Kindergarten at Home ~ Letter S, 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 S 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 nineteenth week together, with a focus on the LETTER S! 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.

We do a lot of our school at my dining room table, I love having early childhood activities there again!

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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 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 them using Reading Rods to practice.

 

Letter S 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 S 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 S

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!


Letter S Toys & Puzzles

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

 


Letter S Books

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

You Can Read Word Family IG

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

 

Solar System Theme

We enjoyed a really fun solar system unit, find the free printables here! These are the plans I share with their parents {and also use myself to keep on track}:

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:

 

Letter S 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 S Plans

You can see our plans for LETTER S here! You’ll find direct links to things we are using, and other links to help plan a Letter S 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 S 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 S 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 S 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 S in action!

Spring Theme Kindergarten Printables

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I needed some specific activities to use with my Kindergarten students and wanted a new theme {ages 4 and 5} so I created a new Spring Theme Kindergarten Pack! It is created using our Kindergarten Literature Unit template, so you will see similarities, however, I did not base this one off of a specific book. If you want activities to go along with a specific spring book, you can check out Mouse’s First Spring here! Choose your favorite spring book and use these printable activities!  Here are some of our recommended books:

Kindergarten Goals

In this free printable pack you’ll find many Kindergarten Math and Literacy Goals to focus on.

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Below you can see many of the activities included:

  • CVC words
  • upper/lowercase letter matching
  • beginning sounds
  • basic addition
  • patterns
  • sorting
  • counting
  • missing numbers
  • counting by 10s
  • color words
  • & more!

 

Download your free printables here!

Looking for a fabulous Kindergarten {& beyond} reading program?

Check out All About Reading!

Solar System Kindergarten Printables

 

{disclaimer – affiliate links are used in this post}

I needed some specific activities to use with my Kindergarten students and wanted a new theme {ages 4 and 5} so I created a new Solar System Theme Kindergarten Pack! It is created using our Kindergarten Literature Unit template, so you will see similarities, however, I did not base this one off of a specific book. Choose your favorite Solar System book and use these printable activities!  Here are some of our recommended books:

Kindergarten Goals

In this free printable pack you’ll find many Kindergarten Math and Literacy Goals to focus on.

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Below you can see many of the activities included:

  • CVC words
  • 3-part cards
  • beginning sounds
  • basic addition
  • size comparing
  • patterns
  • sorting
  • counting
  • missing numbers
  • planet cut-outs
  • rhyming
  • ordinal numbers
  • alphabet cards
  • & more!

Some fun toys to add to your unit:


Download your free printables here!

Looking for a fabulous Kindergarten {& beyond} reading program?

Check out All About Reading!

Learn to Draw a Swan, Turtle, Unicorn, Vampire Bat, Whale and X-Ray Fish! Free Printables!

Let's Draw Printables - S, T, U, V, W, X

We have a new set of Let’s Draw A-Z Printables for you! Letters S, T, U, V, W and X  are free to download here and other free sets will be coming. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the full set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop.

Each page features a heading which can be colored, the drawing tutorial, and a space for drawing. The space is at the bottom of the page so you can easily trim it off to just keep your child’s drawing. Let’s Draw a swan, turtle, unicorn, vampire bat, whale and x-ray fish!

Swan Drawing Tutorial Turtle Drawing TutorialUnicorn Drawing Tutorial Vampire Bat Drawing TutorialWhale Drawing Tutorial X-Ray Fish Drawing Tutorial

Download S, T, U, V, W, X for free here!

Grab the entire set here in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop

Let's Draw A to Z

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