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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Oct152016

Common Core Planning

pumpkin patch art

After so many years of experience, I rarely create a lesson solely based on meeting curriculum outcomes. I found this often led to rather stilted lessons.  I prefer to create engaging lessons related to a specific topic or theme with related reading selections and follow-up activities.  From there, I would evaluate all the core outcomes [...]

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Sep242016

Reading Readiness for Pre-Kindergarten

Word Detection/Print Awareness

Research has shown that students who become readers are able to complete assessments successfully that include the skills outlined below.  It is important that students be systematically taught these skills within daily instructional time. The Kinderplans program includes activities that focus on developing these skills. Phonological and Phonemic Awareness Phonological awareness is a broad term [...]

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Sep022016

Substitute Plans

Emergent Reader

My students really enjoy hearing all the “Pete the Cat” stories.  I decided to create an emergency substitute lesson plan based on the story “Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons” written by Eric Litwin.  The emergency lesson plan is found in the link below:   Pete The Cat And His Groovy Button Mini [...]

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Aug122016

First Week Pre-Kindergarten

Name Activities

Ideas for First Week In this blog post I have outlined ideas that you can incorporate for your first week of school.   Play Centers When the students first arrive they must locate their name tag placed on a table.  They are assisted with putting their name tag on. They are directed to a play [...]

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Jul312016

Important Pre-K Skills

Pre-K Curriclum

One of the most important skills that should be taught at the Pre-K level is phonemic and phonological awareness.  I can’t stress the importance of teaching these skills to our early learners because they are the basis for learning to read. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear and segment sounds.  We know that a student’s skills in phonemic [...]

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May202016

Bulletin Board Display

Colors Bulletin Board Display

At the beginning of school year I focus on colors, color words and do experiments involving colors.  The emergent readers found in the links below introduce the reading process and also require the students to color the pictures within the reader according to the color words.   Colors Emergent Readers   More Emergent Readers Related [...]

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