How I Organize Reading the Alphabet

How I Organize Reading the Alphabet

I am asked quite often how I organize Reading the Alphabet. And it’s a great question. After all, there are 1400+ pages in the bundle pack! That number alone can be overwhelming. Now mix that in with all the emergent readers, handwriting pages, sight word activities, and other printables and you might just get dizzy. I’ve […]

Short Vowel Roll and Read Games

Short Vowel Roll and Read Games

Sometimes, it’s fun to mix in a phonics warm-up game before diving into reading time. To do this, I usually pick something quick and easy, like our low-prep phonics games, that won’t take more than a few minutes to play. Recently, I created a simple short vowel game with longer short vowel words {like stump […]

Beginning Sound Pumpkin Puzzles


When my oldest first started to learn the letters of the alphabet, I tried quite a few different ways of teaching him and quickly learned that, for him, hands-on activities were the way to go. If I can find a way to incorporate practice for multiple skills at once? Even better! He loves a challenge […]

Candy Corn Preschool Activities and Printables

Candy Corn Activities and Printables for Preschoolers - Totschooling for This Reading Mama

Fall is here, and it seems that Halloween candy is everywhere! I often go to the grocery store with my toddler and preschooler; and the entire aisles full of candy are hard to avoid. I always try to come up with hands-on educational activities that use everyday objects and foods, like these candy corn preschool activities. When […]

52 FREE Alphabet Coloring Pages {Trace & Color}

52 FREE Alphabet Coloring Pages - Trace and Color - This Reading Mama

If you have little ones who really like to color, then you’ll love these free alphabet coloring pages! Most of the printables I use with my two girls {ages 3 and 5} are more hands-on, like the activities from Learning the Alphabet and Reading the Alphabet. And while they have lots of choice for independent activities, […]

What’s the SCOOP? Retelling Chart

FREE Retelling Chart - Whats the Scoop  This Reading Mama

Retelling stories is a skill that not all children possess naturally. Some like to retell every single detail, while others leave out important information to the story. That’s why using a retelling chart or organizer is helpful. When it was time for my Kindergartner and 1st grader to work on retelling this school year, I […]

Magazine Letter Hunt and Sort Activity

Letter Hunt and Sort Alphabet Activity-edit (1)

This letter hunt and sort activity was a big hit with my son! It was also a great way to develop scissor skills while learning to recognize letters. It was very quick and easy to set up, but extremely effective! *This post contains affiliate links. My son can recognize most of the letters in the […]

Teaching Writing with Interactive Copywork

Interactive Copywork - a highly effective way to teach SO many writing skills

If you use the classical model of education {or Charlotte Mason}, you are most definitely familiar with copywork. I’ve met some die-hard fans of copywork and I have to admit, I’m not one of them. For me, copywork is too rigid to use as my main source of writing instruction. I much prefer an approach to writing […]

Writing Numbers with Trace & Try Handwriting Pages

Number Handwriting Pages {FREE} Trace and Try - This Reading Mama

Teaching my kids how to write their letters has come more naturally for me as a reading specialist. Writing numbers? Not so much. It happens every year. We start working on counting on or some basic math facts and I realize my child has no idea how to write her numbers. So this year, I […]

FREE Phonics Assessment for K-3rd grades

Quick and Simple {FREE} Phonics Assessment for K-3rd Grades -This Reading Mama

Phonics. It’s such a hot topic in the literacy world. And for good reason. Kids need to have a good grasp on phonics to help them read and spelling thousands of words. And this quick and simple phonics assessment can help you, as the teacher, to quickly find the phonics skills your K-3rd grader needs […]