Learning to Write Letters and Numbers With Glow Sticks

Preschool writing doesn’t have to always take place on paper with a pencil or crayon, right? Right!  Here’s a fun and tactile way for learning how to write letters and numbers. We used two tubes of dollar store glow sticks, some packaging tape and some paper to form letters and numbers that my preschooler is learning how to write. Preschool Writing Made Fun We drew the letters and numbers on some cardstock paper. You...

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Practicing Writing Strokes for Preschoolers

Preschool Writing Activities This is great fun for preschoolers to practice writing the lines and curves that make up the letters of the alphabet.  Use black paper, and sidewalk chalk, soaked in water, to make the colors more vibrant. We are about to embark on a focus of learning to really write letters well with my 4 year old. Up until now, he’s been copying from things he sees, can write his first name, but we...

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Fancy Handwriting Tip: Make a Feather Pen Like Fancy Nancy

My daughter loves all things Fancy Nancy. And I love this series that has encouraged her to expand her vocabulary (Nancy likes to use fancy words). Nancy also loves to write with a fancy pen, one that has a feather on top, or as she says, “a plume”. Writing with fancy pens makes handwriting more fun, so we made a  batch of pens for The Bee, including some to share with friends. These are so easy and simple to make....

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Writing With Spaghetti!

You can thank my six year old daughter for this idea. Bored in a restaurant, she began to write her name on the table using spaghetti noodles. Before leaving, I scooped all the uneaten spaghetti noodles into a take out container and that afternoon’s activity was born. Using sheets of wax paper and a sharpie, I wrote my six year old’s sight words and some numbers for my three year old, then gave them the container of...

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Curriculum Review: Brave Writer –and Give Away!

From the first time that I heard the founder of Brave Writer, Julie Bogart, speak, I knew that this was not your average language arts curriculum. I could not absorb Julie’s ideas fast enough at that homeschooling conference last Spring. I rushed home and immediately implemented Tuesday Tea Time.  It was an instant hit with my kids and we’ve been doing it every week since. I was eager to find out more about Brave Writer....

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Tuesday Tea Time-It’s Not Just For Girls!

We started a new ritual today: Reading poetry while having tea time.  It was really fun and it only took a half hour from start to finish, leaving me wondering why I’d never done it before. Genius, pure genius and you can thank Julie at Brave Writer for this amazing idea. Our tea time mission:  To increase language rich experiences in our family.  How we’re doing it: Set a fancy table, serve tea (or some other palatable...

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