Showing posts with label Kindergarten. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kindergarten. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Students Learn the Alphabet Through Alphabet Organizer

Alphabet Organizer is a free resource produced by Read Write Think for the purpose of helping students learn the alphabet and learn new words. Alphabet Organizer is available as an iPad app, as an Android app, and as a web-based tool.

When you first open the app you will be asked to create a user profile. Multiple profiles can be created on the same installation of the app. Creating a profile only asks for a first name and that name could be a pseudonym.

Once you have created a profile or selected a profile on Alphabet Organizer you are ready to start building alphabet charts and books. In the first screen you will given the choice of making simple word lists or making word lists with pictures and definitions. Should you choose to use pictures you will have to find the pictures somewhere outside of the app and import them to the app. You can make lists for every letter of the alphabet or make lists for just a few letters at a time. After making your lists you can move on to having those lists used in printable charts or picture book pages.

Applications for Education
Read Write Think offers an extensive list of lesson plans that incorporate Alphabet Organizer.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Shutterbugs Wiggle & Stomp - A Smithsonian Game for Kids

Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp is a new educational game produced by the Smithsonian. The purpose of the game is to help children recognize the movements of animals. In the game children move through a virtual zoo with a zoo keeper. As they go through the virtual zoo the zoo keeper will ask students to take pictures of animals who are demonstrating running, jumping, stomping, and other movements.

Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp can be played online. The game is also available as a free iPad app.

Applications for Education
Shutterbugs Wiggle and Stomp could be a fun little game for pre-K and Kindergarten students. The game reads the commands displayed on the screen to help students learn to read the words they're seeing. At the conclusion of the game students can print out coloring pages of animals they took pictures of during the game.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Language Adventures with Leo the Lobster and Friends

Building Language for Literacy offers three nice little language activities from Scholastic. The activities are designed for pre-K and Kindergarten students.

Leo Loves to Spell asks students to help a lobster named Leo identify the first letter of a series of spelling words arranged in a dozen categories. Reggie Loves to Rhyme features a rhinoceros that needs help identifying the words that rhyme with objects found in places like the home, the garden, and the supermarket. Nina the Naming Newt needs help identifying the objects that belong in places like the home, the store, and the firehouse.

Applications for Education
The three activities found in Building Language for Literacy can be used individually by students or as part of a group lesson. According to Scholastic the activities are optimized for use on interactive whiteboards.

I learned about these activities through Kelly Moore's Techie Kids blog.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Why Kindergarten Students Out-perform MBAs

One of the things I like about TED Talks is that almost all of them pack a lot information and good messages into a small amount of time. In his TED Talk Build a Tower, Build a Team Tom Wujec reminds us that sometimes Kindergarten students have something to teach us. In his six minute talk Wujec explains why Kindergarten students often out-perform recent business school graduates in a challenge to build a structure of tape, spaghetti, and marshmallows.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
15 TED Talks to Watch Before 2010
Photos that Changed the World
TED Talk - The World Needs Childish Thinking

Friday, October 23, 2009

Free LeapFrog Systems for Kindergarten Teachers

LeapFrog, the maker of learning toys like the Tag Reading System, is offering Kindergarten teachers the opportunity to get the Tag Reading System and books for free. LeapFrog is looking to partner with Kindergarten teachers through the Tag Kindergarten Program. The LeapFrog Tag Kindergarten Program will provide teachers with nearly $3200 worth of equipment and books for their classrooms. In exchange, Kindergarten teachers offer LeapFrog feedback about how they are using the Tag Reading System in their classrooms and how it affected student learning. The deadline to apply for the program is November 11. To get all of the application details, please click here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Raylit - Personalized Lessons and Games for Pre-K

Raylit is a neat site for students under age seven. Raylit provides students with interactive lessons, stories, and games. To use Raylit parents register and enter their child's age and first name. Raylit then generates personalized lessons and stories in which the characters say the child's name. All of the lessons, stories, games, and videos that children access on Raylit are advertisement free.

Applications for Education
Raylit could be a good, fun place for children aged 3-7 to receive some lessons on basic reading, math, and science. When I tried Raylit I found that the talking characters speak clearly and slowly enough for students to be able to hear everything clearly.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Digital Children's Library in English and Spanish
Get Ready to Read
Help Kidz Learn - Free Games and Stories

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mrs. Critchell's Kindergarten - 36 Years of Ideas

Mrs. Critchell's Kindergarten is a website filled with great ideas for Kindergarten teachers and parents of Kindergarten students. According to the homepage, Mrs. Linda Cricthell was a teacher for 36 years with ten of those years spent in Kindergarten classrooms. Mrs. Critchell's Kindgarten is very well organized with activities and lesson ideas categorized by months and by major holidays.

In addition to resources for teachers, Mrs. Critchell's Kindergarten has great resources for parents of Kindergarten students. On the parent page are activities that students can do at home to develop fine motor skills as well as educational craft activities. The parent site also has a list of educational websites that Kindergarten students can use at home.

If I was a Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Critchell's Kindergarten would be a must read website for me.