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Ideas for at-home Kindergartners

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Mar 18, 2020 10:00:41 AM

If your child uses Wixie at school, they can log in at home to creating and sharing their learning through a combination of text, images, and voice narration! Your child's teacher may even be suggesting activities by assigning templates that will show at the top of your child's Wixie home page. (If your child doesn't have Wixie, sign up for a free trial account you can use for 90-days.)

This blog will share ideas for using Wixie with your Kindergartner(s) at home. New ideas will be posted each day, so bookmark this page to find new activities you can try together or help them get started working on their own.

You can also get a range of ideas at: https://static.wixie.com/edu/kindergarten

1. Create a digital greeting

Even though it has only been a few days, if you are practicing social distancing, your child is likely missing friends and family. Try forging a connection with a digital message. Simply capture a picture of your child or something they have created and use the microphone tool to record a message. Copy the URL at the top of the Wixie page and email/text to share it.

2. Create a scratch art picture of spring

Use the eraser tool in Wixie to create a scratch art picture of spring - log in to Wixie and search "scratch" for a range of scratch art activities. Use a template like spring or flowers and erase to create a spring design.

wixie-sample-scratch-art-spring

3. Learn about artist Piet Mondrian and color in his style

Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, is best known for his work that used primary colors, white and black in simplified lines and shapes on canvas. Visit the Tate Museum's page about Mondrian with your child to learn about this artist and his work.

Then use the Mondrian Coloring page in Wixie to create your own version. To find it, search "Mondrian" at your student or teacher Wixie home page.

sample Wixie Mondrian-style art

>If your child is ready to create in Mondrian's style, ask them to draw an animal and color it like a Mondrian.

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4. Initial sounds

Go on a letter hunt! Walk around your house or neighborhood and identify objects that begin with a specific letter. Use your device to capture images or write down what you found. Create a page in Wixie to share what you found using images, text, and voice narration.

5. Create a collage

Add images to a blank Wixie page to represent something. For example, you could represent events in story or your day or even things you see during a particular season.

 

 

6. Explore antonyms

Explore antonyms with your child. Read Dr. Seuss's The Foot Book and create a list of antonyms with your child. You can start them off with things like hot/cold, high/low.

Have your child create a page in Wixie that illustrates an antonym pair. Use the microphone tool to record their explanation.

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Step-by-step directions for creating antonyms in Wixie

7. Go on a shape hunt

Read a book like The Shape of Me and Other Stuff by Dr. Seuss. Then walk around your home and find shapes, like rectangles and triangle, or even cylinders and spheres. 

Use the Image button and Camera tab to capture the shapes you find and add them to Wixie. Search "3D" for a book template.

wixie-sample-shape-book

Seeing Shapes lesson plan with literature connections, samples, and more

8.Construct with virtual blocks

Some Friday fun for your young learners. Search "blocks" in Wixie for a activities that let students build with virtual blocks. If you have blocks at home, try to recreate their design with real blocks.

wixie-template-build-with-blocks

9. Initial Sounds

Have students find images of words that have the same initial sounds as the letters in their name. Help your child spell their name across the top of a blank page. Select the image button and work with your child to find images that match the initial sound of each letter in their name.

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If you have students who need to work independently, create a page with their name, adjust the Project Settings to have the Images button open directly to the Alphabet>Images folders, and assign the template to them.

wixie-dialog-project-settings

To set an Wixie file to open to a specific image library, open the file or template. Go to the File menu and choose Project Settings. At the dialog use the Stickers tab to open the Alphabet folder and open the Images folders. You will see a folder for each letter of the alphabet. Each of these folders contains images that begin with this letter.  By adjusting the project settings this way, when students select the Image button in Wixie, it will open directly to this image library.

10. Share learning about community helpers with a sentence strip

Now more than ever community helpers are essential to the health and success of our world. Have students share what they have learned about a community helper by drawing a picture and writing a sentence.

wixie-sample-community-helpers

Students can use the microphone tool to record how they feel this job is important. If you know someone who works in that field, share the project with them to show your appreciation!

11. Use number bonds and five-frames to build early computation understanding

Wixie includes a wealth of templates you can use to get Kindergarten students to visualize value and play with numbers. Search for "number bond" or "fact family" or "five frame" to find templates that support standards for Operations and Algebraic Thinking.

      wixie-template-five-frame-k1      wixie-template-fact-family-k 

You can search Wixie's Templates library by standard! At your Wixie home page, click the three dots to the right of the search field. At the Advanced Search dialog, select the radio button for Standard and then use the pull-down menus to narrow down your search.

wixie-search-standard-math

*This screenshot shows Common Core State Standards for Math. If you are in Maryland, Virginia, or Texas, you will see the CCR, SOL or TEKS standards.

12. Sort your collection from a nature walk

Walk around outside and collect rocks, flowers, sticks etc. Find a place to sort them into categories any way you like - shape, color, texture, type.

Use the New button in Wixie to start a blank project. Use the Image button and Camera option to capture your work. Add text labels or use the microphone button to describe what you did.

wixie-sample-nature-sort

13. Send a virtual high five

Right now most people are going above and beyond to respond to the pandemic. Show your appreciation with a virtual high-five. Has a friend connected on a regular basis, did you grandparent send something nice? Search for \"five\" at your Wixie home page and add text or voice narration to show you appreciate their being amazing. Use the paint tools and Image options to decorate.

wixie-sample-high5

14. Reading comprehension: character and setting

Read a book on your own or with a parent. Use the New button to start a new Wixie project. Use the paint tools to draw the main character in a setting from the story. Use the Microphone tool to record a description.

wixie-sample-frog-toad-story

15. Simple surveys and great graphs

Survey your friends, family members, and neighbors about a favorite book, sport, food, game, or at-home activity. Collect your survey findings using tally marks to practice counting.

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Find a lesson plan, including a bar graph activity, on Creative Educator.>

16. Sight word stories

Have your Kinders practice sight words by writing their own sight word story and combining into a class project! Search for "I Go" in quotes to find and assign this template or make your own.

Have each student finish the sentences and illustrate a page and import the pages into a single Wixie file to form a class book!

New idea coming tomorrow

Come back for details.

Topics: Wixie, covid-19

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