Number Poems

 

 

 

Teach proper number formation with these number poems and practice pages.

The large numbers allow your students to practice number formation with big strokes.

You can use each page for rainbow writing, display, or even use the pages for tactile experiences by having students use the pages for number collages or by gluing sand or seeds inside each number.

We are currently working on numbers 1 to 5 in kindergarten!  It has been especially hard to make the numbers 2 and 5.  We have many, many reversals and difficulty with the curve of the these numbers in particular.  We are using these math practice pages in conjunction with the above poems to practice, practice, practice!

 

 

numbers 1-10 title page

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mroe common core title page

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I Raise my Hand at School: A Mini-Reader for Kindergarten

I raise my hand

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Introduce rules and procedures with this series of mini-readers.

Students learn to raise their hand when they have a question, to share ideas, and to ask for help.  They also learn that it is hurtful to interrupt when others are talking or waiting their turn.

Students learn that they can be happy when the teacher calls on them and when the teacher calls on a friend.  They do not always get a turn and can wait for next time.

It is good manners to raise your hand!

Love,  Jenni

 

 

I go to the Cafeteria at School: A Mini-Reader for Kindergarten

 

 

I go to the cafeteria

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Start the school year off right by introducing the cafeteria to your students!

Students learn to wash their hands, wait their turn, walk in line, make healthy choices, walk through the lunch line, raise their hand for assistance, and more!

Rules and procedures for each area of the cafeteria are illustrated with simple illustrations and text.

Your students will start off the school year feeling more comfortable eating in the cafeteria and with the knowledge they need to make good choices as well.

This book can also ease the fears of students who are buying a hot lunch for the first time!

Add it to your “Welcome to Kindergarten” unit or use it to review and reinforce the rules of the cafeteria.

I hope you and your students enjoy!

Love, Jenni

The Nurse at School: A Mini-Reader for Kindergarten

 

the nurse at school

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I made these mini-books to help me during the first weeks of school when I am introducing the students to the campus, routines and procedures of kindergarten.

I’ve found that it is important to talk about the nurse and when it is appropriate to visit.

The books use simple, kindergarten friendly text to reinforce my beginning of the year unit, “Welcome to Kindergarten” and my unit on “Community Helpers.”

I also like that students will take the reader home and can talk about the nurse with their family, why the nurse works on campus, when it is important to ask to go, as well as when and why it is not.

I hope that you also find it to be a useful resource in your classroom!

Love, Jenni

 

I go to the Bathroom at School: Mini-Reader for Kindergarten

i go to the bathroom at school

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Teach the rules and expectations for using the bathroom with this simple reader for students.

Review the importance of respecting the privacy of others, washing hands, being quick and quiet, and more!

This book is a resource to help you during the first weeks of school when we spend much of our day teaching and practicing all of our routines.

I hope that you find it useful!

Love,

Jenni

 

I go to Recess: A Mini-Reader for Kindergarten

 

 

The first weeks of kindergarten are so important!

Everything must be taught, practiced, and reviewed… one step at a time.

You can introduce your students to the rules of recess with this mini-reader.

Students read about going down the slide on their bottom, taking turns on the monkey bars, keeping the sand on the ground, including others, and more!

This is a helpful book to teach routines and procedures during the first weeks as well as a reader that you may return to as the year progresses and expectations are reviewed.

I hope that this book is a helpful resource for you and your students!

Love,

Jenni

 

 

 

 

 

I go to School: mini-reader

Igotoschool

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It seems obvious, but taking the time to help your student navigate their new environment with less anxiety, more independence, and with respect for rules and procedures is very important.

I created this mini-reader to complement my “Welcome to Kindergarten” unit.

Each page has simple text about an area of campus that your students will visit including: the playground, the nurse’s office, the cafeteria, special area classes, and more.

I’m hoping to complete a series of book relating to the rules and procedures for each area of campus as well.  This way we can color and draw in our reader as we learn about our school and practice routines.

I hope you also find this mini-reader to be a helpful teaching tool for you and your classroom.  I know I need all the resources that I can get to help me teach effectively during the first weeks!

With Love,

Jenni

 

If you’re bothered by a friend

In kindergarten, we learn to navigate friendships and our community of learners with independence, kindness, and empathy.

Tattling is a common dilemma in kindergarten as students are developing their sense of what is fair and just and looking for adult assistance to navigate and understand their world.

It is important to differentiate a tattle from a report with your little ones.  Tattling is often about an inflexible sense of rules, attention, and power, whereas reporting is about safety and concern for others.

This little student reader is about handling difficult, bothersome behavior with strategies that promote independence, a healthy sense of self, and personal power.

The pages contain images of situations where tattles often arise, like turn taking and hurtful words, and then gives a concrete strategy of how to handle these situations: walk away, say please stop, just ignore, and finally ask for help.

It is to be used in conjunction with other discussions about the difference between a tattle and a report, when it is important to seek out help from an adult and how to do so.

 if you are bothered

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Are seeds alive?

Place a variety of seeds out for your students to examine and ask them if they think the seeds are alive.

Make sure to follow up their responses with more questions… “Why do you think that?  How do you know?”  Change statements into questions.. “I wonder if seeds are not alive because they look like rocks?”

This book explains that seeds are dormant or sleeping, but yes they are alive!

a seed is sleepy book

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But how do we know what is alive?

is it alive pbs video image

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What makes something alive?

Sesame Street has some good answers to this question!

What are the characteristics of living things?  

Let’s apply what we kow to seeds!

Do seeds need food, air, and water?  Can they grow and change?

Experiment and observe!

Research and learn!

 What about babies?  Can seeds reproduce?

For this answer you have to teach a bit about the life cycle.

Here is a pack about the life cycle of seeds and seed germination that will help you and your students explore this topic in depth!