Saturday, September 24, 2011

Teaching Writing

Here are a few good books to teach writing skills to young children.

If you were a Writer- Joan Lowry Nixon

Melia wants to be a writer just like her mom. She isn't sure about what a writer does or how they get their work completed. She learns how to start a story, how to make pictures with words, and how to find ideas.

Activities for this book
1. Pick out objects you see and name as many words as you can to describe the object.
2. Come up with "what if" ideas when situations come up. For example, if your honey goes missing, you could say, "what if a bear came in from the woods?"

Written Anything Good Lately?- Susan Allen and Jane Lindamann

This book has writing activity ideas from A-Z.

The Boy Who Loved Words- Schotter/Potter

This story is about a boy who collects words.  Each page of the book has a new, challenging word to learn.

Dear Mr. Blueberry- Simon James

A book that teaches letter writing

Dear Mrs. LaRue- Mark Teague

A comedy about a dog who writes letters to his owner from obedience school.  Another teaching tool for letter writing.

Detective LaRue Letters from the Investigation- Mark Teague

In this sequel to Dear Mrs. LaRue teaches more letter writing through examples and tells the comic tale of a dog who solves a mystery.

ASL- Write

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Farm Animals

Farm Animals


Old MacDonald- We have the book and CD but not the puppets. Use any stuffed animals.

Old MacDonald Had a Cow by Harriet Ziefert- This one is about how many animals drink the milk that comes from cows.

ASL - Farm

For a video on how to sign "farm" and "farmer" see and click on the letter F.  Scroll down to the word "farm" on the left column.


Worksheet from

kids horse craft
Footprint horse craft from All Kids Network

kids sheep craft
Sheep craft from All Kids Network

kids pig craft
Pig Craft from All Kids Network

farm chick craft
Chick craft from All kids Network

Finger Puppet craft idea from Homemade Tip Junkie

Anyone up for this??  Cake Central


  • Old MacDonald Had a Farm
  • Down on Grandpa's Farm
  • Out in the Barnyard
  • Shortnin Bread
  • Here we Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • 5 Little Ducks
  • This Little Piggy
  • To Market to Market
  • The Farmer in the Dell
  • File Folder

This is a home made file folder. I used a picture in one of our books to draw the farm, but you can find pictures on google images and print those if you prefer not to draw.  This folder has baby animals on the picture.  Kids can choose to match the mother to the babies, the name of the animal or the name of the baby animal.  

  • Visit a garden or explore one of your own.  Have kids plant fall veggies.
  • Pretend to play farm.  Ride horses, milk cows, plow fields and more!

Monday, September 12, 2011

I Go to School

I Go to School


Berenstain Bears Go to School- Sister is a little nervous about going to kindergarten but she learns about all of the fun things that are part of the school day.

Llama Llama Misses Mama- Little Llama does not feel happy at school until some of the other kids invite him to join them.

School Bus by Donald Crews- This book shows where school buses stay and goes through the whole route of picking kids up to dropping them off and going back to the bus barn.

Monster makes himself a clock at school but this one does not have numbers or hands on it. Instead he makes a schedule clock with pictures of the daily activities.

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?

I Am Not Going to School Today- This little boy is nervous about not knowing who the teacher is, who is in his class, where things are and what the schedule is at school. He takes a pal along to accompany him and learns to cope with the "first day".

Every Morning at Play Group- Sesame Street- Emily's parents both go to work and her brother goes to first grade. She is going to play group and is not sure about going.

The Sesame Street gang talks about all of the things they like about school.

Tucker experiences a variety activities at his new school and learns how much fun it is!

ASL- Sign for School- from


Dog Puppet

Personalized Lunch Box- Find at Crafts Kaboose

Decorate your notebook/journal- Find at Crafts Kaboose

Backpack Craft for a doll or stuffed animal- Find at Danielle's Place


  • The More We Get Together
  • The Backpack Song- Learning Through Music- Kathleen Coleman, MMT, MT-BC with Prelude Music Therapy
  • The Months of the Year- Greg and Steve
  • Days of the Week- Tim Pacific or to the tune of Oh My Darlin


  • Play school and use props such as backpacks, supplies, lunch boxes etc.
  • Do a puppet show or act out one of one of the books.
  • Stuffed animals go to school and learn to make new friends.

Friday, September 2, 2011

DNA Model

Here is a project my husband did for himself to add to his knowledge about biology. This DNA kit comes from Hobby Lobby for a very reasonable price, I think maybe $9 or $12. It makes for a very hands on and fun lesson about DNA.