You Can Read Sight Words Review Unit 1-4

It’s review time with You Can Read since we completed unit one, unit two, unit 3, and unit 4!  Because I never want to move her too quickly, we do tons of review along the way and also take a week out {at least} every 4 lessons to do a full review week. I also slow units down as needed, as this is a mastery program {meaning I don’t want to add new words until she has mostly mastered the previous words}.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Review with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Word Review



Assessment

At the beginning of our review week I did a word reading assessment.  She missed 2 on the first try, you can see those below in the purple pen. At the end of the review week I repeated the assessment {in pink} and she could quickly read all of the words!

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Bitsboard Review

I created review units for the Bitsboard app and they include more words which makes the games more fun. We played games on Bitsboard to review words from units 1-4 all week!

Here’s the very basic instructions for finding and using the You Can Read units on the Bitsboard app {which I am fairly certain is only Apple}

  • Open Bitsboard
  • Select “Catalog” over on the right, it’s blue at the top
  • Select “Shared” it’s in the middle at the top
  • Type “You Can Read” in the search area on the top right
  • Boards should show up, bad news they don’t sort them in order so it takes a bit to find the unit or review unit you are looking for.

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Shoot the Sight Words

This was the first time Ladybug had the fun experience of shooting sight words!  She loved it!

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Review BINGO

We used the Review BINGO board, this is a simple and easy review!

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See a video of us in action here!

 

 

Sight Word Caterpillar Play

we used all of our sight word caterpillar circles to play smack the word.

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See a video of us in action with me calling the words and Ladybug doing the smacking…

 

Here’s another video showing Ladybug calling the words for me to smack.  It’s a good review to do it both ways!

 

We also used them to find words in our easy readers.

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We had lots of fun with our review.  I especially like that I decided to keep the caterpillar circles in the pocket chart this time {I stuck them to a wall with Krash} so we could use them a lot.  She loves getting them down to play with!


 

Download the FREE printables for You Can Read here

Purchase the You Can Read Bundle here {get access to the bonus items}

See our You Can Read YouTube playlist here

See our post featuring Unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, and unit 4!

You-Can-Read-Sight-Words--Unit-1  You-Can-Read-Sight-Words-Unit-2  You-Can-Read-Sight-Words-Unit-3 You Can Read Sight Words Unit 4

Many of the ideas we use for review come from Word Play ~ Learning to Read is FUN!

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Shooting Sight Words ~ Learning to Read is FUN!

Shooting Sight Words with a Nerf Gun!  Great Word Fun for Kids!



Years ago when Krash was learning to read, my husband took over homeschool one day.  This was what I walked in and saw ~ shooting sight words with Nerf guns!

Shooting Sight Words with Nerf Gun! Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

Needless to say, this was a FAVORITE way to practice sight words for my son and we brought the idea back recently with my daughter who was reviewing her You Can Read sight words! She LOVED it and Krash helped her out and enjoyed being a part of the fun again.  He remembered doing this when he was younger!

You Can Read Review - Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

We just write the words she is reviewing in bubbles on a dry erase board.

Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

She uses the Nerf darts with the suction cups on the ends to shoot the word I call out! Simple, effective and FUN!  Lots of giggles too!

Shoot Sight Words with Nerf Gun!

 

See a video clip of us playing here on YouTube, or the shorter version here on Instagram! In the longer video below you’ll see we switched to sentences instead of bubbles in the end.  This is another variation of making the game work in different ways.

See more Word Play ideas here!

Word Play -  Learning to read is fun!

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, My Cats Nick and Nora, during the past two weeks.  We started homeschool On Aug 11, but had 2 short weeks due to scheduled events.  We did 4 days of lessons, spread out over those 2 weeks.

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action



I love setting up a central area for our theme focus and my daughter loves it too.  I gather our toys and books together and display them the night before we begin our unit. It helps to draw her in and get her excited about our learning time together. I borrow books from the library and also toys from friends to enrich our learning. I gather toys from around the house too {well, actually I send my older boys on a hunt to find things for me}.

This particular unit was simple, CATS! I started with just two cats to represent Nick and Nora from the story.  I also put a portion of our 3-part cat breeds cards in our mini pocket chart.  The extra pieces are in the little kitty bucket {Target dollar spot}.  Our collection of cat books on the bottom, and that was it!

The full set-up…

Cat Theme Set Up Kindergarten

I divided up our activities into 4 hanging folders, they are behind our You Can Read unit in this basket. I follow a very loose lesson plan and shift things around as needed or desired. I do not stress out at all about what does or does not get done each day.  We just have fun together and learn as we go!

I tried something new by taking small video clips for you throughout our unit.  Let me know if these are helpful to you.


Day One

She immediately wanted to add cats to the set up and gathered every kitty she owns.  They participated in matching up the 3 part cat breed cards in our small pocket chart!.  L loved learning the names of the the cats and finding the best match in her bunch of stuffed kitties.

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Then we read the book together and identified which cats of hers best represented the cats in the book; Nick, Nora, and Fluffy.

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Balloon color word matching

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We had a nice talk for the character connection, discussing what made Fluffy a mean kitty and how he could have been nicer.

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Lots of role playing with the kitties.

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Then to the table to color the color-by-number rainbow cat

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We finished by doing the “N is for Nick, Nora, and…” activity!

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Day Two

I had the rest of the cats from the 3 part cat breed cards ready for her and she loved that they were different from day one!

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the 3 part cat cards.

 

We made a pipe cleaner cat craft using directions we found here!

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She worked on her favorite pet graph, here she was asking her biggest brother to choose his favorite.

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She loved the sorting cats activity.  First she sorted by babies and adults.  Then she sorted by color.

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Here’s a video clip of us working on sorting cats together.

 

We read the book every day, and used stuffed animals to help us.

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Here she was putting the parts of the story in order.

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Day Three

I pulled out the sight word cats that she knew and we went through the book together finding them.  This was a GREAT review and lots of fun!

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Here’s a bit of video action

 

She really liked the balloon color graphing activity.  She used stickers to record on her graph.

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After completing the graph, she wrote in the numbers on the recording sheet.

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Here’s a video clip of her working on the graph…

 

We sorted rhyming words together, and she taped them on when we were done.

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We talked about being a Godly friend as she traced the word friend on our Bible verse page.

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Day Four

She loved the coin sorting activity, it was a lot of hands on fun.

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Here’s a video clip of her in action.

 

We also did the comprehension questions for the book.  Here’s a tiny video clip of her answering one of the questions with me.

 

I didn’t get photos for some reason, but she also completed her writing activity {you can see it hanging on the far left in the final photo below}.


All of our work from this unit!  She had so much fun and we made great memories together!

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See our printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printables  Toys and Books to go along with My Cats Nick and Nora Kindergarten UnitMy Catsa Nick and Nora Pinterest Board

If you blog about this unit will you let me know? 

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

 

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

Our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Our Kindergarten homeschool curriculum choices are ready to share!  We have been doing a modified version of Kindergarten throughout the summer and started back with our full routine last week.

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices



Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

The base of our home Kindergarten will be our Kindergarten Literature Unit Studies.  Most of her math will come from these units and just regular hands on learning that occurs naturally for us.

I chose to use You Can Read to emphasize sight word learning since my son loved it so much.  I developed this program myself so it has the elements I love when teaching sight words.

This year I have decided to try a new literacy program with Ladybug.  Logic of English Foundations A was given to us for free and I have taken some time to look over it and have decided to use it with Ladybug.  It is similar to All About Reading, but a bit different. It includes handwriting, phonics, spelling and reading all in one. We loved All About Reading and I will probably use components of it too. I did not switch because I didn’t like All About Reading, I switched just to try something new. Part of the reason I chose to use Logic of English is to get a good solid review of a different early literacy curriculum so I can answer questions for my readers.

I have chosen to use my Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z for her Bible focus, and this also includes some handwriting and literacy skills as well.

We will continue on with our Integrity Time Bible lessons that we loved from last year. This was chosen more for character development rather than Bible verse memorization.

Spielgaben will wrap up our Kindergarten fun with loads of hands on play-based learning.

The Visual Version

You Can Read Button 200x200 Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables Raising Lil' Rock Stars

Spielgaben in Homeschool Kindergarten LOE Foundations A Integrity Time Bible Review

You can see our literacy and math goals linked below!

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals  Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Group Subjects

In addition to her Kindergarten specifics, she will join the boys for the following subjects.  We have already begun a few of these and she really enjoys them so far. Obviously I adjust my expectations for her greatly.  Many of these subjects involve coloring of some sort which she loves!

    The visual version…

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How Does it All Fit Together?

I do school with Ladybug first thing in the morning, usually beginning around 9am and ending around 10:15-10:30am.  We begin with our literature unit and then move on from there.  I usually let her pick what to do next, she has already learned her “categories” of school.  I have opted not to use Workboxes or trays, she functions fine without them and just works through her school time with me.

She doesn’t love school as much as she did as a tot, and will fight me a bit but not much.  She has learned her school complaint techniques from her brothers. I think if she were an only she would still love school time fully.  Once she gets going she does really love it and Ii s mostly compliant with a few whines here and there.  There are certain things she doesn’t love as much but at this stage I do require her to do what I have planned.  I did follow her lead in choosing and developing a plan, but now that it has been chosen, we will do what I have planned.

 

Kindergarten with Krash

We did a few different things with Krash when he was in Kindergarten. See our entire home Kindergarten journey post by post.

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash At a Glance


Looking for our other homeschool curriculum posts?  Click to see each below!

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

 

 

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables ~ The Dog Who Had Kittens

The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables



Our next Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack is ready!  I continue to develop literature unit studies behind the scenes and am excited to share our next free printable unit with you.

A few have asked if I am going in the order the books are listed here on the blog, and the answer is NO.  I am going in random order and that list is not set in stone.  On the website here, at the bottom, I will share the next 2 books I am working on so you’ll have a bit of notice in case you need it.

The Dog Who Had Kittens is a favorite book of Ladybug’s, featuring Eloise the cat and Baxter the dog.  I had never heard of this book until it showed up in a stack of books someone gave us. It is on the longer side, so you’ll want to snuggle up if you plan to read this each day during the unit.  This is a sweet story and a great one if you have a dog or cat lover like I do!


In this printable unit you will find a sample lesson plan.  I provide a lesson plan idea, but even I probably won’t follow this, it is just an idea.  Make this work for you and your child!

lesson plan

For each unit, I am selecting Kindergarten math goals from our list. For this unit I chose patterns, days of the week, story problems, and graphing.

sorting dogs and cats   days of the week printable

Basic Story Problems   Graphing Dog Breeds

Lots of literacy activities; Letter D sound, sequencing the story, comprehension questions, writing, and sight word work.

What Begins with D   Story Sequencing

Comprehension   Sight Words

Writing

For our Science focus, children will describe the particular features of a Basset Hound {we will try to grab a non-fiction book about Basset Hounds for this activity too}, and also sort adult/baby animals.

Describe a Basset Hound   Sorting Adult and Baby Animals

The character connection is focused on being grateful, as Eloise learned to be in the end.

Being Grateful

Bible verses are available in a few different formats, choose the one you like best.

Psalm 106:1 Printable   Psalm 106:1 Printable

Psalm 106:1 Printable   Psalm 106:1 Printable

Coloring pages for fun!Coloring

I share more ideas here on our Pinterest board for this unit.

The Dog Who Had Kittens Pinterest Board

 

See books and toys to go along with this unit.

Toys and Books to go along with The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Unit

 

~~>Download your FREE printables here!<~~

We will be sharing our unit study in action soon!  We will also be sharing more free literature based printables soon too!  See other units here!

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