Kindergarten and 1st Grade Learning Apps

We have always used our iPads for learning in our homeschool.  Currently we are at the end of Ladybug’s Kindergarten year and have been enjoying some specific learning apps recently.1st Grade and Kindergarten Learning Apps

Note ~ we only have Apple products so that is the focus of what I am showing, but I have included Android links when available!

I have a folder on my iPad with her school apps and she sits with me as we work with these.  This isn’t the time I let her go and learn on her own, although she does that sometimes too.  I have specifically chosen these apps to help her practice basic reading and math skills she is currently learning, and to review skills she has already learned.

This is a screenshot from the page in this folder of the apps she currently uses the most right now.

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Learning App Folder on the iPad

 

Math BINGO ~ works on basic math facts, will grow with her since it has 3 levels and 4 operations.  Right now she is only using the easy level of addition. {Android}

Word BINGO ~ works on sight words, again with 3 levels.

Teach Me Kindergarten, 1st Grade ~ she calls this one “Teacher Mouse” and moved up to the 1st grade level recently. We both love it.

Splash Math 1st Grade ~ we both love this math app, and use it together to work through 1st grade skills.  She just started using this one.

Bob Books ~ I love these and so does she!  {Android}

Gappy Learns Reading ~ this one is just about too easy for her now but has been such a great fit for her all year.  It is an awesome early reading app. {Android}

Short Vowel Word Study ~ created by my friend Becky from This Reading Mama, this is an awesome word study app that is right at her level currently. {Android}

Montessori Crosswords ~ she doesn’t choose this one on her own but I choose it for her.  It’s great spelling practice. {Android}

Bugsy K Math & Bugsy K Reading ~ these aren’t my favorites, {they are good, just not as good as the ones above in my opinion} but she loves them. 

 

~The Visual Version ~

Short Vowel Word Study  Bob Books 1  Bob Books 2

Math BINGO  Splash Math 1st Grade  Montessori Crosswords

Teach Me Toddler  Word BINGO  Gappy's Words


Apps she used earlier in her Kindergarten year but aren’t used much now since she has progressed.

Great Kindergarten Learning Apps

Letter School ~ our favorite letter writing app {Android}

ABCs of God ~ just a beautifully done Bible based letter app, we love it

Gappy Learns Writing ~ Gappy is a favorite around here, this one is awesome {Android}

Starfall ABCs ~ we all love this one, right? {Android}


More App Collection Posts…

Alphabet Apps  Favorite Apps

What are YOUR favorite Kindergarten and 1st grade apps?



Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We are loving our Kindergarten Literature Units,  and recently completed Mr. Cookie Baker!

Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We spread this unit out over two weeks, doing just a little each day.


Day One

On the first day we read the book together, and worked on our cookie graph together.

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She also completed the C is for Cookie activity, but I didn’t get a photo!

C is for Cookie Printable

 


Day Two

She loves working with money, so the coin matching and counting activity was a big hit.  We played “store” and bought and sold the cookies together, practicing naming the coins and adding them up.

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Practicing reading color words as she colors cookies.

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Day Three

Reading the book every day is probably her favorite thing. 

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We did the 3-Part Card matching…

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Unscramble and write the sentence

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Day Four

Sequencing the story…

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Drawing and writing

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Day Five

We used the Bible verse to discuss sharing cookies and how we want others to treat us.

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Comprehension questions at the end of the unit!

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Here’s a video of us doing the comprehension questions together…

 


Grand Finale ~ Cookie Baking

Of course we had to back cookies!  WE even used the recipe in the back of the book, which she LOVED!  My oldest son is our baker, so he led the entire process, which took a couple of days!

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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!

Mr. Cookie Baker Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Mr. Cookie Baker UnitMr. Cookie Baker Pinterest Board

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See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

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  My-Cats-Nick-and-Nora-Kindergarten-L[1]  The-Dog-Who-Had-Kittens-Kindergarten  Goose-Kindergarten-Literature-Unit-i

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You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

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, unit 10 and unit 11.

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

Here’s a post sharing You Can Read Unit 12 with Krash when he did it!  See all of Krash’s Kindergarten posts here.

You Can Read Sight Words Unit 12

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…

We started with our cubes!  This is always a fun way to practice old words and new words!

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Color by number sight word

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Funny fonts with dot paint.

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Easy reader

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Color by number sight words

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Fun work with the Bitsboard app.  Here’s the basics of how to use Bitsboard and the You Can Read word lists {it’s for Apple only} ~ Download Bitsboard app {free}, open Bitsboard, select "Catalog" over on the right, it’s blue at the top, select "Shared,"  type www.1plus1plus1equals1.net in the search area on the top right. Scroll until you find the units you’re looking for.

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She loves the word puzzles!

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Roll and graph…

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Sentence search…

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Word puzzles…

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We did some assessment this week.  Here she was doing the writing words assessment.  She also did the reading words assessment.

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Her completed work…

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  Download the FREE printables for You Can Read Unit 12 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, unit 10 and unit 11!

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See other reading posts below!

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See our Teach Me to Read Pinterest board here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Teach Me to Read on Pinterest.

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Goose ~ Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

We are back to doing a Kindergarten Literature Unit, consistently now and just finished Goose! I am finding myself getting sentimental about her Kindergarten year coming to a close and want to fit in as many fun units like this that I can!

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit in Action

I usually set up a central area for our theme focus but we didn’t own 1 single goose so we compromised and brought a basket of birds along for our unit.  A basket of stuffed birds and the book was the extent of our theme set up…simple and just perfect.  She loved having the birds with us all week!  I forgot to take a picture though!

We spread this unit out over two weeks, doing just a little each day.


Day One

We spent a lot of time just reading and discussing the book on day one!  We then went on to our first and only activity, sorting mammals and birds. This was a new concept for her so we took a long time discussing the differences together!

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Day Two

G is for…

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Making patterns with eggs. adult and baby geese…

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She really enjoyed the character connection which talked about how God made the goose special with her ability to fly.  We then discussed ways he made Ladybug special. She chose the ones she wanted and colored a picture of herself.

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Day Three

Day three, she painted a goose.  That was it.  Then we waited for it to dry and she cut it out and put it together!

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Day Four

Working on reading number words one-ten with our 3 part card matching.

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Life cycle of a goose

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Rhyming words

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Day Five

Sequencing the story…

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Day Seven

We did something new with the tracing numbers printable.  I drew colored starting dots on each number and then laid the markers out.  Before she traced the numbers she had to pick the matching marker to use.  She really liked this!

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Day Eight

We worked on the other character connection, which was VERY applicable to her right now!  She is struggling in her gymnastics class and wanting things to be easier.  We are focusing on making positive statements there and trying, and not saying I can’t!  This activity taught the word perseverance and contrasted it with quitting.  Then we sorted phrases together to discuss the meanings. 

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The Bible verse was also a great fit, as she traced we discussed.

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Day Nine

For our final activity, she did the comprehension questions!  She is even beginning to read some of them herself now!

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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!

Goose Kindergarten Literature Unit Printables  Toys and Books to go along with Goose Kindergarten UnitGoose Pinterest Board

 

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

Leave a link in a comment, email me, or share on my Facebook page?


See More Kindergarten Literature Units here!

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See other Kindergarten Literature Units in action…

Hi-Pizza-Man-Kindergarten-Literature  The-Selfish-Crocodile-Kindergarten-L

A-Color-of-His-Own-Unit-Study-in-Act[1]  My-Cats-Nick-and-Nora-Kindergarten-L[1]  The Dog Who Had Kittens Kindergarten Literature Unit Study In Action

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Monthly Homeschool Wrap-Up ~ February 2015

Monthly Homeschool Wrap Up February 2015

Another month of learning!  Below you will find highlights from our February homeschool fun!

You can see our detailed curriculum posts by clicking on the graphics below.

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All Together School

We have a wide grade and age range between our three kids, but I am thrilled to say that we have found quite a few subjects to learn all together! 

We do the following subjects all together, and I will share mini updates below!

 

Mystery of History

Our Mystery of History time together continues to be a favorite of mine.  We do lessons 3 days a week, and then work on our timeline and review on the 4th day.

At the end of February we had completed through week 17, lesson 51.  I just love this time of learning with my kids!

 

U.S. History ~ William Penn

We use YWAM’s Heroes of History as our U.S. History foundation. It is novel based and a perfect fit for us.  We finished John Smith and are almost done with William Penn now.  We all have loved this book, lots to learn about this amazing man of such integrity!

We read together 3 times per week at least, and the kids all get to play with something quietly while we read.

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Sometimes I find some interesting shots on my phone when we are done.  My kids will sometimes play with my hair while reading.  Apparently this day my oldest had a little too much fun.

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World Geography

We finished the book Passport to the World!  I also shared our geography country cards printables here!

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We have moved on to using Children’s Atlas of God’s World!


7th Grade

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PacMan is almost entirely independent this year.  I teach him writing and Who is God? and the rest he does independently.

Daddy continues to be in charge of overseeing Pac’s science {Apologia General Science}! I caught them one day learning together. They were both obviously so very thrilled with me.

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He is doing really well with Teaching Textbooks Pre Algebra. Daddy oversees this too and helps when needed.

We are really enjoying reading The Hiding Place together, I don’t normally read aloud to him but I love this book so we are reading together this time!


3rd Grade

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All About Spelling continues to work really well for him.  We are well into level 3, and he is really absorbing the rules. Below you can see him working on a page from the Homophones workbook.  We pull these out whenever they show up in the lessons.

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He is reading a book he is really enjoying now, The Wright Brothers.  I just love when he gets into a good book.  It is hard to find ones that really lure him in, and thankfully this one did!

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We continue with Write Shop D for writing and it is going well.  Still not my favorite thing to teach but we are moving along. The hands on lessons are our favorites, but he still struggles when it comes time to write.  Not his favorite thing.  Although if you give him a blank notebook and no rules, he will write his own chapter book!

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We are almost through First Language Lessons {starting with book 1 and moving quickly} to work on oral comprehension and solid grammar skills.  In addition to this he is using Growing with Grammar 2 which I am loving. I like to do both with him since one is auditory and one is a written workbook style. Below he is working on Growing with Grammar.

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Kindergarten

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I do specific posts for much of Ladybug’s Kindergarten.  Here’s direct links to the posts showing her in action during January {click on the graphic to see the posts}.

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A Color of His Own Unit Study in Action  You Can Read Sight Words Unit 11  Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015  Bible Verse Printables L is for Light John 812

 

She also has other Kindergarten fun that we don’t blog specifically about, and I will include in the wrap up posts here!

Recently I bought the Daily Literacy pack from one of my favorite TPT sellers, Lavinia Pop.  I just love her work and whenever I want something in my head but don’t want to create it myself, I check her store.  I had been wanting to create daily literacy work for years and finally figured it was too late for me to make my own and I just loved hers, so I bought it! Ladybug does one page a day {most days} and it reviews handwriting, letter ID, sight words, CVC words, and beginning sounds.

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I’ve gotten some questions recently, since my Instagram has been showing Ladybug using All About Reading Level 1. I did not give up Logic of English Foundations A to switch to AAR, we are using both.  It’s complicated, I know.  But you see, I was given AAR to review back when Krash was younger, and we loved it.  Then this past fall I was given LOE to review and decided to use it with Ladybug, and we loved it.  So I used LOE up until I felt she had a solid phonics base {all letter sounds, how to blend CVC words, identify beginning/middle/end sound} and then we put LOE away and started AAR 1.  We still have ten more LOE lessons left and we will do these during AAR 1.  The last ten lessons of LOE pull in consonant blends, and when AAR gets to that point we will tie the two together.

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With Krash I began AAR 1 a little too early and he struggled in the beginning and we had to slow down a lot.  With Ladybug it was perfect timing and she is soaring! The foundation she got from LOE was awesome.  So, I know the big question is, “"which one do I like better?”  The answer is both!  If money wasn’t a struggle for someone,  I would recommend using AAR Pre, then LOE Foundations A, then AAR 1. They are both amazing programs, based on similar thinking in regards to teaching literacy. You really can’t go wrong with either one of these programs.

So, for now we are using AAR every day, she begs for lessons.  At the end of February we had completed through lesson 10.

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Anyone who has used AAR knows the fluency pages are a struggle for some kids.  I had this struggle with Krash and after the first day of struggle with her, I decided to make it the best time of the reading lesson and pull out the fruit snacks.  I am not a big fan of rewards of food during school and rarely do this, but in some cases I do and this is one of them.  She gets a snack anyway when we are done, so we just use the snack to make it more fun! She collects her snack one section at a time. Here’s more ideas for making the AAR fluency pages more fun!

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I love, LOVE the All About Reading readers.  They are beautifully illustrated, simple and fun.

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I still use Lessontrek for all of our weekly lesson plans.  It’s so simple and I love it.  For Ladybug, I have general subject areas and then add in what we actually did each day in pencil on the sheet.  I have a very loose plan for Kindergarten and this method works well for us. {use code OPO3 for 3 months free to try Lessontrek yourself!}.

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Lately she has been reading on my bed a lot.  I give her a stack of books and often she will be there for an hour or longer! Lately she has loved getting a stack of AlphaTales books, Brand New Readers, Bob Books, and Scholastic Folk & Fairy Tales.

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You can also see much of our everyday homeschool life on Instagram!

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Old Wrap Up posts from this year are below!

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