2018 - Miss Kindergarten

Name Practice with Kwik Stix Paint Sticks

Painting has never been more fun! Ruby, my almost 2 year old, loves to paint. And it typically involves paint ending up on her hands, feet, clothes...basically anywhere but the paper ;) I love to let her learn and explore, but sometimes I want to give her time to paint WITHOUT a huge mess afterwards!

Enter Kwik Stix paint sticks! We were so excited when The Pencil Grip, Inc sent us a pack of fast-drying, mess-free paint sticks to try.

Disclosure: I received compensation and/or products in exchange for writing this review, however all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. 

Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint sticks take the mess out of painting while keeping all the fun! They are the perfect size for tiny hands, easy to grip, and twist up when they need more paint. I found the caps are slightly difficult for kids to take off on their own, so either set them out without the lids on or make sure that they aren't snapped on all the way.

I printed out some shapes for Ruby to paint so she had some structure with the paint sticks, but she also loves creating pictures with just a blank piece of paper!

Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allow them to dry in 90 seconds! That means you can stack the papers on top of each other when the kids finish painting. No more hanging pictures up in random places around the room waiting for them to dry, or fearing pages sticking together ;) And no need for cups, smocks, water, or brushes...also a plus! Set up and clean up is quick and easy!

Ruby loved choosing from the vibrant colors to paint her shapes. I loved that I could just hand her a color and let her be creative!

She made sure to put the lid back on the paint sticks after she used them which is great fine motor practice as well.

I also printed out a sheet with Ruby's name in bold letters so she could practice the letters in her name while painting! She loved this one! As you can see, she choose pink again...her favorite color ;)

This would be a great center to set out at the start of the school year! You can customize a name page for all the students in your class and have them use their Kwik Stix paint sticks to decorate their names.

Want to make some name sheets for your students? I created mine in PowerPoint. Simply enter a text box and type in your student's name. The font I used is called KG Sorry Not Sorry Chub and can be found free here. I changed the font color to white and added a black outline to the text.

Ruby LOVES painting with Kwik Stix and I love giving her an opportunity to be creative without the stress of a huge mess ;)

PRODUCTS USED IN THIS POST {affiliate links}
You can find Kwik Stix Paint Sticks at the following places:
Michaels, in store & online
Target online


Summer Math & Literacy Centers for Kindergarten

I love switching out our themed centers each month! I wanted to share a look at our summer themed centers which are perfect for the last few weeks of school or even if you're teaching summer school!

Math Centers:
Watermelon Addition
The kiddos will choose 2 watermelon cards, write the number of seeds on each watermelon, then add the numbers together. 

Skip Counting Puzzles
Complete the puzzles by counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Sunny Subtraction
What's more fun than sunglasses?! The kiddos will write a subtraction problem for each set of sunglasses and then write the difference on their recording sheet.

Flip Flop Fun
We have a version of this game almost every month. My students always love it! To play, you roll 2 dice, add the numbers together, and cover the number you on the game board. 

Sunny Teen Numbers
This is my FAVORITE center! Give each sun their sunglasses by decomposing the teen numbers using base ten blocks.

Beach Ball Ten Frames
The kiddos will use the ten frames to help them make a ten. Eventually, they will be able to solve the equations quickly and without counting the boxes!

Literacy Centers:
Scooping CVC words
Match the picture on the ice cream scoop with the correct CVC word on the cone.

Sight Word Sundaes
Your kiddos will read the sight words on the bowl and build the word using the ice cream scoops. On the recording sheet, they will unscramble the letters to make each word they built.

Searching for Shells
This center includes a word sort for both short and long vowel word families. They will sort the shells under the correct word family buckets.

Sentence Scrambles
This is a fun pocket chart center. Your kiddos will unscramble the word cards to build 4 sentences. It's a great way to practice sentence structure and comprehending sentences.

Barbecue Blends
Sorting the hamburger and hot dog cards by their ending blends.

You can find all these centers in my TpT shop!

You can also find these centers in my Centers for the Year MEGA BUNDLE! It includes centers for every month of the year! Anytime I add or update the centers, you get free access to the updates! Woohoo!


Subtract & Reveal {subtraction fluency practice

We have been working on our addition & subtraction fluency a lot in kindergarten! Earlier in the year, I introduced Add & Reveal and my kiddos went bonkers over the cards! They already loved our Read & Reveal cards, so they were really excited about these! Once we started working on subtraction, I brought out Subtract & Reveal! I wanted to share a little more about these cards with you!

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 "4 minus 1 is". They will use what they know about subtraction to solve this problem. They can use a dry-erase marker to cross out the number they are subtracting to help them see the answer {another reason to laminate the cards!}.

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

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

I have included cards for several subtraction skills!
Subtraction minus 0

Subtraction minus 1

Subtraction from 5 and minus 5

Subtraction from 10 and minus 10

Doubles Subtraction

Mixed subtraction from 10 and 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!

Looking for Add & Reveal fluency? You can find those in my TpT shop as well!

Try Count & Reveal for FREE!


Super Blends Practice! {learning to read words with blends}

 Our CVC centers and CVCe centers have been a HUGE hit in our classroom...I knew I had to make some fun centers for blends! The kiddos love the interactive, hands-on activities they get to use during center time and they're truly becoming great readers and writers. It really makes me one happy teacher!

Since most of my students have mastered their CVC words and CVCe words, we needed something a little more challenging so I created fun games to practice reading and writing words with beginning blends. They are very similar to the other games and centers, so there wasn't a lot of re-teaching that had to go on. My students understood how to play right away!

Match it Up
This game is really great because it is scaffolded so ALL my students feel successful. They match the picture cards to each other and then practice blending the onset and rime to read each word. They also see the blend isolated which really helps them in decoding.

I also created some fun printables to reinforce the beginning blends. They cut out the letters, glue them at the beginning of each word, and re-write the word on the line. These would be a great center activity, but you could also send them home for homework or use them at the end of the unit as a spiral review!

Build a Word
The students choose a word card and finds the letters to build each word.
They can use magnetic letters, bottle cap letters or a dry-erase marker to build them.

Then they will practice sounding out each word on this page and writing the letters in each box. These word well in write and wipe pockets so that they can use it over and over again in centers, but it would also be a great formative assessment!

And another cut and paste activity! Throw in fine motor practice anywhere you can!

Sorting Blends
This is a fun pocket chart activity to help your students sort the picture cards by their beginning blend. Each blend {l blends, r blends, and s blends} are different colors so they're easier to differentiate.

And of course, a couple printables for them to show what they know.

Lastly, I included the POP! game that is so popular in my other word work centers.

This is a fun 2-4 player game. Each kiddo can have their own playing card of they can work as a team. They will take turns picking a gumball letter from the bag and placing it in the correct spot on their board. If they can't use the letter, they will put it back and skip their turn. If they pick a POP card, they can take any letter from the other team. First team to build all their words wins! 

If these look like something you could use, head on over to my TpT store!

You an also find centers for CVCe practice.

As well as CVC practice too.

If you would like all of these centers for your classroom, you can grab the bundle at a 20% discount!