I want to introduce you to someone (as well as some place) that I think you're really going to like. If you've been to Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives in the past, you may have noticed that it was geared more towards higher level primary, but NOW Mrs. Lirette is joining the ranks of US....and I just wanted to say
CONGRATULATIONS on moving to kindergarten, Mary Lirette!
Although her blog will still cater to the K-2 spectrum, you are going to see more and more kinder stuff popping up there. I just had to share something I found there that is going to be such a fun way to kick off my year in kindergarten.
At the beginning of the year, I always ask my kinders, "How many of you know how to read?" Of course, you have your overly confident few who may raise their hand, maybe one that really does know how to read, and then the rest who are nervously shaking their heads no wondering if I am going to make them try in a minute. The next thing I do is tell the ones who said no that I can prove them wrong and then I whip out my handy dandy photo album filled with environmental print and have them start "reading" away.
I am sure most of you know all environmental print and its importance with young learners, but let me give you a little background just in case some are unsure:
Environmental Print is the print we find in our everyday life. It the signs, numbers, and symbols found in our world and at and on the places children love best: McDonald's, Target, Pizza Hut, Coca Cola etc. Environmental Print offers young children the chance to dive into learning and to begin their journey of learning how to read.
It just so happens that Mary Lirette has created a practical product JUST for this. She has the complete alphabet with at least 2 choices of environmental print for each letter ready to print and display in your classroom:
Take your pick...do you want Zaner Bloser style or D'Nelian style print?
|I love printing products on different sizes and types of paper.|
This gives you a variety of options to use a product.
It's as though she created this just for me with my two favorite places! There are even blank cards for you to enter your own pictures of local environmental print you have in your own town. Anything or place that the students can relate to is going to get them one step closer to moving from the contextual clues in our world (like environmental print) to the everyday print in the learning world.
Now, I don't know about you, but when I make purchases at my favorite online teacher stores, I like to get the bang for my buck. So, I always try to think outside of the box and come up with many different ways to use a product. Mary made this an exceptionally easy job for me with the offerings of this product. When I look at this product, I don't just see alphabet posters to hang in my room (although, quite frankly, that would be enough for the low cost of $4.00 that she offers this for at her store), I see posters, books AND games!
I am going to replace my photo album of environmental print cut out from newspapers and magazines by printing the pages on 4x6 photo paper:
|Like my new Environmental Print book? I made 2!|
I didn't mean to print these on photo paper, but they actually turned out adorable and sturdy!
For this game, you print off the blank cards (by selecting multiple pages and 9) and these will be the boards. Cut out the pictures and have students match up where each picture goes:
Your students will feel so confident "reading" the first week of school and beginning to make those all important letter and sound associations with the products and places that they love best, so make sure you add this product to your cart immediately (before it sells out--oh wait, that doesn't happen at online stores!).
Mary has also created some freebies to extend the use of Environmental Print in your classroom:
I hope you have enjoyed finding out about Mary's Learning Detectives newest product. Make sure you are following her so you don't miss any of her new and exciting kinder freebies and products that can be used in a variety of ways!