Read and Write the Room {House}

Back when I taught Kindergarten we always had a writing center and a part of that center was the Read & Write the Room activity. I did this with PacMan when he was in Kindergarten and it is now time to begin with Krash! I am working on adding printable sets to go with our different themes, some will be included in new Preschool Packs, others will be grouped in with the Tot School Printables themes since I often base our whole theme for school around Ladybug’s current theme.

The idea is simple and one that can be expanded on in many creative ways-this is just one way to do it.

  • Print the image/word cards and cut apart.
  • Tape these around the schoolroom or school area in your home.
  • Give your child a clipboard, and a pencil and have him/her go around and find the words and record them on either the tracing sheet (younger kids) or on the blank lines (older kids).
  • For fun, allow your child to use funny glasses, a fun word pointer, and a special pen or pencil! You could even slip the recording sheet into the Crayola Dry Erase Center and have your child use that to write on with a dry erase marker!

This past week Krash had his first experience. I made cards to go along with Ladybug’s theme: nature. I hung the 10 cards all over the school room…

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I gave Krash a clipboard and his recording sheet and sent him on the hunt.IMG_7744

The goal of Read and Write the Room is to reinforce print awareness. It is not for spelling practice {although it could be for older children}. It is a way to connect pictures with words and practice handwriting in a fun way.

You could expand on this idea to hang up sight words and have your child hunt for them, use just letters or any theme. There are MANY possibilities to this idea!!

You can find word cards to download for free in the Tot School Printables units starting with letter Jj.

You can also see the new Read & Write the Room webpage here for even more free printables!

In The {girly} Sea ~ Free Preschool Pack

Once again, I was drawn into the adorable and very girly ocean images from Stockberry Studio. I hope many of your own girly-girls will enjoy this special ocean themed pack just for them! This pack can be used for older tots, preschoolers, and many Kindergartners!

Here’s a glimpse of what is included {all free} in this In the {girly} Sea Preschool Pack

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Focus Skills

  • Letter Oo
  • Find the Difference
  • Graphing
  • Patterning
  • Sorting
  • Colors
  • Easy Reading
  • Shapes
  • Counting 1-20
  • Basic Addition
  • Song
  • Bible Verse
  • Labeling
  • Tracing

You can download the entire

In the {girly} Sea Preschool Pack here on my website for FREE!

Be sure to check out even more Ocean Themed Printables here!

See more Preschool Packs and Tot Books/Packs here…

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PS-this pack was shared on my Facebook page last week, be sure to “like” me if you want access to these before the blog posts come out!!! I often share notices about what is new on my FB page first!

I have the following Preschool Packs officially in the works…

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Jolanthe has these in the works…

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Kindergarten with Krash ~ Review

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We worked with units 1-5 from You Can Read, as a review! I could tell he was getting to a point where we needed to slow down a bit and just have fun practicing what we had already learned. He is still a young reader and I never want to push him too far beyond his comfort zone!

We used our Education Cubes to play with our words. First I had him take his word cards {laminated and cut versions of his Color by # Sight Words} and lay them around the school room floor. He also had to pick a pointer {notice his pink Gigi star wand}. I rolled the cube for him {or he did if he wanted to}…IMG_5354

He had to read the word and then run to find it as fast as he could.IMG_5355

After he tapped it with his magic wand, he gave the word to me. We kept going until all review words were found!IMG_5358

I made a few of his words with my cubes from our Reading Rods set.IMG_5325

I just handed them to him in any way, not showing or telling him which word was correct-or even which word he was looking for. He had to spin it until he found a word he recognized! He really liked this and did better with it than I thought he would!IMG_5500

He did the Crack the Sight Word Code from Ready2Read Unit 1 {The Moffat Girls}…IMG_5824

He also did the read, trace, and paste {also Ready2Read unit 1}…IMG_5889

I created another new add-on for 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}, Sight Word Stamping! IMG_5518He used our see through ABC stamps for this and really enjoyed it.

This week I also had him complete the writing words assessment, he did well!IMG_5520

We also played with our Sight Word Sensory Bin Word SearchIMG_5816 IMG_5821

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Most of our fun these past 2 weeks fits right into the Word Play category! Check out more wonderful ideas here!

Our summer plans for Kindergarten…THEMES!!!

The boys have chosen 5 themes {camping, pond, bugs, beach, and garden} and I will be planning over the next few weeks to begin theme weeks in late June. PacMan finished up his 3rd grade curriculum last week so we are in a VERY laid back mode right now. I want to take time off myself to thoroughly plan and prepare for the fall, I didn’t do that last year as well as I wanted to. This year I have lofty goals for myself-praying I can achieve them!

I plan to do tons of review with Krash this summer and maybe a new You Can Read unit here and there-but probably not until late summer/early fall-we’ll see. Mainly I plan to pull his review into the theme work we do.

We also have a Summer Challenge going on which I will be sharing about very soon!!! It’s keeping the boys from being lazy!

A few items we used…

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

Visit Teach Me To Read Thursdays to see more great ideas!

You Can Read Add-Ons!!!

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I am so excited to share add-ons I have created for the You Can Read program! I must admit I am actually surprised with how well Krash is doing with this program. I knew it would be good exposure for him but had no idea he would move so quickly and love it so much!

Below you will see all of the EXTRAS that are only available in the You Can Read Bundle.  Anything new added down the road will also be available to those of you who have purchased.

I found a box font I love and created these handwriting printables for all of the words in the You Can Read program.

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You Can Read Sight Words Box Words Handwriting

 

Unit Review BINGO, I created a BINGO game for every 4 units. Words will be included from the most recent 4 units and also extra words from the units prior to those.image28

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Assessment Tools! I created reading and writing assessment tools for the entire word list. I also include instruction sheets on how to administer the assessments.image33

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Sight Word Sensory Bin Search These were created after being inspired by Stephanie from Shining Our Lights Preschool. You can see how I will be using these on her blog here!image30

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Word Caterpillar ~ a simple way to grow your sight word collection and practice words that have already been learned!

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Stamp a Word ~ each word has a simple box set up to use with letter stamps.

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Sight Word Graphing ~ many of our Preschool Packs have the graphing activity and it is a favorite so I created sets for each You Can Read Unit and a blank cube if you want to write your own words!  See ideas for using Roll and Graph printables here!

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You can see ALL You Can Read Units in action on my blog in this Kindergarten with Krash At a Glance post, where I have all of our posts listed out and linked up!

See info about purchasing the You Can Read Bundle !

FREE You Can Read Printables are here!

Kindergarten with Krash ~ You Can Read Unit 5

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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

 

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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…

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

Visit Teach Me To Read Thursdays to see more great ideas!