Learning to Add and Subtract {FREE printable}

Learning to Add and Subtract - Tiered Activities  This Reading Mama

Just recently, I attended a training session called Reading in Math. It was an interesting session that really stretched my thoughts about reading. While the session was designed for upper elementary, middle, and high school, I had a lot of take-aways for my own kiddos, especially when it came to word problems and math vocabulary. […]

Learn to Read: What Comes After the ABCs

Young boy with book

So, your child knows his letters. I mean he really knows them. He can identify them our of order and knows most, if not all the sounds. What’s the next step? How do you get your child to move from letters to reading words? Let’s stop and talk a bit about how kids learn to […]

Teaching Kids How to Write a Letter {free printable}

Teaching Kids How to Write a Letter

Teaching kids how to write stories and non-fiction texts is very important. For some kids, especially reluctant learners, writing is one of the last things they want to do. Writing letters can actually motivate them like no other because of the interest level involved. And it can be FUN to learn how to write a letter as […]

Alphabet Grid Games

Alphabet Grid Games {FREE} - This Reading Mama

If you’ve used Reading the Alphabet or any of our Pre-K/K Packs, you are familiar with grid games. Reading the Alphabet includes grid game activities, but not for every letter of the alphabet. I’ve had several requests to complete them to have all 26 alphabet grid games. We’ve also stuck specifically to grid games that count […]

Fall-Themed Word Bump! {FREE}

Fall-Themed Word Bump {FREE}

Practicing spelling words isn’t always on the “I can’t wait to do it” list for kids. That’s one reason I developed our Word Bump! games. It gives kids a chance to write their spelling words in a fun way with a buddy. And today, I’m sharing our Fall-Themed Word Bump! *This post contains affiliate links. […]

7 Creative Ways to Practice Handwriting

7 Creative Ways to Practice Handwriting

We want our kids to practice handwriting. And while practicing with handwriting pages is a good place to start, we need to make sure we incorporate some creative handwriting practice every once in a while to keep them interested. Today, I’m sharing 7 creative ways to practice handwriting, from learning formation of letters to cursive handwriting […]

Reading the Alphabet {5 weeks in}

Reading the Alphabet 5 weeks in

My son was one of those who, at the age of 3.5, had pretty much self-taught himself his letters and sounds. Yes, we worked on them and played with them, but I had to do very little teaching. He just “got it”. That’s why I created Reading the Alphabet. It’s designed for kids who know […]

Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies {Fix-Up Strategies}

Reading Comprehension Strategies {Fix-Up Strategies} - This Reading Mama

If you’ve ever taught a struggling reader alongside a confident reader, you’ll notice some stark differences. While both come to words they don’t know, the confident reader is more likely to try different reading strategies to figure out the unknown words. Often times, the struggling reader freezes because he either doesn’t have the strategies or isn’t […]

Handwriting Notebooks with LOTS of FREE Resources!

Handwriting Notebooks ~ FREE Resources for tots-preschoolers-elementary

While handwriting practice may just seem like busy work to some, I would argue that it’s not. Busy work is work that is given to kids to just to keep them busy {hence the name “busy work”}. Handwriting practice, on the other hand, serves a real purpose. And handwriting skills, like most new skills, need to […]

New After School Link Up!


Last week, there were several posts that caught my eye at the after school link up. Today, I’d like to feature them so that you can take a peek as well.     What Do We Do All Day? shared a list of fiction and non-fiction magazines for kids. I saw lots of favorites on […]