Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Who Wants FREE Apps?

Do you want FREE apps for your iPhone or iPad?  I will admit it, we are a bit of a Mac junkie here at The Moffatt Girls house!  I keep telling the girls, "You need to share....that IS Mommy's iPhone!  My turn, please."

Needless to say, we also love our apps!  No, I don't let the girls spend hours on our iPads or iPhones, but an educational app is ALWAYS a FUN way to reinforce or teach specific skills.

On to the FREE app.... It was one of those days....I REALLY needed a caffeine fix, so I headed to Starbucks.  I rarely go there, so it is always a special treat:)  The girls get an apple juice and I get my Carmel Frappuccino..mmm!!  So I am waiting for my Carmel Frappuccino at the counter where you pick up your drink.  I look down at a stack of business cards that say, "Pick of the Week."

Well, upon further investigation and a little inquiry from the kind lady making my drink, I learn that Starbucks gives away paid apps for FREE every Tuesday!  WOW!  Sometimes they are music, books, KIDS APPS!!   I totally scored this week with our NEW Dora's Skywriting ABC's!!

We downloaded this one on our iPad...

Sophia L*O*V*E*S her new app!!  She is learning how to trace her letters in such a FUN way and I have a good reason to go to Starbucks every week;)  


This app is $3.99 in the App Store and completely worth the money!!  

Needless to say, I think I will be visiting Starbucks every weeks...but only once a week, of course:)  I think I just bought into the whole Starbucks + FREE app marketing ploy:)  



Monday, February 27, 2012

Time Out Tuesdays: PEACE Teaching with the Fruit of the Spirit


We are well into our 7 Week Challenge to Transform our Teaching and Parenting!  Both Tamara and I hope that you have been encouraged these last couple of weeks!  It is our desire to see you flourish and become the BEST teachers and the BEST moms you have been designed to be!  We hope that though this mini radio program you will walk away with your spirits lifted and rejuvenated for this weeks challenges.

This week we will be talking about PEACE.  Peace in the midst of the storm.  A Peace that passes understanding.  A Peace that calms the stormy seas of life.  When we have THAT kind of peace, despite our trying circumstances, what an example to the children in our life!  Little eyes are watching and sometimes our actions, or our reactions, can speak louder than our words.

I have to be honest, I was a little unsure as to IF I should share one of my stories on this radio show.  However, I really feel that there is someone out there that will be encouraged and lifted up in the midst of a  current storm!  It is my earnest desire that YOU too will experience God's Peace!

Listen to the Program {HERE} or
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Be sure to visit Tamara's blog to read her post too!





Tamara and Annie

Ready2Read Level 2 Unit 9 Released

I finally released Unit 9 of our Ready2Read Program.  Although this unit will not be shown "in action" until next week, I wanted to make it available since I had some requests.

If you are new to the Ready2Read Program, you can visit our information page {HERE}.  I will be releasing Level 3 this summer.


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Toddler Tasks Week #4

Sophia LOVES to "do school" and I love to do it with her.  Although she had a slight cold this week, she was still a happy little learner:)  I am preparing this little honey for our Ready2Read Program, but she doesn't even know it:)  I think all kids want to learn...especially when it is FUN!!


She worked on her Leapfrog Frig Phonics and had so much fun.  We worked a little on the -at family.  Since she hears Audrey read all of the time, she is so eager to learn.  She is not really ready to sound out words, but we work at it a little...

Here she is pointing to the letters and making their sounds.  It was neat to see her sound out each individual letter, but no blending involved yet.

I turned around to grab my camera and she spelled the word fox.  I know it was a totally accident, but it made me smile:)  And of course I praised her like crazy for doing such a good job:)

We played a little with her Alphabet Bug Mats.  I really like these because they have both upper and lowercase letters.  When Sophia first started playing with these, I would just give her the 5 letters on the mat.  Now she is able to pick the correct letters.  However, I did separate the upper and lowercase letters.

I play a game with her to see who finds the letter first and she just LOVES this!!  I think it is because she always wins;)  Sometimes she holds my hand back so she can't get it...little stinker:)


Alphabet Memory is another game that helps children match upper and lowercase.  She really enjoyed playing with Audrey and I was surprised at how well she did with this memory game.

We also worked on saying the phonics sounds when finding the matching letters.  This is a super easy task for kids to pick up, especially after watching Leapfrog's Letter Factory!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that video!
We made some more Play-Doh this week.  It is so easy to make and you can add your own scents to make it smell nice!  {HERE} is a basic recipe that I absolutely LOVE!
I used 3 drops of BLUE food coloring to get this color.


She is so focused when it comes to cutting her Play-Doh!  Cutting, rolling and manipulating Play-Doh is such a good fine motor skill that will later help with handwriting.

I spelled out her name and sang this song to the tune of BINGO...
There was a little girl I loved so much
and Sophia was her name-O
S-O-P-H-I-A, S-O-P-H-I-A, S-O-P-H-I-A
and Sophia was her name-O!

Needless to say, she LOVED this!  She decided to sing with me and touch the letters as she sang.  Most kids are hands-on learners and this is such a great way to learn!

Here is another version of our ABC caterpillar puzzle.  This version incorporates many different skills:
*color identification
*lowercase letter identification
 *shapes 
*patterns
*and ABC order
of course I had to put magnets on the back because it makes everything that much more FUN!
I started by grouping all of the shapes...
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You can also get our uppercase version {HERE}
If you like our FREE printables, we would love it if you added our shop or this product as one of your favorites:)

Sophia asked to play this "game" a lot this week.  She was a little thrown off by the lowercase letter a, because she is used to seeing the other style.  However, this is good for different letter font recognition.

She ended the week doing one of her ABC puzzles in jammies before bed:)
I really think she is obsessed with the ABC's right now!!

I hope that you all have a GREAT and FUN week of learning!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Winner for Grandma's Trunk!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Color by Sight Word FREEBIE

I LOVE creating these printables because they are a super FUN component in our Ready2Read Curriculum! This time I have combined sight words and simple CVC words that make a sentence that students can read.
Sight Words + Reading + Coloring = FUN learning!


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Monday, February 20, 2012

Time Out Tuesdays: The Fruit of the Spirit~JOY!


We are well into our 7 Week Challenge to Transform Your Teaching and Parenting with the Fruit of the Spirit!!  This week Tamara did a wonderful job talking about J.O.Y!   What do we mean by J.O.Y?  Well you have to listen to the program to find out:)  Tamara talks about three key components that, if applied, will radically transform who you are as a teacher...who you are as a mother!  Wow!  Don't miss this!

Don't worry if you were unable to listen to the first two radio shows...you are never too late because TBA's radio show is available for YOUR listening convenience!  Just use the widget on the sidebar (or below) to listen to the 7 Week Challenge.  You will find this program under Time Out Tuesdays.




Each week we are focusing on one new scripture.  This week our scripture verse is,
"For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete." ~Deuteronomy 16:15b
Click on the picture to download your scripture...
(We put 4 on a page so that you can post them in four different places)
In case you missed our theme verse,
Just click on the picture to download...

We hope and pray that you have a very FRUITFUL week!
Be sure to visit Tamara's blog for her post too!






Graph the Math-Addition

I am super excited about my newest product...
Graph the Math-Additon!
I am always looking for ways to make learning FUN, while incorporating Common Core Standards.  This new Math the Graph-Addition Pack has 26 pages of math graphing equations for numbers up to 20.  It also has cute addition counters for students to use to solve the equations.

Students will enjoy solving the equations and then graphing or coloring them in the graph below.  Here is the printable in action at The Moffatt Girls house:)

Begin by choosing the Graphing Sheet for the sums that you want to work on.  Here we are working on solving equations with the sums of 2 and 4.  Therefore, we needed a total of 4 counters to solve the problems...

Next, solve all of the equations in the graphing cloud...

After solving the equations, you can choose two markers/crayons to highlight the two different sums.  Audrey used blue for the equations that had the sum of 3 and red for the equations that had the sum of 5.

You can also color them in with crayons...

Students can have the option to rewrite the equation in the graphs below...

or you can color in the graph according to how many equations have that particular sum.

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By clicking on the picture above, you can also see how this product is meeting Common Core Math Standards!

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