Kindergarten with Krash ~ You Can Read Unit 5, Knights Theme

Homeschool Kindergarten Week 4 Knights Theme



 

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His first Calvert lessons have him reviewing basic skills he is solid in, so we aren’t spending much time there right now.  We are spending a majority of our time focusing on our You Can Read printables, which is challenging him at a perfect level.  We are doing many other additional activities also and having a blast!  Here’s a bit of the literacy fun we have had recently…

 

We worked with unit 5 from You Can Read, for about 2 weeks, he is actually still struggling with Down and here so we are taking some review time after this unit to solidify the words learned so far!  You Can Read Sight Words Set 5 s

This week he glued his words onto colored paper instead of making words in the pocket chart with these letters.  He really enjoyed this as he loves glue!  You can see I used our Education Cube to show him the word he was working on.IMG_3746

 

He colored his sight word color by # words…IMG_4947

 

Word shapes…IMG_3747

Play Dough Words…IMG_4847

Funny fonts, we used dot paint this time for a change…IMG_4773

Finding words in sentences…IMG_5241

 

I created the more add-ons to the You Can Read program {base printables are free once they are released on the blog, add-ons will only be in the ad-free/bonus section}, Assessments and Review BINGO!

I gave him the reading words assessment and it was nice to confirm which words he knows quickly and which he still struggles with. The full instructions of how I do my assessments is included in the PDF file, I explain it all there!

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He LOVED the Review BINGO, and we took turns calling words-which was a great mix-up for the review.IMG_5229

Word Play rectangleWord Play is a BIG component to our Kindergarten learning, be sure to visit the main Word Play linky to see MANY ideas!

For a review, I pulled off all of his word wall words and put them in his workbox.  He has to read each one and then put it under the proper letter on his word wall. This week I had him runt he length of the schoolroom in between each word!  He had to run to get the word from me each time!IMG_3749

He continues to LOVE our easy readers, we are using First Little Readers, and Sight Word Readers.  We are using Guided Reading strategies during this time, which you can read about here.

We also do phonics work and still use Bob Books for this.  Calvert has an intense phonics portion to their Kindergarten, he is just not there yet in the lessons so we are supplementing.

This week we reviewed  one of the books, by writing all of the words on his BatMan board first and then reading together. IMG_5231

I noticed he was having a bit of trouble isolating sounds so I taught him to “peek-a-boo” the word.  He used a marble and slowly pulled it to the side to reveal 1 letter at a time to sound out the word.  This REALLY helped him. IMG_5239

I taught him to look at the whole word first to see if it was a sight word and if not-he needed to play peek-a-boo with the word and break the sounds down.IMG_5234

 

 

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We continue to follow the Calvert workbook and have finally hit new territory-geometric solids!  The math workbook provided punch out shapes for me to make, so we used those.  I also printed these geometric solids 3-part cards for him.  I also found these awesome 3D shape printables after we were done!

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We also reviewed patterns, which we will continue to explore further.  The Preschool Packs have given him a solid foundation with patterning, so this was pretty easy for him!

 

 

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Hands on, learning toys, games, computer, themes, and more.  This is where I plan to share everything else he has been up to that I happen to capture! These are the “extra” things we do in addition to his direct instruction which you will see above.

We had LOADS of fun doing a combined Dragon-Castles-Vikings-Knights week.  I even made NEW printables for my How to Train Your Dragon Preschool Pack!!!

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He enjoyed the 3 part cards.  He put the full cards in the mini pocket chart and then matched up the pictures and words to those…IMG_4827

 

The graphing game I added was  HUGE hit, we played many, MANY times!  I included a spinner too, but he preferred the cube-probably because he can throw it.IMG_4838

 

imageWe did a ton of work from the Knights Preschool Pack!

3-part cards…IMG_4889

Rebus story, finding words…IMG_4843

Counting knights-which was way too easy,IMG_4877

so we added in some basic addition…

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Clipping the beginning sound…IMG_4925

Rhyming words…IMG_4938

 

We had lots of hands on fun too, mostly with our double set of knights in a tube.  Since we had 2 sets, we were able to play a matching game with them!IMG_5338

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Coloring castles with LadybugIMG_4935

One of the highlights for him was looking at real castles online.  His new dream is to go to Germany {by chance most of the castles he really loved were in Germany} and tour REAL castles.  Anyone in Germany want to host us?IMG_5331

 

A crown made with ZoobsIMG_3793

 

It was a really fun theme week!  Although I don’t have a photo, he helped me set up a theme corner-including his new Trio Castle-which he got recently for his birthday!  Also in his corner were his many How to Train Your Dragon toys, also birthday gifts!

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A few items we used…

 

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Preschool Printables ~ Name Stamping

Name Stamping Printable



I made Krash and Ladybug a new name stamping worksheet, and decided to make a blank download for those of you who would like it!  I included blank lines at the top and bottom and stamping boxes to use like this…

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I included blank sheets for names containing 2-9 letters.  If your child’s name has 10 or more I am sorry-I couldn’t make it fit with this format!

Ladybug is just using the stamps to become familiar with her name.

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Krash is using this to fine tune the handwriting of his name {I used a dot font for both his first and last names} and also to learn to write/spell his last name.  He actually has a custom sheet which includes his first and last name together.IMG_5509

If you want to try to make your own, I got the handwriting fonts from Fonts4Teachers, and I used the table tool {I used PowerPoint to make these} to make the boxes-it’s very simple!

We own these stamp sets…

 

So far we don’t really have a major preference.  The M&D comes with both upper and lower-and an ink pad. The see-through stamps are a bit more expensive but very cool.  I prefer the little storage box of the see through version, but love that the M&D come with both upper and lower and ink!

You can download the blank Name Stamping sheets here on my Preschool Printables webpage!



Kindergarten with Krash ~ You Can Read Unit 4

Homeschool Kindergarten Week 3

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His first Calvert lessons have him reviewing basic skills he is solid in, so we aren’t spending much time there right now.  We are spending a majority of our time focusing on our You Can Read printables, which is challenging him at a perfect level.  We are doing many other additional activities also and having a blast!  Here’s a bit of the literacy fun we have had recently…

 

We worked with unit 4 from You Can Read, for 1 week, as he caught onto these words quickly!You Can Read Sight Words Set 4

Here colored his sight word color by # words…

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Word shapes…IMG_3215

Making words, using our mini pocket chartIMG_3218

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Play Dough Words, he really likes these now that I made our own play doughIMG_3265

We did them with and without the sheets.  I made the word for the without the sheets and he had to read them.IMG_3196

Funny fonts…IMG_3453

This week after finding the 4 unit words, I gave him a different color and had him circle any other words he could read…IMG_3587

After he circled them, I had him go back and read any circled words and if he read it correctly he got a red dot.  Then we added up his score which he thought was really cool!IMG_3588

Coloring the books by word…IMG_3594

He used his box handwriting cards which are an add-on to the You Can Read program {base printables are free once they are released on the blog, add-ons will only be in the ad-free section}.  These are challenging to him but a great 1 on 1 teaching tool for letter formation.  If he gets overly frustrated, we stop.IMG_3459

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After he colors his sight words, I cut off the end and laminate the cards. This week we used our cubes and word cards from Education Cubes for the You Can Read program along with our word cards.  Krash rolled the cube and then had to toss his funny ball onto the matching word.IMG_3373

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We played “erase the wrong spellings”…IMG_3599

He continues to LOVE our easy readers, we are using First Little Readers, and Sight Word Readers. I didn’t get any action shots this week!  We are using Guided Reading strategies during this time, which you can read about here.

We also do phonics work and still use Bob Books for this.  I introduced the 3rd book and he was really challenged by this one!  He read it, but struggled remembering that he had to sound words out.  He asked if he could read the easier Bob book instead!

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One day he asked me to help him draw the Bob characters from his book, it was really fun! IMG_3261.

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Hands on, learning toys, games, computer, themes, and more.  This is where I plan to share everything else he has been up to that I happen to capture! These are the “extra” things we do in addition to his direct instruction which you will see above.

We have changed up our afternoon group time to rotate between Spanish, Geography and Drawing.  It is not a set schedule-the choice is based on how I feel or what they choose.

We use Draw with Rich and also our Draw, Write, Now books for most of our drawings.  Although we have used a few other sources.  I plan to pick up my “Something Special” blog series and focus on these 3 areas.

After the boys and I draw together, Pac Man heads upstairs to do independent school time.  Krash often wants to write a story about what he drew, here’s one he dictated to me…

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We are using Erica’s Road Trip USA coloring sheets along with our USA Geography PowerPoint show.  The kids are loving the coloring sheets, I plan to share more later!IMG_3357

 

We are using Speekee for Spanish and loving it. I have a full review and giveaway coming soon-so more on that later!  After watching an episode one day, we played with our Leapfrog Spanish memory game…IMG_3437

 

Just when you think they might be a bit old for a sensory binIMG_3419

YES-they picked up every.single.bean.

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Krash also LOVES our Twisters and Twister Curves!!!IMG_3515

 

A few items we used…

 

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You Can Read Lesson Plans

You Can Read Lesson Plans



I have been using special lesson plans just for our You Can Read work and finally got the file ready to share!  The first page is the general plan we are using, so you can see how I am spreading ours out.  The empty spaces are for Word Play ideas I fill in each week.Slide1

I also included a blank page for you to write your own plans in if you’d like to plan out your week this way!

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Many units are taking Krash 2 weeks, so we don’t always finish my plan and will just repeat the activities the following week if we are using the same words.  The 2nd week is filled with much more word play also.

The lesson plan files are in the ad-free/bonus section of You Can Read, or you can download a copy right here!

You Can Read Sight Word Printables



Kindergarten with Krash ~ You Can Read…unit 3 and Birds!

 

Homeschool Kindergarten Week 2



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His first Calvert lessons have him reviewing basic skills he is solid in, so we aren’t spending much time there right now.  We are spending a majority of our time focusing on our You Can Read printables, which is challenging him at a perfect level.  We are doing many other additional activities also and having a blast!  Here’s a bit of the literacy fun we have had recently…

 

We worked with unit 3 from You Can Read, for about 2 weeks, which seems to be what our plan for now will be.  I want him to have plenty of time to explore the words fully before adding more.  You Can Read 3...like is it my s

Here colored his sight word color by # words…IMG_2375

Word puzzles, which he really does not like so I will give him a break from these for awhile!IMG_2185

Play Dough Words, he really likes these now that I made our own play dough!IMG_2356

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Funny fonts…IMG_2364

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Finding words he knows in the sentencesIMG_2479

I created the first add-on to the You Can Read program {base printables are free once they are released on the blog, add-ons will only be in the ad-free section}.  He enjoyed these more than I thought he would  The first day they frustrated him, but once he really grasped what the boxes were for, he liked the challenge.  I laminated mine and cut them into strips and plan to put them on a ring for future practice.IMG_3074

Word Play is a BIG component to our Kindergarten learning.  Here are a few of the active things we did recently with his new words…

We use our cubes a LOT!  If you don’t have an Education Cubes membership, I highly recommend it!  Jenn created specific word cards for the You Can Read program and they are a perfect addition!  I add in his new words and keep his old ones so he is constantly reviewing.  We have 4 cubes so after we fill those up, I will begin removing the words he is most solid with.IMG_2444

One day we took a cube outside and water painted the word he rolled!IMG_3004IMG_3007

After he colors his sight words, I cut off the end and laminate the cards.  Now that we have 12 words we are able to make sentences!  We also pull in objects for our sentences.  Here he was reading “It is my cat.”IMG_3076

For a review, I pulled off all of his word wall words and put them in his workbox.  He had to read each one and then put it under the proper letter on his word wall.IMG_3132

He continues to LOVE our easy readers, we are using First Little Readers, and Sight Word Readers.

This week we introduced “My Bear” and “ Animals” {Sight Word Readers}, and  “I Like School” and “What Is For Supper?” {First Little Readers}.  He really enjoyed these little books a LOT.  He gets so excited when we complete a new book and he adds it to his reading basket!  Each day that we add a new book, he also chooses an old book to read again to me.  We are using Guided Reading strategies during this time, which you can read about here.IMG_2285

We also do phonics work and still use Bob Books for this.  Calvert has an intense phonics portion to their Kindergarten, he is just not there yet in the lessons so we are supplementing.  Here he was reading one of his Bob Books…IMG_3135

We wrote the words one sound at a time on his Batman board and practiced before reading the book.  He still struggles a bit, so we are in no rush.IMG_3139

After reading we played a word game.  I drew a 3 part box for him and said a 3 letter word {mat, bus, web, mat} and had him isolate the 3 sounds and write them in the boxes.  He did really well with this.IMG_3145

 

 

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His math lessons have continued to be fairly “easy” for him.  We continue to just follow the Calvert workbook and he enjoys the simple worksheets for the most part.  He reviewed sorting, and shapes during this time period.  Honestly we fly right through math at this point, which is fine.  We do calendar almost everyday and will begin doing more math focused work once the skills introduced become a bit more difficult.

 

 

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Hands on, learning toys, games, computer, themes, and more.  This is where I plan to share everything else he has been up to that I happen to capture! These are the “extra” things we do in addition to his direct instruction which you will see above.

We had fun with a few of the Bird Printables, here he was matching his 3-part cards.  A few of you have asked about this and what these are, they are a Montessori method of teaching, often referred to as Nomenclature Cards-I think that word is way to big, so I don’t use it, but that’s what they are!  Here is a post I found that explains the concept well. He really enjoys doing his card work in our small pocket chart.IMG_2297

 

Working on warm and cool colors as he colored his birdhouses…IMG_2471

 

Helping the bird get to the bird house…IMG_2414

 

He LOVED, and I mean LOVED the Flap, Flap, & Fly Game from Mama Jenn!

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We enjoyed some deck Play Dough time, which the boys loved!IMG_2430

We got some new Leapfrog movies thanks to Netflix!!!  His favorites are Numbers Ahoy and Math to the Moon!IMG_2485

 

A few items we used…

 

Visit Preschool Corner {& 5K too} for more fun learning ideas!

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