September 2019 – Della Larsen's Class

Using Picture Passwords on Boom Learning

September 21, 2019

Picture Passwords are a game-changer for primary students. If you have spent any time in the younger grades you know that getting your students logged in is the hardest part of using Chromebooks and iPads in kindergarten. Well, not anymore. Boom Learning has announced picture logins. Using images instead of letters, numbers, or words will help your students get started working much faster, and with more independence. There is now an easy way for our youngest students to access Boom Learning. Boom Learning has introduced Picture Passwords. They. Are. Amazing! It is so easy for my kindergarten students to log in independently. Your students just need to choose 2 creatures they want in their password. Make sure you have them choose 2. They can change their password as many times as they want. It’s so much easier for them to remember the bat and the frog than a string of letters and numbers.  Watch my video on how you to use picture log in cards.   Using picture passwords takes the pain out of logging in. If you would like a free picture password card just click here. Make sure you scroll down to the supporting document. Just download and print. Make...

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Using Boom Cards in The Primary Classroom

September 15, 2019

Using Boom Cards in The Primary Classroom Boom Cards provide the digital resources you need to bring digital learning into your primary classroom. Boom Cards are self-checking digital task cards that provide immediate feedback to students. Teachers have access to the data through Boom’s reports feature. Giving teachers a powerful tool to make decisions about instruction. You can find the support you need to get started with Boom Cards here  Top Tips for using Boom Cards in your Early Childhood Classroom So what’s the best way to use digital task cards in your kindergarten class? Here are some strategies for incorporating digital learning with our young learners.  #1 Morning Work In my classroom, my students trickle in and I need some quality activities for my students to complete while they wait for all the students to arrive and get settled. I put out a few Chromebooks and iPads in a work center. My kids can easily sign-in and complete a deck independently before we start our day. #2 An Extension of Reading Groups One of the most challenging tasks for me when I started teaching was trying to figure out what the rest of my class should be doing...

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Why learning the alphabet is so important.

September 8, 2019

Knowing the alphabet is the best predictor of reading success. I have been teaching in the primary grades for over 30 years. In that time I have seen expectations change for kindergarten students. What started out as social-emotional growth, learning to play with friends, fine motor skills, and alphabet skills has somehow morphed into first-grade work where are kids are expected to read, comprehend, AND answer text-dependent questions. Teachers know that our kids are more than their test scores I believe the policy-makers want the best for our kindergarten students. I just think they are a little confused about what is best for our kids. Teachers know that our kids are more than their test scores. We know that how our students treat each other is as important (if not more) than what reading level they score. We all want the achievement gap to shrink. However, just pushing our kids harder they will not magically shrink the achievement gap. Having high expectations does not mean that every child will keep up. In every kindergarten class there are students who come in not only ready to read, but kids who are already reading, but there are other kids who are already...

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