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

 

Homeschool Kindergarten Week 1



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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

Word search…IMG_1227

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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…

 

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

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Birds Preschool Pack

Birds Printable Pack



Jolanthe, from Homeschool Creations, and I worked together to create this Preschool Pack all about birds!  We are each taking the packs up a notch {academically}, so you will see some Kindergarten skills in them now also.  Krash has officially started Kindergarten, so many of my new packs will be great for both Preschoolers and Kindergartners.  Some tots will enjoy them also!  Just print the portions you think your child would enjoy!Birds Button

Here is a sampling of the part I created…Birds

Included in my portion:

  • Bb is for Birds Play Dough page
  • Birdhouse Matching Game
  • Sorting: Birds/Birdhouses
  • Color the Birdhouses: Warm & Cool Colors
  • Color the Bird Easy Reader
  • Bird/Birdhouse Patterning Cards
  • Bird to Birdhouse Tracing
  • Little Bird Song
  • Rebus Story {with sight word cards to find in the story}

Here is a sampling of what she created…Birds_collage2-385x271

You can visit her blog today for more details on her portion!

We enjoyed working together and hope you enjoy the result! If you have older children interested in birds, I highly recommend this Backyard Birds Lap n Note from Homeschool Share.  PacMan did portions of this bird lapbook awhile back and really enjoyed it!

The theme this month on Totally Tots is BIRDS, so you will certainly find tons of new resources there also!

 

You can download the entire

Birds Preschool Pack here on my website for free!

See more Preschool Packs and Tot Books/Packs here…

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You Can Read!

You Can Read Sight Word Program



You Can Read! is a high frequency word program developed to help your younger reader master basic sight words.  I pulled together many ideas from various places, mostly my former Kindergarten teaching days, and put together a “program” to help myself stay on track with teaching high frequency words to Krash.  I do believe in mastering sight words {also known as high frequency words} while also learning phonics alongside of this.  You can see my full beliefs about teaching children to read here.  Many sight word printables are designed for children who learn to read a bit older and since Krash is 4 and I know some of you have kids who are ready {see reading readiness signs here} even earlier.  These printables were designed with younger children in mind, although older children will enjoy them too.

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I have been developing this for quite awhile now, but wanted to “test” it with Krash before I shared with you all.  I also had a good friend try the first set out with her 5 year old {he is about a year older than Krash}.  Both boys have thoroughly enjoyed the printables and I am thrilled to say that Krash has mastered the 1st 4 words and did NOT know them all before starting the week!

You can see all of the printables and more info about the program here on the You Can Read webpage. You will notice I am offering the printables for free.

You can also purchase a bundled option which includes many extras. See more info about purchasing access to this section here.

Each set will include the following information sheets, containing helpful information and even links.  Each printable is explained in a table of contents in case you forget what each one is for.

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Here is a journey through the many different printables he worked on throughout the week.

 

Slide16Connecting the matching words using a dry erase marker {sheet is in a heavy duty sheet protector}IMG_8873

 

 

Slide15Practicing writing skills while also connecting the matching words.  I had him read each word as he connected it.IMG_8932

 

 

Slide11He really liked these!  Each puzzle is cut into one part for each letter and I also provide a base page.  You can print and laminate the base page once and reuse it for all of the lessons.  He LOVED doing these!IMG_8967

IMG_8972On another day he did the puzzles in his mini pocket chartIMG_9533

 

 

Slide17This activity was anther BIG hit with Krash.  I gave him the 4 basic dry erase colors and explained the concept to him.  He had to use a particular color {indicated at the top of the sheet} to circle each specific word.  A few of the fonts confused him a bit-but that’s the point! He did about 99% of the entire thing independently.IMG_9437

 

 

Slide9I wasn’t sure if he would enjoy Play Doh words, but he did! Play Doh Words

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Slide19Pac Man helped him with his sentence search one day.  The idea is to see the words within a sentence and be able to isolate them by circling them.  A helper reads the entire sentence and the child locates the words.IMG_9491

 

 

Slide18He struggled with this at first, but Pac helped him and he grasped the concept quickly!IMG_9496

 

 

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Here he is tracing his words.  These are laminated.  I cut the strip on the far left into individual word cards and we will be using these as flashcards to review each week and for his new word wall {details in next week’s post!}.IMG_9367

 

 

Slide13He LOVED word Bingo!!!!  This is a very simple BINGO version, so the child can “win” quickly!IMG_9382

 

 

Slide21Coloring the books based on the word inside if the book…IMG_9342

Yes, Krash did all of the printables, but I created many options so that you can choose!  Figure out which ones your child enjoys and only do those!  If your child hates coloring, don’t do the Color By Word page.  If your child loves Word BINGO-do it every day!!  The idea is to expose high frequency words in a fun way!

The units are presented in a suggested order, but it is NOT necessary to go in order as they do not build upon each other.  I did this so classroom teachers and homeschool teachers can choose the units that would most benefit their kids at a certain time!

I also provide a sheet giving more suggested ideas to help make learning these words fun.Slide22Here is a variation of one of the ideas I suggest in action…

I wrote this on the board and asked Krash to erase the wrong answers, leaving only the correct spelling of the word see.

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I also offered a little fun incentive, 1 fruit snack for each correct answer!  He LOVED this!!!IMG_9565

 

In addition to the printables included in this program, we are also using my sight word color by number cards too.  I will be creating new color by number cards to correspond with the units also, so more will be added to that section as we get to those units!

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One final note-this is NOT a complete teach your child to read program, just to make that clear.  It is just a fun way to integrate sight words into your child’s reading program.  I still suggest all of the things in my How to Teach a Child to Read post.  I still use the base Calvert Reading program with Krash and just supplement with this!  You can easily use these printables alongside of any other reading program you might be using.

Easy Links…

The main You Can Read! webpage {download  free files}

You Can Read! Bundle {bundled format PLUS many extras}

Helpful Products…

 

 

 

Kindergarten Plans for Krash

I have gotten a few emails recently asking about our Kindergarten plans, and it is about time I share our plans with you!  We are not fall grade starters, but move up when they are ready.  Krash is ready and we actually just began Calvert Kindergarten, while also finishing up his last few RRSP lessons.

Why both?  Well, we get Calvert through our state Cyber School for free {info here in this FAQ post, and here} and I used it with Pac Man and know what to expect.  I supplement a lot of my own stuff, but use Calvert as the base.  Pac Man began Calvert K right around this time {when he was almost 5-their birthdays are both in spring} and has done really well.  I want to finish our RRSP units, even though Krash has “grown out of” much of it.  I still want to do the Bible applications and finish it to completion! 

Transition Plans…

I plan to do simple posts for the last few RRSP letters, basically so new users can see each letter in action with a blog post.  Krash is no longer doing any additional preschool letter work based around the unit as he was.  His supplemental work is now coming from his K program and also a new sight word program I developed for him {MANY details coming in a couple of weeks}.

I plan to start sharing “Kindergarten with Krash” posts every couple of weeks to keep you posted on what he is doing. 

While we are in the transition phase of completing RRSP and beginning Kindergarten-I will try to do both blog posts.  We have 6 RRSP units left to complete and I may actually do 2 per week, because he has really advanced beyond the program for the most part.  We are only doing a few components currently.

If we wouldn’t have skipped so many weeks of RRSP {vacations, other focus themes, and some laziness on my part} we would be finished with RRSP by now and the timing would be perfect, but for a few weeks we will overlap and he won’t even know the difference-it’s all just school to him!