Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Medial Sounds-Phonics Instruction

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After working this year with a great group of students who needed a little extra help with reading I created an interactive activity to use with them to help them read and identify those medial or middle sounds.  I wanted to share with you a visual clue I use to help my little readers remember how to read words and identify the sounds they make. 

1.  We started off using very simple CVC words.  We wrote words like cat, bat, hat, on the board to start off.  In order to help us read the word in the whole group we used a visual clue to help us identify each sound.  This is something I use all the time to help them understand reading words from left to right.  I start off by turning my back to the class and modeling to them how the whole process works.  I raise my left hand and say this is where I start reading my word.  I say a word like cat and then tap my left shoulder as I say the "c" sound.

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2.  Next, I say the next sound in the word of cat "a" and then tap the top of my head.  And since we are focusing on middle sounds I make sure I tell them that my head is the middle sound of the word and this is where we are listening for those sounds. It looks something like this. 
3.  And finally we get to the end of the word cat and identify the ending sound "t".  For this one we tap our right shoulder. 

After I model the whole word then I model going from left shoulder to right sounding out the word cat along the way as I use the visual cues I showed them to help them remember. 
4.   I stop and ask them where was the beginning sound find your beginning sound we all tap our left shoulders, then I ask where the middle "a" sound is and we all tap our heads , and finally we get to the ending sound and tap our right shoulders.  And then we all tap it together blending the sounds together . 
As we began our lesson using this method we also used this pack to go along with our activities and the kids had a blast using their cameras to find and make words using the correct middle sound. 
And just for you all here is a little freebie from the pack....just click to print your freebie out. 


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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Boredom-Boredom Buster Box

How many times have you heard over the summer mom "I'm bored!"  ?   On occasion, we all hear it a lot more than we like to admit.  This summer, I'm going to try something different. I'm going to create what I call a boredom buster box.  I made a trip to the dollar store yesterday and found some great items that I'm going to sneak away into my box so that when the kids tell me "their bored "....I'll have something to pull out of this box.

Some of the things I'm including are science activities, playing cards, a new game for them to learn, and some coloring activities.  If we finish the box, then I will add more items to the box from the local dollar store and that way I don't break the bank.   Let's hope that we don't go through the box to quickly ha ha.
I found a great pin yesterday on Pinterest that shows 40 different games that you can play with the deck of cards. That is why I added it to our boredom buster box. I plan on printing out the list and letting the kids choose a game that they would like to play using the deck of cards included.  Found this over at Delia Creates.  Click on the picture below to go check it out.  Great ideas! 

  To make the box I found an old box laying around the house and covered it with a plastic tablecloth that way it would not get wet or messed up during our summer play.  Next, I found these cute little starburst papers that I covered the box with sayings just to make the box look fun.
It was a simple thing to throw together and  next time I will ask the kids to fill it and give them so much money to spend on our box and let them choose items .  This time I wanted it to be a surprise.
Here is hoping that we have a I'm bored free summer. What do you do to fight boredom in the summer? I would love to hear your ideas.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer is coming! Last days of school!

I am beyond excited to begin my summer vacation in only 6 days!  I love the lazy days of summer with no responsibilities and a time to enjoy my family.  We get into our summer schedule so easily it is hard to adjust when it is time to return to school. 
Anyway I am linking up with Christina over at Sugar and Spice once again for Wordless Wednesday.  I have a little something that I have been working on that might just help me out this summer.  Come back tomorrow to get the details on my little project.  What do you think it is?????  Can you guess? 

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Link Up

I am linking up for the first time with Christina over at Sugar and Spice for Wordless Wednesday.  Go check out her really cute blog and link up. Click on pic below to head on over to her blog.
Standardized Testing starts this week.  Saw this cute idea on Pinterest from Primary Possibilities and I am going to make these this week.  What fun things do you do to lighten the mood before a big test? 
Have a great week. 
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Monday, May 5, 2014

Teacher appreciation Blog hop!

This week is devoted to teachers all over to thank them for all of their hard work and dedication to children around the world. It is so great to feel appreciated. I have received many wonderful gifts over the years and some of the ones I have saved are handmade cards from my students thanking me for all of my work. So when Amy over at Teaching in Blue Jeans wanted to thank teachers by doing a blog hop and giveaway I jumped at the chance.  I also need to give a shout out to Michelle from the 3am teacher and Marcy from Simply Sprout Educate. 
For part of the giveaway I wanted to share my What's the Matter packet.   The winner gets this pack along with a ton of other great prizes. 
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Go check out the giveaway here:a Rafflecopter giveaway  

If you are looking for some great ideas for Teacher Appreciation gifts...head on over to my Pinterest board and find a board devoted to Teacher Appreciation.  I have created a collaborative board for people to pin ideas and it is growing .  Go stop by and check it out.  Just click on the picture below to be taken to the board .

Continue on The Best for the Best Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop by clicking the picture below.

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Monday, March 31, 2014

"Sh" sound for Mrs. Wishy Washy

One of my very favorite books to share with my little readers is Mrs. Wishy Washy. I think it is a great book to use for the "sh" sound with my kindergartners. We got a little creative this time with our "sh" lesson. Here is what we did. We spent a lot of time reading the story and watching how Mrs. Wishy Washy tried to keep the animals away from the mud. After working with the "sh" sound we added a little treat to the end of our lesson.

Here we used some dollar store lights to build some "sh" words and show the students that even though there might be 4 letters in the words we will only hear 3 sounds. If you notice I use the star and two circles...I do this because some of my little learners struggle with where to begin their words. They forget or do not know which is their left or right so I use the star as an indicator to help them remember how we start a word. Next, we took a little scavenger hunt around the room looking for the "sh" sound and blending it to make words with our cute little cupcakes...stay tuned for a freebie. :) We were told that Mrs. Wishy Washy left us a treat for helping her find the animals and trying to keep them clean. These were not real cupcakes of course but ones where we needed to build "sh" words. The kids had a blast wondering around the room looking for words. Once they found their words they brought them back to the table and began building their 'sh' words .
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring has Sprung.....well I hope so!

I am hoping that Spring has sprung for us anyway. We have had more snow than I care to deal with...that is for sure. With the recent time change it always excites me because I know we are just one more step closer to getting to Spring. Can you tell it is my favorite season. :) Well I am adding some more fun to your classroom with this CVC packet I just finished.

It is part of a new print n go series I am starting where you can just print them and go. This is what I am doing with my kiddos with this packet. First , I print out all of the pages for a master copy. Then I head on down to my copy machine ...seems like I live there sometimes...and make a selection to run them one sided to two sided. This not only saves paper it will also help when I put it in the 3 prong notebooks or binders or whatever the kiddos have to use so we can do our work work.

So the kiddos sound out the words and place it in the boxes and then turn their papers over and they pick two pictures from the front to write a sentence about or if they struggle with writing about two pictures they can write one sentence or two sentences about one picture. It all depends on my little learners.

The first 3 people who leave me a comment along with their email will get this packet for free for being such a great blog follower. I love my followers! :)
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