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Toddler Early Learning Reading Curriculum for Homeschooling

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This was a rough week for us all. The girls and I were all sick and Luke went back to work after a little vacation (stay-cation). So it was an adjustment for the girls and then add fevers and runny noses and it was exhausting!

Thank goodness for breastfeeding because they didn’t eat much and when they did it was a struggling since they can’t breath through their noses.

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Toddler Early Learning Reading Curriculum for Homeschooling

Week 6

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Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? has been on of my personal favorites so far in our toddler reading project. These books that repeat the same sayings make is so easy for your toddler to figure out what comes next.


When they start reading what comes next before you do and their eyes light up it is so magical! Her interested increased immediately and she wanted to read it over and over!

We had to have read this book 30 or so times a day! But look Adella knows what’s coming next and this little boost of confidence made her want to read it over and over again!

Homeschooling Toddler Crafts

As always we did free drawing, which we did before reading so it really is nothing different. But now she can “draw” something specific.

I won’t lie with everything going on this week we didn’t do as much as I would have liked to. We were just trying to feel better and rest.

I had big plans though!

  • using cotton balls to make polar bears
  • using feathers to make flamingos
  • pom poms to make the lions mane
  • Check out this adorable flamingo paper plate craft

Homeschooling Toddler Activities

There are so many fun activities you can do with your children that correlate with this book.  We did some heavy work activities while pretending to be the different animals.

  • walking like a polar bear
  • standing on one leg like a flamingo
  • roaring like lions
  • slithering like snakes

We even pretending we had tusks like a walrus using straws. And I wanted to go to the zoo so bad but the girls were sick and it rained all weekend so we didn’t get to do that either! What a bummer right! We haven’t been to the zoo yet this year and I feel bad because Adella loved it last year and I know Delta would love it.

DIY Toddler Matching Game

This project for our book series is both a craft and an activity. We made an animal matching game!! It was so much fun to make it and match them!

Clearly Adella loves blue

We printed out our animals and I let Adella color while I got together everything I needed.


  1. Printable (subscribe below for your free printable straight to your inbox)
  2. crayons or colored pencils
  3. glue stick
  4. any color construction paper
  5. paper cutter but scissors are fine
  6. lamination machine which isn’t necessary but will make your game last longer

After the animals are colored, cut along the lines until all animals are cut out. Now you can glue the pieces on to the construction paper making sure to leave space in between so your animals have a border and you can cut them out. Once all your pieces are glue you can cut them out.

Now comes my favorite part laminating!! While I was cutting and getting the laminator ready I let Adella play with the glue and she was putting pieces together and just having a blast. When placing the pieces on the lamination sheet make sure to leave space in between the so the lamination sheet can seal each piece. Again, cut those pieces out (this time I used scissors) and you are ready to play!

While a lamination machine is not something you absolutely need it comes in handy more than you may think. And for only $20 you can’t beat it! I have had mine for 4 years now and I used it for college so it got some use and I have never had any issues with it. Same thing with the paper cutter. It is not something you need need but if you plan on home schooling as we do and I coupon it is so much faster and easier! They are only $25 and work wonders for years! I may or may not have asked for mine for my birthday. HAHA

Older kids

Now we all know this book isn’t going to be exciting for an pre-k child, so I want to include some ideas to peak the interest of older children while still allowing your toddler to have this project.

  1. let her pick an animal from the book and learn something new about it
  2. read different books about the different animals
  3. talk about the different places these animals live

Any great book suggestions for us to do next?

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  1. Oh my GOSH! This laminator matching game idea is super cute! Where did you get your laminator?

    1. becomingschultz says:

      Target! Under $20 it has been a staple in our early homeschooling! I’ve had it for years and never an issue!

  2. I love your ideas. We’re always looking for new ideas for homeschooling. My son is pretty active so sitting still for a book just about doesn’t happen (we usually read while moving for playing) but he really loves matching games. This might be a fun one for him.

    1. becomingschultz says:

      My girls is always on the go and until we did this, she really wasn’t into books at all. We tried doing 25 books of Christmas and she couldn’t even be bothered to open them let alone read them! lol

  3. What a lovely activity! My two boys are total bookworms which makes me so happy! We often do crafts and activities that bring a chosen story to life.

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC 🙂

    1. becomingschultz says:

      Thank you! My 1 year old always has a book in her hand so hopefully she will take to this series in no time!

  4. I love this book and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a fun book too.


    1. becomingschultz says:

      Yes, that is another good one!!

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