Handwriting for Preschoolers: I is for Ice Cream

Are you on the hunt for handwriting practice for preschool aged kids?  Search no more because we have an awesome (and free) printable you can use while you’re teaching your little one.

Handwriting for preschoolers does not have to stressful, it can be really fun! What better way than having fun recognizing that I is for ice cream.

This printable allows you to help your young learned trace the the letter I, both capital and lowercase, with his finger. There are numbered steps to help along the way.

handwriting practice for preschoolers i is for ice cream

 

Then, there is a line dedicated to tracing the uppercase letter I. Encourage your little one to trace all of the big I’s with his pencil or a crayon or a marker.

Next, trace all of the lowercase letter i’s.

The third row is alternating uppercase and lowercase letters to trace.

Finally, the last row is for them to independently write uppercase and lowercase Ii’s.

Honestly, my youngest is six and his attention span and desire to do busy work like this is limited. We do one or two rows of this work in one sitting. Spread this work out over the course of a couple of days if you need too!

PRINT THIS LETTER I PRINTABLE HERE —> click to print

 

 

More Letter I Activities for Kids

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Preschool Do a Dot Printables: Bugs

Just because it is summer does not mean we can’t have fun learning at home.

Maybe you’re a homeschooler like us and you will continue to learn through the summer.

Either way this printable packet is perfect for boys or girls. It is all about bugs. Preschoolers, Pre-k’ers and Kindergartners will love it!

Let’s dig in!

preschool do a dot printables bugs

 

You Will Need:

There are seven pages to this packet.

The first page focuses on the better Bb.

Grab your do a dot markers.

Find all of the big B’s. Mark them with the yellow do a dot.

Find all of the little b’s and mark them with the green do a dot marker.

How many big B’s are there? How many little b’s are there? Count them!

preschool do a dot printables bugs

Now let’s take a look at all the bugs that fly.

Use the blue do a dot marker to find all the bugs the fly.

Use the red do a dot marker to find all of the bugs that crawl.

preschool do a dot printable bugs

My kids love to color.

Use crayons, markers, map pencils or watercolors to color the page all about bugs.

kids color pages: bugs

 

Does your little one know what odd numbers are? No worries, they do not have to know odd numbers to do this page, but it is a great way to expose them!

There is one caterpillar.

There are three dragonflies.

There are five snails.

And, there are seven ants.

One, three, five and seven.

 

preschool do a dot printables bugs

 

How many circles are on the caterpillar? Fill them in.

preschool do a dot printables: bigs

Find the letter B.

Use your green do a dot marker to find all of the big B’s.

Use your orange marker to find all of the little b’s.

find the letter b

 

Help the bee find it’s way to the hive.  How many dots does it take?

preschool do a dot printables: letter b maze

 

Have fun learning this summer!

Letter of the Week: Find the Letter (Ii is for Igloo)

These Find the Letter Printables: Ii is for Igloo will help your preschool and early-elementary aged children work on recognizing the letter I among many other letters of the alphabet.  This Ii themed worksheet is a perfect extra for your Letter of the Week studies!

Letter Recognition is one of the first skills our toddlers and preschoolers need to help them learn to read.  Before they can read they have to understand what sounds letters make!  So, as your child finds the letter I on this printable, play a game of what starts with I or just sing a song of I :-)

letter of the week - alphabet recognition - find the letter I is for Igloo

I love sharing my free Find the Letter Printables so that you have the necessary resources to teach your children all about the Alphabet.  I hope you find these homeschooling freebies useful for you in your educational adventures!

Ideas For Using This Worksheet:

You can have the kids learn shapes by putting a circle around the capital ‘I’ and a square around the Lower Case ‘i’.  They could use different colors: for example, green around the “big I” and blue around the “little i”.  You could also grab a set of Do A Dot Art Markers Find The Letter: A is for Angels (affiliate link) so they can just dab over the right letters!  No matter how you decide to use these worksheets, they are a simple way to reinforce alphabet recognition!

Plus, it is a coloring page – woot!  So, add a bit of fine motor development to this educational task as well. :-)

More FREE Find the Letter Resources:

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Name Practice for Preschoolers: Easter Printable

Most of the time Matthew loves to work on writing his name. I say most of the time because he is a boy and boys don’t always want to sit down and work with pencil and paper. This is one of the great benefits of homeschooling- I lead my day based on the needs of each child.

Name practice for preschoolers is fun. I enjoy sharing these themed printables for our little ones to use and work on handwriting skills.

Today I am going to share with you a three page printable that is perfect for practicing writing their names, create a story or just being creative. This packet really is versatile with many possibilities for learning.

name practice for preschoolers easter printable

You Will Need:

Matthew loves when I give him school work on a craft tray. I think it gets him in the mood for learning and all of his things are all together in one place.

Print out the three page printable set. I like to use cardstock, but print it on regular white printer paper if you want.

I take a bright colored highlighter and write his name neatly on one line of the printable.

name practice for preschoolers easter printable

 Matthew uses the pencil to trace over it.

Repeat on other lines working together to spell his name.

Say the letters aloud as each of your write them.

The purpose of this is to increase motor skills with pencil holding and writing, as well as improve writing skills and learn the order of the letters in the child’s name.

Matthew’s handwriting is not perfect, but I firmly believe in letting them lead the way. His writing skills will develop and grow as we work on this more and as he matures.

name practice for preschoolers Easter printable

 Like I said before, there are three pages to this printable.

The first page has bunnies.

The second page has Easter eggs and a basket.

The last page celebrates Spring.

name practice for preschoolers Easter printable

Another activity you can do when working on name practice for preschoolers is to incorporate reusable dry erase pockets. I love these for two reasons.

First, it keeps learning fun. My boys love to use markers and alternatives to just paper and pencil.

Second, I love that this allows us to recycle. We can reuse this paper over and over again using the paper sleeve. Just write, erase and create again.

preschool name practice easter theme

 I use the same method where I use a highlighter to write his name for him and then let him use the dry erase marker to trace over it.

We say the letters aloud as we go along, reinforcing how to spell his name.

reusable dry erase pocket

 

Get creative and have fun learning.

This preschool season is so short. Enjoy each and every day and never make learning a chore for you or your preschooler.

name practice for preschoolers Easter printable

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Preschool Do a Dot Printables: Spring

Matthew and I’ve had so much fun doing these preschool do a dot printables! We love to incorporate them into our homeschool day. These printables are also perfect for parents doing preschool at home with their kiddos or just supplementing as time together at the kitchen table for extra skill development and enrichment.

This month our theme focuses on Spring, just in time for the seasons changing!

We are going to incorporate many skills. The do a dots are a great fine motor skill and following directions activity. We will do letter recognition, counting, adding, recognizing colors and using crayons for the kid color pages.

We like to break these pages up over a couple of days. I prefer that learning is fun for Matthew (who will be 5 soon). You do what works best for your little one. You can do one a day, all at once, or in small chunks.

Also, feel free to do these in any order you want.

Let’s get started.

preschool do a dot printables spring

You Will Need:

This page focuses on recognizing the big S and the little s.

Have your little one use a yellow do a dot marker on all of the big S’s.

Then have them use an orange do a dot marker to find all of the small ones.

preschool do a dot printables spring

Next let’s count!

Let your little one use whatever color do a dot marker they want to count each section.

1 sun

2 pinwheels

3 swings

4 tulips

 

preschool do a dots spring counting

This page is fun for building those fine motor skills.

Find your green do a dot marker and fill in all of the circles on the tree.

Then use the yellow do a dot marker to fill in all the circles on the sun.

Use the red do a dot marker for the wagon and which ever colors you choose for the flower-pot, watering can and wagon wheels.

This is such a fun page!

preschool do a dot printables tree wagon and sun

 

This page involves process of illumination. You can skip it if your little one is too young.

Mark the things that happen in Spring with the orange do a dot marker.

Mark the things that happen  in the Fall with a blue do a dot marker.

 

preschool do a dot printables what happens in spring

Now let’s add!

Mark the dots under each image and count out loud.

This simple math is so much fun!

 

spring do a dots adding by 2s

We love kids color pages! This is perfect for older kids too.

Be creative and color the Spring picture as we welcome the warmer weather!

preschool do a dot printables color pages

 

And finally there is a simple maze.

Use a do a dot marker of your choice to follow the bike to the park! Another great fine motor skill!

preschool do a dot printables mazes

 

Enjoy!

Easter Activity Ideas: Math Printables for Kids

Who is ready for some Easter activity ideas that involve learning with your kids?

I created a five page packet of Easter printables that are perfect for most preschoolers, all Pre K aged kids and many Kindergartners would find this collection fun as well.

These are great for homeschoolers as well as moms and dads doing their own preschool at home. Parents wanting to do extra enriching at home with their kids who attend school outside of the home, will enjoy these printables as well.

If you are hosting Easter festivities at your house this year, these would be fun to print out and have at the kids’ table to keep them occupied while dinner is coming together.

easter activities for kids math printables

You can print these math printables for kids here.

Feel free to do all of the pages at one time or space them out over a couple of days.

The first page is simple addition using the numbers 0-9 within the math problem.

There are seven math problems total.

The blue egg is the space for them to capture their answer.

easter activity ideas math printable for kids

 The next page asks that you fill in the missing number.

There are six separate rows.

For some rows you need to fill in one missing number. For other rows there are two missing numbers, etc.

Again, you are working with numbers 0-9.

easter activity ideas math printable for kids

 The next printable is counting eggs.

How many eggs are there? Circle the correct number.

easter activity ideas math printable for kids

 Let’s count eggs again.

Draw a line from the number on the left to the number of eggs on the right.

This is the perfect time to talk about left and right as well.

easter activity ideas math printable for kids

 This printable requires the most work.

There are 25 empty eggs.

Start at the left and work your way to the right numbering the eggs from 1-25.

This is the perfect time to remind your little one we work from left to right and from top to bottom.

easter activity ideas math printable for kids

 Enjoy!

Artwork for these printables are from https://www.scrappindoodles.com.

 

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Hand Print Art: Z is for Zebra

Hi everyone! It’s our last week posting over here on Crystal & Co. for the alphabet hand print art series. Our last post is ‘Z is for Zebra‘ made with a hand cutout instead of a hand print. If you’d like to see a painted one, you may like this safari handprint craft we made a few years back. Instead of using our usual white paper for this letter craft, my preschooler and I turned it into a collage art project. We love the look of collages! It’s rather simple to make.

Hand Print Art: Z is for Zebra

Supplies Needed:

Instructions for making the Hand Print Zebra:

Trace the child’s hand on white paper using a pencil. Cut around it. Ask them to draw on zebra stripes, the hooves, and eye. For some extra learning, have them count the stripes as they are drawing them.

Take a sheet of brown construction paper and have your preschooler rip a few strips from it. Use a paintbrush to add glue to the strips. The paintbrush is optional and was used to ensure that all the edges stuck down. A glue stick would also work. Stick them along the bottom edge of a blue sheet of construction paper.

Glue the zebra on. Make the black hair and a tail using a marker or black paint.

Hand Print Art - Z is for Zebra

Tear a circle shape from yellow and about 5 thin strips. Glue on as a sun. Take a cotton ball and spread it into two sections. Glue these on as clouds.

Optional: Write Z is for Zebra.

Now you have a really cute collage art project to display on the refrigerator!

Hand Print Art Zebra - Letter Z Craft

 

Now that we’ve finished the entire hand print art for the alphabet series, which one has been your favorite? 

My favorites are the alligator, butterfly, and watermelon. My preschooler’s favorites are the butterfly and dog. You can see them all here. Hope you enjoyed the series and please do stop by our blog to say hi!

– Amanda

Egg Science Unit Study for Kindergarten Through Second Grade

Hi! I’m Laura and I blog about crafts, decorating and more over at Lessons From The Lake.

I am so excited to be at Crystal and Comp. today!

I am a retired teacher and curriculum writer, mom of 6 adult children, 5 dogs and a cat! My husband and I live on a beautiful lake in South Carolina.

Enough about me, let’s jump into this Egg-cellent lesson!

Egg-cellent Science for K-2

Children love learning about science! In this lesson, children will learn about the parts of the egg while becoming a scientist and using their observation and predicting skills.

science with eggs

The lesson has the learning objectives of:

1. Students will identify the parts of the egg.
2. Students will use observation skills to tell the difference in a raw and hard-boiled egg.
3. Students will predict which egg will wobble.

The downloads also include what you need to do before the lesson, the materials needed for the lesson and a they will walk you step-by-step in conducting the lesson (even how to boil the eggs, if you need help with that :} )

Here is an actual picture of the parts of the egg to help you in the lesson. The lesson has a 2-D picture (with answer key), but I thought a real one would also be helpful.

Keep in mind that the chalaza may not be as pronounced as the one in this photograph. Also, I added a dot to the germinal disc because it doesn’t show up very well in the photo. You may or may not be able to see the germinal disc on your egg. If you really want to see one, keep cracking eggs until you do!

The packet also includes recommended books, websites and even ways to extend the lesson for your children. And here are a couple of other things you can do with eggs:

Make an egg bounce!

Place a raw egg into a jar and cover with vinegar. Leave egg in vinegar for 2-3 days or until shell is completely dissolved. Rinse egg in water. Gently drop egg on floor or counter from about 1 foot in the air and watch it bounce! It will break eventually and from a higher dropping point.

You can make this into a prediction activity too by asking the children how high they believe it can drop before it breaks.

Examine the egg more closely

Look at shell from the boiled egg. Identify the air sac at end of one shell. The air sac helps cushion the chick while it develops.

Also identify the egg membrane on the shell. The membrane is another protective barrier for the chick and also helps get the air (that comes from the pores in the shell) to the chick while it is developing.

eggs, children's science activities

After looking at the raw egg and identifying the parts, the children can take a toothpick and break the membrane around the yolk. Gently poke the yolk, which will pierce the membrane. The yolk will ooze out! (Note: The membrane around the yolk is not the same membrane that is seen inside the shell)

 

I hope you enjoy all this Egg-cellent science with your children!

Thanks for having me Crystal!

 

Hand Print Art: Y is for Yak

Hi everyone! Today’s hand print art alphabet post is a ‘Y is for Yak’ craft. Not sure what a yak is? It’s a herd animal that belongs to the same family as cows, buffalo, and bison. They have long, shaggy hair including a long, bushy tail and horns that are curved. They are usually dark brown to black, but sometimes they can be white and brown. I told my preschooler that it has lots of hair so it can stay warm in the Winter – like a jacket! She learned that they live in the mountains. I also told her that some are ‘workers’ that are often used for carrying heavy things across the mountains.

What fun facts do you teach the kids about this large animal? Don’t forget to check the end of the post for even more letter ‘Y’ learning activities for preschoolers!

Hand Print Art: Y is for Yak

Supplies Needed:

Hand Print Yak Instructions:

First, have the child paint their hand with either brown or black paint. Make a print on a sheet of construction paper. Repeat with a second handprint placed next to the 1st one. You may omit the thumb or overlap it with the 1st print. The thumb from the first print creates the tail.

Hand Print Yak

Turn the page so the fingers are pointed downwards. Make a third print, but with just the palm painted and placed at the top-right of the handprint you made that doesn’t have the thumb showing. Let dry.

Draw or paint 4 short legs under the fingers. The fingers represent the shaggy hair. Draw black hooves.

Add a fluffy hair-do if you’d like. Draw the curved horns and ears from this. Make the nose area with nostrils and a mouth.

Hand Print Yak

Write ‘Y is for Yak’ next to it.

Can you believe there’s only one more post for this series to go after this week?! It’s a fun zebra craft so be sure not to miss it!

Hand Print Art: Y is for Yak

Looking for more things to do as you learn the letter Y?

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Letter of the Week Activities for Preschoolers (Letter Y)

12 Accommodations and Modifications for Dyslexic Children in Public School

Do you have a child who is Dyslexic and you’re spinning your wheels to get help for him or her in the classroom?

I have been there. We homeschool now but this was something we worked through when one of our boys was in public school.

There is a process to obtaining these accommodations and modifications for your Dyslexic child, but it can be done.

 

Accoomodations for Dyslexic Children

These are resources that are working for Anthony. I am not a professional, simply a mom who has watched our journey evolve. When our journey began I had no idea what resources, accommodations, modifications, etc., were available to us, nor did I understand the process needed when asking for these tools. And in our situation the school did not just offer them. We had to ask- aside from the two year dyslexia program Anthony was enrolled in when his diagnosis was given. While this two year dyslexia program is great, there are needs that must be met in the traditional classroom setting and in his day to day learning.

 

Accommodations and Modifications for Dyslexic Children:

1) Alphasmart– this is a lap size computer device that can be used in a simple manner or a more complex manner. There are different versions available- some with more frills than others. We have a basic version. This year the school supplied Anthony with three- one that stays at home, one that stays in his main classroom, and one to use in his reading classroom. At home we use it to practice for his spelling test and practice writing stories. You can also have it link up to your printer so the student can print out what he types. What is so great about this device is sometimes words and letters get lost for a dyslexic student when going from their mind, to their pencil, to their paper. How do I make that letter? Did I spell that word right? Can the teacher read my writing? The Alphasmart allows the student to focus on the story they want to tell instead of fearing their penmanship might not be legible, wondering if they spelled each word correctly, etc. With some versions you can even upload worksheets and allow the student to complete some of their classwork using the Alphasmart. Find what works best for your child. Right now the basic version meets our needs.

2) Break Instruction into Parts– this is a simple request. Sometimes dyslexic students become very overwhelmed when given too many tasks or

steps at one time. Ask the teacher(s) to break things down into steps for your student.

3) Online Reading– likely your child’s classroom has a computer. Ask that your student be given time to read online. Sometimes just changing the medium in which a story is delivered can make the reading process easier for a dyslexic child. Ask that your child be given 20-30 minutes of reading computer time each day if available. (You can also do this at home!)

4) Modified Spelling List– if your child is dyslexic and is struggling with their spelling tests each week, there is absolutely no reason to put your child through that stress and feeling of failure. Ask that his spelling test be modified according to his learning needs. This is how it is implemented for us; Anthony is pulled out of his classroom each day for 45 minutes of intense training with his dyslexia teacher (this is part of the two year program). While working on things like decoding, fluency, accuracy, comprehension and phonological needs, his dyslexia teacher identifies where Anthony’s struggles are each week and his next spelling list is developed based on his current needs and struggles. This is genius and directly affects his success! (If your student excels and enjoys the computer and penmanship is a struggle, it is not out of line to request that he be allowed to take his spelling test using the computer or an Alphasmart.)

5) Request Regular Feedback– the dyslexia teacher at our school travels to other campuses. It is not always possible to find her on on campus, but I like feedback. I do not want to arrive at the end of a six weeks (or even a 3 week progress update) where I am suddenly being told Anthony is not meeting the mark for specific areas. We have an agreement that his dyslexia teacher updates us each day in his school planner with a quick note about how he is doing. A simple smiley face, a quick note that his behavior was not ideal, or a happy message that he is souring with his decoding skills is great. It allows us to know where we need to work harder at home.

6) Close Seating to Instruction– if your child struggles with being independent or lacks confidence it can be ideal to have him seated close to instruction.

how to help a struggling reader

7) Access to Reading Programs–  such as RFB&D (recording for the blind and dyslexic) is a program for children and adults. Their program gives your student access to over 60,000 audio books for free. The audio access allows you to download books directly to a Microsoft Windows based computer. You should be able to obtain your free one year membership via your public school system or by visiting this link https://custhub.rfbd.org/registration. This is available to any student in the public, private or homes-schooled setting that has a certified print disability. Textbooks, novels, chapter books, etc., are included in their audio access library.

8) MP3 Player or Kindle– the school system can pay for this tool for you. It is simply another resource that allows your child to enjoy reading. We were assigned an MP3 player and it is at home with us. It is another option for downloaded books and allowing him to listen to them and read along while he finds his love for reading.

9) Access to Title One Reading Programs– because we are in a Title One school here in Texas, there is additional funding given to our school for at risk students who need extra help with skills such a reading. You do not have to have a learning difference or disability to participate in this program it is simply extra one-on-one learning for your child. A Title One reading program is offered at our school and was made available to Anthony this school year. He stays after school two days per week and gets additional one-on-one reading instruction for 30-45 minutes.

10) Whisper Phone– this is a nifty tool that can be very helpful to a dyslexic student when reading independently. You can read more about the whisper phone online. Anthony’s teacher actually has a knock-off version of this phone made using PVC pipe. Some dyslexic children need to hear themselves when they are reading but in the classroom this can get loud. The whisper phone idea allows the student to read to themselves in a whisper and the phone amplifies their voice and helps with comprehension.

11) Not Penalized For Spelling Errors– in traditional classwork, your student should not be counted off for, or penalized for, spelling errors. Obviously this does not apply to spelling tests. Why shoot their self esteem down by losing points on a writing assignment? The focus should be good content and good story telling.

12) Buddy or Peer– it can be helpful to have a buddy or peer identified in the classroom that your child can count on if the teacher is busy and he needs help pronouncing a word, or needs to ask for guidance that a peer can assist him with. Obviously the guidelines need to be identified ahead of time. You do not want your student being a burden to another student, but team work can do wonders!

Initially we were not greeted with open arms and were actually cautioned that we were potentially hampering his learning and were told he could be successful without them. On the other hand, the school did customarily offer accommodations on all state standardized tests. You know, the tests that directly effect their scores, overall standing with the state, and potentially their funding.

Tell me, what has your experience been when seeking accommodations and modifications for your child in the public school setting? What is working for your child and what is not working? I would love to hear from you.