Ways to Use Alphabet Poems for Kindergarten

I love to use poetry as much as possible and Alphabet Poems for Kindergarten make poetry an integral part of each day.
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Working with poetry helps build a culture of reading within any classroom! I love to use a poem a week to help kindergarten/1st grade students focus and play with reading and poetry.

1st Day-Listen/Discuss/Read Poem 

I like to have the students close their eyes and imagine what they hear. No pictures allowed! Students turn and discuss what was imagined. Then I show the poem and point to the words as I reread, still no picture...no comprehension questions, just enjoyment of a simple poem.
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2nd Day-Reread

I read the poem as I point to the words. Usually the students will join along and read with me. Sometimes I need to encourage them...a slight pause usually works. I usually have an image at this point. Yes, discussion usually follows.

3rd Day-Reread and Take Turns

Students get a chance to point to the words as the class chorally reads the poem. Students love to choose a special pointer. It really helps me see who has one to one correspondence and provides practice.

4th Day-Reread and Hunt
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We practice reading the poem once and then student hunt for words or letters depending on the ability of the students. Once a few students practice chorally reading, the students can circle or highlight words I ask for them to find in their personal journals. I usually only let them hunt the words I ask for because they will sometimes circle all words; I really want to focus the learning. We may also look for many things that encourage print awareness. Click here to read about Concepts of Print.

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5th Day-Illustrate or Color

We reread the poem in their journals as they all point to the words in journals. We hunt for special words and/or letters then the students can color and illustrate their poem. Once finished, students reread other poems or count words/ letters as they wait for their friends to finish.



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Later in the year, we will reread certain  poems and search for phonics skills. These students use highlighters to find capital letters and we talk about why we use capital letters.
Here you can see that we talked about -ay words. We created a list of words then highlighted the words after reading the poem. This will really help students look at words.
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Check out this short, informative video on how I use these poems! So much fun and rewarding to watch the students grow as readers of poetry!
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Must Have Poetry Resource

These are a few of my resources if you are interested! I hope you’ve found this information about poetry helpful. If you have any additional tips that might help a teacher, please share below in comments!





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Best Videos for Math Skills

 9 Best Math Videos

I love to use videos to practice and teach skills! 
Here are the best videos I use for Math.
1. I Can Write My Numbers-Practice writing numbers in air. Digits 0-9 so you can write any number once you learn the pattern. 

2. Number Rock-I use this at the beginning of the year to practice counting to 20 with the number! It is also a fun way to get some movement when they need to move.

3. Let's Get Fit-Students love to move and exercise to count to 100. Jack Hartman is usually my go to videos. He explains many skills easily. Great Practice.

4. Shapes, Sides, and Vertices-Perfect for 2 D practice with the math words we use to describe the shapes. Yep, Jack Hartman again!



5. Number in the Teens They Start with a One-Just for those kiddos that have difficulty identifying teen numbers.

6. Numbers in the Teens-Number sense practice! A must for understanding number sense. This makes it so easy to understand the difficult concept of teen numbers as 10 and some more.

7. Teenage Numbers-Explains the idea of teen numbers! So important for introduction of teen numbers. It is a teaching video not a song.


8. 3D Shapes I Know-Fun 3 D shapes! Catchy tune! Shows real 3D shapes.

9. Shapes for Kids-2D practice movement song. Write the basic shapes in the air, circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and oval.

10. The Shapes Song-Fast song but fun to teach all the shapes.



Great ideas for other math skills.

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Letter Fun Videos

 I love using the following videos to teach letter sounds and letter names. They are great for brain breaks, extra practice, or to use before reading to get brains ready to read. We also play fun games! Check out Bubblegum Games to see fun games for beginning reading skills.
This video has the letter and sounds along with the motions.

Fun Motions!

Fast upper then lower case followed by the sounds.




Great once the sounds are known for practice. Cool parody!

These are the motions we use! Using motions make the letters stick!  You can see Brain Research for Learning! Check out Jack Hartmann for this great song!

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Concepts of Print Develop Better Readers



Have you ever wondered what you should do to help a child learn to read? It really starts with just reading....but there are simple, easy, important things to do as you read. These are called print concepts which are essential to reading and writing.

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What are Concepts About Print?


They are an awareness of print in everyday environments. Concepts about print involve understanding the difference between words, letters, punctuation and directionality. Print concepts foster reading comprehension and vocabulary growth. Some of these include:
  • left to right tracking of words
  • top and bottom of the page
  • front and back of the book
  • front cover
  • page numbers
  • punctuation marks
  • spaces between words
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What can you do to help develop concepts about print?

Practice Print Concepts

Talking about words, letters, and stories develops print concepts that makes reading fun and engaging. Model concepts of print and  practice manipulating text. Constantly model print when doing tasks throughout the day and provide varied, fun ways to practice reading. Click here to see fun ways to begin reading before words are known.
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Read to develop print concepts

Constant exposure to different kinds of text and understanding how print works will help develop the skills needed for children to become successful readers. So be sure to read each day. Yes, it's ok to read and reread the same book!

Look for Patterns in Print and Pictures

For example, repetitive sentence patterns (I see the . . . ), sentence location on each page, a common character located on each page somewhere (Mercer Mayer has a cricket, grasshopper, mouse, or spider on each page. In Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown has the mouse all around the room...and check out the clock.)

Sentence Construction

Print a brief, familiar rhyme or poem on individual word cards then construct and reconstruct the text by line. This will really help kiddos focus on words and sentences. Check out Simple Alphabet PoemsThese simple poems can be used easily.

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Write a Grocery List to develop Concepts of Print
Ask: “Should we put our first word at the top or the bottom?”
“Will the first letter go on the right or the left?”
“Should the K in Kix be upper case or lower case?”

Sight Word Work Sentence Building

Add cards with names and names of family members, periods, exclamation marks and question marks and action words to a bag with sight words. Put together the cards, leaving spaces between each card, to create simple sentences (“Mary can jump.” vs. “Can Paul sing?” vs. “I can run!”)


I hope you’ve found this information about concepts of print helpful. If you have any additional tips that might help a teacher, please share below in comments!
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Best Songs for Letters and Sounds!

These songs are great for teaching letters and their sounds!  Gross motor skills are developed as the kiddos dance and sing! Plus! It's a lot of fun!
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The use of music and songs has transformed learning in kindergarten. The visual along with the songs helps students learn more effectively than in the past. Here are the best songs I have found that help with learning letters and sounds. Check out how we use movement to learn the alphabet, Fun Ways to Teach Letters and Sounds.
 The Apple apple Song with Hand Motions - Barbara Milne

This great song has capital and lower case letters.  It provides students with hand signals.  When the students create their own hand signals and/or provide different words to go with sounds, learning expands to a whole new level.

 Alphabet Song | ABC Song | Phonics Song



This song goes through the capital letters, lower case letters and then the sounds! It is usually requested by the students each day! It is fast and has a catchy tune! Kiddos love it!

See It, Say It, Sign It | Letter Sounds | ASL Alphabet


Yep! Once again I LOVE Jack Hartmann videos. In this video he really emphasizes the letter name and the sounds which helps beginning readers! I also talk about ASL and we use a few sings for classroom management.

BEST ABC RAP!!!

A fun rap version that focuses more on the sounds than the letter names. The sounds are clipped so it really helps with spelling!



Great gross motor activity using visual letter, letter name, sound, then the student makes a connection with a word.

I hope you’ve found this information helpful. If you have any additional tips that might help a teacher, please share below in comments!

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Developing Number Sense Magically

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Teaching number sense should be fun and engaging!

Students need to see math as fun! So try these easy fun ways to make number sense easy, fun, and engaging! Keep an open mind and enjoy the journey!
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Develop Math Practices

The Common Core Math Practice Standards describe the skills that students need in order to be successful mathematicians. To develop a deep understanding of math, we want students to get into the habit of asking themselves if things make sense as they work with numbers. Students should be checking their work and explaining their thinking. This helps kiddos “making sense of problems and persevering in solving them” (math practice 1). 
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I like to have students work in pairs and explain their thinking especially when subitizing. I try to have a high math student work with a student that needs help. When kids work together to explain their thinking strategies and listen to others, they are “constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others” (math practice 3). Analyzing builds number sense and the ability to think flexibly about numbers. By sharing they see there are multiple ways of solving math problems even though math problems may have one right answer.


Focus on the Process, Not the Answer

When students practice counting, they’re learning one-to-one correspondence, or how to match each object they’re counting to each number they’re saying. This can be done so easily with a number path. To help them practice this concept, give students a number path, to take apart and put back together.
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As you move into solving addition and subtraction problems, follow the same approach. Encouraging your students to discuss how they came up with their answers gives them an opportunity to vocalize their thought process, which is critical for self-correction and developing an understanding of different strategies for solving problems.
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Focus on where they are, not the curriculum

 Watch and observe what your students do as they solve math problems then give them plenty of opportunities to practice and play with numbers.
This fun double game incorporates addition and number sense with body awareness. So fun!

Check out these other fun ways to magically develop number sense:

You can find the Number Path Resources here:

I hope your students LOVE the magic of math!
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💖Debora
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Do You Need Free Valentine Resources?

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Special Days are a really busy time for everyone…ESPECIALLY teachers! Check out some great FREE TEACHING Valentine's Day Resources. Click the photo of what you want to download from TpT and teach!…easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

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I hope you find a few cool things to make February Magical!
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Valentine's Day All Month Long!

 Happy February!
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Do you need a few fun ideas for the month of February? 

I love doing many fun things all about hearts and love this entire month! I love incorporating many different skill sets into all lessons so there are many more skills than the ones stated!!

Make Paper Hearts 

We begin by talking about "line of symmetry' and how it helps makes hearts!  Then we practice cutting folded paper to make hearts!  It makes it extra special to use "paper shapers" scissors! 

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Free Cutting Guide
It is perfect to send home to families to help with scissor skills.
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Some students even tried to cut around the lined heart to make a double heart!  So fun!  The students are so excited and are talking about making their own cards now! 


Valentine Card Giveaway  

Yes, we do a card exchange on Valentine's Day!  It is a great way to work on writing names!  Send a not home with names and let the fun begin. I am always amazed at the number of students that want to try and spell the names of friends!

Math Talks  

We are working on number sense by doing number talks but then we record if the shape is on our heart! The talking is the most important!
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  The coloring within the lines is perfect fine motor work! The cute little birds, makes it fun and engaging! (I love the hearts on the wings of the birds!)
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Read Poems  

We will be practicing reading our February poem!  Then on Valentine's Day each student will write about what they love! Click on picture to get your free, easy poem to celebrate LOVE! Check out Alphabet Poems for how to teach a poem easily to students.
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You can also find no prep fun for an entire day at No Prep Valentine's Day Worksheets that includes this poem.

Valentine's Word Work 

We use hearts to segment and blend words! It is a must to help beginning readers work with words!  All students are becoming proficient at reading cvc words in and out of context! Check out why segmenting is so important for beginning readers.
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I hope this helps add a little fun and magic to your classroom!
Hugs,
💖Debora