Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying your Christmas vacation! Today I wanted to share with you what I have been working on for the last couple of months. I don't know about you, but I have a really hard time completing projects for TPT during the school year. I get a couple pages done here and there, but when it comes to a big project like this, I need to have a big chunk of time off to give it all my energy and focus.
This project came to my mind when I was creating my yearly curriculum plan in August. I was looking at my year as a whole, and planning out when each standard would be covered. I looked at all of the resources I already had, and what standards they covered Next, I looked for any gaps, where I didn't have resources to cover a particular standard. I found out that I had HUGE gaps in my language standards! Whenever I see a gap, I go to TPT, Pinterest, and Google, and type in the standard that I am missing. Usually from those three sources, I can find some supplemental material to help me cover any missing standards. Unfortunately, when I did this for my language standards I found that the materials were limited, and a lot of them were not appropriate for kindergarten level. After discovering this, a language pack for kindergarten was put on my to do list, and today I finally finished it!
This thing was a labor of love! I really wanted to make sure that I was covering the language standards, and that I was interpreting them correctly. One of the things that I love about creating products for TPT is that through my research and development I get to dive deeper into the standards, and really get a better understanding of what mastery of a certain standard really looks like,
Making resources for kindergarten can be tricky, especially when looking at language standards that have a lot to do with grammar and word use. Kindergarten kids are just beginning to grasp the concepts of reading. Inside any classroom you will find a wide array of reading abilities. I have some kids that come in with a second or third grade reading level, and some that don't know any letters or sounds. Keeping that ability range in mind, I tried to create a product that would work for all levels.
I added posters and whole group sorting activities that can be completed together to introduce new concepts and review throughout the year. I also created worksheets that can be cut out and placed in journals to practice concepts and assess learning.
When creating this product, I went down the list of language standards and came up with resources for each one. While it has a linear standards format, you can move things around however you wish depending on your class needs. For example, in my class, I would use concept sorts at the beginning of the year, letter sounds in the middle, and the more challenging subjects such as affixes and adjectives toward the end of the year, when their reading abilities have grown.
I hope that this is something that you find useful for your classroom, and a resource that helps you cover all of the standards in an easy and approachable manner!
If you are interested in this product, just click on any of the pictures above, and you will be taken to my TPT store. This product will be 20% until the end of 2015, so grab it at a discounted price while you can, and start your New Year off prepared and organized to help your students master those standards!