December 31, 2012

Rr Phonics Freebie

I have got to get ready for school on Thursday... that is right. Students return on Thursday! We are going straight into the letter Rr since I am slightly behind on my letter order. I am hoping to use these two days to help me catch up. 

I was hoping to finsish an Rr pack, but I have spent so much time on the sight word packs, I just haven't had the time. If I can, I will post one... if not... well, enjoy the freebie!

Here is the first sight word pack for Fry 1-100 Sight words.
 I am almost done with the second pack for Fry words 101-200. 

And here is the Rr phonics sheets uploaded and ready to be grabbed. Both this version and D'Nealian are loaded. This file is huge. I will most likely have to split the standard and D'Nealian versions in the near future, but for now they are together.

click the picture or {here} to grab this HUGE FREE download.

Have a safe and happy New Years Eve!

December 30, 2012

Top Posts of 2012

It has been just over a year since I began my blogging journey. I remember looking at my "stats" to see 25 people read my blog one day in December... I was like WOW!

Now, well... a few more people read my blog daily that the 25 from last year... and it warms my heart to read comments and feedback form you all. My goal has always been to share what I do, how I do it, and to give a lot of stuff away. Sometimes it is an idea, other times it is a printable, and every time it should be fun. 

For 2013, my goal is to continue to maintain my blog. I may not post daily (but I try to do it pretty close to daily) but I will update it often. I am also still committed to giving away tons to you guys. Teachers needs freebies! I also have a few "plans" up my sleeves for some great products, some great opportunities for myself as an educator and mommy, and some aspirations as a teacher. I am never happy just "being" I like to be the best I can be!

I think my biggest freebies of the year have been my Dr. Jean ABC Cheers and my Phonics Sheets.
My goal is to continue these as "forever free." And as always, a HUGE thanks to Dr. Jean for allowing me to use her cheers to give away to you guys.

I had a few (okay, so more than a few) successful posts.

My top 5 posts of 2012 are:
5. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves Post- This was a shocker for me. I loved this unit and I guess you guys did too... This was one of my best sellers (even over the Halloween version) this year. There is also a freebie attached.
4. Dr. Jean Freebie- this is a favorite of mine as well as yours!
3. All Aboard Post about the Polar Express Plus Unit- I am not sure if you guys loved the product or the freebie, or both... but I know you guys loved this post.
2. Snap Word Post- about my most favorite sight word flashcards of all time! This was a shock "top post" but I am glad so many of you are getting to know these fantastic cards now.
1. My First Week Back post with images of my ready to go classroom

So, what to say now?
Please comment below on the kinds of posts YOU like to read about and see. It helps me to focus my energy on what you guys need as well as what I like to write about. 

December 29, 2012

Center Saturday

Hi All! I hope you are ready to see the "Holiday" centers we completed just before break.
I planned a full week of centers NOT thinking about our party, Polar Express Day, and day off. My poor little guys had to work hard. I decided to NOT do work centers for the two days in January we have in the week as a reward.

Here is what we did to learn about the letter Uu, the -ot family, and Holidays Around the World.
Yellow- Math- We arranged our umbrella numbers in order.
Orange- Writing- We did our Santa Write Me Three activity- you can grab it {here} for free.
Red- Reading- We sorting letters, words, and numbers using ornaments on the tree. I used different color ornaments for the different students so I could use this as an assessment.
Purple- Phonics- We sorted -ot words and -op words using this worksheet from The Mailbox. I chose purple paper to glue it on since it was at the purple table. 
Blue- Unit- This was a game I made called Deliver the Gifts from my Polar Express Plus Unit.
Green- Unit- We made these cute and fun Christmas cards for our parents. I *think* we got the idea (many years ago) from Family Fun magazine.

I hope you guys has so much fun before the break like we did. 
What do you teach the month of January?
We do Landforms, Snowmen, Polar Animals, and such.

December 28, 2012

Sight Word Help and Fry List 1 FINISHED

I jot down my "ideas" for the classroom all the time and work on "the list" whenever I have time. 
Sometimes the files are little, while other times they are way more than I bargained for!
(A teacher can dream big right???) I dreamed really big on sight word packs for my classroom.

First, let me remind you guys how I check off sight words in my room. I send home a list with each student. AND I give each student a copy of their booklet for their book baskets. Additionally, I have a copy for just me to assess with in a basket. 
I use a different color marker for each time I assess the student and keep track of their progress on the front cover. If they are struggling with a few words, I make sure to give them flashcards of them on index cards and I reward achievement with stickers. 
These booklets were from last year and cover the Dolch list, not Fry. Therefore I can not use them this year. 

For the past two weeks, I have been working on a Fry List file. My county has moved towards this list for the first time, so I feel a little lost. My flashcards have most of the words, but not all the words. My worksheets do not include all the words I need either.
What to do... WHAT TO DO?
When in these situations... I create! This has been on my "must do" list for a while!

Click on the picture or {here} to see this file on TpT, Here it is on TN
 This pack has sight word worksheets for EACH 100 sight words.
It also has two types of flashcards and/or word wall cards. One in plain and the other is phonetic, (meaning it is color coded for being able to sound out the word correctly or not and with arcs and blending bars for additional phonics support.)
Lastly, I included a sight word booklet to keep in the classroom and send home for extra practice and assessment. 

I plan on expanding this idea to the next several Fry Lists, since I have a few readers who already know way more than 100 sight words! I will be sending out these lists as soon as I get pack in January. I hope I can get the second set done by then too!

I can't wait to share my Center Saturday post with you guys tomorrow! I hope you all have a very blessed weekend.

December 26, 2012

Post Christmas Love

Happy {Post} Christmas!
I am much more stress free today and in a GREAT mood. We had a great Christmas and I was able to clean, organize, and sort ALL day today. My house is officially "Christmas Free" as all the decorations on the inside are put away. {Hubs still has to lug them into the attic but they are all ready for him to do so!}

I love doing this while my daughter is in full "Play" mode. As long as she is obsessed with her new toys, I can work away!  I still have to work on the upstairs tomorrow... but I see the light... I see the light!
I was also happy to get Christmas packed away in my classroom before I left for the break. 
So... when I return to work on January 2nd... I can go full force towards the new year. 

I was also able to get a new product posted right before Christmas. It is for Valentine's Day... but it is NEVER to early to plan ahead right?
I got these books and CD from my scholastic book clubs for super cheap so be on the lookout for your listening stations.
grab it {here} on TpT, here on TN

December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve!

I am so sorry... but I have no blogging juice lately!
Seriously... I can't bring myself to to write anything down.
I think I am just overwhelmed... but at least Christmas is almost here!

One thing I want to share is my most favorite Christmas craft I purchased and used this holiday season... The Polar Express Craftivitiy and Printables by a sweet blogger names Stephanie.

click the picture or {here} to grab this craft!
My class made both crafts and LOVED it. Prep was easy. My three year old wants to make this as well, so I brought an extra set home for her "art time."

I only tell you guys about the products I actually pay for, LOVE, and use in my classroom- this is def one I think is worth the money... and this one is something I love! (And no this blogger didn't ask me to write about this product... I bought it on my own and ASKED her if I would share.)

Put this on your wishlist as this is a MUST HAVE!

okay... on to final Christmas prep! I am soooooo excited! Church in a bit, then hubs family tonight. My family is tomorrow. 

December 19, 2012

Letter to Santa FREEBIE

I needed an easy way to get my students to write their letters to Santa this year... 
then I got carried away! Oh well... how would you like a FREEBIE file for your students to write their own letters to Santa with?
Here is what one of the versions I used in my class.
Click on the picture or hit {here} to grab this file!

December 18, 2012

If You Take a Mouse to the Art FREEBIE

 Last year, I found a great pin on Pinterest that I LOVED
and wanted to try in my classroom.
(More on this below and you can grab these templates
 if you keep reading!)

It was an art project based off the book
If You Give a Mouse to the Movies. 

So... here is what I borrowed and created for my classroom using my own original writing prompt.

 Here are some additional responses my students wrote that made me laugh.

 what do you do when you find a GREAT idea on Pinterest
 that you want to use for your room?
Can you recreate it for your own personal class- YES!
Can you recreate it for others to sell or share- NO!

I never make or share things I don't think of on my own...
 it just isn't right! Just use it for yourself.
I always ASK bloggers if I can share their idea that I loved on my blog...
 because that is polite!

Now, since I loved this art so much...
I researched where it was created.
(It took me a whole 2 clicks to find the blog post it was published on.)
Then I asked the creator Cara, awesome and so wonderful,  if I could share her idea
 (as her idea with credit given) and share the art templates I created to go with it.

Here is her blog.
{I felt comfortable asking Cara to share these pattern pieces since she never sold or gave away these template herself that I was aware of.
(BUT I ASKED anyways to MAKE SURE.)
She was so thankful I asked her first and gave me FULL PERMISSION
to share this freebie of her idea with you guys.
Otherwise I was going to link over to the pattern pieces she created, if they existed.}

So I put together this quick freebie in case you want to do a little
If You Give a Mouse to the Movies art project.

You can grab this writing prompt and many more fun activities in my pack {here.}

Thanks Cara for the willingness to allow me to share!
Freebie Fridays

December 17, 2012

Snowmen to Make Me Happy

I have updated my snowman unit from last year completely... has been given a facelift and content adjustment. I made sure that anyone who bought it last year and this year (so far) can update it by going to the "My Purchases" tab on TpT. 

This unit includes:
Math Activities include:
Number Chart (4 Different Versions)
Fill the Ten Frame Game
Parts of a Snowman Spinner Graph
Number Compare (3 sets of cards and a worksheet)

Literacy Activities include:
“How to Make a Snowman” Little Book
Snowman Sequence Cards and Sheet
Write Me Three Writing Prompts ( 6 total)
Snow Many Letters Game
Sight Word Memory and ABC Order Activity
Snowman at Night Reading Comprehension Game (24 Questions)
All I Need for a Snowman Reading Comprehension Game (24 Questions)
Printables for comparing, beginning, middle, and end, write 3 events, and story expansion for the stories listed above

Even though my heart is still hurting from the events of this past week, I decided to post this in case there is a teacher out there who needs this unit to help teach this week. (I know I have been struggling to keep my focus!)

I am unsure what I need to address with my Kinders tomorrow... who know what about the events and who doesn't know anything at all. I am sure extra hugs will be given and more positive praise will be heard. I am also aiming to do at least 26 Random Acts of Kindness in honor of those precious lives lost.

December 15, 2012

Center Saturday

I usually prep this post by Friday night each week, but I just could.not.type.these.words yesterday.
I am not good with words in tragic times and I know my hurt and suffering is a drop in the bucket compared to so many today. I just wish I could take a little of their burden or hurt away.

Center Saturday is my favorite post of the week... and so I will carry on with it. 
This week we learned about the letter Uu, -ug family, Christmas Around the World, and we have begun to talk about money.

(Remember to look at the border colors to match the descriptions below.)

Yellow- Math- Ordering umbrella numbers to 36.
Orange-Handwriting- Uu sentences with picture clues.
Red- Reading- Sorting Letters, Words, and Numbers on Ornaments using Christmas Trees.
Purple- Phonics- Puzzle Bug- Making and reading a bug using the -ug family words. This is from The Mailbox book on Word Families.
Blue- Unit- circling the largest number on the poinsettia. I made this hard using numbers like 15, 51, 50, and 5. It is a good practice for number sense.
Green- Unit- Sorting using the 5 Senses. This game is from Lakeshore.

December 13, 2012

Letter Bb Activities

I have finished the letter Bb phonics sheet a little early! Woo Hoo!
 You can click on the picture or {here} to grab this freebie.

Since I am teaching this letter next week AND it is the week before Christmas, I didn't need a lot of activities, so I made this pack to fit my needs. It doesn't contain any math activities... but lots of Bb and Dd sorting practice!
Click on the picture or click {here} to see this pack as well.

Freebie Fridays

December 11, 2012

Techy Tuesday

What apps do I love?
I love a lot, but a sure fire HIT in any and every classroom is Letter School!

Here is a good pic of what your students will actually be doing using this app!

They tell you the letter and sound (or number) and then you have 3 turns to practice forming that letter. The first time you tap... and it makes you START FROM THE TOP!
The second time you trace to form an interactive track. Then last, you write on your own.
There are great visuals, sounds, and animation making this app a student tested and teacher approved app for sure!

I always download the lite version of an app first. This app was well worth the cost for the full version at $2.99 (as of 12/10/12). 

(or on the tabs on my blog that look like this.)
(Remember, I do not get paid to asked to promote these app. I just tell you want my students and I love to learn through and use.)

December 10, 2012

Uu Phonics

I updated the phonics file to include the letter Uu. 
Click on the picture or grab it {here} for free.
ALL my phonics sheets are included in this download... all for free... this font and D'Nealian versions.

Really... it is that easy!

December 09, 2012

Money Money Money {Freebie}

Do you teach money to your little learners?
Now, I know money recognition and knowledge isn't included in the new Common Core.
We do not have to "teach" this to our students, but 2nd grade is coming. 
{I believe they have to be able to break a $20 bill then... right?}

My school and myself do teach money to our students. 
{It is a great way to teach and use skip counting regardless.}

So... I have been working on coin identification this past week. We used real money to learn all about these coins. Since we have learned about a penny and a nickel so far, we made a Venn Diagram to compare these coins.
Here is what our chart looks like!
I put together a simple {and hopefully meaningful pack} to help you encourage learning for your students. 

Click the picture above or {here} to grab this pack FOR FREE!

December 08, 2012

Center Saturday

Welcome to a new center Saturday. This week we have been learning about the /ch/ sound, the sight word about, and 5 senses. Here are our work centers for this week. (Remember to look at the border color on the pictures to match it to the description!)
Yellow- Math- There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell Number Comparing. Students circle the largest number. (newer version here)
Orange- Writing- practice writing the c and h for the ch sound. (here)
Red- I took a simple tree pattern and wrote all the letters on the sheet THEN laminated it. I ask my students to circle all the vowels. Although this appears to be easy, for some students it is a challenge.
Purple- Phonics- Order the cheese cards into ABC order. (here)
Blue- Unit- This is a "Decorate the Tree" game to add the correct ornaments to that tree using Poms. (They are labeled with number words.) This is so much fun! (updated version here)
Green- Unit- This is a Mailbox hearing game where you use film containers to hide items and students practice their sense of hearing to guess and check what is in the container.

Of course we had to much fun learning and had so many smiles.
I am also lucky to work in a school where Christmas isn't a scary time. We respect our students at all times, but we are allowed to do fun learning activities using Christmas as well. 

December 06, 2012

Daily 5 Using If You Give a Pig a Pancake

So many teachers ask me about Daily 5 and how it works in my room. I promised to give you guys a glimpse of my room and daily 5 every now and then to let you see how I do it with my students.
Last week (AKA the week of sickness) we learned about the letter Pp. I love using the book, If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff. 
And I use my FUN pack to go with it. 
here on TpT
For word work this week, my students worked on making the using the Pp. We also did some Pp sorting activities. We sequenced the story and did some retelling activities using vocabulary words from the text. We also played memory and ABC order with these terms.
My group made pancakes (We did this by reading the directions, measuring the ingredients, doing step by step what is asked, and we also talked about how heat changes the batter into pancakes. Then we ate them!)
My assistant group used various writing prompts to get the students thinking and writing about using the text.
Another day we played a reading comprehension game to work with the kids on what they read and what they take away from the story.
We also listened to the book at our listening station.
Did we do all this in one day? NO WAY
Did we learn and use other text and activities to aid and assist learning? ABSOLUTELY
Does this help you out? PLEASE let me know! (hehe)

December 05, 2012

Holiday Ebook

Your best digital Christmas Present just got delivered... very early!
Click the picture or {here} to get this freebie!
What is the Holiday Ebook?
An amazing collection of FREEBIES and teaching ideas for Christmas from all your favorite bloggers. (And yes, I have a page in there for you! Page 8 to be exact!)
Download, read, and enjoy! It is seriously THAT easy!
The only work you will have is picking and grabbing the freebies you want for your classroom!

December 04, 2012

Happy Blogiversary to me!

I have officially been in the blogging world for one year.
 (What is the saying about babies? For the first year, you teach them to walk and talk. Then for the next 17 you teach them to sit down and shut up! haha... just saying...)
I have learned so much about the whole process and hope to give you guys better tips and tricks and amazing products you can use in your rooms.

I have called on the help of some of my fav bloggin ladies who inspire me everyday to do better and better! I am going to give away ONE item to each winner.

 I also made it easy for you to enter. You have two chances to enter... one for following me on Facebook and one for commenting below! (I told you it was easy!)

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