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Kindergarten Week 24

July 6, 2015

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Back into action after the kids’ 3 weeks of social skills camp.

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Working on counting by 5’s.

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I’m loving my new white board I bought used locally.  I never bought the phonics workbook that goes with Saxon so we always do the work on our white board or I have them write it out on the back of their other worksheets.

kinder4Right before we stopped for camp, Saxon introduced long vowels. We’ve been hitting them hard and these sheets where the kids had to listen to short or long really helped.  I drew the Saxon keyword above each so they could compare.

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More counting by 5 practice with nickels.

kinder6I chose another harder book for them to read this week and was pleasantly surprised that it really didn’t challenge them a whole lot.

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The great thing about this month is I’m using it to finish up our Phonics program, get back into the school groove and also set up expectations for things we are doing for first grade so when August gets here, we can just start right up.  We’ve been working on learning how to use our working with words centers independently. Here Rett is stamping some of the words that Tom told me he was having trouble with. I didn’t introduce any new words this week so we were just reviewing some of the harder ones. This will be their Monday task.

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Another thing we are starting is the kids read to themselves for 10 minutes (we’ll get up to 15 pretty soon). Then after they are done, they choose one book and sit together and take turns reading the story to the other child.

They each have a book box with all their old books in them. Now instead of both of them having the same book, they get to choose what book they will work on. i work on it with them while the other does another task. Once they’ve mastered the book, they get to put it in their book box. But they have to take a book out to put one in That way I can keep their book box from filling up with easy books.  They have both been doing really well with reading independently. They get more practice then taking turns and they can choose what they are interested in so their brains are more keyed into learning.

Just 3 more weeks of kinder!

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