Category: Reading Printables

Fun @ 4: Space Continued

I finally figured out our plan for the week.  Thing 1 is going to continue on with my original plans for the week, which is to continue with the second half of our solar system study. 

With that, today, Thing 1 and I started into You Can Read Unit 6.  He has really responded well to the You Can Read program.  Of course we had our sight word train out and in use.  After moving through our You Can Read activities for the day, we headed into our math activities for the day.

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This week we are going to get into some basic measurements.  Today, I had Thing 1 pick out one object to measure.  He chose a marker.  We then used several different “things” to measure the length of the marker.  First was 3 large paper clips.  Next up was our letter tiles.  Then I asked him why it took more letter tiles to measure the length.  I think we next used push pins.  Before Thing 1 laid out the push pins, I had him estimate how many push pins it would take.  I was really impressed how close his guess was.  He was only off by one pin.  Lastly, we used small binder clips.  His estimate was right on. 

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I was not sure how the math activity would go, but I am really impressed with how easily he seems to get math.  Some days I wish reading would come as easily. 

We finished up our day with the outer planets of the solar system.  I gave Thing 1 a choice between The Magic Schoolbus Lost in the Solar System and Dr. Seuss There’s No Place Like Space.  He immediately chose There’s No Place Like Space.  So while I read the book, Thing 1 colored the salt dough ornaments for the outer planets.  While I was reading about each planet, he would color the planet. 

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Once we finished the book and while he finished coloring I sat and asked him about each planet.  It was remarkable how much he was able to remember, even about the inner planets, which we studied last week. 

Lastly, he finished with his journal.  Each day I have had Thing 1 finish the day by drawing a picture in his journal about something we had done in school.  Then I have him recite a sentence to me, which I write down, so that he can copy it into his journal. 

Fun @ 4 with Thing 1!

Fun at 4! {Week 1}

Welcome to Fun at 4, my new weekly post, where I share the weeks objectives for Thing 1, my four year old.  Since I have had to rework my game plan for the year for Thing 1 and he now has a curriculum just for him, I thought I would share our objectives each week in a post just about what my four year old is going to do.  Thus, Fun at 4 was born. 

My goal for working with Thing 1 is to keep it fun and hands on.  I want to stay away from worksheets as much as possible.  Many of the objectives I list I will cover in some activity that I make up.  Therefore, there won’t be any details provided in this post.  I will post the activities once we try them out, so be on the look out during the week.  However, if it has a printable or is something that I am using from somewhere else, I will add the link.

I hope you enjoy!

Fun at 4 (fill size)

Fun at 4 {Week 1}


  • 0-10 BINGO Game – {Printable HERE}
  • Counting backwards – (details to come)
  • Grouping – (details to come)
  • Shapes – Shape Hunt inside and outside of our house.
  • Making Sets – (details to come)


Sight Words : a, and, see, the, can, I , me, you  {Sight Word Train HERE}

  • Play with Sight Word Train 
  • You Can Read Unit 1
  • You Can Read Unit 2
  • Sight Word BINGO

-at family words

Handwriting and Arts/Crafts:

To begin the year, we are going to review a letter a day.  This week we are going to cover the letters A, B, C, D, E.  We will be using the handwriting practice pages from Confessions of a  Homeschooler.  This weeks arts/crafts will relate the letter of the day.

  • A – Apples
  • B – Beans
  • C – Cat
  • D – Dinosaurs
  • E – Elephants

I also have several other games/activities planned.  As we do them, I will share.

I am sure there are a few things I have forgot, but this is the basics. 


What are you doing with your 4 year old this week?


Mommy Cameron