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Thursday, June 23, 2016

No More , How Do You SPELL..??? and a FREEBIE

Spelling.
( I know..I cringe at that word.)
Making sure each word is "perfect".
Students who STOP writing a wonderful story,
because they can't remember HOW to spell a word.
Just one word.
And then..they stop writing! UGH!

They ask themselves,
"What does it start with?"
Oh..I dunno...so where do they look?
What do they do?

ASK  THE  TEACHER!
NO!

Those DREADED words...
"HOW DO YOU SPELL...????"
Ugh!

We have gone over letter sounds, word families, vocabulary, picture prompts, word walls, word lists, dictionaries, pictionaries, and so on..and so on.

And still they ask.

So what is a teacher to do??


PINTEREST!

( The place where ALL questions CAN be answered!)

And so I search...

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/5911043239308984/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/515802963551850222/

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/42784265188753752/

SO MANY CHOICES!
( And don't EVEN get me started on WORD WORK!)

And so...what's a teacher to do?

Create MY OWN!

My district has adopted a curriculum.
I have 18 boxes waiting for me to unpack!

My PD for this new curriculum is 5 days before I have students!
I probably won't have time to REALLY dig into the program.
Surface teaching for a few weeks!

BUT...

My kiddos are ready... BEFORE I AM!

And so..
I create!

Here are a few of my newest 
SPELLING   creations!
( I do have access to the word lists...so I am using them!)

If you do not have 
CA   JOURNEYS

DO  NOT  FRET!

The word lists in this program can be used anywhere, anytime!
Homeschools, interventions, homework, practice pages!

Here is KINDERGARTEN




Here is  FIRST  GRADE



And  Grade  2



All of the lists are printed in black and white.
SAVES  ON  COLORED  INK!
( I print mine on colored paper!)

I print one copy for the student's desk.
A little tape on top..and voila!
Instant word wall for writing!
(NO MORE ...HOW DO YOU SPELL...)

The other copy I send home for homework each MONDAY!
They have to read & practice each night.
Spelling tests on FRIDAY!
I give "rewards" for 80% correct or higher!
I don't expect perfection...just effort in their work.

I add these word lists to SPELLING CITY on our ipads.
(If  you don't have SPELLING CITY for ipads...GET IT!) :)

They practice EVERY DAY!
They also must use the week's spelling words in their journals.
They read their journals to a partner.
WOW!
 Spelling, reading, writing, word lists, &  homework!

I think we've got this!

I hope you can use my new SPELLING Packets!

GOOD FOR ALL LEARNERS!

Leave me a comment 
which grade level you would like
 and I'll pick someone on
 SUNDAY Night,  June 26,
to send a FREEBIE to!

Good Luck!

Anyone need some AWESOME
Flair Markers
to correct those wonderful spelling lists?

( I let my kiddos use these to "HELP" a partner, too!)
LOVE THEM!


* This is an affiliate link :)



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Friday, June 17, 2016

Change YOUR Mindset...WORK - PLAY??? :)

I LOVE my job!
Really!

I love to plan, to create, to share with YOU!

BUT...

I   LOVE   VACATION!
Who  doesn't?

I am in GMA mode.

Disneyland Parade!

Princess staying with us for a while.

Family at the beach!
WHAT A VOLLEYBALL GAME! :)

And so...I have been playing!

BUT...
My brain won't STOP!


And so...I am trying to 
CHANGE MY MINDSET!

Instead of:

I MUST STOP!
I MUST LET IT GO!
IT'S SUMMER...STOP  WORKING!

I am changing my mindset to:
I AM GETTING ORGANIZED FOR NEXT YEAR.
I AM CREATING PRODUCTS THAT WILL HELP OTHERS.
I AM ENJOYING THE CREATIVITY I CAN EXPRESS!
This will make my classroom "work" easier & more engaging!

And so..
I create..

If YOU are in need of new & exciting products to help
 your classroom, homeschool, and students
become "independent learners"..

check these OUT!

                                Daily Proofreading Practice                                        BTS  HFW "DOTS"



This is HUGE!
YOUR  entire  year  in one MEGA  BUNDLE! :)
( Who  doesn't LOVE to be organized for the WHOLE  YEAR?) 
*  It correlates to CA JOURNEYS but....can be used for ANY  curriculum.


5 packets of HIDE & SEEK ( Kiddos LOVE this!)


 These products are also available individually!  :)


And for YOU!

A FREEBIE to help your kiddos when working on close reading!
ENJOY!

And so...
I am back to work, play, work, play!

I LOVE VACATION!
ENJOY YOURS!

Monday, June 6, 2016

HELPERS...How do YOU Choose them?

I want my kiddos to
HELP!
I am NOT your MAMA.
I am NOT your Grandma,
AND
I AM NOT YOUR MAID!
:)


We ALL work & play in our classroom.
If you work here,,,you are a part of our TEAM.
AND ALL Team members HELP!

So HOW to 
"Share the JOBS?"

Make it a 
CHOICE!

I don't 
CHOOSE
daily helpers.

I let them choose what they would like to do each day.

Here are my helpers:



I write their names on
  a  cardstock  strip .

I use a 12" X 36" pocket chart.



I have 
2 Clean Up Crew members,
2 Ball Handlers ( for recesses ),
and
2 Tech Teachers ( pass out / collect ipads )
1 line leader,
1 door holder,
and 1 messenger.

9 helpers each day.

My NUMBER 1 RULE!

If you are NOT quietlt in your seat when the 
BELL  RINGS.....

YOU CANNOT BE A HELPER
THAT DAY!

( Don't be Tardy...or NOISY!)

My kiddos LOVE it!

(I'm HERE & I'm QUIET!)
Hahahaha

and then...

I ask the next person on the card...
"_(susie)___ ",  would you like to be _( ball handler)_  or __(tech teacher)_"
( Go straight down the pocket chart...)

Until ALL the jobs are filled for the day!

They like having a CHOICE in their day!

and then...

I don't have to do the JOBS!

And...I LOVE THAT!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

5.5 days left...BUT WHO'S COUNTING????

I admit it.
I AM TIRED!

I am counting the days until vacation.
I am counting the days until I don't have to leave the house by 7:15 AM.
I am counting the days...until I can have coffee at 8:00 9:00AM. :)

Ah...I  Am  READY!

BUT...

My teacher BRAIN won't 
STOP!


I want to start getting ready for

NEXT  YEAR!!!

I know...relax, breathe...ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

I can't STOP! I want to plan!

We are getting a new reading program next year.

CA JOURNEYS here we come!

And so...I have begun.
I have begun to plan.
MY day, my month, my year!

I am starting my new projects today!

Here's a PREVIEW!




Focus Wall Printables









The BEST PART???

These Packets can be used with ANY program!
( Just because it follows CA Journeys...doesn't mean it will ONLY work with 
that program!)

Here is the FREE Focus Wall Headers... :)


How about 
DAILY   PROOFREADING    PRACTICE??





More on the WAY!
 Keep checking back!
:)

All available HERE.

Now...Where is my beach chair? :)
Time to relax! :)

5.5 days to go...  :)

Sunday, May 22, 2016

How to teach kids to EDIT their Writing

The question of ALL time...

HOW CAN I GET THEM TO "FIX" THEIR WRITING?

I ask them...Does it make sense?   They say  YES!
Have you "checked" your SPELLING?    They say  YES!
Do you have CAPITALS and PUNCTUATION?  They say YES!

HUH???  WHERE????
I cannot see capitals, puncuation, complete sentences!

AM I BLIND?
NO!

I teach FIRST GRADE!
To them...YES! It makes sense.
Yes! It's spelled correctly. ( I asked a friend...they said it was spelled right!)
And I think it has capitals & punctu...what?

Smile! ( Pretend)  They are learning.

So HOW...HOW..HOW do I teach them to correct their writing?
( Before they go to second grade?)

Reteach, review, scaffold, write daily, and do it again!


To help "GUIDE" the process...

Daily Proofreading Practice!




80 pages of HELP!

This booklet will support
CA Journeys 2017...

AND...

It can be used with ANY program!

Classroom & Homeschool

Daily editing, revising, rewriting.

Writing complete sentences correcting for 

spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other conventions. 

2 sentences per day. 

Made in a booklet style with 2 per page.

Black and white to save on ink!

Print once & be ready for the WHOLE SCHOOL YEAR!


Click "HERE" to see the entire packet!

Don't forget to click on the PREVIEW!

More added  weekly!