Cats Unit Study ~ 1st Grade

My son, Krash, requested his summer learning to be focused on one of his favorites ~ CATS!  He collects little stuffed cats and has them with him almost all of the time!

Krash and his cats

Krash just completed 1st grade and since I know what I want him working on this summer, I created this unit study with my goals for him in mind.  I hope some of your cat loving kids might be able to use these printables also! 

{disclaimer: there are affiliate links in this post}Why Do Cats Meow

I created daily work for him based on the book, Why Do Cats Meow? which is at a good reading level for him to read aloud to me.  He will read the portion and we will work on the printable together each day. There are 17 different sections and printables to go along.

You can see some of the printables that go along with this book below.  Krash is learning cursive formation, which is why the tracing titles are on each page.  I added a print set at the end of the file for those of you who want to use these but have kids not working on cursive yet.  The little activities after the fill in the blanks and tracing are just quick ways to get in some skills.

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Cat Unit Study Printables

I have the printables in a small 1/2” notebook for us to work through with the book.Cat Unit Study -5132


He is interested in different breeds of cats too, so I made him a set of 3-part cards to learn with. I got lots of my information from the Cats DK Pocket book.

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Cat Breed 3 Part Cards

I have these in our mini pocket chart on display, the kids love looking at them and especially giggling at the Cornish Rex and the Sphinx!Cat Unit Study -5128


Finally, I thought it would be fun to introduce him to classification by discussing the classification of a domestic cat.

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Classification of Cats


We have lots of cat books also, some are pictured below and in the widget…Cat Unit Study -5130


We will also be using a few resources I found while searching online! I love this cat study from Sandra’s Savvy Teaching Tips. The Cats Lapbook from Homeschool Share is great!  I will also be pulling out our Cats Preschool Pack in case Ladybug wants to join Krash!

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Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Cc

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Our letter this week ~ Cc, our verse:

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See RRSP Letter Cc with Krash here!

Not familiar with RRSP? Read the intro post here!

You can tell by her outfits what she did on each day, about 2 RRSP activities per day plus the PowerPoint. 

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PacMan happened to catch us one day as we were laying together on the floor reading!Home Preschool Letter C -8702

Smacking the vocabulary card I yell out with our swatter!Home Preschool Letter C -8660

We added in the cards from letter A & B also and had a card sort at the end!Home Preschool Letter C -8663

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She got a bit creative with the tracing letter C sheet ~ first just tracing, then asking to cut it…

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Then she wanted to use highlighters to trace again and cut them all out!

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Working on coloring our OBEY sign!Home Preschool Letter C -9215

We used our new measuring tape to measure our verse after she cut and taped it!  She loved this!

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Reading the easy reader on the iPad!Home Preschool Letter C -8708

The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE!

You can download the entire letter Cc unit for FREE here.

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~ More Letter Cc Work ~

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Loving her new My Little Pony Work Drawer cards!Home Preschool letter C -8746

I am doing Letter Baskets for her, and using her shelf to draw her attention to different items. One of the items in her letter collection is the ABC Soup Can.  She always has fun looking through this and naming the items!Home Preschool Letter C -9212

Our ABC Find It activities are probably her favorite thing, she was excited to see the new Letter C sheet! We are using the printables 3 different ways, the first day I let her do a sensory bin search to find all of the little cards.Home Preschool Letter C -8682

Here she is choosing a clue card for us to read and match.  Love her little closed eyes!Home Preschool Letter C -9217

BIG moment for Ladybug.  I saw her looking at a card before I saw it and it seemed like she was sounding out the letters.  All of the sudden she said “Cat! it says cat!”  I was shocked!

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She didn’t read any other words but successfully segmented individual sounds for each of the following words and I blended it for her.Home Preschool Letter C -9224 

She loved dot painting the C with the Cat {with some help from Ziggy}. Home Preschool Letter C -8669

 

She loved using the letter Cc pattern block printable with her magnetic pattern blocksHome Preschool Letter C -8667

 

Painting the Letter Cc page from the Tot Time Notebook was a favorite activity. Home Preschool Letter C -9234

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Sponge painting her Animal ABC lowercase c…Home Preschool Letter C -9228

 

She loves making these simple letter puppets.Home Preschool letter C -8742

We did a few activities from my Cat Preschool Pack.

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She loved the songs, and the little cats I had out to play with.…Home Preschool Letter C -8671

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Sorting cats and cat gear!Home Preschool letter C -8758

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She loved the “find the difference” page and erased it and redid it several times!Home Preschool letter C -8762

She did her 3 part cards all by herself this time, words and all!Home Preschool Letter C-9306


We are in the second half of All About Reading Pre Level 1, which goes through the lowercase letters. Lowercase c was another success for Ladybug, she loved giving the cow grass to eat!

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Her work all hung up at the end of the week. This is the pocket chart above her desk…Home Preschool Letter Cc-9388

Find all letter C activities on my C is for… Pinterest board, or on my general ABC Ideas board!

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More Preschool Fun!

Not everything we do revolves around our letter of the week, I just often forget to take pictures of the rest!

She loved joining her brothers for home art time!Home Art Studio Weaving-8550

She doesn’t watch Speekee as much as she used to, but asked for him and really enjoyed watching! We really need to be more intentional about including this awesome Spanish curriculum into our routine.Home Preschool Letter C -9300


Learning Tools We Used…

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Kindergarten with Krash ~ RRSK/Oo, Cats

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Krash has officially completed Kindergarten, I have turned in all of his Calvert assessments and his 1st grade box is on order.  I still consider him in Kindergarten for now, although we are in more of a transition phase.  I DO plan to do the rest of the RRSK Bible verses with him, they will probably be just video posts for you so there is a record of how to sing them We are also continuing on with All About Reading, in the fall or possibly sooner, I will add in All About Spelling Level 1.


RRSK: Letter Oo

Theme: Cats


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You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!  We are only doing the Bible memory work since he has mastered all of the other skills included in the RRSK packs.

Here is Krash singing letter O for you, the tune is “Jingle Bells.”   The printable written out the way you sing it for LETTER O is here!

RRSK Letter Oo Printables Here!

If you want early access to printables beyond what I have blogged about, you can see info about purchasing here!  Currently I have units Aa-Rr available in the early access section.


We began reviewing All About Reading Level 1 awhile ago, and Krash continues to make consistent progress.  You can read more about why we are choosing to review this homeschool reading program here in our “Current Curriculum” post {see FAQ}.

I wrote a lot about our initial thoughts and experiences with AAR in this Kindergarten with Krash post.

We have moved on to final blends, initial blends, and doubles {ff, ll, ss}!IMG_4968

He is flying along, I am so happy with his progress.  He definitely prefers the games over the flashcards!  I included fruit snacks as little treats during one game, he loved that!

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~~~ CAT THEME ~~~

Since Ladybug had a CAT theme, I expanded on this for Krash, but with a different focus.  I chose a couple of fun cat books and we did activities based around those!  I found several fun activities for the book, “Cookie’s Week” on Making Learning Fun, so we did some of those.IMG_5875

He helped Ladybug work on an interactive bookIMG_5858

We ordered the days of the week based on the story…IMG_5880

We have this book, “One Hungry Cat” and I decided to make the math story come alive for him one day.IMG_5903

The book has a lot of dividing to make groups equal, it was a great hands on lesson for him!IMG_5890

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There was an added bonus too, which he loved even more!IMG_5901


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Play Dough with straws…IMG_4936

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Shaving Cream sensory play, still loves this at almost 6!IMG_5506

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I have been looking into some OT items for him, he struggles with wanting to wiggle and move constantly.  Here he was holding a “fidget” to help him focus a bit.  It helped some.IMG_4970

I also ordered him a balance disk, for 2 reasons.  One is for him to actually have a place to go like this and practice his balance, it is an amazing tool!  This tool can also be used for wiggly children to sit on, here’s an article written by an OT, where I learned about this.  He doesn’t really like sitting on it much for now, but it is GREAT for calming him down with the balancing.IMG_5559

He is LOVING our What’s in the Bible time, and also really likes to color, so it’s a win-win for Krash!IMG_5952

 

iPad learning fun. We have tons of new apps, some free, some paid.  This first one is a paid app and Ladybug and Krash LOVE it!  It is called Tally Tots, and it is geared more towards the preschool crowd, but Krash loves the counting to 100 section!IMG_4926

A free app we have been loving is, Sushi Monster.  It works with math facts; addition and multiplication.  Krash LOVES it!!!IMG_5869

I get asked a lot about our iPad 2 case-it’s the Trident Kraken II and yes we love it! See all of our posts about iPad apps and more here! The stylus we have that he uses sometimes is this one.


A few items we used…

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Tot School ~ Cats

~Ladybug is currently 36 months old~


In honor of our new kitty, Stella, we had a CAT theme for our school week!  We used resources mostly from my Cats Preschool Pack, and Cc is for Cats from Tot School Printables {reviewing, as she has used these before}.  I also made a Pinterest board with our other fun Cat finds!

She traced letters, it was her first choice!IMG_5777

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She played the graphing game for the first time with me and loved it!  She wanted to fill in the whole sheet, so we did! IMG_5918

She put her easy reader together with me, gluing the colored yarn in the book!  IMG_5914

She dot painted a kittyIMG_5926

We also worked together with Krash to make a fun easy reader based on the book, Cookie’s WeekIMG_5857

IMG_5861Special Note: Please read my post about Following the Child’s Lead if you have a tot and need info about this.  All tots are different and what Ladybug is doing may not be appropriate for your child, even if s/he is the same age!


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Since we are working with rhyming words in All About Reading, I brought out our rhyming word puzzles.  We did these together with Krash too.

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She LOVED the book, “How to Build an A” it was the first time I had done it with her in a long time!  I am glad I got it out!

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This was the first time she worked with my Pom Pom Numbers and she loved them!IMG_5809

A little Mr Potato Head fun…IMG_5871

Big girl can now handle having all of the letter puzzles spread out at one time without getting overwhelmed.  She sat and put them all together!IMG_5933

Free painting, and tons of color mixing!IMG_5865

Spying letters on her All About Reading ABC chart…IMG_5965


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Here she was reading Bedtime StoryIMG_5959

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Hanging ith the big Kids

We are using the 1st What’s In the Bible DVD right now and we watched it 3 times together last week.  We are using their flashcards and coloring sheets too.  Ladybug LOVES Mike-the little boy at the beginning, and she just giggles and giggles at him!IMG_5937

Here she was coloring a page from the Adam and Eve story, she ended up coloring the entire thing blue Winking smileIMG_5950

If you don’t have What’s in the Bible DVDs, you can get them on the What’s in the Bible website here and get free shipping with orders over $15, and use the code ESTHER to get $5 off right now!


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Cats Preschool Pack ~ Free Printables

Cats Preschool Pack

Jolanthe and I have teamed up again to create 2 Preschool Packs for the pet lovers in your family.  I created cats and Jolanthe created dogs!  The clipart featured in the pack is from my favorite…Stockberry Studio. Many printables in this pack could be used for Tots, Preschoolers and even Kindergartners!

Here’s a glimpse of what is included {all free} in this Cats Preschool Pack

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Focus Skills

  • Letter Cc
  • Find the Difference
  • Graphing
  • Patterning
  • Sorting
  • Colors
  • Counting 1-20
  • Songs
  • Tracing
  • ABCs

You can download the entire

Cats Preschool Pack here on my website for FREE!

 

Do you have a dog lover in your family?  Head on over to Homeschool Creations to get the Dogs Preschool Pack released today also!

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If you are having any printing or downloading trouble, please see the tips in the FAQ post here!!!

 

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