Nonna's Favorite Quotes:

Nonna's Favorite Quotes: "The best way to make children good is to make them happy." — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

Friday, June 29, 2012

Keep Moving

Here's an additional activity to accompany the Get Moving sheet I posted yesterday. This time we're working top-to-bottom / bottom-to-top instead of left-to-right. Directions are the same. Using a pencil or crayon, have your child start at the GO sign and follow the dotted lines until they reach STOP.

To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Get Moving

I've received several requests for another activity sheet that helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Mastering these two skills are very important when it comes time for a child to learn to write. But from tying a shoelace to buttoning a coat, these skills will be needed everyday for the rest of your child's life.

The term "hand-eye coordination" is defined as the ability of the body's visual system to take in information through the eyes, process it in the brain, and then direct movement to the hands. This complex interaction between the brain, eyes, and limbs is essential in the performance of daily functional tasks. Each child will develop at their own pace, but most skills are learned best by repetition. (I'm sure you've head this old joke,  Question: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Answer: Practice, practice, practice.")  

Children will always benefit from coordination and fine motor activities. Watch for the child who avoids activities that require these skills. Avoidance can mean that they have poor coordination and are more comfortable with larger toys instead of coloring and cutting activities.

I've named the activity sheet below "Get Moving". I'm a strong believer in physical activity for children and adults. I think it's good for the body AND the mind. All the children in the pictures are involved in some kind of activity. Ask your child if they can name what the children are doing and then have them act out the movements associated with the activity.Then with a pencil or crayon, have them start at the GO sign and follow the arrows until they reach STOP. Have fun!


To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Back to Business: More About -er and -est

I'm back from vacation and ready to post some new activity sheets to help you work on your child's language and reading skills. 


Let's continue where we left off before I took a short break. We were learning about adjectives...more specifically, the three degrees of adjectives.
  • Positive degree: used to express a quality without comparing
  • Comparative degree (-er):  used to express a higher or lower degree of change (between two things)
  • Superlative degree (-est):  used to express the highest or lowest level of change (between three or more things)
Using the pictures as a guide, read the three sentences in each box. Ask your child to choose the correct endings (-er or -est) that are missing in the second and third sentences. Reinforce the concept that -er is when you are comparing two things and -est is used when you are comparing three or more things. Write the correct endings on the provided lines.

Note:  Point out that sometimes you have to double the last letter of the word before adding the -er and -est (like the word hot on the activity sheet.) Here are some common words that also fit into this category: big, wet, mad, and sad. 

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Monday, June 11, 2012

On Vacation

My husband and I are on a well-deserved vacation. I'm also taking a vacation from my blog. Won't be gone long... and when I get back I'll have more great activities for you and your children.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dare to Compare

We've discussed/practiced using adjectives in previous posts. Now let's take it one step further. Adjectives can change there form to show different degrees.


There are three degrees for each adjective:

  • Positive degree: used to express a quality without comparing. (My room is neat.)
  • Comparative degree: used to express a higher or lower degree of change. It's used to compare two things. (My room is neater than my brother's room.)
  • Superlative degree: used to express the highest or lowest degree of change. It's used when there are three or more things to be compared. (My room is the neatest room in the house.)
Use the following activity sheet to introduce your child to comparisons. Then use words from the list below for additional practice. Give them the positive degree adjective and have them change it into the correct -er and -est word. 

strong, weak, loud, soft, white, slow, fast, cool, warm, wide, narrow, long, short, dark, light, brave, wet, thick, thin, far, near, sweet, sour, wild, big


To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.