The first three weeks of school are done and my first week back from maternity leave is complete!
And man... we had some fun!
C is for...
Cupcakes, cats, and CrAzY kinds of fun in Kindergarten.
I went into school during my maternity leave to bake with my new loves (aka students) during the letter Cc week, which is our first letter and we cover it the second week of school. We had to make some yummy cupcakes to tie into the book If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and to remember that cupcakes begin with the letter Cc.
We also worked on sequencing the story using pictures and words. Once we sequenced the cards on our pocket chart, my kiddos were able to do sequencing them independently as well.
This was one of the activities we did from my unit.
Since most of my kinders don't have a good background in letter recognition much less word recognition, the first week or so of Read to Self can be painful... for my students AND for me! My sub barely covered read to self so I had to push it hard this week to catch up.
I also discovered the BEST book for teaching students how to read to self during the Daily 5 while we are building stamina.
I snagged this book, Kindergarten ABC, from Scholastic for $1 each about a month ago. Super smart score for a book! I bough 25 of them!
When I previewed it, I discovered that each page is dedicated to a letter AND that picture has illustrations of that letter word images all over! Meaning... for the letter Aa picture page, students can find an ant, apple, acorn, etc.
My kids can spend multiple days ENGAGED in this reader practicing reading to self because there are 26 pages of content on their level to keep them interested in AND they can easily keep their eyes on the pages. I can't wait to see what happens when we use this book for read to someone as well.
Check out this page dedicated to the letter Cc. This student is looking at cookies, calendar, children, and many other Cc words.
We have also been working on the sorting skills. Today we worked on sorting numbers and letters. This was especially important when we talk about the letter Oo and the number 0. (The letter Oo is the second letter we cover so we are learning about it this week.)
Here is a picture of two types of letter/number sorting we did this week.
The glass of milk sorting mats are part of my Letter Oo Activity pack, along with the Oreo number and letter cards. My kids rocked this activity even though there are many types of fonts to represent different types of formed letters. We sorted only the numbers and letters we have covered so far this school year.
THEN, I broke out the real cookies. Kroger, a local grocery store chain, as these cheapo animal cracker cookies that are letters and numbers! I gave each student a handful and let them sort cookies. The great part was, all the numbers and letters were represented, not just the ones we covered in class. And we got to eat the cookies which always helps.
Next week... we move onto the letter Aa, sight word the, and maps and globes.