AN Word Family Beginning Sound and Matching Worksheets

Word family work continues to be a part of our homeschool Kindergarten and we have new _an word family printables for you! 

an word family worksheets

Worksheets can be used in many alternative ways, other than the obvious intention.  These 2 worksheets can easily be used with a pencil {the obvious way}. On the first sheet, the child can write in the missing beginning sound and trace the remaining letters.  As you can see below, Ladybug likes to use our Perler Bead letters to work on the beginning sound work!

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In the worksheet below, you can simply draw lines to match, which is what she usually prefers. Another fun idea is to use Wiki Stix to be your lines!

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Variety makes repetitive tasks more fun and interesting for young kids.  If something gets boring, try a new angle or spin on the same work!

Grab your free copy of the_an Worksheets here!

While there you’ll get a peek at the full _an 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! 


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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 116

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!


A change has crept upon the land

the warming touch of nature’s hand,

the bleakness slowly ebbs away

and spring time lengthens out the day.

(Once Again by Cheryl Sandberg)

The days are getting longer and the air is getting warmer! Spring is on its way! The season of mud and puddle jumping is upon us! Are your Tots exploring the new life all around? My kids never tire of seeing the birds coming back to the area and the new flowers popping up around the yard! Be sure to link up all your adventures to the Gathering Place for us to see and share!

What Tot doesn’t enjoy painting? Take a look at Mama Carol’s post at My Bored Toddler to see several different ways to paint without a paint brush!

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Looking for a sweet gift for the grandparents this Easter? Check out Mama Meghan’s idea over at Playground Parkbench for a creative idea that your Tot will love!

Playground Parkbench 2

Are you in need of a new base for your spring sensory bins? Head on over to For This Season to see what Mama Becky cooked up this week!

For This Season

Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Years later, this is still our play dough toy storage method!

Busy Hands Play Dough Box

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).

We would LOVE to feature you, but only feature those posts with a link back to us within the post they link up! Read all of the details about our linky here!

Lately in Our Life

We have had a busy past two weeks! It was one of those times I knew it would be nuts and I am breathing a bit now that it has passed.  All great stuff, just busy!

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Teach Them Diligently Nashville

What a fun and fast couple of days Teach Them Diligently Nashville was!  I am honored to be a speaker again this year and thrilled to be able to spend time with one of my very best friends, Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations

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I led three sessions and will be doing these same sessions in Ohio and Dallas this year!  The Earliest Years, Following the Lead of Your Young Child, and Theme Based Learning in the Early Years {with Jolanthe}. Will I see you there?

Sadly I won’t be attending Atlanta this year as we had planned, this is because my son qualified for the regional gymnastics competition, which is the same weekend!   


State Gymnastics Competition

I actually flew home early from TTD to make it to K’s state gymnastics competition!  He has improved all season, and we were all hoping he would do well, but you just never know on competition day!  Well, he was awesome and I can’t lie, I am one proud momma!  It was fun to watch him succeed and see his hard work pay off. He is the level 5 state champ on parallel bars and pommel horse!  He came in 2nd on rings, high bar, floor and all around!  And his team took 2nd! He was THRILLED!!  This also qualified him for the regional competition so we have one more meet this season!

Here’s a peek at his parallel bars routine that I shared on Instagram.

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The Baby Girl is Growing Up 

Girlfriend lost her first tooth.  The day we learned it was wiggly my momma emotions went nuts.  She turns 6 soon too and that just screams BIG girl to me.  Here’s a video clip of the tooth pulling!

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Bird Everything

For real, the birds have taken over.  Real birds and stuffed birds.  It’s ALL bird around here!  These two play with the stuffed birds outside now, it’s so cute!

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This silly girl set up the stuffed birds in the feeders and told me to come see the beautiful birds!  Then later that night when we asked her if she got the birds and brought them back inside, she calmly said, “no, they all flew away.”  The pretend play is very real for her these days!

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Speaking of our birds, these are are new photos {all taken through our window glass}.  We know the one on the right is a Downy Woodpecker and were THRILLED when it showed up, it was our first and only so far!  We aren’t sure what the one on the left is, anyone know?

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Bottom right we are unsure of, any bird experts know what that one is?  On the left shows one of our Golden Finches, which we have TONS of.  I think the one on the left {the red one} is a Purple Finch, can anyone confirm that?

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See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

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, unit 8, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 12 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

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…

We started with our cubes!  This is always a fun way to practice old words and new words!

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Color by number sight word

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Easy reader

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Color by number sight words

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Fun work with the Bitsboard app.  Here’s the basics of how to use Bitsboard and the You Can Read word lists {it’s for Apple only} ~ Download Bitsboard app {free}, open Bitsboard, select "Catalog" over on the right, it’s blue at the top, select "Shared,"  type in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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She loves the word puzzles!

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Roll and graph…

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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We did some assessment this week.  Here she was doing the writing words assessment.  She also did the reading words assessment.

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 12 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, unit 8, unit 9, unit 10 and unit 11!

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See other reading posts below!

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See our Teach Me to Read Pinterest board here!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter N

Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter N are available to download for free! N  is for NEIGHBOR! This set is based on Galatians 5:14, For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Bible Verse Printables N is for Neighbor

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

The coloring page,  we worked together on this one.  Lots of discussion about the meaning of the verse occurs during our coloring time. This was a great discussion time for us with lots of role playing.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Nn…

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying individual words and sounds she knows as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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Here’s the work Ladybug did at home…

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And, here’s Ladybug singing the verse for you!  The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear the tune for Letter N in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Row Row Row Your Boat.


The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter N printables here!

Raising Lil' Rock Stars Letter N for Neighbor

 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter N and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars, see more info here!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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