I'm Cathy, a former kindergarten teacher with a passion for early learners. Providing our earliest learners with tools, instead of excuses, can empower these students with success! I also LOVE teacher training and providing meaning professional development that can be used in classrooms immediately.
This is a special book. I'm sure most of you can't use this in your public school classrooms, but maybe there's a Sunday school class, a home-school or private school classroom that will be able to use this.
It's just a small tribute to the day that is tomorrow.
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
If you'd like the Christmas Word Wall book, CLICK HERE!
This set is designed to practice the words in several ways. Students will read it, trace it, write it, and make it. There are letter tiles at the bottom of the page for their use. If the tiles are too small, simply cut them off the bottom and make copies without the letters. You can use markers, stamps, small alphabet stickers, or any other medium to make the words.
I know this is out of the ordinary, but I'm including a math thing. I know, I know, the Earth just shook a bit. I made a ruler review for our kindergarten, so I thought I'd offer it. Most of you are out of school for the holiday (we have one more day). The set is both in black and white and color.
The ruler is 6 inches in length and the pictures are all from 1 inch to 6 inches.
I hope it's a fun way to review. If you'd like the FREEBIE measurement activity, CLICK HERE!
Here is another 4 square set. This set contains 2 pre-made and 2 custom made 4 square designs.
The first set is a 4 square set about Keeping Warm. The pre-made 4 square can be used with your earliest or struggling writers. It contains 4 items students wear to keep warm. The text can be predictable phrases from the word wall (Look at the, Come see the, Here is the, etc.). The custom made 4 square gives students 6 options they can choose from to make their own 4 square.
The second premade 4 square is "Winter Friends." Students can write about animals in the snow...with the added fun of the snowman block.
There are also 2 custom 4 squares. These activities are made with the student choosing what they will write. The first custom 4 square is titles, "H ow Do You Keep Warm?"
The second custom 4 square is titled, "How to Make A Snowman." This can also be used as an introduction to How To Writing.
I think they can, but it needs to be a strategic plan for fluency. The very best way to make any reader fluent is - READING! So what are the reading? EVERYTHING! They need to read their poetry folders, their leveled readers, their word wall words, everything.
Another way emergent readers can practice reading fluently is using known words in sentences. At first, fluent sentences are sentences are predictable text with picture support. Students read the sentences each night. You can add a timed piece, if you like. Ask parents to time their students each night and see if their reading is more fluent. After the beginning stage, students progress to predictable text that rotate between two words.
This set contains 2 in/on fluency sheets and 2 under/over fluency sheets.
If you'd like the Fluency Word Wall Word Set, CLICK HERE!
SO it's time to change things up. The word wall word center has been a center since the beginning. We've written it with lots of different instruments, we've rolled the dice to write the words, and we've practice them with partners. Now, we're moving to Read it, Write it. I'm a big fan of this worksheet. I found it on Pinterest and it was available from so many people, I don't know who to credit for it or I swear I would.
I made 4 Read it, Write it sheets for the winter. We are introducing or reviewing word wall words in the sentences, so they are practicing the words while they do several activities.
If you'd like the FREEBIE Read it, Write it Centers, CLICK HERE!
I know, it was a cheesy attempt to put a little Christmas in my blog. I made a beginning sound math game with winter themes, so you can use it throughout January and February. The penguins need their hot cocoa to stay warm...and you students need practice to keep their skills hot.
The set contains two pictures for each letter, except X...not many good choices for X.
It's not really cold here...today was 55 and it was a great day. The rain just started. BUT, I'm sure somewhere someone is reading this and it's cold outside and maybe even snowing. This activity can be used throughout January because we talk about hibernating animals all winter.
This small set contains a Hibernating Word List Chart and a syllable worksheet.
Have fun and stay warm!
If you would like the Hibernating Word List Chart set, CLICK HERE!
Here's a vowel match with a holiday theme so it can be used this week. This sheet can be used as an independent center activity or a vowel match assessment. Students can cut and glue items under the present.
If you would like the FREEBIE Vowel Match, CLICK HERE!
Need a million ways to practice these? Here is a quick 10 word set. The set includes decorated ornaments and configuration boxes to match. Use the whole set in a concentration game. Use the color set to read sight words. Use the boxes to check the configuration of the words. This is an easy way to emphasize proper writing strokes, as well...which letters are tall? Which are short? Which are hanging down?
Don't you love those? I've done them with my kindergartners...even though we don't have to teach numbers to 100. They love coloring in the boxes and figuring out what the secret picture is.
I decided to try it with letters. After several attempts at different approaches to using letters, I decided to go with the first letter of the color. It worked fine for my first one...a candle. Y for the yellow flame. R for the red candle. B for the Black candle holder. G for the green leaves. It got a little harder when I made a reindeer. Br is for the brown fur. Bl is for the black eyes. But I think it's a cute activity. I also included a dreidel. Color all other letters any background you decide or leave them white.
If you'd like the candle, reindeer, tree, and dreidel, CLICK HERE!
It's always important to match onset and rime. This gingerbread man themed pairings can be used in multiple ways. You can match onset to rime, beginning sound to picture, rime to picture and the pictures can be used to sort by rime, as well.
Color and Black & White
This 10-page pack can be used as group work and independent practice.
If you'd like the FREEBIE Word Family Match-ups, CLICK HERE!
I'm a little crazy about shared reading. It can be the most integral part of the day. I'll have to do a full post about Shared Reading in the new year. These poems, typically 4 lines of text for kindergarten, is rich with word wall words, rhyming, cvc words, and valuable vocabulary lessons. Not only should it be read daily for a week, the following week it should appear in your poetry center and your art center. The next week, it can be in the pocket chart center. Students can use the poems for independent reading and word study feature hunts.
And a Book, too.
I've also included a student book. You won't believe how excited the students will be when they see they know the story and they can read the book.
Both the poem and book are in both full color and black and white.
For now, trust me...use them weekly! You and your students reap the benefits.
It's so exciting to see a child pick up a book and start to read. When a non-reader is TRANSFORMED into a reader...you know all it right with the world. Those emergent readers are using predictable text with easy picture support.
Here are 5 quick holiday themed word wall word books. They use simple word wall words: come, see, the, here, is, I, have, some, big, and little.
Simply cut the 3 squares and attached them with a staple to the large rectangle and let the reading begin.
To get 5 FREE Holiday themed Word Wall Word books, CLICK HERE.
Using the tree and ornaments, students can practice rhyming. These cards contain short vowel pictures. Students can use the cards to match rhymes then write the words, draw the pictures or both! This is a quick reminder before January PALS (testing in Virginia).
Today's FREEBIE is for writing. I made new 4 squares for your December writing centers. The programmed 4 square is called "The Life of an Elf." My favorite thing about a 4 square is it can be used for the earliest writers and as an outline for more advanced writers.
Using a 4 square for early writers is a great way to teach the mechanics of writing. Using this 4 square a student might write "The elves are making toys. The elves are checking the list. The elves are decorating the tree. The elves are packing the sleigh." The programmed text can create a comfort to early writers so the focus can be on the mechanics (capitals to start, spaces in between, and a period to stop). For a complete blog discussion about 4 square, Click here!
Students who have the mechanics in place, can use the 4 square to give more details. A student might write three or four sentences about the elves making the toys, before moving on to checking the list.
Do It Yourself
Another option for 4 square writing is the "do it yourself" 4 square. This 4 square, titled "Snow Fun," gives the students 6 picture choices for making their own 4 square before writing.
students must understand a 4 square is just a planning tool for writing, it is NOT the writing!
I used to love these games. Never failed the day before any holiday, the teacher would write a holiday word or phrase on the chalkboard and everyone would want to make the most words. This sheet gives students the letter cards, so they can arrange, rearrange, and rearrange again.
There are two options in this free pack...a full color sheet to laminate and reuse year after year and a black and white sheet to be copied for each student.
Using this activity as a whole group can be an easy way to show how to make and break words. Students can find short vowel word family words, such as -in, -an, and -en, long vowel word family words, such as -ain, -are, and -ade. How many can you make?