Kindergarten with Krash ~ at a glance

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash At a Glance



As I prepare to teach Kindergarten to my daughter at home, I have spent time looking back at our homeschool Kindergarten year with my middle son, since I blogged throughout his K year.  I wanted an easy place to be able to glance back at his posts, and figured it might help some of you also!  This post has direct links, in order, to all of our homeschool Kindergarten with Krash posts!

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash

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Krash began Kindergarten at age 4 years 11 months, in the spring of 2011, and finished the following spring, right before he turned 6. We used Calvert as a base {very loosely}, You Can Read, Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten, All About Reading Level 1, and themes. You’ll notice we did not do all of the RRSK units, he did finish them I just didn’t blog after he finished Kindergarten {all of You Can Read, and all of Calvert K}.

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In the {brackets} you can see details about the posts, including themes, and specific units of YCR and RRSK.  YCR = You Can Read, RRSK = Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten

 

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash

Kindergarten Plans for Krash You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar

You Can Read Intro and Unit 1

K with Krash ~ 1st post {YCR Unit 2}

K with Krash ~ 2nd post {YCR Unit 3, Birds Theme}

K with Krash ~ 3rd post {YCR Unit 4}

K with Krash ~ 4th post {YCR Unit 5, Dragons Theme}

K with Krash ~ 5th post {YCR Review}

K with Krash ~ 6th Post {YCR Unit 6}

K with Krash ~ 7th post {Camping Theme}

Raising Rock Stars Kindergarten Intro

K with Krash ~ 8th post {YCR Unit 7, RRSK Letter A, Pirate Theme}

K with Krash ~ 9th post {YCR Unit 8, RRSK Letter B, Phineas & Ferb and Rainforest Theme}

K with Krash ~ 10th post {YCR Unit 9, RRSK Letter C}

K with Krash ~ 11th post {YCR Unit 10, RRSK Letter D, Fall Theme}

K with Krash ~ 12th post {YCR Unit 11, RRSK Letter E, Monsters Theme}

K with Krash ~ 13th post {YCR Unit 12, RRSK Letter F, Pumpkins Theme}

K with Krash ~ 14th post {YCR Unit 13, RRSK Letter G, Thanksgiving Theme}

K with Krash ~ 15th post {YCR Unit 14, RRSK Letter H, Christmas Theme}

K with Krash ~ 16th post {YCR Unit 15, RRSK Letter I, Christmas Theme}

K with Krash ~ 17th post {YCR Unit 16, RRSK Letter J}

K with Krash ~ 18th post {YCR Unit 17, RRSK Letter K, Angry Birds Theme}

K with Krash ~ 19th post {YCR Unit 28, RRSK Letter L, Webkinz Theme}

K with Krash ~ 20th post {YCR Review,  Skylanders Theme}

K with Krash ~ 21st post {YCR Review, RRSK Letter N & M, Star Wars Theme}

K with Krash ~ 22nd post {RRSK Letter O, Cats Theme}

Summer Sight Word Work

 

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Summer Sight Word Work

Summer Sight Word Work

My boys are working on the Summer Challenge, and one of the ways they earn points is by doing extra schoolwork.  PacMan has the Summer Bridge 4th-5th workbook and it is perfect for solid review.  I may order Krash the K-1st edition if he completes what I already have for him, we’ll see!  Currently Krash is hard at work using printables!

Summer Learning Kindergarten (1 of 4)

I have two main goals for him during our review time, handwriting practice and sight word review.  Sure, there are other things we will review, but those are my two simple goals.  Simple helps keep me focused and not get too overwhelmed.

I made him packets, based on the You Can Read units.  Here is his Unit 1 Review Packet.  On top, I put the box handwriting practice…Summer Learning Kindergarten (3 of 4)

Under that, I added an extra printable set I am creating.  If you use YCR, you are familiar with the “Find the Words in the Sentence” printable, it looks like this:Slide19

I took those same sentences and made a handwriting practice sheet for each sentence, the first worksheet is shown below…Summer Learning Kindergarten (4 of 4)

This style helps with so many objectives; including handwriting, sight words, reading, sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, comprehension and more.Summer Learning Kindergarten (2 of 4)

I am in the process of creating sentence practice worksheets for all 18 units of You Can Read.  The bundled set will be added into the You Can Read Bundle.

For now, I am offering what I have for FREE, if any of you want to try them out as some extra summer work for your rising first grader!  I have completed the first 4 units and put them together with the box handwriting printables {also a YCR extra} for a free Summer Sight Word Work packet! 

~>~>~>~ Download Summer Sight Word Work Here <~<~<~<~


More Summer Work…

We are also using another freebie for our summer work, The Handwriting Book from Growing Kinders.

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I LOVE these pages, for so many reasons, they touch on so many skills.  Summer Learning Kindergarten (2 of 7)

 

Finally, I have a notebook I put together for him, using some free samples from Creative Teaching Press.  I just browsed through their workbooks and printed a few that are at his review level.  Summer Learning Kindergarten (7 of 7)


Motivation

Krash is motivated to do work like this in the summer thanks to our Summer Challenge.  Recently he got his first prize, a Beyblade!  Here he was moments before he earned it, working hard!

Handwriting Practice

Happy Summer Learning!

Kindergarten with Krash … Skylanders

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You Can Read: review

RRSK: Letter Mm {I have NO photos of it!}

Theme: Skylanders


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We used assessment and review materials from You Can Read.  He has completed all 18 of the base units!  We are taking a break fro You Can Read as a whole, but may bring in the color and number word units soon.  We will be focusing on lots of review at this point in the school year, and playing tons of word games.

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he was thrilled that he knew more words this time around!IMG_1933

He did the 10 minute writing word assessment also and was thrilled with how many words he could write!IMG_1929

This is the Teacher’s Prompt sheet.  All of these assessment materials and more are a part of the You Can Read Bundle!IMG_1930

Check out Word Play ideas here, and add yours!

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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.

I plan to up our All About Reading work now that our You Can Read work is complete.  We didn’t do any All About Reading work during Skylanders time, as he was VERY into Skylanders and I worked in his reading practice through the theme!


Skylanders Kindergarten Printables

Our Skylanders school theme lasted for 2 weeks, he absolutely LOVED it!IMG_1553

Matching names, using our mini pocket chart, and his Skylanders…IMG_1737

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Dot painting fractions…IMG_1650

I made him Skylander paper for his Morning Messages, he LOVED this! {I just copied clipart onto plain lined paper using Publisher.}IMG_1592

Matching rhyming words…IMG_1596

Matching descriptive sentences…IMG_1597

Seriously, does it get any better than this?  He was working on cutting out the SKylanders to sort them…IMG_1607

Taping names in the correct boxes…IMG_1748

He used our Rainbow Blocks a LOT to make different forts for his Skylanders, this was just one of them!IMG_1651

One day I looked over and saw the Skylanders using my slippers as transportation devices…IMG_1834


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Here he was copying his Bible verse in his Calendar Notebook on the left, and on the right he was working on a drawing from our Draw, Write, Now book…

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He loves the We Choose Virtues characters.  He always asks to look at the cards!IMG_1773

We finished up learning a lot about Brazil & South America through Little Passports.  This sheet is from Montessori Print Shop, we used it to identify South American animals together!IMG_1780

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iPad learning fun, always fun to see where and how he chooses to sit!IMG_2025

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I get asked a lot about our case-it’s the Trident Kraken II and yes we love it! Educational iPad Apps here, also, iPad Apps-part 2!  The stylus we have that he uses sometimes is this one.


A few items we used…

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

Kindergarten with Krash ~ RRSK/Ll, YCR/Unit 18, Theme/Webkinz

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You Can Read: Unit 18 {new, was, under, be}

RRSK: Letter Ll

Theme: Webkinz


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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.

Here he is taping his verse together, he prefers tape over glue…IMG_1437

He likes the new RRSK Verse Check list.  He was excited to get his star for all of the verses he remembered.  He only struggled with Letter B, but after a few times, he remembered it!  IMG_1444

He completed the graphing activity and really liked this.  All those roll and graph games in Preschool Packs really helped a lot!IMG_1529

Here is Krash singing letter L for you, the tune is “London Bridge.”  This is a tricky one, he never quite got it, so I sang along with him.  We always continue to practice them even after the week is over!  The printable written out the way you sing it is here!

RRSK Letter Ll 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-Pp available in the early access section.


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We used unit 18 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did.  He didn’t quite grasp these words in one week, so we are using them again next week too.  Here he has his notebook set up, we use our Education Cubes inserts on the cover during the week and then transfer them to our cubes for word play.  IMG_1531

He was working on putting his words together…IMG_1534

He always loves BINGO…IMG_1535

He circled words using our dry erase activity board, then pointed them out by color and read them to me.IMG_1875

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We made words with cubes and played the game we played in this post!IMG_1792

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.

Recently we hit a big milestone in reading, lesson 16 in All About Reading which introduces the digraph “th.”  I knew this would be a bit tricky for Krash we we did the same lesson twice.  Thankfully he loved the egg flipping activity!

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imageIt was Webkinz week for Krash and he loved it!  We brought all of our Webkinz friends down to the schoolroom for the week, which was a big treat for all of the kids!IMG_1522

He loved his Webkinz work, here he was writing a sentence about a frog.  He was intimidated at first, but once he did it he thought it was easy!  He is using a neat spacing tool I have had for years {here is a set of 20 on Amazon, but we bought ours individually at a teacher store}.  I use these when my kids are first starting to write sentences so they master spacing right off the bat.  You can easily use a popsicle stick for a spacer if you don’t have this nifty tool.  IMG_1431

He really liked matching the sentences to the animals…IMG_1519

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Sorting rhyming words…IMG_1399

He did all of the printables, I just didn’t take photos!


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He had tons of fun with the magnetic pattern blocksIMG_1622

We found a new fun website thanks to Pinterest, www.Cookie.com.  It has tons of cute games for young kids and the layout of the site is easy to navigate.  Krash has already found a few favorites.  PacMan was sweet and looked through it with him to help him find games he might enjoy!  Here he was playing “Counting Coins.”

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iPad learning fun. Here he was playing Teach Me First Grade!  He has gotten so far in it!IMG_1391

I get asked a lot about our new case-it’s the Trident Kraken II and yes we love it! Educational iPad Apps here, also, iPad Apps-part 2!  The stylus we have that he uses sometimes is this one.


A few items we used…

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


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Kindergarten w/Krash ~ RRSK/Kk, YCR/Unit 17, Angry Birds

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You Can Read: Unit 17 {too, they, must, on}

RRSK: Letter Kk

Theme: Angry Birds


Something New…

Krash has become a tad bit bitter about his Workboxes, so I decided to switch things up for him.  We have switched to a notebook type system and so far he loves it!  He has 3 notebooks,  the 3 notebooks are:

  1. Current Theme {Angry Birds right now}
  2. You Can Read/RRSK {there is a divider in the middle, but I decided to share these 2 programs}
  3. Morning Message

Here he was working during his independent time, coloring his sight words.  I gave him choices as he browsed through his 2 notebooks filled with his weekly work.  I directed him to things that could be done independently and had him choose.IMG_0271

In the You Can Read section, I created a little photo collage of all of the Word Play options he can choose from.  He loved this, and this is where he saw the ping pong balls in the cups idea and chose it {details below}IMG_0251

This is his new Morning Message notebook.  I write him a daily message and we read it together and use it to focus on different skills.  Here he was using a highlighter to find all of the words he could read on his own!IMG_0249

It is a simple lined page I created in Publisher.  I added images to pages featuring many of his favorite characters!


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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.

He always traces his verse on Day 1…IMG_0066

Putting his verse together on day 2, you can see him practicing the song!IMG_0135

 

Here is Krash singing letter K for you, the tune is “She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain.”  The printable written out the way you sing it is here!

RRSK Letter Kk 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-Pp available in the early access section.


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We used unit 17 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did. 

Tracing with his highlighter…IMG_0069

Finding words in sentences…IMG_0498

Using pom pom magnets {hot glue magnets to pom poms} to find his words…IMG_0634

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Review BINGO {YCR add-on}IMG_0318

 

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We saw a new word play game and Krash chose it from the sheet I printed in his notebook.  First Pac quizzed him on his sight words, we make stacks of words he reads quickly and words he doesn’t know as well. IMG_0256

I wrote all of the trouble words on little sticky notes and attached them to plastic cups.  He set up the Angry Birds all around the area.IMG_0258

First, he launched the Angry Birds into the cups, but this was hard.  IMG_0262

I convinced him to switch to ping pong ball rolling.  IMG_0266

He had to read the word on the cup when the ball landed in it.  If he was correct he kept it.  He also had to re-read all of the words he had already collected!

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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 still moving along in AAR, here he was working with me, and the cat.  On the bottom right you can see how I help focus him while he reads from his fluency practice paper.  

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We are starting back up with fun themes, Krash chose Angry Birds first!  We began by gathering every Angry Bird item we had.  Thankfully they got tons for Christmas from the grandparents so we had a wonderful assortment to play with!  We made an Angry Birds Sensory/Imagination Bin, which included all of our toys…IMG_0482

Krash had fun exploring, one day I saw him line up the pigs by size…IMG_0186

He and Ladybug played with the Knock on Wood game pieces a lot…IMG_0190

Of course this had to happen…IMG_0315

 

He loved his Angry Birds notebook, which was filled with all of his Angry Birds Kindergarten Printables.  He chose what he wanted to do each day.  The very first day, he colored a coloring page  I found online and sipped it into the cover.

Dot painting fractions…IMG_0286

We used the Angry Birds we created with our number line.  The bigger ones would cover up groups of 2-3 numbers and he loved the challenge!IMG_0303

Using game pieces to find words that rhyme with pig…IMG_0309

Dot painting sight words he can read…IMG_0289

We found the Angry Birds Math worksheet here.  He loved this…

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Matching and identifying coins and their values…

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More and Less…IMG_0241

See my Angry Birds board on Pinterest

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He enjoyed the Busy Hands Play Dough box combined with our winter sensory binIMG_0076

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iPad learning fun. He graduated from Teach Me Kindergarten to Teach Me First Grade!  He was SO excited to buy 1st grade!  I LOVE the new level, for .99 this app is amazing!Teach Me 1st Grade App

I get asked a lot about our new case-it’s the Trident Kraken II and yes we love it! Educational iPad Apps here, also, iPad Apps-part 2!  The stylus he is using is this one.


Krash was my Instagram star of the week!  As I looked back through our photos I noticed that there were tons of my little guy!  A few of these moments were not captured with the good camera for the blog, so I thought I would share them too since most of you aren’t on Instagram with me!

Watching his new favorite show, Octonauts…

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Working in his Morning Message Notebooks, and coloring Angry Birds…

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Gymnastics fun!  He goes once a week and absolutely loves it!

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Working on a Skylanders shopping list for school, and playing Connect 4 Launchers with me!

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Watching Angry Birds on YouTube, playing Teach Me 1st Grade while Pac cheers him on!

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A few items we used…

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