Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Color Words

Some of my kiddos are having a hard time learning their color words, so I created this bookmark that they can store in their pencil boxes. I gave it out today to my independent group during our math block and it really helped! Click on the picture to grab it for yourself.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wheel of Reading

I wanted to share an activity from our Starfall lesson today. It is called the Wheel of Reading. It is basically a kid friendly version of hangman. If students guess a letter that is not in the teacher-selected word, it goes in one of the eight sections of the wheel. If a letter is guessed that is already in the wheel the teacher places a check mark in the wheel. This way students learn to be better listeners so they will not lose a turn. The teacher gets a point if the wheel fills up before the students guess the word. This will be a great activity to use on the rare occasion that we finish something sooner than planned!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Educational Websites

Welcome to my blog! I love including technology in my lessons every day. So, for my first post, I am going to list some of my favorite educational websites. Here goes...
At my school we are using the Starfall Kindergarten Curriculum. This companion website is awesome! My students love going to this website during their computer time and learning about letter names, letter sounds, and so much more!
I just stumbled across this website this past weekend while browsing for lesson ideas. Public school teachers can sign up for a free account which allows you to enroll your students individually, or as five groups. You can create assignments for each student/group to complete, and keep track of their progress. Differentiation at its best!
This website has many many games for practicing early literacy skills. There are also online books and nursery rhymes that are great to pull up and display on your ActivBoard, or similar device. One of my favorite sections is the "Road to Reading" which can be used to introduce the letters of the alphabet.

I realized as I was typing these that all of these sites are literacy sites. Does anyone out there know of any really great math websites for kindergarten students? If so, I'd love for you to leave a link in the comments below! I am excited to get this blog rolling, and I hope that someone out there will benefit from it the way I have from so many others.