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

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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

Tracing…IMG_2413

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…

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Toy Story Preschool Pack ~ Free Printables!

Toy Story has been on my idea list for years, I actually started a simple Tot Book years ago and never finished it.  It is finished now and way bigger than a small Tot Book!  I am excited for all of you Toy Story fans out there to enjoy some learning fun with these printables!

Here’s a glimpse of what is included {all free} in this Toy Story Preschool Pack

Toy Story

Focus Skills

  • Letter Tt
  • Find the Difference
  • Graphing
  • Patterning
  • Sorting
  • Positional Words
  • Beginning Reading
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Numbers and Number Words
  • Song
  • Bible Verse
  • Labeling
  • Tracing

You can download the entire

Toy Story Preschool Pack here on my website for FREE!

Enjoy!

See more Preschool Packs and Tot Books/Packs here…

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I have the following Preschool Packs officially in the works…

Pretty Bugs Pond Life Candy Button Ballerina Pack

Jolanthe has these in the works…

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Princess Preschool Pack

Princess preschool PackI must admit, making the Princess Preschool Pack was fun.  I am not even planning to use it any time soon, but it was just simply fun. When I found this adorable clipart designed by Stockberry Studio {a BIG favorite of mine} I knew I had to make a theme pack!

The whole modern day princess idea can sometimes get all twisted around in my opinion, but the Biblical aspect of being a princess is something I want my little girl to embrace. I hope many of your little girls love it and learn their value in God’s eyes as you let them explore how awesome it is to be the daughter of a KING!

I went a little nuts with this one and even developed a few new ideas.  There are many skills included that would make portions of this pack good for tots, some good for preschoolers, and some for Kindergartners.  Just choose the parts your child would enjoy!Princesses

I made a few more worksheet type things than normal…mostly because I personally was getting tired of all the cutting and laminating.  I wanted to try out the idea of slipping things in sheet protectors and using dry erase crayons/markers.   I tried to make most of the worksheets with light gray boxes so you could still cut things out into pieces if your child prefers that.

 

You can download the entire

Princess Preschool Pack here on my website for free

Enjoy!

Don’t have a girl?  No Worries!  My pal Jolanthe created a Knights & Castles Preschool Pack too!  Here is a peek at hers, I will be using it with Krash!!!

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See more Preschool Packs and Tot Books/Packs here…

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Packs up next: Toy Story and Candy!

Word Wall

Portable Word Wall



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What is a Word Wall?

Here is an official definition from Wikipedia.  Here is another article about word walls. Basically it is a place to display words a child has learned or is learning.  We use ours for high frequency words in Kindergarten, only putting up words as they are learned.

We use a tri-fold foam board {ours was $10 from Target} for our Word Wall, it looks like this…IMG_0785

For the letters I found these Elmer’s sticky ABCsimage

They were wonderful because I could move them around until I had the exact placement and then I glued them down with a glue stick.

For the words, I am using the cards from the You Can Read printables, printed on cardstock and laminated.

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They are hooked to the board using tiny Velcro dots, which I bought in bulk from here.  I used velcro so we can take the words off at any times to play games and review.IMG_1141

 

After Krash has a good knowledge of the word, we add it to the word wall, and review often.  Review is especially important as the list of words grows.

I do not put word family words on this board {cat, mat, rat, sat, etc.}, just his basic sight words that I want him to be able to identify without sounding out, just by sight.

In the past I have had our word wall up on our actual wall, similar to how I did it in the classroom.  You can see my post about when I transitioned to portable word walls.  I like the idea of it being up on the main wall, but I like the idea of being able to better interact with the words using the portable word wall.

Do you have a word wall in your homeschool classroom?  If you have a  post showing it, please leave a comment with the link so we can check it out!

Kindergarten with Krash

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I can’t believe my baby boy is a Kindergartner.  He turns five in less than a month and is still wild and crazy but definitely “growing up.”  I remember the first Tot School times we had together like they were just yesterday, he is the reason Tot School is here!  He is a joy to teach, even though he can make me crazy!!!  I wouldn’t change him for the world ~ he is an awesome kid!

 

K with Krash Literacy

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 2 from You Can Read, for about 2 weeks, as these words challenged him more!  He did not know any of them other than I before we began.You Can read 2...I can me you

Here he is coloring his sight word color by # words…

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Here he was making word shapes with a little onlooker ;-)IMG_0542

Connecting the words while Ladybug explored her cat color cards…IMG_0655

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Word puzzles…IMG_0694

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This week I had him circle the current 4 words in one color and the other words he knew in another color.  Then we counted up how many words he could read in all!IMG_1117

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I put together his new word wall {detailed post coming soon}, and he used his dolphin to review.  Pac Man called out a word and “the dolphin” had to swim to the word.IMG_0785

We made his words with jewels…IMG_0814

We used the dolphin again to flip the ball down the word…IMG_1132

Reviewing old words also… IMG_1123

I ordered these letter tiles from Office Depot and had him put them in alphabetical order…IMG_1311

Then we made his words…IMG_1313

Dry erase spelling…

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It was so cute, when he couldn’t remember a word, he would glance back at his bulletin board above his desk to see the spelling…

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We began our easy readers this week, and he really enjoyed this!  I will be recommending a few books that would go with the 4 words in each unit.  Some will need more guidance than others, but they will all include the word{s} for the week.  You can see book recommendations on the You Can Read webpage.  The 2 sets I am pulling from mostly are First Little Readers, and Sight Word Readers.

This week we introduced Me Too!, My Dog {Sight Word Readers}, and I Can Draw {First Little Readers}  He really enjoyed these little books a LOT.  I pull out the word cards of words we have done so he can find them in the book.

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Here he was practicing on his own in the bean bag chair.  I have an “I Can Read” basket he puts the books in after I introduce them, so he can go back and read them on his own.IMG_1237

We are using Guided Reading strategies during this time, which you can read about here.

 

 

K with Krash Math

His math lessons have been focused on vocabulary and he has done well with it all, only struggling some with the whole left-right concept {to be expected}.  We have just followed the Calvert workbook and he enjoys the simple worksheets.  For now we aren’t doing much in the way of supplementing math, just making sure he is grasping the concepts presented and reviewing basic skills {mostly positional words and same/different}. 

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K with Krash Misc

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.

This post is covering about a 2 week time period for Krash, so we have done a lot!  We are almost a month into our new daily homeschool routine and it is going really well.  My personal favorite part of the day is when I get to walk in and see my boys reading, either together or alone.  Either way it just melts my heart.  Krash is really enjoying our Easter books a lot…

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We started the Learn to Read phonics lessons on Starfall this week, just as a supplement.  Ladybug watched along with Krash as he read through Zac the Rat.IMG_1158

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He enjoyed doing these word puzzlesIMG_1286

I ordered this Fish ABC game on a whim { had an Office Depot coupon}, mainly for Ladybug because it was ABCs and she loves fish.  Turns out I didn’t read clearly enough and it is also for beginning sounds!!!  K took it right out and started matching, he loved it!!!

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A few items we used…

 

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