Tuesday, April 22, 2014

FUN with Ladybugs!

Every year we release a bunch of ladybugs in our rose garden.  It is such a simple thing, but SO much FUN for the girls!  We look at the ladybugs, talk about their lifecycle, their spots, what they eat and anything else that might come up.  

Here are a few pictures from our recent ladybug release…

I picked up this container of ladybugs at Ace Hardware for $6.99.  

 As you can see, once you open the lid they keep coming and coming and coming...

 There were a lot of ohhs and aahs!

 My little Sophia found a ladybug and named it Spotty.  When Spotty flew away, we found him again ….and again….and again ;)

 Releasing the ladybugs was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the simple things in life.  Someone asked me, "What do you do after you release them?"  Well…we talk about them.  Kids have a ton of questions and it turns into a very simple and wonderful science lesson.  It doesn't have to be complicated to be fun.

 Spotty also liked my phone.  I think he was wondering why I don't check my messages :)  
We have more important things to do right now, Spotty.

 Oh my…ladybugs everywhere!  On our dresses and in our hair… so much FUN!

 Taking a closer look...

 Hopefully the ladybugs ate all the aphids off of my rose bushes.

 Keeping it simple and FUN!

Up next?  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I Can Read Simple Sentences (Set 2)!

I am so happy to have finally finished our I Can Read Simple Sentences NO PREP  (Set 2) Packet!   This packet was a labor of love and took a lot longer than I would have thought, but I am absolutely THRILLED with the end result!  I wanted to make a packet that would successfully follow I Can Read Simple Sentences NO PREP Set 1 in a cohesive manner.  This packet is perfect for early readers who have mastered simple CVC words and/or struggling readers who need extra practice with blends and digraphs.

I Can Read Simple Sentences Set 2 works with blends, digraphs and primer sight words.  The words and sentences in this packet have been carefully chosen to help build both CONFIDENCE and FLUECY.   Each blend and digraph has short vowel sounds to help students confidently progress from simple CVC words (short vowels) to blends and digraphs with short vowel words. Set 3 (coming soon) will include long vowels and also incorporate the blends and digraphs, which allows students to bring it all together one step at a time.  There are over 500 DIFFERENT simple sentences in this packet!

Here are the activities included in the
  I Can Read Simple Sentences NO PREP (Set 2) Packet!
*10 Roll and READ Simple Sentences
An interactive and FUN game kids will love! Roll a die, read and check off a sentence in the corresponding row.  Each page has a total of 24 different sentences.
-5 Beginning Blend Pages
-1 Digraph Mixed
-2 ck Digraph pages
-1 sh Digraph page
-1 th Digraph page

*10 Spin and READ Simple Sentences
Kids will love spinning the spinner with a paperclip and pencil and reading a sentence from the corresponding section.  Reading becomes a GAME, not just mundane practice! This game can also be played with a partner or individually.  There are a total of 16 different sentences on each page.
 Set 1 - Beginning Blends
Set 2 - Beginning Blends
Set 3 - Beginning Blends
Set 4 - Beginning Blends
Set 5 - Ending Blends
Set 6 - Ending Blends
Set 7 - Beginning Digraphs
Set 8  Beginning Digraphs
Set 9 - Ending Digraphs
Set 10 - Ending Digraphs

Tic-Tac-Toe Simple Sentences
Played just like the traditional game, but with simple sentences on each space.  Put them in a sheet protector, give kids a dry erase maker and you have a FUN way to practice reading simple sentences!  There are 9 unique sentences on each page.
Set 1 - Tic-Tac-Toe with Beginning Blends
Set 2 - Tic-Tac-Toe with Beginning Blends
Set 3 - Tic-Tac-Toe with Beginning Blends
Set 4 - Tic-Tac-Toe with Beginning Blends
Set 5 - Tic-Tac-Toe with Beginning Digraphs
Set 6 - Tic-Tac-Toe with Ending Digraphs

Read and Match Simple Sentences
1 Page of cut and paste the picture to match the simple sentence!

Spin, Read and Write Simple Sentences
Kids will love spinning the spinner, reading and using a word from the spinner to complete a sentence on the page.  There are a total of 20 unique sentences (2 pages).

You can check out this packet here and grab it on SALE

You can also check out
I Can Read Simple Sentences NO PREP (Set 1 ), which works with pre-primer sight words and simple CVC words.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

In the Garden Critter Counters Giveaway!

It is time for another fun giveaway from Learning Resources!  Spring is here and I am so happy to have these adorable, brightly colored In the Garden Critter Counters for the girls and a set to give away!

Hands-on manipulatives are very important to many of our learning routines and these are just too cute! I was super excited to be able to review them because I knew they would be a huge hit!  In fact, there was a bit of fighting going on when we first took these critters out…but we won't talk about that.

What is included:
*72 counters that come in 6 different shapes and colors
Critters include:
- dragonflies
- snails
- grasshoppers
- caterpillars
Both of my girls, 4 and 6, LOVED this set!  
For Sophia, we used them to practice patterns

 We even pulled out a pair of tongs that we had to help build up those fine motor skills.
The pattern:
slug, snail, grasshopper, spider, 
 slug, snail, grasshopper, spider...
We sorting by color and then by flying and non-flying critters...

Audrey used them for a basic introduction to fractions. She picked out 10 critters and we started to group them and write fractions about each grouping!  This went VERY well and really helped solidify this concept.

Now for a chance to win a set of these ADORABLE In the Garden Critter Counters!  Just use the Rafflecopter below to enter!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I Can Read Simple Sentences Set 1 NO PREP Packet!

I am SO, SO excited about our new I Can Read (Simple Sentences Set 1) NO PREP Packet!

This packet is perfect for BEGINNING readers, EARLY readers and/or STRUGGLING readers! I wanted to create a packet that would help kids build CONFIDENCE and FLUENCY through sight word recognition and CVC (short vowel) word families. 

This packet does NOT include words that would require a kid to GUESS at reading.  The words and sentences in this packet rely on sight word recognition of all pre-primer sight words and  the ability to decode simple short vowel words.  There are over 500 DIFFERENT simple sentences in this packet, which really gives kids an opportunity to practice and master simple sentences!

Here are the activities included in the I Can Read Simple Sentences  NO PREP Set 1) Packet!

I Can Read it and Match it!
These pages include simple sentences that students cut out, match and paste under the correct picture.  There are about 12 different simple sentences on each page.

 I Can READ and DRAW Simple Sentences
The read and draw pages include a simple sentence where students can draw a picture to match the sentence. These pages help create ownership of their reading since they are drawing a picture to match the sentence.

Spin and Read Simple Sentences
These pages are like a game for kids!  To create the spinner,  use a paperclip and pencil, flick the paperclip with your finger and choose a simple sentence to read in that column.  If students read the sentence correctly, they can check off the box.  This "game" can be played individually, with a partner or in small groups.  Each student will use a different colored marker/crayon to check of their sentence.  What a FUN and effect way to work on reading fluency! Each page include 14 DIFFERENT simple sentences.

Roll and Read Simple Sentences!
Here is another "game" that students will absolutely LOVE!  Pull out a die, roll it and read a simple sentence in the correct column! This game is very similar to the Spin and Read. There are a total off 33 simple sentences on EACH page!

I Can READ Simple Stories!
There are a total of 10 simple stories that are PERFECT for helping kids decode simple CVC words and recognize sight words!  Again, there are NO words that will require kids to guess at. 

This packet covers 500+ simple sentences for kids build FLUENCY and CONFIDENCE!

If you like this packet, be sure to check out our Emergent Readers, which also incorporate simple sentences! 

It is on SALE today along with everything else in our store!

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