Websites to Help With Learning

 Websites to Help with learning

Preschool – website to teach your child to recognize the letters of the alphabet, sounds of each letter and get them ready to read. Fun videos that your child will love to watch. – this website teaches your child everything need to know for preschool and beginning of kindergarten. Amazing games, videos, printable worksheets, and more. The first month is free, than it is $7.95 a month. You can also pay for a whole year at a smaller price than $7.95 a month. – when I was a public school teacher this was one of my favorite magazines ever. They now have a website and the magazine is right on the website. There are thousands of printable worksheets, games, learning centers and more. Some of the materials are free. If you want access to everything then the cost is $2.99 a month, for each set of grades that you would like to purchase. I paid $59.95 for a full year for 2 different sets of grade levels. – endorsed by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, this site has a lot of FREE resources to help your child to develop literacy skills before kindergarten. There are literacy games, webinars, literacy checklists, tips for parents, skill-building activities, and much more.

Early Elementary – need new ideas that are fun and hands-on. These ideas will not only spark your kids imagination but allow them to learn a lot of different subjects in new ways. (more…)

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Exciting Domino Math Facts Game

Multiplication, Addition and Subtraction


      I have been using timed math tests for the past year, wondering why my children have not learned their math facts at a faster rate. My oldest daughter, who is 8 years old, still struggles sometimes with addition and subtraction facts. She should be able to give me an answer quickly now for any addition or subtraction fact. But, she still has to use her fingers and think about it. So I sat down and started to figure out a way to help her and my 5 year old son, to work on their math facts, in a way that would allow both of them to retain their math facts at a faster rate.


1 set of Dominoes

Domino Math Fact Game Worksheet (download below)

Object of the Game:

To be able to add, multiply or subtract the dots on your domino the fastest and collect the most dominoes.


     Place all the dominoes face down in a pile in the middle of the table. Then decide how each child will solve their domino before you begin. One child might have to add both sides of their domino for their answer. One child might have to multiply or subtract both sides of their domino for their answer. Once everyone knows how they are to solve their domino, have each child take one domino and put it in front of them, still face down. Then at the same time they are to flip their domino over and solve it as fast as they can. When they have their answer, they need to say it out loud. Then someone needs to check and make sure that the answer that they came up with is correct. Whoever came up with the correct answer the fastest, gets to keep all of the dominoes for that round. Then repeat these steps again.

     Play until all of the dominoes on the table are gone. Then have each player count how many dominoes they have collected in their pile. The child with the most dominoes wins.

Optional Follow-Up

     Once the game is over, I give each child a Domino Math Fact Game worksheet. They have to pick up a domino that is in their pile and write the number sentence that matches that dots on the domino. For example, if the domino has 3 dots on the left side and 5 dots on the right side, they would write 3 + 5 = 8 or 3 x 5 = 15 or 5 – 3 = 2. They continue to do this until their whole worksheet is filled in.

Download FREE Domino Math Facts Game Worksheets

  • Have fun learning the math facts again and helping your child to retain them in a way that is enjoyable.

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Snowman Addition to 10

Snowman Addition to 10


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I took a lid to a mason jar and copied 5 circles on to 1 piece of paper. Then I put three more pieces of paper behind the first so that I had four pieces of paper in total. Then I held the four pieces of paper together and cut out the circles. I had to go slow so that the papers did not separate. If you are having trouble, tape the four pieces of paper together at the ends. Once the circles were cut out then I wrote the numbers one through 10. One number for each circle. Then I put dots next to each number. If you look at the numbers 6-10, they have 2 rows of dots. If your child uses a ten frame later on in math, this will help him with that concept. So you only put 5 dots in one row and then start a new row. Also I did the numbers in two different colors. Some kids (especially special needs kids) find an exercise easier if it is in different colors.

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To start the math activity I laid out two circles, kind of like the first two layers of a snowman. I then said 2 and 4 is, then my son counted the dots and said 6. He then found the 6 and placed it at the bottom. This completed our snowman.

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We continued to do this process for other numbers.

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Some other ways to differentiate this activity:

1) say 2 plus 4 equals

2) do not let them count the dots

3) have them make their own addition sentences






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Activities to Learn the Alphabet

Do you have a younger child that needs to learn to recognize the letters in the alphabet? I have some ideas for you, to help them learn the letters of the alphabet, without having them do worksheets all the time.

ABC Magnets


First we have magnetic letters. The bucket on the top left and the two puzzles on the bottom were given to me by our birth – prek program at our local public school. The white bucket has magnetic letters that I found at the Dollar Store.  You can have the children find certain letters and place them on the easel or cookie sheet. You could have them match upper and lower case letters. You can have them put the letters in alphabetical order. They could also match the letters to pictures for the initial sound in the word. For instance if you have a picture of a dog they could put the letter d with it.

ABC Flash Cards


These are different cards that I have found over the years. I have my son put the cards in alphabetical order. Then I have him find a certain letter. We play, find the match, game. We play this game with finding matching uppercase letters to uppercase letters. We have matched lowercase letters with lowercase letters. We will eventually work on matching uppercase to lowercase letters. The cards on the top left stand up. So the kids like to stand them up and then I will call out a letter and they will race to find it.

ABC Puzzles


These are different ABC puzzles that I have found at different stores. I like these puzzles because they give me a break to help my other kids. After my younger son completes a puzzle I have him find certain letters in the puzzle. We will sing the ABC song. Eventually I will show him a picture and have him point to the letter, that the picture starts with.

ABC Foam Stickers & Beads


On the left there are ABC beads with string. We have used these beads to spell our name on a string. We have also learned how to spell other words by stringing the letters together. We have also put the beads in alphabetical order. Sometimes we have a certain letter for the day and they will find all the beads that have that letter for the day on it and put them on the string.

The box on the right are ABC foam stickers. We have used these to find the letter for the day and put them on a paper. For example the kids might have glued beans onto a large uppercase B. Then they will find all of the letter B foam stickers and put it on their letter B worksheet.

ABC Stamps

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The box on the left holds ABC stamps. Each stamp has a different uppercase letter on it. The kids love to use the stamps. We use the stamps to do alphabetical order. We will use the stamps to make pictures using a letter. For example, I will draw a mouse on a piece of paper and have them use the m stamp to go over the outline. Here are some examples for each letter A-apple, B-bumblebee, C-cat, D-dog, E-elephant, F-flower, firetruck, G-goat, H-horse, I-ice cream, J-jump rope, K-kite, L- lollipop, lemon, M-mouse, moon, N-nest, O-octopus, P-polar bear, pencil, Q-quilt, R-rabbit, S – sun, T-tub, truck, U-umbrella, V-violin, violet, W-watermelon, wagon, X-Fox, Box, Z-zipper, zebra.

The box on the right holds felt letters. We put these in alphabetical order. We also find all the felt letters for a certain letter.

ABC Train


My son loves to take our ABC flash cards and put them in alphabetical order, except that we call it the ABC train. He is so good at doing this activity that he can put the whole alphabet in order on his own. I love to watch him sing the ABC song to help him remember what comes next. To pick up the cards I will ask him to find a certain letter and then hand it to me. We sometimes make it a race. To make the activity even harder, I ask him to find a certain sound. For example, find the /f/ sound. He will then find the letter f and hand it to me. This has helped him with learning how to read.

Other activities that will help your child learn to recognize the letters in the alphabet:

1)Read to them. Ask them if they can find a certain letter on the page. Point out a new letter to them.

2) Environmental Print – everywhere that we go there are words. Have them find certain letters when you are out and about.

3) Grocery Game – have them find items in a grocery store that start with a certain letter. Have those items be your dinner for the night. For example, we decided to make dinner using items that only started with the letter P. We made pizza with pepperoni and green peppers. We also had pineapple and pop tarts for dessert.

4) Write a large letter on a piece of paper and have them glue an item that starts with that letter. For example, letter B-beans, letter M-marshmallows, letter N-noodles, letter D-BINGO dobber(it makes dots), letter f-feathers, letter S-stamps (US postal Service will send you some for free), Etc.

5)Water table- put the letters into the water table among another item (bird seed, corn, dirt, sand, etc.) Have them find the letters and tell you the name of each letter.

6) Play dough – have them make a certain letter using play dough. They also make ABC cut outs that they could use to stamp into their play dough.

7) Act it Out – Call out a letter and have them create the letter using their body.

The ideas are endless. Have fun while teaching your child their ABC’s at the same time.

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