Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten ~ P

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You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!  We are only doing the Bible memory work since he has mastered all of the other skills included in the RRSK packs.

Here is Krash singing letter P for you, the tune is “Twinkle Twinkle.”   The printable written out the way you sing it for LETTER P is here! He was a bit off with the tune in the beginning, and Ladybug is playing with the marble track in the background, so I am sorry for the poor quality!  Hopefully you can catch the tune despite these obstacles!

If you have RRSK Early Access or the RRSP Bundle, there is now a file with all of the verse tunes available!

RRSK Letter Pp Printables Here!

If you want early access to printables beyond what I have blogged about, you can see info about purchasing here!  Currently I have units Aa-Tt available in the early access section.



ABC Easy Reader

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There’s a new ABC Easy Reader up on the website! The book goes through each letter like this…

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With the “song” at the end…

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If you missed the intro post, here’s how to load these books onto your iPad or other device!

Remember, you can also print the easy readers as flashcards or a mini book, here’s a post on scaling down PDF files in case you aren’t sure how!abc flashcards


The following Easy Readers are all available for FREE also!

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Kindergarten with Krash ~ RRSK/Oo, Cats

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Krash has officially completed Kindergarten, I have turned in all of his Calvert assessments and his 1st grade box is on order.  I still consider him in Kindergarten for now, although we are in more of a transition phase.  I DO plan to do the rest of the RRSK Bible verses with him, they will probably be just video posts for you so there is a record of how to sing them We are also continuing on with All About Reading, in the fall or possibly sooner, I will add in All About Spelling Level 1.


RRSK: Letter Oo

Theme: Cats


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You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!  We are only doing the Bible memory work since he has mastered all of the other skills included in the RRSK packs.

Here is Krash singing letter O for you, the tune is “Jingle Bells.”   The printable written out the way you sing it for LETTER O is here!

RRSK Letter Oo Printables Here!

If you want early access to printables beyond what I have blogged about, you can see info about purchasing here!  Currently I have units Aa-Rr available in the early access section.


We began reviewing All About Reading Level 1 awhile ago, and Krash continues to make consistent progress.  You can read more about why we are choosing to review this homeschool reading program here in our “Current Curriculum” post {see FAQ}.

I wrote a lot about our initial thoughts and experiences with AAR in this Kindergarten with Krash post.

We have moved on to final blends, initial blends, and doubles {ff, ll, ss}!IMG_4968

He is flying along, I am so happy with his progress.  He definitely prefers the games over the flashcards!  I included fruit snacks as little treats during one game, he loved that!

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~~~ CAT THEME ~~~

Since Ladybug had a CAT theme, I expanded on this for Krash, but with a different focus.  I chose a couple of fun cat books and we did activities based around those!  I found several fun activities for the book, “Cookie’s Week” on Making Learning Fun, so we did some of those.IMG_5875

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We ordered the days of the week based on the story…IMG_5880

We have this book, “One Hungry Cat” and I decided to make the math story come alive for him one day.IMG_5903

The book has a lot of dividing to make groups equal, it was a great hands on lesson for him!IMG_5890

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There was an added bonus too, which he loved even more!IMG_5901


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Play Dough with straws…IMG_4936

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Shaving Cream sensory play, still loves this at almost 6!IMG_5506

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I have been looking into some OT items for him, he struggles with wanting to wiggle and move constantly.  Here he was holding a “fidget” to help him focus a bit.  It helped some.IMG_4970

I also ordered him a balance disk, for 2 reasons.  One is for him to actually have a place to go like this and practice his balance, it is an amazing tool!  This tool can also be used for wiggly children to sit on, here’s an article written by an OT, where I learned about this.  He doesn’t really like sitting on it much for now, but it is GREAT for calming him down with the balancing.IMG_5559

He is LOVING our What’s in the Bible time, and also really likes to color, so it’s a win-win for Krash!IMG_5952

 

iPad learning fun. We have tons of new apps, some free, some paid.  This first one is a paid app and Ladybug and Krash LOVE it!  It is called Tally Tots, and it is geared more towards the preschool crowd, but Krash loves the counting to 100 section!IMG_4926

A free app we have been loving is, Sushi Monster.  It works with math facts; addition and multiplication.  Krash LOVES it!!!IMG_5869

I get asked a lot about our iPad 2 case-it’s the Trident Kraken II and yes we love it! See all of our posts about iPad apps and more here! The stylus we have that he uses sometimes is this one.


A few items we used…

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Kindergarten with Krash ~ RRSK/Mm & Nn, Star Wars

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You Can Read: Review

RRSK: Letter Mm & Nn

Theme: Star Wars


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You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!  We have backed off from doing all 10 of the provided activities in the RRSK units.  As he progresses, some items aren’t necessary anymore and either we skip them or go through them quickly.  My main goal in using the RRSK lessons is the Bible work and simple review of other K skills.

I haven’t posted in awhile, so I am combining letter Mm and Nn in this post!

Gluing his letter M verse…

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Tracing Letter N…IMG_3067

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Here is Krash singing letter M for you, the tune is “Are You Sleeping.”   The printable written out the way you sing it for LETTER M is here!

 

Here is Krash singing letter N for you, the tune is “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”   The printable written out the way you sing it for LETTER N is here!

RRSK Letter Mm and Nn Printables Here!

If you want early access to printables beyond what I have blogged about, you can see info about purchasing here!  Currently I have units Aa-Rr available in the early access section.


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Krash has completed all 18 units from You Can Read, so we are spending time reviewing the words he knows!  Here’s a bit of what we have done together recently.

I gave him the final word reading assessment {YCR add-on}, he only missed a few and was really excited!IMG_1924

He completed the 10 minute writing words assessment and wrote 28 words on his own!IMG_1929

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We played unit review BINGO…IMG_3385

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Check out Word Play ideas here, and add yours!


We began reviewing All About Reading Level 1 awhile ago, and Krash continues to make consistent progress.  You can read more about why we are choosing to review this homeschool reading program here in our “Current Curriculum” post {see FAQ}.

I wrote a lot about our initial thoughts and experiences with AAR in this Kindergarten with Krash post.

We are moving along and I am honestly so thrilled with K’s progress, he has mastered th, ch, and sh!IMG_3136

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He loved the feed the mouse activity!IMG_3147 

He really enjoys his reading book, I even caught him reading during his free time one day {a RARE thing for this active boy}

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imageIt was Star Wars week for Krash!  It was his choice and he now knows ALL of the characters and everything else.  Daddy LOVED Star Wars as a kid so had a blast watching the movies with the boys for the first time.

Matching characters and names…IMG_2482

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I made the props into magnets on our cookie sheet, he and Ladybug both loved these!

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We made words using the Read, Build, Write cards.  He doesn’t love these so we only did a few.  He likes them a lot better using the cookie sheet and the matching character!

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Finding shapes…IMG_2814

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His big brother was at a used books sale with a friend and found 5 Star Wars books and bought them for Krash!!!  I was thrilled with his kindness and so was Krash!IMG_4238


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Krash spends most morning playing, he isn’t allowed to “play” with electronics, but is free to choose anything else for the most part.  I loved the day he chose dominoes and built this!IMG_3167

 

We are still enjoying www.Cookie.com.  It has tons of cute games for young kids and the layout of the site is easy to navigate.  Here he was reading one of the stories.IMG_2754

I recently upgraded on Starfall to the “More Starfall” section for Ladybug, it is her favorite site and she was THRILLED to have the rest of the games open up!  Thankfully there’s lots on it for Krash too, here he was doing some addition…IMG_3364

 

iPad learning fun. We have received many free apps lately, I have been sharing them all on my Facebook page as we find them, so be sure to follow me over there if you are interested!  Apps by Auryn gave away a free book a day for the month of March-K’s favorites are definitely the Miko books!  We have also gotten 2 new Toca Boca apps…Toca Store and Toca Kitchen Monsters!  Here they are playing Toca Store-which encourages 2 kids to interact together and take turns, it is wonderful!IMG_4234

I get asked a lot about our iPad 2 case-it’s the Trident Kraken II and yes we love it! See all of our posts about iPad apps and more here! The stylus we have that he uses sometimes is this one.


A few items we used…

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Easy Readers for iPads and Tablets

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I am beginning to create something new,  Easy Readers that your kids can read on your iPad or other device!  You could also print them, but the main purpose in putting these together is to build up a simple easy reader collection for FREE!  So far I have added the following easy reader books…

Octonauts Easy Reader  On the Farm Easy Reader  Rainbows Easy Reader

 

You can download these and any other easy readers I add for FREE here on the Easy Readers Webpage!


How to download one of my free easy reader books to your device…

Instructions for iPad, definitely the easiest and most user friendly.  I created the easy readers with my iPad in mind!

  1. Make sure you have downloaded iBooks onto your device.
  2. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
  3. Click on the book you want to download.
  4. On my iPad, after the pdf opens there is a little box in the upper right hand corner that says “Open in iBooks” I click that and it brings the book into iBooks and the book stays there! 
  5. Want to read again? Launch iBooks for your child and have fun reading any books you have downloaded!  I made covers for each book with clear graphics so your child can easily see which book s/he would like to choose if you just open your iBooks screen, they appear nicely on the “shelves.”


Instructions for Kindle Fire, my husband has this so I tested it out-not nearly as simple as an i device.  The PDFs read and scroll fine, but when in landscape mode the page is a bit too large and cannot scroll smaller.  If you turn it to portrait mode, the page is smaller but it show the full page all at once.

  1. Open the Easy Readers Webpage, from your device.
  2. Click on the book you want to download.
  3. After the pdf file downloads, click on the little yellow image shown below, then click on “downloads” {green}IMG_4232
  4. You will then see the file you just downloaded.
  5. In order to have the files STAY on your Fire, you need to follow the instructions to email docs to your kindle email address.  It does not support the graphics on the first page, the pages are just plain. Or you can just go back to your downloads screen, I believe they stay there.

As for other tablets, I have no clue!  You can experiment to see how PDF files are supported for your particular device.


Want to Print?

  1. Print at full size and slip the pages into sheet protectors to make your own book.  Tie the sheet protectors through the holes with string, or use a folder with prongs.
  2. Scale down the PDF to make a half or quarter size book.

I hope to add more easy readers to the collection, Krash and Ladybug are really enjoying the ones we have so far!  Krash has requested Skylanders, Star Wars, and a few more so I better get busy!  These are very easy for him to read, but he loves that.  He is beyond this type of easy reader but it is a nice confidence boost for him.  Ladybug will just be getting into this level of reader soon!