Free Learning Printable: The Letter “R”

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing free learning printables for the letter “R”. I can assure you that I’m just not randomly choosing a letter each week for my toddler to focus on and learn. There is a method to my madness. I hope that you will enjoy this printable with your little learner. Can I give you my suggestion? Make it fun! There is much more that can be done with this printable besides just cutting out the letter “R” and allowing your child to paste it.20190829_114949~2.jpg

You can have your child say the name of each picture first. Have them say or repeat the letters in each word. Have them count the number of letter “R”‘s that they have in front of them and have them to name other words that either begin with the letter “R” or has “R” in them. If you do decide to do this make sure that you have a piece of paper or whiteboard so that you can write down what they say and allow them to visually see it in front of them. Visual learning is very beneficial for young learners. You can download it to print here. 20190830_155504_0000.png

One thing that was extremely funny to me when Mariyah and I did this activity was what she called the radio. I realize that most children today have no clue of what radios actually looks like. We typically don’t have them in our homes as much as we did when I was growing up, well at least not this boombox. She called it a radio thing pod. I figure she knew it was a radio because of the speakers. They resemble the small radio that we use for audio read-along books at home. Please enjoy this free printable and feel free to share it with other parents, Pin it on Pinterest, and most importantly have fun!

Carmen

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“If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” Number Recognition and Counting Activity

One of my daughter’s favorite books for me to read to her is “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”. I was really happy to see the animated series on Amazon Prime because it brings the book to life. The illustrations are so beautiful and I find myself singing the song when we begin reading the book. As always I have to find a way to mix in a little learning time during our days and it’s always great when there is a matching storybook to any lesson that you intend to teach to a preschooler.

_If You Give A Mouse A Cookie_ A Number Recognition and Counting Activity

Number recognition and counting is something that we try to include in everyday activities in our lives.  On the 4th of July, we went to watch the fireworks at our city’s amphitheater and even there I noticed my husband and my daughter counting the numbers on the chairs.If You Give a Mouse A Cookie She thought it was fun, but I’m sure she would have told me, “not now momma!” I hope that you and your little learner will enjoy this activity that I created just for our favorite story “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie” It’s free to print. Be sure to share it with your child’s PreK teacher and your mom friends.

Carmen

How We Can Avoid Raising “Mean Girls”

When we give birth to our precious daughters we have big dreams for them instantly. We may or may not speak them aloud, but they are deep within our desires for them. Now, I firmly believe that our girls should be strong and opinionated so that they are never taken advantage of and for them to possess the abilities to be a fearless voice for other women who are afraid.

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If you all have ever watched the movies “Mean Girls”, “Jawbreaker”, “Cruel Intentions”, or “Carrie” you know what mean girls do in Hollywood films, but what about what they do in real life. cruel-intentions-movie-reese-witherspoonMean girls grow up to become mean women that make all of our lives difficult. It happens in families, schools, and eventually the workplace. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are things that we can do as women to prevent the “mean girl” behavior in our little girls even when they don’t realize they are behaving like a “mean girl”.

Why put that responsibility on women? Because unlike men women are always around…period! If mom isn’t present in our lives there is always a mom, an aunt, or a lady Teacher available to instill love into that little girl. We have to start telling our girls that they are special to us when they are born. I believe that little girls began to change and grow up into being a “mean girl” as a result of a few things.

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  1. Their parents have made them feel entitled to ignore the feelings and needs of others.

  2. They have low self-esteem or feel inadequate due to someone else’s standards.

  3. They lack the basic needs of life. Ex. clean clothes, food, personal care, love.

  4. They are being abused mentally, physically, emotionally, or verbally.

  5. They are constantly being rejected by peers or adults.

  6. They are judged or ridiculed for things that they may or not be able to control such as physical features or disabilities.

How We Can Avoid

I believe that we as women have the power to uplift and embrace the girls that we have constant contact or communication with by doing a few simple things:

  • We have to tell them that we love their little eyes and everything about them the same way that we want to hear someone saying it to us as adults.

  • We have to love them hard just like we do with our precious sons. If you’re a boy mom, you know exactly what I mean.

  • We have to hold them in our arms longer and hug them more often. They have the rest of their lives to become independent.

  • We have to let them talk loud without the fear of it being unladylike and let them dance like no one is watching even when they are.

  • We have to stop telling them that their hair is nappy or difficult to comb even when it’s thick enough to break every comb in the house.

  • We have to remind them that their dark skin is beautiful.

  • We have to remind them that freckles are unique and God knew exactly what he was doing when he gave them to her.

  • We have to remind them that God didn’t make everyone slim and having a little extra body weight doesn’t mean they are unhealthy or unattractive.

  • We have to remind them that their accent is just fine and they don’t have to change their dialect to fit in with the other kids.

  • We have to remind them that their virginity is priceless.

  • We have to remind them that if their virginity was stolen or given out of ignorance that they are still priceless.

  • We have to remind them that expensive shoes, clothes, and purses don’t make you special or beautiful.

  • We have to remind them that they are smart even when they struggle in class.

  • We have to remind them that friends don’t hurt friends and love is not abusive.

  • We have to remind them that No means No and they can say it to anyone.

  • We have to encourage them that they can be anything that they want in life with hard work and faith.

  • We have to pray for them, with them, and teach them how to pray for themselves.

  • We have to build a relationship of trust with them through communication and time spent together.

  • We have to remind them that they are not in competition with their friends or other girls. We all have so much to offer the world.

  • We have to protect them from danger the best way that we can. This means family bullies, sexual predators, etc.

  • We have to teach them to apologize when they are wrong and how to have compassion for others.

  • We have to teach them to not look down upon others with less than what they have and to appreciate all that they have.

  • We have to show them grace and mercy when they fall short and show them how to begin again.

  • We have to teach our girls how to be kind to others no matter how different they are from themselves and their friends.

  • We also have to remind them that their social media followers do not determine how valuable they are. They don’t have to show their bodies, private lives or be someone they are not for the world to accept them.

  • We have to remind them that having one friend is better than having one thousand and that someone in this world can’t wait to be a friend to them.

  • We have to teach them how to give back to others in the world.

  • We have to tell them that we love them and often.

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Share this with another woman or a mom to keep the positivity going!

Carmen

Ice Cream Letter Match: A Free Alphabet Printable for Preschoolers

We are just a few days away from it officially being Summer and of course, that means tons of fun for kids who are on Summer break. Summer break is also the perfect time to continue to work on learning or academic areas that kids may struggle with during the school year. We will continue to work on writing, comprehension, and division with our son, but for my daughter, we are continuing to learn alphabets. Our focus right now is recognition only. Once we have a few of them down we will begin with learning sounds. This will also help her with learning to spell her own name.

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Today I’m sharing a free alphabet printable that is perfect for preschoolers. My daughter enjoyed gluing the alphabets to their match and that was all that she wanted to do on the first day. On day two we took a little more time with recognition. This printable is perfect for children ages 3 and up and ice cream as a treat is the perfect reward for them after completing this activity. You can access this free printable Ice Cream Letter Match and here for the paste sheet.

 

 

I hope that you and your little learner will enjoy this activity. If so, please Pin it on Pinterest and share it with friends!

 

Easy DIY for Kids Pretend Play Food

Pretend play is fun, but also a necessary component for child development. Children learn to use their imaginations when they pretend to play out different roles or scenarios. This helps with social relationships, emotional skills, thinking skills, problem-solving, but more importantly, it’s just fun!

As an advocate for all things Early Childhood, it’s important to me that my daughter has every experience that she would have if she were in daycare or preschool. During our #totschool sessions, we make sure to include pretend play. One of the great things about pretend play is using lifelike props such as purses, costumes, wigs, play food, and so much more.

My daughter enjoys pretending to cook and bake, so we gifted her a KidKraft kitchen set for Christmas. Although we bought her a ton of play food and dishes she still wanted to use our food containers and utensils from our kitchen. One day I gave her an empty box of pasta and she was so excited to pretend to actually cook the pasta in her own kitchen set. It’s a good idea to buy the durable plastic play food for pretend play, but many of the play food sets that are now sold in stores are made from wood with labels that peel very easily or from wooden boxes that bend and tear. I decided to share this easy DIY to make your own play food boxes. This DIY is also perfect for daycare, PreK, and Kindergarten Teachers.