Monday, July 27, 2015

Phonics Friends

One thing I absolutely love to teach (besides math) is Phonics. I don't know about y'all, but when I was in 1st grade we didn't have different spelling rules and fancy names like digraphs, diphthongs, etc. Vowels were vowels and consonants were consonants, and spelling was memorized. That's how it was in my neck of the woods anyways. Needless to say I was lost when I first started teaching 1st grade! I was trying to remember the names, the rules and all the other fancy stuff that goes along with phonics.  This past year, I started using LOTS of phonics friends to help us with our weekly spelling sound. I wanted something that STUCK with my kiddos! Something catchy that would get them excited, engage them, and get them up and moving. 

We met LOOkie the Explorer and went on a quest with her to find short oo words.

We also met Dr. BOOwie and became doctors that diagnosed long OO with Long-double-o-itis. 

We also set sail with Captain SmARty to find his AR treasure. You can read all about our week here

You can find all of these phonic packs by clicking here

One of my goals this summer was to create Phonics Friends for vowels. We review those at the beginning of 1st grade each year. So far, I have completed my Short A pack and hope to get the others completed soon. 

It includes Scaredy Cat A who gets very scared when he is between two consonants and says aaaaaaa as in the short a sound. 

It also includes a sort for identifying short a words. This can be done in either whole group, small group or independently. 
Trap the Rat is another friend included in this pack. He is just like his friend Scaredy Cat A. He gets scared when he is "trapped" between two consonants. This is a fun activity for building short a words. It also includes a few different ideas for follow up activities. 

And, if you know me then you know I am a sucker for a cute meaningful hat....

It also includes a Cat Walk activity. This is done just like Write the Room or Read the Room activities. The kiddos walk around to all the cards and answer the question or complete the task on each card. My kiddos LOVE these. They are perfect for stations!
There are also a few interactive notebook printables for the kiddos. 

I love using Phonics Friends in my classroom! The kiddos remember the stories and ask when they get to meet the next one all the time.  

I also have a few Phonics Friend FREEBIES in my store! You can download the ones below here

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Makeover Madness Round 4 PLUS a discount!

See, I told you. I knew this would start something crazy in me. 

I'm linking back up with these amazing girls for more Makeover Madness. I spent the last few nights redoing my Back to School Craftivities pack. I just felt blah about it. I created it while we were living in Houston waiting for Angel Baby to arrive. If you have followed our journey, then you know my emotions were all over the place. Someone should have told me that I was in no state to make anything much less sell it. Geez. My mind was a mess. So, I truly apologize if you purchased this before. Please re-download

I redid and changed up almost every craft. Here is a peek inside. 

The flip flap printables and interactive books stayed the same. There are 15 included. We used these several times throughout the school year with our basal stories too. 

There are still 5 crafts included. I did take out the David Goes to School craft and replace it with another. It is already included in my David Shannon pack so I did not feel that it needed to be in both. Again, not quite sure what was going on inside my head. 
I added a name tag to The Name Jar craft and added a Molly Lou Melon craft to go along with the book Stand Tall Molly Melon

We LOVE Molly Lou. We did this little character trait activity last year and their Molly Lou's turned out adorable. 

Please re-download this pack and dispose of the other! Ha! No wait, I'm serious! 
If you are interested in this pack, you can find it here

Back to Angel Baby. He turned one this week. We celebrated our little Warrior's big day on Saturday. Y'all. I cannot even tell you how many times we were told he may not make it to this day, and if he did,..he would not be capable to life. Um, hello! Do you see that preciousness below? He is doing such big things! I think his Sissy plays a huge part in that! 

If you follow me on Instagram, then you may already realize how ridiculously addicted I am to graphic tees. I originally started collecting them to make quilts for our kiddos, but then things just got out of hand! So, I thought it would be fun to do #fridayfavorite each Friday. I will share one of my favorite graphic tees along with where I purchased it from. 

This week I shared this one. 
We get to choose how we live. Live Happy. I can promise you that when you choose to live happy, it will bless you AND others.

You can find this tee and cardigan at one of my favorite boutiques called LaRue
Use the code below for 15% off. 
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday. 
I'll see you later on this week. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Makeover Madness Round 3

I told y'all this was dangerous! 

Today I am linking right back up with these girls for another round of Makeover Madness

This time I am doing one of my absolute favorites! The Recess Queen.  It is the PERFECT book for back to school. If you do not own it, I am telling you now that you MUST get it. You can find it here

I added 4 different interactive graphic organizers for our journals. We used our math ones like crazy this year (you can read about those here), so my goal for next year is to use our reading ones just as much. I left the 10 printable graphic organizers in this pack. They are perfect to project on your document camera and fill out before, during, or after your read aloud. 

Mean Jean stayed the same...

She comes with lots of different activity options as well as different writing options. 

Next up, 
She too comes with several different activity options and writing options. 

And lastly are the sorting cards for positive and negative recess behavior. In the past years we have sorted these together as a class and then I put them in a center. 

If you purchased this pack in the past, please re-download. You will thank me for it. :) And...if you are interested in taking a look at this pack, you can find it here

I am off to get some things prepped for our Angel Baby's first birthday party! I will see you all later this week. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Makeover Madness Round 2

Oh boy. I'm not sure if this was a good idea for me to link up or a bad idea. I am literally wanting to re-do several things that I made over the past years. It is shameful

I'm back today with round 2 of Makeover Madness

I did a complete makeover on my Back to School craftivity pack. Y'all know how Pinterest is. They have so many fun back to school puns....

I took out nearly everything and started completely over. I even changed the look of the crafts. So, long story Here is a quick glimpse at what is included.  

If you read my post from yesterday then you know that hats are quite the big deal in our room. We will make these hats during the first week of school after reading a few books about rules and brainstorming some for our classroom. 

Then, I will pass out these certificates to all those who blew my socks off following the rules! 
Next up, 
I am a huge believer in letting our kiddos know that they are the smartest kids in the world! I strive everyday to build their confidence. That's where this craft comes in. After reading a few different books about character building, etc., we will complete this hat. I told y'all we had a thing for hats. Or maybe it's just me....

Then, I plan to use these certificates by mailing them to the kiddos during the first few weeks. I also thought about giving it to them when I see them go above and beyond. Hmmm....I'll have to think on this one. 

And lastly, these sunglasses! Thank you Ashley Hughes for the adorable sunglasses clip art. 

This one actually includes a writing page like the other ones. It is not pictured. I plan to print these sunglasses off and attach some goodies with it for Meet the Teacher. 

If you purchased this pack before, please re-download! 
If you would like to check this pack out, you can find it here

Whelp. We've had PT, OT, and art camp this week so this Momma is #exhausted. I will see you all later this week! 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Makeover Madness!

Long time no chat sweet friends! You know how it is. You're on the countdown for summer..last day of school're exhausted...all you want to do is sit on the couch and eat some potato chips and drink a DP. I get it. I totally do! That has been me the past few weeks too! 

Ok, I actually did have to get up early last week. Like 7 o'clock early! My school principals, the other team leads and I went to Austin for the TEPSA Conference. It was wonderful. 

Do you watch Fixer Upper on HGTV? If you do, then you completely understand my excitement when we stopped by Magnolia Market for browsing and shopping. 

If you don't watch are missing out. Big time! Just sayin'. We had a great time but I was severely home sick! 

Enough rambling. Onto what this post is suppose to be about. I'm linking up with a few ladies today for some TPT Challenge fun

This week I gave my First Day was a Piece of Cake a little facelift. Sometimes I look back at fonts that I paired together, color choices, ideas and think I must have been asleep during it or something. I created this pack in 2013 and have used it at the beginning of every school year since. 

Ok. I still wouldn't call it FAB, but it looks MUCH better than before. Can I get an amen? 

Before creating this I wanted something quick and simple for my kiddos to take home to show off their first day of school fun. Hats are a big deal in my room so it started off as just that. 

I also included a writing option for the craftivity for those that would rather have that than a hat. 

....and a book option. 

You can find this pack on sale here

I hope to be back this week for a few more makeovers! Goodness some of mine need them!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fairytale Freebies

I am back to share a few fairytale freebies with you all. 

This week we did a fairytale unit and the kiddos have really enjoyed it. We read Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall and wrote what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story on index cards. 

We just folded them in half to create flips....

We also read The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. I love how they know exactly when the pigs are going to say "not by the hair of my chinny chin chin"! Cracks me right up every single time. After reading the kiddos had to identify the problem and solution of the story. 

Their inventive spelling always makes me smile. 

And lastly we read Little Red Riding Hood by James Marshall and Lon Po Po by Ed Young. The kiddos worked in pairs to compare the two stories and create this venn diagram. 

You can find these activities for free in my Fairytale Pack by clicking here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Word Problems

Happy Hump Day friends! We have 2 more hump days until we are out for summer and this lady is every bit of ready. I love my job. A ton. But, being home with my babies can't come soon enough! 

This week we have worked on word problems. I ended up creating a few things that I really wanted my class to use while tackling this skill. It is a tough one for the littles. 

To jazz things up I told the kiddos that they would become detectives this week. Little things like that will definitely get those ears perked up! I talked to them about what detectives do and what tools they use. We use Thinking Blocks on a daily basis so looking for clue words was nothing new for my kiddos. I gave each kiddo a magnifying class, some word problems and off they went. 

They had to circle key words....

They also had to choose a "tool" to help them solve their case. Their "tools" had to be a strategy that we had previously learned. 

Afterwards, they glued their "cases" and their hats to a sentence strip!

I love how this little cutie drew herself using "mental math". 

We also solved our Flip Its in our math journals...

Yes, I do realize some of these are not correct - perfect reteach moment. #wordproblemsaretoughwork

...and completed this Three in a Row activity by matching the word problem to the correct strategy and number sentence. 

We also began writing our own word problems by using these Top Secret Files. 

They completed the blanks to make their word problems, solved them, and then wrote what tool they used to solve it. 

To wrap things up, we created more word problems all on our own using different clip art pictures. 

Afterwards, we laminated them and turned them into a class book. I have a feeling this book will never stay on the shelf! 

You can find all these plus others in my newest pack, Putting it all Together. You can find it here

I am off to cuddle with my babies. I will be back soon to share some fairytale freebies!