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7 Ways to Be the Teacher Your Child Needs

Think back a few years to when you were in school. Did you have a favorite teacher?

At the time, you probably didn’t consider why you preferred one teacher over another. You just knew that you felt valued, loved, and understood in Miss Smith’s classroom. In fact, you still feel kind of warm and fuzzy when you think about sweet Miss Smith!

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G Is for Goose Craft

child touches gooses beak lowercase g craft

Is it a chicken? Is it a duck? Don’t confuse this bird with any of her fine-feathered cousins—this gregarious goose would have a lot to say about that! But if you’re careful not to ruffle her pretty feathers, she’ll make a great lowercase letter G craft for your preschooler!

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How to Make Reading and Spelling “Stick”

tree frog on a skate board

Have you ever taught your child something one day, only to have him completely forget it the next? That is one of the most frustrating things as a teacher, isn’t it? One of your main goals is to make reading and spelling “stick” in your child’s brain, and this blog post will give you solid techniques for doing just that.

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F Is for Flower Craft

children assemble lowercase F Craft

No two flowers are the same, and no two lowercase F craft projects have to be the same, either! Your preschooler can make an entire gardenful of colorful blooms with this simple and fun ABC Craft. And this flower doesn’t even have to be watered! How cool is that?

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The Kids’ Club Rule for Spelling

raccoon in a kids club rule clubhouse

Why is camp spelled with a C instead of a K? And why is kitchen spelled with a K? After all, both words start with the sound of /k/. Is it completely random, or is there a method to this madness? Fortunately, there is—and we call it the Kids’ Club Rule!

This spelling rule is an easy way to figure out when to use C and when to use K at the beginning of a word.

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E Is for Egg Craft

little girl creating lowercase e craft

Everyone knows to be extra careful with eggs. After all, you don’t want to break one and have a big mess on your hands! But this ABC Craft features an egg-ceptional egg that your little ones can go ahead and break, because it will teach them all about lowercase letter E. No mess necessary!

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Using Apples to Apples Junior to Build Language Skills

Cards from apples to apples game

Vocabulary Building Fun!

If you’re looking for a new game to try, look no further than Apples to Apples Junior! This fast-paced card game is not only a ton of fun, it’s also a wonderful way to expand vocabulary!

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D Is for Doughnut Craft

little girl drawing sprinkles on her lowercase d craft

Your kids enjoy ABC crafts, dough-nut they? Well, this ABC Craft for lowercase letter D is a “hole” lot of fun! Your preschooler may even want to make this craft a few times so she can change the “flavors” with different colors of construction paper and sprinkles! Go ahead, make a baker’s dozen!

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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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