January 2015 - Miss Kindergarten

Read and Reveal {blending words practice}

My students are absolutely rocking their letters and sounds and learning how to blend CVC words. They've been doing really well with their fluency families and blending words in their guided reading books, but when it came to reading CVC words in isolation, it was a whole different story! They were guessing, and saying random sounds and what in the world happened to my little readers!? So as I was brainstorming ideas to help them blend CVC words in isolation, this fun idea came to me!

I created these fun little cards to give my students the practice reading CVC words. I didn't want them to see the picture and "read" the picture, so I hid it behind a flap! I used these adorable mini clothespins {that I had leftover from decorating a baby shower which is why they're glittery ;)} so my students could unclip the card after they read the word and see if they read it correctly!
 I stuck all the cards in a basket and set it out on the table during guided reading. My students took turns picking a card, reading the word and checking to see if they read it correctly. As an incentive, I told my kiddos they could keep the card in front of them if they read it right, but they had to put it back if they didn't blend the word correctly. This was a definite motivator!
 My students practiced reading by touching each letter, saying each sound and then sliding their finger along the arrow to blend the sounds together.
 After reading the word, they unclipped the clothespin to reveal the picture!
 They loved this game and I can already see an improvement in their reading!

You can grab Read and Reveal {CVC words} in my TpT store!

Along with everything else in my TpT store!

If you're looking for more word patterns, check out the Read and Reveal Bundle below!
Currently it includes CVC words, CVCe words, CCVC/CVCC words, vowel teams and r-controlled vowels!


Making Sight Words Fun!!

One of my all time favorite things about teaching kindergarten is the awesome growth you see all year long! I just love the confident little learners that my students are becoming. We work really hard in kindergarten, but we also have a lot of fun. Because I believe that having fun is the main ingredient behind building life-long learners! So what's my secret behind teaching sight words? Making them fun, of course!

A great way to start your kindergarteners off is with some color word practice. These are sight words that are seen often and your students will have some of them in their sight word bank already. These are fun activities that help your kiddos feel successful while they're learning!

 We also LOVE the novelty of using dry-erase markers to practice writing our sight words, and we're saving paper along the way! With these printables, not only are they practicing writing the word correctly, but they also have to use the word in a sentence and draw a picture to match. That means they have to actually know what word they are working on, not just mindless tracing ;)

 We are BIG fans of songs and chants in my classroom! During transitions or down times, we love singing our sight word chant. I hold up a sight word flashcard, or write a word up on the easel, and then we practice the word altogether. Whole body learning and total physical response all the way with this little ditty! {you can download this chant here!}

We also love using stamps to practice our sight words. This is great because your students have to use what they know about letter formation to find the correct letter stamp, and the reluctant writers love the stamps because it gives their fingers a little break from writing.
Sometimes we even make stamping booklets! We focus on one sight word per book to complete our little stories. My students love getting the chance to be the author and illustrator of their own stories as well!

One of my students most favorite way to practice sight word spelling is with play-doh! I seriously could have this center out allll year and they would never, ever tire of it! I totally get it though, who doesn't love learning with play-doh!?

Sight word task cards are also fun little activities to set up in your writing center. Lots and lots of fun and engaging ways to practice those all important words!
Later on in the year, as our sight word knowledge grows, we are able to integrate our sight words into our learning. My students love to roll the sight word dice and use it in a sentence. We practice our writing conventions, remembering our uppercase letters and punctuation. Plus, notice that fabulous finger spacing ;) {you can grab this recording sheet free here}

We also love to cut apart sentences and glue them in the correct order. We usually  make silly sentences before gluing the sentence down which results in endless laughter, but what my students don't realize is that they are reading the words solely on sight and not relying on the context clues to get them through the sentence! #teachertricks

I am always changing it up and keeping it interesting when it comes to practicing our sight words. I would love to hear any ideas you have! Please leave me a comment if you have a fun way to teach sight words!

You can grab all the activities pictured above in my TpT store. I recently posted a Sight Word Mega Bundle which houses ALL of my sight word resources in one easy download! I will for sure be adding to it as the year progresses since I love creating sight word activities. You can grab it by clicking the picture below. The bundle is discounted 20% off the total value of the products and is an additional $10 off this week as a special introductory price!
If you own some of my sight word resources but would like to switch out for the bundle, email me! misskindergarten@hotmail.com

Happy New Year friends!