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." 


Thursday, December 14, 2017

12 Days of Giving - Day 11


Welcome to Day 7 of The Twelve Days of Giving!  I'm teaming up with my teaching partner, Renee, from The Teacher Bag. to bring you 12 days of freebies.  Be sure and hop over to her blog, The Teacher Bag, to grab your freebie!  

Be sure and come back tomorrow for our final freebie!   In the meantime, be sure and check out these resources that are on sale now in my TpT Store!
Just go to my store and search "Christmas" to find all of my holiday resources are on sale!  Oh, yeah, and that one football themed game, also!  Gotta get ready for playoff season!  



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

12 Days of Giving - Day 10


Welcome back for the 10th Day of Giveaways!  I've put together a Color by Code Gingerbread Freebie for today!  My students love coloring and I love incorporating an academic twist.  Hey, anything for engaging my students and getting in some extra practice with sight words. 

The hidden bonus is extra fine motor development!  With so much technology in our homes and classrooms, I try to make sure my students have some type of fine motor activity every day! 


























If your students enjoy this, you may want to take a look at these resources!  I've created sets for every season to keep my students engaged all year long!

These Color by Code resources are also great for word work tubs, quick sub plans, early finishers, wake up morning work, and homework! 





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

12 Days of Giving - Day 9


Welcome to Day 9 of the 12 Days of Giving! I hope you are enjoying the freebies and finding them helpful as you plan and teach these weeks before the holiday break.  Hop on over to The Teacher Bag  to grab your day 9 freebie!

Don't forget to hop over tomorrow for another Gingerbread themed freebie!

Monday, December 11, 2017

12 Days of Giveaways - Day 8


Welcome back to my blog and Day 8 of the 12 Days of Giveaways!  Today's freebie has a back story.  This resource developed over the need to comply with the expectations of administration and my own feelings about instilling a love of reading in my students.  For all the details, look back at this post!


But suffice it to say, these independent reading logs allow your students to record their reading independently...no need to stress out the parents.  It also makes recording reading minutes fun!  I want everything that has to do with reading to be FUN!  (Not a chore!)























I hope you enjoy this freebie!  If you find it helpful for your students, please check out my other themed reading logs!




Sunday, December 10, 2017

12 Days of Giving - Day 7


Welcome to Day 7 of The Twelve Days of Giving!  I'm teaming up with my teaching partner, Renee, from The Teacher Bag to bring you 12 days of freebies.  Be sure and hop over to her blog, The Teacher Bag, to grab your freebie!  

If you use QR codes in your classroom, you may want to check out this word work activity!  It's a fun engaging activity for your word work tubs!  I've put this and some other holiday resources on sale through December 12!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The 12 Days of Giving Day 6




Day 6
Welcome back and thanks for hopping over to the blog!  I hope you and your students are enjoying the daily freebies!  

Today's freebie is a Gingerbread themed Color by Code Addition Worksheet! Now, I'm not a huge worksheet fan!  However, kids do enjoy coloring and it's so good for their fine motor development! I started creating these for my students last year!  I created worksheets for reinforcing math strategies that we were learning at the time.  My students enjoyed discovering what the completed picture would look like.  So then I got the bright idea to make Color by Code worksheets for sight word reinforcement, also!  

My students LOVE color by code worksheets!  Seriously!  They get so disappointed when I don't put one in our math tubs or word work!  Click on the picture above to download your freebie!

I hope your students will enjoy this freebie!  

You may want to check out the resources below so your students can have fun while practicing skills during the crazy days before the holiday break!

On Sale December 9-10!

Friday, December 8, 2017

The 12 Days of Giving - Day 5



Day 5

Welcome to Day 5 of the 12 Days of Giving! I have teamed up with my teaching partner, Renee, from The Teacher Bag to give you 12 days of freebies. Hop on over to The Teacher Bag to grab your day 5 freebie!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The 12 Days of Giving - Day 4




Day 4
Welcome back and thanks for hopping over to the blog!  I hope you and your students are enjoying the daily freebies!  

Today's freebie is a seasonal themed Fill-it-in Poster!  Print the full color poster and laminate!  Then use a dry erase marker to fill in the boxes whole class!  This is part of our daily schedule now and my kiddos understand 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, 1 less like champs!  I hope you'll try this in your classroom!  





*Tip - Print two to a page and your students can  play with partners!  
You may want to check out the resources below!  These are on sale for 2 days!  
These Fill it in Resources are on sale December 7-8!




Wednesday, December 6, 2017

12 Days of Giving - Day 3




Day 3

Welcome to Day 3 of the 12 Days of Giving! I have teamed up with my teaching partner, Renee, from The Teacher Bag to give you 12 days of freebies. Hop on over to The Teacher Bag to grab your day 3 freebie!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

12 Days of Giving

DAY 2

Today’s freebie is a Gingerbread Sentence Fix-it!   Do your students need practice with writing conventions as much as mine do?  I have some students who continue to forget capitals and punctuation!  I like using these "quick fixes" as a morning warm up or word work activity in order to provide daily practice!  My students need practice with telling and asking sentences, also! 



DAILY DEAL

If you are in need of more sentence practice, check out my daily deal.  All of my Sentence Fix-its and Quick Fixes are on sale today (12/5/17).  Check them out below:
             





Monday, December 4, 2017

12 Days of Freebies



Welcome to the 12 Days of Giving! I have teamed up with my teaching partner, Renee, from The Teacher Bag to give you 12 days of freebies. Since we can't thank you in person, the next best thing is to give you freebies! This year's theme is GINGERBREAD! Hop on over to The Teacher Bag to grab your day 1 freebie!



Monday, November 27, 2017

The Joy of Reading!




Are reading logs killing the joy of reading in your students? “Reading is important!”  That is not up for debate!  But stealing the joy of reading from young children and families does not have to be part of the experience! 

So here’s the scenario: 
It’s 7:00 and your kiddos are winding down.  You’ve established a wonderful bedtime ritual of reading before bedtime.  Your children are in their cozy pajamas and you’re snuggled up together reading some great books.  You finish the last book and your children may or may not remind you to complete the reading log.  You don’t want them to miss out on the reward!  (Yes, I’ve even been THAT teacher!)  Now, the search for the backpack or the reading log begins!  Maybe you complete the reading logs and put it right back in the backpack.  Maybe you complete the reading log and leave it on the kitchen table and then it gets tossed in the recycling when you collect the newspapers.  Now it’s the next morning and you’re rushing to get ready for work and school and your searching for the backpack and the reading log. 

As a mother of 4 daughters, I have completed my “unfair” share of reading logs.  That’s right, “I have completed them!”Typical reading logs are all about the parents, right?  The parents write down the title and the minutes read or record the page numbers.  All of this usually happens right at bedtime which disrupts that moment of connection between parent, child and book!

And this is supposed to encourage our students to read?!

As a teacher for 20 years, I've assigned the weekly reading log.  I've even had parties for reading minutes and celebrated those recorded minutes!  You know...the celebration for the parents that had it all together and completed the reading log!  Well all that's in the past...

I want to encourage reading not make it a chore.  I created reading logs for my students that are fun and kid-focused!  Students take ownership of "logging" minutes and are responsible for completing the reading logs!

I want my students to read every night.  I start by asking them to read for 10 minutes a night.  But soon they realize that they have built their "stamina" and like to read longer!  These reading logs allow for students to record their reading in increments of 10 minutes.  Students, not parents, color one picture for every increment of reading.  In the picture below, students would color one Christmas light bulb for every 10 minutes!  Then after coloring five bulbs, they would have read 50 minutes!  


It's easy for them to add their own minutes (counting by 10s)  and record the weekly total!  I like how they are practicing counting, as well as reading lots!  I have several students asking for extra reading logs each week!  They love being responsible and seeing their success!  The results in my class have been great!   


Tips for Success


  • I teach my students how to set the timer on our iPads at school.  I encourage parents to show their children how to use a timer that's available at home...phone, tablet, kitchen timer...anything that the child can use INDEPENDENTLY!  
  • Practice at school first!  When I introduce Read to Self, we color in our reading logs for practice!
  • Encourage your students to read to younger siblings, pets, or stuffed animals!  It's fun to have an audience!
  • Celebrate class success instead of highlighting individual minutes!  Everyone gets to enjoy a celebration after the entire class reaches a goal.  This removes the competition!
If this sounds like something your students would enjoy,  click on the picture below for a free reading log to try!