Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Storytime From A to Z: Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten

We are participating in a homeschooling Coop this year. I will be teaching one kindergarten class and one high school class. I found this amazing book, Storytime From A to Z, to use for the kindergarten class.

Description from back of book, "Each unit in this resource is based on a favorite children's book and a letter of the alphabet. Inside the units you'll find creative activities that build phonemic awareness, letter recognition, letter-sound relationships, listening and reading comprehension, writing skills, and other important early literacy skills. You'll also find crafts, songs, reproducible activities, patterns, classroom displays, and much more."

The first week of Coop, we read the book, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten.

Amazon. com book review...

On the first day of kindergarten, Miss Bindergarten must prepare her classroom for her beloved students. This noble, whimsical teacher greets her dark, summertime-empty classroom with an explosion of color--a bouquet of fall leaves, a goldfish, rolled-up posters, and shoeboxes full of no-doubt-delightful surprises. Meanwhile, her young students get ready, too: "Adam Krupp wakes up. Brenda Heath brushes her teeth. Christopher Beaker finds his sneaker." Author Joseph Slate matches each animal character with a letter of the alphabet, and readers can flip to the back to discover that Adam is an alligator, Brenda is a beaver, and Christopher is a cat--and so on, through the more obscure animals such as the quokka and the Uakari monkey. Youngsters will relish the scenes of school preparation, adorned by rhyming text: a mother iguana dragging her son Ian Lowe (who cries "I won't go!") out the front door, and the little vole Vicki Densel biting her pencil. And of course Miss Bindergarten is the kindergarten teacher we either remember fondly or wish we had. The final back-to-school classroom scene explodes with love and pride and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils.

This book was about rhyming, so we played a little game...matching each student to the correct school bus. Activity cards (buses and students) found at Kids Soup.

Matching rhyming pictures.

This handout was included in the Unit from Storytime From A to Z book.

The letter in the unit was "k", so they created this cute tissue paper letter k.

Letter K template found here.

We didn't have time to complete the following activity, but Izzie enjoyed doing it at home!

An assortment of craft sticks with sound pictures, choose one, if starts with letter K sound, place in the kangaroo's pouch.

Activity from Kids Soup...highly recommend membership!

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