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Colorful for School

Yesterday we read the book Pete the Cat Too Cool For School by Kimberly and James Dean. In the book, Pete was trying to decide what to wear to school. He asks everyone and then finally decided to wear his favorite things.

Zine booklet color and clothing word reader

Today have your child make a “zine booklet” about getting dressed in clothes of lots of colors. A zine booklet is a book folded out of one sheet of paper. Below I will share with you how to make your own, or you can hop over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store and pick up a copy of the one I have there for free!

If you choose to use mine you can have your child color the pictures before you fold and cut the zine. Or you can fold and cut the booklet and have your child create their own colorful outfit zine booklet. Now have your child point and read the book. Any time your child is stating words while pointing to word we call it reading. Even if he/she is not decoding the words it is the process of reading that is important. When I teach kindergarten I talk about this as reading as a kindergartner.

Now, onto how to make the zine booklet…

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zine booklet pages

See image on the left for how to set up the pages. If you are having your child draw the images, you will want to do the folding first and the draw.

  • Fold the paper in half “long side to long side”. Open it back up.
  • Now Fold the paper in half “short side to short side”. Open it back up.
  • Fold the short sides into the middle fold. Open this back up.
  • Now fold it in half again short side to short side and cut along the fold (the line between 4/7 and 3/8).
  • Then fold it back in half long side to long side.
  • Hold onto the edges and push the pages together to create an open “box”.
  • Push until you get it into an “x” shape.
  • Now you can fold it.

Check out this youtube video for step by step visual instructions.

I’d love to see what you make. Share your child’s work with me mydayinprek@gmail.com I love seeing children learning!

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I’m back… well tomorrow I am

Hello friends, I am back to posting daily lessons for you to use with your pre-k/kindergarten child(ren). Each week I will choose an easy reader book and provide lessons to go with the story. Tune in tomorrow for Pete the Cat Too Cool for School!

I encourage you to watch/read the story multiple times during the week. If you have a similar book at home, read that book too or instead. While I know you as a caregiver gets tired of reading the same story over and over, it is actually important to children’s reading development.

Every year I send this poem home with my students… this year I share it with you here. It is written by author Jane Yolen, known for Owl Moon, the How do Dinosaurs series, and so many other books: informational text, stories, poems and so much more.

Read to Me
By Jane Yolen

Read to me riddles and read to me rhymes
Read to me stories of magical times
Read to me tales about castles and kings
Read to me stories of fabulous things
Read to me pirates and read to me knights
Read to me dragons and dragon-book fights
Read to me spaceships and cowboys and then
When you are finished- please read them again.

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High Frequency Words Sentence Practice

I have begun working on a few new kits for my Teachers Pay Teachers store (My Day in Pre-K). Today I uploaded two kits that will help your child feel like a reader!

High frequency words are words that are used over and over in stories. These words are a combination of both decodable words and sight words. The more fluent your child becomes in high frequency words, the more fluently they are able to read. The first kit focuses on the words I, like, the, and and the second kit focuses on see, we, a, to.

These kits provide you with two different types of pages.

Journeys Kindergarten High Frequency Word Sentences -- Unit 2

The first provides your child(ren) the opportunity to read five sentences. The children will use the dots to point as they read the sentences. This helps your child differentiate between the words, develops one-to-one correspondence and recognize the connection between the printed and spoken words. These are written in rebus style allowing your child to use the pictures to finish reading the sentences. It encourages your child to read the sentences three times each which will help work on the fluency.

Journeys Kindergarten High Frequency Words Sentences-- Unit 1

The second format allows your child to complete and illustrate the sentences. They are again encouraged to read the sentences three times, point while reading and build fluency.

I have shared this kit with a few of my former students. Their families have shared that the child is enjoying this learning activity and feel confident in their reading. One little girl has asked for more pages to be made.

I hope you enjoy this learning activity with your child. I will be adding more kits with additional words in the next few weeks. I also have a beginning sounds sort kit that is in the works!

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Word Work Wednesday- Environmental Print

When children begin to see the connection between the printed and spoken word, they are learning to read! Often times people do not associate this early reading as reading, but just see it as memorization or visual clues.

When your child wants to hear his/her favorite book over and over and can eventually “read” it on their own, they may not be reading the words, but trust me they see themselves as a reader. Often times we discredit this feeling in children and tell them they aren’t reading… they are reading… like a 4/5 year old. And, this is a good thing!

Here is a way to help your child practice reading actual sentences, work on learning/practicing sight words, AND utilize the environmental print they already can read.

First… environmental print is the print we see in our every day life. This does not mean you need to go around and label the door, cabinet, floor and couch in your house… nope it means looking for the words are already exist in your space. I bet your child can read more words than you realize when you think about it in these terms.

Second… sight words are words that you have to memorize how to read and write. The fluency of reading sight words increases the fluency of reading… the faster you can read the sight words, the faster you can read. Now, do you need to drill and kill sight words with your preK kiddo… NOOOOO! I do think introducing some simple ones helps your child in the reading and writing process. Words like: I, a, the, my, see, like, can. These words make writing sentences easier and are used in a lot of easy reader books.

So, lets combine these two skills. Write out sentence starter strips “I like”, “I see”, “I like the”, “I see the”. You could also add “I see a” “I like my” or other simple sentence. Now have your child find words around the house that he/she can read. Trust me… go to your pantry they can read lots of food words!

When your child reads, point to the words as they are said. Once he/she gets better at recognizing the sight words, have him/her point and read at the same time.

I like the Crayola markers.
I see the Smartfood
I like Goldfish
I see the Oreo cookies.
I like the Cheerios