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December Read Alouds for Kindergarten

 

Create engaged learners with this December themed read aloud book companion.


There is something so magical about the month of December. The air is electric and you feel as if 

anything is possible! The little ones are antsy, so I decided long ago to give in to it all and make

December as fun as possible. This means that we utilize read-alouds as often as we can! Keep 

reading to find a few of my fave books and activities for December!


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Turkey Claus



Create engaged learners with this December themed read aloud book companion.

I was first introduced to this turkey in Turkey Trouble, which I love to read in November.

This story is all about the same turkey, except this time instead of saving himself from 

Thanksgiving dinner, he's seeking out Santa so he won't be eaten for Christmas dinner. Of 

course hilarious antics ensue, and it's a story just as charming as the previous one.

Reindeer


Create engaged learners with this December themed read aloud book companion.

We bring back a little bit of non-fiction research with reindeer! Most children only know about

reindeer because of Rudolph. You know Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer! I have to admit when I 

was younger I thought that reindeer weren't real and I've had students to think the same thing.

It's amazing to see their faces when they learn that they are real and that they don't have a

red nose! It's the perfect unit for December because it definitely has their interest!


How to Catch an Elf


Create engaged learners with this December themed read aloud book companion.

The day our elf arrives through our little wee door is a fun day! When I whip out this book 

they think that perhaps we'll be able to catch our class elf too! The storyline shows how

children decide to catch the elf because they're unable to catch Santa. The elf out-smarts

them at every turn, but I love having the children to share what they would do to catch

the elf!


Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!


Create engaged learners with this December themed read aloud book companion.

Farmer Brown and his crazy animals on the farm are back in this story where Duck tries to

come down the chimney like Santa and he gets stuck! All of the animals try to pitch in and

help him get unstuck. If they fail in doing so, it could ruin Christmas!


If you're looking for simple yet engaging comprehension activities for the crazy days of 

December, then you're in the right place! You can find the books on Amazon right here,



Create engaged learners with this December themed read aloud book companion.



November Read Alouds for Kindergarten

Create engaged learners with this November themed read aloud book companion. This read aloud bundle comes with 4 weeks of plans to help discuss turkeys, owls, perseverance and Thanksgiving.

I love reading and it is my hope to instill a love of reading in every student that comes across my


path! I try to make sure that they can feel the excitement coming from me as I read each story.


November has great read alouds, and here are just a few of my faves!


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cost to you. That'll help me keep this old blog running!



One is a Feast for Mouse


Create engaged learners with this November themed read aloud book companion. This read aloud bundle comes with 4 weeks of plans to help discuss turkeys, owls, perseverance and Thanksgiving.

Sometimes you come across a book, and you can't believe that you haven't heard of it before!

This was exactly how I felt about this book because it is such a delight! It tells the tale about a 

little mouse who comes out after a Thanksgiving meal, hoping to create a feast for himself. The

antics that ensue are hilarious! Let's just say that something or someone is watching his every move,

and he gets into some trouble!

Owls


Create engaged learners with this November themed read aloud book companion. This read aloud bundle comes with 4 weeks of plans to help discuss turkeys, owls, perseverance and Thanksgiving.

After all of the non-fiction that we do during the month of October, my little ones are happy 

that we continue in that vein for November. We learn all about owls, and once again I find myself

turning to the National Geographic Readers for little ones, because it definitely pulls them in!

The pictures are phenomenal and they are captivated by it all! If non-fiction isn't your fave, I'm

asking that you just dive in, I'm sure that you'll find that you love it more than you think!

Turkeys


Create engaged learners with this November themed read aloud book companion. This read aloud bundle comes with 4 weeks of plans to help discuss turkeys, owls, perseverance and Thanksgiving.

November is also known as turkey time because that's when Thanksgiving rolls around! This

is a non-fiction unit that I only began doing recently! I couldn't believe that this was a topic

that I had been overlooking. Once again we need to have a conversation about how yes, this

animal is something that we end up eating from the dinner table! That always weirds them out,

but then they shrug it off and we keep going!

Whistle for Willie


Create engaged learners with this November themed read aloud book companion. This read aloud bundle comes with 4 weeks of plans to help discuss turkeys, owls, perseverance and Thanksgiving.

I have never run across a book by this author that I don't love. This book is fabulous for teaching

a lesson on perseverance, as well as reviewing other comprehension skills and strategies. I love

that it shows Willie wanting to learn how to do something, but struggling while trying to learn.

Willie is a character that most of us can connect with because your students will have several 

things that they want to do, and they are continuously working on. This is just an all-around

fantastic book.


November is definitely a feel-good type of month, and these read alouds make it even better!

It truly makes learning so much fun, and I love to see their faces light up when it's time to learn!

You can find all of the books here on Amazon, and the units of study can be found here!




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Create engaged learners with this November themed read aloud book companion. This read aloud bundle comes with 4 weeks of plans to help discuss turkeys, owls, perseverance and Thanksgiving.

5 Quick Ways to Develop Letter Recognition

 

Letter recognition is one of the learning cornerstones of kindergarten! Here are 5 easy ways to help develop letter recognition in your classroom!



When you say letter recognition, it's almost synonymous with saying kindergarten! It is one of the

pillars of literacy in the primary grades, along with phonological awareness. As this is something 

that we tend to cover the entire year, it's always great to take a look at your practice and see where

you can switch things up, or where you can extract more learning. 

1. Read-Alouds & Shared Reading

Raise your hand if you love a good read-aloud! Most of the time we use them to introduce and review

different comprehension skills and strategies, but they have other uses as well! Read alouds are the

most important activity that you can do with students to build their knowledge about literacy 

concepts that are necessary for reading. During this experience, which can be in whole or small 

group, you can focus on specific letters (capital or lowercase), making sure to include books that 

focus on the alphabet or certain letters. This is why I am always on the hunt for ABC books!

Letter recognition is one of the learning cornerstones of kindergarten! Here are 5 easy ways to help develop letter recognition in your classroom!


Shared reading provides a time where reading is interactive. Students will join in or 'share' in

the reading of the book. This means that students are actively participating in the literacy 

experience, rather than being a passive learner. It's almost like the best of both worlds, combining

parts of guided reading along with read-aloud strategies. During this time, not only will the teacher 

model reading with fluency and using expression as they read, they will also practice word and

comprehension strategies. What I love about shared reading is that it provides students with a

positive literacy experience no matter the grade level. 


2. Morning Message

Morning message is something that lends itself to multiple uses. Oh, I could talk about it forever!

Let's stick to letter recognition right now! The morning message can be written beforehand, or it

can be written with the students for an interactive writing activity.

Letter recognition is one of the learning cornerstones of kindergarten! Here are 5 easy ways to help develop letter recognition in your classroom!

If your message happens to be written with your students, then not only are you modeling the

writing process, but you have a chance to point out specific letters as you write. Students also have

a chance to provide letters, maybe even words that can be added to the morning message.

3. Name Sort

I love any type of sort! For this activity, create letter headers for students to sort to. Next, write 

every student's name on a card, or section of a sentence strip. The names will be sorted to the 

correct letter. 


Letter recognition is one of the learning cornerstones of kindergarten! Here are 5 easy ways to help develop letter recognition in your classroom!


As an extra layer, separate name strips may be created, with each name being cut up letter by letter.

Students can then spell names, and/or match the letters to the name cards that are being sorted.

4. Tactile Letters

Now I know, tactile letters seem like a cute way to review the alphabet, but it is much more than

that! When students get to make their own tactile letters or have access to tactile letters, it helps

to emphasize the shape of each letter and provides a visual representation of the letter.

Letter recognition is one of the learning cornerstones of kindergarten! Here are 5 easy ways to help develop letter recognition in your classroom!

The sky is the limit when it comes to materials for tactile letters. Definitely use what you already

have in your classroom! Don't worry about repeating materials, your little ones will love it! You'll

also reach your students who learn through different modes of instruction.

5. Guess the Letter

This is more of a group game! It provides practice for letter recognition and handwriting all at

the same time. The first thing that you would do is to divide your class into smaller groups, and

they will sit on the floor in circles.


Letter recognition is one of the learning cornerstones of kindergarten! Here are 5 easy ways to help develop letter recognition in your classroom!


Place a deck of letter cards in the middle (you can grab a set at your local dollar spot), and have

a student to ask what letter is it. Students will name the letter and also print it onto whiteboards.

If you have students who are struggling with capital or lowercase letters, you can sort out the

letters that you don't need. 


It is important that we provide students with intentional exposure to print in different contexts, such 

as books, charts, labels, etc. As you introduce and review letters, be sure to include letters that are

known and unknown, so that students all have some measure of success! Remember, consistency

is important in helping students to develop letter recognition!


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Digital Morning Work for Kindergarten

 

Digital morning work for kindergarten is the perfect activity for a spiral review. It is perfect for in-person learning as well as distance learning!


The one thing that makes kindergarten work is routines and procedures. I've learned over the years


that if you have a strong morning routine, the day is just about guaranteed to be a good one. You 


know what I'm talking about! Have you ever had a day that started off horribly? It seemed as if


you couldn't get your bearings and the day just went downhill after that!


Digital morning work for kindergarten is the perfect activity for a spiral review. It is perfect for in-person learning as well as distance learning!

Morning work is a buzz word that can swing from one end of the pendulum over to the other side.

The meaning of the word has grown to include everything from just extra worksheets all the way to

more hands-on activities. Over the years I've been refining our morning, especially since it sets the 

tone for our day. A small part of that routine is our morning work.


Digital morning work for kindergarten is the perfect activity for a spiral review. It is perfect for in-person learning as well as distance learning!

Picture it......students come in and unpack (at my school we also eat breakfast in the classroom) so 

what's next? Morning work! In my classroom, it is a great way for us to transition from arrival into

what I like to call our learning zone.

Digital morning work for kindergarten is the perfect activity for a spiral review. It is perfect for in-person learning as well as distance learning!

Morning work is meant to be a time for students to independently practice different skills that are

academic in nature, as well as fine motor skills and activities that engage the senses. It's most

important that we make sure that the activities our students engage with during this time are 

purposeful. If it's just busywork, then it's pointless. If it's too hard, then it will frustrate your 

students.

Digital morning work for kindergarten is the perfect activity for a spiral review. It is perfect for in-person learning as well as distance learning!

In addition to our hands-on morning work routines, I decided to add digital morning work through

Boom Cards. I love it because it can be used for in-person teaching as well as remote learning. I've

found that a spiral review format is best. This way, no new skills are being introduced, and I can 

make sure to include the math and literacy standards that my students are required to master. 


Digital morning work for kindergarten is the perfect activity for a spiral review. It is perfect for in-person learning as well as distance learning!

This spiral review contains 2 literacy and 2 math slides. Directions are embedded directly into

the deck. If they do not understand the directions, all they have to do is tap on the speaker and it 

will be read to them. As kindergarten teachers, we know that this is half the battle! The best part 

is that when they are finished with the required slides for the day, the game ends!

Digital morning work for kindergarten is the perfect activity for a spiral review. It is perfect for in-person learning as well as distance learning!

If you're looking for a new morning work routine, then this is it! Digital morning work lets

your students review academic skills quickly before they move on to fine motor tubs or other

hands-on activities. You can check it out here!


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October Read Alouds for Kindergarten

 


If I had to pick any month as my favorite, especially for teaching, it would be October! The weather 


starts to get cooler, pumpkin everything is officially ok, and the leaves begin to change colors! Each 


unit that I teach in October makes me so happy! I almost wish I had time to do two weeks for each,


but time waits for no one! Here are my fave read alouds and activities for October!


This post contains affiliate links, which means that I'll get a few cents thrown my way at no 

cost to you. That'll help me keep this old blog running!

Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie


You may have guessed it already, but I love pumpkins. I need them in my life from the end of 

August until Christmas. Since it is my favorite, I save this unit for last. We continue our discussion

on the characteristics of non-fiction books, and what makes it great is that it's such a hands-on unit.

I also incorporate pumpkins into every area of our day for this week. It's perfect for not only literacy,

but math and science as well.

I Need My Monster

Created engaged learners with these read alouds for October! Your students will learn all about pumpkins, bats, spiders and monsters!

I have had this book in my class library for years, never realizing that it was a series of books! The

main character in this story needs his monster, but not for the reasons you think! When my students

realize that he LIKES to be scared before he goes to sleep, they sit there in disbelief! I use this book

Nightsong

Created engaged learners with these read alouds for October! Your students will learn all about pumpkins, bats, spiders and monsters!

Nightsong tells the story of Chiro, a little bat who is going out at night alone for the very first time.

Once he finds his song (echolocation), he discovers that he enjoys navigating the world around him.

As this story is a little bit longer, we really talk about the beginning, middle and end of the story, 

while still focusing on the characters and setting of the story. Perfect addition to my unit on bats!


Aaaarrggh, Spider!

Created engaged learners with these read alouds for October! Your students will learn all about pumpkins, bats, spiders and monsters!


I used to be a little iffy on teaching about spiders, but I gradually let my guard down. I am so glad

that I did! Spiders happen to be another unit that my students love. I've learned that if it's anything

creepy-crawly, they want to learn all about it! This book is about a lonely spider who decides that

he wants to be the pet of a local family! It's a nice fictionalized story of a spider, which I like to

weave into our non-fiction unit on spiders.


I absolutely love teaching in the month of October, and these stories are part of the reason why!

I love diving into non-fiction and these book companions make every topic come to life! You can 

find all of the books right here on Amazon, and all of the activities by clicking here!



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