Kinesthetic Learning

One of my FAVORITE Teaching Tools – Our COZY Circle Time Rug!

August 28, 2013 |

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People have asked me what my favorite teaching tool is. I have to say that it’s my alphabet rug!  It’s one of our favorite classroom gathering places!  What do we do there?  We sit criss-cross applesauce, and everyone sits on a letter.  We sing, we sign, we dance, we read, we talk, we count, we calendar, we laugh, we learn, we grow, we giggle, we SMILE!

I’ve had this rug for eight years and I think it still looks as good as the day I bought it.  You’d never know by looking at it that over 300 pairs of little feet have danced upon it over several school years!

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Hi friends! This video is a preview of my FUNetic Farm Early Literacy program.

August 22, 2013 |

FUNetic Farm is a phonics-based, early literacy program.  It’s a multi-sensory ANIMAL ALPHABET that children love to SOUND, SIGN, SIGN and SPELL (and eventually read).  The program includes music, cute animal alphabet flashcards, animal alphabet puppets, printable phonics activity sheets I, and phonics activity sheets II word building, manipulatives, kinesthetic learning, American Sign Language fingerspelling, phonics bingo and card game games.  The FUNetic Farm Phonics Intro Kit includes 26 lively animal alphabet songs as well as 26 demonstration videos.

Through simple daily, circle time lessons, songs and activities, children joyfully learn the sounds of all of the letters in just three months!!!  No pressure, no stress, just FUN!  That’s what the FUNetic Farm is all about!

You can find my FUNetic Farm products at MY STORE on Teachers Pay Teachers.

For a FUNetic Farm FREEBIE, go to my store at TpT.  You can make this Animal Alphabet chart into a poster and use it as part of your daily review of letter sounds.  To help your students develop early phonics skills and prepare them for reading, be sure to use letter sounds (not letter names) and use short vowel sounds (not long vowels).

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THE animal alphabet front only

In your daily review, you and your students will say the letter sounds as you point to the letters, “a – ant, b – bat, c – cat, d – dog, e – elephant, etc”  To help your students develop early phonics skills and prepare them for reading, be sure to use letter sounds (not letter names and short vowels not long vowels).  Please remember, for more FUNetic Farm FUN, Animal Alphabet songs, games, activities, puppets, phonics worksheets I, phonics worksheets II,and flashcards are all available at MY Store at TEACHERSpayTEACHERS.

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FUNetic Farm Early Literacy Curriculum Launch!

February 26, 2013 |


INTRODUCING:  Animal Alphabet Puppets

by FUNetic Farm!!!

I’m excited to announce that I’m finally publishing my FUNetic Farm (Animal Alphabet). This is a phonics-based Early Literacy Curriculum. You can find it in MY STORE on TeachersPayTeachers. – YAY! It’s been a huge project but it’s finally starting to roll out!

FUNetic Farm is the animal alphabet that children love to sound, sign, sing, spell and eventually read! It is a multi-sensory method that uses fun visuals, lively music, kinesthetic movement, American Sign Language (fingerspelling), manipulatives, activity sheets, word building activities and FUN!

I’ve been developing and tweaking this program for the past seven years.  My preschool students LOVE it and we use it every day in my classroom.  Now, mid-year, my preschoolers know all of the sounds of the letters and are starting to do word building.

I have a few products up now and lots more ready to go.






This 1st letter, Sound Match game “Pin-it.”  The game is “self-correcting” – answers are on the back.








This is a sorting game (called “Sort-It”) also part of the Sound Match games set.  Students sort the phonics pictures under the appropriate letter (according to the first letter sound).


Also available from FUNetic Farm:  Flashcards, Phonics Intro Kit (includes the following: Wall Chart and activities ideas, 26 Animal Alphabet phonics songs, Music demonstration videos), Phonics Activity Sheets, Bingo, Card games, Puppets for Early Literacy , Word Buildingphonetic readers and more!

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