Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Super Sight Word Heroes

As teachers, it's so very rewarding to watch our little ones turn into READERS!  I teach first grade, and I often find that my students are all over the place: some come into my classroom reading above level, while others come in well below.  It's great to witness their growth throughout the year as everyone becomes successful readers!!

One component to learning how to read is sight word practice... and lots of it!  That's why I'm creating a series of sight word practice pages for my little ones.  Each page will focus on ONE sight word.  Take a look:
Kiddos will trace, write, color, stamp, circle, and read & copy a sentence using the sight word.  The sentences include picture support and have touch dots underneath each word to support tracking!

The examples above are from the Pre-Primer pack.  There are 40 words:
a - and - away - big - blue - can - come - down - find - for - funny - go - help - here - I - in - is - it - jump - little - look - make - me - my - not - one - play - red - run - said - see - the - three - to - two - up - we - where - yellow - you

You can grab Sight Word Super Heroes {Pre-Primer} now in my shop!  I've also included the Pre-Primer edition in the Sight Word Super Heroes {Growing Bundle}!  This bundle will soon include printables for the Primer and First Grade words, too!

Before I sign off, I wanted to show you a little "behind the scenes" look at a TpT-mama photoshoot!
Summer kept stealing stamps and crayons while I was trying to take my pictures!  She is seriously too cute!!! ::heart eyes::

Have a great night! :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Switch Witch!

Switch Witch is a NEW educational, healthy, and magical Halloween tradition!
This gift set comes with a 20 page hardcover book and a cute little witch for your home... or your classroom!
The story tells how the Switch Witch and her friends need your Halloween candy to heat their homes and keep the world of witches running all year.  Switch Witch will use a magic spell to Switchcraft your kids' Halloween candy into a special gift!

The Switch Witch is perfect for families or teachers looking for fun, healthy, allergy-free alternatives for Halloween!  Kids are still encouraged to trick-or-treat and ENJOY the tradition of Halloween.  Then, they will choose their favorite candies (however much you want to keep!) and trade the rest with the Switch Witch.
In the classroom, you can alter how you use the Switch Witch!  She makes a great classroom management tool for the month of October.

To introduce her to my class, I just put her on top of the bulletin board and waited for my students to notice her.  It took about half the day... when suddenly a student yelled, "Who's that witch?!"  I pretended I had no clue and "found" the book.  They *loved* it!

If you'd like to introduce The Switch Witch to your family or students, she is available at Target!  There is also a FREE app available on Google Play and the App Store.
How would you use The Switch Witch?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Classroom Tour 2015-2016

I am finally here with a mini tour of my classroom!  At least it didn't take me as long as last year-- October 11th vs. November 4th-- #winning!

Disclaimers:  (1) I took the pictures at the end of the day so there are scraps on the floor. And (2) I still have things to add into my room-- like birthdays on the birthday board?!-- I credit the delay to beginning of the year paperwork and due dates. ;)

Let's start off the tour with my desk space and bulletin board area:
I kept the same "black with pops of color" theme as last year for my boards.  Mystery of the year... will I ever add standards for Science & Social Studies??? 
The three turquoise bins are new to my teacher corner.  I keep all sorts of fun things inside like snacks, utensils, toiletries, extra markers, Scholastic flyers, calendar pieces...
Here's another view of the nook.  I keep copies for the week in the clear bins, which are labeled now, but not in this pic!  On the board I keep our high-frequency words, anchor charts, hand signals, and our clip chart (you can see the clips):

On the other side of the clip chart is my writing space on the chalkboard.  I keep book bins in the cubbies below.  Then all the way to the right of the board I have more goodies:
 Class rules, our Compliment Jar, voice levels, Wilson's anchor charts, etc.
If you turn yourself around, skipping the door and closets, you'll now be facing the back of my classroom.  
This year I got a new kidney table which I'm loving for small groups!
Keep going and you'll come to the little library (which at the time of this picture, didn't have books in it yet).  I created another nook in my room by using the white shelves to section the  space.  I really don't have a big classroom so I can't have a huge library space, but this is cute and it works!
Looking beyond the library you'll see my teacher aide's space, our sink and cabinets, the unfinished birthday board, and the door to our bathroom:
And that's just about it!  While I did make a few big changes to the classroom, it's pretty much the same look as last year's room.  I like what I like!  And I hope you like it, too! :)

Before I go... here's the sweetest picture of my little one roaming around my classroom in the days before school started:
Love! :)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pencil Cup Labels {Freebie}

During a trip to the Target dollar spot a couple weeks ago, I found these little metal tins that look like pencils!  I already own about 2379 little metal tins from Target, but how could I pass up ones that look like pencils?!  I knew they'd be PERFECT for my "sharp/please sharpen" pencils, so I snatched up a couple and made some labels.

Now I have new pencil cups for $2 plus a little time on the computer. :)

I made the labels in two shapes and two sizes, because I couldn't decide what I wanted.  Better for you... options!  I also included "dull" in case you prefer to use that.

They're available for free HERE.  I hope you can use them!

Have a great night!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Letter Sorts A-Z {Printables}!

Recognizing and identifying letters of the alphabet is such an important skill!  It opens the door for kiddos to make connections between the letters and the sounds they make.  To help all the littles {yours and mine!} practice their ABCs, I created a set of fun letter sorts!

Each sheet focuses on one letter of the alphabet, and asks students to identify and sort uppercase and lowercase letters.  The letters are written in various font types, allowing students to recognize letters and words written in fancy fonts {like in a lot of our TpT resources}!

Here is an example I started on my daughter's play mat... appropriately the letter "M" on top of a picture of a monkey :)  First, littles will cut and sort the letters.  You can even have them color the upper and lowercase letters in different colors before cutting, to help with the sorting {not shown}:

Once the letters are correctly sorted and glued, kiddos will work on letter formation by tracing and writing the upper and lowercase letters.  Last, they can color!  There's a little checklist at the top of each printable so students know what to do next.  Here is a completed copy:

Take a look at a close-up of another printable:

Letter Sorts A-Z {Printables} includes practice pages for all 26 letters of the alphabet.  You can add this pack to your files by visiting my TpT shop!  I hope you love it! :)

This resource, along with everything in my store, will be on SALE tomorrow, August 19th!  It's TpT's MORE LOVE for Back to School Sale!!  Enter code MORE15 at checkout for an additional 10% off your purchase!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Word Family Slide & Find for Short Vowels!!

Happy Thursday, Cupcakes!  I am so excited to be stopping in with a NEW PRODUCT!!  With a little one, it takes me a *bit* longer to finish something.  But hey, it all gets done, and I get baby snuggles, too! ;)

I created a set of practice sheets to help kiddos practice and master word families!  The pack is called Word Family Slide & Find for Short Vowels!!  You might have seen a little "teaser" on your Instagram feed a few days ago...

Each page includes a cute slider which kiddos will use to create 8 new words, plus a word search with all 8 words hidden inside!  On the bottom of the page, there is space for your students to use one of the family words in a sentence.

Here is an example of one in use {by me... I need to practice my word families, too!}.

There are 31 short vowel word families covered in all:
short a: -ab, -ack, -ad, -ag, -am, -an, -and, -ap, -at
short e: -ed, -ell, -en, -ent, -est, -et
short i: -ick, -ig, -in, -ip, -it
short o: -ob, -ock, -og, -op, -ot
short u: -ub, -uck, -ug, -um, -un, -ut

These printables are fun, engaging, and sure to be a hit among your students!  They are great for whole group, small group, or independent practice!

I'm also working on a set for long vowel word families!

If you're interested in grabbing Word Family Slide & Find for Short Vowels, head on over to my TpT shop!  They will be on sale until Midnight EST!  I hope you love them!!!