Monday, 21 October 2013

Santa is Dropping Gifts!

I love fixing things up and making them better, I always have - I blame my dad for that! I just updated a few items in my store. First one is my popular FREE game - Santa's Sleigh Drop. It has been downloaded  close to 20, 000 times but a super sleuth popped in to tell me she preferred her math sentences with full stops (periods). Well, what better motivation for me than to overhaul the whole thing! 

So I added a few additional pages and refreshed the formatting. You can find it HERE if you would like the updated copy.

The game includes ten AND twenty frames and will help your little learners with early subtraction.

It is best to teach early subtraction with words, not symbols. The difficulty lies in the fact that most little kinder students do not read many words. So I have deliberately kept the language and grammar SIMPLE so that they do not get overwhelmed with too many words! Effective kindergarten teaching is about starting with the most simple language patterns possible, and building up.

You may need to do some prior teaching before you play this game, and introduce the sentences that feature on each card. The first number is in green and the second in red. Teach your students to GO with green and STOP with red! This will scaffold them towards looking just at the numbers, and ignoring the words... which is where you want this to lead. 

Use any classroom equipment as 'gifts' on the sleigh game boards. 

My Gingerbread People got a little makeover too. I also added some plain gingerbread people that would be perfect for activities and centres (you can add content to their tummy!). 

The next review was LONG overdue! Here is the thumbnail (don't laugh) of one of my first eBay products in 2005 - Write'n'Wipe boards for numeral writing review. Featuring some of my very early clipart (yes cupcakes were a theme for me even back then!)

Now they are looking a little different, but still perfect for K-2 learners! 

It also motivated me to get them listed on TpT! The website is next, and yes I will do them in Aussie fonts!

Because I love giving gifts away just as much as Santa, please feel free to enter the rafflecopter below to win a $50 TpT gift voucher. I truly appreciate my kind supporters, and love to give back to you! I may not always get to answer each and every blog comment and feedback comment that you make, but I do read them all. This is my way of saying thanks! 

 I wish I could send you all one, imagine the fun spending that voucher! 

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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Mrs Poultney said...

Love those write and wipe cards. BTW I had no problems with your Santa Sleigh cards with no periods!!!

Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

Kate said...

I can't wait to use these with my little ones. I
Fun in ECSE

Liz Podolski said...

So cute! I can't wait to use this in December!

Sara B said...

It's adorable. I normally only have literacy centers in my library, but this one is so cute I will use it in December.
Mrs. Brown Loves Bookworms

TheElementary MathManiac said...

I love when Santa comes early!,! Thanks for sharing.

Dina said...

This is so cute! So nice to know that I have something ready and waiting for December. Thanks for sharing!

Tonya Shore said...

Very cute! I can't wait to put it to use. Thank you so much!


Alison Hislop said...

Hehe, thanks for the freebie Mel!

Christina Murphy said...

Looks like a great game!

The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher said...

Mel, I love all of your graphics and wonderful activities! I can't wait to get my hands on those cute gingerbread men :)

The Fabulous Life of an Elementary Teacher

Roxanne Sterling said...
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Roxanne Sterling said...

Absolutely awesome!!!! I haven't gotten an early Christmas present for a long time now. ;) Thanks so very much.

More than Math by Mo said...

Love all of the updated items! Thanks for the giveaway-if I win, I am spending all $50 at the Pond! My wishlist is about to bust with your resources.
More Than Math by Mo

Katy said...

Thanks for the freebie! This is a clever idea for getting feedback! :)

- Katy

First Grade Kate

Laura Henderson said...

Will use these with my sons, tons of fun!

Diane Walter said...

love the holiday Santa;s Sleigh drop and I know my kids will too.

Cheryl E. said...

I have some Kinders that will love your Santa Sleigh Drop! Thank you so much!

Danielle Westvang said...

Such a cute game! Love the Santa Sleigh Drop!! :)

Crayonbox Learning

Danielle Westvang said...

Such a cute game! Love the Santa Sleigh Drop!! :)

Crayonbox Learning