It's Thursday, and we're sitting here waiting for the huge thunderstorms to hit the region. Thursday is the day of the week I'd like to take a look back at the past years in kindergarten and how I did things, or how I'd change things. It's also the day I'd like to look back at some of the original TPT products I created to see if I can improve them, list them at a cheaper price, or if they need to be removed from my store (I hope not!!). Have I mentioned that I am now a proud member of Krista Wallden's Summer VIP Clipart Club?? So EXCITED to get a new set of AMAZING clipart every week of the summer!!
Today I want to take the time to reflect on how I have done homework with my kindergarteners in the past. For the past three years, I have sent home a 'Homework Book' to practice letter formation and finding words that start with the letter of the week. This involved us (the teachers) having to copy, cut, and glue pages into the homework book. Usually the pages wouldn't stick very well and sometime during the year they would come unglued and fall out, being lost forever. We would have to spend either a portion of our planning period or stay after school to get the books set up. This is the process I inherited from the kindergarten teachers who were there before me, and since it was already set up I went with it. During my second year as a kindergarten teacher I began the process of changing the way I did homework. I kept the book, but began making a 'packet' of skills for them to take home as well. I included different math and language arts skills in the packet and left the book the same. There were enough assignments to last the week, and the homework went home on Monday and was expected back on Friday.
Now that I'm getting ready to start my fourth year in kindergarten, I've decided to completely revamp how I do the homework process. I am going to get rid of the book, since gluing the pages and keeping track of them was getting to be a royal pain. Instead, I'm going to focus on the homework packet. I JUST FINISHED working on an alphabet packet that we will use as part of the homework packet.
I am lucky enough to be a tutor as well as a teacher, and twice a week I get to work with my favorite little 4-year-old, Kelli. She just finished her year in pre-k and is ready to head to kindergarten in August. I am working with her to help her master those skills I know she'll need during her kindergarten year.
This packet is still a work in progress, but my goal is to have it uploaded to my store by the end of next week. Keep checking back with me, because as soon as it's ready I'll be throwing a Summer Sale!!
Don't forget that tomorrow is FREE FONT FRIDAY hosted by The Teaching Tribune, and I CAN'T WAIT to snag a new font or two!!!
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