Mini Lesson: Counting a Variety of Ways

Kindergartners learn to count a variety of ways. This video helps the kids practice the most important counting we practice in kindergarten.

  • Counting by 1s to 100
  • Counting by 10s to 100
  • Counting backwards from 10 to 0
  • Starting on random numbers and counting on by 1s.

This video can be used daily if your child hasn’t mastered these ways of counting. Or just a few times a week to help them maintain their skills. If your child has mastered these types of counting, I am making a counting challenge video later this week.

Mini Lesson: Reading at Home + Resources

There are so many ways for kids to practice reading! Reading on a daily basis is one of the most important things you can do to help your child improve as a reader. Reading at home can be tricky for beginning readers and their families because the books you have may not match your child’s current reading skills.

Here are a couple of resources for printable books your child can read independently.

Book Builder– I have not used this personally but another Beu teacher uses it for her own kids and has had a good experience. You can make personalized books to print for your child.

Hubbard’s Cupboard Printable Sight Word Books– This is a home school sight with printable books and activities. It does have some religious resources (just FYI) that would be appropriate for some home school situations but not public school.

Hubbard’s Cupboard Printable Word Family Books


Here are a few ideas for how to have your child read with books that they are not able to read yet. This would be many of your average picture books. 

  • Look at the pictures and make up the story or retell the story.
  • Go on a “letter hunt” or “sight word hunt” and have your child scan the text for a specific letter or sight words.
  • Read aloud to your child, pointing to each word, and stop on words you know they can read like sight words.
  • Echo Read- You read a short phrase or sentence while pointing to each word. Have your child point and echo your reading.

As always, it is also great for your child to listen to you read to them! You can also have them log in to the CPS portal and listen to things being read to them on Pebble Go!


Weird Things to Help You Feel Better!?

I came across this article (scroll down and read the comments if you are interested) about weird ways to feel better and it made me think about tried and true ways for adults and kids to feel better. I think we are all struggling with mindset occasionally or on a regular basis due to our situation right now. We are in the perfect storm of busyness, boredom, anxiety, isolation as well as lack of control and routine. It is enough to shake the most easy going person.

Next week I am going to talk with the kids about ways to feel better. For now I will leave you with this idea to feel better… just add water!Ball mason jar on table

(Photo by Ethan Sykes from

What does that mean?

  • Have a glass of water or brew a cup of tea.
  • Play in the sprinkler or bathtub.
  • Wash your face.
  • Take a shower.
  • Soak your feet in warm water.
  • Splash someone.
  • Look for dewdrops in the early morning.
  • Go for a drive by a river or lake and hang your head out the window.
  • Play in pots and pans of water on the stoop, yard, driveway or balcony.
  • Lay down and put a warm, wet towel on your face.
  • Listen to ocean or rain sounds.

For some reason, water can really shift our mood and help reset your brain. Hope this helps you feel better when you need it.

Mini Lesson: Taking a Picture Walk

When kids are reading on their own, it is important for them to “take a picture walk” or preview the book before they read the words. Have your child turn each page, look at the pictures and think or tell aloud what they see and what they think is happening.  This helps kids be able to use meaning and context to help them understand what they read and figure out words when they are reading.

Here I take a picture walk and model how to take a picture walk.


A Few Resources for Printables

Math printable worksheets

Sight word activities

All subjects- You will have to set up an account to use this, then search for what you are wanting. There are free things and also things you pay for. I would suggest choosing items that say “zero prep” or choose things that look like games you could play over and over.

If you have any resources you would like to share with other parents, please email me the links or post them in our class FaceBook group!