Kindergarten w/Krash ~ YCR/Unit 8, RRSK/Bb, Phineas & Ferb

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You Can Read: Unit 8 {little, do, we, all}
RRSK: Letter Bb
Theme of the Week: Phineas & Ferb & Rainforest
We had to extend the YCR and RRSK units beyond a week, so he had 2 themes during that time.  A Mini Phineas & Ferb few days and the Rainforest. 

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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 do 2 activities from the set per day, making 10 total activities. 
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Homeschool at its finest, does tracing a Bible verse get any better than this?IMG_3743

I did the cutting for him, he searched for the words as we recalled the verse together as he glued each word down.  TONS of word work going on here, he really likes this activity!IMG_3791

He still wants to teach the songs to other kids, so he made another video for you!    You can download the printable with the verse tune here on the RRSP Letter Bb webpage.

RRSK Letter Bb Bible Verse ~ Matthew 5:9

He really liked glittering the word…IMG_4036

We are pulling the easy reader book out to work on it again.  The easy reader is a part of the Letter Bb RRS Preschool set. Here he was reading his easy reader to me, but struggling a bit so we headed down to the bean bag to cuddle up and read together. 
PacMan saw me getting ready to read with Krash and asked me if he could take a video of us reading together.  I said yes and then thought some of you might want to peek at it.

Signing his name to the story he dictated to me.  He asked me to re-read his story to him many times, even days after we wrote it! IMG_4267
Working on patterns with letter B words…IMG_4120
Learning letter B in sign language…IMG_4123

If you want early access to printables beyond what I have blogged about, you can see info about purchasing here!

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We used unit 8 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did.  He did it all but I only have a few photos!
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Stamping his words {this is a You Can Read Add-On}…IMG_4109
Tracing his words using our dry erase activity centerIMG_4032
Adding to his word caterpillar.  He re-reads the words up there to me, then we add any new words he knows…IMG_4342

I created a new add-on that will available in the You Can Read paid section SOON!  Roll & Graph Sight Words!  Krash loves this game when we play it with our theme packs, so I thought he might enjoy it specifically for his words.  I was right, he LOVED it!  He rolled the cube, read the word and then found it and marked it on his graph.  One of his favorite parts were the “wild cards.”  Since there are only 4 words and 6 spaces, I made 2 spaces wild, so he could choose which word to mark.  Only key-he still has to read the word to me!
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Phineas and Ferb is such a regular things around here.  I used to think it was a one of those “bad shows” until I learned that my friend Shannon’s older kids watched it.  We are very similar in parenting so I figured we could give it a try.  I am SO glad we did, it is hilarious and we all love it, from Ladybug up to Daddy!
I made Krash some Phineas and Ferb Kindergarten Printables and he loved them.  Here he was practicing counting backwards 10-1…IMG_3799
Working with fraction bubbles, using dot paintersIMG_3759
Following my directions…
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Practicing names and values as he sorts coins…IMG_3805


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His very favorite activity, Read and Write the Room!  He actually begged me to put more words up!!!
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Clipping numbers 1-10 on the Rainforest Clip & LearnIMG_4051 

Matching our mini animals to the nomenclature cardsIMG_4072
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Loving the puppets in the rainforest sensory binIMG_3998

We combined our animal cards with our rainforest sensory bin and had a blast night when our friends were over playing.  One child would hold the photo cards and the rest were divided into teams.  In this shot, she is holding up the animal for the teams to search for.IMG_4188
They all run to the bin and crowd around {after rules were given about pushing, touching, etc.} and dig through with only one hand to try to find the animal…IMG_4191

Krash was VERY good at this game!!! It was hard for the other kids, since the names of some of the rainforest animals are not common {tapir, bonobo, mandrill, etc.}
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We got out a new Guidecraft toy for review, Locking Ladders.  Both boys absolutely LOVE these!  Pac said for me to tell my readers it is probably his very favorite Guidecraft toy that we have reviewed {and we have a lot!}.  Here Krash made himself a weight to life on the left, and a camper for people to ride on on the right…
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Another consignment sale treat, Melissa and Doug Cookies.  Played with a LOT this week by all kids!IMG_4079

Krash spends time playing “school” games on the iPad almost daily.  I have a folder set up for him of all of the games he can choose from during “school iPad time.”  He still loves the Bob Books app, which is such great phonics practice!  IMG_3782

Wedgits are always a popular choice for all 3 kids.  Krash has gotten much more elaborate with his building.IMG_4202
My boy has big dreams of being able to do the splits like the Karate Kid.  he is in gymnastics now and LOVING it.  He is very strong and coordinated, it will be neat to see where God takes his abilities.   IMG_3868
He’s a hula-hoop master too.  Both boys are amazing, I don’t get it-I can’t keep it up for a second!IMG_4276 IMG_4275 
Magneatos continue to come out a lot…IMG_4197
Krash has been loving our nightly Table Talkers games, I am amazed with how much learning is going on in that little brain of his!  Enter to win Table Talkers here! IMG_3827


A few items we used…
Visit Preschool Corner {& 5K too} for more fun learning ideas!

Kindergarten with Krash ~ YCR/unit 7, RRSK/Aa, and Pirates

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We are back to school!  I have changed things up a bit for K’s Kindergarten, therefore I will change how I organize the Kindergarten with Krash blog posts.

Each week he will have 3-4 areas: You Can Read, RRSK, Calvert, and a Theme of the Week {if we have one}.  This past week we kicked off our new routine!

We are still using his workboxes, he just uses all 9 now that he is a big boy!


You Can Read: Unit 7 {play, find, to, run}

RRSK: Letter Aa

Theme of the Week: PIRATES


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OK, I must say I am IN LOVE with the fact that RRS has come back into our lives again, I was missing it!  The difference in Krash now is phenomenal!  It has been so fun to revisit this verse and talk about it with him, read the book, and watch him grow.  He just gets it so much more now.  It became very obvious to me this week that expanding RRS to Kindergarten was totally a God thing, as HE has totally shown up this week as we have worked with this RRSK unit.

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 did 2 activities from the set per day, making 10 total activities.

He loved tracing his verse as we practiced it together…IMG_2854

I did the cutting for him, he searched for the words as we recalled the verse together.  We did this on day 2, and he knew the verse tune by this point and was singing it to me in the photo on the right.  He was at the part that says “verse 1” and was holding up his 1 finger!  So cute!

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He has decided {for now at least} that he would like to teach the song to other kids, so he made a video for you!  I sure hope he is willing to do this every week!!  You can download the printable with the verse tune here on the RRSP Letter Aa webpage.

RRSK ~ Letter Aa, Proverbs 15:1

 

He really liked glittering the word…

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then, he chose markers he liked to trace the bottom portion…IMG_3103

LOVE the tongue. Above you can also see the mini book sitting next to him.  We are pulling the book out to work on it again.  The easy reader is a part of the Letter Aa RRS Preschool set.IMG_3106

 

Following my oral directions…IMG_3119

Finding words that start with A and actually enjoying the tracing of the letters!IMG_2936

Practicing counting and writing numbers through 20…IMG_3200

 

At the end of the unit he told me his story, which I love. Slide15 He was a bit confused, but that’s to be expected.  I explained that I wanted him to look at the picture {of the mom with the kids on the couch} and think of a story to tell me about it.

Here it is:

Once there was a snowy week then soon happened a tornado came after the snow.  Soon the storm stopped.  Then they were driving in a car and they were speeding like super fast and they got in trouble.  Then they were driving in the car again and soon there was another tornado and they drove into it.  Then they turned and went in their bedrooms and sat on the couch with their mom.  She said, “it will be alright kids.”  They went to bed and went to sleep until the storm stopped.  The tornado was crazy, it kept going and going!  It barley stopped for 15 hours and then the snow came back.  Then they were finally happy.  They shouted to God, “ Thank you for stopping this storm.”

He loved watching me write and kept saying, “man that is a big word, wow!”  Dictating stories teaches kids so many things, I hope you enjoy this with your young children too!

RRSK Letter Aa Printables Here!


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We used unit 7 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did…

Tracing is so much more fun with a Dollar Tree pen…IMG_2924

Now that he is a big boy, he colored all 4 Color by # Sight Words in one sitting, and I laminated them to use for Word Play!IMG_2842

He also used them as templates as he put together his words.IMG_2848

He completed a word reading assessment and read 21 correctly, missing 11-which showed me the words he needed to work on.  One of the new activities Annie from The Moffat Girls has created: Sight Word Graphing, featured one of his trouble words: said, as well as the sight word for RRSK Letter Aa: away, so I had him work on it!IMG_3212

Funny Fonts with dot paintIMG_3194

Tracing his words using our dry erase activity centerIMG_3090

Finding words in sentences {one of his favorites}…IMG_3692

At the end of the week, we will be adding to his word caterpillar.  He re-reads the words up there to me…IMG_3698

…then heads to the floor with me to see if he can read any others that he has learned so far.  He cannot add them to the caterpillar until he can read them quickly on his own!  IMG_3705

 

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Probably the most fun word play ever. Get your nerf guns out and start shooting.

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Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!


 *~*~ PIRATES!~*~*

My boy loves pirates.  I don’t really dig them, but oh well…it made for a fun theme!  See links to the resources we used here in the Pirate Theme Post.

Here he is clipping his pirate soundsIMG_2927

Using The Moffat Girls Pirate Counting by 10 printables in our wall pocket chart

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He also did the counting by 10’s puzzle from the same pirate set…IMG_3085

The Kindergarten Printables were a HUGE success!  Probably his favorite part-which surprised me!  He loved learning more than/less than with the pirate images and alligator.  We joked that the alligator would only eat MORE.  We used our mini pocket chart and played the “game” many times and in various ways.  Sometimes leaving the alligator out, sometimes putting him in first and putting the amounts in the proper place.  Best part-he had no CLUE he was learning , he just had fun!IMG_3110

The number line activity was his very favorite and he asked to play with me in his free time! First, I taught him that it was a number line and we talked about why.  We practiced counting and then began hiding numbers under the pirate.  It turned into a fun close-your-eyes game and he greatly improved his “counting-on” skills while playing!IMG_3206

He also loved sorting coins with the pirates!IMG_3219

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Playing the pirate graphing game from 2 Teaching MommiesIMG_2856

Reading MANY pirate books!IMG_2839


K with Krash Misc

Building with Guidecraft City Blocks is always a favorite…  IMG_2894

Magneatos continue to come out a lot, this was a special waterfall shower contraption…IMG_2876

Helping Ladybug with her work-he LOVES this!IMG_3010

He too loved the tong game, you can read about it here!

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He adores our kitchen, you can see my full review about it here! IMG_3037

Krash lived up to his nickname getting his very first stitches this past week!  He got two on his forehead after tumbling from the high monkey bars while on the playground at church.  he was such a trooper!!!IMG_3124


A few items we used…

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

Understanding RRSP, YCR, and MO

This post was originally written in September 2011, and was updated in June 2014.

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I know, I know…I have weird names and sometimes things on my site are hard to understand. It seems that the paid items I offer tend to be the most confusing and I can understand why. I hope this post explains a bit more about what they are and include.

#1 Members Only PowerPoint Section {often referred to as MO}

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The MO section should have a better name, I know. When I launched it, I was new and just came up with a generic name. In hindsight, I should have been more specific and named it something like POWERPOINT SHOWS. I think it would cause even more confusion if I changed the name now, so I will just keep explaining it to new people!

The Members Only PowerPoint section is $15 to join and is a LIFETIME membership. There is no recurring fee. It is a one time payment and then you have access to a link/password and can download any shows I create. I have a details page showing you exactly what is there currently.

In addition to the PP shows, there is a section where the RRSP {Raising Rock Stars Preschool} lessons are linked up, and there is an entire series of PowerPoint shows just for RRSP. This is where the confusion comes in. Many people think the MO section is the RRSP section. It just hosts the PowerPoint shows for RRSP.

So in a nutshell think POWERPOINT SHOWS when you think Members Only!

 


#2 You Can Read Bundle {abbreviated YCR, sometimes just called “ad-free”}

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The bundle includes 18 base sight word units + color words and number words. There are also several bonus items which are only available on the ad-free bonus page. I have many units available for free, you can see those here.

The You Can Read Ad-Free/Bonus Section is $10, and is also a one time fee. You get a link/password and can save it and come back to download at any time. You will also have unlimited access to any bonus YCR items I add in the future!

 


#3 RRSP Bundle {Raising Rock Stars Preschool}

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This is my most recent addition and is basically a glorified and simple version of the printable RRSP units. I worked hard to bundle them up in a neat and organized folders and also added several bonus printables to the new download bundle! You can see details about the bonus materials that were added here.

The RRSP Download Bundle is $10 and with the one time fee you get a link/password where you can download your 2 folders {1 for base units and 1 for extras}. I will also add any other bonus printables to this webpage so you can come back in the future.

There is a RRSP Bundle DISCOUNT available in the Members Only section. So, if you join the MO section, you can then purchase the RRSP Bundle for just $8.

All base RRSP units are available for FREE here, just scroll down until you see the blue section with the letters in it!

 


#4 RRSK Bundle 

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This is the  Kindergarten version of RRSP. Learn more here.

Units A-P are available for free so you can decide if this is a wise investment for your family!

 


#5 Animal ABC 

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I offer  Animal ABC  in a bundled format for $10.  You get access to all files, plus future access to any extras I add.  All links to files are added to the private download page and you can come back at any time to download anything new I add.

 Free files available are located on the main Animal ABC page, just scroll down to see them!


#6 Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z

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Learn more about Raising Lil’ Rock Stars here!

 


Why sell anything?

Why not give it all for free as a majority of my printables are {Preschool Packs, Tot Packs, Clip & Learn, Montessori Printables, Preschool Printables, Kindergarten Printables, Tot School Printables, & more}?

I believe 100% in giving as much as I can away for free in order to serve others. When my blog began to grow years ago, and take time away from my family, my husband and I prayed about what to do. At the time I was studying the Proverbs 31 woman using this awesome study guide book. We prayed for a long time and then ventured into learning about selling a few things online to supplement our missionary income. We felt this was where God was leading us and we have been truly blessed! My blog is both a service to others and a service to my family by alleviating some of the financial strain that we have been through in the past. My blog is something my entire family gets excited about and is on board with. Especially my husband and my oldest son!

If you are in a financial situation that makes you completely unable to consider paying for any of my paid items, but you feel they would benefit your family…please email me. I don’t want anyone to be without something that could help their family.


I hope that helps you understand what I sell, why I sell it, and what you will get when you make a purchase!

PS-If you have ANY problems downloading or printing any of my PDF files, please see my FAQ section and be sure to go to the Facebook link in the last bullet point for troubleshooting tips. I get emails about this almost daily! I don’t mind helping you, but it usually takes me awhile to get back to you and I don’t want anyone to be frustrated!

Kindergarten with Krash

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It has been a very eventful summer for us and although Krash has been doing tons of school stuff in his free time, I haven’t gathered it together for a blog post!   He is HIGHLY motivated by the summer challenge and has earned over 80 points! Here he is showing off one of his prizes {Kung Zhu from Target clearance aisle, pets were only $2.50!}IMG_7871

Another fun prize the boys worked together to earn was the Angry Birds game, which is awesome!!!IMG_0066

 

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We have been working with unit 6 from You Can Read  lately.  I haven’t taken many photos of him at work because he has been flying through his work faster than ever. Here’s a glimpse into the You Can Read work he has done recently…

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Finding words in sentences using our dry erase activity centerIMG_8118

Cutting and gluing words…IMG_9990

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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 chose a friend to help him.  I rolled the cube for him {or he did if he wanted to}…IMG_0852

He had to read the word and then run to find it as fast as he could.After the turtle found the word, he gave the word to me.  We kept going until all review words were found!

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Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!

 

Random Summer Learning Fun …

We have enjoyed our themes this summer, although haven’t done nearly as much as I had hoped to do! I was amazed with how much Krash enjoyed learning the facts from the 4th of July Calendar Connections cards! He also really enjoyed playing the graphing game from the Independence Day Printables set.

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Visiting the actual Liberty Bell was MUCH more exciting for him since he “knew” what it was!!IMG_0114

 

We had fun with our bug theme, the highlight being the butterfly book the boys worked on TOGETHER! I love how it turned out and the effort they put into it. Yes, I admit they did earn points for the summer challenge-2 a piece, but it was worth it to see the end result!IMG_0062

 

Lately we have been exploring ponds and having our “updoors” neighbors over a ton. Our living situation is a long story but here’s the basics…my parents own an apartment above the schoolroom and our friends and ministry partners live in it. They are currently caring for 5 nieces and nephews due to major illness in the family. They are a young couple and only married less than 2 years. We have opened up our home to them so they can have more space. A tiny 2 bedroom apartment isn’t exactly perfect for 5 rambunctious children!! Our kids LOVE this arrangement and it has actually been fun having a few more “students” sometimes!

Here’s Krash with L, who I teamed up with him one day to work on his frog life cycle craft.IMG_0756

One day we did a group drawing lesson and all learned to draw a frog…

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Krash particularly likes all of the stuffed friends we add to the schoolroom for any theme we do. They always join him to work. Here he was working on the rhyming words and what’s the difference from the Pond Life Preschool Pack.IMG_0848

 

He has done tons of outside playing, and yes he got another haircut in the midst of the summer, I love it!

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He learns gobs of social skills when we have his younger friend J over. J is even feistier than Krash and this is a wonderful learning experience for both of them!

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Lots of indoor playing too, on the way too hot days. Building with Guidecraft City Blocks is always a favorite…IMG_6430 

He is also really enjoying our new felt sets from Betty Lukens!IMG_9987

 

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!

Kindergarten with Krash ~ Review

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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.

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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!