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Counting by 2’s Practice Sheet – Kindergarten Prep – FREE PRINTABLE

Published April 18, 2015 by MisMandie

So Em and I have been working on her counting by 2’s and she was doing well but would get stuck after 20…. She just wasn’t seeing the pattern.  So I made up a chart to help her see the way the numbers change.  It was a hit she had that great AhHa! moment.  So I took it a step further and made this sheet to see if she could fill in the blanks and, just like that, she got it all filled in and started to recite them all the way to 100.  First while looking at the page then again with it flipped over.

We spent weeks trying orally to explain it to no avail.  Now, after only about 30 min seeing it in this format she has it down.

I couldn’t be more proud of my big girl! ❤

Give it a try with your little ones and comment here to let me know if not helps!!

Next up 5’s!!

count by 2

Counting By 2’s – PreK Learning Practice Sheet


Kindergarten Prep Lesson Plans Pinterest Board

Published January 14, 2014 by MisMandie

Kindergarten Prep Lesson Plans Pinterest Board

For all of you that are working with me toward a Kindergarten start-up this fall, here is a board with some great ideas! 🙂  Feel free to leave links to your idea boards in the comments, I would love to follow all of your ideas as well! 🙂

Kindergarten Prep Progress Chart

Published January 8, 2014 by MisMandie

As we start to get Em ready for her transition to kindergarten, it is important that she get used to sitting still and staying focused on her lessons.  Since she hasn’t been in a daycare she hasn’t had much experience in the classroom environment as of yet this is the biggest area we need to work on with her.  Thus we have decided that from here on out, we will spend a set amount of time each day sitting at her table working on her lessons starting with a 1/2 hour then working up to a full hour at a time.  Lessons will vary from activities such as:

  • Writing practice with letter tracing pages and her LeapReader writing books
  • Reading practice and phonetics
  • Math concepts such as simple addition and subtraction
  • Geography concepts such as basic map reading skills (north, west, east, south), State shape recognition, and basic concepts of city, state, country & continent

Here is a little chart I have come up with to keep track of how we are progressing toward our goals.  It is built in Word and can be modified to fit your child’s needs! And please remember every child progresses and learns differently, this plan is based on the education level of our child and may not reflect the needs of yours.  Do not force concepts on a child that is not ready and do not slow down a child who is more advanced!  Either one can lead to lifelong learning issues and an overall unhappiness with school and learning.   Just make it fun and let them set the pace. 🙂

Kindergarten Prep Chart   <<<< Download here

Kindergarten Prep Chart preview


Quick and Easy Masks to Make with Toddlers! (Daniel Tiger and Disney Princesses)

Published January 20, 2013 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Print outs of the pictures above (or any other character your child likes)
  • Glue Stick
  • Card Stock
  • Craft Sticks
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Print the pictures at full size
  • Have your child rub the glue stick all over the back of the images
  • Apply printed images to 1 sheet of cardstock each and let them smooth it out well
  • Cut out the shapes
  • Apply more glue to the top 1/3 of each stick and then place on the back of the mask to create a handle
  • Let it dry about 2-5 min (depending on your glue) and then you are set to play! 🙂

Use any image you and your child like, even their own drawings!!!! 🙂

Telling Time For Toddlers

Published September 5, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

What to do:

  • Print the clock and draw hands that show what your real clock will look like at nap time, bed time, or anytime you want to teach and then label them with a short word.
  • Let your little one color their new clocks while you discuss with them what those times mean.  “when our clock on the wall looks like this one with the short hand on the 3 and the long hand on the 12 that means it is time to take a nap”
  • Throughout the day look at the clock to compare (especially when the time is the same!)
  • Soon they will be able to tell when it is the right time without even having to look at their papers!

Treasure Box – A 5 min craft project for kids of ALL ages!

Published September 5, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Cigar Box or similar (most tobacco shops will give you one free of charge if you ask!)
  • Pretty Duct Tape or Contact Paper
  • Foam Stickers (or normal stickers)

What to do:

  • Cover the lid inside and out and the sides of the box with your duct tape or contact paper.  I Used a beautiful butterfly print duct tape, but after all the stickers were on, it looked a bit busy so a simpler base might be better, but she still loves it! 🙂
  • Now let your little on go nuts peeling and sticking all over to make it their own.  They will work on their fine motor skills while making something that is just for them.
  • Now fill it up with all your little one’s treasures and have a blast!

Broken Party Horn = Race Track Car Wash

Published April 25, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Party Horn/Noise Maker
  • Strong Clear Tape (I used packing tape)
  • Scissors
  • A racetrack of some sort

What to do:

  • Cut the fringe off of your horn as close to the mouth piece as you can.  (mine was already ripped hence the inspiration for the project)
  • Decide where you want your new car wash to be. The Race track I have in the photo had a tunnel to nowhere that never really made sense, so that is where I decided to put mine.
  • Tape securely in place.  Try to hide it as best you can.  On mine I was able to attach it to the top of the tunnel and it is almost invisible.
  • Trim the bottom of your fringe if needed.  Mine was almost perfect so I left it go.
  • Let your little ones loose!  I would suggest taking them to a real car wash first if they have never been to one so they get the concept and can relate their own experience to make it more fun!





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