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FREE Color by Vowel Pattern Pack- Winter Theme | Teach Them DiligentlyDo you have elementary-aged kids that like to color? My oldest, when in 2nd grade especially liked it and often felt left out when I printed coloring activities for the younger three. Coloring pages for older kids that work on literacy skills are a bit tricky to find. So, I followed my son’s lead and created a Color by Vowel Pattern Pack with a winter theme.

In this pack, you’ll find seven different coloring pages that feature a vowel pattern. The first page starts with short vowel words (like rat, bug, and not) and was created for those young readers who need to work on short vowels. Each subsequent coloring page features a harder phonics skill, moving through blends, digraphs, long vowels, and other more ambiguous vowels (such as aw and oi).

Silent e Color by Word Pattern ExampleThe child uses the color key provided on each page to color the picture in by the phonics or vowel pattern. Please note that while your child might like to do all of the pages, I suggest picking the one (or two) that best fit with the developmental stage of your child. For example, if your child is working on reading words with silent e, use the sheets that feature that particular phonics skill.

Vowel Pattern Practice

The idea is to give kids practice reading words with specific phonics or word patterns. Learning to read and spell by phonics pattern is key for young readers and writers. Tons of words are spelled using the most common word/phonics patterns, like the ones I included in this printable chart, so your child will encounter these word patterns a lot when reading. For example, if a young reader can understand that the ai in rain makes the long a sound, she can look at a word like braid and figure it out by the ai pattern. Knowing the word pattern ai helps her to read AND spell the word (and most other words that contain ai).

To download this Winter-Theme Color by Vowel Pattern Pack, click HERE!

 

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First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King. I am also a homeschooling mama with four little blessings. Before having children, I was a classroom teacher, both in the private and public school setting for 6 years. I got my M.Ed. in Elementary Reading and then had my first son. I began tutoring K-5 struggling readers privately out of my home until having my first child (2012).

I did not plan on homeschooling {I actually said I’d “never” homeschool, but the Lord called me to it in 2009}. Homeschooling was a bit lonelier than I expected. So in 2010, I started blogging as a way to share ideas with other parents, teachers, and tutors.

I never dreamed that God would use my blog in so many ways. I have been able to use it as a platform for writing curricula, authoring books, creating learning apps, and speaking at homeschooling conferences and MOPS groups. Through my blog, I have shared many articles, activities and free printables.

 

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

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A Hands On Approach To Educating Your Preschoolers

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Preschool Minds

If your child is in the preschool years, you know this is an exciting time for them. From learning their ABC’s to tying their shoes, preschoolers naturally soak in more information than you may think. Their little minds are fresh and ready to be educated in a variety of forms. What about early literacy? Are preschoolers too young to learn how to read?

Early Literacy

The common misconception of early literacy in this age group is that they must learn how to read words on a page or in a book. This is not entirely true. Early literacy can include picture books, arts and crafts revolving around reading, and much more. Reading aloud to your child is the best way to encourage reading.

Every child learns with different approaches and different speeds. If you want to encourage the reading of words, start small with phonics and sounds, sight words, and more.  If you are researching or simply just searching for resources that cater to your preschool child, there are a variety of ideas out there that your child may benefit from and many of them are free.

Free Resources

An early literacy checklist for preschoolers found at Wild Flower Ramblings, is a free printable for you to use ranging from recognizing upper and lower case letters to writing lowercase letters with proper pencil grip.

Are you searching for preschool phonics books? Look no further, here free printable preschool phonics books from The Measured Mom. I used something similar to this when my youngest was in preschool and it worked out wonderfully.

What about classic preschool books? Check out No Time for Flashcards –  they give an awesome pictured list of books that preschoolers must have.

Do you want to teach your preschooler proper vowel sounds? Here is a great resource by Kindergarten Kiosk on how to conquer vowel sounds with proper mouth positions. I wish I had found this with my youngest as she struggled with vowel sounds due to speech difficulties.

If you want to promote early literacy in a way you never thought to before, check out This Reading Mama she offers ideas on how you can organize your home to promote literacy. This is an amazing idea!

In Summary

As you can see, there are so many ways you can encourage early literacy and it can be fun and enjoyable. Are you craving more ideas? Pinterest has got your back. As I have said in previous posts, it’s my go to for the majority of my homeschool resources. Click here to open the door for a variety of ideas. Keep your notebook and pen handy!

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

Check out this article on the “Benefits of Reading Aloud“, for more information on getting your children to read.

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A Hands On Approach To Educating Your Preschoolers

Teach Them Diligently 365 members, listen to:

“A Hands On Approach To Educating Your Preschoolers”

During this video session we will define the components of a quality preschool education, identify some of the important skills preschoolers need to learn, and learn how to create lessons and activities using a thematic hands on approach and look at lesson examples.

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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