Letter B Learning in Action

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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 new adventure here. Each week I plan to share our plans, which I did for week 2 {letter B} 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 second week together, with a focus on the LETTER B! In addition to a letter focus each week I am using All About Reading Pre-Reading with them. Since I only have my students two days a week, we cram a lot into a short time! I also provide their parents with activities to do at home.

 

All About Reading Lessons

This past week we enjoyed lessons 6-10 in AAR Pre-Reading. I am not doing the letter crafts from AAR in the order of the lessons, but am going to use those with our letter of the week focus. We are moving quickly through the activities that focus on other pre-reading skills and right now the emphasis is RHYMING! The kids loved all of the fun games and Ziggy the Zebra! We also completed the B craft page!

 

One of the rhyming activities they love is called “Get Out of the Wagon.” This activity is included in our lesson manual, which you can see above in the photo collage. The printable version of this activity is available for free here!

Letter B Fun

We enjoyed several different activities, most from my site! I will link everything we used below!

Everything shown in this collage is included with our Ultimate 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 {clockwise from top left}:

Activities we did that aren’t pictured:

 

I also really love the Fine Motor Alphabet Bundle and the Alphabet Curriculum Bundle from Crafty Classroom! The kids enjoyed the following activities this week:

  • Listening Skills
  • Letter Path Trace
  • Find the Letter Bb

 

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter B

I didn’t get any action shots, but we enjoyed the verse bracelets, and tracing pages this week in addition to the items on the display board!

Letter B Toys & Puzzles

I love setting up fun letter displays and playing with the items. See more ideas here! Here’s our Letter B set-up:

Some of the items pictured below, see even more alphabet toy 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. You can see their collection in the top right photo below. In the top left, you can see them working on a beginning sound sort using our tiny objects. See more about this here!

Letter B Books

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

More Kindergarten/PreK Fun

There’s more than just our letter of the week focus! See more of what we did below!

For math, I am using Interactive Kindergarten Math with them.

To keep this fun for them, we are using dry erase markers for the worksheets. I recently bought a new set for them and I LOVE them!


 

While I work with one child, the other has “rug time” which is basically reading books or playing with toys on the rug! This works well and allows me some one on one time with each of them. After we finish they enjoy some rug time together.


 

They work on their monthly calendar notebooks at home and also with me on the days they are at my house. Below you can see AK completing a journal entry!

 

Finally, we are using my Kindergarten Literature Units as the basis for our theme-based learning fun! The past two weeks we enjoyed a FARM theme with our The Big Red Barn K Literature Unit!  I created some additional printables focused on their needs for this unit, you can see those here!

 

 

Big Red Barn Literature Unit Additions

I created some new printables to go along with our original Big Red Barn Kindergarten Literature Unit. I added in a few activities that I specifically wanted to use with the kids I am teaching right now, who are at a Prek-K level. These additions meet my students at their needs, and I hope some of you can enjoy these too! I am adding them to the entire Kindergarten Literature Unit here, and you can grab them for free in this post!

My students are working on letter identification, which is why I added a set of flashcards and the clip the lowercase letter activity. We have a full set of clip the lowercase letter cards and more available for free here!

 

 

We are beginning our work with graphing and reviewing numbers, so I created a roll and graph game, a 1-10 puzzle, find and count, and a 1-20 maze.

 

 

 

Grab the entire farm theme Kindergarten Literature Unit here!

Download the addition for FREE here!

More FARM Fun

Looking for more FARM fun? See all of our farm theme activities here!

Kindergarten Monthly Calendar Notebook

 

I have a new adventure awaiting me – homeschooling Kindergarten again! I am helping a friend with her 2 children {Pre K and K} and couldn’t be more excited! You’ll be seeing a LOT more PreK and K on my blog and Instagram since she is allowing me to feature her kids and our activities! This new Kindergarten Monthly Calendar Notebook was created for my new students!

I wanted to condense everything I would have up on a wall for calendar time into a notebook so the kids could access it easily anywhere. They will be coming to my house a few days a week and staying at theirs the other days. This notebook will be easily passed back and forth so they can work on it daily!

My other thought with creating a monthly calendar notebook for daily practice was to help new homeschooling families who feel a bit lost! This notebook is a simple way to review many Kindergarten skills every day! Below you can see all of the skills that are included. It is geared for Kindergarten but will be appropriate for many preschoolers too! Some 1st graders will enjoy it also! It all depends on your child!

As I get going with my new students in September, you’ll see a lot more in action, but for now, I created a little video walkthrough to give you my thoughts on the different activities included and also the different levels.

 

 

I decided to create a lifetime membership option instead of individual calendars for sale each month since they will “expire” each month. With the membership you can visit anytime {you’ll be given a private link and password} to download new calendars. For now, I am guaranteeing a new monthly calendar through July 2021, but it is highly likely I will continue to create them indefinitely!

Use Anytime Themes

I also wanted to add some “use anytime” theme-based calendars {which will be for sale individually AND included in the membership}. These are editable PDF files so you can type the month/year in yourself! These were created for a few reasons – the main one was to have a replacement if you needed a theme substitute for a specific month. If your family doesn’t celebrate Halloween and you don’t like the October images, you can choose one of the “use anytime” themes to replace it!

Currently, we have three themes available – ocean, farm, and transportation. I am working on dinosaurs right now and have plans to add several more!

 

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Big Red Barn Farm Kindergarten Literature Unit

We have another new Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack which is expanded to include more activities than our units in the past! Explore farm life with this new set based on the book Big Red Barn by, Margaret Wise Brown.

Set the stage for your unit by gathering extra books and some toys! It helps to draw your child in and get her/him excited about your learning time together.

Don’t have a lot of toys and books to go along with this book? Ask friends, go to the library, or buy some things you think might be a good long term investment for your homeschool! Be sure to purchase the book Big Red Barn, or check it out from your library. In addition to the main book, I recommend adding in other fun FARM books to bring the theme alive!

Looking for more ideas for a FARM theme? Check out our farm theme idea page here, filled with more free farm printables!

 For this unit, I selected several Kindergarten Math and Literacy Goals to focus on.

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There are over 20 activities to keep your Kindergartener engaged for quite a while! Many tots, preschoolers, and even 1st graders will enjoy this set! The main focus is Kindergarten but that isn’t exclusive! Below you can see a collage of all the printables included! Click each image to enlarge!

 

Big Red Barn features a simple, rhythmic text about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps.

The printables were created to go along with the story as you will see in the photos below! Connecting your activities to a book is such a great way to weave a literacy-rich learning environment into your homeschool in such a natural and fun way!

Have fun retelling the story and expanding comprehension with our comprehension questions, photo cards, and sequencing activities!

Explore beginning sounds, sight words, rhyming, and more with these fun activities!

 

Explore important Kindergarten math concepts with several different activities.

You’ll also find some science activities – labeling a goat and the life cycle of a chicken. Explore positional words with a mini-book, and have fun finding some differences! Also included – some tracing and coloring fun!

Big Red Barn Kindergarten Literature Unit is here in my Shop!

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Looking for more Kindergarten Literature Units? See all of them here!

Kindergarten Literature Units

Farm Animal Fun Pack

Farm Animal Fun Pack

This new Farm Animal Fun Pack is a free printable set featuring several fun activities for your child! Enjoy a crossword puzzle, word search, shadow matching and I Spy!

Print our the animal name chart for spelling reference or simply as a fun farm animal poster!

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Place the activity pages in sheet protectors and use dry erase markers so you can use them over and over again!

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There are answer pages included also!

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Farm Animal Pack

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More Farm Animal Fun…

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