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September Read Alouds for Kindergarten

Created engaged learners with these read alouds for September! Your students will learn all about apples, the five senses, transportation and community helpers!


September rolls around, and everything is rocking and rolling (well, usually). After spending the

start of school diving into print awareness, September means that we begin to put more of those

listening comprehension skills into the rotation. I also begin to bring more books in that cover

science and social studies standards as well. 


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Apples


Created engaged learners with these read alouds for September! Your students will learn all about apples, the five senses, transportation and community helpers!

So I have a secret. I do not like apples. Matter of fact, I hate them! When I moved to kindergarten

from first grade, I did not want to even teach this unit. One year I decided to, and it was the best

thing ever! My students had so much fun, and I've been hooked ever since! It's a great starting

point for discussing life cycles, and comparing and contrasting items (taste test anyone).  It's

also a fantastic introduction to non-fiction text.

Helpers in Your Neighborhood


Created engaged learners with these read alouds for September! Your students will learn all about apples, the five senses, transportation and community helpers!

We love to talk about community helpers! It's always a great unit of study because the people

that my students always recognize are our community helpers. It also opens up a conversation for

other community helpers that might not be in the book. When possible, it's also great to bring in

local community helpers. We often have our fire department come out, and when they see that fire

truck and ladder up close, they are fascinated with it all!

Look, Listen, Taste, Touch, Smell

Created engaged learners with these read alouds for September! Your students will learn all about apples, the five senses, transportation and community helpers!

The five senses are also wonderful to teach about in kindergarten. I love that it can be such

a hands-on unit, much like apples. Each of the five senses will be introduced to the students,

they'll have a chance to learn what each one does and label the five senses for their weekly craft.

We also do a taste test during this week as well, such as salty, sweet or sour things, etc. 

Transportation

Created engaged learners with these read alouds for September! Your students will learn all about apples, the five senses, transportation and community helpers!

Your students will learn about the different modes of transportation with this book companion. 

Students will also have the chance to compare and contrast transportation today with transportation 

in the past. The vocabulary pictures for this book are awesome, and I love the discussion that it 

provides! It also has that visual component for students who need the support.


I love to bring these read alouds in during the month of September, and I love to use these resources

to bring them alive. Each resource contains headers that can be used to create anchor charts and 

each book companion contains a craft as well. You can find the book companions here, and you can 

grab the books from Amazon here.

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Created engaged learners with these read alouds for September! Your students will learn all about apples, the five senses, transportation and community helpers!


Zoom or Loom for the Virtual Learning Classroom


There are many conferencing sites that can be used for virtual learning, but which one is right? Zoom or Loom?

Technology can be scary to dive into, especially if it's something that you're not used to. It doesn't

have to be this way! I used to consider myself a tech guru, but it's definitely something that if you

don't use it, you lose it! I find myself trying to keep up with all of the new tech things, and it's 

a lot! We all were forced to quickly adapt to being on video, and I want to share with you two 

platforms, one that I knew about and one that I just learned about! Both of them are a conferencing 

tool, but they have different purposes. 

What is Zoom? How can I use it?

Zoom is a tool that allows you to have a meeting live and in color. This kind of meeting has to be

planned, since everyone needs to be available. You can schedule this meeting in advance and send 

the link out to all participants ahead of time. Everyone can meet up and participate in the chat. 

You can also record this meeting and share the recording later if someone was unable to attend.

There are many conferencing sites that can be used for virtual learning, but which one is right? Zoom or Loom?

Zoom does allow you to share your screen with your students, so you can actively teach a lesson

and you can unmute your students so that they can respond to you. It really allows for the meeting

to be an interactive one, which is what you need when you're teaching virtually. You will want to 

review Zoom etiquette with your students, especially when it comes to muting and unmuting! Your

meeting will quickly descend into chaos if you don't!

What is Loom? How can I use it?

Loom is a tool that is not designed for meetings. It can be used to send a video message to someone

and you can also record your screen to share something with another person. Loom is great for 

recording read alouds and lessons, and then sharing them with your students. It is perfect if you are

envisioning a flipped classroom!

There are many conferencing sites that can be used for virtual learning, but which one is right? Zoom or Loom?


I love that as you record your screen, your students can still see your face if you wish to show it. 

It's perfect for littles who still need facial cues and such. If you intend to record lessons on

anything that's related to phonological awareness, students definitely need to see your mouth as you

model what they need to learn.

Which one is better?

It's important to note that the free version of Zoom allows you to have up to 100 participants and 

40 minutes of meeting time, which can be perfect for a lesson. You can also host as many meetings 

as you want! Loom has announced that their pro plan is free for educators! How awesome is that? 

If you already have a Loom account, they will switch it over for you!


Zoom and Loom aren't necessarily competing against each other, since their primary functions are 

different. They do have things that are similar, but I do believe that you can use both of them as you 

see fit.



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A Beginner's Guide to Boom Cards in Kindergarten

Boom Cards are digital task cards that are just perfect for little learners!  If you need help in getting started, you've come to the right place!

I've always been on the lookout for new and innovative ideas for my students, though I try not to

get sucked into all of them. Which is probably why I didn't give Boom Cards another thought. I 

just brushed past mentions of it and completely forgot about it. When I had to quickly switch gears

for distance learning, I heard about it again and decided to look into it. I am so glad that I gave it

another chance!

What Are Boom Cards?

Boom Cards are digital task cards that are just perfect for little learners!  If you need help in getting started, you've come to the right place!
Simply put, boom cards are digital task cards that are perfect for little learners! Since they are digital,

they instantly become interactive, which is an important component for new skills. They are also 

paperless (because who wants to make more copies), so there will be no prep, and it provides 

immediate feedback for students. 

Getting Started With Boom Cards

If you're thinking of maybe getting started with boom cards, it's super easy! They are hosted directly

on the Boom Learning website, so you don't even have to worry about storage on a digital device

or anything like that! With boom cards you must be connected to the internet and students can play 

the decks on modern browsers. There's also an app available for Apple and Android devices such as 

the iPhone, iPad, and Kindle Fires. All you have to do is create an account and you'll be ready to get 

started! If you want to see what the fuss is all about, I have a free deck just for you!

Boom Cards are digital task cards that are just perfect for little learners!  If you need help in getting started, you've come to the right place!


Just grab your deck, and when you click the link you'll be prompted to create an account for security

and privacy reasons! Once you create your account this deck will be added to your library. Check it 

out!

Using Boom Cards in Your Classroom

There are a few ways that you can use boom cards in your classroom. You will always be able to

assign decks to students through the fast pin. You can add this fast pin in Google Classroom as well

as Seesaw. Fast pins are always free, so even if you choose to keep your Boom Learning account free,

you will always have access to your decks and so will your students. Side note, fast pin links are only

good for 14 days, then you would have to provide a new fast pin link for your students.

Boom Cards are digital task cards that are just perfect for little learners!  If you need help in getting started, you've come to the right place!


If you choose to upgrade to a premium account, you will be able to create a classroom and assign

decks to your students, as well as see their progress on the assigned decks. However, this is not

necessary. 


Boom Cards are a fantastic addition to your center rotation, and children love them because they

are interactive and they receive immediate feedback. I hope that you love them as much as I do!





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What Is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, and it is the foundation for reading!

What is phonemic awareness and how does it transform reading? It is the most important

ingredient in the reading recipe, but it seems to be forgotten at times. Phonemic awareness

falls under the umbrella of phonological awareness, which is an awareness of every level in

the sound structures of our language.

What is Phonemic Awareness?

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, or the phoneme, which is the smallest unit

of the language. It is an understanding of the structure of the language. This includes knowing

that the language is made up of words and in turn, words are made up of parts that we call

syllables in addition to rhymes and other sounds.  Before a student is able to understand written

language, they must have an understanding of the spoken language.

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, and it is the foundation for reading!

The simplest explanation is this......phonemic awareness gets the ears ready for what the eyes

are about to see. This is so true because if the ears are not ready, it does not matter what you 

put before a student. It will be a foreign concept to them.

Why is Phonemic Awareness Important?

Phonemic awareness is important because although children can know their letters and sounds, if

they are unable to understand and manipulate sounds, then they won't be able to do anything with

them. They will be unable to hear the parts of a word, nor will they be able to blend a word together.

Research has shown that the best predictors of student's reading success lie with their ability to

grasp phonemic awareness. When students arrive at school and their phonological awareness is

well-developed, then the probability of their success in making sense of how letters and sounds work

in print is high. It is necessary for students to be able to effectively use letter-sound correspondence

when it comes to reading and writing.

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, and it is the foundation for reading!

Phonemic Awareness in Whole Group

There are many moments where we can add phonemic awareness throughout our day. You can

definitely bring in phonemic awareness elements into your whole group time. I like to do

this during our read-aloud time. This is not a time to be very specific, as the children in your

classroom will likely have diverse needs. I use this time to introduce new concepts, and kind of see

where my students are in general. It's also good practice to incorporate phonemic awareness

activities into your daily reading time.

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, and it is the foundation for reading!

It is necessary to provide opportunities for children to develop their ear for language. Find all of

the stories that contain rhyming words and alliterations! As adults, we can be over these types of

books quickly, but they are a goldmine for students who are learning to listen inside of a word!

Include poems and silly songs as well. The good thing about poems and songs is that you can

put them on charts. Now yes, adding a visual brings in phonics, but for your students who are ready,

the visual aid is a good thing.

Phonemic Awareness in Small Group

Small group is where the magic happens! This is where you get the biggest bang for your buck. I

begin each small group with about 5 minutes of phonemic awareness. Now for my students who

have none, we spend more time on it. At the beginning of the year, we focus on it a lot, because

knowing where my students are helps me to know who is ready to begin phonics. The easiest place

to begin is simple and quick phonemic awareness routines. It gives me a fast snapshot of where each

student is.

Phonemic awareness quick routines!

It's so important that you don't go too fast. I know that pacing guides and the powers that be

seem to always rush students, but building up phonemic awareness in a student is just like

building a house. If the foundation isn't right, eventually the house will begin to crumble

and it will be an unstable structure. 

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, and it is the foundation for reading!


To switch it up a bit, I begin to add in picture supports. I find that it helps students who 

struggle, because although they may not get all of the answers right, it gives them a bit of a

confidence boost that they can identify the pictures correctly.

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, and it is the foundation for reading!    

Once again, if you find that initially, you are spending most of your small group on phonemic 

awareness, it is ok! They will make progress, and you will naturally see a path forward to begin

your phonics instruction.

Phonemic awareness is all about the spoken sound, and it is the foundation for reading!

At this point, the picture supports begin to include the letters that we are working on. It is 

during this time that they truly begin to understand how the letters and sounds work are

connected. At this point, you will begin more of a traditional small group, and you will find

that your groups become more and more differentiated.

Phonological awareness in small group.

Phonemic awareness is the foundation of reading. If you have students who are struggling, go 

back and check their level of phonemic awareness. I guarantee that it is an area that they are 

weak in, and therefore it is affecting their reading ability! By building up their ear to "hear", 

their reading will greatly improve!



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Back to School Read Alouds



One of my favorite times of the school year is back to school time. I love being able to make a book

come alive for a little one! That means voices, theatrics, and everything! I usually begin the year with

reading for enjoyment, and introducing concepts of print. Then I dive a little deeper into a book, and 

I begin to lay those foundational skills for comprehension. This takes a lot of continuous modeling,

but it's so worth it!

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Kevin Knows the Rules

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

Kevin Knows the Rules is a book that was unknown to me before last year. My sweet friend Keri

introduced this book to me, and I couldn't believe that I hadn't heard of it before. Any book about

rules and procedures in a classroom and I'm sold! I love how it shows Kevin actually obeying the

rules, so it is a model for the students to look at. This is a great place to discuss how we as the 

readers actually know that Kevin is following the rules!

The Little School Bus 

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

Some of you might recognize this gem of a book if you were fortunate enough to come across a

certain reading program. It is absolutely hilarious and I will never part with it! It has a fun story,

and repeating text. I love looking at the pictures because they tell another story! Your students can 

practice rhymes and learn about characters and setting as well as sequence story events with The 

Little School Bus

The Recess Queen 

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

Mean Jean and Katie Sue are the best literary pair this century. The Recess Queen is the perfect

book for discussing appropriate behaviors on the playground, as well as how we should and 

should not treat every person that we come across. With this book we focus on characters and 

setting of the story, as well as specific character traits for Mean Jean and Katie Sue.

What I Like About Me

Created engaged learners with these back to school read alouds! They are perfect for introducing characters, setting and more!

The children that are featured in What I Like About Me are as different as can be, and they are proud

to show off what makes them unique. The focus for this book is to introduce characters and settings,

and provides an opportunity for students to focus on what makes us all unique. In addition to writing

pages, students can also create a craft.


Each resource contains headers that can be used to create anchor charts and each book companion

contains a craft as well. You can find the book companions here, and you can grab the books from




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