Mrs. Mendez's Monkeys

Kindergarten

On this site, you will find activities and resources to help you and your child keep up with their learning. I will be adding as I find things through out however long we are out from school. The majority of these activities can be modified to either make it a little easier or harder as well as can be used for different subject areas. If you need help with that let me know!

Give each of them a BIG hug from me, I miss them so much!!!

General Tips

***First and foremost do what works for your family! We are giving you the resources but you do you, you decide the when, what and how long for the majority of your day. 1-2 hours tops a day for academics is plenty for this age.


*Children their age learn best through PLAY so take this time to do just that, PLAY!!! All of these games are play based but with some academics in there, best of both worlds!


*Utilize those older siblings to do some of these games with them


*Please make sure your child is using the technology resouces somewhat equally and not just all Dreambox or all IRead, try to have them use all of them throughout the week. Dreambox and IRead can be enterchanged with Happy Numbers and Lalilio. RazKids is very important for reading so please use at least 2 times a week.

Learning Websites and Resources

Classlink- https://launchpad.classlink.com/hayscisd Here you can access IRead, RazKids and Dreambox. You will need you child's ID number that I sent through Dojo.


Brainpop Jr.- https://jr.brainpop.com/ Great learning videos on all subjects and have small quizzes at the end. The school log in is username: teamhays_7 password: learn


Starfall- https://www.starfall.com/h/ The kiddos enjoy this website


Happy Numbers- https://happynumbers.com/ Another choice for math practice besides Dreambox. Logins were sent through Dojo. Just click "I am a Student" and set up their account. Students will be given a test to start so the program knows where to start them and then it will be tailored to their needs and self paced.


Lalilo- https://www.lalilo.com/ Another choice for phonics practice besides IRead. Log ins were sent through Dojo. Students will be given a test to start so the program knows where to start them and then it will be tailored to their needs and self paced.


ABCya- https://www.abcya.com/ LOTS of games for all subjects. If you get a puzzle piece saying Flash has been blocked, click the puzzle piece and you can go into your settings and set it to ask you if you want to block Flash first. Then you would click the puzzle piece again and hit Allow.


Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems- https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/mo-willems/ the kiddos love this author and he is doing daily lunch drawings everyday at noon.


Virtual Field Trips- https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html Enough said LOL


Virtual Field Trips pt. 2- https://socalfieldtrips.com/101-virtual-field-trips-for-students/


Scholastic- https://shop.scholastic.com/parent-ecommerce/clubs.html?esp=SBC%2Fib%2F20200325%2F%2Fbanner%2FSSOOnlinePopupShop%2FClubsShingleCOVID9%2FShopNow%2F Scholastic is now delivering to your house!!!! Just set up an account and you can order books and use our class code (HFHGW) at checkout.


HaysCISD Home Learning Resources- https://sites.google.com/g.hayscisd.net/homelearning/general-resources-for-families Here you can find other activities that are low tech and more curriculum based.


Jack Hartman videos on Youtube are your new best friend lol. He has fun songs and videos on all subjects!

STEM Challenges

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Kleurenpalet
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Reading

Read EVERY day with your kiddo, it is beyond beneficial. Listen to them read aloud their books from RAZ-Kids, this is where I get my books I send for homework from. Use the anchor charts below and the links to drive your discussions and questioning.

***If you need books I have linked Scholastic above under resources since they are now delivering to yalls homes.


Decoding strategies- https://thisreadingmama.com/strategies-for-unknown-words/

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This is something you can recreate on a piece of paper to either make the sentences easier or harder by adding blends or CVCe words etc.
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Writing

Try to write daily with your kiddos. They can use a notebook or lose paper but lined paper does help and make a difference. I ALWAYS make them write in pencil. Use the anchor charts below for them to be reminded of tips and to help you guide your discussions and what you need to help them correct if need be. Let them choose their topic, if they are stumped, give them a few ideas and see where they go.
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Handwriting

Learning to Write Numbers 1-10 | How to Write 1 to 10 for Kids | Handwriting Numbers Preschool
How to Write Letters A-Z – Learning to Write the Alphabet for Kids – Uppercase and Lowercase Letters
Make sure to chunk this video since its so long.

Sight Word Games

Use the sight words from their folder to do these activities and games.
How to Teach Children Sight Words to create fluent readers
DIY Literacy: KABOOM! Sight Word Game (LIBRARY MAKE)
Sight Word Tic Tac Toe
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For this game choose 5-6 words from the sight word list (you can do more or less depending on how well your child is doing with their words). Make 2 sets in different colored marker, one for you and one for them. Lay their set out in front of them and have them read the words to you, help them if needed. Mix their set up with them still facing up. Your set will be stacked face down so that your child doesn't see your words. Pick up a card and read the word, have your child find that word in their cards without saying anything. When they have picked say 1, 2, 3 Showdown! and you both will lay down your cards to see if they match. If they get it correct great! They will put their car back and you will mix them up and then pull another card from your stack. If they do not have them look at your card and read it and spell it a few times then find the correct card in their pile.
How to Teach Children to Read Phonetically Tutorial!
Alphabet Sounds from Sounds Like Fun CD ‌‌- Barbara Milne
Letter Sounds Automaticity | Upper and Lower Case | 4 Seconds | Jack Hartmann
Stretchy the Word Snake | Phonics Song for Kids | Segmenting and Blending Words | Jack Hartmann
Chunk It v 1 | Fun Phonics Song for Kids | Chunking | Reading Strategies | Jack Hartmann
Chunk It v 2 | Fun Phonics Song for Kids | Chunking | Reading Strategies | Jack Hartmann
Chunk It v 3 | Fun Phonics Song for Kids | Chunking | Reading Strategies | Jack Hartmann
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Spray The Alphabet - Kids Letter Recognition Activity
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Math Games

Some tips for math...


  • Dice, dominoes and a deck or 2 of cards are GREAT things to have on hand and can be used for SO MANY games. There are dice apps that you can download.
  • we have been working on counting on, so when adding have them start with a number and then keep counting the dots etc to get the answer instead of them counting all of them each time. For example they roll a 5 and a 4, they would say 5.. 6,7,8,9.
  • when playing or working with addition and subtraction make sure you are always having them write the number sentence (__+__=__ and __-__=__).



Uno games- http://primaryplayground.net/5-math-games-to-play-with-uno-cards/

Big Numbers Song | Count to 100 Song | The Singing Walrus
Welcome to the Zoo | Count to 100 | Counting by 1's | Counting Song for Kids | Jack Hartmann
Count 10-100 | Count by 10 Song | The Singing Walrus
Count Down From 20 to 1 | Super Simple Songs
How to Play War (The World's Best Math Card Game)
Easy Post It Note Number Houses
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Science

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Make your name with nature!
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Make a flower bookmark! This is Donovan's and his sister's book marks. Thanks for letting me share Mrs. Oliphant :)

Pick your flower, put it between 2 sheets of parchment paper and stack some heavy books on top and leave for a week. Then put packing tape on top to "laminate" them!!

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