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Blood Moon -April 15, 2014 from Miami, FL

I ended up taking more pics of my girls trying to take pics of the moon than of the moon itself. I just LOVE to see them excited and fascinated! Learning and experiencing the love of learning at it’s best!

Blood moon pics from Miami Florida. www.abettermedaybyday.com

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Guest Post: Three Games to Teach Sight Words

Children reading The GrinchThere are many different tactics to use to teach children how to read, and one of those methods is the use of sight words. Sights words are words that children learn to recognize without first deciphering the letters and sounds of the word. For example, a child would learn to recognize the word BOAT as a whole instead of sounding it out. This allows children to focus on reading and understanding what they read instead of spending the time focusing on the letters and sounds.

There are different ways to teach a child sight words, and one way to teach sight words is to use games. The following are three games you can play with your child to help him or her learn sight words.

1. Sight Words Bingo

Create Bingo playing cards that contain different sight words. Then, you will call out different sight words on your list and have your child mark off the words when they are called out. Once your child marks off sight words to complete a row (horizontal, vertical or diagonal), they will yell out “Bingo”. The child will then earn a small prize for winning the game. Note that you can play this game with multiple players, but make sure you create different Bingo cards for each player so that they’re not entirely the same. This way, the children aren’t likely to get Bingo at the same time.

2. Sight Words Memory

Memory is a great game to play with kids that improves cognitive skills. If you create a sight words memory game, you’ll help your child learn to read in a fun way. Create small cards with the same sight word written on two separate cards. Then, flip the cards over and place them in a pattern, such as 4×4 rows (or however many cards you choose to use). Your child gets to start by picking a card and flipping it over. They then get to choose another card. If they find the match, they get to keep the pair of cards and have another turn. If they don’t choose a match, the cards are flipped back over and the next player gets a chance. The winner of the game is the individual that has the most pairs of cards at the end of the game.

3. Sight Words Parking Lot

This is a fun game for children of all ages. Using a piece of paper, create a parking lot on the paper. In each parking spot, write a sight word. Give your child the parking lot and a toy car. When you say a sight word, your child needs to find the sight word in the parking lot and park the car in that spot. If your child gets it right, you can reward them with verbal praise or with a small prize, such as a sticker.

There are a lot of sight word games you can play you can play with your child to help him or her learn to read. Most of these games are great for children of all ages, so you can start to play them when your child is in preschool and continue until he or she is older.

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Elizabeth Adkins – a retired school teacher that devotes her time to helping children learn to read. Elizabeth often writes articles that provide tips and resources she has found beneficial in her own offline efforts.

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Family First: Reading of the Christmas Story Family Tradition

I first posted this in December 2011. I’m sharing it here again, in case you recently joined us and didn’t get a chance to watch it the first time. 🙂

Family First Reading of the Christmas Story Tradition. www,abettermedaybyday.com

Today I invite you to sit with your family and read Luke 2: 1-20. This is what I’ll be doing with my girls. We will be reading the story about the birth of Jesus. I want to make sure we are centering ourselves around the real reason for celebrating Christmas. After all, we would not be celebrating it were it not for the birth of Christ.

I’m adding it on this post, to make it even easier, you can print it out, or you can go to biblegate.com and pick out whatever version you want and even language, etc.

Have a Blessed and Very Merry Christmas…

 

LUKE 2

The Birth of Jesus

 1 IN THOSE DAYS CAESAR AUGUSTUS ISSUED A DECREE THAT A CENSUS SHOULD BE TAKEN OF THE ENTIRE ROMAN WORLD. 2 (THIS WAS THE FIRST CENSUS THAT TOOK PLACE WHILE[A] QUIRINIUS WAS GOVERNOR OF SYRIA.) 3 AND EVERYONE WENT TO THEIR OWN TOWN TO REGISTER.

 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, 
   and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

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