Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hello Kinder friends!
I'm Hadar from Miss Kindergarten and I'm super excited to be guest blogging for Heidi during the Blog Hop and Swap! Kindergarten is truly the best place to be :)

 One of my favorite subjects to teach in Kindergarten is reading. The reading improvement that you see as a kindergarten teacher is just amazing! Our reading program focuses on decoding, high frequency words and sight words. I use the terms high-frequency words and sight words interchangeably, but I recently discovered that there is a difference! {It takes me a little while sometimes! lol} High-frequency words are words that you see frequently in text {makes sense!}. They're not necessarily difficult to decode, but they should be automatic since they are seen so often. Sight words are words that children need to know by sight because they don't match the phonics rules. There's usually a "tricky part" in these words. I also have referred to them as brain words before.

I created some fun sight word {and high frequency word} writing practice to use with the 18 words introduced in Houghton Mifflin. Each week I introduce a new word and we study the tricky remembering part of the word. Here is a sample of the cards I use with the "tricky part" highlighted. 
I present our new sight word on my handy dandy sign on the first day I teach it:
 You can download this sign {here}
Graphics by 3am Teacher {love her!}

When I teach a tricky part I would say something like "I have to remember its a capital I" or for the word "see", "I have to remember the extra e". We review the flashcards several times on day one.

On day two, we review the new word and the tricky parts and then practice writing them on this sheet:

On the third day we use the word in a scrambled sentence.

I have the students cut on the blue line and then cut the words apart. Then they unscramble the words and put them in the correct order using the capital letter and periods as clues. Once it's in the correct order, they read the sentence. 
Then they make a silly sentence by scrambling the words again. They read their silly sentence to me and point to each word as they read it. This is a great way to practice reading the actual words and not relying on the clues from the sentence to help decode.
Then they unscramble the sentence again, this time gluing it on the bottom of the page in order.
Write the sentence on the line and draw a picture to match.

My favorite thing about Houghton Mifflin is that they teach the sight words so that they build on each other. So when I am teaching the word "my" we're also practicing using "I" and "see". Love it!

We also use our sight words in journal writing on Thursdays and usually review all of our sight words on Fridays.

I created two sight word packets for my students.
This one includes the 18 Houghton Mifflin high frequency words:

and I made another one with other words that I found my students needed help spelling through the year:

You can purchase both of these packets at my TpT store.
You can also download some freebies to try out with your class by downloading the free preview.

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Thanks Hadar!!!!
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Check out eduClipper

Be sure to check out eduClipper today. I think it's the last day for sign ups, but I could be wrong due to the extreme heat in the crewing of Day 27 on Run Across America on Trail!

Here's a link...

enjoy and stay COOL!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

TT Blog Swap and Hop Coming Soon!

Can't wait to participate in the TT Blog Swap and Hop coming up June 30th.
Be sure to check back here for a special guest blogger's post and be sure to hop over to the blog I'll be guest blogging on too!

It should be a lot of fun to see what's out there in blogland! You might even find some new and wonderful blogs to follow!

Hope you are all having a wonderful summer break! I'm still enjoying the "Crewing Across America" and managing to find a little time to create some things to use next year as I go.

I'll be sharing them on June sure to check back!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Crewing Across America

Hello Friends,
Thought I'd take a moment to update the Runs progress as they Run Across America onTrails!
All Four Started on a great day in Twin Harbors, WA...however, Marty (the 65 year old second time across runner) had to drop out at the end of the second day due to some serious knee issues with his "good knee". Luckily for us, he stayed to help crew for awhile.
Mike (my 46 year old husband) had issues with his hip flexor muscle on the fourth day, but was able to work them out.
Jen (the 33 year old UK runner) had a pretty nasty quad injury on the seventh day and has just now gotten back to run/jogging.
We've been through some pretty cool-definitely rainy-sometimes snowy- areas of Washington State and are just now into Idaho.
Yesterday was the warmest day to date! ...and the loveliest hotel in Harrison, ID (population 267) "Lakeview Inn"...
Today is the Run's first all trail day which means the crew better be up to date on coordinates to find the places to meet them.
I miss my 'crewmate' -Karen- a K teacher from Illinois. She was a great navigator and good company!

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I can't thank the people that are taking care of things back home enough...from the house sitters to the yard crew to the prayer warriors....THANK YOU!

Enjoy your day!