive shape flap books, play dice games and so much...

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Handwriting Activity Pack

Handwriting Activity Pack

These NO PREP handwriting activity sheets make it fun for kids to practice letter names, letter formation and letter sounds!

BIG UPDATE–> The pack now includes D’Nealian handwriting pages and British English versions that ask kids to “colour” instead of “color”.

Use the covers to bind them together as an engaging handwriting book or have kids work on the sheets one at a time!

The handwriting activity sheets are great to use as morning work, word work stations, supplemental handwriting practice or alphabet activity in kindergarten or preschool.

 

STUDENTS WILL:

–> Write upper and lowercase letters with highlighters,

–> Rainbow write them with six colors of crayons (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple),

–> Write them in boxes

–> Trace them on a line

–> And color a word that starts with the sound

 

These handwriting activity sheets are so motivating! Just print and play.

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Our Instagram Reel

Our Instagram Reel

Welcome Instagram friends! This is the place to find all of our latest posts in one spot. Simply scroll down and click on the activity you're searching for - our newest posts are on top. Spring STEM Challenges in our shop // on Teachers Pay Teachers 3D Shape Puzzles...

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Classroom Management Hacks

Classroom Management Hacks

The hardest part of teaching is the thing they don't cover in teachers' education programs - classroom management! It's what makes a day turn from jump-to-the-sky-amazing to don't-want-to-ever-come-back-again-awful. Classroom management is undoubtedly one of the...

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Gingerbread ABC Match Up

Gingerbread ABC Match Up

I always think the pumpkin season is our favorite classroom theme... until it is time for gingerbread! This Gingerbread ABC Game is a simple way to incorporate some seasonal fun into mastering letters and sounds, ABC order and even CVC words! When you're dong...

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Thanksgiving Centers

Thanksgiving Centers

Gobble, gobble! Get into the Thanksgiving spirit with a math and literacy pack that’s perfect for preschool and kindergarten.

The 16 motivating math and literacy activities include ABC games, counting activities, sight word games, little reader books, graphing sheets, rhyming clip cards and more.

Check out all the fun details below!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LITERACY

–> Rhyming Clip Cards. Build rhyming skills.

–> Handwriting Pages. Practice letter formation and letter sounds.

–> Alphabet Dab. Work on letter recognition and upper-lowercase pairs.

–> Mayflower Race. Race around the game board reading and writing sight words!

–> Roll and Write. Roll the die and write the word that matches.

–> 5 Story Starters. Get kids writing with fun story prompts.

–> Little Reader Books. Practice early reading skills with two emergent readers: Five Little Turkeys and I Love My Family.

 

MATH

–> 1 to 20 Clip Cards. A fun counting, number recognition and fine motor activity in one.

–> Ten Frame Dab. Practice the numbers 1 to 20 with a playful ten frame game.

–> Color by Ten Frame. A motivating way to build number concept.

–> Feather Patterns. Practice AB, AAB, ABB, ABC and AABB patterns with a Thanksgiving twist.

–> Cut and Paste Patterns. Find the missing Thanksgiving picture!

–> Roll and Graph. Roll the dice, add the dots together and graph the matching number.

–> Adding to Ten. How many more wishbones do you need to make ten?

–> Subtracting Sheets. Roll the die and take away that many pies. How many are left?

 

NOTE: All of our products are instant downloads.

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Learning About Sound

Learning About Sound

We love kids' science and these echolocation activities are a fun way to learn about sound. I have fond and vivid memories of playing in a deep and wide sand pit yelling at the top of my lungs. I'd wait and listen as my shout travelled across the way and bounced back...

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Superhero ABC Game

Superhero ABC Game

ABC games are a motivating way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. This superhero-themed alphabet match up takes the fun to a whole new level. As kids pair upper and lowercase letters together, they magically build an awesome superhero. This ABC game is a...

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Motivating Girls’ Writing Pack

Motivating Girls’ Writing Pack

If you're looking for a motivating way to get girls writing, you've come to the right spot. This writing set is packed with eye catching covers, engaging story prompts and awesome extras all about things girls love most. The instant download's an easy way to help...

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Awesome Boys’ Writing Pack

Awesome Boys’ Writing Pack

As a former kindergarten teacher and mom to two preschool boys, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to make writing fun for boys. That's why I set out on a mission to create a motivating writing journal that every boy on the planet would love. This awesome...

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Vowel Team Centers

Vowel Team Centers

Practicing vowel teams? This mega pack includes 14 centers and 9 posters focusing on nine of the most common vowel teams: -AI, -AY, -EA, -EE, -IE, -OA, -OE, -UE, and -UI.

Play a vowel team board game, solve a batch of clip cards, roll and graph vowel team words… There are so many fun options in one easy download!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 9 “When 2 Vowels Go Walking” Posters

–> Vowel Team Bingo (Class Set)

–> Say It, Spell It

–> Dab the Real Word

–> Word Sort

–> Clip Cards

–> Color by Word Family

–> Real or Nonsense

–> Bowling Bash Board Game

–> Firehouse Dash Board Game

–> Police Zip Board Game

–> Hide and Seek Pocket Chart Game

–> Roll and Graph

–> Popcorn Sort

–> Vowel Team Puzzles

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15 Genius Teacher Tips

15 Genius Teacher Tips

These 15 genius teacher tips are sure to save you valuable time, money and sanity. Gotta' love that, right?! Find a few favorites to add to your must-try list and then hop over and grab our free lesson planner and organizer so you can keep organized all year long....

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Short Vowel Word Family Centers

Short Vowel Word Family Centers

These 18 literacy centers make it fun for kids to practice reading and writing 40 of the most common short vowel word families:

-AB, -AD, -AG, -AM, -AN, -AP, -AT, -AX, -EB, -ED, -EG, -EM, -EN, -ET, -IB, -ID, -IG, -IM, -IN, -ING, -IP, -IT, -IX, -OB, -OD, -OG, -OM, -OP, -OT, -OX, -UB, -UD, -UG, -UM, -UN, -UP, -US, -UT, -UX and -UT.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

–> 5 Word Family Posters

–> Word Family Puzzles

–> No Prep Color by Word Family Sheets

–> Word Family Mats

–> CVC Clip Strips

–> Say and Spell Task Cards

–> 5 Pocket Chart Games

–> 2 Word Family Sorts

–> 9 Word Family Board Games

 

That’s 18 motivating short vowel word family centers in all!

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Word Work Bundle

Word Work Bundle

BUNDLE AND SAVE! Add HUNDREDS of motivating word work stations to your collection so you can easily differentiate your literacy centers for a variety of reading levels. Print one center for students who are practice letter sounds, pull another center for kids who are working on blends…

The Word Work Bundle includes ALL of my phonics and sight word packs… including all of the EDITABLE ones… so you have everything you need in one spot.

It’s tailor-made for preschool, kindergarten and first grade teachers.

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

The MEGA bundle includes 450+ centers practicing sight words and phonics skills:

–> Rhyming

–> Syllable segmenting

–> Names

–> Alphabet letter names and sounds

–> Beginning sounds

–> Short vowels

–> CVC words

–> Beginning digraphs

–> Ending digraphs

–> Beginning blends

–> Ending blends

–> Vowel teams

–> Magic E words

–> Diphthongs

–> R-controlled vowels

–> Compound words

–> Sight Words

–> Reading fluency

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23 Alphabet Centers

23 Alphabet Centers

Get ready for some serious fun! These 23 alphabet centers teach kids critical skills including letter names, letter sounds, ABC sequencing, letter formation and uppercase-lowercase pairing.
 
Use them as literacy centers, morning work or small group activities. Just print and play!

 

INSIDE YOU’LL FIND:

LETTER RECOGNITION

–> Hidden Letter Sheets

–> Alphabet Stamping

–> Letter in My Name Sort

–> Curvy, Straight Letter Shape Sort

–> Alphabet Clip Cards

–> Alphabet Memory

–> Little Mouse Alphabet House Game

LETTER FORMATION

–> Handwriting Activity Sheets (in standard AND D’nealian fonts)

–> Alphabet Tic Tac Toe

–> ABC Hide and Seek

–> Race to the Top

–> Matchbox Car Tracing

LETTER SOUND

–> Alphabet Chant

–> Alphabet Charts (in color AND black and white)

–> Alphabet Match Up

–> Phonics Clip Cards

–> Phonics Match Up

–> Alphabet Wheels

ABC SEQUENCING

–> Paperclip Letters

–> Missing Letters Game

–> Missing Letters Clip Cards

Bundle with our fine motor and preschool math pack and save here!

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20 ABC Games for Boys

20 ABC Games for Boys

ABC games are a great way to teach kids the names and sounds of letters. What makes this roundup of 20 ABC games a little different is that it's filled with boy-tested and strongly approved activities that are about the things boys love most. No worksheets allowed. So...

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Bug Number Bonds

Bug Number Bonds

We've been busy planting in the garden almost everyday and with a 2 and 4 year-old our yard, work inevitably turns into bug hunting.  So I took my 4 year old's fascination with insects and used it to practice number bonds with this simple, quick prep activity. And if...

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Spin a Word Family

Spin a Word Family

Learning word families is a fast way to help children recognize a lot of new words quickly because they are groups of words that share the same sound and spelling. By learning the ending {-og} for instance, your child quickly understands how to read and write {dog,...

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Alphabet Ball

Alphabet Ball

With three kids who are 4 and under in our house, we play ABC games nearly every day. There are so many fun ways to practice letter names and sounds and Alphabet Ball is one of our favorites. It's a low prep, active way to help kids practice the ABCs. Want more ABC...

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