Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Back to School in Action!

We started back to school this week and it has been such a FUN and exciting week!  The Moffatt Girls are enjoying school and the much needed routine that comes with every day school.  I have been using our NO PREP packets with both of the girls and it has really saved me a lot of time in prepping.

For the littlest Moffatt Girl who just entered Kindergarten, here some of our Back to School Math and Literacy (Kindergarten) NO PREP packet "In Action"…

Dot…Dot NOT a LOT!
We practiced squeezing those glue dots one by one!  Squeezing the glue bottle was great for building fine motor skills, the dots helped with one to one correspondence and of course we worked on controlling the glue dots :) 

She was in the zone and really wanted to do a great job!

This page is actually a color by letter page, but we changed it up a bit and did a paint by letter page. When I pulled out the paints, you would have thought I gave her an art project!  This page was perfect for color word recognition/practice and upper and lowercase letter identification.

She was super proud of these pages :)

More Color by Letter pages!  
This time we used the watercolor pencils!  Just dip the tip in water and color!

Roll and Trace the Number!
This was a really FUN and interactive page!  You began by rolling the die and then tracing the number in the column.  The first line helped with the line strokes, the second two lines are without the arrows and the last two lines allow for independent practice.

I let her use the colored markers to make it a bit more exciting.  As you can see (with the number 6), we definitely need more practice!  You could also place these pages in shed protectors and use again and again with a dry erase marker.

We pulled out the dot markers and die to roll and dot some beginning sounds!

Incorporating a little bit of math with counting the numbers on the die and some beginning sounds.

I Can Count, Color and Write!
She counted the items, colored (or in this case, used the dot markers), and wrote the number on the line.  

Here is our page all finished!  Again…as you can see, we will be working on proper number and letter formation.  LOVE it!

 I Know My Phone Number
I placed this page in a sheet protector because I knew it was an area that would need a lot of practice.  In this printable, I incorporated both the "regular" telephone and the cell phone.  This gives kids practice "pressing" their phone number on the phones.

Ten Frame Match Up!
Oh she love this page!  Ten Frame Match up was great for counting the dots on the ten frame and then matching them up to the number.  This was a cut and paste page, which is also great for building those fine motor skills.

More ten frame counting...

Ten frame glueing...

Roll and Color!
This one made her think a bit and really was the perfect challenge.  You begin by rolling a die. You color one of the items that matches your roll.  As you can see in the picture, she rolled a 3. She had to find and color a picture with 3 tally marks, 3 on the ten frame or a stick kid holding the number 3.

We are still working on our Ready2Read units. Here we are decorating our sight words with cheerios. I am pretty sure she ate more than she used ;)
  We have taken the Ready2Read units a LOT slower than the week by week lesson plans.  At the same time, her confidence has grown tremendously and she is reading up a storm!  She is able to read and sound out all CVC word families before we even get to them.  These units really give kids the confidence they need to be a strong reader!

Oh boy…let me tell you about this picture!  
This little honey has EXPLODED when has come to reading! The light bulb has clicked and she can't stop reading!  I created some Fluency Strips for her to work on and finished Set 1 in ONE DAY!  I thinking that it would take her a few days to finish the set, but obviously I was wrong.  Needless to say, she was pretty proud of herself!  She wanted to do Set 2 at the end of the day.  "PLEASE….PLEASE….I want to read the orange set!"

Well…. like a good mommy (wink, wink) I said, 
"Okay, you can read set 2." :)

 I can hardly believe that this sweet little girl is in 2nd Grade!  Time goes by so fast, but we are enjoying every minute of it!  

We used a lot of our September 2nd Grade NO PREP packet to teach, reteach and reinforce some 2nd Grade concepts.  In this case, she loved rolling the die to practice building place value!

Roll the Place Value
Roll 2 dice, put them in any order, make the number by drawing the base ten rods and units.  Finally, write the number in expanded form.

This is a great review that will lead us into the hundreds place value sheets.

On this Apple Pickin' page, she compared numbers with <, > and = signs.  The dot markers were used to identify odd and even numbers.  Although she fully understands this concept, it took some time for her to get the answers.  Since we are working for mastery, this was a great reinforcement page.

Grandma's Place Value Quilt was SO much fun! 

School is in full force at Moffatt Elementary!  
I hope you are enjoying your back to school start as well!

The Back to School Packets are available in our TPT store:

Recently released:

Happy teaching!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Singapore Math GIVEAWAY!

I am SUPER excited to host a GIVEAWAY for Singapore Math Inc. This will be our 2nd year using Singapore Math Inc., and we LOVE it!

Did you know that kids in Singapore boast the highest math scores?  The Trends in Mathematic and Science Study (TIMSS) show Singpore as the top ranking in mathematical education!  The math teaching strategies in Singapore are obviously working. As a former teacher and now a homeschool mom, this is something that peaks my interest!  

Picking the right math curriculum for The Moffatt Girls was something that took a lot of research and thoughtful consideration. Singapore Math is both challenging and rigorous, which is a perfect fit for my 2nd Grader.  

Key Points about Singapore Math:
*The program really stresses mental math and the model drawing approach with a variety of strategies to help with these concepts. This is a curriculum that really focuses on conceptual understanding and scaffolds a child's learning through three-stages approach.  First, there is a concrete stage, which utilizes manipulatives, followed by a pictorial stage, and then an abstract approach.  This teaching method allows a child to have a solid understanding of basic mathematical concepts before working at the abstract level.  

*The Primary Mathematics series encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem solving.  I love how there is a strong emphasis on number sense, mental math skills and a deep understanding of place value.  Concepts are taught to mastery and then revisited. 

The Curriculum:
Primary Mathematics has Levels 1-6 and each level has 2 textbooks (A and B).  In addition, there are 2 workbooks (A and B) and a Home Instructor's Guide or a Teacher's Guide. As a homeschool family, we are using the Home Instructor's Guide.   There are three different versions of this curriculum available, but after speaking to a representative, I felt that the U.S. Edition was right for us.  You can see samples of each edition {HERE}.  Singapore Math, Inc. also offers placement tests on their site, which you can download {HERE}. 

Read more about it!
PBS Parents wrote a fantastic article on "What is Singapore Math?" They explain how Singapore Math Inc. is about mastery and NOT just memorization.  It is not just about learning the HOW, but also the WHY.

CNN also wrote a great article on how America's students can benefit from Singapore Math, and I couldn't agree more.  You can read that article {HERE}.

Singapore Math Inc. has graciously offered a giveaway to one our readers for the grade level set of YOUR choice!
Can't wait to win?  You can check out Singapore's Math Curriculum {HERE}.

 The giveaway set will include the following:
*Textbooks A and B
*Workbooks A and B
*Teacher's Guide OR Homeschool Guide
*Extra Practice OR Challenge Word Problems

You know the drill! Just use the rafflecopter below to enter!  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Target Gift Card GIVEAWAY!

I’m so excited to be teaming up with my favorite freebie-friends for a BIG giveaway to help get you going this school year! Over at the Freebielicious blog, we’re giving away a BIG, GRAND PRIZE (scroll down to the bottom of this post to read all about it!) and right here on my little blog, I’m giving away $25.00 to my favorite store to go school shopping: Target!

The Moffatt Girls just finished our Back to School shopping at Target!  So if you still need a few things on your list, be sure to entered to win a $25 Gift Card!

Please enter with integrity, using the Rafflecopter below. 
I’ll choose a winner a week from today.
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But, wait! That’s not ALL!
The Freebielicious ladies know how much of your own hard-earned money goes into buying supplies, tissues, books, and classroom d├ęcor to get your classroom “kid-ready,” and we want to be able to put some of that money right back in your pocket. Over at the Freebielicious blog, we are giving away a $300 Visa gift card! YES…YOU READ THAT RIGHT! $300!!!
To enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, click HERE or on the button below!

Also, while you are there, be sure to check out what the other Freebie-ladies are giving away. Be prepared for some AMAZING prizes. Take a peek at some of them below!


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