The Early Stages of Writing Development

teaching tips for kids in the early stages of writing

Teaching kids to read and write is a developmental process. As we teach them strategies along the way, they develop and grow in their knowledge of how words work. As this knowledge is applied to their reading and writing, they progress in their abilities as well. All kids develop at their own rate. No two […]

Hands-On Spelling Tools (from Teaching Kids to Spell)


Below you will find the hands-on spelling tools, manipulatives, and products I recommend from my book, Teaching Kids to Spell. Please note that this post contains affiliate links. No-Mess Writing Products for Beginning Spellers For the youngest of spellers, my favorite products are no-mess products. (My older kids love them. too!) I want to encourage […]

15 Spring Break Boredom Busters {and New After School Link Up}

15 spring break boredom busters

We are on Spring Break this week. And while I love the extra time with my kids, not being on our regular schedule can create a little chaos at times. It helps to have a few tricks up my sleeve for those moments when I think I’m going to lose my sanity…a few spring break […]

Reading Two-Syllable Words with Easter Eggs {free printable included}

Reading Two-Syllable Words

This past week, ALuv (currently 2nd grade) has patiently watched me as I used Easter eggs with his younger siblings as we matched colors and worked on beginning letter sounds. He asked me if he could use Easter eggs for his schoolwork, too. So I quickly came up with how I could integrate reading two-syllable […]

FREE Easter Egg Pre-K/K Pack {Updated and Expanded}

Updated Easter Egg Pre-K/K  Pack | This Reading Mama

Today, I’m sharing a FREE Easter Egg Pre-K/K Pack (free download link at the end of this post)! It has some of the same activities as the Easter Pre-K pack I made last year, but many are new and updated. I will be keeping up last year’s pack, too, as it has a few activities […]

Beginning Letter Sounds Easter Egg Hunt {free printable included!}

Letter Sounds Easter Egg Hunt

This week, MBug (3 years old) had a blast with this beginning letter sounds Easter egg hunt game! It was so simple to put together and she played it over and over again. To Prepare the Beginning Letter Sounds Egg Hunt First, I used the information I gathered from my letter/sound assessment I did with […]

FREE Resurrection Pre-K/K Pack {NEW!}

FREE Resurrection PreK-K Pack

Today, I’m sharing a NEW and FREE Resurrection Pack for preschoolers and Kindergartners {download links are at the end of this post}! The hands-on activities are similar to what you’ll find in Reading the Alphabet and all my other updated and expanded Pre-K/K Packs and they are all based around the true story of Easter. For example, […]

Easter Egg Color Matching with Toddlers {SO Easy!}

Easter Egg Color Matching With Toddlers

*This post contains affiliate links. Before toddlers even know their color names, they can begin color matching. While we have several toys in our home that we use to do this {you can see the ones we use the most at the end of this post}, Easter eggs make the perfect {and super cheap} manipulative […]

Simple Ways to Model Writing for Your Child ~ Preschool and Kindergarten Writing Lessons {Week 1}

Simple Ways to Model Writing for your Child-1-1

I am super excited to kick off a 10-part writing series for preschool and Kindergarten, a collaborative effort of The Measured Mom and me. Today, I want to share some simple ways to model writing for your preschool or Kindergarten child. The Importance of Being a Model The starting point for teaching your child is […]

Preschool and Kindergarten Writing Lessons {a 10-part series}

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Does teaching writing to your preschooler or Kindergartner seem overwhelming? What kinds of things should we teach them? And how do we do it? I am so excited to announce that after our Simple Writing Lessons Series for Primary Grades, The Measured Mom and I are back with Preschool and Kindergarten Writing Lessons…a 10-part series […]