Friday, 30 September 2011

Ten Frame Fun

I just posted a cute new math center game/activity called Tiny Ten Frames, to help students learn to represent two and three digit numbers with ten frames.


It is also listed on TeacherspayTeachers and Teachers Marketplace.

I also found these super cute products on TpT, as I will be buying a few products to use in my own classroom.


Also, check out the cute interactive game

I will send my new file FREE to the first two lovely people that comment here :) Don't forget your email, if you don't want to post it here, go to my website and use the "contact me" form to get a message to me!

 Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Black Cat Box Craft - FREE File

Click on the image above to access the FREE file


It is school holidays here in Australia, and my daughter and I are having a wonderful time being crafty and reading lots of stories.

One of her favourites (and mine!) is My Cat Likes to Hide in Boxes. I am currently writing a mini literature unit for this story. Together, my daughter and I made some very cute black cats last night from boxes we had ready for the recycling bin. We painted them black and I quickly drew up some features to colour and paste.

I have put them together in a free file, so you can make one too! This activity will be a part of the literature unit as well. We hope you enjoy making one! We had to visit the craft store today to buy some orange paint, as now that we have a family of black cats, my daughter is determined that we must have an orange one! 


One of our favourites - full of delightful rhyme and rhythm

The file includes step-by-step photos, so you can clearly show your little ones how to make one too!


Monday, 26 September 2011

Starting to Read & Write

 
 


I am so excited to have finally finished my latest teaching resource - Making Words on the 123 Train. I have wanted to create this resource for SO long. It really is a culmination of many things I have learned and refined over the last 11 years.

It is the way I teach my kinders to begin to read and write. After I have taught the single sounds (or a fair chunk of them) I start to teach them about the 123 Train! 123 because there are 3 parts to the train - the engine, the carriage and the caboose. All 3 parts help to read (or write) the word. I give them colours to also help with the process of learning to chunk a word up or down (encode/decode - write/read). The 3 colours also serve as a useful tool when you want to start to move your class on from the train...you can just use the colours before finally getting them to sound-out plain black words on a white background.

My new resource includes everything you need to get started with the 123 Train in your classroom. Anchor charts, letter cards, picture cards, poster pages, worksheets, literacy centers and heaps of teacher notes and suggestions. You can also use many of the ideas in the program and adapt them for your own classroom, for example you may not want to use the letter cards - magnetic letters work too.

Using the teacher cards to model how to read and write simple words


I sort my teacher cards in an Index Box
 
 
Students make their own words for an independent activity, after participating in whole class lessons and modelling.

A great way to sort the student cards
 
 
 
 
Reading word cards are sent home daily to tie in reading with writing. The sounds are segmented to help students with the 'sounding out' process.
 


I do use this same idea for teaching cvcc and ccvc words, and am working on the resource file for this program now :)

For more great spelling ideas - hop on over to Sunny Days to take a peek!
 

Monday, 19 September 2011

More b & d revision


Click on the image above to download our 2nd page for FREE now!

Just created another page for b & d revision. My kinders are in their last 10 weeks of school for the year (after our upcoming 2 week vacation). I would not normally teach b & d together at the same time, however we have spent all year learning them, and some lovely little ones are still having trouble with them....hence the revision worksheets :)

I LOVE the bed poster display that is available at Twinkl, and before I found this one, used a cute hand drawn one that I used in my first year of teaching... It will help your students visualise the b & d in a word and which way they are written.



Sunday, 18 September 2011

reversing b & d ?

Click on the image above to download my first b&d page for FREE

Do your little learners have trouble when writing b & d? Even my super clever learners often get them mixed up. I am preparing a pack of worksheets to help revise b & d.

Here is the first page in the series, download it for free and use it for revision and consolidation.

I have made a USA and Australian version in the same document.




Sunday, 4 September 2011

Free Fly Guy Craft File


Download another FREE  hand print paper craft by clicking on the image above!

Earlier this year I purchased a FANTABULOUS file from The Teacher Wife on TeacherspayTeachers to help my students learn that sometimes "y" makes the Long i sound. I have been itching to use it, and my little Kindies are just about ready. It links in with the Fly Guy books by Scholastic. I HIGHLY recommend it, and you can check it out, by clicking here.

Because my students are also learning about themselves this term, in a unit called "This is Me" - I have been doing some art and craft with hand and foot prints. Well....I just had to link them both in together and I have created this cute little Fly Guy craft. Just get your students to colour the fly, print or trace their hands and attach them to the back for wings.....too easy, and oh so cute!

I hope you have a great week :)

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Free File - Caterpillar Handprint Class Art Activity


There is some exciting news from our little pond. We are expecting a new addition in March 2012! I am around 13 weeks pregnant, and have been feeling quite unwell......so not so many posts recently :(

I am beginning to feel back to normal, and look forward to hopefully regaining some creativity...it seems the "baby brain" has kicked in very early.

I hope you like this cute new free file I just created. We are doing an "All About Me" unit in my classroom and hand print-art is a great activity to get my little ones talking about themselves, and how we are all different and similar.

Take care and have a great teaching day :)