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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Well winter is in full swing and my kids are starting to get ready for Valentine's Day.  Do you need a few extra worksheets to help keep your kids engaged while you have reading groups? I love using these for morning work, homework, and I always throw a few in my sub folder .... just in case.

This month we are working on addition and subtraction.


Counting and Making Sets.


Comparing and Ordering Numbers


Reading Nonsence Words, and Word Families


Rhyming, Spelling and Vowels


Reading, Writing, and CVC words


Great for homework, practice, or sub folders.


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Monday, January 23, 2017

Fun STEM Ideas for 100 Days of School

Let's Celebrate 100 Days!! It's that time of year when schools are starting to celebrate 100 days. My kids get really excited as we get closer to the big day. We've been counting the days since we started and by the time we get to about 92 days, they are so ready. Here are a few great ideas to get you excited. I found this terrfic idea from rubberboots and elf shoe. She hides 100 pennies around the room and the kids have to go hunt for them. They come back and place them on the 100 chart. What a great way to get them up and moving around the classroom.
This year we are celebrating with STEM Challenges and using an engineering design notebook to document our process. We'll be building a desk that holds 100 papers.

A bridge that holds 100 pennies.

And a tent that uses "poles" made of 100 Cheerios

Here's another great find. It's a cute and very catchy video counting to 100. Click the image to watch.
Still need more ideas? Here's a link to a FREEBIE
You can grab my 100 day STEM resource here
Whatever you do to celebrate have fun!

Friday, December 30, 2016

The best way to teach sight words

Teaching kids to read is the core of any kindergarten curriculum. It's a privilege to have a front row seat to the wonder of going from not knowing any letters in September to actually reading in June. It's one of the things I love most about kindergarten. Watching kids learn to read can be a simply amazing experience for them and for us. 

What do our kids need to know to become effective readers? People have different opinions about the best way to teach reading, and when to teach reading, but everyone agrees we need to teach sight words.
In order to build fluency and comprehension our kids will need to memorize sight words. I call these words trick words because they don't follow the rules. One thing every kid knows about is NOT following rules. It takes the pressure off. No sounding out when it comes to sight words.

Kids learn sight words by being exposed to them .... A LOT!  They need to see them in texts, in pocket charts, on word wall, on anchor charts. everywhere!!

They need to manipulate them. Kids need to build them, stamp them, write them.

Basically when it comes to learning to read kids need to have many different kinds of experiences with sight words.

So have fun, This is all supposed to be fun.