Perler Bead Alphabet

It’s no secret we love Perler Beads around here.  All three of my kids love creating and then playing with their creations.  We have numerous hand made Perler Bead toys! We have recently added a Perler Bead Alphabet set to our collection!

Perler Bead ABCs

Recently my kids got out our alphabet tray and began making the letters in their names. I suddenly realized how fun a set of letters would be for word work and asked them to make me a full set, with extras for vowels and common letters!

This is the tray we used, you can buy it on Amazon, we got ours at Michaels I think.

Perler Bead ABC Tray


I let them design the letters however they wanted, and we have used them almost everyday since they were created!

Perler Bead ABCs

We have already used our new ABCs during our home Kindergarten learning a lot! Making words is much more fun when you helped make the letters yourself!

Here’s a peek at our letters in action ~

Instead of circling, we’ve been using them on our Logic of English worksheets. Below she was identifying the middle sound.

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We’ve also been using them with our word family work!

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There’s also a printable template on the Perler Bead website if you have square templates and want to make bigger ABCs.  You can also easily freehand the letters!


Make Your OWN Perler Bead Alphabet

Want more fun ABC ideas?  Check out our ABC Ideas Pinterest Board!

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You Can Read Sight Words ~ Unit 9

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7 and unit 8. You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 9 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 9

This is our first full unit in our new house and back to a somewhat normal routine.  She learned these words very quickly, so we spent one week and did a few activities each day. We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

Word building ~ she taped them onto colored paper this week. 

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Roll and graph ~ a favorite!

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Color by number sight word, with kitties drawn on the letters.

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Reading one of her easy readers.

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Color by number sight word.

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Word puzzles ~ and mom getting busted taking a picture!

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Sentence search ~ she used purple to circle this week’s words and blue to circle any other words she could read.  Then we read the sentences together!

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Here’s a video of us reading together when she was done…



Building words with Spielgaben pieces.

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Here’s her completed work from the week ~

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Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 9 here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7 and unit 8!

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See other reading posts below!

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et Word Family Play Dough Mats

et Word Family Play Dough Mats

We continue to work on word families here in our homeschool Kindergarten and have a new _et word family printable for you!  Play Dough Mats! There is no picture of the word on the mat on purpose, to encourage the child to actually read each word and not rely on the picture.

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We used our Play Doh for these, but we often use our homemade play dough recipe to make our own!  I definitely prefer making my own! I need to get busy and make some soon!

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Forming letters and words with play dough is great for fine motor muscles in little hands.  It is also great for slowing a child down to focus on the formation of each letter and the order of letters in a word.  She really enjoyed making all of her words, then transferring them into a row like this.  The blue mat you see is our MessMatz, we love it!  We got ours on Zulily, they show up sometimes there!

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Grab your free copy of _et Play Dough Mats here!

While there you’ll get a peek at the full _et word family printable set.  Many FREE individual files will be coming soon, the full set is available in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop if you want it now! 

Looking for Word Family fun?  Check out our new Word Family Pinterest board!

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 106

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

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Are you and your Tot settling into 2015? Has the routine returned? Things are slowly adjusting to a new “norm” around here! It’s exciting to see the activities that you plan and prepare for your Tots. Please continue to share and inspire other Mama’s with your creative talents! Make sure to link up to Tot School Gathering Place so we can maybe feature you one week!

Is your Tot working on learning her shapes? Want a fun way to introduce and learn them in a crafty way? Take a look at the wonderful activity that Mama Yuliya from Welcome to Mommyhood put together for Mr. Toddler!

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Is your Tot ready for some pre-reading and pre-math activities? Check out Baby Your Babies for some ideas on these topics as well as some other life skill activities to incorporate into you Tot School!

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Have you incorporated calendar notebooks into your day? Head on over to For This Season to see how Mama Becky Marie worked them in the day with her three boys as well as some other learning activities!

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See the Tot School webpage here!

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Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Lately in Our Life ~ Daddy Teaches, Indoor Fun, and Ordinary Moments

Did you catch our first Lately in our Life post last week? My blog had loads of trouble the day it went up and was down for much of the day last week and then again today. Blog-land can be difficult to manage behind the scenes at times.  I think we have finally found a solution, I hope!

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Life is in full swing.  Although my husband is not fully recovered yet, we are not “all moved in” yet, and are in the middle of gymnastics competition season {traveling}, life is in full swing.  Normal attempts to carry on even with much abnormal surrounding us. Learning to go with the flow is certainly a skill I am fine tuning. I am learning that at times abnormal becomes normal.


It’s Chilly

This past week we’ve spent a lot of time indoors. It’s been mostly gray and chilly. Even our pets are chilly. Our dog and cat don’t often share Daddy’s lap, actually more like never.  But lately they have been willing to share if it means being warmer!

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A new favorite indoor activity for the kids is making stop action movies.  My oldest leads this activity and the younger two assist him.  I happened to catch one in progress, I think they were making animated credits in this one with Lego names.

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New dominoes from Christmas have spent lots of time out in action. Our new wood floors are perfect for massive domino creations.  Speaking of our wood floors, I love them.  We moved into an old house that was renovated nicely by the previous owner.  The floors are such a great gift, I always wanted hardwood floors in most of my house and now I have them!

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Perler Beading is a VERY common activity around here. We have enough Perler Bead creations to fill an entire toy box. Here’s just some of our stash.

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My kids make them AND play with their creations, a LOT. They were taking up my entire dining room table and I was getting some anxiety spikes, like every day. So, I decided to make a new schoolroom change.  We now have a Perler Bead table in the corner. I dug out an old Ikea table we weren’t using, put it together and grabbed a card table chair.  Nuts?  Yes, but for now it works. Their passion can carry on and my anxiety can calm down a bit.

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Daddy the Teacher

Partly because of his broken legs, and partly because of our new life down south ~ Daddy is now helping with some homeschooling! He was already teaching Pac science before we moved and now he has added reading time with Ladybug each afternoon.  He also teaches Krash science, vocabulary, and math.  Have him around and helping like this is so awesome!

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Ordinary Moments

Do you ever just look over and stare at your child in awe?  Soaking in the moment, the very ordinary moment? Sitting on my bed, in her beloved Pony jammies, watching Octonauts ~ totally ordinary yet absolutely extraordinary.

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