Create Your Own Alphabet Posters

Create Your Own Alphabet Posters

Involving young children in the early years is one of my favorite things. When decorating a classroom, teachers often use cute pre-made letter posters to showcase the alphabet. What if your child helped create their own Alphabet Posters for the wall in their classroom, homeschool room or even their bedroom?

This new printable set included two different poster options and both are included in the free sample download and the full download.

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Each letter offers 6-8 images for your child to add to each poster, showcasing words that begin with that letter.

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These posters are great for letter identification, beginning sound awareness, letter formation visuals, and give your child something that s/he participated in to create – which often means s/he will pay more attention to the final product! “I did it!” goes a long way with little kids! 

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Find this set in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop!

You’ll see an option to download a free preview sample which includes letters A, B & C as well as the full alphabet available for purchase!

Create Your Own Alphabet Charts

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Looking for more fun beginning sound printables?

Check out our Beginning Sound Mazes and our What Begins With… sets!

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Homeschooling Kindergarten

BYB Kindergarten

Homeschooling a Kindergartner? It’s one of my very favorite years of homeschooling! As a former public school Kindergarten teacher, it is most certainly a passion of mine and I am thrilled to share some fabulous resources with you so you can confidently homeschool your own Kindergartner.

This year’s Build Your Bundle is filled with amazing resources which you could use for Kindergarten!

BYB 2018 Kindergarten Favorites

I don’t believe in a strict plan for homeschooling Kindergarten, but take more of a “meet your child where s/he is at” approach. Some Kindergartner’s are at more of a Pre-K learning/developmental level and some are more of a 1st grade+ level. As I share these top picks, be sure to keep your own specific child in mind.

    

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Short on time, but want MANY resources for early childhood? Skip the Build Your Own and grab all 3 Early Learning Bundles. You buy 2 and get the third one for FREE!

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Early Learning #1 – $29

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Early Learning #2 – $29

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Early Learning #3 – FREE!

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Have some time to browse?

Have some time and want to Build your Own? Scroll through this post, make a list of what stands out to you, be sure to notice the downloadable visual version and spreadsheet I made to help you. You’ll find that after I go through the individual products.

Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z

My very own Raising Little Rock Stars Through the Bible A to Z is a fabulous option for your Kindergartner! New to RLRS? Read this post! This is a curriculum I wrote and it is the one most dear to my heart. So much time went into the writing and creating of this one! If you are looking for a way to bring the Bible into your Kindergarten {or PreK or 1st grade}, while also working through the alphabet, this is a simple way to do it!

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THE RLRS Bundle is included in the Early Learning # 2 Bundle, or can be added to a Build Your Own!

     

 

DAILY REVIEW

This is a fabulous product and is in the Early Learning #1 Bundle. I love daily review work like this and this product looks great!

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MATH

One area to focus on with your Kindergartner is math. You can see my K Math Goals post here.

Grab these in a pre-made Early Learning Bundle, or add to a Build Your Own!

No Prep K Math Unit 1 – Early Learning #1

No Prep K Math Unit 2 – Early Learning #2

DIY Calendar & Weather Center – Early Learning #1

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LITERACY

We fill our Kindergarten year with literacy galore. Reading books, practicing phonics, learning sight words, exploring writing, and everything else in between! I love having a variety of resources to use so I can switch it up if desired. See my Kindergarten Literacy Goals post here.

The BYB is a great way to stock up on resources so you’ll have them if needed!

Sight Words

We used my You Can Read Sight Word program as our base program for memorizing the Dolch Sight Words. These Sight Word products from the BYB would go along perfectly!

Grab these in a pre-made Early Learning Bundle, or add to a Build Your Own!

Sight Word Fluency Mini-Books – Early Learning #1

40 Early Sight Word Readers –Early Learning #2

No-Prep Sight Words-Early Learning #1

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Handwriting and Letter ID

Many choose to focus on handwriting skills in Kindergarten and Maze Writer is a innovative and fun way to do this. Maze Writer is included in the Early Learning #1 Bundle

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Phonics and Handwriting

Phonics with Penmanship is another great product! You can find Year 1 in the Early Learning #1 and Year 2 in the Early Learning #2.

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Word Families

We used our You Can Read Word Families as a fun way to learn word families. This would be a great product to go along with that if you use it! This is a $75 value and is found in Elementary #3.

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ALL INCLUSIVE

Looking for something all-inclusive? I found two! There’s a full Charlotte Mason-Inspired Kindergarten Curriculum in the Charlotte Mason Bundle and Kindergarten Complete {$140 value}  is in the Early Learning #3 Bundle.

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SCIENCE

I love this Learning About Science Collection. Volume 1 would be great to begin using with your Kindergartner. I actually bought this and am using some of it with me 3rd grader, it is a great {and simple} way to expose early science topics.

Take your younger elementary students on an exploration of life science, earth science, and physical science with the Learning About Science Collection, Level 1. These seven books study how plants grow, common fruits and vegetables, animal habitats, senses and body systems, life cycles, the earth’s layers, earthquakes, volcanoes, states of matter, and more.

Sneak a bigger peek into this one in my Facebook video here.

You can find this in Elementary #1

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BIBLE & CHARACTER

My absolute favorite is the Grapevine Bible Sampler – we love Grapevine Bible Studies! Grab this in the Early Learning #1. Looking for some charts to help your kids focus on character qualities? Find the Kids Character Charts in the Parenting Bundle.

Others to look into:

What is God Doing – Character Bundle

Kid’s Character Charts – Parenting Bundle

Prepared to Stand {Student} – Character Bundle

Prepared to Stand {Leader} – Character Bundle

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MORE FUN for Your KINDERGARTNER

Going beyond the basics of literacy and math brings us to a few more fun products to consider for your Kindergartner. We absolutely LOVE Maestro Classics and Peter & the Wolf just happens to be our very favorite. You can grab the MP3 Download and a lapbook to go along in the Fine Arts Bundle!

No-Prep Crafts can be found in Early Learning # 1.

      

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How to Get it ALL for the BEST Price…

Do you want most of that? Want to see the best way to get it for the lowest cost? I did the work for you and created a spreadsheet to show you! Keep in mind, you can easily replace items on this spreadsheet with others you may want more. There are also 2 blanks in the final FREE bundle for you to add more items! This is just a sample of how you could use the Buy 2 Get 1 Free to Build your Own Bundles!

CLICK HERE to see a PDF of the Kindergarten choices and how I arranged the Build Your Own Bundles to get them all.

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CLICK HERE to download it in Excel version so you can edit the file for yourself and make a plan customized for YOU!

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BYB 2018 Kindergarten Resources

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New Kindergarten Math Interactive Notebook

Sometimes a friend of mine creates a product I wish I had created! I have always wanted to make a math focused curriculum for Kindergarten and now I don’t have to! My friend Valerie from The Crafty Classroom has the most amazing new Kindergarten Interactive Math curriculum!

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Kindergarten Math

This Kindergarten Math Curriculum covers an entire year of hands-on math activities and games….but best of all, like all of Crafty Classroom’s products, it is low-ink, print and go!

To celebrate this new product launch they are offering an incredible deal: If you order the $50 Kindergarten Bundle (that includes the best selling R.E.A.D. Curriculum Notebook along with the NEW Interactive MATH.) Then you will get the $15 R.E.A.D. Review Pack FREE! That is a $15 savings!

Offer ends July 3rd, 2017, not valid with other offers.

Add the R.E.A.D. and Interactive Math to your cart and then enter code: FREEPACK to get the free $15 bonus review pack added!

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Looking for more Crafty Classroom fun, see our feature of the Grammar Interactive Notebook here!Fun Grammar Review from The Crafty Classroom



Kindergarten Literature Units ~ Free Printables!

Kindergarten Literature Units

Are you looking for Homeschool Kindergarten curriculum? One of my favorite parts about our Kindergarten year with Ladybug was our Kindergarten Literature Units. We used 9 different units, all created based on her interests. The units I created are totally free for you to print and use!

Each unit has a sample lesson plan to guide you, as well as printables to expose skills in many different areas {language, math, science, character development, Bible and more}. If you’d like to see what we did alongside of these units, you can see a couple of posts sharing our homeschool Kindergarten journey below.

Think you might want to try a Kindergarten Literature Unit? Below you will find direct links to all of the literature units we have available! The units are listed in the order that my daughter completed them, but you can go in any order you want. Enjoy!

Book: Hi! Mr. Pizza Man

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Book: My Cats Nick and Nora

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Book: The Selfish Crocodile

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Book: A Color of His Own

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Book: The Dog Who Had Kittens

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Book: Goose

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Book: Mr. Cookie Baker

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Book: Counting is for the Birds

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Book: Five Little Chicks

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Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices ~ Year-End Review

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review

The homeschool curriculum choices blog posts are great, but what I really want to know is what families thought AFTER they used the curriculum they chose!  I will be sharing a series of posts with you; evaluating our choices in each grade level and our group subjects.

Next, Kindergarten! Here’s a reminder of the original Kindergarten Curriculum Choices post, and here are our literacy and math goals.

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals  Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

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Below I will go through each one separately and tell you our thoughts now that the year is complete. But before I do that I want to answer the most frequently asked question I get about our Kindergarten – always about our daily routine!

Although every day was different, and things changed throughout the year, here’s a basic outline of what we did each week…

  • Literature Units ~ almost every day we usually did 1-3 activities per day.
  • YCR Sight Words ~ more intense in the beginning, with up to 3 activities per day, more mild in the end when she was learning the words faster.  1-2 activities per day, only 2-3 days a week.
  • YCR Word Families ~ same as above, more intense and daily in the beginning, only 2 days a week near the end.
  • RLRS ~ we usually did one letter per week, doing 1 activity per day.  For most of the year she did the coloring page, the letter tracing page and the glue the verse page.  This was a small part, although we did spend lots of casual time talking about the verse and learning the verse tune.
  • Logic of English Foundations A~ we did a few lessons per week, depending on the lessons.  I would stop when she seemed done.  Some of the lessons were longer so there wasn’t an exact method to this.
  • All About Reading 1 ~ we started this in the early spring and she flew through it usually doing at least one lesson per day, sometimes more {at her request}
  • Spielgaben ~ we usually only did 1 formal lesson per week, sometimes 2.  There was free play a lot but I usually only planned 1-2 lessons per week.  I loved the simple and engaging math lessons we did with Spielgaben, which we are still doing and will do throughout 1st grade!
  • Daily Literacy & Spelling ~ she did this with Daddy, usually about 3-4 times per week. She really liked both, so it was a pretty simple add in.

Kindergarten Literature Units

I created these units on a whim and they were by far my favorite part of her homeschool year!  This was the core of her math curriculum, building in Kindergarten math skills in a simple way. She loved these units as much as I did. I am so glad I went with this plan, it was a great fit for her.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed during her Kindergarten year, in the order we did them.

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You Can Read Sight Words

This was a great fit for Ladybug, as it was for Krash when he used it. She picked up on sight words quickly and enjoyed the units.  Near the end we actually stopped before the units were complete because I “pretested” her before preparing the next unit and she already knew the words!  Her reading skills really took off in the spring and there was no need to work on words she already knew!  So, we stopped YCR Sight Words after Unit 13 {skipping units 14-18}.  We did very little with the color/number word units also, since she knew those words too.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed this year.

You Can Read Sight Words Kindergarten Year End Review

You Can Read Word Families

I only wish I had created these earlier in the year.  I added them in a bit too late in the year but she still loved them.  After 7 units she had mastered CVC words so I didn’t even use the remaining units I had created with her.  Had we begun earlier we would have been able to use them all I bet.

Here’s a recap of the units she completed, click to see the post!

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Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z

She enjoyed learning verses with me, but this wasn’t her favorite part of homeschooling Kindergarten.  She didn’t dislike it, she just preferred other subjects. It was a very simple way to do a few things ~ memorize and learn verses, work on handwriting, reinforce new words within the verses and practice sight words. We didn’t make it through the entire alphabet, mostly due to life circumstances slowing us down.  We are currently still finishing!

See all of the units we have done here

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Logic of English Foundations A

We both LOVED LOE Foundations A!  I explained how we used this curriculum along with All About Reading in this post.  We were given LOE to review and I wanted to give it a try.  It ended up being the perfect thing to use right before All About Reading Level 1.

I tried to write out my review of this but just couldn’t so I made a video instead.  It’s about 6 minutes, walking you through the parts I really liked about this curriculum.

All About Reading Level 1

We began AAR 1 after we hit lesson 30 in LOE A, around February. It was the perfect transition and she has breezed through the All About Reading lessons.

She LOVED the books and so do I.  We will be moving on with AAR and beginning level 2 soon! Here’s a post I shared about organizing All About Reading.

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Spielgaben

This was such a fun part of our homeschool and a part that I am really glad we added in.  Much of her math knowledge has come from working with our Spielgaben set. We will be continuing on with Spielgaben for 1st grade, mainly for math.

Spielgaben in Homeschool Kindergarten  Spielgaben ~ Is it Worth it

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Integrity Time Bible

I truly love this program, but sadly I had to let it go when we were going through our move, and my husband’s injury recovery.  It was the extra that just had to give. She really, really liked the lessons, I just didn’t make time to add them back in once we moved. Integrity Time Bible -1175

Daily Literacy

We loved our Daily Literacy work and I made a little video to give you a better look…

Spelling

I ordered a simple spelling book using Zulily credit and I am so glad I did.  It ended up being a great fit for my daughter, here’s a peek in a video I made

Kindergarten Apps

We used some great apps this year and I share them in this post.  I love everything listed and we will continue to use our iPad for homeschool learning in 1st grade too!

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Learning Apps

Want to see more of Kindergarten in action? Browse through our wrap-up posts, they are listed in order here and there’s a section for each of my kids in each post.


Stay tuned, I will be sharing our year-end review for our All Together subjects.  I will also be sharing our curriculum choices for 8th grade, 4th grade, 1st grade and All Together subjects.

We already shared our 7th Grade Year-End Review and our 3rd Grade Year-End Review.

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review  7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices Year-End Review