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Phonogram Jungle Bingo – A Fun Review Activity

Toucan in a tree

Practicing phonograms is a lot more fun when you have jungle-themed Bingo boards! Help your child review (and master!) phonograms with the help of monkeys, lions, and other exotic inhabitants. But be careful–it’s a jungle out there!

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C Is for Compass Craft

child assembling lowercase c craft

Clearly, this clever ABC Craft calls for a celebration! Your preschoolers are certain to delight in learning lowercase letter C with this cute compass as their guide. Just follow the directions and you’ll arrive at your crafting destination before anyone can ask, “Are we there yet?”

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A Treasure Trove of Pirate Activities for Reading and Spelling

2 pirates ready for pirate activities

Shiver me timbers, we love playing pirates! Just look at these scallywags playing hooky from our office in the middle of the day…and on a pirate ship no less! International “Talk Like a Pirate Day” must be right around the corner!

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B Is for Bat Craft

child glues fang to her lowercase b craft

Most bats only come out at night, but this one isn’t afraid of daytime flights. He’s soaring your way to help teach lowercase letter B at any time of day! Let your preschoolers take wing with this easy ABC Craft, and this bat will fly right into their hearts!

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Pirate Picture Books

kids playing in a cardboard pirate ship

Our pirate crew took to the high seas to hunt down the very best pirate picture books they could lay their hands on. Lots of children’s books had to walk the plank in the process, but we found the best of the best. No shark chum fer ya here, me hearties!

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A Is for Apple Craft

little girl finishing her lowercase letter a craft

Chomp, chomp, chomp—yum, yum, yum! Is there anything tastier than a ripe red apple? Your little ones will enjoy the fruits of their labor with this ABC Craft for the letter A. You can be sure there won’t be any bad apples in this bunch!

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ABC Crafts for Lowercase Letters

3 abc crafts for lowercase letters

It’s a Fun-filled Alphabet Adventure!

Beginning this week, and continuing for the next 26 weeks, we’ll be posting an easy-to-assemble craft for all the letters of the alphabet! Every Wednesday, look for a new lowercase letter craft that you can enjoy with your children.

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The “Pronounce for Spelling” Technique

emu spelling the word probably wrong

A great technique for preventing spelling errors is called “Pronounce for Spelling.”

When you pronounce for spelling, you exaggerate the pronunciation of a word to make it easier to spell. For example, in casual speech we often pronounce the word different as difrent, leaving out the second syllable. When we pronounce for spelling, we carefully enunciate each syllable (dif-fer-ent), making it much easier to spell. Continue reading…

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Mercy Watson Chapter Books

Mercy Watson Takes A Ride

Welcome to Deckawoo Drive, home of Mr. and Mrs. Watson and their dear, their darling … Mercy the pig! The Mercy Watson series will take you on one “oink-citing” adventure after another as you follow the wild and wonky escapades of one very special pig.

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The Floss Rule for Spelling

a tooth looking at words with double consonants f, l, and s

Have you ever wondered why some words have a double consonant at the end (such as sniff), while other words do not (such as dog and bat)?

The answer is easy–and we call it The Floss Rule. The Floss Rule is a really simple spelling rule that helps kids remember when to use a double consonant at the end of a word.

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Sail into a Summer of Reading with Flat Ziggy

Summer is a time for fun. It’s a time for swimming, biking, vacations, picnics—and adventure! But summer shouldn’t be a time to stop reading, and Ziggy is here to help make sure your kids remember to add reading to their summer fun list.

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How to Handle Spelling Rule Breakers

a spelling rule breaker in jail

Learning how to spell words that don’t follow the rules can be…well…a bit boring. And we can’t have that! So the All About Spelling program has a fun and motivating way to teach these Rule Breakers.

We throw them in jail, of course!

That’s right, we put these words behind bars. Words like said, who, and once—they don’t follow the spelling rules, so they deserve to be locked in the slammer.

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