Contact The Starfall Website is a program service of Starfall Education Foundation, a publicly supported nonprofit organization, c 3. The website opened in September of as a free public service and social enterprise supported by the Polis-Schutz family. Starfall has been teaching children to read with phonics for well over a decade. Our systematic approach, in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development ELD, ELL, ESL.
This year as a district the kindergarten staff decided to start the year with a month of interactive writing. I love interactive writing, so this was music to my ears!
Come October, we will begin Writers Workshop and are hoping that the month of writing 'training' and 'guiding' will help make it easier for our kinders as they embark on becoming an independent writer! So last week we used 'Pete the Cat' as our inspiration for writing!
The children are familiar with him and love 'singing his song' so it was a perfect way to engage them! I also have a 'Pete the Cat' take home bag program- this would be the perfect way to get them excited about having their chance to take Pete home for the weekend!
Each weekend a child takes this bag home. Before getting the chance to take it home, each child must bring back this permission slip: This weekend I took Pete home so that I can model how to complete the adventure journal!
Pete stays at your house until Tuesday morning. Then the children share his adventure journal parents write in what Pete did; children draw or glue in digital photos of them and Pete with the class and I take him home to get 'washed up' for his next adventure!
So to get them excited about Pete's visits, we started with his most 'famous' story as our 'mentor text': We used this book to make a color 'chart' for our classroom Since it is the beginning of kindergarten, I basically focused on just initial sounds for the children to write when they came up to 'share' the pen.
As we became more familiar with interactive writing throughout the week, I had them add in more letters for sounds they heard.
The chart was hung in our classroom for reference throughout the week, but I then cut it apart to add the color words to our word wall: And for independent 'writing' time each child chose a color and made a picture of items using only that color.
I was so impressed by these that had such great attention to detail: Some students chose to copy the color word from the chart to add to their page!
I bound the pages together using a binder ring to make a class book that we will hang in our book nook class library. We also used the book to make a fun 'Pete' class book: They are already reading this one with excitement-and independence, during Readers Workshop!
For this one we practiced making sentences of things we see on a bus: We had also just learned our first sight word, 'A,' so I had them practice writing and finding that word, as well!
Rather than make a class book we made a bus craft as our follow up. This was one of our first 'go-rounds' with scissors!
They only had to cut out the pre-traced bus. I had the wheels and windows pre-cut. I had them reference our class 'story' of items we see on a bus to fill in the windows on their buses.
I wanted to display our great early year writing and I couldn't have hoped for it to come out any better! Our next 'mentor text' was We used it as a springboard to discuss things that make us happy! And when it was time for independent 'writing' I guided them to draw a picture of something that makes them happy.Examples of Materials That Can Be Adapted For Therapy a collection of resources by Judith Maginnis Kuster.
The following is one section of Judith Kuster's Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences (barnweddingvt.com).The internet is FULL of materials that can be adapted to speechlanguage therapy.
These snowman activities are perfect for your winter-themed unit in preschool, pre-k, SPED, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and early childhood classrooms.
This set includes 3 of my snowman activities plus a bundle bonus in 1 money-saving bundle. The Snowman [Raymond Briggs] on barnweddingvt.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Illus. in full color. A wordless story. The pictures have "the hazy softness of air in snow.
A little boy rushes out into the wintry day to build a snowman. Examples of Materials That Can Be Adapted For Therapy a collection of resources by Judith Maginnis Kuster. The following is one section of Judith Kuster's Net Connections for Communication Disorders and Sciences (barnweddingvt.com).The internet is FULL of materials that can be adapted to speechlanguage therapy.
Winter Activities Writing Activities Writing Ideas Preschool Winter Winter Art Kindergarten Christmas Activities Seasons Activities Kindergarten Morning Work Kindergarten Projects Forward After reading "Snowmen at Night" - make tear art snowmen and write "If I were a snowman at night, I would.".
Snowflake Activities. Snowflake Symmetry requires students to create symmetrical snowflakes from white paper. Each student folds a sheet of blue paper and glues the snowflake to .