Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Kindergarten Curriculum + Freebies and Videos!

Yes....hello February!

It's February and love is in the cliche, yet so true!  You know what starts to happen after you kids return from winter break...they start to blossom!Something starts to happen to our little flower "buds" and they start turning into these lovely, beautiful, and talented mathematicians, readers, writers, and overall brilliant roses!  That feeling is the one feeling you can't get with any other grade level beyond kindergarten!  In kindergarten we are so blessed to be able to aide in that transformation and it really is one of a kind and so rewarding!  Today I will be sharing with you curriculum that I have implemented in my classroom that too has made that transformation possible!

I get a lot of requests to have ONE document the paces out all of my curriculum programs for the year!  Of course like any great teacher you are probably already thinking about the changes you'll make to your instruction for the rest of this year possibly, but mainly the changes for next year!  I recently compiled all of those documents into this one updated document!  This document will pace out KinderLiteracy, Guided Reading Mega Bundle, KinderMath, Kindervention, and KinderPhonics for the year!  You can download the document by clicking the image below or HERE!

Below I will be sharing a little about each of my curriculum programs in case you aren't familiar with them!  I believe in my packets and the effectiveness and the DELIGHT they can bring to students and teachers!  For that reason I will include videos of each when available and a free preview of each curriculum as well!  That way you can try them out with your littles!  There are EIGHT free packets below so be sure to download those! 
Up first is Kindervention!  I recently released Kindevention less than a month ago!  Kindervention is a versatile intervention program!  The program is versatile in the fact you can take the program and plug it into an open part of your day!  That might be a grade level intervention time, guided reading, phonics, para support, or just about anywhere else you can squish it!  The program is systematic and efficient!  The program is based upon this basic model- students will build words, write those words, read those words, and then build word level fluency!  All of that is included within the packet!  You can download a free week of Kindervention HERE!  Kindervention is a 20 week program covering 115 instructional days!  You can view more on TpT by clicking HERE or the image below!
Below is a preview of a Kindervention lesson in action!  In the video you will see the whole-group word building and word writing!

Up next is Kindervention's little brother...Firstievention!  I knew that a first grade version would be a must!  I couldn't let down my first grade teacher buds, but even more I knew my high-flying kinders would need it as well!  Firstievention follows the same format as the kinder version...however all of the skill focuses and materials are completely new!  You can try out a week of Firstievention for free HERE!  Firstievention is also a 20 weeks and 115 instructional day program just like Kindervention!  You can check it out on TPT by clicking HERE or the image below!
If you've been searching for a comprehensive math curriculum then I have you covered for that too!  KinderMath is a 15 weeks or 150 instructional days!  The units truly have everything you'll need to run a successful whole-group math lesson! KinderMath units included teacher "simple read" lesson plans. You will not need to rewrite these lesson plans, unless you choose do. If so I have included editable lesson plans. Each week I have planned out the; big idea, focus standards, vocabulary, checks for understanding, critical thinking starters, and material/prep list. Also included is the pre and post test!  You can download a free lesson of KinderMath by clicking HERE!  You can view more about KinderMath and the scope and sequence of the the units HERE on TPT!
Below is a video of a KinderMath lesson in action along with a couple additional video snippets from our favorite number sense games!  The video isn't a complete KinderMath lesson, but the number sense and fluency parts!

I first introduced my love of close reads when I released by close read bundle!  After using that program for two years I realized there were some major pieces "missing" that I was constantly having to recreate each week!  That is when I decided to mix in those original close reads with a lot of new "ingredients" and out popped KinderLiteracy!  I do still honor a credit to my shop if you own those original close reads and want to swap them for KinderLiteracy!  You can always email me for that!  So, what is KinderLiteracy?  KinderLiteracy 35+ week COMPLETE literacy curriculum.  Everything you need for your whole-group shared reading!  You get weekly poems, simply-print close read lesson plans, daily independent practice, weekly skill checks, weekly crafts, and so.much.more.  You can download a couple of free preview HERE!  You can view a lot more on the TpT listing HERE or the image below!
Below is a look at Day 3 of a KinderLiteracy week!  Day three focuses around the text dependent questions!  This video is from The Three Bears week!

FirstieLiteracy is the first grade version of KinderLiteracy!  All new books and activities fill FirstieLiteracy!  FirstieLiteracy covers 30 weeks of instruction! You can snag a free week of FirstieLiteracy HERE!  You can check out more of FirstieLiteracy HERE on TpT!

Below is a look at Day 3 of a FirstieLiteracy week!  Thanks so Ashley for letting us see it in action + see her adorbs baby bump! :)

If you are looking for a curriculum to fit your whole-group phonics needs I have you covered for that too!  This phonics curriculum is made up of three units; Letters A-Z, Letters to Sounds, and Sounds to Words. The program is well thought out and does not ask of unrealistic measures from the teachers or the students. The program is flexible and can work in place of or with your current phonics curriculum.  KinderPhonics is a 150 day curriculum program!  You can download a free preview of all three unitsHERE!  You can can learn more about the units on TpT HERE!
Now to focus on small-group instruction!  If you're needing step by step guided reading lesson plans which include: lesson plans, books, writing templates, and more!  My step by step packets just need printed and you're set!  Along with the step by step guided reading plans/readers you also get endless access to all of my kindergarten guided reading packets!  You can snag a free week of my kindergarten guided reading HERE!  You can also learn a lot more about the bundle on TpT HERE!
And if you're a first grade teacher looking for guided reading material then I've got you covered too!  The first grade bundle contains 28 weeks of step by step material and a ton of guided reading extras!  You can download a free week of 1st grade guided reading HERE! You can also view more about this bundle on TpT HERE!

Wooo that was a long post! HA!  I hope you were able to grab some downloads that you can try out in your classroom!  To spread the love of February I am offering a special savings to my loyal followers! For the rest of the month of February if you purchase one of the following curriculum packets you will receive $10 in spending credit for each packet purchased!  So, if you purchase 1 packet you get $10, 2 packets you get $20, etc.  Below are the qualifying curriculum packets and please note this is only for the packets purchased between 2/6/16-2/29/16!

*Kindervention       *
KinderMath              *KinderLiteracy   *KinderPhonics 
*K Guided Bundle  *1st Guided Bundle   *FirstieLiteracy

To redeem your credit you will just email me directly at
My true passion is assisting teachers in "taking the load off" when it comes to lesson planning!  I've found in my own classroom the huge relief when I am able to focus less on what I am going to teach and more on the actual implementation of it!  I've been able to do that with the ease of using my packets!  There's no more tracking down what I'll teach...instead how I'll teach it AND even better....what fun"ness" I will be able to bring into our day!  I am for sure here to chat and help you figure out any classroom woes you're having!  Always feel welcome to email me and we can chit chat!  Have a great week!

With much love,

Tara West

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Kindervention and Firstievention

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I'm excited to share with you the new kinder kiddo in town - - Kindervention!  Now my husband did not agree with the name but I thought it had a little jingle to it :)  Kindervention is a 20 week literacy intervention program!  There are actually 15 built in assessment days so the program is 115 academic days!  The natural school year is longer that that I know... However, with intervention groups those usually start a little later in the year!  The program makes its way through short vowels, mixed short vowels, digraphs, mixed digraphs, double ending consonants, long vowels, and mixed long vowels!  Below is a look at the pacing of Kindervention!

Kindervention is a very versatile intervention curriculum created by a teacher for teachers!  The program is versatile for implementation and varying student levels.  You can find success in using this program in your intervention groups, RTI groups, guided reading, whole-group phonics, or as a resource for non certified staff members assisting in the classroom.  The program is based upon a slotted thirty minutes of instruction.  However, this too is versatile as you can limit or extend this time frame to best fit your classroom needs.
Kindervention is broken down into four major areas; word building, word writing, reading fluency, and sight fluency.  For word building all students participating in the program will need access to magnetic letters.  You can find those online and in teacher resources stores.  Students will also need a magnetic surface like a whiteboard or magnetic cookie sheet.   For word and sentence writing students will need their own writing journal which has been included within the unit.  Reading fluency will be accomplished through the included interactive whiteboard sentence files and/or through the blackline sentences.  Lastly, sight fluency will be conducted during transitional periods of your lesson using the included fluency cards.

Lakeshore Magnetic Letters

Keep in mind that all lessons can be adjusted to fit your needs.  However, a sample whole-group Kindervention lesson could look like this; students meet at the carpet, students retrieve their letter boards, teacher gives students the first word to build, students build word, students verify their words by viewing the teachers interactive letter board {included in the unit}, students clear their board, students build and check remaining words, students place their boards away and retrieve their journals, teacher prompts students to write each word into their journal, students do so then verify the accuracy of the word by using the teacher’s interactive journal, students write and check sentence, students place journals away and sit at carpet, students read interactive fluency sentences, students read fluency cards, teacher wraps up lesson.

If using this program as a whole-group intervention you can look into splitting up your grade level students into different groups based upon their current level.
  All students should progress their the program from start to finish without skipping any levels.  This will guarantee that students are confident in the skill.  All students will take assessments to progress to the next level.  If students are not ready to progress then the teacher can use the editable plans to add additional words for that skill.  If the students are succeeding at an abnormal rate then the teacher can speed up the lesson.  However, it should be noted that the highest success comes from using the program with fidelity and not skipping any steps unless necessary for time constraints.

Now let's take a closer look at Kindervention!  Below you can see what's including in the unit!  You'll get 20 explicit weeks of lesson plans.  There are also include fluency cards that match the words students will be building and writing.  For building reading fluency you will have the option to use the "let's build reading fluency" interactive slides, blackline fluency sentences, or easy readers!  Included in the unit is also the student journal blacklines and high frequency cards!

Alright, let's run down the "day to day" of Kindervention!  Here is a snippet of the building and writing portion of the lesson!

STEP ONE:  Students will build their words on their board {the teacher can use the included interactive whiteboard files to use as your own magnetic letters}

Students have their letters already on their boards so they are ready to build!

Students will pull down the letters to build their words and then push them back up after each word.

Below you can see the use of the interactive file within the units!  These will work on any interactive whiteboard!  They are made in powerpoint and the letters are able to be moved around!

STEP TWO: Students will write their words into their journal


After the students have written the word the teacher will also write the word on their board for students to self-check.  You can also draw attention at this time students properly utilizing the handwriting lines!

Students are able to easily write their words after practice through building words!

STEP THREE:  Students will build reading fluency!  Within the packet you have a few choices between the fluency whiteboard slides, fluency blackline sentences, and easy readers!

STEP FOUR: Students will build sight reading fluency!  There are included word cards that the students have covered in the lessons and high frequency cards!

Below is a look at the fluency cards that were included for week 10!

The following are options if you have an interactive whiteboard!  I've included a teacher set of magnetic letters and a whiteboard version of the journal paper!  This will allow you to model building the words and writing as the kids build and write their own!

Now let's talk about organizing your Kindervention material!  I have placed mine into a three ring binder!  I will be able to turn to the lesson page I'm teaching and have it right there at my finger tips!

I like to keep my plans in a sheet protector so that I can easily see them and then place them back into the binder after that week!

Assessment in Kindervention!  The assessment piece is completely optional as yes I agree we do a lot of assessing!  However, it's quick and painless!  Within the unit I've provided a list of words you will use for each assessment and students will simply take the assessment in their journals!  I've included an assessment tracker so you can see how the kiddos are progressing through the levels! 

I'm super proud of Kindervention and have used the program in my classroom for four years!  I've seen its success and want you to be able to easily get your hands on it as well!    You can click below if you'd like to check it out on TpT!  If you have any questions about this program fitting into your classroom feel free to comment below or email me at


Kindervention is now a big kid because there is another new kid in town- - Firstievention!  I knew a first grade version would be necessary for my firstie teachers AND for those of us with advanced kindergarten kiddos!  Firstievention runs just as smooth as the kindergarten version!  The only difference between the two is the skill focuses covered!

Below you can see the scope and sequence including all of the skill focuses covered in the firstie edition!

Firstievention includes all of the same goodies as the kindergarten version minus one small difference!  In the first grade version I removed easy readers and added the one page fluency skill builders!  For these the kiddos will read through the words three times to build that continuous fluency!

Below you can see the three versions of fluency building included the new "Look at my Build Reading Fluency" sheets!

The Firstievention also includes fluency word cards in two versions and high frequency words!

Firstievention follows the same pacing routines as the kindergarten version!

The students will build the words from the lessons using magnetic letters!

Firstievention includes an all new assessment tracker as well!

If interested in Firstievention you can click below to read more about the packet!  

* * * Click HERE to download a free week of Firstievention * * *