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Learn to Read

NEW! Grandma Bubbles Books for Young Readers!

Teaching your preschooler to read? Grandma Bubbles has written some original, fun, colorful books that contain engaging stories that will keep your reader wanting to come back for more.

Jump in with Kit and Glug and teach your child how fun reading can be!

Click on the picture below or visit Grandma Bubbles' site at grandmabubblesbooks.com.

My preschool girls love reading Grandma Bubbles Books. Click here to see them read a few pages from the Kit and Glug series.

Here are some other products to help your child in their reading adventure:

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Preschool Resources

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Here are some great books that are full of activities and ideas for toddlers and preschoolers!


Favorite Websites

StarFall

When my daughter was 2 1/2 years old I taught her how to use a mouse. I then set her loose on starfall.com. It is full of learning activities for kids. My daughter knew all of her letters and sounds long before she was 3, thanks to this site.

Starfall also has Learn-to-Read phonics books that you can purchase to help your child's reading skills develop even further.

Other Preschool Websites

GAME TYPES

FELT BOARD STORIES

Felt, or flannel, board stories are an excellent way to teach preschoolers different things. They can learn counting, colors, abcs as well as different songs, stories and nursery rhymes.

MAKING FELT BOARD PIECES

There are a several ways you can make your felt board pieces. Here are a few of those ways:

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1. Trace an image onto pelon (light weight see-through interfacing) using a permanent marker. Color with colored pencils or crayons. The pieces shown in the image to your right are made this way.

2. Cut pieces out of different colors of felt and glue pieces together as needed. If you are making pieces that don't have a lot of detail this is a great way to go. You could add detail using permenant marker or fabric markers.

3. Print images out on cardstock a colored printer(or black and white and color them), lamenate with a lamenator or with contact paper and glue a piece of felt or flannel to the back. You could also stick the pieces to your felt board with tape.

4. Print image out on T-shirt transfer paper and iron onto white felt. These are nice because they are quick and easy to make yet look nice and professional. They also can last longer than paper because the child can bend them without doing damage.

5. Print pieces onto pelon type cloth paper. I'm not sure where to find this type of material anymore but years ago I bought some and recently tried using them for felt board pieces and they work great! They are probably the same type of material you would use to print out photos for a photo quilt. They come in 8x10 pieces and can be printed in most colored printers.

6. Have your child draw a picture, or draw and color one yourself, on cardstock or posterboard. Lamanate the drawing and/or glue a piece of felt or flannel to the back.

MAKING MAGNET BOARD PIECES

These can be used in the same way as felt board pieces. Instead of a felt board, use the refridgerator, cookie sheet or a magnetic board.

1. Print images out on heavy cardstock.

2. If you're using contact paper, put it on before cutting out the pieces. If you are using a lamenator, cut pieces out and then lamenate.

3. Attach a small piece of magnetic tape to the back of your pieces.

4. Store in a ziplock bag.

MAKING FELT STORYBOARDS

There are many ways to make felt or flannel boards. I just sewed a piece of blue flannel to a piece of green flannel and hung it on a child's easel . It was fast, easy and I can easily take it down and fold it up when I'm not using it. You could also glue felt or flannel to cardboard. Below are a few more specific ways to make felt storyboards.

WHERE CAN I FIND FELT PIECES?

Keep scrolling down! I have searched through several preschool sites and organized their felt board ideas and templates into categories.

NOTE: Full credit for these templates goes to the orignial creators. All copyrights should be strickly followed as described on the individual websites. You may not use these templates for resale.

If you are interested in purchasing already made felt board story pieces, you may be interested in some of the links to the right under "preschool resources" or some of the great felt sets below from Amazon..

FIVE LITTLE

NURSERY RHYMES

FAIRY TALE STORIES

SCRIPTURE STORIES

COUNTING

COLORS

SHAPES

ANIMALS

FOOD

WEATHER/SEASONS

FELT BOARD BOOKS

PEOPLE

STREETS AND CARS

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FLOWERS & PLANTS

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