Ocean Day

Ashlyn has been sick for a couple of days now and I am going stir crazy having to stay in the house.  So last night after the girls went to bed I decided to plan another themed day.    They loved the camping day I did last summer so today is Ocean Day at our house.  It doesn’t compare to the camping unit because I am 9 months pregnant and only thought of this at 9:00 at night.  But I think it will be fun.  Here is what they are doing:

  • We started outside to beat the heat with a sink or float center.  I gave them some items in a beach bucket to test.  They had to predict before what it would do before putting it in.  Then they had to record what happened by drawing a picture under sink or float.



  • Next we headed back inside to do a little reading on the “beach”.  I put a beach towel down with some chairs.  I put a bucket of beach and ocean themed books in a bucket for them to choose from.  Then I added sunglasses, pool toys, and hats to pretend with.



  • After reading, the girls went to a pocket chart/word making center.  I found a cute pocket chart rhyme and then put two white boards out and some letter tiles.  They could read the rhyme and change what animal swam by them.  Then the other person could either write it on the board (which they love to do) or spell the animal with the tiles.  They took turns and stayed at this center longer than I thought they would.




  • Movie Center– Ashlyn’s fever started to go up again so I let them watch Finding Nemo.  As the movie went on her fever continued to climb so we will have to finish the rest of the activities another day.  Here is what else I had planned.
  • Discovery Table– I had a water table set up with lots of mermaids in it.  They love playing with these in the bathtub.
  • Math- Shell Sorting– I had tons of shells set up for them to sort through. They love looking at all the different shells and telling me how they are the same.
  • Reading/Art-Then I was going to read them Mister Seahorse and have them paint a seahorse with sponges.  Once they dried we were going to use q-tips to paint dots on him.

Hopefully my girl will feel better soon!

Want More…

Check out some of the Ocean Themed posts at Along the Way, including 3 Ocean-themed weeks.  There are lots of great pictures and lessons on the alphabet, shapes, counting, and art.

Go to Homeschool Creations to see more Preschool activities.

Making Words

Ashlyn really enjoyed this activity.  I put some of our Bananagram letters into a bowl.


She had to close her eyes and choose any 6 she wanted.  Once she had her 6 letters, she had to see if she could make any words from them.  I had her write them down on her white board.


Since this was the first time doing this activity I didn’t want to give her too many directions.  Next time I have her do it, I think I will create a worksheet to go along with it.  That way I can be more specific in what I want her to look for.  Something like this:

1.  Make 3 four letter words  ____________,  ________________,  ________________.

2.  Make two words that end with a silent e  ___________________,   _______________.

3.  Make two words that rhyme with each other __________________,   _____________.


I actually won this game at a white elephant/raffle Christmas party but have never actually played it.  At least not the way they probably intended it to be played.  I have been using it for so many other fun activities with my girls.


With Ashlyn, who is 6, I have been giving her spelling tests and letting her make the words instead of write them.  We work on this each week and I wanted to switch things up a bit from the old school pencil and paper.   She liked it!  I also do making words activities with her.  I used to do this daily with my 1st graders when I taught in the public schools.


Yesterday we were talking about the rule about dropping the e and adding ing to a word.  I had her use the letter tiles and make the word take.  Then I asked her to turn it into taking.  She of course kept the e so I taught her the little rhyme.  Making words activities teaches tons of great phonics skills.  It gives kids the chance to manipulate the letters to see how letter sounds and rhyming go together to make words.  After doing ing words I asked her to make the word night.  Then I had her change it to light, sight, fight, flight, and then sigh. It really helps her recognize the patterns that many words have.

With Emil, who is 3, I have her spell out her sight words by copying them from a list that I make her.  Then I have her find those words in a book that I have just read to her.  Many kids know sight words in isolation but have a harder time reading them in a sentence.  This activity helps with that.

Emily’s Reading!

Both my girls have always loved books.  Since they were about 2 months old we have gone to the library weekly and read at least 4 books a day.  Ashlyn started reading pretty young and hasn’t stopped.  I wasn’t sure Emily was going to have the same desire to read but about a month ago she started picking out words from the books we were reading.  I started doing sight words with her (the post it ones from Target) and now she is unstoppable.  I’m so proud of her.

The other day while I was giving Ashlyn a spelling test, I gave Emily a sight word activity as well.  I wrote out 7 of her words and then gave her some letter stickers I found in the Target dollar section.  The only problem is they are all up case but it made for a good teachable moment.  She had to find the letters to make her words.  She loved it!



So proud of herself!

Matching Activity

I had Emily find things around the house that were different shapes.  She chose some of her toys and also wanted to spell out her name using her foam letters.  She placed them on a dark piece of construction paper and we set them outside in the hot Florida sun.


After about an hour we brought them in and had a homemade matching game.  This could be used for learning shapes, numbers, sight words, letters, or practicing spelling their names.