The Dog Who Had Kittens ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, The Dog Who Had Kittens!

The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Study 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. It was VERY simple this time and she helped me create it.  She has tons of dog and cat stuffed animals so I had her choose which ones she thought looked most like Eloise, Baxter and the kittens from the book.

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We also let many other doggies and kitties come along, as well as our collection of cat and dog books.  This is a shot of our “extras” basket.

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Instead of sorting in folders for each day, I put together a binder.  I put the activities in the order I wanted her to do them, but we went out of order on some!

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Day One

We began by reading the book, which is a big time favorite!  We then went on to our first activity, sorting baby and adult animals.

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We then made patterns using images of kittens, Eloise and Baxter…

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Finally, we worked on “D is for…

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Day Two

We began with, the graphing dogs.  She loved this!!

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We did the character connection about being grateful, but no photos! 

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Then she did the story problems, but I also didn’t get a photo of her! She loved this, she is very into math right now.

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Finally we used the “Describe a Basset Hound” page and had lots of laughs together.  During this we also searched online for other pictures of Basset Hounds and she decided she NEEEEDS a “Basket” Hound because they are soooooo cuuuute.

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Day Three

She painted a cat and dog in honor of Baxter and Eloise.

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Day Four

She cut out and put together the dog and cat she painted the day before..

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We then sequenced the story together…

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Finally, we found sight words in the book…

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Day Five

She loved the simple “What did Baxter do?” activity focusing on days of the week.

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We then did the comprehension questions

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Finally she traced as we discussed the Bible verse and how Eloise was thankful to Baxter in the end of the story.

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

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Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ February 2015

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had more fun with Math Guide 1, Lesson 20. I took a small screen shot of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We made a map together!  I adapted this lesson down to her level, the one in the manual was a bit advanced.  We made each small white piece equal to one mile.

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I let her create the important buildings she wanted.  In addition to creating our home for the center, I gave her some suggestions and asked her to pick the ones we go to the most, or she liked the most.  She chose Pet Store, Aldi, Church, and the Gym. 

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After she chose the blocks to create the buildings, we taped them together.

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We used labels to write names on them.  She also drew something for each one {doors, people, animals, etc.}

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Then we worked together to build “roads” to these places.  I told her how many miles each was from our house and she counted out white circles to represent those miles.

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Tape is our friend.  We taped it all down so she could easily carry it around and show her brothers and Daddy.  She LOVED this lesson!

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Free Play

This is a project she assigned to herself.  It took her a few days to complete, we finished the final part together!

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Mommy Inspired Play

I love finding creative ways to work on basic math skills with Spielgaben pieces.  It’s not hard and she loves anything math related right now!

I used the new balls and rods to create “numbers” and to create a plus sign.  We then wrote the numbers on sticky notes for her to choose from.

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We took turns making problems for each other to solve.

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It was really fun.  She even asked to move on to subtraction problems too!  By that time I had put the camera away, but do have a video here I shared on Instagram!

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Making a top to go along with our OP word family work

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See the brand new version 4.0 here!

I can’t say enough about the new storage system, it is AWESOME!

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You Can Read Word Families ~ OP Word Family Printables

Recently we launched our new You Can Read Word Families program!  You can read more about it and see the first set shared, featuring _at word family printables. You can also see the _et Word Family in action here, and our _ig Word Family in action here!

This week we are sharing _op word family printables with you!

op Word Family Printables

I have not created all of the sets I plan to create, but have several done and am working quickly on them!  Since I am using one set per week with Ladybug, I have to work fast! I plan to release freebies from each unit on my blog and share some ideas for using the printables. I have already released free _at Q-Tip Painting, _at Word Puzzles, _et Play Dough Mats, _et Funny Font Word Hunt, _ig Mini Book and _op Roll and Graph. Sometimes you may also find entire sets free within blog posts or in our newsletters or blog emails!  Full sets will also be listed in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop for $1.25 each and when I am all done I will bundle the entire set at a discounted price! 

 

How we are Using These…

We are using these alongside of our You Can Read Sight Words. We basically just added this in to our other Kindergarten curriculum.

Here’s a peek at what we used during this unit. These photos also show the order we used the printables, she helped me choose what to do each day. All of the printables are in a binder so she can easily flip through and choose.

We enjoy using our Perler Bead letters to make the words.

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Funny Fonts ~ each word has a color, you can use dot paint or simply circle the words using crayons or markers. We have even used colored stickers to put on the words before!  The words are written in different fonts to give exposure to all sorts of writing.

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BINGO! A very simple version of BINGO which she loves!  We play several times in a row!

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Roll and Graph ~ She chose to record with stickers this time, see more ideas for using roll and graph here!

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We got out our OP book from Reading Rod Readers, she loved it!

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Painting her Color by Word activity…

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Word Search with PAINT ~ all words are left to right to make it easier for younger kids.

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She asked to create one of the pictures with her Spielgaben pieces, she chose the top!

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Q-Tip Painting {aka Perler Bead Gluing Printables}, see ideas for using Q-Tip painting printables here! As you can see we use them to glue Perler Beads on the tiny dots!

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Mini Book ~ cut out the pictures, color if desired, glue on the correct page!

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Word Puzzles

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Sentence Search ~ we use two different colored markers for this activity.  One color for the focus words and one for any other words she can read independently.  Then at the end we read the sentences together her reading circled words and me reading the others.

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Matching ~ draw a line to match the word to the correct picture. 

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I hang her work up by her desk each week, here’s an end of the week photo {some of her work is done in sheet protectors with dry erase and therefore doesn’t get hung}.

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Would you like the entire op word family set?  You can grab it for FREE here, only on my blog!

Or you can buy in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop here!

Stay tuned, the ug word family is coming next!  Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything {or a surprise freebie!}.

Did you miss the AT word family printables, ET word family printables, or the IG word family printables

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See our Word Family Pinterest board for more printables and ideas!

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A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit In Action

We completed another Kindergarten Literature Unit, A Color of His Own, recently. It was SO nice to be back to learning this way, we both love it.  We haven’t done a literature unit since before my husband’s accident over three months ago!

A Color of His Own Unit Study 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 usually borrow books from the library but didn’t have time to get there so we used the only two chameleon books we had.

We also didn’t have any actual chameleon toys, so since they are a part of the lizard family we invited all of her lizards to join us! She is a BIG lizard fan so this was very exciting for her!

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Instead of sorting in folders for each day, I put together a binder. 

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I put the activities in the order I wanted to do them and we just did what we wanted to do each day.  I didn’t stress out over how many activities we got done, we just did whatever worked. you’ll see below we finished the unit after a total of 7 different days working together.

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This was a REALLY fun unit, we both loved it!


Day One

We began by reading the book, which is a favorite so she enjoyed reading.  We then went on to our first activity, sorting plants and animals from the story.

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Next we did the “What Begins with C?” activity.  She loves to cut and decorate so this took awhile!

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That was it for day one, she took so long on those two activities, we ran out of time.  I sued to get stressed and would rush my kids.  Now I just try to relax and let them take their time.  We just add days to the unit if needed!


Day Two

Again, we read the book. This time we discussed the friend the chameleon made near the end.  We then did the character connection talking about being a good friend.

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She then put the story in order in our pocket chart!

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Next we read the mini book and used a toy lemon and “chameleon” to practice our position words!

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Day Three

To begin day 3, we watched some videos online about chameleons.  All that we watched are pinned on my Pinterest board for this unit here. She LOVED this!

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She then worked on the 1-30 math activity.

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Next, we sorted chameleons, which turned into a very long activity!

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We sorted them many different ways and also each lined them up in order from our favorite to least favorite!

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Then she asked if she could cut them out and make a scene for them.  Of course!

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That’s me {the stick person} with my big finger holding a chameleon! Winking smile

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Day Four

This day we only did one activity, the labeling project.  She really enjoyed this one too.

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Day Five

Coloring the chameleon was quite the activity!  She asked to laminate her new friend so she could keep him.’

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She also did the painting for the chameleon craft!

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Day 6

The chameleon dried overnight and the next day she put her together!

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She also worked on the color/shape activity!

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Day 7

On our final day we finished everything else up!  First, we did the number line activity!

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She wanted to make it trickier and cover two numbers.  We closed our eyes and took turns covering as the other one guessed the missing numbers.

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We then used the Bible verse printable and discussed how wonderful the chameleon is!

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Comprehension questions were fun!  We folded them up in a little bucket and she chose one at a time to answer!

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Finally, she wrote a sentence about the chameleon.  She wrote, “This is my pet chameleon.”

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She really learned a lot and the other book we used, Chameleons are Cool actually taught us the most. I caught her several times enjoying the books during the unit. 

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All of our work from this unit!

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See our FREE printables for this unit here,

our Pinterest board here,

and our book and toy suggestions here!

A Color of His Own Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Toys and Books to go along with A Color of His Own Kindergarten Unit

Chameleon Pinterest Board

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

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You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11

You Can Read Sight Words continues to be a fun part of our homeschool Kindergarten.  Along with adding these new words, we also reviewed the previous words from unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9 and unit 10.

You can see how we store ALL of our You Can Read stuff here.

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 11 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11

We are now using these alongside of our new You Can Read Word Family printables.  She is learning 4 new sight words and one word family per week now.  We will slow down if she needs to, but this seems to be just right for her at this time.

Here’s the photo recap of what I captured…

She loves BINGO!  This time we added the cube in from the roll  and graph activity.  We rolled and then marked our BINGO boards!

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Color by number sight word

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Putting her words together, using tape because she loves tape!

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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Choosing which decorated letter she likes best from her Color by number sight word

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Word search…

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 11 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, unit 4, 1-4 review, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7, unit 8, unit 9, and unit 10!

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See other reading posts below!

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