Letter D Learning in Action

 

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 4 {letter D} here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

Looking for Past Weeks?

 

I am excited to share all about our fourth week together, with a focus on the LETTER D! 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 16-20 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 on counting the number of words in a sentence, understanding syllables, and rhyming!

In addition to the lessons, we use an awesome freebie from All About Reading called “Feed the Puppy.”   Each week I go through the cards with them and they can only feed the puppy the letters they can identify, which is highly motivating to them since they want the puppy to get lots of bones!

Letter D 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:

  • Letter Path Trace
  • Cut & Glue Letter D
  • Play Dough Letter D

D is for Daniel Tiger

I added in some fun Daniel Tiger work since they both like the show! They really enjoyed this fun addition for letter D week!

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter D

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 D Toys & Puzzles

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

 

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 bottom right photo below. In the bottom left, you can see them working on a beginning sound sort using our tiny objects. See more about this here!

 

Letter D Books

We read tons of books featuring the Letter D! See all of our Letter D 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.

 

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. My daughter joins them during this time, which they LOVE!

 

 

They work on their monthly calendar notebooks at home and also with me on the days they are at my house.

 

Another thing they enjoyed this week was playing POP For Rhyming! It’s such a simple game but is perfect for them since they are still working on rhyming words. I couldn’t find the game online {we have had it for years} but it is from Learning Resources.

Letter C Learning in Action

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 3 {letter C} here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

Looking for past weeks?

 

I am excited to share all about our third week together, with a focus on the LETTER C! 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 lessons11-15 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 on counting the number of words in a sentence, understanding syllables, and rhyming! The kids loved all of the fun games and Ziggy the Zebra!

You can see us using the “Get Out of the Wagon” game cards to review rhyming in the top left photo. Be sure to download the free printable “Get Out of the Wagon” here if your kids are working on rhyming!

Another fun printable we use from All About Reading is a fun freebie! Each week my students get to wear their letter bracelet home! Download these for free here!

 

Letter C 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:

  • Play Dough Letter C
  • Listening Skills
  • Letter Path Trace {not pictured}
  • Find the Letter Cc

 

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter C

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 C Toys & Puzzles

I love setting up fun letter displays and playing with the items. See more ideas here! Here’s our Letter C 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 C Books

We read tons of books featuring the Letter C! See all of our Letter C 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.

 

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. They were excited to begin October!

 

I LOVE the name tracing sheets from Super Star Worksheets. it is free and you can type in your child’s name! My students LOVED these and they need name writing practice, so they were perfect!

 

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!

Looking for past weeks?

 

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!

 

 

Letter A Learning in Action

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 1 here, and I also plan to share after our week is done so you can see my students in action!

I am excited to share all about our first week together, with a focus on the LETTER A! 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 also.

All About Reading Lessons

This past week we enjoyed lessons 1-5 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 A is for Alligator craft page!

One of our weekly activities is a freebie from All About Reading called “Feed the Puppy.”  With this fun, hands-on activity, they will work on identifying upper and lowercase letters. Each week I will go through the cards with them and they can only feed the puppy the letters they can identify, which is highly motivating to them since they want the puppy to get lots of bones! Highly recommend this activity if you have kids working on letter identification.

 

Letter A 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 from Crafty Classroom! The kids enjoyed the following activities this week:

  • Listening Skills
  • Letter Path Trace
  • Cuisenaire Letters

 

Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter A

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 A Toys & Puzzles

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

Some of the items pictured below, see even more alphabet toy ideas here!


 

 

Letter A Books

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

Kindergarten Homeschool Plans

I will be teaching two new students starting in mid-September! They are my friend’s kids and are at a PreK/K level. We will be moving at their pace and adjusting as we go along. I am SO excited to get to teach them and help their family in this way. They are a blessing to me and it is a true gift to be able to teach Kindergarten again to two kids I absolutely adore. Be sure to follow along on my blog and Instagram, so you can see all that we do together! Thanks to their awesome parents who are allowing me to share our journey with the hopes that it will help others – especially parents who are navigating this homeschool world for the first time!

I will be sharing extensively about my plans for them but wanted to get this post out ASAP since I know many of you are deciding what to do right now. Below you will find a list of what I am planning to use with them along with a few details. I promise more details will come, but this way you can see the basics.

 

Kindergarten @ Home Membership

Much of what I am using is available when you purchase one of our Kindergarten @ Home memberships, I will give details below to help you decide if that is a good fit for you.

First, here are the direct links to info about the K @ Home membership:

 

Our Plans

Below are links to everything I will be using with them. Remember, I will share a lot more as we move along!

Kindergarten Literature Units {all K Lit Units are included in all 3 levels of the K @ Home Membership}

Kindergarten Calendar Notebook  {included in the K @ Home Ultimate Membership}

Raising Lil’ Rock Stars I am expanding this to accommodate my new students and what I want to do with them, stay tuned! If you have already purchased the bundle, the new items will be added to the private page soon, stay tuned!

Reading Lessons

Letter of the Week {which will go along with the letter featured in the RLRS lessons} We may not do all of these for every letter, but this is the main list I will pull activities from.

Additional Math Activities

 

Assessment

This past weekend I assessed both kids and got a feel for where they are at. They are in a wonderful sweet spot between PreK and K level which I am so excited about! Be sure to follow along on Instagram to see them in action! You can download the assessment packet I created here, it’s the same one I used with my own kids many years ago!