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The Ten STEALS of Summer!

Well hello my little summer loving friends!  First day of summer {check!}  Now, we can officially go into summer slow motion!  To celebrate the start of summer I am teaming up with my besties Hadar {Miss Kindergarten} and Lauren {A Teachable Teacher} for the 10 steals of summer!  I decided to go ahead and list the 10 steals so you could plan ahead...also Facebook is so tricky about what they let you "see."  Well, no secrets here Facebook!!! HA!

Alright, let's get started!


Day one of the summer steals is all about bundle sales!  First up is a last chance call to grab my LITERACY and MATH centers for the YEAR for $100 off!  Yep!  They are $125 regular priced and you get 250 centers for $25. #stopthepress #fireupthelaminator  After summer steals these babies will be increasing in price to represent the current value included in them!

 Grab the Kindergarten, First grade, or both if you want to be SET!

Also on Sunday you will be able to snag KinderLiteracy and/or FirstieLiteracy for $20 off!  Both of these programs had made impacts on classrooms around the world!  They are both comprehensive whole-group reader's workshop programs that are based upon the close read model!  If you are DONE with your current reading curriculum then be sure to click on the preview of these packets to try out a week!  Or, read the feedback on the units from teachers just like you!  


Day two of the summer steals is: HALF OFF STEALS!  That's right!  You can snatch the next two items for HALF OFF! WOOT! Up first is my Taking Back Weekends Bundle!

You can also get my Early Finisher's packet for $3!


Day three of summer steals is one of my favorites: SLASHING PRICES STEAL
!  On this day the guided reading mega bundles will be on sale for $20 off!

On day two you will also be able to save 75% off on my ENDLESS bundles!!!

Alphabet ENDLESS Bundle


Day four of the 10 summer steals is the SIZZLING GIVEAWAY! This giveaway will be hosted on my Facebook page so be sure to check in at 10:00 CST to see how you can win $100 TPT bucks to my store!

You will also be able to grab this packet for FREE on my Facebook Tuesday!!!!  Everyone wins on the SIZZLING GIVEAWAY day!


Day five of the summer steals: BUY ONE, STEAL ONE!  Lol!  Just love that name... on Thursday only if you buy my August Taking back packet you also get my Farm Literacy centers!  If you already own the August packet you'll be able to snag the freebie centers that day too by downloading your packet again!  Click on the image below to check out the August packet!  If you own the Taking Back Bundle the freebie has been added in there as well!  You will need to re-download during the steals week to gain access to it and download onto your computer!

Taking Back Weekends -August Edition!

Also, on Thursday I will be bringing this wham bam special out again!  It was loved by so many so I thought I could offer that once again!  If you purchase the KinderPhonics bundle, you will get THREE notebooks for free! If you already own the bundle then go download it again and snag the notebooks! Click below to view the KinderPhonics Bundle!


Day five is all about more 1/2 off steals! Up first are my Kindergarten Emergent Readers and First Grade Early Readers!  Note that the k set comes from the Kindergarten Guided MEGA Bundle and the First grade set comes from the 1st grade Guided MEGA Bundle!  If you are needing a set of awesome readers for guided reading, book tubs, or to send home with students to read ... these are PERFECT!  Both sets come with differentiated readers!

Kindergarten EMERGENT Readers (up to DRA 6)

First Grade EARLY Readers (up to DRA 16)

Don't use the DRA view a correlation chart HERE!


You can also download my letter practice sheets for $3!

It's also another last chance offer on my Literacy and Math center binders!  Both packets are currently 50% off but will be increasing after the summer steals!


Day 6 of the summer steals is another slashing prices day!  On this day my Literacy and Math Centers BUNDLED for the year will be slashed $15!

Also, my ENDLESS Math Practice Sheets bundle will be slashed $10!


*STEAL IT FAST FLASH freebie!  You'll need to view my Facebook page at 12:30 CST to grab this  flash freebie!!

*Steal of the day rewind <<<<< Be sure to visit all of the previous steals in case you missed one earlier in the week!

The BIG DEAL STEAL!  You'll need to view my Facebook page at 10:00 AM CST to see what the big deal steal is!

That's all I have for you....have yourself a merry summer day!!! :)


Hi all and thanks so much for joining in on another edition of Kindergarten Step by Step!  This  edition is all about INTERVENTION time!  I get asked a lot how I "run" intervention in my classroom!  This post is dedicated for all things intervention! Let's start with this quote....
The more one repeats an action or recalls the information, the more dendrites sprout to connect new memories to old, and the more efficient the brain becomes in its ability to retrieve that memory or repeat the action. (Judy Willis, M.D.)

To me that simply says that students need to hear something over and over... and not only "hear" it but also practice it over and over for success!  I have always enjoyed intervention time because you get to see the kiddos at their own comfort level (or right above it) and you see them blossom!

How does intervention block look at your school?

At my school each grade has a set intervention block which is 30 minutes.  They are set times that the entire grade level participates in.  They also do not overlap with other grade levels so that the title staff can assist in each grade level for that 30 minutes (and then extra time slots through the day).

We have 5 teachers per session but this would work with even 2 teachers, etc!  We eventually divide the students five ways and disperse them into each of our 5 classrooms.  However, we do not start this until late September- early October.  

How do I start "intervention" in Kindergarten?

If you are a kindergarten teacher then you know that first month to two months is a vital time but a fragile time!  I wouldn't recommend switching your kids that early.  They are still learning routines, procedures, and really still getting to know you!  Those first 8 weeks of school during our 30 minute intervention block we use my program called Kinder Start!

KinderStart is a 8 week teacher scripted curriculum!  The program is broken down into three areas; oral story telling, phonemic awareness, and phonics!  For the storytelling portion the students are introduced to Brisket!  Brisket goes on a new adventure each day and the kids get to listen in and answer simple recall questions!  Following the storytelling is phonemic awareness!  For phonemic awareness the students are introduced and practice: rhyming, syllables, onset-rime, segmenting, and blending!  The final section is phonics! Here the students work on letter sorts, alphabet, color words, and more!  Please note this section is not for letter name/ sound introduction!  The students are introduced to basic phonics concepts!

Here's Brisket!!!

Below is a look at the overview of KinderStart!

Again, everything needed to implement KinderStart is included within the packet!

Again, KinderStart is what I use for the first 8 weeks before my students start switching for intervention time!  Also included in KinderStart is a phonemic awareness assessment tracker!  This will be vital for me later when I go to choose my intervention groups!

Okay, It's time to start.  How do I divide up my students?

After the first 8 weeks of KinderStart it is now time to divide up the students into their intervention group.  However, first I'd like to mention that these groups should always be viewed as "fluid."  At any point in the year the students can be moved and placed into a new group.  In the past I have seen this mainly when we place them into a "lower" group and they take off like a rocket and need moved up!  We never want to hinder them either way...with it being too easy or too hard!  Move them around to a place where they will be successful!

When choosing how to divide your students you need to first decide what groups are available.  I have done those needing intensive letter id/sound help (that's the kiddos needing handwriting too) and those that are ready to start building words (that's the kids that know about 90% of their letters/sounds).

Now just like I mentioned the students can be fluid so can your groups!  Every year we start with 3 letter groups and 2 word building groups.  By the end of the year we have 1 letter groups and 4 word building groups!  That's the goal...we want to move them from the letter group to the word building group (and beyond).

To get an initial idea of which group the students belong in I always start with a letter id assessment!  You can grab this freebie assessment tracker HERE.

As I mentioned above I also use the phonemic awareness tracker from KinderStart to gauge my student's overall success in beginning of kinder concepts.  I then make a list of my students and place them under the column I feels sets them up for success!  I made two headers: Lettervention and Kindervention!  This will let me know if they need to go through an intensive letter program or they are ready for word building.  A word of caution!  Don't be fooled by the term "word building."  When Kindervention starts the students are presented with about 6 letters on their board.  Let's say they have p, h, c, t, m, a on their board.  If you say build the word "cat."  Most likely if they are comfortable with letters/sounds they can do that!  If they are missing just a handful of letters/sounds I am still confident they will be successful in Kindervention!

Okay, so I have my two list of names and so do my fellow team teachers.  We compare list and decide from there how many letter groups we need and how many word building groups we will have!  We then take it a little further for the word building groups and break them down again into a medium and high!  We know we have word builders and then we have kids that have been word building and reading for a couple years!

We have our groups!  Now What?

Alright, you have your list of names and how many of each program you'll be teaching (Lettervention or Kindervention).  Now you need to decide what teachers are teaching what.  In my building we have a teacher that is beyond AWESOME with those low babies...she willingly takes them on and works wonders on them!  I would open it up to your team and see what they prefer!  We all know that we we are enjoying what we are teaching the students are only going to benefit more! At our school Title does pull students during this time but it's maybe 10 students.  The rest of the students are still with us... that means your intervention group is still the size of an average classroom!  But trust me it still works!

You have your groups, the teachers know what they are teaching, and now it's time to get acquainted with the two programs I think you'll fall in love with!  Lettervention and Kindervention!

Let's start with Lettervention!  Lettervention is a VERY systematic program!  When I say very I mean it!  The plans will looks similar because that's the point!  These low babies don't need bells, whistles, flips, and fluff....they need nuts and bolts!  They need repetition and consistency!  Lettervention also uses a ton of "repeated language."  This simply means that the teacher will use the same phrases over and over again... "What letter is this. Yes, this is a t.  T says.../t/.  What letter is this?  Yes, T, t, /t/"

You can listen to me ramble about Lettervention HERE!

For Lettervention you would invite the students to the carpet as you begin the lesson.  During the handwriting portion they could do that at the carpet with a lap board or have them return to tables!

Lettervention dedicates two days per lowercase letter and capital letter!  I would recommend that you teach two letters per week and use Fridays for assessment or review of the letters taught thus far!  With Lettervention is a huge part!  I have included a handwriting template that can simply be placed into a sheet protector! 

Up next is Kindervention! Kindervention is a 20 week literacy intervention program!  There are actually 15 built in assessment days so the program is 115 academic days!    The program makes its way through short vowels, mixed short vowels, digraphs, mixed digraphs, double ending consonants, long vowels, and mixed long vowels!  You can read more extensively on Kindervention at THIS post.

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.

Watch a Kindervention lesson below!

Okay, review it all once more!

Alright, the first 8 weeks of school you will keep your own kiddos!  You can utilize the effectiveness and stress-less KinderStart or option in your own ideas!  After the 8 weeks you'll sit down with your data and divide your students up into two sections.  Those needing letter help and/or handwriting and those ready to start building words!  Those needing letter help will go through Lettervention and those ready for word  building will move into Kindervention!
I need more options!

If you are first grade teacher and/or second grade teacher I also have Firstievention and Second Grade Intervention!  Both of those programs follow the same format an daily routine as Kindervention!  Actually, a lot of kindergarten teachers will move their kids into Firstievention once they master Kindervention!

Tell me about management!
As I mentioned we switch our kiddos between the five classrooms.  In our own room we say if you are going with Mrs. ___ go line up, 
Mrs. ___ go line up, Mrs. ____ go line up, etc.  If you stay with me have a seat at the carpet.  Then one teachers watches two rooms and another teacher travels the "train" of kiddos down the hall.  Other that are going back will join in.  We are actually split with 3 down one hall and 2 down another hall.  If you are lucky to be next to another then even better!  The students are to stand quietly outside the teacher's door until she invites them in.  After intervention block we all bring our intervention class to the restroom, the use the restroom, and the line back up with their homeroom teacher!  We then all head to lunch!  We have also done it where the kiddos line up with their intervention teacher after recess which is great...except for snow days, cold days, and rain days :P
In closing...

I am most certain that I have left something out!  If you have any questions or would like me to help you with your specific "set up" for intervention please always feel free to email me (!  If you have the opportunity to do a grade level intervention time I truly feel that you'll LOVE it! We are the tigers so ours is Tiger Time and the kiddos love it and love the independent of switching classrooms as well!
A resource sale...
If you are in love with any of the intervention program I mentioned above and would like to get your hands on them....well then you're in luck because they are all on sale  through the end of JUNE!

Have a great week!

Kindergarten Step by Step- {Edition Three} KinderStart

Hi all!  It's the next post in my series of Kindergarten Step by Step blog posts!  This series is designed to assist YOU in transitioning into the new school year (and beyond) with confidence... and most of all - -ease!

We all know that there are the "phases" we go through during summer... the initial "WOOT it's summer" phase... then there is the "I get to live a NORMAL life" phase... and then about July comes the teacher in you... "Oh, I'm going to prep and 'think school'... Next, comes closer to the start of school... we organize our rooms, prep for open house, and then come the KIDS!  We are so excited to see them and we have a solid "game plan."  After the initial first days come and go it's time for our routines and instruction!

I've felt like I always had my core curriculum areas solid those first couple months.  However, if you are a kindergarten teacher you know that our littles during the first couple months are never "curriculum" ready per say.  We need time to build phonemic awareness, listen to stories, build basic phonics skills, learn colors, etc.  I always knew the importance of that, but finding the material and a systematic approach to that wasn't always there.  My team and I created and prepped some super cute games and we would rotate them from class to class each day... but still something was missing!  I just felt like I needed to do MORE those first couple crucial months! 
That's when I created KinderStart!
What IS KinderStart?

KinderStart is a very versatile 8 week Kindergarten starter curriculum created by a teacher for teachers!
  The program is designed to give kindergarten students an 8 week introduction to skills in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics, and oral listening.  You can find success in using this program in your whole-group instruction, intervention groups, RTI groups, guided reading, 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.

What is covered in a KinderStart Lesson?

A KinderStart lesson plan is broken down into three major areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, and oral listening/storytelling.  For the oral listening/storytelling the teacher will read an included daily script about the adventures of, Brisket, your neighborhood dog.  The students will have an opportunity to listen as Brisket goes on his daily adventures.  Included in the lesson plans as well are daily follow-up questions.  The students will respond to the story they had just heard.  In the area of phonemic awareness the students will be introduced to the skills: rhyming {identifying and generating}, syllables, onset/rime, single sounds, segmenting, and blending.  The teacher will lead the students in a variety of activities each week to help build mastery in the skill.  The lesson plans provide explicit instruction on what games to play and all necessary pieces are included.  The students will also have a phonics piece each week.  They will work on names, the alphabet, color words, and words in sentences.  Please note this is not an explicit alphabet instruction, but a basic introduction to the alphabet and alphabetic skills.

Below is a quick look at a KinderStart lesson plan!  You can see the that the lesson plan in broken down into the three areas described above!  The week is also broken down into 5 lessons, but you can stretch that out if needed or combine!

What skills are covered in KinderStart?

Week 1: Rhyming {Identifying} and Names
Week 2: Syllables and Names
Week 3: Onset/Rime and Alphabet Introduction {Abc's}
Week 4: Rhyming {Generating} and Letter Sorting {by attribute}
Week 5: Single Sounds and Alphabet Games {maniupulating letters}
Week 6: Blending and Color Words
Week 7: Segmenting and Color Words
Week 8: Segmenting and Words in Sentences

What about assessment in KinderStart?

Before going into the activities within KinderStart I would also like to discuss the assessment piece that is included!  We know our sweet kinders need our tending loving care, BUT we have seen year after year that our kinders come in with a wide range of skills!  I have always tried to assess my students on phonemic awareness early in the year!  This helps guide my instruction and allows me to know another "piece" of information about my incoming kinders!  This is also a great way to show improvement through using this program with fidelity!

Along with the above assessment I have also included a phonemic awareness tracker!  It's perfect for a visual of who has the skills and who is still lacking!

What is included in KinderStart?

The main reason I created KinderStart was to have EVERYTHING at my fingertips!  I didn't want to search everyday for the activities and supplies I needed.  I wanted it all there!  Maybe I needed to hit print and cut out a few pocket chart pieces, but other than that I would be good to go! Below is a list of what's included!

-Teacher "simple read" lesson plans for 40 instructional days. You will not need to rewrite these lesson plans. They are truly print and teach lesson plans covering the areas of {shared reading, phonemic awareness, and phonics}.
-All necessary picture cards and poem pieces
-All necessary independent follow up sheets
-Color word posters and home connection piece for color week
-Phonemic awareness assessment and tracker

Now let's look more closely at all the goodies that come with KinderStart! 

Rhyming pocket chart sort cards

Rhyming song pocket chart pieces

 Rhyming exit tickets!

 Working with names pocket chart  (just write names on index cards)

 Names mix and fix (again just names on index cards)

 Name letter sorts (a way to ease students into phonics skills without requiring them to know the letter names!)

 Name playdoh mats (or laminate and use a dry erase marker)

 Syllable pocket chart sort!

 Syllable bag sort! (I purchased these ADORABLE bags at Target, but any bag will work!)

 Name mats! (students will love using a variety of ways to practice their name)

 Name portraits!  I love to save these to home at the end of the year!
Practicing names with this adorable chant!

 Letter arcs... again phonics work without the requirement of letter names!

 Matching magnetic tiles to abc chart (If you use my KidnerPhonics you can just use those abc mats!) 

 Matching abc magnets to letter sound ABC chart!

Letter sorts!  

 One of the BEST parts of KinderStart are the color focus weeks!  There is even a quick parent note to notify parents of the color weeks focus and allows the kiddos to wear a matching color to school on each day!

 Color exit tickets!

Segmenting sound boxes

 Segmenting pocket chart picture cards
Segmenting letter cards (I know, I know... not 'true' phonemic awareness... but at times the visual makes it click!)
Onset and rime picture cards

Onset and rime letter cards!

Words in sentences!

When it comes to organizing your KinderStart unit... you can choose to print and place into a 3 ring binder OR collate the unit!  I have started to collate more so that it's easy to leave on my lap during teaching!

I have also organized all of my KinderStart cards/pieces into a small little Rubbermaid tub from Target!

If you're needing a PRACTICAL and COMPLETE program that will ease your stress of those first couple crucial months of kindergarten you can snag this packet at 50% off for $9!