Teaching Ideas
For the Week of May 4th, 2020 

It's Cinco de Mayo!

Celebrate by practicing the colors in Spanish again with our song Los Colores.

Learn about Mexico too.

Listen to a story about Cinco de Mayo

Los Colores

Learn about Mexico


Loteria is a Mexican Game of Chance. It's like Zingo in Spanish and it's FAST!!!! Stick with it and see if you can win. 

In Our Google Meet

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Teaching Ideas
For the Week of April 27, 2020 

We are going to be making 3 Letter Words.  Mrs. Rhodes will show a picture of a 3 letter word and your child will write the word on paper or a white board- nice and big so we can all read it. 

To help your child prepare for the game, review all the letter sounds and especially the vowel sounds.  All the words will have a consonant-vowel-consonant. Words like bed, dad, hit, mud, etc.... 

Teaching Ideas
For the Week of April 20, 2020

CAn your child identify rhyming words?

Hearing a rhyme is an important step toward phonemic awareness and to reading proficiently. When children play with rhymes, they listen to the sounds within words and identify word parts. For example, the /at/ sound in the word mat is the same /at/ sound in cat, rat, sat, and splat. Children typically learn to recognize rhyming words first and generate their own rhymes later.


*For some children, recognizing rhyme can be difficult. You can use different methods to help develop children’s skills.

  • Read your child rhyming books. Stop before you get to the rhyming word and have child supply it.

  • Prompt your child to produce words that rhyme. Both real words and “nonsense words” are useful, such as Peggy and leggy; turtle and Yertle.

  • Sing rhyming songs together. Music is a natural part of a child’s world. A singing game we played at school all the was Willoughby Wallaby Woo with friends' names.


Need more books at home?

Virtually visit the library.


No library card? No problem. Sign up with your phone. 


CAn your child identify The teen numbers?

Here's a game to practice.

Teaching Ideas
For the Week of April 13, 2020

ELA Games

Paper Plate

Beginning Sound Search

Give your child a plate with the alphabet on it cut like tabs. Play it in the car or on a walk or just around the house. Your child calls out an object he/she spots and simply folds down the beginning letter of that object. 

Example: Your child sees a flower and folds down F.

Heart Word Hunt

Use Duplo blocks or Post It Notes. Click the pictures to see how to play each game.


Free Custom Made

Snakes and Ladders

Enter the words on Sight Words.com, a free website where you can create your own Snakes & Ladders game.

You can enter custom Heart Words or CVC words* for beginning reading. Add your child's name and other family member names for fun too. If you would like a Snakes and Ladders game and you don't have a printer, let us know and we'll mail one to you.

*Consonant Vowel Consonant Words- bug, rug, dog, hat, sat, hit, bit, hot, sad, mad, cat, bat, hut, pin, fin, fit, sit  etc....



Scavenger Hunt


Send your child on a letter scavenger hunt.

Snowball Throw 

Alphabet  Game

Have your child make the letter cards. Hang them up.

Call out a letter sound and your child will throw a snowball (crumple up paper) at the corresponding letter.


1. Call out a word and she throws it at beginning letter. 

2. Take turns-Let your child call out sounds and you throw it.

3. Play it outside if it's not too windy, laying it on the grass. Use a bean bag.


I Spy Adding Card Game

Is your child quick with numbers?  Challenge your little smarty with this game.  You will need one deck of cards with the picture cards removed (40 cards remaining). 

*To introduce the game, make it easier, only use the cards numbered 1-6 and spy numbers less than 12. Use less cards overall in the beginning. 

  1. The cards are dealt face up in an array. 

  2. Challenge your child to find two cards next to each other that add to make a particular number. Parent says, “I spy with my little eye two cards that add up to  ______.”  The cards that "add up" need to be touching each other vertically or horizontally. 

  3. Your child then looks for 2 cards that add to make the number. If your child can find more than one set, he can keep going. When no more sets that equal that number are found,  give your child another "I spy". 

  4. Rearrange the cards into smaller and smaller arrays as you play.

  5. When your child gets the hang of the game, take turns being the "I spy" person.

Snowball Toss

Make “snowballs” from scrunched up paper (or any way you like). Child tosses snowballs into a bucket until they reach 10 (or any target number).


More challenging:  Place some snowballs in each bucket and have child figure out how many more they need to toss in to make 10.

Cup Stack

Label cups 1-20 or 1-50 or 1-100. Mix the cups all up. Have your child stack the cups in order in a pyramid.

Tally Time

Compete to 50

Your child and a partner each make a 20 square grid with tally marks up to 10. Take turns rolling 2 dice. Add. Color or cover a matching square. If you have already used the number, roll again. If you have already used the number again, turn is over.

Make this board for your child. Play with a partner. Each player needs a game pawn. Roll 1 dice. Move that number of spaces. First player to 50 is the winner. 

Roll the Dice to Count and Move

Egg Number Id

Send your child back out on another Easter egg hunt. Only this time, give them a card with a specific amount 1-20 on it. They have to find the exact number of eggs.

Get practice with low number counting and addition using action dice. Write activities like jump, clap, or stomp on a small wooden block, then roll it along with a pair of dice. Your child adds them up and completes the activity the number of times shown. 

For a more challenging game, play with 3 dice! 

Action Uno

Grab your UNO deck and get ready to move! Assign each color a movement (hop, touch toes, etc.). As kids draw the cards, everyone completes the movement the correct number of times. Skip and Reverse work as usual, but anyone who gets Draw Two has to draw two more cards, and complete the actions on their own while others cheer them on. 

Math Scavenger Hunt

Send your child on a math scavenger hunt.


Can Races


Click the picture or watch the video to find out all about the energy game- Can Races!


Make a Lava Lamp

Supplies Needed:

  • Vegetable Oil

  • Water

  • Food coloring 

  • Alka seltzer tablets

Click the picture for all the details on this cool chemistry experiment. 

Teaching Ideas
For the Week of April 6, 2020

We've reached the end of the alphabet study. On Friday, we will do a Show What You Know about the alphabet. 

Pick a way to celebrate the alphabet or think of your own way and show us! 

Make a video of you doing our Sign Language ABC song.

Write the alphabet.

Read an ABC book.

Make a video of you singing the  ABC song.

Check your child's report card?

Do you need to keep working on beginning letter sounds?

Here are some papers to help. If you don't have a printer, let me know and I will mail them to you.

Are you working on your

Pink Heart Words?

Ready to learn some new words? Click on the Hearts below to go to our Heart Word Page.


Click the picture to find out all about the Number Line Run Game.

It's a great way to have your child practice writing the numbers 0-20 or 0-25. 

1. Have your child walk on the line and say each number.

2. Have your chid stand on 0, call out a number and your child has to run up the line to that number.

3. If your child is ready for an advanced version, call out simple addition problems. 2 (stand on 2) plus 4 (take 4 steps). What's the answer? 


Letters in our Names

Noah told us a few months ago that he and Zachary are the only people that have the letter Z in their names so there were only 2 votes for Z. He's right! So, we have completed our letter count. 

What do you notice? 

What letter has the most votes? 

What letter(s) have the least votes? What letters tied?

Talk to your family about it. 



Let’s get right to experimenting with what liquids will dissolve jelly beans. Head to the kitchen, open the pantry and let’s get set up.



  • Jelly Beans

  • Small glass or plastic jars

  • Warm water

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Vinegar

  • Cooking oil



STEP 1: Place a few jelly beans in each jar.


STEP 2: Pour a different liquid into each jar- warm water, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and cooking oil.


Tip: Make sure you note which jar has which liquid in it.  Either write on the jar, number each jar and keep a list or write on a piece of paper and put under each jar.

STEP 3: Observe the jelly beans in each jar to see what happens to the jelly beans.


Questions to ask… 

What do you think is going to happen?

What is happening to the jelly beans in each jar?  Why do you think this is happening?

You could make observations immediately, after an hour and even after several days.

Teaching ideas
For the Week of March 30, 2020

If you think this is too challenging for your child, cut the paper off at 20. 

Print out 2 copies of these words. Play match game with your child. Or just use them for a quick 5 minute flash to see the words your child knows or needs to learn. Pick one or two unknown words to work on each week. Don't try to teach all the words at once.

If you are bird watching, like Alaina's family, then see if you can fill this Bingo Board. Post to Seesaw if you see all the birds.

The Letter of the Week is Y.

The Y sound is one of the most difficult for 5 year olds to understand because it's called Y so its sound should be "w".  Have your child do this sound sort and talk about the "w" and "y" sounds.

Print this out. Your child really knows a word when he/she can identify it quickly without sounding it out. When your child knows it, have your child color the word in. When all the words are colored, have your child sign his/her name and take a picture of your child with the paper and post to Seesaw. 

Keep reading your little books. If your child is ready for new ones, email or message through Seesaw- Mrs. Rhodes. Send a video of your child reading one of the books.

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