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Kindergarten Writing Center


This is the ULTIMATE Kindergarten Writing Center resource. This writing center is designed to be used in the classroom or to send a writing folder home to use for distance learning. Each month comes with 5 themes and multiple writing options for each theme.  This way, you can personalize the writing assignments for each student depending on their writing skills.  They can all be writing on the same topic, but be working at their own level.







The idea is for you to use one theme a week for the month. Within each theme there are over 35 worksheets for you to use to meet your students' needs. This resource is designed so no matter where your students are on their journey to becoming independent writers there are multiple skills they can practice at their level. 

Here are the skills/resources included for every theme:

1. vocabulary cards

2. vocabulary lists

3. vocabulary sheets

4. folder cover (editable version included)

5. checklists for you to assign weekly work (editable version included)

6. vocabulary sheets (3 versions)

7. labeling sheets (two versions)

8. make a list (3 versions)

9. sentence writing sheets (10 versions)

10. story sequencing (2 versions)

11. story elements (2 versions)





You can either design this as a writing center in your classroom or prepare a folder for the students to take home. I have included posters that are full sheets of paper or mini versions to glue and laminate into the writing folders. These posters include:

-color words

-number words

-alphabet

-sight words (editable version included)

-sentence stems (editable version included)

-sentence best practices

-folder covers (editable version included)




CLICK HERE to see the mega bundle that will have each month's writing center!

Pre-Reading Strategies - 4 Tips on Teaching Kids How to Read! FREEBIE

Where do you start when it comes to teaching children how to read?  I have taught so many TK/Kindergarten students how to read over the years and then something magical happened....it was finally time to teach MY OWN son how to read!  We have been practicing 4 pre-reading strategies at home, the same ones I use in the classroom, and he is working though the process of learning those foundational skills to start his reading journey.


There are 4 areas I focus on first when teaching children how to read:
✅ Letter Knowledge
✅ Phonological Awareness
✅ Letter Sounds
✅ Blending Sounds to Read Words




I have a 50 page download for you that will focus on each strategy.  For each strategy I give you an explanation of what it is, teaching tips, learning activities, and printables to teach with!  This would be perfect for teachers, teachers to send home to parents, homeschool parents, or anyone who is ready to start teaching kids how to read!


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Kindergarten Morning Work / Digital and Paper for Distance Learning

I have a great solution to teaching kindergarten distance learning style.  I think on of the most stressful thing leading into this year is the idea of going back and forth from "in person" teaching to "remote teaching."  I had the idea to create consistency and routine by implementing kindergarten morning work that can be used completely in the classroom or completely at home!


The way this kindergarten morning work was designed it is both digital and paper.  Each month there are 25 ELA worksheets and 25 math worksheets, as well as 6 Boom Card games that practice the same skills as the worksheets.  The worksheets focus on 6 different skills each month so you can introduce the skill one time and then the students can complete the rest independently.  Let's take a closer look at the kindergarten worksheets-

For the month of August, there are 26 worksheets included because there are 26 letters in the alphabet, and I wanted there to be an option to practice every letter!

I discretely labeled each worksheet by month, week, and day and avoided writing "AUGUST KINDERGARTEN MORNING WORK" on it so you could differentiate when and who you used this resource with.  Maybe you want to use with your struggling 1st grade students, advanced preschool students, or your kinders that need extra practice in March.  Now you can use it WHENEVER you want!


The Boom Cards are digital task cards that can be played on https://wow.boomlearning.com.  You can create a FREE teacher account and generate a hyperlink that can be published or sent to your students on any learning website (Seesaw, Google Classroom, etc.). If you want to invest in the paid version, you can create a class list, student long-ins, and that lets you track their progress.  But with the free account, each student can play, you just can't see their scores.



The Boom Card games are self checking, so if they submit their answer and they get it wrong, it has them try again!  Here are the games included that match the August Morning Work resource:








I packaged this morning work resource in several different bundles.  You can grab the worksheets or Boom Cards separately, bundled together, in bundles for each month, or bundled for the whole year.  I will link HERE so you can see all of the different options that would work best for you!

 



Purchase HERE!

FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition


I am partnering with FIRST® to showcase their FIRST® LEGO® League programs, which are hands-on STEM programs for kids in Pre-K-8th grade. For children in grades PreK-1, their offering is called FIRST®LEGO®League Jr. Discovery Edition.  Developed in conjunction with early childhood education experts, this is a playful introductory STEM program in which children collaborate in teams of four to explore a real-world theme with an exclusive LEGO®Education Discovery Model.  Using this model as a starting point, they design and build an idea as a team using LEGO DUPLO elements. I love that they are asked to use DUPLO elements because most of the students are familiar with these and have the skills required to build creatively and intentionally on their own.


I wanted to give you a little background on FIRST!  FIRST (founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamenis a robotics community that prepares young people for the future. They are the world's leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education. But the impact of FIRST is bigger than just building science, technology, engineering and math skills! FIRST recognizes that it is critical to prepare students for the future workforce, and early exposure to STEM – especially in early childhood and elementary school – provides students with the foundation necessary to fulfill an increased number of STEM-related careers. In all their programs, FIRST encourages students to work as a team and build important “life” skills such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving.

FIRST partnered with LEGO Education to create FIRST LEGO Leaguein 1998. The program is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition of its kind, and it is built around theme-based Challenges to engage children in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering. Each year, the program engages nearly 300,000 children in 100+ countries in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology.


New this year, FIRST and LEGO Education have introduced FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition. This offering ignites children’s natural curiosity, supports the development of social and emotional skills, and builds their habits of learning. Following their participation, students emerge more confident, better equipped to face future challenges, and show an increased interest in STEM. 

There are two components to this program. One is the BOOMTOWN BUILD Discovery Set and the other is a STEAM Park Set.  

Each year, FIRST LEGO League launches a new design challenge for the students, and this year's challenge for their youngest participants iscalled BOOMTOWN BUILD. The FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition "Class Pack" is a solution that you can use with your class in which they work together to design and build their idea of what their growing town will need. They will use the LEGO DUPLO bridge model as a starting point and from there they will work as a team to build their very own BOOMTOWN. Through the process and 10 sessions they will learn about the theme, learn how to make their ideas move and work, solve challenges presented to them through the experience and have an opportunity to share their work at the end. 


The Class Pack solution comes with:
·      Seven BOOMTOWN BUILD Discovery Sets
·      30 Discover More parent engagement sets: (for each student to take home and extend their learning with their family members) 
·      Two Team Meeting Guides for the teachers
·      30 Engineering Notebooks (one for each student to document their thinking and learning)


The Team Meeting Guides and Engineering Notebooks are formatted so you can complete 10 different lessons with your class in which they are practicing working together, accomplishing STEM challenges, and designing and building their team’s creative ideas.  





Students are challenged to solve a problem and the Discovery set provides a guided solution.  Then, the STEAM Park set is used along with the Discovery set to explore and solve architecture-related challenges. It is recommended to purchase one STEAM Parkset for each group of four – this is a first-year investment only, as the STEAM Park set is reusable from year to year. The Class Pack needs to be purchased each year because the Challenge changes annually. The Engineering Notebooks and Team Meeting Guides within the Class Pack are updated annually as well.




What I love about this program is there are 10 detailed lesson plans included that correspond with the students’ Engineering Notebooks. There are TONS of resources given to the teachers to support their lessons, so we can feel comfortable with walking the students through the 10 STEM lessons.  There are pictures with models and mats to provide the students with a starting point to build their DUPLO bridge and town, all while having the freedom to create their own design.  After the 9 lessons there is a Celebration Event where the parents and guardians are invited to see what the students have built and learned through their STEM challenge.  



I highly recommend this program for your Pre-K-1st grade students!  The whole goal of this program is to encourage the children to think and behave like engineers: developing their ability to observe, question, gather information, make changes, and ask more questions.  There is so much flexibility in this program that the students can take their time in the building process, while you guide and discuss what they are building and thinking as they make their designs.  


Follow the link to learn more and purchase FIRSTLEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition for your classroom.