A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener

Happy new year everyone! School is officially back in session and we’re all rip-roaring ready to go!

Well, kind of.

Mostly we’re still mentally on vacation.

But…

We have to start sometime or we’ll be doing school over the summer, and no one wants that!

So I thought I’d take time today to do a Teeny Tot Tuesday post. It’s been a little while since we’ve check in with our favorite kindergartener, so let’s take a peek into her day and see what she’s been up to!

The not so teeny tot has been doing well in her Math U See Primer curriculum. She’s learning to use the blocks and has most of them memorized now. She’s well into basic addition and getting used to the concept of adding numbers together.

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I’ve also mixed in some of my K4 Kindergarten work for her this year, so here she’s working on one of my A-Z handwriting worksheets.

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She actually went through all of my K4 Letter Hunt worksheets last year, but she loved them and requested to add them in again this year. So that’s what she’s doing below! We read the story together, then she goes through and highlights all of the W’s.

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Today she brought out our Melissa and Doug See and Spell game. The game comes with double sided tiles as you can see below. Then she finds the correct letters and places them on the tiles. Next she sounds out the words.

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Next up she works on her Daily Learning Notebook. This one is a mix between my preschool one and the kindergarten one. I wanted to add in some challenge for her, so this year I gave her the blank calendars so she writes the numbers on her own. If she has trouble, she can just look at our wall calendar to help her.

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Another fun activity is my blend cards. For these she reads all of the blends, in the example below she would say “ta, te, ti, to, tu”. Next she uses a dry-erase marker to add an ending consonant to make a new word, then she reads her new word. (Yes, the cards are laminated!)

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And she also does some number writing practice using my 1-20 Number Writing worksheets. You could put these in a page protector and use them with a dry-erase marker, but since she’s the last one going through it, I just printed the worksheets and she uses a pencil.

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Today was art and craft day, she usually does at least one craft each week, sometimes more. Today she is making a fall leaf art project using the end of her pencil. I lightly traced a tree outline on painting paper, and she’s dipping the eraser end of her pencil into the paints to create a dot effect.

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She also likes the Missing Letters worksheet where she glues in the correct letter in each blank space.

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Another fun game she’s been liking lately is the Lakeshore Learning Count and Compare game. Each side has a bubble die and she pushes it to roll the die. Next she places the correct amount of frogs on the lily pad below. Then she compares the sides and moves the crocodile mouth to show which side is greater.

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And lastly, one of her favorite items, besides the unicorn that’s made several appearances already in this post, is the dot-to-dot worksheets. She loves these and insists on doing them regularly! I’m either going to have to come up with more, or see if I can find a dot-to-dot activity workbook!

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And that’s it for now folks! We’ll catch back up with the Teeny Tot soon, she’s been very busy this year and is excited to be an official kindergartener!

If you’d like more information on all of these fun activities, visit my Kindergarten Worksheets page or check out my K4 Kindergarten Curriculum!

Is the Letter of the Week Preschool preschool curriculum too easy for your student? Are you ready for something a little more challenging? Then the K4 Kindergarten Curriculum is for you! The K4 Curriculum is geared towards kids ages 4-5 who are kindergarten ready and want a fun hands-on kindergarten curriculum. All of the items you see in this post, plus a ton of extras including lesson plans are included in the K4 Kindergarten curriculum.

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Have fun kindergarten activities to share or using my K4 Kindergarten curriculum? Make sure to leave a comment below!

16 Comments

  • Jodi January 20, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I love that Melissa and Doug puzzle! I want one for my preschooler!

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  • Lisa @ Four Under Six January 20, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Thanks Erica! This is so helpful and what a cutie she is. Can you give us an approximate idea of how much time she spends on school work each day? I will have a kindergartener next year!

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    • erica January 20, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Lisa,
      She spends about 1 1/2 – 2 hours per day, depending. Some of that time is spent dawdling and procrastinating :o) And she also sits in with us for history and science even though she doesn’t have to do any tests or anything. But she does participate in any experiments, crafts, etc. that we do.

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  • LindseyMarie January 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    What a full day! I love the amount of variety you give your children. I can tell you do a lot of preparation. And no doubt your children are benefitting from it.
    Thank you for sharing!

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  • Leslie January 20, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    what does she do the rest of the day? Since school only takes about 2 hours? I homeschooled K last year and I struggled because school was so easy and took no time at all. I’m not homeschooling this year but want to start up again in a few years. I’m lost on how to keep them busy for the majority of the day

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    • erica January 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

      Hi Leslie,
      She usually hangs out in the homeschool room with us playing quietly, or she’ll go and play while we finish. Sometimes I’ll set up art/crafts for her to work on while we’re finishing, or she’ll watch a leapfrog video.

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      • erica January 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

        Oh yes, sometimes I’ll have her play on the iPad as well. We just signed up for Raz-kids which is a great reading library. It will read to your student, or they can read on their own.

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        • Sheila January 23, 2015 at 9:23 am

          You should check out Reading Rainbow, my kids love it! It’s like a virtual library. They also read the books to you, or you can read them yourself! Also there are hundreds of short educational videos to watch. I like Raz-Kids as well, but found one of the book options for older kids to be questionable. I can’t remember the title, something to do with ordering a robot girlfriend. It was disappointing, because I like how Raz-Kids asks comprehension questions.

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  • wally January 21, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I always look in envy at how organized everyone is. I want to get those math manipulatives she is using and the spelling puzzles.
    Ur doing a great job.

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  • beth January 22, 2015 at 10:15 pm

    My son and daughter love the dot to dot as well. I usually place then in the back of the note book. IT has become a race to see who can get to it and then complete it. Here is a link to see your program at work. http://abcdhodgeshome.blogspot.com/2015/01/hhs-letter-g.html We are loving the flexibility of the program(s). We use a mix of probably four different programs. We can tailor their learning depending on what their interests are. Some days its just what I already have. We recently had baby#4. We have a 5,3,1 and 2 month old. Thank you for your programs!!

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  • Christine Squires January 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Thank you for all the work you do and for sharing it!
    God Bless!!

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  • Gabriela January 28, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Erica,
    Thanks for sharing! I have a question about the blend ladders, when we get to say the x and y blends, how do we make words? I’m sorry if this is a silly question, I’m really new to this.
    Thanks a lot!

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    • erica January 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Hi Gabriela,
      I just still have them sound them out, ya, ye, yi, yo, yu like the other letters. X is harder you can put it at the end and have them do ax, ex, ix, ox, ux if it helps with the pronunciation.

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  • Nicole February 3, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Wow! This Kindergartener is having fun! I love the variety of activities u have her doing! I’m teaching a soon to be Kindergartener and plan on using Math U See as well, I absolutely adore his way of teaching Math! One of the things I want to incorporate ad well is weekly crafts and switching it up with baking fun as well. GREAT job mommy! I’m excited for what’s to come 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  • Heather February 13, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Hi, I am seriously considering purchasing both your PreK and K programs but was curious about printing. Do you just recommend printing them in b/w or do they need to be in color? We don’t have a printer cartridge at the moment and it’s very tempting to get these printed at a store somewhere just to have the nice quality. Is that necessary?

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