Using Boom Cards in kindergarten

January 13, 2021

5 Reasons you should be using Boom Cards in kindergarten     Whether you are teaching remotely,face to face, or a hybrid of both using Boom Cards is a great option when teaching kindergarteners. Here are 5 reasons why using Boom cards to teach is a successful strategy. #1 Boom Cards are self checking. Why are self-checking activities so important to our students? When students engage in self-checking Boom Cards they receive immediate feedback on their work. We all need people who give us feedback. That’s how we improve. — Bill Gates They receive “real-time” information about their learning. This information can increase their confidence and inform their future practice. #2 Boom has sound For the vast amount of us, we will have students in our classes that have skills and knowledge that have huge ranges of levels. We are called upon to provide differentiation in every lesson we provide. Kindergarten teachers need to scaffold learners who have special needs and for students for whom English is not their first language. Our ELL students and our students with special needs have unique learning needs and it’s up to teachers to meet those nedss. Boom Cards provide that scaffolding and...

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5 Reasons to use Boom Cards to Teach Sight Words

January 12, 2021

Learning to read sight words is a crucial step in increasing reading fluency. Regardless of what you call them, trick words, high-frequency words, or sight words. We can all agree our kindergarten students need to be able to read these allusive words. If our students struggle with fluency they will lose comprehension. Our early readers need a library of sight words that they can read quickly and correctly.  Many kindergarten teachers ask “How do I teach sight words to my kindergarten students?”. There are many tips that help teachers create lessons to increase fluency. You can read about strategies here  Using Boom Cards is a great option when teaching sight words.  Here are 5 reasons why using Boom cards to teach high-frequency words is a successful strategy. #1 Boom Cards are self-checking. Why are self-checking activities so important to our students? When students engage in self-checking Boom Cards they receive immediate feedback on their work. We all need people who give us feedback. That’s how we improve. — Bill Gates Students receive “real-time” information about their learning. This information can increase their confidence and inform their future practice. When our kindergarteners receive immediate feedback it can have a positive...

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Using Color By Code Boom Cards to keep your students engaged

January 5, 2021

Have you seen color by code Boom Cards? Color by Code Boom Cards are simply amazing. We all love Boom Cards. They are self-checking, digital task cards that make learning feel like a game, but the color by code feature brings “working until you finish” to a whole new level. How does the color by code decks work? We have all see worksheets that have our students color in certain sections with different crayons. My kindergarteners have always enjoyed creating the image and they make for a great bulletin board display. However, Boom cards take that wonderful color by code activity and digitize it.  As your kindergarten students work through the deck, more and more colors begin to emerge. Each slide shows a progression in the picture. I add a little extra hint on my Boom Cards. The crayon friend helps my student guess what color will show up on the next slide. That type of engagement makes color by code Boom Cards even more fun for your math and literacy centers. “Wait, I need to finish” Oh, how I love those words. When a student is highly motivated to finish their work it’s like music to a kindergarten...

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Teacher Goals for 2021

January 3, 2021

Teaching in 2020 forced us all to change – quickly! Well, that was one crazy year! Teaching in 2020 made us all change and quickly figure out how to teach kindergarten in a brand new way. As we enter 2021 we are still learning how to teach our kindergarten students in a new way. Whether you are still remote, hybrid or face-to-face teaching in 2021 will continue to be different. So our traditional teacher goals will need to adjust to the new reality of teaching. Here’s the good news, change isn’t always a negative thing. Change can be a real positive in our students’ lives. Here are three tips for teaching in 2021. #1 Learn When the world stopped in March of 2020 we all needed to quickly learn how to teach remotely. We didn’t have any time to make a plan. We had to build the plane while we were flying it. However, we knew our students needed us and we quickly adapted. But here’s the thing, so many of us started doing everything. We all tried new teaching strategies. Our administrations seemed to change the expectations daily. As we settled into using Zoom and figure out the...

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