Thursday, September 19, 2013

Columbus Day Activities for 1st and 2nd Grade

It's Fall and school is back in session and in full swing, whether your kids go to traditional schools or they are homeschooled.

With that in mind, I soured the web for some fun, interesting Columbus Day activities to include in your homeschool program or as a supplement to school.

Here are my favorites:

Columbus Day Race from

This next one is awesome from Busy Teachers Café

There are so many activities to choose from. Since they span almost all subject areas, I'm thinking this would work great as a Unit Study.

Apples for the Teacher has a nice timeline of the events surrounding Columbus' adventure.

Enchanted Homeschooling has some neat ideas!

Here are some things we'll be doing besides reading about Columbus' travels. We will be working on a maze, doing a word search, and putting Columbus Day words in alphabetical order. These are all ideas that you can do yourself and will be lots of fun for the kids.

Check out what we did last year HERE! and Happy Homeschooling Adventures!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Teaching Ending Sounds to 1st graders

I'm so excited to share this teaching activity with all of you!

As parents we are always looking for ways to help our children learn. When our kids are young, before they even start school, we are reading to them, teaching them sounds, words, and much, much more. We are our children's first teachers. And I think we are our children's most important teacher because we are the ones that give them the foundation they need to succeed in school.

It is with that role in mind that I created "Rhyming Flowers", a simple activity that gets kids excited about learning new words, understanding how putting together letters makes words, and distinguishing sounds.

As preschoolers, kindergarteners, and even first graders, kids are beginning to understand the relationship between sounds and letters. It's a magical time of discovery. Kids get so pumped up when they realize how many words they can make with one simple word ending. "Rhyming Flowers" is here to help with this wonderful discovery. This teaching tool will make learning rhyming words and sounds really interesting for the kids.

"Rhyming Flowers" is basically a rhyming game. What makes this learning product so different and so worthwhile is that it is FUN! I've used it with many young children and the response is unbelievable. I've had students lay on the carpet and play with these rhyming flowers for hours on end.

"Word Family Rhyming Flowers" comes in a set of 10 flowers. Each set has a flower center which is the ending sound and several petals which are the beginning sounds. The set also comes with instructions and extra game ideas. I've also color coordinated the flower petals and centers to make it easier for the parent/teacher.

The set is downloadable and I recommend laminating it which will make it usable for a very long time.

You can buy the set here for only $10. That's just $1 per flower. This small fee gets you endless teaching opportunities as well as infinite fun for your kids and students.

And to kick off the new school year, I'm giving away 2 sets to 2 Adventures of a Homeschool Mom readers (1 set per winner).


It's really easy to enter....just leave a comment below telling me why you would like this activity and how your child or student would benefit from it. That's it!

I'll announce the winners on Tuesday 9/10 on the blog and on Facebook, so be sure to "like" Adventures of a Homeschool Mom as well.

Happy Homeschooling Adventures!!