Kindergarten at Home ~ Letter N, Reading, Math, & More!

I am teaching young children again! Not my own children this time, but the children of a very good friend. See our original post about this adventure here. Each week I plan to share our plans, which I did for Letter N here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

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I am excited to share all about our fourteenth week together, with a focus on the LETTER N! In addition to a letter focus each week we do several other things, which I will also share with you. Since I only have my students two days a week {3 hours each day}, we cram a lot into a short time! I also provide their parents with activities to do at home.

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All About Reading Level 1

My students used All About Reading Pre-reading during the first half of the year and after using the placement test from AAR in December, I could see that they were ready to begin Level 1! One of my students is 4 1/2 and the other is 5 1/2, and they are academically typical for those ages. We do the same lessons together, but I expect different from each of them. It was an exciting week as they read their first story from the reader! I just love the All About Reading books, made even better now that they are in color!

 

Letter N Fun

We enjoyed several different activities, most from my site! I will link everything we used below! These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

The Letter N activities shown below are included with our Ultimate PreK/Kindergarten @ Home Membership – which is the best way to get your hands on everything we offer, see the cost savings here!

Below you can see AK and Ki doing the following activities:


Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter N

While the kids color I tell them the story and we review the items on the display board {shapes, colors, numbers}. They also do tracing at home for homework and take the verse bracelet home!

 

Letter N Toys & Puzzles

I love setting up fun letter displays and playing with the items. See more ideas here!

 

The kids enjoy playing with the toys and reading the books. Another hands-on activity I have them do is bring in objects from home that begin with the letter we are studying. Each week I take a photo of them with the objects they bring in and then I edit it and we have a photo album of each letter! Here’s their letter N photo:

 

Letter N Books

We read tons of books featuring the Letter N! See all of our Letter N book ideas here!

 

Math

For math, I am selecting goals to focus on and using activities to work on those goals. After assessment in December, I realized we needed to work on identifying, writing, and ordering numbers 1-20. I created several activities to help with this, which you can download for free here on our math resources webpage. These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

Below you can see photos of them working on:


 

You Can Read Word Family AT

We are using You Can Read Word Families in addition to our reading lessons. Word families are a great way to build confidence in reading CVC words. It also helps us review rhyming, and focus on word patterns. We are taking 2 weeks for each word family, this week we finished up the _at family. These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

 


When it Starts to Snow Literature Unit

We usually focus on a literature unit for 2 weeks, as a fun extension. These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

 

Our activity had a word from their current All About Reading lesson {the} so we used the card from AAR and found the word “the” together!

Free Play

They love playing with my toys, I am so glad I kept my favorites! The Learning Resources Sorting Pie is a favorite, and yes, my cat almost always plays with them! Wedgits are another favorite! You can also see AK making a tall tower with our Cuisenaire Rods.


One thing I don’t mention often is that they have a snack break midway through our time together. I use this time to set up our activities for the last half of the time. While I do this. they watch Leapfrog Letter Factory or Leapfrog Phonics Farm. Yes, we repeat those two consistently. My own kids learned their letters and sounds quickly thanks to these DVDs!