We love our Rainbow Word Mini Books so much and we KNOW you will too! You might just need to get your hands on one to really see what the whole fuzz is about. So we decided to give you a couple of freebies so you can see for yourself. The video below shows how our mini books work.
Taa-Daaa! Super cool and super easy, right?!
We have created three versions of our Rainbow Words Mini Books: Wonders Aligned , Benchmark Aligned , and Treasures Aligned. However, if you do not teach any of those programs, have no fear! Each version includes 60 sight words and can be printed in the order that you need. We suggest printing onto legal size paper. Simply click on the links below for you free download.
Yay! Our new school calendars are here!!!
Cessy has created the new school year calendars and she's offering them as a free download. Simply click on the links below. We have two versions available: 1) General Calendar 2) LAUSD Version Calendar
***Oopsie, minor correction has been made to original file posted. Thanks!
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"Here we come to save the day...."
Transitional Kindergarten, or TK, is a new grade level in the state of California. And actually, a number of other states are choosing to adopt the new grade level as well. So what is all the rage? Why are so many teachers loving the adoption of this new grade level? And why are so many students thriving and entering first grade better prepared? Well, I like to say that TK is the "gift of a year." Transitional Kindergarten allows students two years for the mastery of the kindergarten standards. Interestingly enough, the additional year also helps with emotional/social development which results in stronger leadership skills. So yes, TK is a win-win!
Happy Teachings in TK!!!!!!
This is the assessment we will use to gauge our students' learning at the end of the year. We like it because it's teacher-friendly and easy to share with parents. Feel free to grab yourself a copy by clicking the link below.
TK assessment version is here!
Our fluency passages measure a combination of cvc blending and sight words. The passage is also the perfect length for this age group. We use the results of the fluency passage as one component of the student reading grade at the end of the school year.
We are making our "All Vowel" passage available to our Kinder League followers as a free download! Our experience has been that kindergarten students should be able to read this passage by the end of the school year with minimal errors. Most of our students are able to read it in less than one minute. Simply click the link below. We'd love to hear your feedback and how you use them with your students.
The ladybugs have moved into kindergarten! It's that time of year to head on over to your local nursery and pick up a container of these adorable little beetles. Kids love them! Our Treasures Unit introduces this insect and we run with it!!!
Now that we are at the end of the school year, students are really digging into their Tree Maps. After giving the students an opportunity to observe the bugs in bug boxes and watching the episode of The Magic School Bus: Insects, they are ready to describe the cute beetle. This Tree Map is composed in a whole group discussion. Utilizing the different colors is important in helping students separate their ideas and finding their way around the Tree Map during their independent practice.
The next step after creating the Tree Map whole group is to have students select a detail from each branch (have, can, are). They "pair share" their ideas with their neighbor using complete sentences. This is a helpful activity for our ELD students. "Pair share" also decreases student anxiety by supplying modeling and validating their ideas. Teacher scaffolding may include direct modeling, restating the sentence in correct form, or utilizing sentence frames (using the appropriate color). You will also notice that this Tree Map does not include pictures next to the words. This class does not need pictures anymore.
Dr. Jean's Insect Song is a must when kindergarteners are learning about insects. This cute pattern song teaches students about the head, thorax, abdomen, six legs, etc.
Finally, it's time to create the ladybug cover. Wax paper is used for the soft wings and construction paper for the rest. Super easy and super cute!
So what did you learn in school today?
"We just looked at ladybugs and wrote about them. The Tree Map helped organize my ideas. Oh yea, we also learned a song about insects. That's it, not much!"
I begin by giving everyone a chunk of clay. This is not their first experience with clay, so they know how to form a sphere. Next they stick their thumb into the middle of their sphere, about halfway through. Students spend the remainder of the time pinching their way around using their fore finger and thumb, being careful not to pinch the walls too thin. This is a slow process, not meant to be rushed. I really try not to get involved in the formation of their pot. A few students will continue to doubt themselves and continuously ask for assistance. Some children are so used to having someone do things for them, that overcoming this self doubt is a lesson in itself.
Our school does not have a kiln, so I don't bake these. I will let them sit for about two days before I have the children paint them with acrylic paints.
Our pinch pots turned out super cute! Happy Mother's Day!!!
SUNFLOWER SEED ADDITION FREEBIE:
The Entire Sunflower Packet is available on tpt.
Our 5 kindergarten/Tk classes take one field trip each school year. We have been going to Underwood Family Farms for the past 10 years. It's a wonderful farm that grows the most delicious strawberries! This year the strawberries were especially sweet. Yum!! The trip begins with a visit to the farmer's classroom to learn about fruits and vegetables. This is followed by a tractor ride to the strawberry fields for some strawberry picking. Each person is given a plastic container to fill and take home (this includes teachers and parent volunteers!).
Picking fruit is hard work so lunch comes next. We eat at one of the reserved picnic areas. We wrap up our trip with a visit to the animal pens and play areas. It always surprises me to learn the number of students are have never been up close to animals before. The traffic out to Moorpark was pretty bad this year. Traffic during field trips is always nerve wracking for teachers. You wish you could just slip your ear buds in and close your eyes,.... if only for the ride home.
Thank you Underwood Family Farms for another successful field trip!
Want to know how to get parents involved in your teaching? Show parents how you teach in class and explain the theories behind your approaches. This can be done during parent workshops. Parent workshops are a big deal at our school. We call them PTPs (Parent Teacher Partnership). Every grade level holds four workshops per year. Our Kindergarten workshop schedule is as follows:
Workshop #1: Alphabetic Principal- October
Workshop #2: Mathematics in Kinder- February
Workshop #3: Writing in Kinder- March
Workshop #4: Learn About 1st Grade! (given by the first grade teachers)
We recently held our math parent workshop. Here are some highlights from the Powerpoint we presented:
We urge you to give parent workshops a try!
They are a sure way to empower your parents to get involved.
Here We Come to Save the Day!
We are three energetic kindergarten teachers who want to share our kinder experience with you!