Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Sale

Stop by my Teachers Pay Teachers store to enjoy a Memorial Day Sale!    Sun-Tues everything is 20% off.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Short Vowel Review/Word Families

When I was teaching first grade I remember I was always BLOWN AWAY in the spring by student's progress since the 1st day.     I don't see as big of a of a jump in a 2nd  from  beginning of year.  However, I did remind myself the other day about the growth of my lowest readers.  My low reading group  started the year with short vowel review work.    As I was taking things out to copy for beginning of next year I found their favorite, "Monster Review Word Slide".  Below is an idea of what all 20 look like :)  Of course O & U are included I just wanted to give you a taste of what they  The words slide through the short vowel sound card to create a "magic window" to read short vowel words.  Visit my Teachers Pay Teachers Store  to see a sample of the full black and white set that is included.  I like to save on colored ink so I print the color ink set for ccnters and the back and white set is for students to take home.  I have also printed the black and white set on bright cardstock, super cute!  

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Encoding, Segmenting, Handwriting..Oh My!

At times I become very frustrated when correcting papers.  I often self-talk "How can this student NOT be putting the final e on a CVCe word?" or   "Come on they know Cake is not spelled Cack!"  
I have to breathe deeply, sip my Diet Coke and remember that they are only 8 years old and the process of spelling and writing can be daunting.
When writing students must encode,  or retrieve and produce letters and symbols. By the time the student gets to handwriting and correct formation so much has already taken place in their brains, its no wonder they put their heads down on the desk!
I try my hardest to incorporate fun ways to practice the sound retrieval and letter production process during the day.  One of my favorite ways is by writing Top Ten Lists .  Students can do this activity when done with work, for homework, morning work or center time.  I love looking at their illustrations  ...Jen

Please download a free copy.

If you would like more check out my store where you can download a set of 30! 

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week

How great is this?? Check it out!!  In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, everything in my store will be 20% off from 5/6-5/8.  Enter TPT's special code TAD12 during checkout to get an additional 10 % off from Sunday through Thursday.  Happy Shopping!  

Friday, May 4, 2012

Blog Acrostic

My first post, the pressure is on !  This could set the tone for my whole blog life.I decided to do what all good teachers would do when stumped.....An Acrostic poem.  Many bulletin boards of mine have been saved by the dear old acrostic

Becoming friends with creative teachers

Learning and sharing ideas

Offering lessons and ideas

Growing as a teacher

I am looking forward to laughing, learning and sharing!