Free Printables

Freebie Friday | Mr. Rogers Trace & Color Pages

It starts with us. It starts at home. We are the change makers. You have a huge impact on this world. As a mom sometimes it doesn’t feel like we are making a difference, like we aren’t making an impact on the world around us, but that is not true. We are making all the difference. We have the power to fill the world with love. The more we love ourselves, the more we will love our family and more love our family feels from us, the more love they will give to those around them.

Choose love!

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Mr. Rogers was the best. He taught us to love all of our neighbors and made us feel special. He reminded us that we are important! I found these Mr. Rogers quotes and couldn’t wait for Lilly Belle and Lucy to color and use them.

I’ve made 5 pages for you and your family to enjoy. Each page has a traceable Mr. Rogers quote and then some space on top for you and your littles to color together. My hope is that you and your littles can talk about each of the quotes and that you can spend quality time together sitting at the kitchen table coloring.

Enjoy!

Mr. Rogers Quote & Color Printable

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Freebie Friday | 12-Month Trace, Cut and Paste Calendar

It’s Freebie Friday already! The weeks are just flying by. Lilly Belle has been so curious about time lately. She always wants to know what time it is, what day it is, and how many days until certain events. I decided to make her a calendar of her very own and I’m excited to share it with all of you!

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This printable calendar set includes all 12 months as well as a traceable numbers page with numbers 1-31. Each month you can print out that month’s calendar and have your child trace the month’s name. They can then trace and count all the numbers for that month. You can cut the numbers out or have your child cut them out. Then they glue the numbers on to each of the squares in the calendar. We will be using a Dot a Dot Marker to check of each day for this month. In the future we will also use stickers as well.

I hope your little ones enjoy this as much as Lilly Belle is!

Download this FREE pdf file below. Happy Learning!

Trace Calendar

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Free Printables

Freebie Friday | Super Bowl Math (Counting by 10’s)

With the Super Bowl this weekend, I thought it would be fun to have a little football printable for all of you! This game can be played a number of different ways. This morning with Lilly Belle Matt explained (in very simple words) how each team scores a touchdown by earning yards to move towards the end zone.

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We flipped all the cards over and as she turned a card over, that is how many yards her football got to move on the field. We just had her start at one end of the field and move to the other end.

If your child is older, you can have them play it a bit more accurately 😉

Happy Super Bowl Weekend!

Freebie Friday Super Bowl Math

Morning Basket

February Morning Basket | Preschool & Toddler

This is my favorite thing to do at the end of every month. I spend a great deal of time putting our Morning Basket together each month and it makes me so happy to imagine all of the fun and learning we are going to have with each item I choose to include for the girls.

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With Valentine’s Day this month I have included a few little touches of Valentine’s fun but I didn’t want to go too overboard. I’ve noticed that when I fill our basket too much, Lilly Belle ends up not wanting to do half of it and our morning time ends a lot quicker. If I keep it short and sweet filled with fun and goodness – I can keep the girls at the table a lot longer.

We are making a slight change this month to our Morning Basket, and that is the timing of WHEN we will be doing it. Usually we do it first thing in the morning. I’m talking like 7:00am. Wake up, coffee made, get them breakfast and start diving in. Then I usually try to just sneak a shower in at some point during the day. It was an amazing way to start the day, but…I need to take time for myself to start the day. So, I am going to wake up, get my coffee and go jump in the shower and get ready while Matt gets the girls breakfast. I will have 45 minutes to myself to start the day and I think that will make a world of difference in how the rest of our day flows. At least for my mood. I am going to start doing my hair and makeup everyday (something I literally never do) and it’s going to feel great to feel great for the rest of the day.

Once I’m done getting ready, I will join the girls while they finish their breakfast and if they are already done, I will get them ready for Morning Basket. We are going to bring Morning Basket to the coffee table instead of the kitchen table. We will sit on the couch and snuggle together while I read to them and then after reading is over Lucy can be free to play and roam while I finish the remaining items in the basket with Lilly Belle.

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After Morning Basket I will get the girls ready for the day and then we will head out for a morning outside outing. Another goal for the month is to take them to the park, Disney or for a walk everyday. I am terrible at getting outside when it isn’t for errands or something planned.

So…

Here is what we will be learning this month with our Morning Basket:

  • How to write a letter
  • Mastering numbers 1-20
  • Creating story endings
  • Bible
  • Dolch Sight Words
  • Famous Poetry and Poets
  • Addition 1-10
  • Reading
  • Embroidery

We always start our Morning Basket with the same three things: Poetry, Fairytales and Bible. I change it up each month with new books for each of those subjects. Once we finish those three things I gage how the girls are doing to decide if we can do more or not. Lately, Lucy has been feisty with her teething and in January between family being her and the teething madness, we’ve only made it to those three all month long. It’s been driving me nuts. I’m excited for a fresh start and an exciting new basket for February!

Resources:

  • Eeboo Stationary
    • Lilly Belle is so excited about this! Every morning she will write a letter to a new family member. I know our family is going to love getting these in the mail, too. She is going to learn about how to write out the addresses properly on an envelope and how to write a friendly letter. She’s obsessed with writing, so I think this will be a hit.
  • Child’s Introduction to Poetry
    • This book is amazing. It is filled with famous poems by famous poets. It includes a CD, so the girls and I will also be listening to the poetry read aloud as well. It includes a ton of information about poetry and fun facts as well. We may breeze over some of it as our girls are 4 and 1. At this point I want them to hear the poetry but don’t necessarily need them to know about how to write poetry or in depth details about the history of each poem. I’m really excited about the poems that are included in this book though!
  • Kindergarten Toolkit
    • We use our Kindergarten Toolkit almost everyday. I love the flashcards. They are so clean and simple that they can be used in so-many-ways. This month we actually aren’t using the flashcards in our basket, but instead I have included the actual lesson book that includes a Number Recognition page for numbers 1-20. I have a box of candy hearts in our basket as well. I will call out a number on the page and Lilly Belle will have to cover that number with a candy heart.
  • My Fabulous Fairy Tale Collection
    • I saw this at Target a while back and kept wanting to grab it and never did and then I couldn’t find it. I found it on Amazon and was so excited! These fairy tales are the perfect length for preschool and early elementary age (and grown ups)! The illustrations are beautiful and I know the girls are going to love it!
  • The Jesus Storybook Bible
    • This is our favorite Children’s bible. We read through the whole thing during Morning Basket this fall, and took two months trying out a new bible and a devotional book, but I think the girls will be thrilled to have this one back! They both loved the stories and they are the perfect length for their ages. I’m excited to read through it again with them. I didn’t grow up going to church so I am learning right alongside them. Matt grew up going to Catholic school preschool through Senior year and always calls stuff out or helps me with questions Lilly Belle has (or that I have) while we are reading.
  • Wooden Numbers & Addition Flashcards
    • This is one of our new favorite additions to our homeschool. I purchased this wooden number set from Little Light of Homeschool. If you don’t follow her on Instagram yet – go follow her now. For real. Right now. Andrea is my favorite! She is real and creates such beautiful memories for her girls. Lilly Belle is in love with these numbers and obsessed is probably the right word for how she feels about the little baby mushrooms (that were hand painted). Goodness it’s amazing. I got a pack of addition flashcards from The Dollar Tree and I am going to have Lilly Belle use the wooden numbers and mushrooms to solve each equation.
  • Dash Into Reading
    • Lilly Belle is getting pretty good at reading. I am not pushing her at all. We are taking it very slow and going at her speed. Math comes so easily for her and right now I would say she is at a point where reading is starting to be something that can frustrate her when we do it for more than 5-10 minutes at a time. She is 4.5 now and can read around 10 sight words and is reading CVC words (cat, sit, mug, top, etc.). This month we are going to work on the “th” blend with our Dash Into Reading book, Matt the Ram. She loves these books and we are going to read through this one together every morning.
  • Embroidery Floss, Embroidery Hoop and Needle
    • We have been working on basic sewing skills and are going to be working more on cross stitch this month. I made her a sewing kit for Christmas which included an embroidery hoop, some fabric and needle that will be perfect for her to practice her stitches on while I am reading to her. Something to keep her hands busy and a skill that will last a lifetime.
  • Sight Words Bingo
    • Each morning we will be playing our Sight Words Bingo game from our Let’s Play School Sight Words Pack. I will say a sight word and lay that card down on the table. She will then repeat the word 3 times and then find it on her card. I have little unicorn mini erasers from Target’s Dollar Spot that we will be using as bingo markers.

So there you have it! This is all of our morning work. In the afternoon we work on our Let’s Play School and The Good and The Beautiful curriculum with only a few exceptions. On Monday’s we have our Learning Tray Day now which means we are doing school all-day-long. We play and do tons of themed crafts, activities and experiments! On Thursdays we do not do Morning Basket now that Lilly Belle is attending her homeschool school all day. I need to do a post on our new crazy schedule!

As always, if you have any questions at all, please message me on Instagram – I love helping other homeschool families!

Free Printables

Freebie Friday | Learning Numbers 1-30

You guys! I am so excited about this – it’s our first Freebie Friday! Each week I will have a free printable for you to print out and use with your littles at home. These printables will all be things that we are working on with Lilly Belle or Lucy here at home. I will be sharing ideas on how to use them as well.

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Our first Freebie Friday is a set of printables focusing on numbers 1-30. We are working with Lilly Belle on writing out her numbers and as she has now mastered writing numbers 1-10, we are going to work on numbers 11-30 next.

Included in the pack of printables is a set of blue/green colors and a set with shades of pink. You can choose which you would like to print out for your child, or you can print them all and mix it up a bit. Both color sets include: Numbers 1-30 Chart, Even Numbers to 30 Chart, Odd Numbers to 30 Chart and a Fill-in-the-Blank Chart.

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We are using these with our Dry Erase Pocket Folder, Dry Erase Markers and also our set of numbers we just got from Little Light of Homeschool.

We hope you and your child enjoy using these together! Share your pictures with us by tagging LetsPlaySchool in your photos on Instagram.

TO DOWNLOAD, CLICK THE LINK BELOW – HAPPY LEARNING!

 

Learning Trays

Lilly Belle & Lucy’s Learning Trays | Under the Sea

Today was the best! I put together a tray for each of the girls with an Under the Sea theme since we have been learning about the ocean and doing ocean themed crafts and activities. This was the first time I have put together a tray for Lucy and she loved every single activity I put in front of her!

When I am putting their trays together, I add things that I know will be engaging, a mix of comfortable and challenging, and also a mix of different subject areas. Lilly Belle is 4.5 now, so there are definitely certain things she is now working on in math, reading and writing that I wanted to make sure to include. Lucy is almost 15 months old and has never really done any of these activities yet, so I wanted to make sure that all of her activities were similar to Lilly Belle’s and things that would spark her little imagination and give her a challenge. She is so eager to learn right now and wants to be doing everything that Lilly Belle is doing.

Here is what I put together for their Under the Sea Learning Trays!

Lilly Belle’s Learning Tray (4.5 years old)

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  1. Fish Foil Painting | This activity is one from our Let’s Play School Preschool Curriculum in our Rainbow Fish unit. She loves painting and art. We’ve never painted on foil before and I thought she would love it. And, she did!IMG_9875
  2. Feed the Shark CVC Words & Color Sort | This activity is a mix of something I created and a few different activities mixed together that I found on Pinterest. I used a Cheerios box and white cardstock to make the shark. It took me about 5 minutes to make. I just used a sharpie marker to draw the shark head shape and cut it out. Then I made a mouth and cut that out. I drew on two eyes with a sharpie. I cut out little triangles of white cardstock and used Elmer’s Glue to glue them on. They dried overnight and in the morning it was all set to play with! I got a bunch of paint samples from Walmart and wrote CVC words by word family on each of the colors. Then I just cut out all the strips. I was surprised at how much Lilly Belle loved this! When I made this I was CERTAIN we were going to do like 2 words and then end up feeding the shark some Goldfish crackers with Lucy. BUT, she did about 30 words! … in a row! I was seriously impressed! I didn’t know she could read that well or that she could last long reading. I told her the shark loved eating words and I let her make weird chomping noises as she fed him and that’s all it took! 😉 I was also surprised at how confused she got by a few of the colors and which groups they belonged in. Violet Purple and Lime Green had her all kinds of confused. So I was pumped that she learned something new there as well as I figured she was going to breeze through that part. Overall – I give this activity a 2 thumbs up and am so excited to do it again tomorrow!IMG_9872
  3. Book Quote Tracing | I printed this printable out for her from our Let’s Play School Rainbow Fish unit. She LOVES doing these and it was perfect for her to do independently while I was nursing Lucy and putting her down for a nap. I usually have her used these as laminated pages with a dry erase marker and she told me she loved doing it with a blue marker. I’m happy I’ll have it to keep now too in her little folder for the month. She loves writing.
  4. Treasure Counting & Number Word Writing | She didn’t last too long with this one. I think it was way too easy for her and she got bored. She can for sure count to 10 and she kept acting all goofy while doing it. She loved writing out the number words, but she still isn’t paying attention to them while she is writing. She is more focused on getting each letter right as she is writing. I’m going to need a Plan B on these number words with her, she’s not picking up on them yet.
  5. Goldfish Patterns | So my intention with the Goldfish crackers was that she was going to do patterns with them. But…they ended up just being a snack while we did our work today. I’m okay with that!

Lucy’s Learning Tray (almost 15 months old)

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  1. Fish Foil Painting with Taste Safe Paint | I was so excited that Lucy got to paint with a paintbrush today and so-was-she! I went on Pinterest and found the best idea ever for taste safe paint and it worked perfectly. I was so pumped about it. We are for sure going to do this all the time with her until she stops putting everything in her mouth. To make the paint I just used a little ice cube tray from the Dollar Store and filled 5 cups with some Evaporated Milk. Then I added food coloring to make red, yellow, orange, green and blue. I gave her a fish made out of cardboard and foil just like Lilly Belle’s and let her go to town! Mistake was that I had her in a white dress …hello, dumb! But – amazing was that she immediately went to town with her new favorite word too, “dip, dip, dip.” It was the cutest thing ever! She had more fun dipping the paintbrush into each color than actually painting, but it was still totally fun! She tasted it immediately so I was so glad I gave her the taste safe paint. She didn’t love it so I didn’t see her put it in her mouth again after that. IMG_9874.jpg
  2. Ocean Animal Toys & Water Table Play | My In-Laws got her a water table for her birthday and we play with it all the time! I had the girls help me wash the table out. We always wash it before playing because we keep in on our patio. They think it’s fun to get to use wipes and help me to drain the water from the previous time of playing. Then I filled it back up and Lilly Belle helped me by adding some green and blue food coloring. The girls played in there for a good 30 minutes together. Mostly dumping water on each other (it was 80 degrees out today) but I loved that they were having fun together! Later in the day we came back to out to play again and I added dish soap and ice cubes to add more to it. Lucy ended up just drinking the water (ew) and trying to eat the ice cubes, but it was fun for sensory…and apparently tasted good (ew.)  IMG_9900
  3. Bubbles | Lucy and I started going to Baby Story Time while Lilly Belle is at school and they always have bubbles. She is now bubble obsessed. And Lilly Belle loves to be the one to get to blow the bubbles for her, so it’s a win win! I thought it fit in nicely with our ocean unit today.
  4. Feed the Shark Colors | The girls shared the shark today, which Lilly Belle was not thrilled about, but Lucy was super pumped! She loves to put things in away containers or cups, so I knew this would be a hit. I cut out more colored paint samples from here without words on them and as she put them into the sharks mouth we were telling her what color it was. She kept clapping for herself each time and ah, its was the cutest thing ever. I love her!! This age is the best.

LINKS FOR TOYS AND ITEMS USED FOR EACH TRAY: (these do contain some Amazon Affiliate links)

Morning Basket

January 2018 Morning Basket | Ages 4 & 1

I am so excited about the new year! We are starting Kindergarten with Lilly Belle this month and have so many exciting things that I am going to be starting with her. And Miss Lucy is now 14 months old and getting so curious and wanting to learn. We will be adding in a lot for her starting this month as well!

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We are going to be learning all about the ocean this month with a trip scheduled to Savannah and a trip to the beach mid-month. I added in some of our ocean theme to our Morning Basket for this month. I also tried to keep this month’s basket pretty simple as we will have family in town and then our little mini-vacation. Lilly Belle was also getting a little overwhelmed with her over flowing Christmas basket…oops!

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JANUARY 2018 MORNING BASKET

Poetry: Commotion in the Ocean

Fairytales / Nursery Rhymes: Mother Goose

Bible: 5-Minute Bible Devotions for Children

Sight Word Flashcards: Kindergarten Toolkit

Handwriting / Drawing: My Picture Story Book

Reading: ABC See, Hear, Do

Reading: Dash Into Reading Book 3

Color Words: Let’s Play School Learning Mats

Story: The Rainbow Fish

Number Flash Cards: Let’s Play School Flashcards

Basket Helpers: Song Sticks

I cannot wait to share all of the Ocean Unit goodness I have planned for this month! There are a lot of changes coming to this blog, our Instagram, our shop and just our lives with Lilly Belle starting Kindergarten. I am trying so hard to do all-the-things. I love sharing all of this with you! I have huge goals to start a YouTube channel and Podcast about homeschooling. Taking it one step at a time! Happy New Year, Everyone!