Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bear Thematic Unit For Kindergarten

Looking for a great way to fill the days between Halloween and Thanksgiving?

This 90 page Bear unit is divided into areas of literature, music, art, literacy, math, social studies, science, creative writing, word wall, and guided reading. The activities are clearly written, easy to use, and need limited amounts of preparation. The lessons (games or activities) included are scripted. They are written in a format that can be easily taught by the teacher or readily handed off to a parent volunteer or a classroom aide with complete confidence that objectives of the lesson will be reached. 
Literacy Activities:
Woodland Friends At the Park: Identifying Beginning and Ending Sounds
Corduroy’s Alphabet Game: Identification of Upper & Lowercase letters
ABC Honey Hunt: Identifying Alphabet Letters & Naming Letter Sounds
Bear Match: Matching Letters of the Alphabet
Bear Twins: Compound Word Deletion
Math Activities:
Teddy Bear Picnic: Spatial Intelligence and Estimation Strategies
Bears & Buttons: Counting With a One-to-one Correspondence
Pattern Bears: Extending Patterns
Race Car Riot: Ordering Numbers 1-12
Counting Hives: Number Sense Worksheet
Art Projects
The Three Bears
Poky Bear
Corduroy Portfolio Sample
How To Draw A Bear
Social Studies
Families: Portfolio Page
Writing Prompts/Word Wall
What I Know About Bears
The Three Bears
Bears Word Wall Words
Science
Hibernating Bears: Bear Facts
Songs
Three Brown Bears
Poky Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Corduroy
Guided Reading Books
Where Is My Bear?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Teaching Kids To Read -&- Avoiding the 3rd Grade Slump

Imagine building a house and beginning with the roof! You don’t need construction experience or a degree in architecture to know that this will not lead to a successful end. Just as the building of a house needs to follow a certain order, skills for reading also follow a sequence. In fact, research has shown that most students learn to read following the same sequence of skill acquisition. What does this mean as we teach beginning readers? 
Parents, students, and even teachers are often so anxious to start the reading process that beginning readers are frequently presented with words before they are ready for them. According to reading research, however, students should first work with letters. In fact, students should concentrate on capital letters; once they know the uppercase letters, the lowercase letters are easier to learn. Only after mastering both upper- and lowercase letters should high frequency or sight words be addressed.

Although it’s often tempting to jump into phonics in order to please parents and administrators, research has shown that students with strong phonemic awareness skills tend to be better readers than those who do not participate in as many of these auditory activities. Before connecting letters and sounds, students should clap out syllables, play with rhymes, and isolate initial sounds in words. As students continue on the reading continuum, they can work with letter sounds and then decoding.
These are just a few examples related to the sequencing of reading skills; there are entire books devoted to this subject! Just keep in mind that as you make your weekly and daily plans, you must always consider the sequence of skills. A simple solution to ensuring that the correct reading sequence is followed is to use the materials in our many thematic units. Starting with the Alphabet Fair at the beginning of the school year and continuing with successive units, skills are addressed in the sequence recommended by research. The Kindergarten Kiosk units can supplement any reading program, providing timely activities for practice and intervention. 
Also check out our monthly homework packets. They to are ordered sequentially according to reading research. Continue to visit our blog and check out our materials to help meet your needs!




 
&Kathleen

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkins at Kindergarten


A great pumpkin day!
A Pumpkin Assembly

"Grove City Gardens" brings the farm to town.
Thanks for the Pumpkins!
Conducting a Pumpkin Report


Playing Pumpkin Smasher

Writing about Pumpkins at the Writing Center



Do you know the "Pumpkin Man" that lives down Pumpkin Lane?




Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Center Activities, Homework, Guided Reading & More 10% Off

All of our Halloween Products are 10% off 
from now until Halloween. 
Includes 6 products:
--Halloween Center Activities for Literacy Math Science and More
--Halloween Alphabet & Phonemic Awareness Scripted Activities
--Halloween Reading and Math Scripted Games/Activities
--My Skeleton Thematic Unit: Math/Science/Reading & More
--Fall Themed Guided Reading Books: Early Emergent
--Scarecrow Mini-Unit
Enjoy some SPOOKY Halloween Fun! 


 






Monday, October 17, 2011

Fabulous Follower Giveaway!!!

Caitlin at Ms. Preppy is having a fantastic 
"give away" to celebrate her 200th follower! 





Here's how to enter...go to Ms. Preppy's page and follow her awesome blog. Next,  follow each of the contributors blogs and their shops/stores.  Then, blog about the giveaway! Leave a comment on Ms. Preppy's blog each way that you enter her contest. So many ways to enter, what are you waiting for! The winner is announced on Saturday, you have until Friday at 11:59 pm to enter!

From Kathy at Kindergarten Kiosk


From Karen at Froggy Friends Fun...
From Rebecca at Teaching First... THREE units!



From moi...

AND then there is also a membership to The Graphics Factory!! I mean HELLO awesome giveaway or what?!



Saturday, October 15, 2011

Fall Themed Days In Kindergarten


We are in the middle of our Fall themed Learning. As you will note in the pictures, our hallway is in the development stage of construction; we add to it daily.




We have many fall themed units available at our on-line stores.
Click on the links at the top-left to view products that are now available.


Friday Highlights.
Studying Change in a Fall Tree
Gathering Autumn Artifacts
Catching Leaves During Literacy Centers
Reading Fall-Themed Books at our Class Library
Making a Fall Tree
Studying Fall at the Science Center


Writing Fall Words At the Writing Center

Recording Changes in a Tree at the Art Center