1st, 2nd Grade, Geography, Kindergarten

Geography for K-2nd Grades!

Let’s face it, early learners need a fun way to learn about geography! Years and years ago, I was a public school teacher before becoming a homeschooling parent. In ps, I taught 1st – 5th. As a homeschooling parent I taught all the way PreK-12th!

When we are teaching littles, here I’m talking K-2nd, it isn’t to early to begin our introduction of geography but it isn’t always easy to do. In my personal experience, giving them ‘projects’ to create something along side using a globe and perhaps recipes to create is always a hit!

That’s why My Teaching Library has created several mini-book projects to teach about many different countries! Early learners LOVE creating (and keeping to read again and again) these little minibooks. Plus, when you use these in conjunction with a globe and perhaps cooking activities or allow what is being learned to guide further research and projects, they won’t even realize they are learning!

Here are some of the resources that are ready to download and use on My Teaching Library…

Costa Rica Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Panama Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Nicaragua Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Guatemala Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

El Salvador Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Venezuela Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Uruguay Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Peru Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Colombia Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Brazil Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Bolivia Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Argentina Country Study Minibook for Early Learners

Do one a week or one a month based on what you believe works best for your little! Also, My Teaching Library will be continuing to add NEW country study minibooks.

One of the best ways to be notified when a new one is available is to join the My Teaching Library FB group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyTeachingLibrary) or become a newsletter subscriber (https://myteachinglibrary.com/newsletter-signup/) !

Kindergarten

Kindergarten – Math Skills and Concepts to teach!

Yesterday, I shared the Language Arts skills and concepts that should be taught to Kindergarten students . Now, let’s review the typical Math skills and concepts that are covered in Kindergarten:

  • Understands that numbers represent quantity and uses them to do so.
  • Counts and writes numbers, from 1-20 (and potentially higher).
  • Counts out and compare quantities, usually up to 20.
  • Counts out and groups objects in order to solve single-digit addition and subtraction problems.
  • Begins to recognize and understand the meaning of the plus and minus signs.
  • Uses drawings, objects, actions and sounds to represent and practice addition and subtraction.
  • Practices beginning measurement and graphing skills, often through the creation of class-wide graphs, such as graphing favorite snacks, or how kids get to school.
  • Learns about and begin to count to 100, specifically through a tallying of the days of school and a celebration on the 100th day of school. (Many but not all kindergarten classes do something like this).
  • Creates patterns.
  1. NUMBER SENSE & OPERATIONS
    Model, count, read, write, and compare cardinal numbers to 100.
    Estimate quantities
    Create and model simple addition (sums to 10) and subtraction stories using concrete objects and drawings.
    Model and demonstrate an understanding of the concept of whole and half
    Matching quantities to numbers
  2. PATTERNS, RELATIONS & ALGEBRA
    Reproduce, describe, extend, and create patterns.
    Count by 5’s and 10’s to at least 50.
    Sort and classify objects by color, shape, and size; identify attributes.
  3. GEOMETRY
    Identify positions of objects in space (e.g. next to – above – below – on top)
    Name, describe, sort, & draw squares, circles, triangles & rectangles; describe attributes.
    Name and compare 3-dimensional shapes.
  4. MEASUREMENT
    Use non-standard units and appropriate language to recognize, measure, and compare length, weight, area, and capacity.
    Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the concept of time (e.g. duration)
    Identify coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarter)
  5. DATA ANALYSIS, PROBABILITY, & STATISTICS
    Collect and organize data in lists, simple graphs, and tally charts.
    Demonstrate a beginning understanding of the concept of chance (e.g. heads/tails, spinner parts)

Here are suggested products to master the above Math skills that you can find on My Teaching Library…

Recommended Workbooks:

Additional recommended products to master skills:

Fun holiday and seasonal products:

The above products are not the only Kindergarten Math products available on MTL – Just suggested ones to cover and master needed skills!

Here are also some fun sample activities to do with them…

  • Cook with Patterns: Patterns can be used in lots of cooking. Make patterns with cereal necklaces, decorate cookies, make layered sandwiches with bread or crackers or make simple patterns using your child’s favorite colored candies.
  • Tell Math Stories: Use objects or even yourselves to practice addition and subtraction. If you have a bowl of 5 apples, ask your child to help figure out how many you will have left if you take away 3.
  • Build Things: Use blocks, Legos or any other building toys to construct houses, towers, vehicles etc. As your child builds, ask him to count pieces, create patterns, and talk about the shapes.
  • Take a Poll: Ask family members a question and create a graph of the answers using numbers and pictures.
  • Find the Sizes in Nature: Go outside and collect things in nature such as leaves, stones and pine cones. After you’ve collected things, count how many things you found and then talk about their sizes, which are larger, smaller and the largest and smallest. You can even add together objects that are the same (for example, all of the leaves).
Kindergarten

Kindergarten – Language Arts Skills and Concepts to Cover

Do you have a sweet one ready for Kindergarten? Let’s review the typical Language Arts skills and concepts that are covered in Kindergarten:

English/Reading/Writing

  • Develop handwriting skills: letter formation
  • Learns all of the letters of the alphabet (upper case and lower case) and their sounds.
  • Begins to “read” books himself, mainly from memorization.
  • Recognizes several basic sight words such as I, my, you, is and are.
  • Reads and listens to stories and then talks about stories, their plots, characters and events.
  • Follows words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.
  • Recognizes and can produce rhyming words.
  • Adds or substitutes individual sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words. For example, replaces the “C” in “Cat” with an “R” to create the word “Rat.”
  • Writes uppercase and lowercase letters.
  • Writes his/her name.
  • Writes some letters and words when they are dictated.
  • Uses invented or creative spelling to write a variety of words.
  • Uses conventional spelling to write some words (CVC and basic sight words).
  • Writes, Draws and Dictates about a variety of topics, including his opinion, a description of something or a moment or event in his life.
  • Use a variety of strategies to decode and comprehend text
  • se picture clues to comprehend text
  • Apply phonics skills
  • Acquire and apply new vocabulary
  • Practice writing literacy elements daily: consonants to correspond to sounds.
  • Develop oral language: answer questions; share information
  • Interpret and evaluate materials read to them

If you are looking for great resources for Kindergarten, I hope you’ll take the time to go to https://myteachinglibrary.com/ to see all that we have.

Here are some recommended ones (but not all that you’ll find)…

Morning Work for Kindergarten | 1st Semester

Morning Work for Kindergarten | 2nd Semester

Learning to Read | Sight Word Bundle

Kindergarten Language Arts – Math – Science Workbook

Kindergarten Math Workbook BUNDLE

Reading Log for Kindergarten | 1st Grade | 2nd Grade

Phonics Posters | Vowel Bundle

Learning to Print | Handwriting Bundle

Numbers 0 to 20 – Handwriting Practice

Handwriting | Learning to Write My Letters | Frog Themed

Alphabet Poster | Worksheets

Write Your Name Worksheet

Dolch Sight Word Flashcards Bundle

1st 50 Fry Sight Words Workbook

Here are also some suggested Kindergarten activities:

Sample Activities

  • Read and Repeat: Have your child “read” her favorite book to you, using her memory, associations and clues from the pictures.
  • Alphabet Books: Use drawings or pictures from magazines to create an alphabet book which has a letter and an object that begins with that letter on each page.
  • Fill in the Blank: When you read a favorite picture book to your child and you come across a short word that rhymes or is familiar to your child because he knows the book very well, stop and let him say the word. Point to the word as he says it and spell it out.
  • Act it Out: Act out parts of or the whole story of your child’s favorite and well-known books.
  • Label Things: Create labels with your child for different objects in your house. For example, different books, places for toys, foods or objects in the kitchen, or clothes. You or your child can write the names of the objects and your child can draw a picture to go along with it.
  • Guessing Games: Draw a picture and have your child guess the spelling of that word. Give your child a few letters in a word. For example, show your child “_AT,” and ask him to make as many words as he can with it.
  • Create a Photo Album: When you take pictures of events or people ask your child to label the picture. Glue the picture to a piece of a paper so your child can write a description of the event, what happened, who was there, etc. If other people were involved in the event send them a copy!
  • Have a Letter Treasure Hunt: When you are in the car, at home or in the store, ask your child to find certain uppercase and lower case letters. She can keep a list of all the letters she finds and she can write them down as she finds them.
1st, 2nd Grade, Geography, Kindergarten, Social Studies

Geography for Kids – Guatemala

Guatemala is the fifth largest country of the North American continent. It is a mountainous country belonging to a region referred to as ‘Central America’. With almost 20 million people, Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America.

Guatemala shares both a Pacific Ocean and an Atlantic Ocean coastline and borders four countries: Mexico in the north and west, Belize in the north east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador in the southeast of the country. The longest border is shared with Mexico.

If you are studying world cultures or geography with kids in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grades and you want to teach them about this beautiful country and a little bit about the culture, here is a fun project from My Teaching Library!

The teaching resource will help students (K-2nd grade) learn about the culture of this Central American country while they create a 12 page mini-book!

Students will learn about the country’s location, official language, traditional clothing, national symbols, food and more! There are two pages of copy work  to practice handwriting and plenty of pictures to color while they are learning about the cultural highlights of the country.

Use alone or with My Teaching Library’s other country study minibooks!


My Teaching Library has several other related minibooks for kids to create and read. Here are some to related ones….

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Geography for Kids – El Salvador

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It is smaller than the state of Massachusetts. The country is very mountainous and bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Known as the Land of Volcanoes, El Salvador has frequent earthquakes and volcanic activity. It is the only country in Central America that does not have a coastline on the Caribbean Sea.

If you are studying world cultures or geography with kids in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grades, here is a fun project from My Teaching Library!

This resources has been designed to help students K-2nd grade learn about the culture of the Central American country of El Salvador while they create a 12 page mini-book!

Students will learn about the country’s location, official language, traditional clothing, wildlife, food and more! There are two pages of copy work to practice handwriting and plenty of pictures to color while they are learning about the cultural highlights of the country.

Use alone or with My Teaching Library’s other country study minibooks!


My Teaching Library has several other related minibooks for kids to create and read. Here are some to consider as well:

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Kindergarten, March, Math, Math Skills Review

March Math for Kindergarten

March Math for Kindergarten

Here are some fun Kindergarten Math worksheets to use during the month of March to review and sharpen important skills:

  • addition
  • subtraction
  • creating patterns
  • identifying shapes
  • size comparison and more!

My Teaching Library has a large library of Kindergarten resources! Here are just a few:

To browse all resources that can be used during Kindergarten, go to: K-1st and start browsing!

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1st, 2nd Grade, Centers, Games, Crafts and More, Kindergarten, Math

Planning March Math Centers

If you teach students learning and needing to practice their basic addition and subtraction facts and are looking to have at least one themed math center for the month of March, check out this product from My Teaching Library!

Hands Off Me Gold is a FUN March Math file folder game! Your student are going to LOVE this St. Patrick’s Day themed math center with leprechauns, pots and gold coins!

Included: Gold coins with over 720 addition and subtraction problems (numbers used are from 0 – 30) Also included are blank gold coins and pots so that you can design the game even further. Can be used with PreK to 2nd grade because you choose the difficulty level.

Click here to see a short flipbook preview of this product!

Students will love matching up ‘sum’ and ‘difference’ pots with the correct addition and subtraction problem coinsall with a St. Patrick’s Day theme!


Other FUN March products that you’ll love:


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1st, American History, Kindergarten, Presidents

Presidents Day Learning for Kindergarten and 1st Grade!

Wanting to add some presidential learning activities into your Kindergarten or 1st grade classroom? Here is the perfect solution!

With this resource, students will learn about George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, money (penny, quarter, $1 and $5 bills), the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial!

You’ll find activity pages appropriate for both Literacy and Math centers and there’s even a mini-book for students to create. This unit can be used at any time of the year or around the Presidents’ birthdays in February as well as Presidents Day!

Additional president related resources for early learners that you’ll love…

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1st, 2nd Grade, Critical Thinking, Kindergarten, Presidents, puzzles

Helping young students with spatial reasoning skills

Puzzles are an opportunity for young children to explore early math concepts, including shapes, sizes, and how and where one puzzle piece fits with another to make pictures or designs. This type of math involves spatial reasoning.

My Teaching Library has created 6 George Washington picture puzzles which will give students the ability to practice and grow their spatial reasoning skills. These puzzles can be used at any time during the year or to celebrate Washington’s birthday or even Presidents Day!

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1st, 2nd Grade, American History, Kindergarten, notebooking, Presidents

US Presidents Notebooking and Mini-Books | BUNDLE

US Presidents Notebooking and Mini-Books | BUNDLE

This U.S. Presidents bundled resource has been designed for early learners (Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade). Kids will begin learning U.S. History and the men who lead the country with these fun notebooking pages and mini-books!

EACH president section contains 5 student pages:

  • Coloring page
  • Color & Trace page with basic facts
  • Color & Write page for students to complete the name of the president, his birthday and 2 facts about him
  • Color & Write page for students to create a short report
  • Mini-Book for students to complete about the president

Bundled in this resource:

Additional resources on the U.S. Presidents that you’ll love for older students:

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