Kindergarten with Krash ~ Review


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


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!!!

You Can Read Bundle Extras

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.


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

You Can Read Sight Words Unit Review BINGO2


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

You Can Read Sight Words Word Count Assessment1 You Can Read Sight Words Word Count Assessment3

You Can Read Sight Words Word Count Assessment2 You Can Read Sight Words Word Count Assessment5 You Can Read Sight Words Word Count Assessment4


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

You Can Read Sight Word Search You Can Read Sight Word Search2


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

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Sight Word Caterpillar   Sight Word Caterpillar


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


You Can Read Stamp a Word


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!


You Can Read Sight Words Graphing 1   You Can Read Sight Words Graphing


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 4




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 4 from You Can Read, for 1 week, as he caught onto these words quickly!You Can Read Sight Words Set 4 

Here colored his sight word color by # words…

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Word shapes…IMG_3215

Making words, using our mini pocket chartIMG_3218



Play Dough Words, he really likes these now that I made our own play doughIMG_3265

We did them with and without the sheets.  I made the word for the without the sheets and he had to read them.IMG_3196


Funny fonts…IMG_3453


This week after finding the 4 unit words, I gave him a different color and had him circle any other words he could read…IMG_3587

After he circled them, I had him go back and read any circled words and if he read it correctly he got a red dot.  Then we added up his score which he thought was really cool!IMG_3588


Coloring the books by word…IMG_3594


He used his box handwriting cards which are an add-on 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 section}.  These are challenging to him but a great 1 on 1 teaching tool for letter formation.  If he gets overly frustrated, we stop.IMG_3459


Word-Play-rectangle4Word Play is a BIG component to our Kindergarten learning.  Here are a few of the active things we did recently with his new words, be sure to visit the main Word Play linky to see MANY ideas!

After he colors his sight words, I cut off the end and laminate the cards. This week we used our cubes and word cards from Education Cubes for the You Can Read program along with our word cards.  Krash rolled the cube and then had to toss his funny ball onto the matching word.IMG_3373


We played “erase the wrong spellings”…IMG_3599


He continues to LOVE our easy readers, we are using First Little Readers, and Sight Word Readers. I didn’t get any action shots this week!  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.  I introduced the 3rd book and he was really challenged by this one!  He read it, but struggled remembering that he had to sound words out.  He asked if he could read the easier Bob book instead!


One day he asked me to help him draw the Bob characters from his book, it was really fun! IMG_3261.



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 have changed up our afternoon group time to rotate between Spanish, Geography and Drawing.  It is not a set schedule-the choice is based on how I feel or what they choose.

We use Draw with Rich and also our Draw, Write, Now books for most of our drawings.  Although we have used a few other sources.  I plan to pick up my “Something Special” blog series and focus on these 3 areas. 

After the boys and I draw together, Pac Man heads upstairs to do independent school time.  Krash often wants to write a story about what he drew, here’s one he dictated to me…

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We are using Erica’s Road Trip USA coloring sheets along with our USA Geography PowerPoint show.  The kids are loving the coloring sheets, I plan to share more later!IMG_3357


We are using Speekee for Spanish and loving it. I have a full review and giveaway coming soon-so more on that later!  After watching an episode one day, we played with our Leapfrog Spanish memory game…IMG_3437


Just when you think they might be a bit old for a sensory binIMG_3419

YES-they picked up every.single.bean.


Krash also LOVES our Twisters and Twister Curves!!!IMG_3515


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 Lesson Plans

I have been using special lesson plans just for our You Can Read work and finally got the file ready to share!  The first page is the general plan we are using, so you can see how I am spreading ours out.  The empty spaces are for Word Play ideas I fill in each week.Slide1

I also included a blank page for you to write your own plans in if you’d like to plan out your week this way!Slide2

Many units are taking Krash 2 weeks, so we don’t always finish my plan and will just repeat the activities the following week if we are using the same words.  The 2nd week is filled with much more word play also.

The lesson plan files are in the ad-free/bonus section of You Can Read, or you can download a copy right here!

Word Play ~ Learning to Read is FUN!

Word Play -  Learning to read is fun!

Learning to read doesn’t always involve a book or a piece of paper!  There are many, many fun ways to incorporate word work into your little one’s school time.  This post will be an ongoing collection of many word play ideas, many of which I used while using my You Can Read program!

In no particular order, here are many hands on ideas for word play fun!  Some are new ideas, some are ideas I used when I taught public school Kindergarten.  Some are my ideas, some are ideas that have been passed down by teachers through the years!  

Make words with small objects!  Favorites are jewels {we have gotten ours at Dollar Tree and various craft stores}, and Learning Links.  The possibilities are endless with this!

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Take the idea a step further and challenge your child to find toys to make words out of!  Here we used Twisters/Twister Curves… IMG_3489


Stamp words!  He was actually stamping Batman this day, but we also use them to stamp our sight words! {we just ordered these cool stamps, they aren’t here yet though!}IMG_8896


Which Word is Right?  Mom ~ write 3 spellings of the sight word, only 1 correct.  Have your child erase the wrong words, leave the correct spelling!  Throw in a little healthy fruit snack as a treat for getting the answer correct!IMG_9562


Dry Erase Writing…Simply have your child write the word you call out on a dry erase board.  Allow him/her to look at the word wall if needed to keep things positive!IMG_0591


Word Wall Search…Use a toy {Krash uses his favorite dolphin to jump} find the word you {or a helpful sibling} call out on the word wall!IMG_0785


Make the word with large foam letters from a floor puzzle {we got ours for $10 at Ross a few years back}.  Krash is also using his dolphin to flip the ball down the word as he calls out the letters to spell and say the word!IMG_1123


Use small letter tiles {or abc magnets} to make words and a fun pointer to have your child point to the words you call out.  Before starting this, you could also work with your child on putting the ABCs in order!IMG_1313


Roll & Read…Use an cube and an Education Cubes insert, having your child roll and read!IMG_2150

See how active this idea can really get!!!


Water paint the words outside on a warm day!  Add in a cube for even more active play.  Krash rolled the cube, ran to get it, ran back and painted the word!IMG_3011


Use the Leap Frog Word Whammer to spell phonetic 3 letter words.  I thought it was hilarious that the whammer asked K to spell pub!IMG_3236


Lay out the words your child knows {ours are cut and laminated from our color by # cards}.  IMG_3373


Have your child roll the cube {or you can just yell out a word}, and toss a fun object/ball onto the correct word!IMG_3383


Make words out of play dough {I recommend this recipe}… IMG_3196


Do you have an idea for word play fun?

  • Feel free to link up any idea that involves learning words in a fun, hands-on way!  This is not going to be a weekly linky, just a large gathering of ideas in one place.  You can come back and link up new ideas when you write posts about them!  I will link to this Word Play post in each of my Kindergarten with Krash posts. Please Note ~ Links that do not share a family friendly reading idea will be removed in order to help others searching specifically for word play ideas!