B is for Bird – Printable Birdie Valentines

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B is for Bird Valentines

I am really, really excited about these! I found some graphics from Prettygrafik that I used to make yesterday’s printable out of and in the shop was this set of valentine birds. I knew I needed to make something with them.

So I did.

And now I am sharing them with you. They look like the ones in the head graphic and you can get them here.

So, download your free B is for Bird valentines and then sign up to get my posts in your email box so you never miss a freebie like this again. The sign up box is on the top of the sidebar.

Pretty short post today. Have a great weekend!

 

B is for Bird – Alphabet Activities for All Ages

B is for Bird - a book list and free printable for Alphabet Activities for All Ages at Vicki-Arnold.com

Hello! Did you miss me last week? I missed me last week…did I just make this awkward? Well, last week Becky talked about how real life gets in the way of our plans sometimes. And that is exactly what happened to me. But it is a new week and we are just going to roll with it.

B is for Bird

The last two weeks with this letter have mostly been books. We have been super busy and the most I could manage was to get “read two bird books” onto the kids portion of our whiteboard daily to do list. See?

You know what cracks me up about that photo? I took it last Friday, fully planning to get that B post written and posted a day late. And now you know my secret to a happy life…learn to laugh at yourself. Seriously.

So now you know why I don’t have a great list of activities for you…we didn’t do any. OH WAIT! We did do some bird watching out our frozen windows. The birds were snuggled into the viburnum outside my bedroom window because it was COLD, with a capital C-O-L-D, here. So they didn’t fly off as we walked up. I felt sorry for them, but they were so fun to study like that.

B is for Bird Book List

Again, the Dewey decimal call number is listed after the book’s title and author in, parentheses and bold texted.

Bird Picture Books

Bird Houses & Feeders

Bird Reference Books

Birding Magazines

We even grabbed a couple bird magazines: Bird Watching and Birds & Blooms. These were fun additions.

Story Books About Birds

These aren’t “educational” so to speak, but they are fun stories about birds.

B is for Bird Coloring Page

I made this fun coloring page with a graphic from Prettygrafik. I also have some fun birdie valentines coming for you tomorrow!

B is for Bird coloring page from Vicki-Arnold.comDownload your B is for Bird coloring page now!

See you next week for more Alphabet Activities for All Ages!

A is for Airplane Week 2 – Alphabet Activities for All Ages

It’s Thursday, which means another round of Alphabet Activities for All Ages! This is week 2 for A is for Airplane. As I promised last week, I have some updates and new things for you! But first, did you see Becky’s post last week on how she keeps all her alphabet learning supplies organized?

A is for Airplane Week 2 - Alphabet Activities for All Ages on Vicki-Arnold.com

A is for Airplane Recap

We enjoyed the books from the library. My personal favorite was Airplanes: Soaring! Diving! Turning! by Patricia Hubbell. It’s a fun, rhyming book. My toddler liked the book, too!

My 5th grader’s favorite was Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger. She read it out loud to me and then again to her siblings. It’s an inspiring story and we were amazed at how far Bessie walked to achieve her dream of being “somebody.”

Reading about Bessie Coleman

As far as activities go, we didn’t do the one I thought would be the most appealing to the kids as a group. My 4th grade son did enjoy making paper planes on his own, though. I think the girls were just “over it.”

They did enjoy drawing airplanes, as you can see:

Airplane drawings by my kiddos!

Airplane Sensory Bin

You may remember that I am pretty new to sensory bins. I want to include sensory bins regularly in our alphabet learning though. This week’s bin was sort of two parts. First I took my bin and added some cotton ball clouds and then put the airplanes from the In The Sky Toob I bought on Amazon. And voila! I had the perfect little ammunition for my toddler to throw around the room. Cotton balls fly well.

Airplane Sensory Bin fun

The second part of our sensory experience was intended to use in the sensory bin with the planes, but that didn’t really work out logistically with five kids wanting to play at once. So the 4 year old got the tub, the older kids got large serving platters, and the toddler got a smaller, deeper plate on his high chair tray once he realized there was fun happening without him. We made cloud dough!

Cloud dough fun!

Overall, we enjoyed learning about the different pilots and we loved the silly stories like Airplanes and Angela’s Airplane. We can’t wait for the next round of books! First, I have a free printable for you!

 

Free Airplane Memory Matching Game Printable at Vicki-Arnold.comAirplane Memory Matching Game Printable

We haven’t had the chance to play with this yet because I honestly forgot about making it! But I will print two copies of this on cardstock and then laminate it. We’ll use it for basic memory and matching games. You could print this out more than twice and do patterns, too.

Airplane matching memory game from Vicki-Arnold.com

You can download your free airplane matching game, too. (The download does not have the X watermark on it.)

Next week, we will be talking the letter B! Sign up to get my posts in your email so you don’t miss it. I am excited about this theme and think my kids will love it, too.



A is for Airplane – Alphabet Activities for All Ages

I am really, really excited to launch this project today. My friend Becky of For This Season and I have been collaborating over the last several weeks to bring you a fun project called Alphabet Activities for All Ages. This year long project will cover two letters each month. We have printables, book lists, and activity ideas to help your homeschool explore the alphabet.

Today we start at the beginning, of course. Then each Thursday you can come back for either more ideas for the current letter or a brand new letter. We are going in order, I will tell you that so you aren’t waiting in suspense too long.

A is for Airplane - Alphabet Activities for All Ages at Vicki-Arnold.com

A is for Airplane Book List

We got all of our books at the library, so you may want to check them out there. I’m including the Dewey decimal number so you can check for them that way. It’s the number in parentheses after the title and author.

Books About Airplanes & Flying

Most of these books are geared for younger kids, but my elementary students enjoyed them, too. They read them to the toddler and preschooler.

Books About Pilots & People

Most of these books are longer books, though most are still picture books that younger readers would enjoy having read to them.

  • American Profiles: Aviators by Robert A. Rosenbaum (j629.13092273 R813 1992) – This book is marked Biographies in our library, so you might have to check that if your library has a biography section. This book profiles 11 fliers, with lots of facts, dates, and a few black and white photos. The back of the book says it is geared for middle and high school student, but I am using it with my older elementary students (4th & 5th grade).
  • The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman (j629.1300922 qW952Zf 1991) – This book is a hefty one and has a LOT of information and photographs.
  • The Wright Brothers by Pamela Duncan Edwards (j629.130092 W952Ze 2003) – Another biography, this time in color and would be suitable for all elementary grades (K-5).
  • Amelia Earhart: More Than a Flier by Patricia Lakin (Easy, Lakin) – This is a Level 3 reader from the Childhood of Famous Americans series. For readers who are reading proficiently.
  • Amelia Earhart: The Legend of the Lost Aviator by Shelley Tanaka (j629.13092 q E12Zt 2008) – Lots of photos and artwork in this book. A great read for all ages, though a bit long for the toddler set.
  • Fly High! The Story of Bessie Coleman by Louise Borden and Mary Kay Kroeger (j629.13092 qC692Zb 2001) – The story of the first African-American to earn a pilot’s license. Lots of great artwork in this book.
  • Charles A. Lindbergh: A Human Hero by James Cross Giblin (j629.13092 qL742Zg 1997) – Another hefty biography suitable for older students.
  • Flight by Robert Burleigh (j629.1309111 qB961 1991) – Follow along on the flight that made 25 year old Charles Lindbergh a hero.

A is for Airplane Activity Ideas

We haven’t had much time for activities this past week, we are dealing with sinus infections. Here is a list of ideas that I will be pulling from for our next week.

Making paper airplanes. My kids love doing this. I picked up a some books from the library to give a try:

Drawing airplanes. My kids also love to draw. We each have a sketchbook. Yes, even Mom has one. We have several how to draw books on our homeschool library shelves. I did pick up Draw 50 Airplanes, Aircraft, and Spacecraft by Lee J. Ames (j743.8) from the library. Our library has an older copy than what Amazon has listed, but I think it is jut a cover difference.

Airplane coloring pages. For the kiddos in our homeschool that do not draw or simply prefer to color, I will be printing out some coloring sheets for them to color. I found a collection of airplane coloring pages to choose from. Dover also has a nice collection of coloring books featuring airplanes you could choose from for older students. We love Dover coloring books because of the real life detail.

Sensory Bin. I need to get more materials to put this together, so this is one that you will have to stop back next week for.

Airplane Memory Game. You get this next week, too. So be sure to check back.

Check back next week to see which ones were our favorites and how our A focus went. Since there are a lot of things for you to check back for, you might consider signing up to receive the Vicki Arnold blog posts directly in your email so you don’t miss a thing.



Pre-Writing Practice Worksheets

I have something else for you today! Pre-writing practice worksheets for you to print out and use with your little ones that need practice with tracing lines. You can laminate these and use dry erase markers or crayons. Or you can print them and have your little one get pencil grip practice.

Pre-Writing Practice Worksheets (free printable) from Vicki-Arnold.com

Download or print your pre-writing practice worksheets today!

Free Goal Setting Printable Worksheet

Free Goals Setting Printable Worksheet from Vicki-Arnold.com

Free Goal Setting Printable Worksheet

Today we are starting the new year off with a free goal setting printable!

This printable features:

  • a column for 8 goals
  • a column for 3 action steps for each goal
  • a column for both start and end dates
  • a column to track any rewards you may want to set
  • the King James Version of Proverbs 16:9 on the right to remind us to pray for the Lord’s guidance

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

You can download your free copy of the goal setting printable worksheet today!

Books of the Bible Memory Cards: Old Testament {free printable}

Books of the Bible memory cards - Old Testament

Last month I shared a New Testament books of the Bible printable for helping kids memorize the books of the Bible. And as I promised, today I have the Old Testament cards. I still have another companion printable for these coming next month (sign up to get blog posts in your email to make sure you don’t miss that).

The “answer key” for this set of cards is actually on two because the Old Testament has all those long named books like Jeremiah and Ecclesiastes.

You are free to use these for your own personal use and tell anyone and everyone about them, I just ask that you give them the link to this post and not the direct link to the PDF.

Download your free books of the Bible memory cards for the Old Testament.

Important! I missed Numbers on the first page. I have now updated the PDF to include it on the last page. The answer key is correct, I just missed including it in the cards. My apologies!

Cards for Memorizing the Books of the Bible – New Testament {free printable}

Books of the Bible memory cards - New Testament

My kids have been trying to memorize the books of the Bible. I decided to create some cards to print out so they can make a game of it. Then I thought, “Hey! Other people might be interested in this!” and now here we are.

I rock at intros, don’t I? (Do I tell you I just snorted there or not?) (Apparently I do…)

Aaaand moving on to what you are really interested in…the free printable!

You are free to use these for your own personal use and tell anyone and everyone about them, I just ask that you give them the link to this post and not the direct link to the PDF.

These are for the New Testament and I have included a couple extras like a “solution” card, The Gospels, and Paul’s Epistles so they can go beyond simply memorizing them in order. I will share the Old Testament another time (subscribe via email if you don’t want to miss them). I also have another free printable in the works to go with this…

Preview of printable cards for memorizing the books of the Bible (New Testament)

Download the cards here.

Affiliate Program Tracking Pages for Bloggers {free printable}

Before I get started I would like to take a moment to thank everyone reading this. This is my 200th post here and I would not still be here if it weren’t for my fantabulous readers. So thank you for that.

Free printable affiliate program tracking pages for bloggers.

Last week, I told you what affiliate links are. This week, I have something for the bloggers among us. You see, I have this one inch binder where I track all my blog related business. And since I use affiliate links on my blog, I needed a place to track all my affiliate related information.

Some of the programs I use are part of an affiliate network where I have one login and password for many programs. For example, in one affiliate network, I am a part of Zulily, Signing Time, Answers in Genesis, and Shutterfly affiliate programs. Other affiliate programs are run individually. Teach Them Diligently is an individual affiliate program, for example.

Can you see how this could get confusing for a blogger? So I created some printable tracking pages for my blog. As soon as I replace my printer, I’ll print them. Remember how I told you about my ink woes? Well now the printer is refusing to load paper right. Sometimes 4-year-olds are like that, you know?

Affiliate Network Tracking Page

This is the page I will use to track what affiliate programs are in what network.

Track what affiliate program is in which network with this free printable from the @vicki_arnold blog.

Download the Affiliate Network Tracking Page.

Affiliate Program Tracking Page

I will be printing out 20 or so of these. I will be using them like an address book, putting my affiliate programs in alphabetical order. This is why there is a little gray box in the upper right corner. I will be putting the letters there. If you don’t have as many affiliate programs, you can simply use the gray box for numbering the pages if you add more than one, but not 20.

Keep track of your affiliate program login information and other details with this free printable for bloggers.

Download the Affiliate Program Tracking Page.

Pinterest Boards for Bloggers

If you are interested in making money with your blog, I have a Pinterest board you may be interested in following. Actually, I have a whole series of blogging boards. I have boards for graphic design tips, blog memes and link-ups, content writing, planner printables, branding, and more. Be sure to check out all my Pinterest boards to follow the ones that interest you.

Click on the image below to see my Blogging: Making Money Pinterest board.

Blogging: Making Money - my Pinterest board for articles related to making money with your blog. Like affiliate marketing and selling ads.

Do you have any blogging questions?

Leave them in the comments or use the contact page to email me. I love hearing from my readers!

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