Home Preschool Letter R

Each week I share 2-3 posts sharing our home preschool learning.  This post is only sharing our letter focused work. If we have a theme of the week, it will be a separate post too.  All of our general play based learning will be in a final weekly wrap up post called, “Learning with Ladybug.”  I am separating out the posts to make them easier for people to find down the road when searching for specific letter/theme activities.  See our entire home preschool plan here!

Home Preschool Letter R

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used in this post}

Her Letter R ABC Basket… 

Home Preschool Letter R -0604


We had LOTS of stuff for letter R, she loved it!  One day she gathered all of the magnets and asked for her cookie sheet!Home Preschool Letter R -0625


We also worked on our ABC felt board together, putting on all of the letters up to R!

Home Preschool Letter R -0638



We made the Letter R Rabbit craft from Totally Tots!

Home Preschool Letter R -0615


She loves the paint cut and glue crafts from Learn, Create, Love.  This week we made the reindeer!

Home Preschool Letter R -0653 Home Preschool Letter R -0672


Animal ABC lowercase r is for reindeer…

Home Preschool Letter R -0670


She also did the Animal ABC Q-Tip painting in a new way.  I gave her tempera paint and a straw cut down teen tiny.  This really forced her to work on her grip, which she continues to struggle with.

Home Preschool Letter R -0749


We did the Letter R for Robot Q-Tip painting with a Q-Tip & water colors…

Home Preschool Letter R -0760


Painting her letter R from our  Tot Time Notebook

Home Preschool Letter R -0650


I printed the Letter R dot-to-dot from education.com, she really liked this!

Home Preschool Letter R -0764


Below are activities from the Letter R  pack which is available here. This printable pack was given to us from a kind blog reader who also creates printables!

We used the sentence strips and word cards a bit differently this week.   We used her ABC basket and found some of the items that were on the cards and matched them. 

Home Preschool Letter R -0631

Home Preschool Letter R -0622

Home Preschool Letter R -0629


We put together the mini book with CVC letter R words

Home Preschool Letter R -0679


We also did the mini strip book of letter R items…

Home Preschool Letter R -0801


Our All About Reading Pre lesson for lowercase r was a rabbit raking leaves, after she colored we glued leaves on!

Home Preschool Letter R -0799


Our finished Letter R work…

Home Preschool Letter R -0809


See more Letter R ideas on our R  is for Pinterest board, and even more ABC ideas on my ABC Ideas board!

image  ABC-Ideas-on-Pinterest4312222


See more theme based printables to go with the Letter R here!


Visit Preschool Corner to see more home preschool families!

Early Childhood Theme Printables P-T

Theme Printables P through T

Other Posts in this Series…

Theme Printables A-E

Theme Printables F-J

Theme Printables K-O

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! 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, Gift of Curiosity, This Reading Mama, and Over the Big Moon. {if any of you ladies notice an error/edit 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 PTheme Printables P through T

Letter QTheme Printables P through T

Letter RTheme Printables P through T

Letter STheme Printables P through T

Letter TTheme Printables P through T

    Looking for more printables?

     Theme-Printables-A-through-E52  Theme-Printables-F-through-J5  Theme Printables K through O  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-Theme62 Why-Themes72 How-to-Plan-Using-Themes62

Tot School ~ Letter R

~Ladybug is currently 39.5 months old~Tot School


Here is her desk set-up for letter R. I added some letter fun, featuring the letter R using our Letter Construction set, our alphabet peg set, magnetic R and fishing rod, Rosie’s Red Radish {these are at Costco right now I have heard, for a great price!}, and Letter R soup can.

Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9617

The printable items are available here on the Animal ABCs webpage. {files are released for free when they are posted on the Totally Tots blog for the ABC feature, letter R is not free yet, but it will be once it is posted on Totally Tots!}.

More Letter R/Raccoon Fun…


She chose to finger paint her letter R…Homeschool Tot School Letter Rr-9328

She cut all of her raccoons by herself!Homeschool Tot School Letter Rr-9330

She glued her raccoons down on another day…Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9596

Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9588

We used play dough to make the letter Rr…Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9587

Here she is working on Letter Rr Dot Fun, we used magnetic gems one day, and then went back to it with finger paints. This set is included in the Animal ABC Bundle, or you can purchase the set as a stand alone set for $1.25 on Teacher’s Notebook.Homeschool Tot School Letter R -8531

Homeschool Tot School Letter Rr-9335

Special 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!


She loves the Froggy Feeding Fun game.  Personally I think the frogs are a bit too tough for little kids, but that doesn’t seem to hinder her interest at all.  She just gets me to squeeze the frog while she feeds him…Homeschool Tot School-9540

Or, she uses 2 hands and gets me to feed him…

Homeschool Tot School-9554 Homeschool Tot School-9555

Foam block fun…Homeschool Tot School-9556

Playing catch…

Homeschool Tot School-9567 Homeschool Tot School-9571

I got her some new Aquadoodle tools in the Target toy clearance last week and it renewed her interest, BIG time!Homeschool Tot School-9573

She still loves to play with the Design and Drill like this…Homeschool Tot School-9319

We played lots of Connect Four, tot style {no rules}.Homeschool Tot School-9340


Magnetic pattern blocksHomeschool Tot School-9344

Sorting our Measuring Motors by size…Learning Resources Measuring Motors-9326

Creating with the Busy Hands Play Dough Box

Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9598 Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9611

Play dough puzzles using our wooden shapes from this toy.Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9613

We recently got this Alphabet Soup set and I LOVE it! I am planning to pull the cans down one at a time as we work through letters this time, and then again when she does RRSP. As she advances, we will use them for sound sorting!Homeschool Tot School Letter R -8521

Homeschool Tot School Letter R -9581


We had our annual church picnic and it poured down rain right before we arrived, leaving awesome puddles to jump in…

IMG_9645  IMG_9646

One of our friends had just picked up their chickens and were holding them in the back of their truck while at the picnic, Ladybug LOVED petting one!IMG_9719

She went on the swing all by herself for the first time! Usually she is scared and wants to sit with us!IMG_9856

The bigger kids had a sack race and she desperately wanted to join them!  Daddy helped her hop after they were all done!

IMG_9941 IMG_9942

Techy Tot

Ladybug continues to love her games on the iPad, here she was snuggled in our bean bag, playing Starfall.Homeschool Tot School-9350

We got a new free app {it was free for a limited time} called ABC Wildlife, she really enjoyed it!

Homeschool Tot School-9343


Insta-Tot4_thumbLadybug’s week on Instagram {I am using Printsgram to make the layout for the week!}

Featuring: Time with our Mommy’s helper Sarah, iPad time, snack with Krash, down the drain fear, mommy I found your hair, froggy time, baking cookies, swimming, puddle jumping, chicken petting, swimming, tether ball, climbing, and with Mommy!Ladybug on Instagram 8.12

We are 1plus1plus1, follow us or see all of our photos here!


More Tot School Links…

Tot-Books-10052222222222222222222222[1] Tot-School-Printables-10052222222222[1] Tot-Trays-10052222222222222222222222 Tot-School-Ideas62222222222222222222 smaller-rectangle-blog-button6222222[1]

  • Tot School 2011/2012 Blog Roll
  • Behind the Scenes ~ Where Do I Begin with Tot School?
  • Tot School Webpage {including links of all participants}
  • How do I Link up to Tot School? Please be sure to read this BEFORE you link up for the first time!!! If your blog is not linked back here to Tot School {within your post, not just on your sidebar}, and/or your post is not specifically a Tot School post, your link will be deleted to help Tot School surfing moms. If your link was deleted, please email if you don’t know why.
  • Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

  • Tot School – Rainbows

    ~Ladybug is currently 35 months old~

    Here is her desk set up for Rainbow Week


    Her book basket has mostly COLOR books, a few rainbow books too.  I picked colorful toys for her trays this week, she really liked all of the color!IMG_2743

    On Monday morning she sat right down and got busy, she loved the set up!  I put the many printables I had for her in her notebook.  She flips through and chooses what she wants.IMG_2753

    She chose Dot Fun first and asked to use stickers!IMG_2761

    She loved the little rainbow I made for her with pipe cleaners and foam, she spent lots of time exploring it and we took it apart together and reassembled it together too!IMG_2766

    Later in the week I got the idea to use the above rainbow along with our Somewhere Over the Rainbow props!  We stuck the other props in the styrofoam too and Ladybug chose the correct prop as we sang the song and got to certain parts!IMG_3192

    IMG_3197  IMG_3205


    I Love Colors was her favorite book from the collection, she read it alone many times and of course we read it together tons too!IMG_2768

    Once I saw how much she loved this book, I made a doggie for her to color like the dog in the book.  BIG hit, she loved this!  I was absolutely amazed with the end result, I didn’t help her one bit, she chose where to put the colors all on her own and he looks so similar to the dog in the book!  This printable has been added to the Rainbow Tot Pack.

    IMG_3117  IMG_3129


    Lots of painting for Rainbow Week!  here she was painting free style on the blank rainbow printable from the Rainbow Tot Pack.  She is using Porcupine ring painters.IMG_2781


    She wanted to make rainbow lines on this one so I helped her just by showing her the order and where to paint, but she managed the rest on her own!IMG_2787


    I absolutely love the end result!IMG_2797


    We marble painted rainbows, which she loved!  It is such a wonderful way to build so many skills while also coming out with a beautiful piece of art in the end!IMG_3094


    Hers is on the top, IMG_3115

    after they dried I cut out the rainbow shape.IMG_3247


    We made cotton cloud rainbows too.  I precut all of the strips and she chose the order and did the gluing completely on her own!  I helped her put the cotton on, she didn’t like the glue on her fingers after the first few she tried!IMG_2811


    Rainbow play doh wasn’t nearly as fun as I thought it would be.  Well, it was for me, but she didn’t like it as much as I did.  IMG_3170

    We made the rainbow together and the letters, but mostly she wanted to make snowmen!IMG_3173


    We made a simple rainbow paper chain and this was a huge success!

    IMG_3179 IMG_3184

    The cutting activit from the Rainbow Tot Pack was hard for her, but we did it!IMG_3189

    Matching rainbows was a perfect challenge, but she didn’t like it very much.IMG_3207

    Most of our rainbow printables came from our Rainbow Tot PackRainbow Tot Pack Button

    I also pinned the other ideas I used on my Rainbow Theme Pinterest board…image


    We played with our parachute a lot, it was hard when the boys weren’t around to help hold it though!  We put our ball pit balls inside and had loads of fun together!IMG_2819


    I made her a simple game, with a colored die, matching pom poms, a paint tray, and mini tongs {she chose these to use fro our tweezer/tong collection}.  She rolled the die and then put the correct pom pom in until she filled the tray!IMG_3072


    Sorting mini colored cubes {from Target awhile back}, into stacking cups…IMG_2736


    These shapes frustrated her for some reason, she enjoyed popping them out more than putting them in!IMG_2738


    She loves the magnetic ABC fishing setIMG_3088


    Water Beads again!  She LOVED watching the grow and playing with them throughout the week!

    IMG_2979  IMG_2981

    Life School

    Life school was outside school for us!  We took advantage of every warm moment enjoyed our little inner city backyard to the fullest!  Ladybug loves throwing her big purple ball and is a riot to watch! 

    IMG_2940  IMG_3005

    We have been watching our little purple flowers grow over the past couple of weeks and she loves admiring them each day and announces how many more there are and how beautiful they are!IMG_3053


    Oh how I adore this beautiful profile!  She is just blissful when outdoors, she soaks up every moment and I love it!IMG_2873


    More Tot School Links…

    Tot-Books-10052222222222222222222222 Tot-School-Printables-10052222222222 Tot-Trays-10052222222222222222222222[1] Tot-School-Ideas62222222222222222222[1] smaller-rectangle-blog-button6222222

    Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

    Tot School ~ Letter Rr…Rainforest

    ~Ladybug is currently 29.5 months old~



    Tot School Printables R is for Rainforest

    Letter: Rr

    Object: Rainforest

    Vocabulary Development Theme: Rainforest

    You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

    Much of her work was displayed in our pocket chart for her {and Krash} to choose from.  The nomenclature cards on the bottom are from Montessori Print Shop.IMG_3935

    Here’s a peek at some of the Letter Rr activities she wanted to do{and I managed to snap photos of}.

    Gluing her numbers…IMG_4026

    Dot painting as K “showed her where the letters were! IMG_4030

    Coloring her letter Rr words, again with Krash!IMG_4065


    Using the lacing card as a magnet tool…IMG_4082

    Finding the rainforest animals I call out, using her cookie sheet and magnetic pom poms…IMG_4088

     Letter Rr printables here!

    Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter R


    Tot-Trays26222222   Learning-Toys_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thu[2]

    On her shelves…


    • top left {basket} rainforest animals and books
    • top right…Betty Lukens Safari Felt Set {wish we had the rainforest one, but this was the closest we had!}
    • top middle…fishing ABCs from Grasshopper Preschool Prep Kit
    • bottom middle…Color Magnetic Book {this must be old, I could only find it online here}
    • bottom right…wooden dominoes {cannot find them online, they are “Learningsmith Classics”}
    • trays: Rr Rainforest work {changed throughout the week as she completed activities}

    She worked with the color book my mom got her at a recent consignment sale…

    IMG_4014  IMG_4020

    Our main school bins are always available, and come down a lot.  I move things around to inspire “choices” and sometimes will lay a bin out to encourage play.  This day I had set out the stacking pegs and she went right to building!IMG_4199

    We played SO much, but I hardly took any photos during play time!


    tub-of-fun_thumb2_thumbThe Rainforest Sensory Bin was out every day and we used the contents to work on various activities.IMG_4006




    Ladybug has become quite the artist this past week, drawing little faces everywhere!

    IMG_4057  IMG_4061


    One day I showed her how to draw a stick person, and she copied me!  Hers is on the left and she then added to my example on the right!IMG_4091Our great friend was over one night and she drew him!  I think it looks just like him!IMG_4280

    She also explored finger paint, be sure to see the post if you’d like to see more!

    IMG_4130  IMG_4173

    We have a few friends come over once a week for a play date.  What a wonderful time of learning this is for Ladybug.  On the right, she was waiting for an apology from the sweet little boy who accidentally hit her with the trike.  I love her face!

    IMG_4232  IMG_4242



    Little Miss learned how to drink out of a water bottle without spilling and was quite proud of herself.  She is also pretty proud of her Daddy.

    IMG_4386  IMG_4400