Today I spent the morning with some kindergarten teachers and a couple instructional coaches from an elementary school in my school district. They were looking for ideas and/or resources they could use to help their struggling kindergarten students. After meeting with them, I realized how important it is for us educators and instructional coaches to share with others when we come across great resources. I think sometimes we assume that all teachers must have heard of or use a certain resource but as I realized today, that is simply not the case. Below is a list of some pre-k and kindergarten resources that I love and use often.
I hope everyone who reads this post finds a new resource that not only makes their life easier and saves them time, but that will engage and support their students.
Making Learning Fun
This site is filled with learning activity ideas and tons of free printables. The site can searched by skill or theme. Check out the story sticks, clank cans and alphabet activities.
This site has lots of free printable activities. Search by skill or theme. I especially like the math counting mats and phonological awareness printables.
This site has lots of learning activity idea and printables for different themes. Many teachers on my campus incorporate these resources into their learning centers each week. They especially like the vocabulary cards and use them on their letter wall.
Florida Center for Reading Research
This site has printable lessons to work on reading and pre-reading skills such as letter identification, phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. The activities and centers are in order of difficulty. They recently added a CCSS alignment component. (When navigating this site, click on the grade level at the right, then click on Instructional Materials for Teachers on the left, then scroll down to the middle of the page to find the resources) Many campuses use this resource for RtI purposes.
Matt B. Gomez
For ideas on how to incorporate technology I highly recommend you visit Matt Gomez’ blog regularly. I often visit previous post to find iPad apps and center ideas to share with teachers on my campus. Check out his Symbaloos and app list.
Lawson Early Childhood School (wiki)
This Wiki has links to a list of apps for early learners that are separated by skill and subject.