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Preschool Alphabet Learning Games


Once upon a time our summer vacation was jam packed busy and full...fast forward to now. We're anxiously awaiting baby, the 110 weather has us staying inside most days, and we're looking for every opportunity to turn off the TV and kill the summer boredom. ;) 

Enter, Miss Doree


Miss Doree was Ellie's preschool teacher last year. She ADORES the kids she teaches and loves to help them learn. She's made so many different teaching tools over the years - and the kids love them. We've been playing the Alphabet Sorts and Alphabet Game file folders during Addie's nap time, and I've never seen Ellie so excited to play an educational, learning game! ;) 


The games are perfect for practicing phonemic awareness. As you play both games, you get to practice hearing the beginning sound of each of the picture cards, and then get to sort it with the correct letter. We took turns picking up cards and sounding it out. During the Alphabet Game, Ellie seriously beats me every time! 


The preschool alphabet file folder games are available as a printable download in Miss Doree's Teacher Pay Teachers shop! (Alphabet Sorts & Alphabet Game) She also has other amazing products - like FREE letter review sheets and Beginning Reader Books


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DIY Jewelry Hanger Update!


Remember THIS post from a few years ago? I made this cute little dress up corner for Ellie and she loved it! In this house, I didn't really have any need for the hanger, and was THIS close to giving it to the thrift store. Instead, I gave it a little update and voila! This little space in my closet was transformed into my jewelry nook! I added tiny little hooks to the bottom of the original hanger, and mounted it to the wall. The bracelet hand holder was found on Amazon and the original DIY tutorial can be found here! 


Long Live Target!


Let's file this one under "Things I Tell My Husband" ;) 
Happy Friday! 

Tiny Dancer


In January, we signed Ellie up for her very first ballet class. I really wasn't quite sure how well it would go over. I mean, ballet is pretty structured and Ellie's got a free spirit. ;) Little did I know how much she would LOVE it! It definitely helped that she got to be dressed head to toe in PINK. Last month, she had her end of semester performance and it was the cutest thing ever. In fact, the girls love watching the video a few times a week. Ellie's even taught Addie some of the moves now. I was not (and still am not!) a dancer, but I sure do love watching this girl dance! (In the video she's the 5th one from the left!) 

Savoring Summer


When it's 110 degrees back at home and your friends invite you to escape to the lake, you always say YES! We spent the weekend at a lake house in Beaver, Utah with some of our dearest friends in the perfect 90 degree weather. Nothing like a weekend of swimming, kayaking, rope swinging, and s'mores. Ellie cried when we left and Addie kept saying "go back, go back!" so I would call our weekend a raging success (and hopefully a new summer tradition!)