February 2017 - Miss Kindergarten

Sight Word Fluency Booklets

I am always looking for new, fun ways to practice those tricky sight words! Sight words are an essential building block in teaching beginning readers how to read, and continue to be important as the students move up in grades. So the more practice, the better!

I always love having new sight word activities in our sight word center, so I was so excited to come up with these Sight Word Fluency Books!

The fun thing about these books is there are SO many ways to use them! This is great to make sure repetitive practice doesn't get monotonous! Although, early readers strive on repetition and success, so they will love these even if you didn't change them up!

Here are some fun ideas for the cover of the sight word books:

Have your students use crayons, colored pencils or makers to color in the focus word.

Stickers are always a hit and great fine motor practice for little fingers! You can have your students fill in the word completely with stickers or use the stickers as a starting point for tracing.
In this example, the students will put their finger on the sticker and trace along each letter.

Magnet Letters
Have your students use colorful letters to build each focus word. Since these won't stay on their book, they can always color the word again for homework! #extrapractice #forthewin ;)

Glitter Glue!
 Anything with glitter is always fun! Squeezing the bottle is also great fine motor practice. Fair warning...tears may ensue ;) I also suggest doing this on a separate day, or as a reward for completing their book as the glue needs to dry.

Other ideas:
*Glue small pieces of cereal onto each letter
*Dab the letters with bingo dabbers
*Unfold the book and poke the letters with a push pin over a cushy surface like carpet
*Paint the letters with a q-tip

Okay! On to the inside of the books! Each book is set up exactly the same so that your students can successfully complete these independently.

On the left, they will read the focus sight word and write it 3 times. This can be done in pencil, crayon, marker, etc. For extra practice, have your students read the words back to you after they finish writing them! On the right, they will search for the word and count how many times they found it.

On the last page, they will circle the focus sight word in each sentence and read them 3 times each. They will color a smiley face after each reading. This is great for repeated fluency practice.

As your students finish their fluency books, they can take them home to practice or you can have them keep the books in a baggie in their desk. Then when they have some time during the day, they can take the books out and read them successfully!

Currently, this resource has over 200 sight words! I am constantly adding words to it, so if you see words you need that aren't included, please let me know!


Add & Reveal {addition fluency to 20}

My students are loving our Add & Reveal cards! They are set up similarly to Read & Reveal so they're super familiar with them...and anything with a hidden piece is always fun ;)

One of our kindergarten standards is to add and subtract fluently, so we practice lots! These cards make the mundane task a lot more fun!

Here's how they work:
The students choose a card {depending on what skill they're working on, more on that below!} and read the equation.
In the beginning, when we are learning, I do not expect my students to solve these fluently, which is why I included visual support. In this example, they will read "3 plus one more". They will use what they know about addition to solve this problem. 

Once they are confident with their answer, they will unclip the card to *reveal* the sum!

Once they become more confident with their addition fluency, you can take away the visual support and use only number symbols.

I have included cards for several addition skills!
Addition plus 0

Addition plus 1
Addition plus 5
Addition plus 10
Doubles Facts
Mixed addition to 10
Mixed addition to 20

Helpful Tips:
*Print the cards on thick cardstock and laminate them for durability! They will be handled often so you'll want them to stay intact!
*You can also print each skill on a different colored cardstock so they are easy to organize by skill.
*Store the cards you aren't using in plastic bags or small plastic bins with labels! {see how I organize my Read & Reveal cards here}
*Find fun clothespins on clearance at Michaels or Joanns after holidays, or pick them up in the Target Dollar Spot!


Ruby James {seven months}

Well, it's happened! Ruby is officially closer to one year than she is a newborn! #cuethetears
Ruby continued to hit tons of milestones this month!

The day after she turned six months, she sat up completely on her own! We were at her six month check-up and it was so exciting to watch her! 

She LOVES playing with her toy box! She pulls every toy out until she finds her favorite ;)

She also loves her early morning walks with daddy & Rando. It's been cold here for us in So Cal so she has to wear her warm and cozy clothes when they go out.

We went to her first My Gym class! She loved exploring and playing!

 She's turning into a blondie!

And she loves taking selfies ;)

We've been exploring solids and she loves to make a mess although doesn't love to eat just yet! She always wants to hold the spoon and feed herself! So far, sweet peas seem to be the winner!
We had a warm weekend and visited the beach. Ruby loved it! She was all smiles the whole time!

What a fun month! We love you sweet Ruby!