Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready, Counting is for the Birds by Frank Mazzola Jr.!  We are technically closer to 1st grade now so I adapted this set to her needs.  It would be a better pack for later in the Kindergarten year for most children.

Counting is for the Birds is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring another of her favorites ~ BIRDS!  It features many of her very favorite birds, lots that we find on our own feeders! You can get the book here!

Counting is for the Birds Kindergarten Literature unit

In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!



For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose ordinal numbers, skip counting by 2s, basic fractions and 100s Chart Mystery Picture.

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Lots of literacy activities; Letter B sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, unscramble the sentence.

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The science activities: 3 Part bird cards, label parts of a bird, and bird life cycle.

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Label a Bird Printable

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The character connection is focused on identifying times to be quiet and times to be louder, since bird watching is a quiet activity.

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Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

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I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Kindergarten Literature Unit ~ Counting is for the Birds on Pinterest.

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Bird Toys and Books


~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  See other units here!



See all of our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices here!


Bible Verse Printables Letter B

RLRS Letter B John 3 16 Bible Verse Printables


Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter B are available to download for free!  B is for BELIEVES! This set is based on John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  This is a foundational verse in the Bible, and teaches kids some big words  like perish and eternal {depending on the version you use they may vary}.  We illustrate the word eternal by stretching our arms out wide and pointing on each end to show that it means never ending.

We used the group version in my children’s church class of 4 & 5 year olds and really enjoyed it.

I am using the home bundle with Ladybug as a review, working on the verses again later on.  For example, in my class we are on the letter F right now, but at home we just worked on our review of letter B. She is in my children’s church class so she is getting the group teaching and then getting it again at home with me.

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

Here she was coloring the coloring page, she LOVES to color.  Again, she wanted to copy the poster graphic so you can see it sitting beside her.

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Color ~ Trace ~ Write the letter Bb…

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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. This verse is a bit longer so I cut the words out in rows for her and gave her one row at a time. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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You can see her verse bracelet below.  She got one when we did it in Children’s Church awhile back too.  She wasn’t too interested in a photo so I had to steal one while she was playing!

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Here’s a shot of how we did the letter page at church, I have all of the kids sign it on the day they are there! I just love all of their little signatures.

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We have a banner at church, which you can see a glimpse of here on Instagram.  Here is  our home banner!

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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 B in this video!  In case you don’t catch it, the tune is Jesus Loves Me.


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 B printables here!

Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter B 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!


Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables A through E

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables K-O

Theme Printables P-T

Theme Printables U-Z


I wrote about my views on using themes with young kids, and there are certainly a LOT of early childhood themes to choose from! 

If you are like me, at times you choose a letter and build on it for a week or so with your tot/preschooler. It helps me stay focused as a teacher and not forget things! Having a letter of the week is not important, or necessary, it is just helpful for my type-A personality. In honor of this, I have created a series of planning help posts, gathering together all themed printable packs I could find that could extend a letter of the week.

Other times, I build on a theme with no focus on our letter of the week. These lists will help you find things in an orderly fashion!

When you begin planning, Pinterest and Google can be a bit overwhelming!  I am creating this series to help you with your planning.  I have gathered all FREE theme based printable packs {mainly early childhood focused, tots-1st grade} that I am aware of and sorted them by letter so you can browse through and get ideas all in one place! I did NOT include holiday based packs, simply because there are so many and they are pretty easy to find when holidays roll around.

I have included free printable theme packs from bloggers around the web including; Homeschool Creations, 2 Teaching Mommies, Spell Outloud, 3 Dinosaurs, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Me & Marie Learning, Ooopsey Daisy, All Our Days, Creative Learning Fun, Royal Baloo, 123 Homeschool 4 Me, Lawteedah, Our Little Monkeys, Creative Preschool Resources, Our Country Road, Homeschool Share, Preschool Mom, Gift of Curiosity, and Over the Big Moon. {if any of you ladies notice an error please let me know!}

If the pack was created by another blogger, I listed their {blog name} in the brackets.  If there aren’t any brackets, I made it!

Letter ATheme Printables A

Letter BTheme Printables B

Letter CTheme Printables C

Letter DTheme Printables D

Letter ETheme Printables E

    Looking for more printables?

    Theme Printables F through J Theme-Printables-K-through-O5 Theme Printables P through T Theme Printables U through Z

    Alll Printables A to Z 300 Printables-Packs-from-1plus1plus1equ

    Other posts about using THEMES with young kiddos…

    Planning-for-a-Theme6 Why-Themes7 How-to-Plan-Using-Themes6

This post is #10 in my series for the iHomeschool Network Spring 2013 Hopscotch. Visit other bloggers participating here!

Links will be added as the series progresses!

Homeschooling-Tots-and-Preschoolers_Day 1 ~ Where to Begin with Tot School eBook

Day 2 ~ You Don’t Have to Do it All!

Day 3 ~ Developmentally Appropriate Practice

Day 4 ~ Time Invested in Tot Schooling

Day 5 ~ 10 Tips for Studying Nature with Tots

Day 6 ~ Exposure vs. Mastery

Day 7 ~ Why Themes?

Day 8 ~ Teaching Tots in a Large Family

Day 9 ~ Our Favorite Learning Tools for Tots

Day 10 ~ Early Childhood Theme Printables A-E

Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter B

Home Preschool Letter B

Raising Rock Stars Preschool

Our letter this week ~ Bb, our verse:


See RRSP Letter Bb 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. She got really excited when she came in to see her RRSP board changed!

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We are having a lot of fun with the vocabulary cards, I cut them in 3 strips and then she cuts them,Home Preschool Letter B -8226

After she cut them out, we used our new swatter to play a little.  I yelled out an item and she swatted it!Home Preschool Letter B -8234

Just like Krash, she loved cutting her verse, taping it together and measuring it!Home Preschool Letter B -8277

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

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

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~ More Letter Bb Work ~

See how we organize our weekly home preschool activitiesPreschool-Work-Trays6

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 little drawer from our ABC collection. These are just little things I have collected beginning with each letter, put in a tool storage drawer set from Home Depot!  She loves investigating the tiny items!

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Our ABC Find It activities were really fun, she was excited to see the new Letter B 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 B -8248

Another day we hide the cards around the room and find them…

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Finally, we put the clue cards in a bucket and she draws one out for me to read so she can find the item!  She really enjoys all of these activities!

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We used the Letter Bb play dough mat, she loved it!Home Preschool Letter B -8240

She loved dot painting the B with the bear. Home Preschool Letter B -8256

She loved using the letter Bb pattern block printable with her magnetic pattern blocksHome Preschool Letter B -8283

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Painting the Letter Bb page from the Tot Time Notebook was a favorite activity. She loves paint and it really drew her into the sheet, which she has seen many times before in her notebook! Home Preschool Letter B -8303

Painting her Animal ABC lowercase b…Home Preschool Letter B -8469

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Letter B Maze with pom pom magnets…Home Preschool Letter B -8295

Dot painting all of the Bb’s on the letter huntHome Preschool Letter B -8461

We did a few activities from my Ballerina Preschool Pack. Ballerina Pack

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We used the ABC page on our cookie sheet with our gem magnets.  I yelled out a letter and she had to mark it with a magnet.Home Preschool Letter B -8487

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We are in the second half of All About Reading Pre Level 1, which goes through the lowercase letters. The letter b  for bat page was a hit!  We added star stickers to the page and then painted it black like the night!Home Preschool Letter B -8471

Letter Bb on the iPad with ABCs of God and Letter School

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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 B -8517

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Find all letter A activities on my B is for… Pinterest board, or on my general ABC Ideas board! I also have a board for RRSP Letter Bb!

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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!  I do remember at times though!

I used 2 of our Learning Resources toys to play this game.  First, I had her roll the dice from our Froggy Feeding Fun game, which chose the number and color.Learning Resources -8640

She used our new Handy Scoopers {review/giveaway coming soon!} to grab the correct color and number and feed them to our froggy.

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The froggy is a bit too difficult to squeeze open, so we made him a pile.  We also sorted them into a graph format and counted and compared our totals.

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The girl reads all of the time!  I think she would sit and let me read books to her all day long if we had the time!Home Preschool Letter B -8537

Learning Tools We Used…

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Tot School ~ Animal ABCs ~ Letter B

~Ladybug is currently 32.5 months old~

It was a full week for us, despite some sickness floating around.  Mostly for me, Krash and Ladybug towards the end of the week.  We carried on with school amidst coughing and snot.  Hopefully we will mend soon!


Here is her desk set up for letter B. IMG_9587We have the Scholastic Alpha Tales book set, which is where the letter Bb book you see is from.  I wasn’t sure if she would like these books but she really does!  A reader shared that you can find this book set cheaper on a different website, I have never ordered from there but the price IS much lower! 

The items in the pocket chart are all available for free here on the Animal ABCs webpage.  I added a stuffed bear on her desk, and also several other bears over on her Tot Tray shelf.  I included polar bears and panda bears too, she loved that!

We also had several bear books off to the side in her pink basket. IMG_9592

The books were by FAR her favorite part of this week, we read and read and read!!!!IMG_9593

Here are some bear ideas for you…


As you will see, my tot LOVES to write.  She honestly blows me away with her desire to trace, color, draw, and write.  Neither of my boys were like this.  The “extras” were developed because of her intense love of writing and tracing.  Because her Tot Time Notebook was such a hit, I decided to go with a similar plan for her Animal ABC work.  The pages for the current unit are all in a 1/2” 3 ring binder, inside of sheet protectors.  She uses her click markers and eraser to work through her pages whenever she wants to!   

Here are a few action shots…

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My favorite “no picher” face. Gotta get those while they last!IMG_9615

I snapped some finished project shots since I don’t have papers to keep for her since they are all dry erase.  I want to be able to show her when she is older!

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The discussion sheet is fun when I can get her talking to me.  At first she didn’t want to but then when she noticed the baby bears she was into it and chatted with me for awhile. We are using this sheet as a way to develop vocabulary and observation skills.IMG_9632


The coloring page is pulled out and we worked on a few bears per day.  She usually likes to do this as team work, which is fine!IMG_9596I have noticed that her grip has consistently went from “correct” to this 3 fingered thing.  I will not be pushing her at this point-I don’t want to frustrate her and she is easily frustrated when told what to do.  I want school to be fun at this stage and let her guide her learning.  I hope to get the grip corrected slowly over the next year, we’ll see! Here’s an article from an OT about pencil grip if you have more questions.

She worked with me to make the letter craft, which is basically an open ended project that you can do whatever you want with!  We chose to paint the letter B, and then glue down the bears.  She wasn’t interested in cutting at all this week, so I trimmed the bears while she painted. IMG_9712

The next day she chose red paper and we glued the B and the bears down.IMG_9726

She immediately wanted to hang it up and stood admiring her letter A and letter B work!IMG_9727

Special Note: I know I said this last week, but I will probably repeat it every week just in case someone new comes along, I really think it is that important!  PLEASE remember that most tots will not enjoy this type of work.  Ladybug is unique in her desire to do these types of things.  When Krash was this age, he would barely sit at a table for a few minutes, let alone do tracing worksheets!  I only do this type of thing with Ladybug because she practically begs for it.  It is “her thing” and I just follow her lead.  All children are different, just have fun and follow your child’s lead at this stage!


We worked on a few parts of the Brown Bear Printable Pack, which she LOVED!IMG_9639

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She roped Daddy into reading bear books to her whenever she had the chance.  You can barely see her little head behind the book!IMG_9585

We are taking our All About Reading Pre Level 1 lessons slowly.  I am not expecting mastery from Ladybug, just using this program as a way to expose her to the Big Five Skills.  She is a bit too young for the program and Krash is a bit too old, so that’s why we are using it together. IMG_9664

This week we did lesson 2, which focused on letter B and also rhyming words. With Ladybug I do tons of modeling, you can see us using the rhyming cards below.  She loved me putting the duck into the truck and being all goofy about it.

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Pac was taking pictures {it’s his new favorite thing to do}, I am so glad he moved around and captured her face while we were doing this.  She was giggling hysterically!IMG_9649

As for Ziggy, she seemed a bit nervous around him this week, not even wanting to have him be a part of the lessons.  Instead she chose her new favorite, Sunshine Bear {who came out of basement hiding for bear week}.IMG_9655

Ziggy read with me, but she wanted him gone after that.IMG_9659

We used blue dot paint for blueberries…IMG_9672

and she asked if she could trace the lines on the bees.IMG_9675

The letter pages are simple and require little prep or planning, we just sit down and do it!  I am allowing her to choose if she wants to complete it or just watch me.

We are repeating the same lesson a few times during the week, since she is so young.  This was a different day {yes she is wearing the same jammies-she loves them}.  Here we used her Scrabble Alphabet Soup game to work on letter ID with Ziggy-she liked him this day!  We also worked with the rhyming cards from lesson 2 again.  I was amazed with how much she actually learned from the first lesson!IMG_9729


Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumbThis girl loves puzzles, and she gravitates towards those that are a bit too difficult to her.  These are K’s old puzzles!IMG_9599

The Busy Hands Box has some new sparkly white play dough and some blue!  She is sitting on a splat mat that my mom made for her, it used to be under her high chair.IMG_9676

We made a letter B!IMG_9682

Another puzzle {dollar spot Target} that she loves and did several times even though it is such a challenge for her and she needs help!IMG_9716

Our ball pit {Target} came out for some fun indoor gross motor play!IMG_9748

Markers and paper are a common thing for her.  This day she drew tons of little faces and told me who they all were and how they were feeling!IMG_9744


She loved watching Leapfrog Phonics Farm {which she calls “purple doggy movie”} a few times thanks to Netflix and the iPad!.  The hoys liked it too!IMG_9724

In these shots she was playing The ABC’s of God. See more iPad apps we love here, iPad apps part 2 is here!!

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I love this shot of her bouncing in the bounce house at a friend’s birthday party!  She was scared of it at first but when it emptied out, she went in for a try and loved it!IMG_9913


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