Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Homework and study station

Our little girl starts first grade this week. 

While we couldn’t be more proud of her, we have also been forced to admit she’s growing up. Her needs as a student are changing as well. Our sweet girl had homework in kindergarten, but completing that work at the dining room table wasn’t always the best solution. 

We decided she needed her own desk and workspace in her own room, away from the noise and distractions of the rest of the house. 

We found this beauty on Craigslist.

I promptly made her a French memo board for her photos and school papers. 

I took my girl to Hobby Lobby to pick out some desk accessories. She chose this white crate and I chose some buckets for her utensils. 

We also bought this chipboard E and painted it pink. 

This cute little picture was all her choosing. I love the picture, and what it says. 

This little statue was in my own room when I was a kid. 

I DIYed these boxes to store flash cards and high lighters.

This DIY photo album holds various certificates and awards.

Her center drawer holds workbooks, a student calendar, and folders. 

One drawer holds electronics and chargers.

One drawer houses notepads and journals.

One holds more electronics.

One holds flash cards and markers. 

And her bottom drawer holds work books and art books.

Her space is set up for work and play. While the drawers could be more neatly organized, I did want to be cognizant that a six year old would use it. I wanted her to find her stuff and keep it separated but not be afraid to make the drawers messy. 

I know my kiddo loves her desk and I know she’ll love using it.

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Four early literacy activities


DISCLAIMER: I am an English teacher, but I teach middle school children. I’m not an expert, but I am a parent of an almost-kindergartener. These activities below are some tried and true methods that are working in our household. Feel free to contribute anything you have tried and enjoyed in your own homes- we are always looking for new ideas to keep things new and exciting.

  1. Upper and lowercase letter Memory:



My daughter hates flash cards! Sitting down and going through flash cards is a great way to make her lose interest and not want to play any more. However, if you have separate flash card stacks for lowercase and capital letters, you can use them to play Memory or matching games. Emorie loves this and I don’t even have to fight her to get her to stay “practiced up” on her letter recognition. If you don’t have flash cards, there are tons of printable plash cards available on the Internet. The ones above are from m

2. Word sound sorts:


Those of you who have school age children might be familiar with Words Their Way. This is roughly the same idea. I used an old phonics book to cop some pictures of animals on cardstock. I then handed my child the cards with some magnetic letters and asked her to sort the cards. She loves it!

3. Building words:



Cookie sheets are awesome for activities like this, and Miss Priss seems to love it. We created a grid like the one above, and we use a dry erase marker, magnetic letters and a sentence strip to practice her sight words. She seems to enjoy this game a lot! I found this idea on Pinterest but couldn’t find an original source.

4.  “Artistic” word building:



We have used cheerios, pom poms and pretzels. Our favorite way to do this is with glitter pom poms. So much fun!

I hope you all like our favorite activities! Please share some of your favorites!


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