Kindergarten word walls?

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  1. DrivingPigeon

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    This is probably a stupid question, but do you put the entire word wall up at the beginning of the year, or do you add words as you learn them?

    Also, do you make your own word walls, or do you purchase pre-made sets? I've been looking all over for a kindergarten word wall set, but I can't find anything.
     
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    I looked for a set two years ago and could not find anything. I ended up buying a first grade set which worked perfectly for the first graders I tutored in my room. All of the other Kindergarten teachers that I have worked with made their own and hung them as they taught them.
     
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    I make my own cards using sentence strips. I hang the words as we learn them.
     
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    We put the words up as we learn them and I make my own. I like having their names up on the word wall to make it more useful and relevant so that goes up first. Then, we add words as we learn them from our scope and sequence and other words that I see the kids use a lot that I decide to add (one student lived with an aunt last year so we had aunt and ant with a picture beside them to help distinguish the words).
     
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    I, too, put them up as they are introduced in our scope and sequence. I don't put names on my word wall because I have them in at least 6 other areas of the room that they can reference. I also add words as they come up. For example, "because" is not on our kindergarten word list, but it is one so many of them end up using in their writing, so I usually add it. Also "Dear" when we start writing letters and other words like that.

    Put them up just a few at a time and explicitly teach them how to use the word wall. I actually let them witness me putting new words up and they have to tell me where to put them and why.
     
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    Thanks, everyone!
     
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    I made my own set of alphabet headers for my word wall using scrapbook paper and a neat font (free!) I found at fontfreak.com.

    Words walls are more meaningful to the children if you put words up as you go. The first words that I plan to put on the word wall are their names as we learn about one another in the first couple weeks. Other words will be words related to what we're learning about or any words they think are interesting.
     
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    As you learn them.

    You buy the ABC's for the top, but you make your own words. I have seen the pre-packaged word wall kits but they come with words already made and they don't ever match the words I need on my wall. Therefore, I make my words for my WW on the computer. I print them on lables, stick the labels to colored construction paper, and cut out so they have a colored border. See a picture of my word wall HERE.
     
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    You can print your words easily on any size notecards! I'm planning on doing this and changing the color font to represent the unit we are studying!
     
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    As we learn them, and I put the students' pictures up on the word wall with their names so they can learn to read and write classmates' names. They LOVE that!

    And I use a premade 1st grade one, but add my own as needed.
     
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    Professor Garfield's website has the cards from pre-primer all the way up to third grade. I've printed them out and laminated them.
     
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    How do I find this?
     
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    I just was looking around and you click on "Teacher's Lounge" down at the bottom. Lots of good stuff there.

    The only thing I don't like is the font. My kids get confused with the lower case "a". Comic Sans has the lower case letters that they are most familiar with.
     
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    Its actually good to have both fonts for the letters a and g. Most books have Times New Roman, so we need to make sure to expose them to that font and explicitly teach the kids that books will use different fonts/writing.
     
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    absolutely put the words up as you learn them. It should be blank we they first walk in the room (in anticipation). word wall represents their learning. they make connections with that learning - seeing each and every word go up. They learn not only that the word wall exists, but to actually use it as an indispensible tool.

    As a first grade teacher, we live by the word wall. I am moving districts this year and was packing up near the end of school. The kids took seeing me pack up pretty well (they'd come in and something else would be gone) - until I got to the word wall. Now, I didn't take the word wall down until about 4 days before the end of school, but it really bothered them. I learned from that experience to NEVER EVER take the word wall down until school is out!
     
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    Our "Words We Know" wall is empty the first day of school, but the first thing I put up are the children's names. Then I follow the scope and sequence of our reading/LA series and our county give us the words on tagboard to use. We add about 2 or 3 words a week. My teaching partner puts all the words up right away. She goes over them all the time and her children do learn them rather quickly.
    She just spotlights the current words during that week.
     
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    the problem with putting words up at one time is that kids don't make the same connection with them. they need to experience the creation of the word wall. They make learn to read those words, but they will not use them in their own writing as they will if they partake in the actual creation of the word wall.

    Just my two cents.
     
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    I put them up as we learn them. I made my own titled "Wild Words" I got a few yards of leopard print fabric and covered the bulletin board (instead of using paper). I put leafy vines along the top to make it wild! I make my own letters and word cards. pretty easy and everyone loves the fabric- you could really use any kind for any theme!
     
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    A great activity to do during whole group reading time is to chant the word wall. The kids love it! Its a great way to review the words quickly and model an activity they can do at center time. I pick one child each time to take the pointer and lead the class in chanting/reading the word wall. By the end of the year the kids become out of breath by the time they are done chanting it, and are amazed at all the words they now know.
     
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    I add little by little .... otherwise you defeat the purpose
     
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    I put them up as we learn them too... this year I'm trying something new - using The Three Habits of Highly Successful Reading Teachers... the kids are learning a new word a DAY (we usually do 4 a week) - so far we've learned almost 20 words (we didn't start for a few weeks)... it's AMAZING. :)
     
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    Wow, how did this post get revived? It's from before my first year of teaching, and now I'm in year three. Funny!
     
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    Thank you for "re-visiting" this :) I am a new K teacher and have been clueless to a word wall (I was a pre-K teacher before this).
    I am going to start this next week. I'll start with the kids' names, the colors we have learned so far and any words we've done.
    Question:
    Is this for high frequency words, not words like days of the week, months of the year, and words we are using during units like: butterfly, caterpillar, pumpkin, apple etc?
     
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    I use my word wall for names and high-frequency words. I have a ring of monthly words that I put in the writing center (pumpkin, Halloween, boo, etc.). I think it gets too busy if you put names, HF words, unit words, seasonal words, etc.
     

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