It’s That Time of Year…

…when my kinders start to combine everything they know about phonemic awareness, handwriting, sight words, and sentence formation. Yesterday, I witnessed these important components working together in perfect harmony. One of my students wrote this sentence for her literature response without any help! I was so proud.

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Editor in Chief, my Preschooler

I’m (finally) nearing the end of my latest project; The Teacher’s Creatures Kindergarten Language Arts Workbook. In fact, I’m done with my portion, and am patiently waiting for my husband to finish the illustrations I requested. The book is an extension of the handwriting workbook I’ve been using for a few years, but will now include phonics, reading, and spelling components as well. I left a rough draft copy of it on the coffee table and when my three-year-old son noticed it, he wanted to take a look. He shuffled through the pages, naming the pictures, identifying letters, and asking me to read the CVC words aloud. He even completed an uppercase-lowercase matching activity! If his interest is any indicator, my new batch of 2013-2014 kinders are in for a real treat this fall! The owners of my school have given me the go ahead to publish, so I’m comparing printing companies online… and waiting for those drawings 🙂

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The Picnic Basket

Hooray for spring and picnic weather (although it’s raining at our house today)! Who knew that sandwiches, cold drinks, ants, and plastic utensils could be an inspiration for math? Grab a blanket and your Picnic Basket Homework Kit, and find a shady spot in the grass sometime this month (when the rain lets up, that is).

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Would you like instructions for making The Picnic Basket, related worksheets, and an activities list so parents will know how to use it with their children? You can request them through the “contact” tab on my website and I will send you the PDF files via email. My kits make homework magical for children. I hope you will take the time to make one and experience the joy and excitement they will bring to your classroom (or your home)!