7 simple steps for beginning handwriting practice

7 simple steps for teaching kids to write the alphabet

Are you teaching young children to write the alphabet?  Today I’m sharing seven simple steps for beginning handwriting practice.   Looking for some creative ways to learn to write the alphabet?  Here are the seven steps I follow when teaching my kids to write their letters. 1. Fill a large block letter with objects that begin with the letter’s sound. You can print one of my large block letters in uppercase… 

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Counting: Free preschool printables

free printables for counting practice

Today I’ve put together a collection of free preschool printables. Looking for free preschool printables? Today I’m guest posting over at Teaching Mama with eight free preschool printables for counting practice. Visit Teaching Mama to see the post and download your freebies! P.S. Have you seen my growing collection of free math printables? Looking for more math ideas?  Follow me on Pinterest! Follow The Measured Mom’s board Preschool Math on Pinterest.

Math Activities with Counting Bears (for ages 2-8)

ways to learn with counting bears

Looking for math activities with counting bears?  You’ll find ideas in here for toddlers all the way through second grade! (This post contains affiliate links.) We had  a set of bear counters in our closet that were just sitting there, so I spent the last couple of weeks finding math ideas for my toddler, preschooler, kindergartner, and second grader.  If you have a set of bears, all the activities are free! And… 

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Free Bear Counter Pattern Strips for Preschoolers

free bear counter pattern strips for preschool

Do you have a set of bear counters? Even if you don’t, you can use these 25 free pattern strips with your preschooler! *This post contains affiliate links. We’ve been doing a lot of math with our counting bears to go along with our exploration of the Letter B.  Today I’m sharing a set of free printable bear pattern strips.  My Four couldn’t resist! Last week I printed a set… 

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Free printable letters in lowercase!

lowercase block letters

Looking for printable letters?   Today I’m sharing an entire lowercase set! Have you seen my set of uppercase block letters?  I use them with my preschoolers when introducing new letters and reviewing letter sounds.  Today I’m sharing a lowercase set.  You can use these in a variety of ways! Four ways to use my free block letters Print a letter and have your child fill it with objects that start with… 

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Creative subtraction worksheets and more (plus a new linky!)

spinning subtraction

Thanks for sharing your great ideas last week! The After School Linky was packed with great activities for learning and fun! Try these free spinning subtraction pages from 3 Dinosaurs.  I love these creative subtraction worksheets!  They’re such a great break from the traditional pages. Get  a free printable of prompts to use when your child is stuck on a word from Growing Book by Book. Fabulous!  I think my boys will… 

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Your Questions… ANSWERED!

your questions answered august 2014

Last week I asked if you had any teaching, homeschooling, or parenting questions for me. You answered! In reading your questions, I noticed that some of you aren’t quite sure what I do over here. So let me explain. I am neither teacher nor homeschooler, but I am both teacher and homeschooler. What? Currently I am a stay-at-home mom. My kids are 7, almost 6, 4, 2, and 7 months. But… 

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7 fun activities for toddlers using BUBBLES!

7 fun ways to play with bubbles

Looking for some fun activities for toddlers?  Make some bubbles! Do you have a toddler in your house? Our little guy is 2 1/2.  Not quite a preschooler, but a busy little guy who’s learning every day.   After seeing his fascination with the soap bubbles as I wash dishes, I knew he’d love to make some bubbles of his own.  Today I’m sharing seven simple activities for toddlers – all… 

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Here is the Beehive rhyme for kids (with finger puppets)

Here is the Beehive Finger Puppets

Today I’m sharing a favorite rhyme for kids: Here is the Beehive.  My kids have loved this one since they were little. This is the last in a series of free finger puppets that I’m sharing with Malia of Playdough to Plato.  Today’s rhyme is a favorite at our house because it ends with a tickle!  Here is the Beehive is simple, quick, and fun. Pop on these finger puppets and… 

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Fun Rhyme for kids: 5 Little Hot Dogs (with finger puppets!)

5 little hot dogs finger puppets

Here’s another super fun rhyme for kids: 5 Little Hot Dogs Sizzling in the Pan! Did you see my recent post with ten reasons today’s kids still need to know nursery rhymes?  Those rhymes from 500 years ago have so many important benefits for kids.  But the modern rhymes are wonderful too!  You might know this rhyme as “5 Little Sausages.”  We like “five little hot dogs” because it’s more fun to… 

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