Thursday, September 29, 2011

I Can Fall-O Directions!

Fall is in full swing and I just finished my,  I Can Fall-O Directions booklet for Teachers Notebook.  When I was in the classroom teaching, part of a standardized test usually included the ability for students to follow oral and written directions.  I was amazed at how many students did not listen to directions!  Being able to CORRECTLY follow directions is a skill students will need to succeed in the real world.

I Can Fall-O Directions! 

Pre-K Students- Use this resource to read the directions, one at time, to students and monitor how effectively they can follow directions. 

Kindergarten Students- This booklet can be used for Kindergarten listening skills as well.  When students approach the Kindergarten age, they are required to be able to follow 2 step oral directions. 

English Language Learners (ELL)- ELL students can benefit from this product by learning to acquire language through listening to oral directions. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Guidecraft Hideaway Country Kitchen Review

I cannot even begin tell you how excited The Moffatt Girls were to find out that we were chosen to review the Guidecraft Hideaway Country Kitchen!  I LOVE Guidecraft products and this kitchen is no exception.

Originally I had planned to assemble the kitchen when it arrived, but Daddy was too quick to open the box and get to work.  Of course the girls hung onto his every move, patiently waiting for our kitchen to be assembled.  After about 90 minutes our Guidecraft Hideaway Kitchen become a place for dramatic play and a scene for gourmet food preparation.

I especially love how aesthetically pleasing the kitchen looks in our home!  

This beautiful kitchen has some fantastic features that I had to try for myself:

This kitchen is super easy to fold up, taking less than 20 seconds. 

(Guidcraft picture below)

I also wanted to see how compact the kitchen really was, so I stored it under our couch in the living room.  I was really impressed with this feature!  The kitchen folds down to 6" and can easily fit under tight spaces.  I love the option of putting it away when it is not in use.  

 It really is as easy as it looks!

Now for the FUN part!  Our girls absolutely LOVE this kitchen!

The dials have a clicking sounds that fascinates the girls.

 The clock has movable hands and has been a fun learning feature for my 4 year old.

The hot and cold faucet is a favorite for both girls!  These realistic appliances help create a fun filled dramatic play time.

I thought that the height and size of the kitchen was perfect because it met the needs of both girls.  The overall measurement of the HIdeaway Country Kitchen is 30" wide, 15.25" deep and 38" tall.

This kitchen is absolutely wonderful and would be a great Christmas gift!  It retails for $200 and is worth every penny!  The convenience, aesthetics, durability and quality of this product, make it a winner in my book and the girls:)

 You can visit the Guidecraft website to see their full line of kitchens, classroom furniture, toys and more!  You can also see what my other TOS crew members thought of this product by clicking {HERE}

Disclaimer:  I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest review and opinion.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the company or the free product provided.  

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Giveaway: Read2Read Units 1-8!

I am long overdue for a giveaway, so I am excited to offer the ENTIRE Ready2Read Program to one of my readers.   Since Level 2 is almost ready to be released (as I finish each unit), I thought it was a good time to offer all of Level 1!

To find out more about the Ready2Read Program click {HERE)

Here is what you can win:
(All of these Units) 265 pages to download!

Here is how you can win:

1) Subscribe to the Moffatt Girls via email OR Google Friend Connect (sidebar)
(1 entry for each)
2) Blog about this giveaway (1 entry)
4) Add our Ready2Read Level 1 Bundle to your favorites on Teachers Notebook (1 entry)
5) Add The Moffatt Girls Shop as your favorite on Teachers Notebook (1 entry)
6) Add the Ready2Read Button to your sidebar (1 entry)

*If you already purchased the BUNDLE you can still win a refund:)

-A winner will be chosen Sunday October 2nd at midnight EST. 
-Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry, a winner will be chosen randomly.
-You must leave a comment on this post to win.

Be sure to check out our shops below...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FREE Silent E Color-by-Number Printables!!

I wanted to create a FREEBIE for everyone who loves the Color-By-Number Printables!  Here are some FREE Silent E Color-By-Number sheets that will help reinforce CVC words and then introduce the silent E concept.  I hope you enjoy these!
Click {HERE} to download

I also have another FREE silent e worksheets {HERE}.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

AIMS Primarily Magnets Review

As part of The Old Schoolhouse Crew Review team, I had the opportunity to review a book called, Primarily Magnets  from AIMS Educational Foundation.  Since science activities are always a big hit in our home, this was a perfect fit for our family!

What is AIMS Primarily Magnets?
Primarily Magnets is a book geared for students ages K-2 and filled with hands on activities for learning about magnets and magnetism.  There are 19 engaging activities in this book, which address the following subjects:

  • Attraction: Magnets Interacting With Other Materials (6 activities)
  • Attractions/Repulsion: Magnets Interacting with Other Magnets (3 activities)
  • Magnetic Fields (5 activities)
  • Everyday Uses of Magnets (3 activities)
  • Culmination Experiences (2 activities)
The book also comes with a CD where you can quickly access all of the activities for printing purposes.  In addition, a person purchasing this product is able make up to 200 copies of any portion of the book.  This is great for science co-ops and teachers.  

How much does it cost?
You can purchase Primarily Magnets for $18.95.  The book utilizes 3 different types of magnets and these are sold separately.

Other Products Available:



You can also find out more about the company, order one of their catalogs or contact them directly by clicking {HERE}.

What did we think of the Product?
I really like this product and the age appropriate activities provided in the book.  I plan to incorporate many of the magnet activities during the course of our homeschool year. If I was still teaching in the classroom, I would probably purchase this book to use for science centers.

AIMS Educational Foundation believes that children learn best when they can experience learning by doing and not just seeing or hearing.
"I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember,
I do and I understand."

Here is one of the activities from Magnets Interacting with other Magnets:

I was happy to find that most of the suggested materials are common household items.  Therefore, I didn't need to run to store to buy something!

A quote from Audrey, "I love magnets!"

You can see what my other crew members thought of AIMS Educational Products to see if this product is a good fit for your classroom or family.

Disclaimer: I received this book free of cost in exchange for an honest review and opinion.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the company or the free product provided.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Before Five in a Row Review

As part of the Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew, I am so happy to be able to review the book, Before Five in a Row (BFIAR) by Jane Claire Lambert.  A friend of mine had mentioned this book to me several months ago, but I had not given it much thought until recently.  After looking through this book, I plan on incorporating this into our preschool time.

What is Before Five in a Row?
Before Five in a Row is a book that focuses on classical children's literature and is meant to be used with children 2-4 years old.  There are 23 stories to read with suggested activities (mini-units) in the areas of Language, Art, Science, Bible, Math and more.  The premise behind the book is that children should enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood, and one of the most important pleasures is being able to snuggle up and listen to a good book.  The author also emphasis the value of building family memories through the activities surrounding each book.  This simple curriculum is meant to be flexible and enjoyable.

How Does it Work?
Begin by choosing a book to read from the selection provided in Before Five in a Row and read it five  days in a row.  Many of the books are designed to include repetition so that children can build confidence in their pre-reading skills.

Our first book was Jessie Bear, What Will You Wear? which I found at our local library.  After reading our story, the recommended activities for this book included:
*A Bible Scripture 
*Language Arts (poetry)
*Loving Relationships
*Colors, Patterns and Combinations
*Fine Arts-Drama
*Poetry and Art (Children are encourage to create new verses to the story)
*Can You Find Searches
*Recognizing Patterns
*Games to Play
As you can clearly see, there are so many activities that surround just one story!  Like most children, my girls can listen to a book read over and over again.  They truly enjoy the sheer pleasure of Mommy reading a book to them as they snuggle in my lap.  In this case, both girls enjoyed Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?

Additional Resources:
Before Five in a Row (ages 2-4)
-Five in a Row -a four volume series (PreK-3rd)
-Beyond Five in a Row- a three volume series which uses chapter books (PreK-Adult)
-Above and Beyond Five in a Row

What Does it Cost?
Each of the books cost $35 and can be purchased through Rainbow Resources

What Do I think?
I love this book and I am so happy to be able to use it with my girls.  I think this is a great opportunity to snuggle up and read some wonderful, timeless books together.  What I really appreciate about this book is that there are so many amazing FREE resources on the internet that accompany each story.  I cannot wait to incorporate this into our preschool/toddler "school" time!

You can also see what my other TOS Crew Members think of this product and see if it is a good fit for you and your family.

Disclaimer:  I received this book free of cost in exchange for an honest review and opinion.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own and have not been influenced by the company or the free product provided.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sticky Notes!

I love sticky notes and my girls love sticky notes!  Both girls like to take my sticky notes and post them throughout the house... on the walls, on the floor, on the window, EVERYWHERE!

One of my favorite bloggers, Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files has a fantastic video tip for printing on sticky notes!!  Kristen has also offered a free template to download, so hop on over to her blog and watch the video!  There are so many uses and learning opportunities for printing on sticky notes!  I think her brain just works better than mine:)

I went right to work and made Audrey some post it notes for writing little notes to Mommy, Daddy and Sophia.  She already loves to write us sweet little notes, but this has brought it to a new level!   I think this is a great way to encourage writing!  LOVE IT!!  Now she can post these cute notes wherever she wants:)

These were so easy to make!  I made the following sentence starters and added lines:
I like to eat...
My favorite toy is...
My favorite book is...
I feel sad when...
I fee happy when...
I like to...
I also made:
I love Daddy because...
I love Mommy because...
I love Sophia because...
These are great for helping young writers make complete sentences!
Thanks Kristen!

Here's my personal favorite!

Facebook Followers

The Lesson Plan Diva is having a Facebook Linky Party by grade level!  You need to join in or at least check out some amazing blogs through their facebook page.

I just started The Moffatt Girls facebook page a couple of weeks ago.   You can access it on the righthand side of my blog or by clicking the picture below.

Facebook is such a great way to connect and I have been missing out for a long time!  To be totally honest, I didn't even like Facebook until recently! (I can hear all the gasps now)  

BUT if you still have Facebook phobias, you can always just follow by Google Friend Connect:)

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