Kindergarten with Krash ~ YCR/unit 7, RRSK/Aa, and Pirates

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We are back to school!  I have changed things up a bit for K’s Kindergarten, therefore I will change how I organize the Kindergarten with Krash blog posts.

Each week he will have 3-4 areas: You Can Read, RRSK, Calvert, and a Theme of the Week {if we have one}.  This past week we kicked off our new routine!

We are still using his workboxes, he just uses all 9 now that he is a big boy!


You Can Read: Unit 7 {play, find, to, run}

RRSK: Letter Aa

Theme of the Week: PIRATES


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OK, I must say I am IN LOVE with the fact that RRS has come back into our lives again, I was missing it!  The difference in Krash now is phenomenal!  It has been so fun to revisit this verse and talk about it with him, read the book, and watch him grow.  He just gets it so much more now.  It became very obvious to me this week that expanding RRS to Kindergarten was totally a God thing, as HE has totally shown up this week as we have worked with this RRSK unit.

You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!

We did 2 activities from the set per day, making 10 total activities.

He loved tracing his verse as we practiced it together…IMG_2854

I did the cutting for him, he searched for the words as we recalled the verse together.  We did this on day 2, and he knew the verse tune by this point and was singing it to me in the photo on the right.  He was at the part that says “verse 1” and was holding up his 1 finger!  So cute!

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He has decided {for now at least} that he would like to teach the song to other kids, so he made a video for you!  I sure hope he is willing to do this every week!!  You can download the printable with the verse tune here on the RRSP Letter Aa webpage.

RRSK ~ Letter Aa, Proverbs 15:1

 

He really liked glittering the word…

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then, he chose markers he liked to trace the bottom portion…IMG_3103

LOVE the tongue. Above you can also see the mini book sitting next to him.  We are pulling the book out to work on it again.  The easy reader is a part of the Letter Aa RRS Preschool set.IMG_3106

 

Following my oral directions…IMG_3119

Finding words that start with A and actually enjoying the tracing of the letters!IMG_2936

Practicing counting and writing numbers through 20…IMG_3200

 

At the end of the unit he told me his story, which I love. Slide15 He was a bit confused, but that’s to be expected.  I explained that I wanted him to look at the picture {of the mom with the kids on the couch} and think of a story to tell me about it.

Here it is:

Once there was a snowy week then soon happened a tornado came after the snow.  Soon the storm stopped.  Then they were driving in a car and they were speeding like super fast and they got in trouble.  Then they were driving in the car again and soon there was another tornado and they drove into it.  Then they turned and went in their bedrooms and sat on the couch with their mom.  She said, “it will be alright kids.”  They went to bed and went to sleep until the storm stopped.  The tornado was crazy, it kept going and going!  It barley stopped for 15 hours and then the snow came back.  Then they were finally happy.  They shouted to God, “ Thank you for stopping this storm.”

He loved watching me write and kept saying, “man that is a big word, wow!”  Dictating stories teaches kids so many things, I hope you enjoy this with your young children too!

RRSK Letter Aa Printables Here!


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We used unit 7 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did…

Tracing is so much more fun with a Dollar Tree pen…IMG_2924

Now that he is a big boy, he colored all 4 Color by # Sight Words in one sitting, and I laminated them to use for Word Play!IMG_2842

He also used them as templates as he put together his words.IMG_2848

He completed a word reading assessment and read 21 correctly, missing 11-which showed me the words he needed to work on.  One of the new activities Annie from The Moffat Girls has created: Sight Word Graphing, featured one of his trouble words: said, as well as the sight word for RRSK Letter Aa: away, so I had him work on it!IMG_3212

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Tracing his words using our dry erase activity centerIMG_3090

Finding words in sentences {one of his favorites}…IMG_3692

At the end of the week, we will be adding to his word caterpillar.  He re-reads the words up there to me…IMG_3698

…then heads to the floor with me to see if he can read any others that he has learned so far.  He cannot add them to the caterpillar until he can read them quickly on his own!  IMG_3705

 

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This needs no explanation, right?IMG_2901

Probably the most fun word play ever. Get your nerf guns out and start shooting.

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Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!


 *~*~ PIRATES!~*~*

My boy loves pirates.  I don’t really dig them, but oh well…it made for a fun theme!  See links to the resources we used here in the Pirate Theme Post.

Here he is clipping his pirate soundsIMG_2927

Using The Moffat Girls Pirate Counting by 10 printables in our wall pocket chart

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He also did the counting by 10’s puzzle from the same pirate set…IMG_3085

The Kindergarten Printables were a HUGE success!  Probably his favorite part-which surprised me!  He loved learning more than/less than with the pirate images and alligator.  We joked that the alligator would only eat MORE.  We used our mini pocket chart and played the “game” many times and in various ways.  Sometimes leaving the alligator out, sometimes putting him in first and putting the amounts in the proper place.  Best part-he had no CLUE he was learning , he just had fun!IMG_3110

The number line activity was his very favorite and he asked to play with me in his free time! First, I taught him that it was a number line and we talked about why.  We practiced counting and then began hiding numbers under the pirate.  It turned into a fun close-your-eyes game and he greatly improved his “counting-on” skills while playing!IMG_3206

He also loved sorting coins with the pirates!IMG_3219

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Playing the pirate graphing game from 2 Teaching MommiesIMG_2856

Reading MANY pirate books!IMG_2839


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Building with Guidecraft City Blocks is always a favorite…  IMG_2894

Magneatos continue to come out a lot, this was a special waterfall shower contraption…IMG_2876

Helping Ladybug with her work-he LOVES this!IMG_3010

He too loved the tong game, you can read about it here!

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He adores our kitchen, you can see my full review about it here! IMG_3037

Krash lived up to his nickname getting his very first stitches this past week!  He got two on his forehead after tumbling from the high monkey bars while on the playground at church.  he was such a trooper!!!IMG_3124


A few items we used…

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Kindergarten with Krash ~ Camping Theme

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We have spent the remainder of our summer learning through our fun camping theme, which Krash has loved!  He is way ahead with his official school, so I have backed off and set a lesson and start date…just doing fun stuff until we get to Sept 12.

We used the following resources all week long…

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He made words using Jolanthe’s awesome Read! Build! Write! printables.  We have magnetic letters from this kit and he used those to build on our cookie sheet. I keep our tiles on our magnetic hanging chalk board.IMG_1085

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The dry erase activity center was used the entire week!  Here he is finding the different object…IMG_1041

Circling the beginning sound…IMG_1094

Matching rhyming words…IMG_1098

They loved the graphing game from 2 Teaching Mommies!  They played a few different times!IMG_1100

He wasn’t a huge fan of getting his hands dirty with our campfire craft, but he did it!IMG_1030

He preferred the pretend play with the finished products!

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Although we haven’t started school officially he has completed his online assessments.  We get free access to the Let’s Go Learn site which includes the DORA and DOMA tests.  Through our cyber school he takes these a few times a year and we get detailed reports back.  IMG_1047

He has played a lot with our new magnetic ring toyIMG_1273

 

Living up to his nickname Krash.  Poor guy, PacMan thought it would be fun to sling him off of the back of the Plasma Car!IMG_1158

 

He too enjoyed our camping trip, along with Ladybug.  He has different interests though.  He preferred anything involving movement or hands-on with an animal! Biking and scootering were his definite favorite activities! Thank you Strider Bike-he learned to ride a real bike at age 4 in less than 10 minutes!

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He loved looking at and touching the fish too…

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He obviously did NOT enjoy actually fishing.  Way too much quiet for him.IMG_2030

The frog was the highlight of his trip.  He played with this guy for quite awhile {poor froggy}.IMG_2250

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Woops. {the frog was not harmed.  Scared-probably, but harmed-no.}IMG_2265

 

A few items we used…

 

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Kindergarten with Krash

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It has been a very eventful summer for us and although Krash has been doing tons of school stuff in his free time, I haven’t gathered it together for a blog post!   He is HIGHLY motivated by the summer challenge and has earned over 80 points! Here he is showing off one of his prizes {Kung Zhu from Target clearance aisle, pets were only $2.50!}IMG_7871

Another fun prize the boys worked together to earn was the Angry Birds game, which is awesome!!!IMG_0066

 

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We have been working with unit 6 from You Can Read  lately.  I haven’t taken many photos of him at work because he has been flying through his work faster than ever. Here’s a glimpse into the You Can Read work he has done recently…

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Funny Fonts with dot paintIMG_7868

Finding words in sentences using our dry erase activity centerIMG_8118

Cutting and gluing words…IMG_9990

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We used our Education Cubes to play with our words.  First I had him take his word cards {laminated and cut versions of his Color by # Sight Words} and lay them around the school room floor.  He also chose a friend to help him.  I rolled the cube for him {or he did if he wanted to}…IMG_0852

He had to read the word and then run to find it as fast as he could.After the turtle found the word, he gave the word to me.  We kept going until all review words were found!

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Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!

 

Random Summer Learning Fun …

We have enjoyed our themes this summer, although haven’t done nearly as much as I had hoped to do! I was amazed with how much Krash enjoyed learning the facts from the 4th of July Calendar Connections cards! He also really enjoyed playing the graphing game from the Independence Day Printables set.

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Visiting the actual Liberty Bell was MUCH more exciting for him since he “knew” what it was!!IMG_0114

 

We had fun with our bug theme, the highlight being the butterfly book the boys worked on TOGETHER! I love how it turned out and the effort they put into it. Yes, I admit they did earn points for the summer challenge-2 a piece, but it was worth it to see the end result!IMG_0062

 

Lately we have been exploring ponds and having our “updoors” neighbors over a ton. Our living situation is a long story but here’s the basics…my parents own an apartment above the schoolroom and our friends and ministry partners live in it. They are currently caring for 5 nieces and nephews due to major illness in the family. They are a young couple and only married less than 2 years. We have opened up our home to them so they can have more space. A tiny 2 bedroom apartment isn’t exactly perfect for 5 rambunctious children!! Our kids LOVE this arrangement and it has actually been fun having a few more “students” sometimes!

Here’s Krash with L, who I teamed up with him one day to work on his frog life cycle craft.IMG_0756

One day we did a group drawing lesson and all learned to draw a frog…

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Krash particularly likes all of the stuffed friends we add to the schoolroom for any theme we do. They always join him to work. Here he was working on the rhyming words and what’s the difference from the Pond Life Preschool Pack.IMG_0848

 

He has done tons of outside playing, and yes he got another haircut in the midst of the summer, I love it!

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He learns gobs of social skills when we have his younger friend J over. J is even feistier than Krash and this is a wonderful learning experience for both of them!

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Lots of indoor playing too, on the way too hot days. Building with Guidecraft City Blocks is always a favorite…IMG_6430 

He is also really enjoying our new felt sets from Betty Lukens!IMG_9987

 

A few items we used…

 

Visit Preschool Corner {& 5K too} for more fun learning ideas!

Visit Teach Me To Read Thursdays to see more great ideas!



Kindergarten with Krash ~ Review

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We worked with units 1-5 from You Can Read, as a review! I could tell he was getting to a point where we needed to slow down a bit and just have fun practicing what we had already learned. He is still a young reader and I never want to push him too far beyond his comfort zone!

We used our Education Cubes to play with our words. First I had him take his word cards {laminated and cut versions of his Color by # Sight Words} and lay them around the school room floor. He also had to pick a pointer {notice his pink Gigi star wand}. I rolled the cube for him {or he did if he wanted to}…IMG_5354

He had to read the word and then run to find it as fast as he could.IMG_5355

After he tapped it with his magic wand, he gave the word to me. We kept going until all review words were found!IMG_5358

I made a few of his words with my cubes from our Reading Rods set.IMG_5325

I just handed them to him in any way, not showing or telling him which word was correct-or even which word he was looking for. He had to spin it until he found a word he recognized! He really liked this and did better with it than I thought he would!IMG_5500

He did the Crack the Sight Word Code from Ready2Read Unit 1 {The Moffat Girls}…IMG_5824

He also did the read, trace, and paste {also Ready2Read unit 1}…IMG_5889

I created another new add-on for the You Can Read program {base printables are free once they are released on the blog, add-ons will only be in the ad-free/bonus section}, Sight Word Stamping! IMG_5518He used our see through ABC stamps for this and really enjoyed it.

This week I also had him complete the writing words assessment, he did well!IMG_5520

We also played with our Sight Word Sensory Bin Word SearchIMG_5816 IMG_5821

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Most of our fun these past 2 weeks fits right into the Word Play category! Check out more wonderful ideas here!

Our summer plans for Kindergarten…THEMES!!!

The boys have chosen 5 themes {camping, pond, bugs, beach, and garden} and I will be planning over the next few weeks to begin theme weeks in late June. PacMan finished up his 3rd grade curriculum last week so we are in a VERY laid back mode right now. I want to take time off myself to thoroughly plan and prepare for the fall, I didn’t do that last year as well as I wanted to. This year I have lofty goals for myself-praying I can achieve them!

I plan to do tons of review with Krash this summer and maybe a new You Can Read unit here and there-but probably not until late summer/early fall-we’ll see. Mainly I plan to pull his review into the theme work we do.

We also have a Summer Challenge going on which I will be sharing about very soon!!! It’s keeping the boys from being lazy!

A few items we used…

 

Visit Preschool Corner {& 5K too} for more fun learning ideas!

Visit Teach Me To Read Thursdays to see more great ideas!



Kindergarten with Krash ~ You Can Read Unit 5, Knights Theme

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His first Calvert lessons have him reviewing basic skills he is solid in, so we aren’t spending much time there right now.  We are spending a majority of our time focusing on our You Can Read printables, which is challenging him at a perfect level.  We are doing many other additional activities also and having a blast!  Here’s a bit of the literacy fun we have had recently…

 

We worked with unit 5 from You Can Read, for about 2 weeks, he is actually still struggling with Down and here so we are taking some review time after this unit to solidify the words learned so far!  You Can Read Sight Words Set 5 s

This week he glued his words onto colored paper instead of making words in the pocket chart with these letters.  He really enjoyed this as he loves glue!  You can see I used our Education Cube to show him the word he was working on.IMG_3746

 

He colored his sight word color by # words…IMG_4947

 

Word shapes…IMG_3747

Play Dough Words…IMG_4847

Funny fonts, we used dot paint this time for a change…IMG_4773

Finding words in sentences…IMG_5241

 

I created the more add-ons to the You Can Read program {base printables are free once they are released on the blog, add-ons will only be in the ad-free/bonus section}, Assessments and Review BINGO!

I gave him the reading words assessment and it was nice to confirm which words he knows quickly and which he still struggles with. The full instructions of how I do my assessments is included in the PDF file, I explain it all there!

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He LOVED the Review BINGO, and we took turns calling words-which was a great mix-up for the review.IMG_5229

Word Play rectangleWord Play is a BIG component to our Kindergarten learning, be sure to visit the main Word Play linky to see MANY ideas!

For a review, I pulled off all of his word wall words and put them in his workbox.  He has to read each one and then put it under the proper letter on his word wall. This week I had him runt he length of the schoolroom in between each word!  He had to run to get the word from me each time!IMG_3749

He continues to LOVE our easy readers, we are using First Little Readers, and Sight Word Readers.  We are using Guided Reading strategies during this time, which you can read about here.

We also do phonics work and still use Bob Books for this.  Calvert has an intense phonics portion to their Kindergarten, he is just not there yet in the lessons so we are supplementing.

This week we reviewed  one of the books, by writing all of the words on his BatMan board first and then reading together. IMG_5231

I noticed he was having a bit of trouble isolating sounds so I taught him to “peek-a-boo” the word.  He used a marble and slowly pulled it to the side to reveal 1 letter at a time to sound out the word.  This REALLY helped him. IMG_5239

I taught him to look at the whole word first to see if it was a sight word and if not-he needed to play peek-a-boo with the word and break the sounds down.IMG_5234

 

 

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We continue to follow the Calvert workbook and have finally hit new territory-geometric solids!  The math workbook provided punch out shapes for me to make, so we used those.  I also printed these geometric solids 3-part cards for him.  I also found these awesome 3D shape printables after we were done!

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We also reviewed patterns, which we will continue to explore further.  The Preschool Packs have given him a solid foundation with patterning, so this was pretty easy for him!

 

 

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Hands on, learning toys, games, computer, themes, and more.  This is where I plan to share everything else he has been up to that I happen to capture! These are the “extra” things we do in addition to his direct instruction which you will see above.

We had LOADS of fun doing a combined Dragon-Castles-Vikings-Knights week.  I even made NEW printables for my How to Train Your Dragon Preschool Pack!!!

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He enjoyed the 3 part cards.  He put the full cards in the mini pocket chart and then matched up the pictures and words to those…IMG_4827

 

The graphing game I added was  HUGE hit, we played many, MANY times!  I included a spinner too, but he preferred the cube-probably because he can throw it.IMG_4838

 

imageWe did a ton of work from the Knights Preschool Pack!

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Rebus story, finding words…IMG_4843

Counting knights-which was way too easy,IMG_4877

so we added in some basic addition…

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Clipping the beginning sound…IMG_4925

Rhyming words…IMG_4938

 

We had lots of hands on fun too, mostly with our double set of knights in a tube.  Since we had 2 sets, we were able to play a matching game with them!IMG_5338

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Coloring castles with LadybugIMG_4935

One of the highlights for him was looking at real castles online.  His new dream is to go to Germany {by chance most of the castles he really loved were in Germany} and tour REAL castles.  Anyone in Germany want to host us?IMG_5331

 

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It was a really fun theme week!  Although I don’t have a photo, he helped me set up a theme corner-including his new Trio Castle-which he got recently for his birthday!  Also in his corner were his many How to Train Your Dragon toys, also birthday gifts!

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A few items we used…

 

 Visit Preschool Corner {& 5K too} for more fun learning ideas!

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