I'm Carla,

an early childhood teacher and reading interventionist turned stay at home mama to my crew of three ages 5 and under! Every day I see evidence of His grace and it's my heart to encourage and inspire yours! We have the sweetest times of learning and playing around our kitchen table. We'd love for you to join us!
Hi I'm Carla

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Math Curriculum Review: The Good and The Beautiful

I want to start by saying we have so appreciated the thoughtful and beautiful content in The Good and The Beautiful curriculum. It was such a great curriculum for Sadie in her kindergarten year. It did a wonderful job of making the exploration of several different concepts engaging. She had so much fun! My oldest enjoyed level K and level 1 and made it most of the way through level 2 this year. We have spent 3 years using the curriculum giving us a good perspective on the curriculum and how it works.  I also want to note that I am aware of the religious affiliation (mormon) of the author and while I do not agree with her beliefs I never saw anything that gave me a check about the academic content because of her worldview. I appreciated the biblical concepts reinforced through the study (creation, character, etc) Something I love about The Good and The Beautiful curriculum is the daily dose section. It’s a great daily review touching on several concepts in a concise section. I also really liked how open and go the lessons were. Everything was all in one book- no teacher manual and student workbook set

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Carla Snipes

Garden Sight Words – Five Ways to PLAY

Each month I release themed sight word sets. This month you can find sight words from Pre-Primer to 3rd grade in the shapes of eggplants, carrots, tomatoes, etc. While using them as fun flashcards is one idea, we really prefer to turn the cards into simple games. This month I thought I’d share a few of the ways we plan to play. If you have a fun idea too, be sure to comment below and let me know how you’re playing too! Shape Sort and Read The sight word set includes five words per page. Each of the words is on a different vegetable clip art. You can print out a couple pages (or all of them for your child’s level if they’re ready for it.) Then have you child sort the veggies into different piles. Next, your little can choose a pile to read through. Go one by one through the piles reading the words.  2. Farmer’s Market Shop Set up the veggies in bowls or baskets and pretend to “shop” a farmers market. You child can pretend to run the farmer’s market stand while you “shop.” Ask for various veggies by saying the words written on them. Have

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Carla Snipes

Christmas Gift Guide

1.Yoto Player  2. ORIBEL Vertical Play STEM Marble Run 3.OSMO Little Genius Starter Kit  4. Dust Sweep Mop Set 5. UNO 6. Magnaformers 7. Highlights Look and Find 8. Potholder Loom and Loops 9. Tales of Buttercup Grove (there’s a set of 4 stories in the series) 10. Go Find It  11. Marble Run Building Blocks 12. Do a Dot Markers 13. Melissa and Dough Playdough Roller Set  Timeless, durable and can grow with the children are important characteristics of the toys we buy for our cute crew! Here are a few items we have either bought in the past and love or have purchased for gifts this year!  NEW RELEASE Click here to see the full set!

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