Do you have months where you feel as if your head is spinning? Like no matter how hard you try, life is simply getting away from you? April felt like that.
We started the month on vacation in Arizona and California. We got home at 10pm on a Tuesday night and jumped right back into the "regular" schedule Wednesday morning. It's been weeks and I'm barely keeping up with everything -- except the laundry. I have gotten the laundry done.
Another less than stellar reading month. I have several books that are in-progress. I will report on them, even if I do not finish them, in May. Because my time is so limited, I do not finish everything I start. I think you should know that, considering I'm telling you about a book that I liked, but didn't love enough to finish.
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Mix everything together in a pot. Heat on low to medium-low while stirring constantly. The mixture will go from runny to thick. When it stops sticking to the sides of the pot and sticks to itself, it is done. Remove from heat, turn out on to the counter, let cool.
If you want to make more than 1 color, don’t add food coloring until after cooled. Then simply separate the batch into equal sized balls and kneed in the food coloring.
The picture above is from a single batch. We separated it into 8 balls (roughly 2 ounces each) and added color. My fingers were a mess and had to be washed repeatedly. And, yes, I know there are only 7 colors in the picture. The red ball was already missing when I went to take the picture. I didn’t bother to hunt it down. Life as a parent…
40 Kindergarten Sight Words
What I did:
I wrote each of these out on 3x5 notecards which then became our flashcards. They have worked quite well for us. Start with 4 words and add 4 more each week. Run through the flashcards 1-3 times a daily.
It is helpful to read with your little learner. When you come to one of their sight words, pause so your little learner can say the word. Try to keep the number of sight words you do this with low because, trust me, YOU will get confused trying to remember when to pause. Four sight words is the max I can keep track of and successfully remember to pause. Your little learner might be able to keep track of more sight words (mine does). Still, keep the number you have to remember low for your own sanity. Your little learner can always (and probably will) pipe up when they see a word they recognize.
I made a copy of this list for you. It's available via Google Docs. Click the button to grab your copy.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me and learning a new way to help your little learner establish a strong reading life.
That printable link again: 40 Kindergarten Sight Words Printable List
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