Early Learning Activity: Make a Monster

This post was sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.  If you follow along this site with me, you know that I like to find creative ways to help you teach reading and to help little ones learn.  Giving little ones time to play and time to create things helps their brains form and develop into smart big people.  Our post today is sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  They believe that everyday moments can spark curiosity and stimulate the mind in an instant. Individual moments of curiosity add up to something much bigger – a lifetime of learning! You may have seen me say “the more you read, the more you will know. The more you know, the more places you will go!  Well…  curiosity is the same way – When you help spark curiosity and creativity in a little one, you are helping create a lifetime of learning!  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt wants to help make early learning fun and so they have sponsored our early learning activity:  make a monster today!

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is now running a #SparkAMind campaign.  You can share your own ideas and find other inspiring ways to spark a mind.  Every time someone uses #SparkAMind, it will appear on the #SparkAMind mini-site and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will donate a children’s book to an early learning organization to help close the early education gap and prepare children for long-term success in school and in life.  What a great way to help create a lifetime of learning!

Did you know that in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of books per child is 13 to 1, but in low-income neighborhoods, the ratio is 1 age-appropriate book for every 300 children.  (Neuman, Susan B. and David K. Dickinson, ed. Handbook of Early Literacy Research, Volume 2. New York, NY: 2006, p. 31.)  In addition,  61 percent of low-income families have no books at all in their homes for their children. (Reading Literacy in the United States, 1996.),  Take to social media and share #SparkAMind and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will help donate books to close this gap!

In addition,Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has an early learning app designed for kids ages 3-7 with over 500 fun and educational games, videos and books!  Check out this special offer on the Curious World App today!

To help you #SparkAMind, I have created this free early learning activity for you!  If you follow me, you know I love to spark creativity with these cut and paste worksheets!  I hope they help you #SparkAMind!  I would love to see some tweets, instagram, facebook shares of your monsters with #SparkAMind in them!!  Let get some books into some early learning centers!

Do you want to make a monster? Early Learning Activity sponsored by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Early Learning Activity:  Make a Monster

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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound ReadingMrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.


  1. Thank you for sharing, the kids will enjoy the Monster faces in October!

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