Mother’s Day Poems – FREE PRINTABLE

Mother's Day Tissue Paper Heart Poems With FREE PRINTABLE from TeacherHelpForParents.com

I like the idea of combining creative writing and art to make a Mother’s Day card.

To begin, use the brainstorming sheet below to come up with special attributes of your mother.

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Next, cross out the typed lines that were given on the paper as seen below. The words that you wrote become your poem.

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Cut out a heart from your mother’s favorite color of construction paper. Use a ruler to draw lines across the middle of the heart. Write your poem on these lines.

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Cut your mother’s favorite color of tissue paper into squares. Wrap one square at a time around the end of a pencil, dip it into glue, and place it on your heart to create a border.

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After your tissue paper border is complete, allow the heart to dry.

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4 Steps To Help Your Child Become A Better Reader

How Do I Help My Child Become A Better Reader - 4 Steps To Help Your Child Become A Better Reader - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

One of the questions I have been asked the most as a teacher is, “How do I help my child become a better reader?” Successful readers do four things: sound out words, read fluently, comprehend what they are reading, and love to read.

Step One – Word Attack
It is important for your child to be able to recognize letters and sounds. Phonics and sight words are a large part of this step. I have posted phonetic sight word lists, Dolch sight word lists, and Ekwall sight word lists for your child to practice. Once your child knows the patterns and sight words, it’s time for him or her to move on to step two.

Step Two – Fluency
In this step, your child will put together the words and sounds they have learned to read passages. It’s best for them to start with phrases, such as Fry’s Phrases, and then move on to full passages.

Step Three – Comprehension
Once your child can read fluently at their grade level, it’s time for them to move on to comprehension. I have a full article about how to improve your child’s reading comprehension here. It also includes free reading comprehension printables.

Step Four – Love of Reading
The final step is the most rewarding. Once your child can read stories at his or her grade level and understand what is being read, fostering a love of reading is a must. One way I have done this in my own classroom, is by reading from a series. Once children are comfortable with that series, they are more likely to read it on their own. Find ways to motivate your child to read and favorite reading series by age group here.

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FREE PRINTABLE – Long U Word List

FREE PRINTABLE Long U Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

 

Word Sort
Read over the list of long u words together. On the top of a sheet of paper, make three columns with the three different ways to spell long u shown here. Let your child know there are other ways to spell long u as well that will be discussed at another time. Sort the words and write them under the correct heading.

U U_E UE
Unit Flute True
Unicorn Tube Cue

To extend this activity, have your child come up with three more words that are not on the list that would work in each column.

Last week, I posted a list of long O words for you to practice with your child. This week, I am posting long o words. Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Long U Practice

Cubic Unite Blue Bugle Crude
Cube Cue Cute Dude Duke
Dune Flute Hue Huge Rude
True Tube Tune Unicorn Unicorn
Unit Use Yule Fluke Tune
Fuse Flute Tribune Perfume Volume
Resume Produce Exclude Chute Include
Resolute Tube Fume Ridicule Future
Dude Misrule Compute Tune Include
Amuse Fluke Neptune Excuse Brute
Fume Prune Abuse Institute Confuse
Salute Reduce Plume Lube Mule
Rule Fluke Deduce Rebuke Truce

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Homemade Halloween Costumes For Kids

Creative Homemade Halloween Costumes For Kids


It’s time for your kids to pick Halloween costumes. Here are some clever ideas you may like to try.


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Octopus Costume Directions
This could be adapted for a school-age child.

Train Costume Directions

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FREE PRINTABLE Long O Word List

FREE PRINTABLE Long O Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Word Sort
Read over the list of long o words together. On the top of a sheet of paper, make four columns with the four different ways to spell long o shown here. Let your child know there are other ways to spell long o as well that will be discussed at another time. Sort the words and write them under the correct heading.

O OW O_E OA
So Row Hope Soap
Go Show Bone Goat
No Snow Home Roast

To extend this activity, have your child come up with three more words that are not on the list that would work in each column.

Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Long O Practice

Go No So Broken open
Blow Nose Boat Note Bone
Open Broke Over Close Owe
Clove Poke Coat Pole Code
Cone Robe Dome Rode Drove
Rope Froze Rose globe Row
Goat Scope Grow Show Hoe
Smoke Home Snow Hose Soap
Know Spoke No toe Oak
Oat Roast Soak Soap Toast
Roach Load Coal Coach Boat
Boast cloak Vote Arose Stole
Smote Home Hope Mope Choke

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Preparing Your Child For Kindergarten

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Guest Post By Tami Phay

Fall is fast approaching and it is that time of year again . . . school is about to start! This time, it’s extra special for you as you prepare for your “baby” to head off to kindergarten! Every parent wonders if their child is prepared for life as a kindergartner, but how do you really know if they are? As a kindergarten teacher, I can offer some helpful tips on getting your child ready to launch into the world of learning. Many parents focus on the academics often forgetting the social and fine motor aspects of school. Of course it is great if your child comes into kindergarten knowing every letter and sound, can count to 100, and knows all their colors, but do they need to? Well if they did, I would be out of a job. Helping your child learn some of their letters, sounds, numbers, and colors is a great start, but as I mentioned before there is more to kindergarten then just the academics. Here are a few tips to help ensure your child is completely ready for kindergarten:

  • Make sure your child can put on and zip their coat. When winter arrives and the kids are scrambling to get out to recess and the teacher cannot put on and zip 24 coats!
  • Put your child in pants that they can zip and unzip themselves. I can’t tell you how many students come out of the bathroom with their pants half on because they can’t zip, button, or buckle themselves.
  • If your child is still learning to tie their shoes then make life easier for them and get them shoes with Velcro. When your child’s shoe comes untied, it not only becomes a safety issue but remember that it might only take you one minute to tie your child’s shoe but multiply that by 24 students…and the teacher could easily spend the whole day retying shoes.
  • Have a plan for how your child will normally get home from school and go over it with your child several times. If your child rides the bus, put a tag on their backpack with their bus number and what street they get off on. Unfortunately, I have seen kindergartners get off on the wrong stop and panic sets in! Little kiddos also get very anxious when they are not sure they know the plan for how they are getting home.
  • If your child will be eating lunch at school, don’t over pack a lunch! Parents will often give their child way too many options in their lunch box thinking their child can just pick and chose what they want to eat, but many kids get worried about what to eat and if they can finish it all during lunch time. Make it simple.
  • Talk to your child once they start school. Encourage them to talk about their new friends, what they are learning, and what they are doing. This helps you to get a glimpse into their school life and get a feel for anything that might concern you that you want to discuss with the teacher.

Enjoy this new chapter of your life and happy learning!

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FREE PRINTABLE Long I Word List

FREE PRINTABLE Long I Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Word Sort
Read over the list of long I words together. On the top of a sheet of paper, make four columns with the four different ways to spell long I shown here. Let your child know there are other ways to spell long I as well that will be discussed at another time. Sort the words and write them under the correct heading.

Example:

I ie i_e igh
hi pie five high
spied tide sight

To extend this activity, have your child come up with three more words that are not on the list that would work in each column.

Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Long I Practice

hi diet final bike write
mice mile bride mine crime
nice die night dime slime
hide smile kite tide life
time like wide pie drive
dine pine dive pride ride
fight right filed side five

More Long I Practice

high die untie thigh
flies light cries mighty
flight lie brighter tied
moonlight midnight sunlight sight
overnight outright replied
fright spied tries

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FREE Summer Reading Programs For Kids 2014

Free Summer Reading Programs For Kids

Free 2014 Summer Reading Programs

School is out and summer fun has begun. It’s important to remember during these summer months to spend at least a little time in academics. Most students loose a bit of what was learned during the past year in the summer months. One way to help your child retain what was learned and be better prepared for the upcoming school year is to participate in a summer reading program. Some free summer reading programs are listed below.

City Libraries: Fizz! Boom! Read!  – Read books and complete activities to receive free books, coloring stickers, and more. Most libraries are participating in this event centered around science.  Check your local library for details.

American Girl Read-A-Palooza – American Girl stores are hosting this free reading event until August 26th.  The American Girl site has the schedule of store events as well as free printables.

Barnes and Noble – Your child can earn a free book when they read any eight books, record them on the provided reading journal, and bring it into Barnes and Noble.

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge – Children who complete one of Pottery Barn’s reading lists will receive a free book. Visit your local Pottery Barn Kids to pick up the reading list or click on the link above for more details.  This program goes until July 31st.  Pottery Barn will also be hosting a weekly story time.

Chuck E. Cheese – Print off their reading calendar. Once your child reads for two weeks, they earn 10 free tokens. They also have other reward calendars such as homework, good behavior, and practicing a musical instrument. All of the calendars are for two weeks and are for 10 free tokens.

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays – From July 9th to August 13th, children can bring in a book report to the Bookworm Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. movie and watch it for free. Download the Book Report

TD Bank – Children in kindergarten – 5th grade can read and record 10 books on the summer reading form, take the form to TD Bank, and receive a $10 deposit into a new or existing Young Saver Account.  This program is through August 31st.

Pizza Hut’s Book It 2014 Summer Reading Challenge – Once children read 5 books, they can enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a prize.  This program runs through August 15th.

Find FREE Digital Books For Your Children

Did you know many libraries now offer digital collections of electronic and audio books for your computer, MP3 player, iPod, Smartphone, or tablet?*

You can find hundreds of free online children’s books by visiting your library’s website and clicking on TumbleBooks (TM). If you have a preschooler or beginning reader, be sure to visit DayByDayID.org every day this summer to read books and do fun activities.*  Make sure you access TumbleBooks through your library’s site so you can read them for free.

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Father’s Day Activity For Kids: My Dad News – FREE PRINTABLE

Father's Day Writing Activity-My Dad News

Writing can be used at all times of life including Father’s Day. Why not have your children write about their dad for Father’s Day? Use this “My Dad News” printable. You can also create memorable handmade Father’s Day cards with ideas found here. Have fun!

Father's Day Writing Activity - My Dad News Printable

My Dad News Printable

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FREE PRINTABLE Long E Word List

FREE PRINTABLE Long E Word List - From TeacherHelpForParents.com

Word Sort
Read over the list of long e words together. On the top of a sheet of paper, make six columns with the six different ways to spell long e shown here. Let your child know there are other ways to spell long e as well that will be discussed at another time. Sort the words and write them under the correct heading.

Example:

e ee ey ie ea y
Be Feed Key Movie Team Happy
He Seem Brief Leaf

To extend this activity, have your child come up with three more words that are not on the list that would work in each column.

Last week, I posted a list of long a words for you to practice with your child. This week, I am posting long e words. Begin by writing the words on index cards. Continue practicing with your child until he or she can say the words accurately. Mix the cards up each time to further help with reading practice.

Once your child can read the words on the index cards, print out this list of words. Start by reading the list to him or her. Then, have your child read with you. Finally, have your child read independently. The goal is for your child to be able to read each list in under one minute.

Long E Practice

Be She He We Me
Because React Bead Beast Knee
Leaf Beat Least Bee Me
Beet Mean Brief Meat Cease
Neat Chief Need Creep Please
Deep Read East Seat Eat
See Either Sleep Feed Tea
Feet Team Greet These Happy
Key wheat tree Seem Leap
Steam Eel Bleak Leaf Heal
Movie Field Week Thief Piece
Parties Leeks Each Yield Cavities
Ponies Rubies Freak Breeder Jeans

Printable Long E Word List

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