As you download each month, you will notice that you receive 3 files: 1. The DCMK file has all of the student worksheets. 2. The TLK file is a colorful Talk-To file that you can project via your Smartboard, or onto a white board and work the problems with your students. 3. The DailyLabel file has a set of Melonheadz day of the week cards (for your pocket chart calendar) and the yesterday, today, tomorrow cards for that month. These cards use direction and sequence to help teach your kinders a sense of time.
You will begin each month by introducing its essential components: how to spell the month, its abbreviation, its ordinal number, the months before and after it, its season, the year, the number of days in the month, what day of the week the month began and finally, how many months are left until your students’ birthdays.
As I mentioned before, each month has a TALK-TO file. These you can project and “fill-in” with your students. Or you can simply use them to go over the directions. These TALK-TO sheets match the ones your students will be completing:
You can use manipulatives to help your students solve the daily math problems. This month focuses on the classroom, so they will count crayons, pencils, math cubes, Cuisenaire rods, Play-doh containers, kids, bikes, their fingers and pennies. They will need a die, paperclip–to spin, scissors, glue, and a crayon or pencil to complete each sheet.
There is at least one sheet each month that has a Cuisenaire rod problem. For August, the Cuisenaire problem focuses on identifying the value of each rod. Future months will ask your students to find rods that are +1 the number they rolled; find rods that =10; color the rods and skip count the number they rolled, etc. So, it would be helpful to have these rods available to build the Cuisenaire image.
Since every problem uses dice or a spinner, you can re-use these sheets throughout the month–each time with new results. You could also have a small group MATH CHAT and discuss the unique results group of students had on the same sheet.
Finally, each month has its own set of daily labels. August focuses on direction, but subsequent months include sequence cards to teach a sense of time. Your students will use the daily labels on a few of their worksheets. But, you can use them with your pocket chart calendar. The calendar we use with DAILY CALENDAR MATH for KINDERS is called the KINDER CALENDAR and it is included in the bundle!
If you haven’t grabbed AUGUST, what are you waiting for? You are going to find this pack is not only a good teaching tool, but also a great way to assess your students’ math skills!
Whether you have a single computer in your classroom, or iPads for each student, you are going to LOVE these 12 DIGITAL DAYS of CVC CHRISTMAS CENTERS!The best thing about these centers is that there is ZERO-prep for you! They are perfect for your busy little classroom!
Simply upload the .ppsx files to Google Slides, or open them on a computer that has PowerPoint installed. Print the response sheets. Click the file you want to open and your students are ready to learn! They can advance the slides on their iPad with a swipe of their finger, or using the arrow keys on a standard computer.
To help your students work independently, a “self-check” answer key is included at the end of each activity. Directions for each of the 12 activities are included on the first slide as well as on the recording sheets.
Would you like to try the FIRST DAY of our DIGITAL CVC CHRISTMAS? You are going to LOVE how easy it is to use and how much FUN your students have learning with it.
Although Sonlight doesn’t include sight word work in its kindergarten curriculum, kindergarten is a GREAT time for your kids to start learning sight words.
Our sight word series is FUN! We have a craft, or other hands-on work for each word we cover. We also use a “cumulative” approach–your kids will not struggle reading the words associated with each sight word. We use simple words that they can sound out; and teach high frequency nouns that they will learn simply from “seeing” the word with a picture.
Are you ready to dive in?! Your students will be so proud of all they will be able to read! You can begin here:
We are kicking off our school year today with a FLASH FREEBIE for you! If you are teaching Pre-Schoolers or Kindergarteners, you are going to LOVE these fun, self-exploration crafts.
We will be using the “This is Me” and “My Name Begins With” on the first two pages of our Kindergarten LA notebooks. Our Kindergarten Math notebook will begin with “My Birthday is On”, “My Hand” and “Is My Foot a Foot.”
If you want to use the pages in your Interactive Notebooks, like we are doing, just scale them to 85% , trim the excess white space and glue ’em in :).
It will be free for the next 6 hours and then half-off the rest of the day!
Actually, we ended up with 3 notebooks filled with A to Z work! They are going to be such a GREAT starting point for kindergarten. I know you will love using them with your students!
For each letter your students will practice:
Correct letter formation (uppercase and lowercase writing)
Sorting lowercase and uppercase
Beginning sounds (including long and short sounds for each vowel as well as hard and soft sounds for C and G).
Using high frequency vocabulary that begins with the target letter
ABC order up to the target letter
Word building with lowercase and uppercase letter matching
Order and sequence
Visual discrimination (identifying items that begin with the correct sound; are found in a particular place; are a particular size or shape; or simply do not belong).
Using stickers to accomplish simple beginning target letter sound tasks
Here is how we put our notebook together. We’ll use the printables for Letter M (download a free copy of these printables here).
Every pack is formatted similarly to Letter M. Certain pages work best on plain paper, and others on colored. I have noted our preferences on each sheet, but you are welcome to use colored paper, or not.
CAPITAL M: After printing this section, pages 2-3, 5-8 (including the Letter M Headers and TOC) cut out each part:
SHEET 1: If you plan on using only the Letter M pack, the capital letter Alphabet Poster will be the first page in your notebook. Trim the edges to fit, and glue the outside edge of this sheet to your notebook.
If you plan on completing all 26 weeks, glue both blank Alphabet Posters (from the Letter A pack) inside the back cover of the first notebook and refer back to it each week you add a new letter.
SHEET 2: (pages 6-7 in the pack)To introduce Letter M we will use a Correct Letter Formation flap and a Letter Recognition frame. Here it is ready to use:
SHEETS 3 and 4: (pages 7-8 in the pack) There are two options for this sheet. We like to practice building the letter, with colored shapes similar to the Handwriting Without Tears wood pieces. Then practice finding the capital again, before we work on correctly writing it. So, our pages look like this:
This set-up includes the Letter M sheet from Step by Step Correct Letter Formation and letter building tiles and the “I can build it” frame (soon to be published). You can also set SHEET 3 up without the extras like this:
The combined set-up above, for students who do not need the extra practice of correctly forming the letter, includes pieces from our SHEET 5:
The Capital M section is complete. Lowercase M is a mirror of this section. We’ll use the figure from the TOC and pages 4, 5, and 8-10:
SHEETS 6-10: Here is the notebook ready to use (with the letter building activities included):
The alternative SHEET 8, using only the components from My First Interactive Notebook-Letter M looks like this:
Now for some FUN! On the next sheet your students will compare the capital and lowercase letters by sorting and spinning/stamping them.
SHEET 11: Follow the directions on page 12 to cut out the letter sorting pieces. The Letter Sorting page will be different for each letter (to reinforce the beginning sound each letter makes–for M we chose “mail” and “mailbox”). But, you will always glue the pieces to make a sorting pocket. For this sheet, be sure to cut the top of the mailboxes on the line indicated and glue the top, around the sides, the kidlette, and bottom of the mailbox to your notebook. Do not glue the middle of the mailbox–this is your sorting pocket.
You will also need the “I can” statements for this sheet (page 11) and the spinner (page 13) and stamp frame (page 14). [These are located on different pages so you can alternate colors throughout the your notebook without double-printing individual pages.]
Here is SHEET 11 ready to use:
SHEET 12: Now we’ll work on the SOUND of M. Cut the petal book and header from page 13 and the remaining pieces from page 14 (plus the I CAN statements associated with these tasks from page 11). Your students should color the beginning sound pictures before cutting and pasting them. The petal book is easy to assemble. Simply fold inward along the dotted lines, until it looks like a square (or square-ish :). Glue the back of the petal book into your notebook.
Your page will look like this:
SHEET 13: (see above) This is our ABC Order sheet (pages 15-17, plus the I CAN statement from page 11 and the letter houses from page 8). Use color, or white paper, for the ABC Orders–I like to vary it from letter to letter.
Just like the Letter Sorting, the ABC Order will be specific to the letter you are working on. For Letter M we chose “map.” Additionally, the ABC Order will only include letters that precede the target letter–so this week we are reviewing A-M. Your students will only need to put the last 3 letters in order each week. If you’d like these sheets with all the letters A-M for your students to sort, you can find them here (coming soon!).
SHEETS 14-23: (pages 18-27) This section requires very little prep on your part. Most sheets will require you to simply trim the excess white space around the activity frame. The Find and Build sheet (page 19) and Order/Sequence sheet (page 20) are the only ones that will require you to cut out other pieces. It is also up to you what order you have your students complete this section. Here is how we set ours up:
These last two sheets we will use stickers to complete the activities.
Fall isn’t over yet, and neither are my flash freebies! Grab this one today.
I love using pencil boxes for our center activities. They are perfectly sized for independent seatwork, and they can hold all the manipulatives your students need (counting mats, counters, dice, recording sheets, and dry erase markers) to complete each task. They are also great for storing all of the parts and pieces that make center activities FUN!
So, grab a pencil box and let’s get started!
WINTER PENCIL BOX FUN is full of number sense activities for your Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarteners. Each task has an “I Can” Instruction Card. You can use the recording sheets, or just the manipulatives. Here are some of the activities included: