With winter upon us, my kiddos and I are setting the mood by studying about the Arctic region. Since I don’t follow a curriculum, I follow the lead of some of my favorite bloggers and create literature packets to go along with children’s books. I like doing this because it keeps all of our lessons connected, keeps the kids engaged, and I can choose skills I know my kids need reinforced. This week has been tons of fun reading “Mama, Do You Love Me?” by Barbara M. Joosse and learning all kinds of fun facts about the Arctic.
I have 3 children ages 4, 6, and 8, so I try to create printables that can work for all age levels. To keep them all excited about learning, we study a new theme each week. I often choose the theme by the season, what my second grader has been reading, or what they seem interested in learning.
After surfing around for some ideas on winter lessons, I found this book to be a great read for my 6 year old, but also a great resource for vocabulary and research skills with my 8 year old. This was an easy book to modify to each age level.
My 6 year old is does not enjoy seat work, so I have to have a few activities that feel more like games. My 4 and 8 year old could sit and write all day, so I’ve included a few writing pages as well.
This book has words in it that I didn’t even know, so I chose vocabulary to be the focus skill. One of the things I love most about this packet is that my 8 year old drew most of the pictures for it. Drawing the pictures allows her to remember the meaning of the words and it also helps build her confidence in her artwork. We used a pocket chart to match the words with the pictures, but it could also be used like a memory game.
Differentiating the sounds of short e and short i is not an easy skill for young learners. We used clothes pins to practice identifying the correct vowel sound in the words eskimo and igloo. My 4 and 6 year old loved these.
My 6 year old put together a puzzle by counting by 10’s. This is a skill she almost has mastered, but thought she needed some extra practice.
We also wrote about our favorite part of the story. I encouraged my 6 year old to write sight words that she knew, and my 8 year old to provide sentences to support her answer.
Another skill we worked on was to tell addition and subtraction stories. My 6 year old is really enjoying making up stories and this is providing a foundation for word problems. Using your imagination and food is always a great way to get kids to do their math lessons!
I love emergent readers! I wrote one to include sight words and vocabulary words for my 6 year old. She likes to highlight her sight words as she reads the book.
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