Monday, June 18, 2018

Hello Again!

If you’re reading this, then you’ve found my little piece of the internet!  I started this blog years ago to share the happenings in my first grade classroom...but clearly, I haven’t kept up with it!  Truthfully, I’ve had a couple of tough years and really needed to focus on school, my classroom and my students!

Let me re-introduce myself!  I am a first grade teacher of 20-22 little humans depending on the year! I teach at a charter school in Northern California and  I absolutely love my job! I am also a wife and mother to 4 beautiful, wonderful daughters, and one elderly chihuahua/terrier! I’m also a bit of a Disney enthusiast!

Soap Box: Just to clarify, charter schools are PUBLIC schools, and depend on taxpayer money to operate! I add that clarification because of our current political climate!  I believe as educators, we all need to support each other! So whether you teach in a public school, charter school, private school or homeschool, WELCOME to my blog!

Summer Reading

As teachers we are always encouraging a reading culture in our classrooms! I started the summer re-reading Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisper.

 I was once again inspired by her “book a day” challenge/movement.  I’ve invited my classroom families to follow along on my IG this summer as I read and post my books of the day.

Click the picture to follow along on Instagram!
Of course, I hope to encourage my current and former students to join in and read everyday this summer!  I’m also meeting my students at the library this summer. What do you do to keep your kiddos reading?

Friday, December 15, 2017

12 Days of Giving - Day 12

Welcome to the final day of our 12 Days of Giving!  I certainly enjoyed creating and sharing these resources with you!

My final freebie is a fun Nonsense Word Fluency Game that my students adore!  Again, I make every attempt to make learning fun and engaging for my students.  One of the best ways to do this is through games.  We all know that kids learn naturally through play, so why not create more opportunities for play in the classroom.

Nonsense word fluency measures a student's ability to decode individual phonemes and then blend them together to read. This ability to decode and blend is an indicator of a student's progress in acquiring early alphabetic principle skills.

I havea variety of Nonsense Word Fluency and Sight Word games that all follow the same format.  They're played like "Uno" and "Go Fish".  I teach my students how to play these games during the first months of school.   After students are familiar with how to play the game, I put these out for parent volunteers to play with small groups of students. Eventually, I put these games out for my early finishers!  The students love playing the games in pairs or small groups!

Try this freebie!  

If you are interested in more themed Nonsense Word Fluency Games, check these out or search my store by category, "Nonsense Word Fluency."