You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar Extra

You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar

I am preparing to use You Can Read with my daughter and my brain is spinning again! I recently made a new sight word caterpillar and I have a couple more “extras” coming which are free for those of you who own the You Can Read BundleThe extras are added to your private download page! If you have the bundle & lost your private page link and password, just email me and give me your information {PayPal email if you purchased, or any other info I would need}. I can resend your login info if necessary.

First, we have a new You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar.  Sight Word Caterpillars are a popular way to display sight words that kids are working on, you can see them on a lot of blogs and in classrooms.  This caterpillar has all of the You Can Read words in order, to make it easier to use alongside of the program. I needed a new one since I lost many of the circles from Krash’s caterpillar!

As Ladybug goes through the units, we will slowly build our word caterpillar and use it for easy review each week! The first 4 YCR words are shown below…

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Not using You Can Read, but want a caterpillar for free that you can print?  Here’s one you can download from Confessions of a Homeschooler! Or, here’s a blank one I saw, you could write your own words on!

See more about the You Can Read Bundle here!

See ALL of the EXTRAS only in the You Can Read Bundle here!

I have more You Can Read goodness coming your way, stay tuned!

Kindergarten with Krash ~ at a glance

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash At a Glance



As I prepare to teach Kindergarten to my daughter at home, I have spent time looking back at our homeschool Kindergarten year with my middle son, since I blogged throughout his K year.  I wanted an easy place to be able to glance back at his posts, and figured it might help some of you also!  This post has direct links, in order, to all of our homeschool Kindergarten with Krash posts!

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash

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Krash began Kindergarten at age 4 years 11 months, in the spring of 2011, and finished the following spring, right before he turned 6. We used Calvert as a base {very loosely}, You Can Read, Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten, All About Reading Level 1, and themes. You’ll notice we did not do all of the RRSK units, he did finish them I just didn’t blog after he finished Kindergarten {all of You Can Read, and all of Calvert K}.

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In the {brackets} you can see details about the posts, including themes, and specific units of YCR and RRSK.  YCR = You Can Read, RRSK = Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten

 

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash

Kindergarten Plans for Krash You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar

You Can Read Intro and Unit 1

K with Krash ~ 1st post {YCR Unit 2}

K with Krash ~ 2nd post {YCR Unit 3, Birds Theme}

K with Krash ~ 3rd post {YCR Unit 4}

K with Krash ~ 4th post {YCR Unit 5, Dragons Theme}

K with Krash ~ 5th post {YCR Review}

K with Krash ~ 6th Post {YCR Unit 6}

K with Krash ~ 7th post {Camping Theme}

Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten Intro

K with Krash ~ 8th post {YCR Unit 7, RRSK Letter A, Pirate Theme}

K with Krash ~ 9th post {YCR Unit 8, RRSK Letter B, Phineas & Ferb and Rainforest Theme}

K with Krash ~ 10th post {YCR Unit 9, RRSK Letter C}

K with Krash ~ 11th post {YCR Unit 10, RRSK Letter D, Fall Theme}

K with Krash ~ 12th post {YCR Unit 11, RRSK Letter E, Monsters Theme}

K with Krash ~ 13th post {YCR Unit 12, RRSK Letter F, Pumpkins Theme}

K with Krash ~ 14th post {YCR Unit 13, RRSK Letter G, Thanksgiving Theme}

K with Krash ~ 15th post {YCR Unit 14, RRSK Letter H, Christmas Theme}

K with Krash ~ 16th post {YCR Unit 15, RRSK Letter I, Christmas Theme}

K with Krash ~ 17th post {YCR Unit 16, RRSK Letter J}

K with Krash ~ 18th post {YCR Unit 17, RRSK Letter K, Angry Birds Theme}

K with Krash ~ 19th post {YCR Unit 28, RRSK Letter L, Webkinz Theme}

K with Krash ~ 20th post {YCR Review,  Skylanders Theme}

K with Krash ~ 21st post {YCR Review, RRSK Letter N & M, Star Wars Theme}

K with Krash ~ 22nd post {RRSK Letter O, Cats Theme}

Summer Sight Word Work

 

Other Helpful Homeschool Kindergarten Posts

Our Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals



In planning for my daughter’s upcoming Kindergarten year, and her transitional period right now, I brainstormed my homeschool Kindergarten literacy goals for her.  I am a former public school Kindergarten teacher and much of this comes from that experience.  When I develop Kindergarten printables or other units for her these are the literacy goals I have in mind.  In writing these, I am being as parent-friendly as possible without all of the confusing language. Some of these are regular K goals, some are a bit beyond K but are my goals for her. I do not align with Common Core, so these come more from my background as a teacher and what I think works at this stage when homeschooling. These goals are specific to her also, and many would technically be considered more 1st grade skills.  For those, it is more of exposure than mastery. These are not specific to any state or curriculum, but are my own personal goals for her.

  • Understand concepts of print ~ identify front, back, title, illustrations & author of a book, understands top to bottom, left to right when reading, can show me a letter, a word, and a sentence in a book
  • Identify all uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Understand beginning, middle, & ending sounds in words
  • Blend CVC sounds to read basic phonetic words {follow All About Reading 1}
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Basic understanding of syllables
  • Sight Words {all You Can Read words}
  • Comprehension
  • Sequence events from a story
  • Follow 2-3 step directions, orally
  • Identify characters, setting, and main idea of a story
  • Write first and last name, all letters, and some words
  • Use writing (letters, pictures, and words) creatively
  • Write from left to right and from top to bottom
  • Use phonetic {invented} spelling when writing words that aren’t known
  • Identify basic punctuation {period, exclamation, question mark, comma, quotes}
  • Build vocabulary
  • Improve speech sounds that are a struggle {we will use Articulation Station I think}

These are my goals for her but I am in now way going to push her to achieve them.  If she doesn’t, that’s fine, we’ll carry on! I love having the freedom to go at her pace and adjust if she slows down or speeds up!  Oh the joy of homeschooling for that reason {and many more}.

To meet these goals we will be using my You Can Read program, Literature Based Unit Studies, All About Reading 1, and just general “school” life. Much of this will come naturally as teaching K is second nature to me. Other grades beyond this certainly aren’t, but right now I am in my sweet spot!

See our Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals here…

Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Our Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals



We will not be using a math curriculum for Kindergarten at home with my daughter, but I do have homeschool Kindergarten math goals for her.  I am a former public school Kindergarten teacher and know what I want her to learn.  When I develop Kindergarten printables or other units for her these are the math goals I have in mind.  In writing these, I am being as parent-friendly as possible without all of the confusing language. Some of these are regular K goals, some are a bit beyond K but are my goals for her. I do not align with Common Core, so these come more from my background as a teacher and what I think works at this stage when homeschooling. These goals are specific to her also, and many would technically be considered more 1st grade skills.  For those, it is more of exposure than mastery. These are not specific to any state or curriculum, but are my own personal goals for her.

  • count 1-100, by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s
  • count backwards 10-1
  • use and understand a number line, hundred chart, ten frame {identify numbers before & after}
  • estimate number of objects {20 or less}
  • sorting by multiple attributes {color, shape, size, etc}
  • patterns
  • basic addition and subtraction {understand +, -, and = symbols}
  • basic story problems
  • plane shapes ~ square, circle, oval, triangle, rectangle, octagon, hexagon {and more}
  • 3D shapes ~sphere, rectangular prism, cylinder, cone {and more}
  • basic understanding of fractions {half, quarter, third}
  • basic understanding of symmetry
  • identify penny, nickel, dime, quarter, dollar
  • order by size, length, weight, amount
  • ordinal numbers to 1st-10th
  • graphing up to 10 {analyzing graph}
  • write numbers up to 20
  • read number words up to ten
  • positional words
  • basic understanding of telling time to the hour
  • understands time of day {morning, afternoon, evening, etc}
  • basic calendar skills {days, months}
  • basic understanding of temperature

In developing our Kindergarten Literature Based Unit Study Printables I am using this list to choose the math skills exposed in the units.  I also used these goals in developing the math portion of Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten.  Our Daily Calendar Notebook touches on a lot of these skills, as well as many of our current Kindergarten Packs.

Interested to see some Kindergarten math goals from specific states? IXL has a great section online where you can browse the standards of different states. We don’t personally use IXL, but I found this page when searching for state standards.

See our Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals here…

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Kindergarten Literature Based Unit Studies

I will be homeschooling my daughter for Kindergarten, and not using any formal curriculum.  With the boys we loosely followed Calvert, but with her I am doing my own thing and enjoying this final year of glorious early childhood freedom and fun. I am in NO rush to hurry her academically.

As I prayed about what to center our learning around I struggled a bit but then had a light bulb moment. When PacMan was in Kindergarten we did tons of unit studies based around his interests and made Lapbooks together.  I am not in a season of life where I really want to do Lapbooks again, but the unit study idea appealed to me. Literature based curriculum also appealed to me but I did not want to follow a purchased program. So I am inventing my own wheel again!

We will be using Literature based unit studies for the backbone of our Kindergarten. I am certainly not the first to do this, there are wonderful curriculums based around this idea and there are awesome free literature based unit study printables out there too {Homeschool Share is my favorite source}. I will be using many printables from Homeschool Share {thanks Ami!} but I also wanted to choose HER favorite books and develop our own unit studies around those.  Below you can see some of the books we have in our stack so far.

Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables

To prepare for this, I made my list of her favorites, and had her help me collect her favorite books.  Some on our list wouldn’t be my first choice for a unit study, but I am honoring her favorites and following her lead! Here are the books we have on our list so far…

{linked books are done and you can click to see printables}

See all books we have on our list here in our Amazon store!

In developing the unit studies, I am keeping our own personal Kindergarten math and literacy goals in mind. I will be sharing these in more detail in separate posts soon. I actually am working behind the scenes on the first book I chose for her, “Hi! Mr. Pizza Man!” and have had so much fun developing this.  I miss my Kindergarten teaching days and am so excited for this year with my last Kindergartner.

I will be sharing our unit study printables for free, as I develop them.  I am also open to book suggestions.  I have not finished compiling our list, and would love to introduce her to new favorites. She is very picky and I will be focusing my time developing units we will be using personally.

What book on our list is your favorite? 

Do you have a book suggestion for a Kindergarten literature unit study?