Kindergarten at Home ~ Letter P, 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 P 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 sixteenth week together, with a focus on the LETTER P! 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 almost 5 and the other is almost 6, and they are academically typical for those ages. We do the same lessons together, but I expect different from each of them.

In addition to our All About Reading curriculum, we also use other resources to practice. Below you can see AK using our Self-Correcting CVC Word Cards. She sounds out the word and flips the card over to see the image.

Letter P 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}:

 

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


Raising Lil Rock Stars Letter P

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 P 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 P photo:


Letter P Books

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


Math

For math, I am selecting goals to focus on and using activities to work on those goals. I have been creating several activities to help with their goals, 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 AN

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 _an family. These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

 


Over in the Arctic Literature Unit

We usually focus on a literature unit for 2 weeks, as a fun extension. This week we started Over in the Arctic! We loved learning about arctic animals and we even made snow! These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

 

 


Calendar Notebook

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 photos of them working. One thing we added recently is songs to help with the Days of the Week and Months of the Year. I took a screenshot of the songs we are using {we use Amazon Music}.

Letter P Printables, Books, & 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 new adventure here. One of the ways I plan to share with the parents of the kids I am teaching is through the use of Google Slides. I am creating slides to show what we are using so they can see and also so they can easily share with friends. In addition to sharing with them, I will be sharing with you!

 

Looking for previous letter posts?

Letter P Plans

You can see our plans for LETTER P here! You’ll find direct links to things we are using, and other links to help plan a Letter P unit! I decided to use Google Slides so I can update them easily in the future if needed! Click here or on the image below to see all of the activities we used, our lesson plans, and links to everything!

 

Letter P Books

I am also creating book collections for each letter so I remember to pull out certain books each week! Planning like this in advance really helps me remember all of my ideas! As I get older, the ideas vanish at times!

Here is a link to our Letter P Books! I will be using books we own as well as books from the library when able.

 

FAQ

Why are we doing a letter-of-the-week approach?

Honestly, to keep my brain in order. Going from A to Z and focusing on a letter at a time helps me stay organized. Now, we won’t ONLY be focusing on that letter. This is just a simple way to have fun with letters and sounds through printable activities, hands-on items, and books!

What grade/age is this appropriate for?

I am not big on labeling kids between the ages of 3-6 because they are all so different! Tot School, Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten have what I call “blurry lines” and a child doesn’t always fit into a specific grade. The plans I am sharing are appropriate for kids who are learning letters, and basic early childhood skills {rhyming, opposites, basic K math skills, colors, shapes, patterns, etc.}. When you follow along with us, you’ll see how I am working with my students at their own pace, rather than identifying a specific grade level. It is a mix of Pre-K and Kindergarten and will progress as needed. Much of what I create is labeled “Kindergarten” but is appropriate for many younger and even older kids. Use our assessment to guide your choices. Feel free to adjust and choose activities based on where YOUR child is at rather than what GRADE they should be in! That’s the beauty of homeschool!

Will we use the same activities each week, for each letter?

No! If I find my students don’t like a particular activity, I will probably choose something else {unless it is something I feel is absolutely necessary}. There are SO many options, many I have created myself, but they don’t need to do every single letter P printable out there. That’s silly. I will choose several based on what I think they will enjoy and will meet them at their level. It may change from week to week and you’ll be able to see what we use in our Google Slides for each letter, which I plan to post about as we move along!

Is this all we are doing?

No! Our themes will be based on our Kindergarten Literature Units.  We will also be doing a few other things, which you can see in the Google Slides! In addition to sharing our plans {like this post}, I am also writing posts after each week is complete. Stay tuned for Letter P in action!

Peppa Pig Kindergarten Printables

Peppa Pig Kindergarten Printables

I hope many of you enjoy these new free Peppa Pig Kindergarten Printables!

This is a Kindergarten level printable pack, although many younger and older kids will be able to enjoy it also! These theme based packs focus on literacy and math skills.

Kindergarten Math Skills

in this pack include number lines, greater/less than, coins, graphing, sorting, odd/even, and counting 1-30.

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Kindergarten Literacy Skills 

in this pack include… labeling pictures, easy reader featuring color words, rhyming words, tracing, and missing letters.

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If your child is into Peppa Pig, I highly recommend adding some Peppa Pig books to your home library. You can see the books Amazon carries here!

Peppa Pig Books for Kids

Download your FREE Peppa Pig printables here

Peppe Pig Kindergarten Printables

Looking for more free Kindergarten Printables? Be sure to look at our other FREE Kindergarten Printable Packs {click on graphics below} and our Kindergarten Literature Units!

Angry Birds Kindergarten Printables Jake and the Neverland Pirates Kindergarten PrintablesLEGO Kindergarten Printables Minecraft_Kindergarten_Printables_SquareOctonauts Kindergarten Printables Paw Patrol Kindergarten PrintablesPhineas and Ferb Kindergarten Printables Skylanders Kindergarten PrintablesWebkinz Kindergarten Printables

Kindergarten Literature Units

Peek and Find PUMPKINS

Peek and Find PUMPKINS

We have a new Peek & Find featuring Pumpkins! Peek & Find is a great activity for for Tot Schoolers, Preschoolers, Kindergarteners and beyond, this pumpkin version is a bit trickier than our other sets since the pumpkins vary slightly from one another! There are a few variations to this activity can easily grow with your child’s ability!

You can also add in some fun elements to the activity, or simply print, cut, and play! Below I will share the free printable, ideas for different levels of play, and fun variations.

There are two main elements of the Peek & Find activity.

The “FIND” boards, available in color or BW…

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The “PEEK” cards…

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Print the board, selecting color for younger kids to make it easier and selecting BW for older kids to make it more difficult. Print the cards, on cardstock if possible and cut them out. Laminate if you plan to use these cards repeatedly.

Looking for a great color printing option? See our favorite printer and ink here!

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A few options for play…

Option #1 {single player}

Print the Peek & Find board.

Print the cards and cut out.

Mix up the cards, choose one at a time and find the object on the Peek & Find board. Color, circle, or mark the object.

Option #2 {2 or more players}

Print a Peek & Find board for each player and one set of cards. Cut out the cards.

Flip over a card and race to see who finds the object first on their board. Using Dot Paint with this game is fun!

Winner keeps the card.

Person with the most cards at the end is the winner!

See a video of my daughter and I playing {we were using the SPRING theme board in this video} …

Option #3 {sensory, fine motor activity}

Create a sensory bin and bury the cards.

Use a fine motor tool {child tweezers} to dig for cards and pull them out and then find the object on the Peek & Find board and mark it.

Option #4 {gross motor activity}

Hide the cards around the room and challenge your child to find one card at a time and bring it back to the board, find it, mark it, and repeat! This is a great version for those of you with energetic younger kids!

Options for marking the board…

  • Mini Pumpkins
  • Dot Paint
  • BINGO Chips
  • Bottle Tops
  • Pouch Tops
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • Markers, Crayons, Colored Pencils
  • Beads
  • Mini Erasers
  • Beans

  

Download your FREE Peek & Find Pumpkins here!

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Pumpkin Books for Kids  Pumpkin Printables and More

Pumpkin Theme Kindergarten Literature Unit

Pumpkin Theme Kindergarten Literature Unit

We have a another new seasonal Kindergarten Literature Unit Study Printable Pack which is expanded to include more activities than our units in the past! Celebrate October with this new set based on the book The Garden That We Grew by Joan Holub, which features pumpkins!

Looking for our other Kindergarten Literature Units? See them all here!

Set the stage for your PUMPKIN theme by gathering all of your pumpkin toys and books! It helps to draw your child in and get her/him excited about your learning time together.

Don’t have a lot of pumpkin toys and books? Ask friends, go to the library, or buy some things you think might be a good long term investment for your homeschool!

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Be sure to purchase the book The Garden That We Grew or check it out from your library. In addition to the main book, I recommend adding in all sorts of other fun pumpkin books to bring the theme alive!

Pumpkin Books for Kids

Here is a downloadable library checklist for pumpkin books!

Pumpkin Books Editable Book Checklist

Add a pumpkin theme sensory bin to your fun!

Pumpkin Sensory Bin


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 awhile! 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!

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This is a simple book with rhyming text that is great for early learning. The life cycle of the pumpkin is explored, bringing in lots of fun science learning. 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!

A full set of pumpkin alphabet flashcards are included, which can be used in SO many different ways!

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

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

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Add in some fun science learning as you explore the parts of a pumpkin and the life cycle of a pumpkin.

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Explore important Kindergarten math concepts with several different activities.

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Use these fun printables for some practice with shapes and colors!

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Have fun with our Harvest Time Listen and Do activity!

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The learning opportunities are endless with this book!

The Garden That We Grew Kindergarten Literature Unit is here in my Shop!

Pumpkin Kindergarten Literature Unit

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