Organizing You Can Read

Organizing You Can Read Sight Words

As I prepare You Can Read to use with Ladybug, I am appreciating some organizational methods I put into place when using it with Krash!  It is making it very easy for me to get things ready for her! I have never shared how I organize it all and thought maybe I should! 

Not familiar with You Can Read?  It is a sight word program for younger readers who are eager to learn to read, but still need lots of hands on fun in the process. It can be used with younger kids who are showing interest or for any age child who is just learning to read.  The 18 units are based on the Dolch Pre Primer & Primer Sight Word lists, as well as a few I added in, for a total of 72 words. There is also a color and number word set.  The base 18 units are available for free here.  There is also a Bundle for $10 which gives you the additional word units plus all of the extras, plus one simple download for the base units.

 

The main organizational tool I use with this program…

Accordion File Folders

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I got mine at Target when they were in the dollar section {maybe for $3, I can’t remember}. I have 3 folders like this to fit all of the units in, this is just the one that holds the first units {there are 18 base units plus color and number words}. I used the little tabs that came with the folder to write the unit number and the actual words in that unit.

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What’s in the folder?

 

All of the base printables {many are laminated to be reused, so I had none of that to do for Ladybug}. I just looked for what was missing {consumable like the color by word} and printed those for Ladybug.

 

Printable Extras from the You Can Read Bundle~ You Can Read includes many special extras that are ONLY available in the bundle.  I chose which ones I want to use for her and print those also.

You Can Read Bundle Extras

One of the extras is a sensory bin word search which has tons of tiny laminated words.  I sort ours in this awesome plastic tray. I had to re-sort all of our words {such fun} since I dropped it as I was pulling it down off of the storage shelf!

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Extras from other sources ~ I use a few printables from other sources. First, the sight word color by number printables that are located here. I printed her a new set to color, and also included the set Krash colored which is laminated so we could play matching games with them! We also use Education Cube inserts that were made specifically for You Can Read by my friend Jenn.

 

Sight Word Readers & First Little Readers ~ We have 2 sets of small easy readers we use and I have them all labeled with the key sight words in the books. Some books could go along with different units, so I just sorted them based on how many we had for each unit. If you use other sight word based easy readers, you can find key sight words in them and sort them out by unit.  We also have an old set of Open Court K readers which I have sorted also. 

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The Sight Word Readers already have the key sight words printed on the front.

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I sort the books I want to use for each unit and file them in the pockets so I don’t have to go hunting when we get to each unit!

 

Here’s a peek at the stash for Unit 1…

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You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar Extra

You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar

I am preparing to use You Can Read with my daughter and my brain is spinning again! I recently made a new sight word caterpillar and I have a couple more “extras” coming which are free for those of you who own the You Can Read BundleThe extras are added to your private download page! If you have the bundle & lost your private page link and password, just email me and give me your information {PayPal email if you purchased, or any other info I would need}. I can resend your login info if necessary.

First, we have a new You Can Read Sight Word Caterpillar.  Sight Word Caterpillars are a popular way to display sight words that kids are working on, you can see them on a lot of blogs and in classrooms.  This caterpillar has all of the You Can Read words in order, to make it easier to use alongside of the program. I needed a new one since I lost many of the circles from Krash’s caterpillar!

As Ladybug goes through the units, we will slowly build our word caterpillar and use it for easy review each week! The first 4 YCR words are shown below…

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Not using You Can Read, but want a caterpillar for free that you can print?  Here’s one you can download from Confessions of a Homeschooler! Or, here’s a blank one I saw, you could write your own words on!

See more about the You Can Read Bundle here!

See ALL of the EXTRAS only in the You Can Read Bundle here!

I have more You Can Read goodness coming your way, stay tuned!

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

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links used below}

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 18, 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

 

Other Helpful Homeschool Kindergarten Posts

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!

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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…

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