Jan252018

The Day It Rained Hearts Literacy Lesson Plan

Rained Valentine Hearts Reader Color

The “Alphabet and Sight Word” curriculum is being revised.  It has had a few revisions over the years, this new revision will allow users a more step-by-step process that can be easily implemented.  It follows a balanced literacy approach for introducing the alphabet letters and their related sounds and all the pre-primer sight words.  This [...]

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Jan022018

Winter Theme Activities

Hibernation Video

This is a Science lesson plan related to the “Winter Theme”.  I will be introducing the concept of hibernation.  The video below captures the concept of hibernation effectively for young learners.  Click on the words “Hibernation Video” to view it. Hibernation Video Follow-Up Activity A discussion will follow about what the students learned in the [...]

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Nov132017

Phonics Sounds Ordering Guide

Alphabet Program Explained

Importance of Phonics Research has proven that phonics needs to be taught within our classrooms.  There are different approaches to teaching phonics, which are outlined in the link below:   Different Approaches to Teaching Phonics and Findings   Kinderplans Phonics Program The Kinderplans phonics program uses a combination of these approaches.  The video below provides [...]

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Oct222017

Rhyming Activities

Rhyming Books

I have noticed that children are arriving in our classrooms with limited exposure to the concept of rhyme.  Exposure to nursery rhymes and rhyming books are becoming more limited in the home environment.  This makes the literacy journey even more challenging for these learners.  I have been spending a significant amount of time providing this exposure [...]

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Jul242017

Lesson Plans – Emotions

Emotions Book

In my school we teach personal development for an hour each week, which I mentioned in the previous blog post.  I am sharing my plans with newsletter subscribers.  Below you will find my plans based on the theme “My Emotions”.  The lessons include books to use that were accessible in my school library, online books [...]

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Jul112017

Making Friends

Scaredy Squirrel Makes A Friend

In our school we have Personal Development for an hour a week. I have begun my preparation and will be sharing these with my subscribers.  Here are my first month’s plans.  The focus for the first month is “Making New Friends”.  I hope you find these ideas helpful!   Lesson Plan One  Read the book “Scaredy [...]

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Mar252017

Easter Fine-Motor Coloring Activities

Egg Using Pastels

In this blog post you will find ten Easter egg template designs where the students trace the dotted lines, color and cut their chosen egg design.  These type of activities help foster greater fine-motor development. Many students are now arriving in our classrooms with less exposure to coloring and cutting, which were essential in them [...]

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Feb172017

Pre-Kindergarten Computational Thinking Activities

Kodable Game

I just attended a Personal Development session which addressed the importance of students acquiring computational thinking and coding skills.  We discussed how 40% of the current jobs will become automated within the next 10 – 20 years.  Fortunately, the role of a teacher is at a low risk of being replaced by robots.  You can [...]

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Jan222017

Bear Snores On Literacy Math Unit

Color Version

My goal for this coming year is to create more literature based mini-units based on specific literature selections.  The one I created over the December break was based on the literature selection “Bear Snores On” by Karma Wilson.  I felt this would really correlate with the concept of hibernation and what animals do in the [...]

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Nov052016

Kindergarten Word Wall

Word Wall Words

The list below displays the high frequency words I use.  Your list may be different, but I thought you would be interested in the ones I use.  I also thought I would share the dictionary I use that students can refer to when they are writing.  I have included different versions of the dictionary. Word [...]

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