The Best Site to Practice Skills for Kindergarten Students

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Kindergarten students need engaging activities to learn and practice skills. They need a lot of time to develop al skills...reading, writing, math, thinking...

What app is the best site to practice skills?

Boom cards, of course! Have you heard of them or use them?

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What are boom cards?

It is platform where you will have a student log on and you create or purchase educational activities. They are interactive, fun and easy to use BUT the part that I love the most is that they are self checking.


I use these during center time, free choice time, and distance learning. They are an easy, no prep way to help all students learn and practice skills.


Students don't have the chance to learn something incorrectly.
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Why are boom cards so great?


  • It’s digital and saves paper.

  • Differentiates instruction.

  • Holds students accountable for independent work. 

  • Saves teachers/ parents time because its done (time saving!).

  • Students love it. 

  • They can receive badges and rewards. 

  • There is immediate automatic feedback. 

  • The deck are mixed up so they can not just memorize the order of answers. 

  • They can not go onto the next card until they get the right answer.

  • It will show them the answer if they give up.

  • You can even buy decks from Teachers Pat Teachers. 

  • The purchased decks will save right to your library. 

  • The price for the premium subscription is only 35$ a year so you cansee how the students are doing.

  • They offer a 30 day free trial for premium subscription. 

  • If you don't want to purchase the premium subscription, you just have to copy the link provided by the teacher and go to the play fast button. Fast play is free. 

  • It is easy to set up your classroom. 

  • Students can use a picture password to login.

  • You can assign all the students the same cards or you can customize it based on individual needs.

  • There is speaker to read the cards.


Check out wow.boomlearning.com  to see samples of all the games I use in my classroom.


You can also purchase them from Tpt 👉Teach Magically Boom Cards! Be sure to check it out!

Hugs,

Debora

8 Best Videos to Teach the Tricky Teen Numbers

Teen numbers can be so difficult for kiddos. These are the best videos I have found to use in the classroom to build teen numbers, understand the place value, and write teen numbers. Some are on my 10 Best Videos for Math post.
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I also provide independent practice with Boom Cards. I have included the Jack Hartmann teen number videos in my Boom Card Practice games to add another layer of fun. Check out a FREE sample. You can see all my Teen Number Activities Here.

1. Numberblocks - Teen Numbers

Join teen numbers - thirteen, fourteen & fifteen in this video. It really shows how teen numbers have a group of 10.


2. Numbers in the Teens (They start with a 1)

I always use this video AFTER I have taught the concept or teen number have group of 10. It's for review and practice. It really hleps the students that struggle.



3. Teen Numbers Are So Much Fun! Identifying teen numbers & quantities


4. Addition Facts Song - Ten Plus Facts - It's Not Five-Ten!

This video is all about numbers so I use it with students that understand number sense.


5. Teen Number Song and Routine: I Can Write Teen Numbers!

The students enjoy Teacher Toni's accent. 


6. Numbers in the Teens (Have a Group of Tens)

This place value video helps with number sense.



7. Teen Numbers | Numbers in the Teens

The kiddos sing this one as they write numbers in other places. Fun tune.


8. Teen Numbers | Teen Numbers in the Air

I love to use this during brain breaks and to get some movement into math class. Writing in the air always happens before we write on paper.


I hope these videos help your kiddos learn and understand teen numbers!
Hugs,
💖Debora


Classroom Management Lining Up Idea

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One of the most difficult things to make a classroom run smoothly is classroom management. It can make or break a teacher so I have a bit of advice.

"If you find yourself getting upset with the students' behaviors...STOP...and think about what you can change."

I had some issues with students that were running to get into line and fighting about where they wanted to stand in the line.

So I decided to teach exactly what I wanted to see and hear when they got into line.
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I put small pieces of floor tape spaced apart with numbers. Each child was given a number based on the first letter of their name. Hint, hint...ABC order made it easy for me to remember their numbers!

I modeled how the students should line up:
  • Stand up.
  • Walk quietly to their number.
  • Stand quietly facing forward.
  • Wait patiently. (Check out ways to wait patiently.)
They had to tell me what they saw me do and what they heard as I went into line. 

Then I had 3 students practice. As a group we discussed what we saw and heard! A bunch of compliments were given for the great lining practice.

We tried 5 different students next and offered many more compliments. Then we tried the entire class. I offered many compliments for quiet walking students.

For the next several week, before we lined up, I asked the students to "think about" what it should look like and sound like when we get into line.


As the weeks continued, I would give the "thinking reminder" whenever I noticed a rule that wasn't being followed.

The students then started to get into line with the friends that were in front or behind them. It was magical!

I hope this helps you create a magical classroom experience!
💖Hugs,
Debora

Here are some other management ideas:

4 Fun Ways to Practice Segmenting cvc Words

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Segmenting is the earliest predictor in future reading success. It is one of the most important things kiddos can do to help them develop as readers. BUT we all know that there is never enough time to fit everything into a regular day!

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So what can you do to help beginning readers segment cvc words?

I make sure that I do at least one of these activities a day, each day to develop this important skill. At the beginning of the year, we only work on the sounds. We will add the letters as we know them. 1/2 way through the year, they can write the letters to stand for the sounds.

1. Hopping

Create 3-4 boxes on the floor with masking tape. Give kiddos a word, they will hop in the first box and say the sound of just the first letter, hop the second box and say the sound of the second letter, continue until all the letters are completed.
    • Hint-The other students can write the letters that stand for the sounds so everyone does something.


2. Touch Parts of the Body
  • Starting with head as the first sound, waist for the second sound and toes for the last sound. 
  • If they are more advanced and able to do 4 sounds- use head, shoulders, waist, and toes.

3. Hop or Jump for Each Sound. 
  • This helps to get the students moving.
4. High Knee Touches

Put your hands in the air and have them touch their hand to the opposite knee for each sound. This is an amazing activity because you are crossing the midline. It makes the hemispheres of the brain work together.

Remember don't add letters until you are ready to work on phonics.


Segment every single day in a fun way to build phonemic awareness skills. What we do each day depends on the amount of time we have. If I need a "filler" I do an easy quick activity!


For beginning readers, they don't really understand how the sounds are broken apart inside of words. So practice, practice, practice. 


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The Best Way to Help Beginning Writers Write Words Easily

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What is the very best way to help students write words when you teach beginning readers and writers?

When students are writing, they often want to spell words correctly so I have a list of words that beginning readers and writers use a lot! BUT it's not a word wall!

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They are in the form of rhyming posters for a quick reference! By looking for a picture that rhymes, students that don't know all the letters yet, can find the words easily! Trust me it will help those that struggle with knowing the letter names. (I also use them to practice rhyming...check it out Teach Words Easily.)


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Writing Other Words Easily

Phonemic awareness is the best way to help students learn to write. It is the hardest phonological awareness skill! You can check out all the skills from easiest to hardest on this page.📃


Let's use the word cat for an example. 


1. I say the word slowly and tell the child to listen to the sounds. Then I have the child say it slowly after me. Lastly, the child says it slowly... independently.


2. I clap the syllables (1 clap for cat). Then the child claps with me. Lastly, I say, "Clap cat by yourself." As the child claps, I hold up fingers then the child tells me the total.


3. I segment each sound as I touch my head for the 1st sound /c/, my waist for the second sound /a/, and my toes for the 3rd sound /t/. Then I ask the child to do it with me. Finally, I ask the child to do it independently while touching their body.


4. Then it's time to write the letters that make the sounds. I touch my head and say the sound /c/. I ask, "Do you know the letter that makes the sound /c/?"

    ~If the answer is "Yes, a." I say, "Write it."

    ~If the answer is no, I stretch the sound again but stop at my waist and ask, "Do you know the letter that makes the /a/ sound?"

Repeat until the word is finished (if all you get is t...that's ok!)


I often say, "No worries, you'll learn that sound soon. We only write the letters for the sounds we know." Continue until the sentence is written.


Using this model will make writing happen easily and without frustration for kiddos.


So to recap:

  • Say the word slowly (stretch the word)
  • Listen to what sounds you hear 

  • How many sounds are there (clap it out) 

  • Segment each sound

  • Have them segment with you

  • Have them try it by themselves 

  • Think about the letters that make those sounds 

    • Break it down with each sound

    • Have them write the letter down on a paper. 


Remember they don't have to get the whole word right YET; they only write the sounds they know!

I hope your writing time is magical,
Hugs,
💖Debora

Easy Ways to Develop Listening Skills for All Students

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Can you guess what the very best way to help students understand and learn, especially students with ADHD?


After reading many research articles, I found that the best way to help students learn listening skills is by playing games!

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Yes games! Here is why. 


Executive function skills are one of the most difficult things for students to do, especially in kindergarten. Executive function skills include being prepared to learn, having materials, paying attention, inhibitory control, knowing what to do first and then second. 


What are the 3 most important beginning auditory function skills students need?

  • Memory, 

  • Inhibitory Control 

  • Attention 


Memory is knowing what to do and remembering it. When they hear a specific set of directions, they can remember what to do. In order to play a game, they have to remember how to play. 


Inhibitory control is when they have to stop and think before they do something. In order to play a game they have to wait their turn before playing. 


Attention is being able to focus and block out the distraction around them. All students, especially those with ADHD have a hard time blocking out other things that they are hearing. While playing games they have to pay attention to the game and block out what is going on around them. 


Example

Remember any topic can be turned into a game/activity. 


I really like to play Memory with my students. All you need is two sets of matching cards with whatever topic you want to focus on. 

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Rhyming Memory Game

Another game is to take a card (sight words, letters, numerals) and put it in a box, have the student randomly pick out a card, then they have to say what is on the card.


My students live doing this with our "Sight Word Crash Game!"

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Sight Word Game


The old basic "Heads up Seven up" is a perfect game to help develop these skills.


How you may ask? All the steps and rules they have to follow while playing.

  1. They have to pay attention to what students have their thumb up. (attention)
  2. They can't make noise. (inhibitory control)
  3. They have to watch how they are walking. (inhibitory control)
  4. Once they are all back up at the front of the room, they have to stand still. (inhibitory control)
  5. They have to remember who they picked. (memory)
  6. They have to shake their heads yes or no not say yes or no. (attention, inhibitory control)
  7. They have to focus their attention on the person who is talking (attention), not the person who they picked. (inhibitory control) 

Remember any game will work to develop these skills! You can check out ALL MY GAMES for ideas! It works like magic!


Hugs,

💖 Debora~TeachMagically



7 Math Centers Ideas to Make Math Easy

Many teachers know how to teach math but getting math centers down takes a lot of classroom management, forethought, and modeling centers beforehand.


With math, at centers, I do it a little different, almost like I do with the guided reading group, except I have a math group.


How daily math time works

Usually I start with a group math lesson, starting with an activity (making numbers in the air, dancing and counting, or a quick problem solving activity). Click here to see the math videos I use often.


I then pull a group, usually consisting of 4-6 students. Usually I will walk around and gently tap the kids on the shoulder and ask them to come to my table. At my table, I am doing some kind of activity that is really focused on what they need.


Everyone else in the class has a choice about what to do. This goes a long way in making the class run easier, when you provide the choice for the students they take ownership, which most of the time the behaviors take care of themselves because they are getting a choice.

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The first thing everyone starts on the computer which has two things that I really love. Boom cards and Seesaw.


Boom Cards for Math Centers

I really love Boom Cards because I can assign the cards based on the students needs. This makes it very easy to differentiate, plus they don't really understand that they are doing different activities. Boom cards are free to use, I like the fast pins best for practicing math. Since most kids have anxiety when they don't get the answer correct or they believe that they are not doing the right thing, they just want to quit. When it's just for fun and they think it is a game, they don't have that anxiety.

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Seesaw Math Activities for Centers

I have a set of Seesaw 3D Shapes that are loaded and ready with questions and sorting.

I am a seesaw ambassador so please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need any help please don’t hesitate to ask. Also I have some other amazing Seesaw activities on Teach Magically.



Stations for Math Centers

I will also have stations set up around the room, this is not the typical station you think of, it is a space that has more than one activity so there is another choice there.


When they are not with me and are done working on the computer, they can go to the stations for more activities.

1. Block Station

One station that I use is a block station, usually I have two of these since blocks are such a huge hit in kindergarten. I have big blocks like the big pattern blocks and also a small lego station. When they get there they can choose between a few different activities for both the big blocks and the small legos. Usually there is never a problem, they know which activity they want to do, they can stay there the entire time and build cities or towers which really works their math skills.

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2. Llego Station


For the little lego station I have a bigger container of legos. They can use these to create anything that they want.


I have run into situations where the student will then want to keep what they built there for the next time or take it home with them. This takes a lot of encouragement and modeling on how they have to break it apart or be prepared that someone else may use it.

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If the student can not think of something to build, I will combine social studies into the legos. We will talk about the community, make a big map with paper, and build and color in the roads. Their job is to take those legos and build the community (houses, bakery, post office, Walmart, etc.) 

3. Puzzle Station


Another example is a puzzle station, where I have regular puzzles which help to build their discrimination skills and math problem solving skills.


I have tangrams that I get from the dollar store and they come with the boards.

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I also have some simple shape puzzles that they can work on, they basically just match the pattern onto the puzzle. 

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Pattern Blocks
4. Writing in Math

I also have a writing center. It's the same writing center we use during reading time. At this center they can write numbers, either from 1-100 or they can write any number that they would like. The fun part is they have to draw shapes to match the number that they wrote. They can draw a number story and write it.

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When they write a number story in math, they are not focusing on the words. They could write 6 butterflies and 4 birds, so they would draw that and then write 6+4=10. Again you are giving them a choice which they love.


One other option is tracing, I have the pattern block tracing templates, worksheets, and shapes.

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I do have these laminated number writing worksheets so they can write on them with a white board marker. These templates are differentiated, I have some that have the dots and then the lines to help them with tracing, some that have just the dots, and some that are blank. They are able to practice based on their own needs and it also helps their fine motor skills. I have a different set by month so I just change the cards. I don't need to explain and teach a new game.

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As long as they are doing anything with numbers and writing, it fits into this station.


5. White Board Station


I will also use my whiteboard to put a number path on, the students will have to take the number path down and put it back in order. Then match numbers on it. Another choice is for them to write directly on the whiteboard. Since they are standing, they are writing on a vertical plane, which will help their handwriting skills and their core strength. 


Once again, I have sets based on the month or theme so I don't have any teaching to do. I just switch out the cards and the kiddos think it's a new game. It's always amazing to see how excited they are!

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All My Number Paths

6. Reading Station

Another option is a reading center which is the same place as the reading center for reading but we are using it for math time. Click here to see some Number Books to use with math. We like to call this math time reading. There are lots of math books to choose from. I also like to set up some pattern blocks and of course some activities to choose.


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One activity that I like to use has them writing and reading a sentence on the bottom of the page, then they are putting in the pattern blocks so they are counting, and coloring. When I set this up, I like to attach the paper to a clipboard so they can sit on a bean bag chair or lay on their bellies to read and work on their fine motor skills.

 

7. Game Station


One last station, I have is a game station. I love to use the simple games with the students.


The first is just dot cards. These are cards that have dots and the idea is they have to play memory. They will lay the cards down, turn over two cards, and find the matching numbers. If they are working with a partner which helps with taking turns. I do teach them how to do this game in my group before they are allowed to do it alone.

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We also like to play the bean game, it is just two sided beans that are painted different colors. You just shake them up and put them down and talk about the number you had. Usually we have a whole table or an area to work on. If we are really working on the number 4, they can use the entire tin, shake up 4 beans and then say what it lands on (1 is red 3 are white, shake 4 more, 2 are red 2 are white). Now they have to fill up the entire space in order to work on those math fluency skills.

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I will also keep a bin with building blocks that they can count. One of their favorite things with this activity is to connect all of the blocks together and then measure with it. They measure the carpet, each other, or even me! Measuring is a great activity and helps with a lot of math skills. 


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Center Information

There are choices in each one of the centers which really helps take away that power struggle. Kids will do a lot better when they get to choose instead of you telling them what to do.


To make this work seamlessly there are only one or two students at each one of those stations at a time. So if they are not assigned there or it is not their turn then they can keep working on the computer. The stations I have all the time are the legos, the big blocks, and the writing station. Having consistent stations prevents me from wanting to pull my hair out.


I also try to rotate them from the computer to my table to the stations. I used to attempt 3-4 students at a station at one time, it usually always led to fighting or disagreements. 


Always to remember with centers.

  • Only have 1-2 students at a time in each station.
  • Provide choices 
  • Pre-teach all games before they go to centers 
  • Have choices that never change 

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need help with math centers. Have a great day and remember to Teach Magically!

💖Debora