Blogelina 4 Week Blogging Class


 This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Blogelina.  All opinions are 100% my own!

When I started this blog three years ago, I really had no idea about the amount of work it takes to get a blog up and running.  

SEO?  I don’t think I even heard that term until my second year in.  Keywords in the post title?  Categories and tags??  

To be honest, I cringe now at some of my earliest posts.   

Thankfully there is a wonderful site that can help you understand what those unfamiliar terms mean and how to implement them on your own site as well.  (Goodness knows I needed help!)

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Vowel Farm — Game to Promote Vowel Recognition



We have been working on a farm unit in homeschool this past week.  We’ve also been talking about vowels.  To keep with the farm theme I came up with this simple game to identify vowels and consonants.

easy game to identify vowels



The game is very simple

I started off by drawing two circles on a  piece of white paper.

The first few times the kindergartner played I labelled one circle with the vowels (a, e, i, o, u).

Then I scattered a handful of letter tiles (making sure there were plenty of vowels included in the bunch) on the floor near the paper and grabbed a toy tractor with a scoop on front.

The goal of the game is to use the tractor to push all the vowels into the correct circle and all the consonants into the other circle.  (I told him he was moving his crops to the correct areas.)

After playing the game several times we flipped the paper over and I drew two new circles.  This time around I told him which circle the vowels were to go inside and he didn’t have them written down as a guide.  He had to KNOW which letters were vowels.

He was having so much fun using his tractor, and he was super proud when he got all the vowels in the right circle!


You could easily modify this game to fit the interests of your child.  Construction trucks, animals, or even princess dolls can help move the letter tiles to the correct spots.  (And for letter tiles, check those old board games like Scrabble!)



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GiveForward to Prove #Love>Hate


If you’ve been on Facebook during the past few months or so, chances are you’ve heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The original intent of the challenge was to help grow awareness and support for ALS.  Unfortunately, there are those who have taken this challenge and twisted it into something so ugly and disgusting it makes me feel sick to even think about it.

In Bay Village, Ohio three teens used this challenge to humiliate a fellow classmate with Autism.

The teen accepted the ice bucket challenge, but instead of dumping ice water on him, they dumped a bucket full of urine, spit, and feces.

No one deserves to be treated like this.

We live in a world where we watch stories like this on the news and think, “Wow, that’s awful!”

Then our lives go on.

Instead of just being bystanders, it’s time we stood together to show that love is bigger than hate.

GiveForward campaign Love>Hate

 (This is a sponsored post on behalf of GiveForward.  All opinions are 100% my own.)

That is the whole idea of GiveForward.  Right now there is a GiveForward fundraiser set up for this young boy.

The money raised will go directly to his family, but there is something even bigger going on!

Please stop over to the Giveforward page to show your support so he knows he is not alone.  The goal is to get 1,000 comments on his page.

You can help meet that goal.

Together we can show this boy that love really is bigger than hate.  (#Love>Hate)




Sidewalk Chalk Reading Game



We have been blessed with some beautiful weather lately!  This past week I just couldn’t keep them cooped up inside, so we moved the learning outdoors with this simple sidewalk chalk reading game!


Simple sidewalk chalk reading game to get them moving and learning outside!


The game is very simple.

While they were running off some energy, chasing the puppy, I used sidewalk chalk to write a variety of CVC words (think 3 letter words with a vowel in the middle) all over the driveway.

CVC word game

Ways to Play the Reading Game:


We played our game several ways over the next few days.

The first time around I guided them by hand to different words and they took turns sounding out each CVC word.

The second time we played we used a rock.  They took turns tossing a small rock onto the words and then reading whichever word the rock landed on.

Then we played a version where I called out a word and they raced to find it to stand on the word.

Finally, they got out the squirt guns and after they read a word they got to squirt it.  (This, by far, was their favorite version!)


We also had some fun with math outside…  I’ll share that in a future post!