Tara West

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Are you new to distance learning or homeschooling and feeling unsure? Reach out to me directly at littlemindsatworkLLC@gmail.com I'm working alongside parents, guardians, and teachers! Happy to help! -Tara
 
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**Join my private Facebook Group to join fellow Pre-K, Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade teachers that use my curriculum! Collaborate, chat and share ideas with like-minded teachers! Join the private Facebook group H E R E!KinderandFirstie
Subjects:
Balanced Literacy, Life Skills, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Printables
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Kindergarten Guided Reading: Week 22 (Free Preview) Did you hear the AWESOME news? My Kindergarten Guided Reading MEGA Bundle just got a HUGE face lift! All new book formatting, added teacher resources and more! If you own the bundle or easy
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Literature Circles
FREE
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By Tara West
Second Grade Guided Reading: Week 1 (Free Preview) This is a free preview to my Second Grade Guided Reading Curriculum. View the bundle HERE! What's Included? This is a one week's of guided reading material! You get: 2 easy readers (a below,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Literature Circles
FREE
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By Tara West
What's the big deal?This bundle boasts 28 weeks of EXPLICIT guided reading material! Each week you get: 2 easy readers (a below, on, and above level of each) and a detailed lesson plan sheet for each week!- 28 weeks (include teacher lesson plans
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
1st, 2nd, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Literature Circles
$58.00
806
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By Tara West
Guided Reading Curriculum MEGA BUNDLE {First Grade}SAVE BIG WITH THE BUNDLE!After many requests it is finally here! All of my best selling guided reading curriculum packets BUNDLED in one easy purchase! What's the big deal?This bundle boasts 28
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Literature Circles
$98.00
$68.00
1,391
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By Tara West
Firstie Fluency SentencesThanks so much for viewing my Firstie Fluency Sentences! This packet is versatile in how you use it to best fit your students. The first option would be to use these sentences as part of your intervention groups. When
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$6.00
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Firstie Write it Sound by Sound {150 cards included} Thanks so much for viewing Write sound by sound! This packet contains 150 guided sound box writing card. The students can write the sounds in each box or you can choose have them push up the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$6.00
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By Tara West
12 Short Vowel Comprehension Passages {a primary packet} Thanks so much for viewing my RTI Comprehension Passages! This packet is versatile in how you use it to best fit your students. The first option would be to use these passages as part of
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$3.00
203
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By Tara West
Write it Sound by Sound {a primary packet} Thanks so much for viewing Write sound by sound! This packet contains 30 guided sound box writing card. The students can write the sounds in each box or you can choose have them push up the sounds using
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$4.00
168
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By Tara West
Thanks so much for viewing Say it with Speed! This packet contains four sets of student led fluency activities. The students will build their fluency skills for letter names, letter sounds, nonsense words, and phoneme segmentation. These fluency
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$3.50
196
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By Tara West
Read and Retell {a primary packet} Thanks so much for viewing Read and Retell! This packet contains ten teacher-led stories. The students will then represent the sequence of events from the story using one of the four options available in the
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$4.00
257
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By Tara West
RTI Fluency Passages Thanks so much for viewing my RTI Fluency Passages! This packet is versatile in how you use it to best fit your students. The first option would be to use these passages as part of your intervention groups. When focusing on
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$5.00
1,010
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By Tara West
Introducing Students to Guided Reading {whole group approach} In this packet I will provide you with two weeks of whole-group lesson plans, books, and printables. I run this introduction to guided reading for two weeks. I call students down to
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Guided Reading Books, Printables
$5.00
1,055
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By Tara West
First Grade Close Reads BUNDLED {45 weeks included} Close reading...is not a change to what you teach- just how you teach it! In this packet you will get 45 {20 nonfiction and 25 fiction} weeks of explicit close read lesson plans. Please note that
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$25.00
$22.00
426
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First Grade Nonfiction Close Reads {20 Weeks Included} Close reading...is not a change to what you teach- just how you teach it! In this packet you will get 45 {20 nonfiction and 25 fiction} weeks of explicit close read lesson plans. Please note
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$12.50
84
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By Tara West
First Grade Fiction Close Reads {25 Weeks Included} Close reading...is not a change to what you teach- just how you teach it! In this packet you will get 25 weeks of explicit close read lesson plans. Please note that these close read lessons are
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$12.50
78
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By Tara West
Guided Reading Kindergarten Curriculum MEGA BUNDLESAVE BIG WITH THE BUNDLE!After many requests it is finally here! All of my best selling guided reading curriculum packets BUNDLED in one easy purchase! What's the big deal?The kindergarten guided
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Guided Reading Books, Printables, Literature Circles
$98.00
$68.00
3,120
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By Tara West
Kindergarten Close Reads BUNDLED {50 weeks included} * * If you're looking for a complete comprehensive literacy curriculum that uses close reads along with poetry and writing you can view my new KinderLiteracy units * * Close reading...is not a
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$28.00
$25.00
1,373
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By Tara West
Kindergarten Fairy Tales Close Reads {5 Weeks Included} Close reading...is not a change to what you teach- just how you teach it! In this packet you will get 5 weeks of explicit close read lesson plans. There are 5 days of lesson plans for each
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$4.00
1,102
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By Tara West
Kindergarten Nonfiction Close Reads {20 Weeks Included} Close reading...is not a change to what you teach- just how you teach it! In this packet you will get 20 weeks of explicit close read lesson plans. Topics: Frogs, Dinosaurs, Dolphins, Snakes,
Subjects:
English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Literature
Grades:
PreK, Kindergarten, 1st
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Printables
$12.00
701
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Tara West is a curriculum author and kindergarten teacher. Her curriculum first began when she realized that her students were missing many components when only being exposed to big box curriculum. She spent countless hours pouring over research with regards to various types of curriculum methodologies and teaching methods which she felt would be applicable to her students’ diverse learning needs. Mrs. West then implemented that research into her classroom. When she noticed that the results were surpassing previous years’ performance, her principal allowed her and the rest of her teaching team to utilize the curriculum that she had created. The results were phenomenal and from there Tara continued to take these classroom-tested ideas and methods to the next level by creating her KinderCurriculum and FirstieCurriculum. She continues to research best practices as well as new and innovative methods which she tests in the classroom and translates it into new curriculum. Mrs. West has received feedback from thousands of classroom teachers from around the globe to help validate student performance and teacher buy in.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My teaching style is that of balanced literacy, techonology, hands-on, and all the while following district curriculum!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood.

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