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Posts Made By: hikinghiker
Board: Kindergarten 01-27-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Thanks sbkangas5

I haven't been doing that all in a day because we're limited on time. My typical go to is to do a letter sound sound with movements, then we do letter sound flashcards, then we do a PA activities...
Board: The VENT 01-27-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By hikinghiker
My last school was like this. There was a big...

My last school was like this. There was a big push to being part of a team. We team planned. We team created assessments. We team created new ideas. We did everything on the same day. I hated it, I...
Board: Kindergarten 01-26-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Advice for kids struggling with Phonemic Awareness?

I'm currently hosting an after school tutoring. I have kindergarteners for 20 minutes a day and first graders for 30 minutes. All students are at roughly the same level: they're doing good on...
Board: The VENT 01-26-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By hikinghiker
We have windows for observations, but technically...

We have windows for observations, but technically no time required between. For example, I had my first formal evaluation at the very end of the first window then had my second formal evaluation a...
Board: The VENT 01-26-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By hikinghiker
k28

Personally, my favorite one that I've used is CKLA and Heggerty. Heggerty focuses only on phonemic awareness, not phonics, but it's a great program to supplement. CKLA does have some problems (I'm...
Board: The VENT 01-25-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Getting new curriculum

I hate it!!!!

We're getting ReadyGen for reading. They follow Balanced Literacy (old idea of teaching reading), not Science of Reading. Which means their program isn't effective for teaching K-3...
Board: Kindergarten 01-07-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Update

OMG the new schedule is working amazing!!!! I feel so rejuvenated, relaxed, and like I can do a better job not going from group to group to group.

So far we're doing 9:00 - 10:00/10:15 but by next...
Board: The VENT 01-04-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Can't get out of this commitment

Last year I agreed to do after school tutoring. It started in October I thought I could stick it out though because it's an extra 400ish a month which is super nice. It's not difficult, at all, it's...
Board: Kindergarten 01-04-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By hikinghiker
I'm using envisions right now, but I've only used...

I'm using envisions right now, but I've only used it for half a year.

Pros: They have an AMAZING online component that really is helpful. You can assign assessments, videos, games, etc all...
Board: Kindergarten 01-03-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By hikinghiker
So I've bene doing a 30 minute whole group, 25...

So I've bene doing a 30 minute whole group, 25 minute reading groups, and 30 minute math groups. Most of my teaching is currently routines, and all of my students have it down. For writing, I'm not...
Board: Kindergarten 01-03-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Advice on changing schedule

I'm going to change my teaching schedule when we come back from break. With my previous schedule, I'm teaching all day long but in small groups, not whole group. At the beginning it was perfect...
Board: Teachers' Lounge 12-28-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Bought myself a Christmas present

AND I LOVE IT SO MUCH!

It's called a Lovesac. I bought it second hand of fb marketplace and drove an hour to pick it up. It's basically a giant, giant beanbag filled with memory foam instead of...
Board: Kindergarten 12-16-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By hikinghiker
I say take a step back. Blend two sound words...

I say take a step back. Blend two sound words with her and play phonemic awareness games. Start really really slowly. Spend a day or two just blending words like ap, ad, at, as, am, etc. Then add...
Board: BusyBoard 12-14-2020, 04:04 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Ahh, emergency question about Christmas gifts!

So, I'm a terrible gift receiver. I teach Kinder so I usually get a lot of Christmas gifts. When we're in school, I usually will collect the gifts from students as they come in (trying not to make a...
Board: The VENT 12-11-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Anyone ever have anxiety days?

I'm having one today. Actually, scratch that, I'm having an anxiety week.

I'm talking about those days where you feel like you're going to get fired, admin don't like you, you're not doing a good...
Board: The VENT 12-09-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By hikinghiker
The difference is that the first student...

The difference is that the first student literally hasn't shown up for weeks. This whole year, she's shown up I think 5 times, all for less than 30 minutes. Parents won't get in contact. In fact,...
Board: Kindergarten 12-08-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By hikinghiker
If you're in need of a fun Friday idea

My kids and I had the most fun themed day. Our focus of the day was learning how to make lists and learning about community places like grocery stores.

We did an intro about what lists are, why...
Board: Kindergarten 12-07-2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By hikinghiker
I've also done gingerbread houses and that is a...

I've also done gingerbread houses and that is a huge hit! I don't usually do it the day before Christmas though because it gets quite messy and I have them bring them home too sometimes. I usually do...
Board: The VENT 12-07-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Hoping I made the right decision here

Withdraw deadline for students with excessive absences is today. I have two. One who has missed nearly every day. I've had counselors call, district attendance call, truancy officers, and myself. No...
Board: BusyBoard 12-07-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 11
 
Posted By hikinghiker
At my old school, it was expected that small...

At my old school, it was expected that small groups were happening especially with the littles but that's just good practice. Typically, teachers weren't accountable for small group time for most...
Board: Kindergarten 12-03-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By hikinghiker
tryintoteach

I checked out the IMSE Orton-Gillingham writing and it looks like you're on the right track! It's shockingly difficult to find information online about their actual lessons but I did find one YouTube...
Board: Kindergarten 12-03-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Does anyone know the name of this method of teaching?

I was trying to explain how I teach writing to my coteachers and I can't recall where I learned it or if it's from a curriculum.

Basically, I teach it in steps:

1. Drawing pictures
2. Labeling...
Board: Kindergarten 12-02-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By hikinghiker
So I try to avoid crafts in small groups. For...

So I try to avoid crafts in small groups. For one, it's not usually something that needs to be done in small groups and because children take varying amounts of time doing each activity. 10 minutes...
Board: Kindergarten 12-02-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By hikinghiker
For parents, usually I do the handprint reindeer...

For parents, usually I do the handprint reindeer and the kids glue google eyes and a red sequin for the nose. Then I laminate, punch holes and tie a string.

For students, usually I do one class...
Board: Kindergarten 12-02-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By hikinghiker
Personally, I don't think it's a lot. But usually...

Personally, I don't think it's a lot. But usually with my kiddos I have to switch activities quickly or they get bored.

My suggestion would be to make the Peekaboo shape the warm up to review and...



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