Beginning Writing Practice Sheets

It’s the beginning of the school year and I think I need a nap.  🙂  Wow!  Who knew getting back into the school routine could make me SO TIRED!!

To introduce the students to the concept of pre-writing we begin with straight lines, move to curved lines and circles.  We practice these with lots of activities including hunting for lines around the classroom and making them in shaving cream.

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We even paint them on paper and practice writing them on white board tracing sheets.

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I created simple sheets for the kids to trace from the green “starting mark” to the red “stopping mark”.  I then insert them into page protectors and voila!  Instant wipe off practice pages for the kids.  The kids just love choosing which color marker to use and for fun we use pompom balls as erasers.  The pompom balls add a pop of fun and color to the activity.

Line Tracing

You are welcome to use the tracing sheets if they might help your Preschool aged kiddo prepare for writing.

Download the straight line tracing sheet

 

Download the curved line tracing sheet

 

Happy back to school!!

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Snowflake Stamping

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  I hope you are having a great New Year!  Here is a fun paintin’ and countin’ project.  (This is supposed to make you think of sippin’ and paintin’.  Ha!)  snow paint cover

Months ago I pinned a cute idea using a set of pine needles to create snowflake stamps.  It’s from Family Fun magazine I believe, but the link is no longer working.  I’m sure you can find it on their page with a little digging.  Anyways I couldn’t just leave it as a cute art project but wanted to extend it to include learning.snowflake

Right now we’re reviewing numbers 1-5 with my Preschool class before we move on to harder numbers.  I decided to incorporate the cute idea above with some Math.  I created a simple printable for students to put the correct amount of snowflake stamps in each section.  Unfortunately after attempting the above craft I had a hard time finding a tree that had the needles going in a circle.  Our sample stamps turned out terrible.  Maybe you can find some in your neck of the woods, so we used these fluffy pom pom balls. snow paint 1  They turned out a little more like snowballs than snowflakes, but they were fun none the less.

You can get a PDF of the SNOWFLAKE PRINTABLE by clicking on the link.  The kids really enjoyed this and it added a winter-scape to our walls, all while using our Math skills!

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Give Thanks Book

To practice writing and to help our kiddos recognize all they have to be thankful for we made these simple, yet adorable “Today I am Thankful” books.  I got the graphic for the cover from the girls at Eighteen25 so pop on over to download it.

Every day the kids were asked to trace the words, “I am thankful for” and then do their best to sound out what they were thankful for and draw a picture.  Here are some examples of their adorable work.

Who isn’t thankful for ice cream really???

Download the blank printable here.

Hope you enjoy writing about all you are thankful for, just like we did!

 

Fingerpainting Turkey

I love, love, love this adorable turkey!  The kids had so much fun getting their little fingers sticky in paint.  We started by using a simple drawn rainbow shape.  On each level of the rainbow my preschool kiddos used their fingers to “dot” paint onto each arc.  Making dots and staying on the rainbow is a great fine motor skill.  Then they closed their hand into a fist, we painted the pinky end of their entire hand brown and stamped it into the turkey body.

After it dried we added eyes, a beak, a waddle and some legs.  They turned out so fun, festive and cute!  This would be an easy at-home project as well as a preschool or Kindergarten project.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Clothespin Games and Printables

 

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Clothes pin activities are a great way to incorporate learning and fine motor muscle building.  When kiddos use their cute little fingers to pinch the clothes pins open they get a great little workout.

I created several sets of clothes pins for my preschool students using both mini and regular sized clothes pins.  I hot glued fun painted wood pieces {found at your local craft store} to the end of each pin and added letters or numbers.

We started the year using them for basic matching.  Lower case letter to lower case letter, number to number and capital to capital.  Then we started mixing them asking the kiddos to match the capital to the lower case and lower case clips to capital letters.   Later in the year to extend the learning I created beginning sound wheels.  The students are now asked to match the correct letter to the beginning sound of each picture.

If you’d like to download the beginning sound wheels please click on the links below.

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Animal #1 PDF

Fruit PDF

Animal #2 PDF

I hope you enjoy these fun freebies!  Happy crafting & teaching!

Linked at:  Living Montessori Now, Sun Scholars

Farm Pop-up Book Printables

Our Pre-K year is quickly coming to a close.  That means these sweet little ones need to be completely ready for Kindergarten. 

To help them prepare we have begun guided writing.  Don’t know what that is?  Well, it’s exactly as it sounds.  You guide the children through the process of writing letter by letter, direction by direction {where to start on the lines, where to stop, how to leave finger spaces etc.}  It’s a slow process, but a great method to begin to really teach penmanship.

We are making Farm Pop-up books!  Over the next 3 weeks we’ll complete this 4 page book using guided writing.  I love the way the cow pops off the page.

The kiddos add the background to the picture before gluing on the cow.

If you’d like to download the farm pop-up book animals you can download them here.

I have made some super simple paper you can use if you’d like to make one too.  I created 4 varieties of paper depending on where your child is at in the writing process.

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Download:  Option 1,   Option 2,   Option 3,   Option 4

Happy farm writing, or really anything writing since the papers aren’t specific!

 

Shaving Cream Fun

Do your kids or students love to get messy and squish things in their sweet little fingers?  Mine LOVE IT!  (Well, most of them)

To practice anything that involves writing why not use shaving cream and a cooking tray?  I prefer Barbasol since it’s fluffy and smells good.

We use shaving cream writing for making shapes, straight lines, curved lines, name writing, letter writing, drawing pictures, sight word practice etc.

Hint:  If your tables are dirty, let them play {oh, I mean work} directly on the table.  You won’t believe how clean it is after a shaving cream bath!  🙂

I hope this inspires you to get messy with your kids today!

linked at:  Sun ScholarsLiving Montessori Now

Easter Trace and Cut Practice Printables

Easter is here and I am in LOVE with all of the beautiful Spring colors!  My little ones always need practice tracing left to right and on curved lines.  Slide these adorable printables into a page protector and let your kiddos use white board markers to practice tracing as many times as they please.  Straight Line download

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Practicing tracing curved lines is just as important as straight lines.  Here is the PDF Curved Line download

Aren’t they super cute?

Love the bright Spring colors!

Since cutting pages CAN’T be re-used I made the cutting practice page in black and white so making several copies won’t cost you an arm and a leg.  🙂

Enjoy building those pre-writing skills with your little one and practice cutting, cutting, cutting!

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Valentine trace & cut printables

I love allowing kids to work on simple tracing or cutting activities during their “free time” {like when their REAL projects are done}.  I made the cutting pages in black and white since each child will need their own.  For the tracing pages, I print them in color and then slip them into a page protector and let the kids use dry erase markers to practice.  To download the image just click on it and then save it and print it.

**  MAKE SURE you are viewing and saving the full size version of these images or they won’t enlarge well on a paper.  I’ll save and post as a pdf version next time.**

CLICK ON THE TITLE OF THIS POST TO SEE ALL 6 TRACING AND CUTTING PAGES!  Enjoy the free Valentine printables!

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