App of the Week Ninja Style!

Hello!  Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!  We are finishing up our second quarter on Friday, with report cards going out on Monday, so I'm getting all of my last minute assessments done.  My husband and I are going up to Lake Arrowhead with a bunch of our friends for the long weekend!  I need to make sure everything is done before I go, because I know there will be too much fun being had to worry about report cards! : )

It's time for.....

This week I want to talk to you about ninjas!   What kid (or adult) is not going to get excited about an app when it has ninja in the name?!?!  This game is based off of the fruit ninja game, which I have never played, but gather that it is fairly addicting.  The first one in the ninja series I bought was ABC ninja.

The app calls out a letter, and when you see it, you ninja slice it with you finger.  There is a little timer in the top right corner, and if you are quick enough (like a ninja) you get more time added on to get more points.

If you slice the wrong letter it makes a little bonking sound to let you know that it is incorrect.  What I really like about this game, is that if you miss a letter, the app will adjust, and give you the letter again for practice, and then again once more just to make sure you fully understand what the letter looks like.

At the end of the time, they give you a little summary of how you did.  Which ones you got, and which ones you missed.  I always challenge my kids to get a fewer number of x's each time that they play.

After I got  ABC ninja, I found the sight word ninja!  It works pretty much the same way as the ABC ninja, except guessed it...with sight words.

The great thing about this app is that the sight words are really centered around kindergarten learning and those first 100 sight words.

Both of these apps are only $1.99, and they are well worth the investment for the reinforcement they provide, and the customization of the app when a letter or word is missed.  Let me know how you like the app, and if there are any apps that I am missing out on!

Have a great rest of your week!!

Martin Luther King Jr. Week (freebie included)

Happy Sunday everyone!  I spent a good couple of hours in my class yesterday figuring out where to put this awesome teepee that my husband got for me!  I love the way it turned out but trying to make the angles of the teepee work was more challenging than I anticipated.  Many things got moved around, and some things even got thrown out, so I guess it was kind of like teepee induced early Spring cleaning? : )

This week is all about Martin Luther King.  We began our learning about Martin Luther King with a social studies lesson about Rosa Parks last week.  It's always interesting to see how appalled the students are when you teach them about segregation.  Every year it confirms the fact  that racism is learned, not something that is inherent inside of us.  We will continue our discussion this week with Martin Luther King Jr. in both social studies and language arts.

I created a Martin Luther King timeline to go along with our social studies curriculum this week.  If you would like a copy of it, click on either of the pictures below.

Have a wonderful week everyone, that three day weekend is just around the corner!


App of the Week - Sky Fish Phonics

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone is getting through the first week back with tons of energy and enthusiasm : ) It helps that we have Downton Abbey and The Bachelor to come home to this week! I wanted to share a new app with you this week in what I am hoping will be a regular series of app reviews.

First up! Sky Fish Phonics! To say that this is a favorite in my classroom is a huge understatement! The video game quality of the app grabs their attention, and the phonemic awareness and phonics skills it reinforces make me one happy teacher

The app first allows the students to choose a costumed fish. The graphics are really high quality with clear, crisp colors.


The students then pick a level, and are actually motivated to choose higher levels because of the video game aspects that make it more challenging. 


You shoot the fish out of little cannons, and collect stars along the way. There are little bombs, electricity shocks, and other obstacles that interfere with your path. Besides the language arts benefits, I like that this game makes them concentrate, and plan out their moves.  In many of the levels, the cannons also move, so they need to be strategic.


After they have gone through a couple of cannons, they come to a phonics question.  The program starts out with simpler letter correspondence questions, and then moves to phoneme replacement questions of beginning and ending sounds.




At the end of the game, they get the try and unlock a new fish character by shooting the fish at the character they would like.


I seriously cannot tell you how often this app gets played in my classroom. That's the wonderful thing about apps, if you find the right ones, they can be highly engaging, and rigorous at the same time! The best part about this app? It's free!! Go grab your copy now, your kids will love it!


Peek at My Week - Penguins and a freebie!

Oh man, the day has come too quickly when I must say goodbye to my yoga pants and slippers, and hello to my 5:45am alarm, and actually having to remember what day it is.  For some reason I always feel like Christmas break goes by so much faster than Spring Break. Anyone else with me there?  I think its because of all the hustle and bustle of the holidays.  Buying last minute presents, trying to clean the house, catch up on laundry, and all the many social engagements that go along with the holidays!

The nice thing about going back to the kindergarten classroom is that the students have magically grown over the break.  Before Christmas break, you are focusing so much on social skills, letter and sound recognition, and fine motor skills.  I love coming back in January because we start hitting those beginning reading and writing skills like nobody's business!  We've laid the foundation, and now its time to get to work!

Our first week back is penguin week!  We will be working on penguin fiction and non-fiction texts all throughout our language arts curriculum.  I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten for the.....

I always think it's funny decorating the classroom and doing art projects with themes of snowy winter and arctic animals while living in San Diego, where 62 degrees is absolutely freezing!!!  We are actually supposed to get a huge rain storm this week, and 4 out of the 5 days have at least an 80% chance of rain during the day.  Back from Christmas Break right into rainy day schedule?  Ohhhhh joooooyyyy!!!!!

To celebrate our penguin week, and to give my students a little refresher on letter sounds and blending, I created this penguin freebie that I would like to share with you!  Just click on any of the pictures below, and it will take you to my TPT store where you can grab the freebie.

Hopefully it works well for you in reviewing those skills as a whole class, or individually in a literacy center.  Have a wonderful week everyone!