Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

  • Mash 3 bananas and set aside.
  • Mix 1/2 c. butter and 1 c. sugar
  • Mix and add 2 eggs and 3 T. water
  • Mix and add 2 c. flour, 1 t. salt, 1 t. soda
  • Mix in mashed bananas
  • Fill greased muffin pans.
  • Cook at 350 for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve with butter.

Will also make 1 loaf of  Banana Bread.  Bake about 1 hour.

This is fun to make with children.  Have them help read the recipe.

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Lesson Ideas for the Letter Sound for Bb

Letter Sound for Bb

Objective: To help children recognize the Bb sound, and how to form the letter Bb.


  • Have Phonics By Spelling books and music.
  •  Locate a stethoscope (school supply or medical supply stores have them).  You might get a used one from your clinic for free.
  • Collect some pictures with the Bb sound as the beginning sound and letter.
  •  Decide on a worksheet, or a reading child could use the Student Activity Book.
  • Copy the Nursery Rhyme “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”.
  • Have their name cards.
  • Have finger paints ready to use for a review of the letters taught, and how to make the letters. 


Listen to at least 10 songs in Phonics By Spelling books including Bb.  Touch each letter, picture, and spelling.  Enjoy the chants.

Replay the “Bb Heartbeat” song.  Lettie is listening to her heartbeat.  Let each child hear their own heartbeat with a stethoscope.   Make the Bb sound together.  Keep the sound crisp (No Uh).

Read or sing the Nursery Rhyme, “Baa Baa Black Sheep” (Use the “ABC Song” tune.)

  • Baa, baa, Black Sheep,
  • Have you any wool?
  • Yes sir, Yes sir,
  • Three bags full;
  • One for my master,
  • One for the dame,
  • One for the little boy
  • Who lives down the lane.

Talk about words that have the “Heartbeat” sound in the beginning.  Do any of the words have the “Ll” sound?  Or “Hh”?  Or “Ff”?  If you have introduced the word “the”, have them count how many are in the Nursery Rhymes.

Show pictures of things that have the Bb sound at the beginning, and some other pictures.   “Which pictures have the “Heartbeat” sound?”   Write some Bb words on sticky notes, and put them on the wall card or word wall.  (by, bad, be, back)

Take the children’s name cards and see who has a Bb in their name.


Show them how to make a “b”.  Compare it with an “h”.  Have them try to write a “b”.  In small groups, do finger painting on paper on a tray.  Have them only put 1 hand in the paint and the other hold the tray still. They are to choose one color and you put it in the middle of their paper.  Have them spread it around.  Review the letters by making the letters in the finger paint.  Especially show the connection between making an “h” and making a “b”.

Math lesson ideas for the Number 4 (four)

Number 4 (four)  

Objective:  Help children recognize the number 4 and the word “four”, use numbers for counting, count 4 objects, learn to write “4” and “four”.


  • Find an art print or picture from a calendar or magazine with good examples of “four”.
  • Optional:  Have play food or other objects for counting.
  • Have some stickers.
  • Write the number “4” and the word “four” on a word card.  Use the “1 one”, the “2 two” and the “3 three” word cards from previous lessons.
  • Decide on a simple book, poem or song that has good examples of three.  Possibly use, “Fish Story”.  (Included at the end.)
  • Have paper and pencil for each child.  (It is fun to use a colored paper or colored pencils.)


Display the word card with “4 four”.  Discuss the difference between the number “4” and the word “four”.  Compare to the “1 one”, “2 two” and “3 three” cards.

Read a Fish Story.  Did you hear the number 4?   What number comes before 4?  What number comes after?  Is 4 more or less that 3?  Etc.

Show the picture and have each child pick out 4 things in the picture.

Show how to make the number 4.  (It is like a capital L with a lowercase l on top.)  Have them make them in the air with their finger.  Have them close their eyes and write the number 4 in the air.

Give each child a paper and pencil.  Have or help them write their name.  Show the word card again for “4 four”.  Have them write a number “4” several times, and the word “four”.  (If a child has a hard time writing their letters, write the word with a yellow pencil and have them trace it.)  Put out stickers and have them select 4 for their paper.  (They could also draw four things.)

Extension ideas:  Possibly include some counting, comparing or patterning activities with play food.  Use graph paper to graph the food by color.  Count to see how many of each and which have more, the most, the least, etc.

Fish Story

One, two, three, four, five –
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten –
Then I let it go again.
Why did I let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little finger on the right.

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Reading activities to help children at any stage of reading development.

 Stages of Reading DevelopmentOO

These are some ideas for helping children read at the different stages of reading. 

Adults working with children need to know:

  • Consonant sounds need to be learned crisply without adding an “uh” at the end.
  • Schwa (or lazy or UH) sound is the most common sound in the English language and all vowels sometimes make that sound.

1. Children learning to hear sounds in words.

  •    Music speeds up learning of the sounds.  We have fun music with our phonics. Contact us if you would like free music and books.  877-206-2214 
  •    Picture cards representing the sound, instead of something that starts with the sounds, is easier for young children to understand.  Example is the picture above from our Phonics By Spelling books.  The short oo sound is the sound you make when you lift something heavy like big books. Some words with that sound are; look, book, hook.  
  •    Rhyming games and activities.
  •    Reading and predictable readers.
  •    Show and Tell. Examples; Have children bring something that starts or ends with a sound or 2 items that rhyme. 
  •    Pick out the sounds in the beginning/middle/end from pictures of objects.
  •    Learn vowels and consonants.  Our Cinco game is fun for reviewing these letters and sounds. 

2. Children starting to blend sounds: 

  •    Sounding out words aids in fluency and comprehension.  Don’t let children struggle by themselves to sound out for more than 1 or 2 seconds.  Help them sound out the words.
  •    Simple phonetic readers.
  •    Word families.   Make lists of words with the same spelling and sounds at the end like; dot, hot, pot, got, not, shot.
  •    Sound out 3 letter words with or without pictures.
  •    Have child unscramble simple words.  Find or print a picture of a simple word like “cat”.  Then print the letters for the word on card stock, then cut apart. Put the picture and letters together in an envelope.  
  •    Do different vowels in the middle of consonants.
  •    Do short vowel /long vowel chant with the silent e.  Make some cards with 2 words like; cap/cape, hop/hope.   Example of the chant:  cub & cube, cub & cube,  cub says ŭ, cube says ū.  
  •    Teach sight words.  Most words have some phonetic base but here are some basic words that break the rules:  one, said, says, give, have, many, they, are, any. 
  •    Teach high frequency words by their vowel sounds.  This is a list of about 200 of the most frequent words. High Frequency Word List

3. The Beginning Reader: 

  •    Have child read simple sentences.
  •    Have child unscramble simple sentences. Write simple sentences on the computer then print and cut apart. 
  •    Review sounds and sight words in a simple book.  Then help the child read the book.
  •    Help children sound out words.
  •    Help child to break multi-syllable words into syllables then sound out.  Cover with your thumb all but one syllable then uncover each syllable while sounding out the word. 

 4. Fluent Reader:

  •   They need to read out loud right into junior high.
  •   Read things at different reading levels.  Too high creates frustration unless read with someone. Too low helps with fluency.  Just right builds vocabulary.
  •   Read along with books with CDs.
  •   Build comprehension by having children tell you what is happening in the story.
  •   Use your finger to help break words into syllables to sound out words.
  •   Pick some words to look up in the dictionary.

If you have questions or would like help teaching reading to those you love, please contact us.  877-206-2214 

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Word Cards for Attention!

Word Cards

Using word cards to introduce every subject helps children know where the lesson is headed.  It helps them stay with you.  Even if the children you are teaching don’t read yet, a word card helps get and keep their attention.

It is often said that when teaching or giving a speech, tell them  what you’re going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you have told them.  This is especially true of young children.  Here are some tips for using word cards:

  •  Use a word card to bring them back to the subject.   
  • A word card can be used in fun, possibly silly, ways.
  • Keeping the word cards down to 1 or 2 per lesson will help children stay focused.
  • Vary how the word card is used.
  • Word cards can also help at home to keep children on task and focused.

Have fun using word cards to increase learning for the children in your life.  We would love feedback on how you have successfully used Word Cards.

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  • 1 T.  Butter
  • 1 C.  Unbleached Flour
  • 1/2  t.  Salt
  • 1/2 t.  Baking Powder
  • 1/3 c.  Water


  • Mix with a fork and by hand just until it holds together.
  • Use wax paper on a tortilla press and press a ball of dough with the tortilla press.
  • Brown each side on a griddle or frying pan.
  • Serve with butter!


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Lesson Plan Ideas for the Tt sound!

Letter T

Objective: To teach children to recognize the Tt sound.   More phonics ideas with our Lesson Plans.


  • Have Phonics By Spelling books and music. (Optional)
  • Locate a clock that has the ticking sound.
  • Collect some pictures with the Tt sound as the beginning sound and letter.  Have other pictures, too.
  • Make the Tent book to do with children.  reader tent
  • Have some smiley face stickers.
  • Copy the Jump Rope Jingle, “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear” .
  • Have their name cards.
  • Consider teaching the two TH sounds soon.


If you have the Phonics By Spelling books, listen to 10 songs in Phonics By Spelling books including Tt, TH, and TH.  Touch each letter, picture, and spelling.  Enjoy the chants.

Replay the “Tt Ticking Clock” song.  Let each child listen to the ticking of a clock.   Say the sound together as a class.

Read the Jump Rope Jingle, “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”.   Read the poem again and have the children stand and do the actions with the poem.

  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • Touch the ground. 
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • Turn around. 
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • Show your shoe. 
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • That will do.
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • Run upstairs. 
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • Say your prayers. 
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • Blow out the light. 
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,
  • Say goodnight.

Show pictures of things that have the Tt sound at the beginning, and some other pictures.   “Which pictures have the “Ticking Clock” sound?”  Write some words on sticky notes, and put on the wall card, the letter Tt, or a word wall. (to, ten, tent. etc.  –ed; tapped)

Take the children’s name cards and see who has a Tt in their name.  Talk about the TH sound if any of the children have it in their name.


Make the Tent book with the children.  Have them put stickers on each page to go with the number on that page.  Read the book together.  Have them find the word “tent” on each page.  Show how “tent” has a “t” at the beginning and at the end.  Have them read the book to their family.


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