Kindergarten Curriculum + Freebies and Videos!

I get a lot of requests to have ONE document the paces out all of my curriculum programs for the year!  Of course like any great teacher you are probably already thinking about the changes you’ll make to your instruction for the rest of this year possibly, but mainly the changes for next year!  I recently compiled all of those documents into this one updated document!  This document will pace out KinderLiteracy, Guided Reading Mega Bundle, KinderMath, KinderWordBuilding, and KinderPhonics for the year!  You can download the document by clicking the image below or HERE!

Below I will be sharing a little about each of my curriculum programs in case you aren’t familiar with them!  I believe in my packets and the effectiveness and the DELIGHT they can bring to students and teachers!  For that reason I will include videos of each when available and a free preview of each curriculum as well!  That way you can try them out with your littles!  There are EIGHT free packets below so be sure to download those! 
Up first is KinderWordBuilding!  I recently released KinderWordBuilding less than a month ago!  KinderWordBuilding is a versatile intervention program!  The program is versatile in the fact you can take the program and plug it into an open part of your day!  That might be a grade level intervention time, guided reading, phonics, para support, or just about anywhere else you can squish it!  The program is systematic and efficient!  The program is based upon this basic model- students will build words, write those words, read those words, and then build word level fluency!  All of that is included within the packet!  You can download a free week of KinderWordBuilding HERE!  KinderWordBuilding is a 20 week program covering 115 instructional days!  You can view more on TpT by clicking HERE or the image below!
Below is a preview of a KinderWordBuilding lesson in action!  In the video you will see the whole-group word building and word writing!


Up next is KinderWordBuilding‘s little brother…Firstievention!  I knew that a first grade version would be a must!  I couldn’t let down my first grade teacher buds, but even more I knew my high-flying kinders would need it as well!  Firstievention follows the same format as the kinder version…however all of the skill focuses and materials are completely new!  You can try out a week of Firstievention for free HERE!  Firstievention is also a 20 weeks and 115 instructional day program just like KinderWordBuilding!  You can check it out on TPT by clicking HERE or the image below!
If you’ve been searching for a comprehensive math curriculum then I have you covered for that too!  KinderMath is a 15 weeks or 150 instructional days!  The units truly have everything you’ll need to run a successful whole-group math lesson! KinderMath units included teacher “simple read” lesson plans. You will not need to rewrite these lesson plans, unless you choose do. If so I have included editable lesson plans. Each week I have planned out the; big idea, focus standards, vocabulary, checks for understanding, critical thinking starters, and material/prep list. Also included is the pre and post test!  You can download a free lesson of KinderMath by clicking HERE!  You can view more about KinderMath and the scope and sequence of the the units HERE on TPT!
Below is a video of a KinderMath lesson in action along with a couple additional video snippets from our favorite number sense games!  The video isn’t a complete KinderMath lesson, but the number sense and fluency parts!

I first introduced my love of close reads when I released by close read bundle!  After using that program for two years I realized there were some major pieces “missing” that I was constantly having to recreate each week!  That is when I decided to mix in those original close reads with a lot of new “ingredients” and out popped KinderLiteracy!  I do still honor a credit to my shop if you own those original close reads and want to swap them for KinderLiteracy!  You can always email me for that!  So, what is KinderLiteracy?  KinderLiteracy 35+ week COMPLETE literacy curriculum.  Everything you need for your whole-group shared reading!  You get weekly poems, simply-print close read lesson plans, daily independent practice, weekly skill checks, weekly crafts, and so.much.more.  You can download a couple of free preview HERE!  You can view a lot more on the TpT listing HERE or the image below!
Below is a look at Day 3 of a KinderLiteracy week!  Day three focuses around the text dependent questions!  This video is from The Three Bears week!

FirstieLiteracy is the first grade version of KinderLiteracy!  All new books and activities fill FirstieLiteracy!  FirstieLiteracy covers 30 weeks of instruction! You can snag a free week of FirstieLiteracy HERE! (In the TPT preview.) You can check out more of FirstieLiteracy HERE on TpT!

Below is a look at Day 3 of a FirstieLiteracy week!  Thanks so Ashley for letting us see it in action + see her adorbs baby bump! 🙂

If you are looking for a curriculum to fit your whole-group phonics needs I have you covered for that too!  This phonics curriculum is made up of three units; Letters A-Z, Letters to Sounds, and Sounds to Words. The program is well thought out and does not ask of unrealistic measures from the teachers or the students. The program is flexible and can work in place of or with your current phonics curriculum.  KinderPhonics is a 150 day curriculum program!  You can download a free preview of all three units HERE!  You can can learn more about the units on TpT HERE!
Now to focus on small-group instruction!  If you’re needing step by step guided reading lesson plans which include: lesson plans, books, writing templates, and more!  My step by step packets just need printed and you’re set!  Along with the step by step guided reading plans/readers you also get endless access to all of my kindergarten guided reading packets!  You can snag a free week of my kindergarten guided reading HERE!  You can also learn a lot more about the bundle on TpT HERE!
And if you’re a first grade teacher looking for guided reading material then I’ve got you covered too!  The first grade bundle contains 28 weeks of step by step material and a ton of guided reading extras!  You can download a free week of 1st grade guided reading HERE! You can also view more about this bundle on TpT HERE!

Wooo that was a long post! HA!  I hope you were able to grab some downloads that you can try out in your classroom! 
My true passion is assisting teachers in “taking the load off” when it comes to lesson planning!  I’ve found in my own classroom the huge relief when I am able to focus less on what I am going to teach and more on the actual implementation of it!  I’ve been able to do that with the ease of using my packets!  There’s no more tracking down what I’ll teach…instead how I’ll teach it AND even better….what fun”ness” I will be able to bring into our day!  I am for sure here to chat and help you figure out any classroom woes you’re having!  Always feel welcome to email me and we can chit chat!  Have a great week!With much love,

Tara West


  1. Awesomeness! This is awesomeness! Fit a first year teacher or teacher transiting from another grade to this grade. I agree the best part of teaching is the implementation of the lessons. This makes for a happier teacher and retention!

  2. Awesomeness! This is awesomeness! Fit a first year teacher or teacher transiting from another grade to this grade. I agree the best part of teaching is the implementation of the lessons. This makes for a happier teacher and retention!

  3. Tara,
    Where do I find the poster with the kinderphonics pictures? I won the kinderphonics bundle from you a few years ago and I am not finding the poster. Is that something that was added in an update? I love all of your resources and am so thankful that my principal is supporting me in using all of them. She is even going to buy a third license of kindermath for one of my teammates that can’t buy it right now so that our whole team is using it. You rock!!!!

  4. Hello!
    I have purchased your Pre-K Literacy Curriculum and Pre-K Themed Literacy and Math Centers. I was wondering if the centers could be aligned with the literacy curriculum.
    Thank you for the terrific resources.

    1. Hi there! Yes, several of the centers overlap with PreK Literacy! I will also be creating a second set of the centers to offer even more that overlap with the PreK literacy program!


  5. Several colleagues highly recommended your products. I purchased several of the bundles. Was wondering if you would please provide some direction on the Kinder Calendar? Do you have a video of a lesson I can view?

  6. I have a question regarding your preK math/ literacy 2. Is this the set you were recently discussing that was going to be updated and an email was going to be sent out. Or was it the first set? I saw this on a video (I cannot find the video to verify which set it was. 20 centers/themes for $20.00)

    1. The writing center is designed to be used during literacy center block (teacher is meeting with small guided reading group and other kiddos are working independently!

  7. I have seen your math centers. But now that i woukd like to order them I cannot find them. What are they called and whete can i order them from for kindergarden?

  8. I have purchased the FirstieSurvival Curriculum and can’t wait to do it the first week of school! I am wanting the kinder procedural books for scissors, glue, etc. Do you have those separately?

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