Since it was the end of the 2nd marking period, I decided it's time to start providing
The point of homework in Kindergarten is to provide practice activities. Our homework is minimal and is an extension of what we do in school. There is always a debate going on about whether or not homework is necessary or even useful. To a certain extent I think it's both. I basically have no say in the homework we give. All of the Kindergarten's give the same exact homework packet. This is where I disagree. Not all of my kiddies are where the other classes are and vice-versa. If I find my students are struggling with a certain skill, I would like to provide an extension activity on that skill. On the flip side, our homework is benchmark related. These are the skills the students should be able to complete based on the instruction they receive. In my opinion, it's a double-edged sword. You will always have your kiddies that breeze through it and aren't challenged at all, your kids who do "get-it", and the kiddies who just aren't there yet. So homework is typically only benefiting a third of your class. That is where I disagree. But who has the time to create individual homework packets for each of 25 students?!?!?! Certainly not me, so change will not come completely right now :(
Change will come for 4 of my struggling students. I decided they are just not getting anything out of the homework I provide for the group. They still haven't mastered sight words from September and are having a great difficulty with writing. I decided to get rid of the traditional homework for them and provide printing practice sheets, sight words from the beginning of the year that we are also focusing on in GR, and basic Math printables. I just finished creating my RTI Math for Kindergarten product which is pictured below. I am including some of these pages weekly for these struggling kiddos. Click on the picture to view the product on my TpT page.
Now for Saturday Centers! In our classroom we are still focusing on those tricky teens to help students who still transpose the numbers. We are also focusing on addition and ten frames. Here are my Math Centers for the week:
I made these from a mug template I had. I simply inserted
2 tens frames to practice teen numbers. Students place the correct
number of marshmallows on the "hot chocolate" mug.
This activity can be found in my Valentine's Day Math Centers packet.
Students choose 1 pink ten frame and 1 purple ten frame to create
and complete an addition problem. We are on a 6-day center rotation
so this is a carry-over activity from last week.
This is an activity from The Mailbox magazine. I have wooden
cubes stamped with each coin image. Students roll the coin and
graph the results to see which coin they rolled the most.
This center focuses on building current and former sight
words. These sight word mats are available for FREE by clicking here :)
We are still working on writing two sentences and adding more details.
I prefer to allow the kids to use the whiteboards for this activity
instead of going through a ton of paper. I provide a topic or
they can choose their own.
I created this poster to model 3-Star sentences & adding more
details. This is the focus of our writing right now.
Hope you can get some ideas from these. Where do you stand on the homework debate?