Thanksgiving Fun Packet

Thanksgiving Packet

So one of the things I love about homeschooling is the fact that I can do lots of fun holiday activities with my kids. Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays because it is such a family focused holiday (I mean, plus there’s LOTS and LOTS of food!)

Anyways, I wanted to put together a packet that my Big Boy could work on the week before and week of Thanksgiving. In all of my research I found some great printables and even a few videos to go along with being thankful!

For my cover page for the packet, I found a “Happy Thanksgiving” coloring page. There are some great free ones here.

I then printed out a turkey “color by letter” page because my boy loves to color, but also needed a little challenge with his coloring. I found this great printable on Reading With Kids.

I then found a great resource on Free Homeschool Deals. It is a Thanksgiving Writing Pack. It is a great 3-page writing prompt about giving thanks. It includes a page with 4 “complete the sentence” prompts, a page where you can writing what they are thankful for each letter in “THANKSGIVING” and then a free page with a turkey they can color and a few lines on the bottom for any creative writing they want to do.
Thanksgiving Writing Pack

My Big Boy loves books, including making them. So I found this First Thanksgiving mini-book from Education to the Core. It is a two page mini book that you can print in color or black-and-white. It is a freebie on her Teachers Pay Teachers store. You do have to make an account to download, but it is super easy and you can get lots of other freebies!
Thanksgiving Activities

What is a Thanksgiving “fun packet” without a craft?! Not a true FUN packet in my opinion! So here is an easy color, cut and glue craft from Adventures with Gigi that your kiddo can do with not a lot of help from you! *User hint* Click on the image and save it on your computer (GIF). Then open and print it.
I Am Thankful For Craft

Here is another freebie packet from Teachers Pay Teacher geared toward kinder and 1st grade. I love finding freebie packets because of the choices of activities and I can print what I want. I just downloaded this packet and printed a few pages of what I wanted.
Thanksgiving Activities Free

I found a thanksgiving themed word search that I printed and included from Superheros and Tea Cups. I tried to make my own simple word search, but it didn’t come out the way I wanted. This one is simple enough and already made. I thought this would be a good challenge for my son, because it is hard to stump him.
Thanksgiving Word Search 

I also found a great video from the Berenstain Bears about counting your blessings. It is short and great for Pre-K and early elementary. You can watch the episode on You Tube.
The Berenstain Bears- Count Their Blessings

Not sure if the next video needs any introduction. The other video I would include in this is the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. You can also watch this on You Tube (or buy it online/in store for better quality)
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

I am seriously loving this packet of thanksgiving activities. Since it is a holiday week and I have family coming into town, it is going to be a busy week. I may not have a lot of time to do school work with my big boy, but he has a huge packet with a variety of thanksgiving related activities that he can work on at his own pace, on his own.

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with fun, family, food, and thankfulness! God bless you and your family and Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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First Day of Homeschool

We are a few weeks into homeschool kindergarten and I am proud to say that we have survived! Between a fun artsy craft about the sun and an epic meltdown caused by the letter S, the first week was a roller coaster of emotions for Big Boy and myself (and at times the other people in the house).

I have had a lot people ask me to share our first day of homeschooling. So here it is:

First, we took pictures.
First Day
No, really! We did! I created a First Day of School chalkboard print-out with Big Boy’s name, age, Kindergarten, height and what he wants to be when he grows up. Not only do I want pictures as a keepsake, but I thought it was a cool tradition that he can do that most everyone else does at well.

Daily binders.
Daily Binder
This took some pre first-day prep, but is totally worth it. Basically it is a binder of simple activities that he does every morning to start the school day off. These are print-outs that I have placed in sleeve protectors so he can use dry erase markers and use them over and over. Some of the activities include:
1. Tracing the day of the week
2. Writing the day of the month
3. Writing the time and drawing the hands on a clock
4. Charting the weather
5. Counting the days of school
6. Monthly name writing (to see progress)
There are lots of great free resources out there so you do not need to create your own printables. I used a combination of a few different resources and created some of my own. Most of my print-outs came from Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s
Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook.
She also has a preschool version and an elementary age version of the daily learning notebooks. Definitely check it out! It is great stuff and Big Boy is loving the activities.

 Wall calendar
Daily Wall Calendar-small
The content on the wall calendar is similar to the binder, but it is more tactile learning. He has to pick out the day of the week, the number, the season and the weather. I love this because he has to be able to read the words to pick them out of the piles. What exactly is involved in my wall calendar? Check out my Wall Calendar post coming soon.

First Day of School Packet
First Day work
This was a fun, creative way to start off the school year. I combined two free printable resources to create a fun “first day” packet. I found an awesome “all about me” printable (free) by Read Like a Rock Star called I’m an Awesome Kindergartener where my son filled in all of his favorite things. I helped with spelling, of course, but he did all the writing and was very proud! I combine this with a few pages of My First Week of Kinder by Teach Bits and Bobs. I included the “look what I can do” page, the drawings page and the self portrait page. The packet was a total of four pages and a perfect mix of writing and drawing and kept his attention for a perfect amount of time.

Reading Lesson
How to Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Not to brag on my own kid, but I think he is pretty smart! I’ve done some reading work with him, but this kid has pretty much taught himself how to read. Not that he was reading chapter books or anything, so I needed something that covered all of what reading involves, including all the basics. I wanted to make sure he understands all the basics, but something we could take at our own pace. I cannot recommend this book enough! It’s a 100 one-on-one lessons that take around 15 minutes each. It is super easy for the parent/teacher as it tells you what to do. It even has exactly what to say to your child in red font. It is wonderful and we both love it! When I find the time, I want to do a full review of the book to help other parents learn about this book and figure out if it is right for their child. You know, in my extra free time!

We will normally do a math and science lesson each day, but on the first day I wanted to limit the changes and lessons so we would not get overwhelmed.Even with these few things, my son got a little overwhelmed. I wanted the start of school to be drastically different than how his days have been before. This transition made the first two weeks VERY rough, but now that we are in the groove of things, we are both loving homeschool.  I will soon be sharing our science adventures because I am very excited about it and want to share some wonderful resources with you.

Wow! I didn’t expect this post to be so long (and take so long to finish!) I plan on sharing more of my homeschool adventures with you!

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Preschool ABC Matching

preschool ABC matchingAs I prepare for my first year of homeschooling, I find myself gathering so many things for my Big Boy going into kindergarten, but not as many for my three year old. I have found some great resources online, but I needed a simple way for her to work on her alphabet recognition. I have these wonderful Eureka alphabet tiles and thought a matching game would be great to help her along.

I created a simple printable that has boxes that match the alphabet tiles. One for capital letters and one for lower case. I then laminated the pages (in hopes they will last longer) and placed them in one of our wooden trays. I picked out one upper-case and one lower-case tile of each letter and placed it in a little cotton drawstring bag.

Done.

preschool ABC match2

The tiles and laminated papers became a learning tray and my daughter loves it! I love it because it not only helps her recognize her letters, but is helping her distinguish between d, b, p and q and other similar looking letters. I also think this will help her when she really starts writing letters and words.

Here are a few ways to use the Preschool ABC Matching pages:

1. Use lower case-letters and lower-case page and match lower-case to lower-case
2. Use upper-case letter tiles and upper-case page and match upper-case to upper-case
3. Use lower-case letter tiles and upper case page and match lower-case to upper-case (and vise-versa)
4. Use upper and lower case pages to test your preschooler’s ABC skills. Say a letter and have your preschooler point to the letter or point to a letter and have your preschooler tell you what letter it is.

preschool ABC match3

 

I am hoping to have a link to download this matching pdf and other printables that I make very soon and will update this when I have that done.

I hope this ABC matching activity sparks your creativity to create some cool fun projects for your homeschool preschooler! Please share your ideas with me! I love hearing from you!

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