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Thursday, July 14, 2016

GAME CHANGER!!!

I love it when
SOMETHING WORKS!

YESSSS!!!!

I have
discovered, learned, found a BETTER WAY!

I LOVE 
BANNERS!

Obviously..
So  Does  PINTEREST!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/486670303464326987/


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/211317407494866485/

and so...

I needed some vocabulary words for MY classroom.
Different ones for EACH MONTH.
FAST & EASY for me.
High Interest for Kiddos.

TADA!

Vocabulary Banners!

I have a 
GAME  CHANGER
for YOU!



Tie a triple KNOT!
Yes, a TRIPLE KNOT...and staple it to one side of your board ( or window ).
Measure side to side. Add 3-4 inches!
Tie another triple knot and staple to the other side.
( I measured to make sure both sides were LEVEL.)
I know...those of you who kow me... I NEVER MEASURE!
EYEBALL  IT!
But...I want to do this ONE TIME...not taking down the yarn until the END OF THE YEAR!
Staple BOTH sides of the KNOT! 
The Knot will HOLD the yarn. NO SLIDING!



 

HERE IS THE 
GAME  CHANGER...
After you have laminated the banner ( OR TAPE THE TOP EDGE BEFORE 
you HOLE PUNCH!)
Use a hole punch to make two holes at the top.
I went down about ( No measuring there ) a 1/2".
THEN...
SLIT THE HOLE TO THE TOP!
( SEE  the  PICTURE )
WHAT??????
"NO! Then it will fall off!"
NOT!
No one is pulling on these. They are for 
LOOKING...NOT  TOUCHING!

What this does is allows you to change the BANNER page 
without having to 
remove & put up new string!

JUST CHANGE THE BANNERS!
YESSS!!!


Alternate sides when you add the vocab. cards.
I wanted an ODD number...
so I could have 1 in the middle.




Add another layer.
Same  directions.


I cheated in the middle layer.
Stapled the middle card ( so the arch would be close to the others).



TADA! 

WONDERFUL Vocabulary words at my writing center for kiddos to use!
BIG pictures...spelling...variety 
for EL's, independent work, & everyday  writing!
And i can change them each month...
IN A FLASH!
Just change the cards...not the string!

Here are  my











And so..
A GAME CHANGER
for me!

Here is a video to help:



Happy Back to School!


Are YOU  ready?




Friday, July 8, 2016

Is READING MORE...really ENOUGH?

Consider this my DISCLAIMER...

I am NOT  A  College Professor.
I do NOT have a MASTERS ( or above ) 
in ANYTHING!

I am just a teacher.
A first grade teacher.
A Veteran (27yrs ), first grade teacher, in a TITLE 1 SCHOOL!

I have seen a LOT!
Done a LOT!

Hear me ROAR!!!!!

Ok. So again. 
I am a teacher.


(Aren't they cute????)

I have been through:

Whole Language
Environmental Print
Interactive Writing
Phonemic Awareness
Leveled Readers ( DRA, GSP, AR, Lexile)
Phonics
Words Their Way
HFW
Sight Words
High Interest Reading Books
SIPPS
Read Naturally
Daily 5

And 

A MULTITUDE OF PUBLISHER'S CURRICULUM!
New sets evey 7 years!

Having said this...1 thing most curriculum's have in common :

READ!
READ A LOT!
And then...READ SOME MORE!


So ...
My little sisters...
YES...both of my LITTLE SISTER'S are 
PRIMARY TEACHERS!

We  were discussing school.
( I know..we are NOT supposed to discuss SCHOOL during SUMMER VACATION!)

But...um...we were discussing school...
and we are trying to WRAP our minds areound the
"READ..READ..READ more"
and they will 
"GET IT!"
(way of thinking.)



Well, maybe...

I  LOVE reading with kiddos!
See my post here about the GUIDED READING TABLE!

My concern is...

When I "release" them to read,
When I want them to become INDEPENDENT readers,
Where do they "learn" the skills to use when they "get stuck"?
Will they use strategies, when they don't know what's happening?
When a story isn't making sense...do they keep reading?

If they keep reading...

Will it ALL come TOGETHER?

At a recent PD, my little sis said she understood the 
READ, READ, READ philosophy.
Integrate science, social studies, math, technology
INTO  READING!
YES!
Writing and Reading COMPLIMENT and Coexist WITH  each other!
You can't have one without the other!
THEY NEED EACH OTHER!

BUT...
-Me  SPEAKING-



There needs to be a BALANCE of:

Skills & Strategies

in conjunction with independent reading & writing!

THERE!
I said IT!

Reading & Writing SKILLS:

Letter Sounds
Blends
Vowels
Word Families
Chunks
Grammar
Punctuation
High Frequency Words
Capitalization
Handwriting

and MORE!

Comprehension
Questioning
Summarizing

etc, etc, etc...
(I sound like my Education College Professors!)
I was listening!

ALL of these "lessons" MUST be taught
INCONJUNCTION with 
Reading & Writing!

Yes...To be a better reader..
YOU  MUST  READ!

BUT...to be a better reader who UNDERSTANDS...
You must have skills and strategies
to use
WHEN
you read and write!

NOW...CAUTION!!!

Unless you are teaching ADULTS in a COLLEGE CLASS...

A 40 minute LECTURE on diagramming sentences
IS NOT...I REPEAT..
NOT
the way to do it!

If you WANT to spend 40 minutes discussing grammar...
CHUNK IT!

Do 2-3 MINILESSONS over a few days...
Let it SINK IN!

Show  kiddos:

  What it looks like.
Where to find it.
How to use it.
Why we use it.
When to ask for help.

Kinder-Grade 1-Grade 2 teachers...

UNITE!

Mini Lessons with a WORKSHOP!
Use SMALL Groups for STRATEGY & Skill Groups!
Let kiddos have a chance to PRACTICE what YOU have taught them!
Let it SINK IN!

And  Then..
LET  THEM  READ!
and 
READ!
and
READ!

and then
WRITE...and write  some  more!





Skills, Strategies, Reading, Writing

They will become "BETTER"..
and isn't that what we ALL want to be?
BETTER!

Need some HELP?
Here are some "HELPERS" for YOU!

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas in JULY???? YESSSSSS!!!!!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!
Ok..I said the "C" word!

As  of  TODAY ( July 6 , 2016)
there are
172 days
until
CHRISTMAS!
YES!!!

I need to  begin my Christmas lists...
and then
 SHOP! SHOP! SHOP!

But ... that's  another STORY! :)

To help out with the whole "giving to others" MINDSET...

My friends and I
 at
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and 

are "GIVING" to YOU!

Each of us is having a 20% off sale in our TPT store!


My store is 20% OFF  EVERYTHING...Bundles & BTS TOO!

AND...



I have a FREEBIE for YOU!


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AND  THERE  IS  
MORE!

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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!


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