Saturday, September 29, 2012

Apple Crafts and MORE!

I LOVE fall and I LOVE apples!!  We seriously go through at least 20 apples a week!  These little Moffatt Girls can't eat enough fruit, especially when it come to apples.   Of course we have to make homemade applesauce.  It is the EASIEST thing to make!!
                                 You can see my recipe for it {HERE}.

Fall means it is time to enjoy apples AND all the great apple crafts!  Here are just a few of our fun crafts this week.  These are SO easy to easy!!

Tissue Paper Apple Tree
We started off by painting the brown tree trunk.  
Next, the girls crunched up little balls of green tissue paper and added some red apples.
We even added our hole for some little creature:)
This activity kept both the girls busy and Sophia (my 3 year old) said, "Mommy, I love school!"
That just melted my heart!

Apple Prints
These super easy apple prints can be made by cutting an apple in half and smearing it in paint.  One of my pinterest finds was to make handles out of the apple...GENIUS!  The girls really loved this craft too!

Audrey age 5
Sophia age 3
I must say that Sophia totally enjoyed herself!  She probably would have gone a bit crazy with the paint if I turned around for even a minute!  She did a great job and she was totally into it!
How cute are these?  This is also a pinterest inspired craft.  This was a super easy craft to make!
1)Start by tracing your apples (red, green or yellow) onto a piece of construction paper.  I used a one piece for the top and one piece for the bottom.
2)Tear a piece of white paper on each side for he core.  Glue the core to the back sides of the apple pieces.
3) Use black construction paper for the seeds, brown for the stem and green for the leaf.  Glue into place.  
4) I just typed out some labels and we glued them in the appropriate places.   Of course I did Sophia's, but she did actually cut out all the apple pieces!

We have been learning a lot about Johnny Appleseed!  We did this ADORABLE Johnny Appleseed craft from A Cupcake for the Teacher.

We watched the Disney version of Johnny Appleseed a few times:)  The girls walk around the house singing the song.  Too cute!

Happy Fall!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sight Word Money (The Bundle)

For some reason I forgot to finish uploading my Sight Word Money for 1st Grade and the Bundle.  Someone kindly reminded me that these items are not in my shop.  I think I am losing my brain.  Please tell me that that happens to you too?

Anyhow, we totally LOVE our sight word money!  This is such a FUN way to have kids earn some sight word bucks after they learn a new sight word.  They also get to put their sight word money in their Super Sight Word Kid Wallet!  The back of the wallet lets them check off their sight words as they earn their sight word dollars.  Now that is a FUN way to meet Common Core Standards!  Learning to read should be FUN!

Sight Word Money (The Bundle)
Pre-Primer, Primer, and 1st Grade

When printed on green construction paper, kids feel like it is real money;)

The bundle includes money for the following sight words:

Pre-Primer- a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make, me, my, not, one, play, red, run, said, see, the, tree, to two, up, we, where, yellow, and you.

Primer- all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, and us.

1st Grade- after, again, an, any, ask, as, by, could, every, fly, from, give, going, had, has, her, him, his, how, just, know, let, live, may, of, old, once, open, over, put round, some, stop, take, thank, them, then, think, walk, were, and when.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall Math Word Problems!

When I was teaching, words problems were something that kids just dreaded and they always did horrible with word problems on state tests.  They would almost cringe when word problems were mentioned.  Well, that's not good.  I wanted to create some simple beginning word problems that would help students master this concept at an early age and still be FUN!  Also, it meets a lot of Common Core Standards!

One of issues that many kids have with word problems is drawing ALL OF THOSE PICTURES!  Don't get me wrong, I think drawing pictures to show your work is great.  However, when something so simple like drawing pictures gets in the way of mastering a concept, we need to look for another approach.  Therefore, I created some Fall Word Problems that let students color, cut and paste!  They are still able to work out some addition and subtraction word problems, without having to color each picture.
Fall Math Word Problems
This pack covers 2 months of word problems!

The Fall Word Problem pack is great for students who are beginning to master the whole word problem concept.  This pack allows them to color, cut and paste their work instead of drawing the pictures.  This pack includes word problems with leaves, apple pies, turkeys and more!

Here is an example of how one of the word problem pages works...

Begin with the word problem sheet, either addition or subtraction.

Have the students color, cut, paste and solve the word problem!  So simple, so effective!
Here is another one that shows addition.
Kids circle the key information and underline the key words that help identify the word problem as addition or subtraction. 

By the time students finish a sheet, they have had a lot of hands-on interaction with the word problem and it becomes more concrete.

Aligns to the following Common Core Standard
1.0A.1-Use addition and subtraction within 20 to solve word problems involving situations of adding to, taking from, putting together, taking apart, and comparing, with unknowns in all positions.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

My Baby Turns 3!

On Friday we celebrated Sophia's 3rd Birthday!  My baby turned 3!!  Oh how I love this sweetie!  This little girls just melts my heart for so many reasons!!  She really is a miracle, especially since the doctors told us that we couldn't have children.
Obviously they were wrong and here is the evidence...
Sophia was much more concerned about her crackers than smiling at the camera for Mommy:)

We have been planning our trip to the Bippity Boppity Boutique for a long time now.  What is the Bippity Boppity Boutique?  It is a special shop at Disneyland that little girls can go to get all pricessed up!  They get a  princess gown of their choice, make-up, shoes, a purse, painted fingernails, a special princess hair style, princess pictures and the whole royal treatment!
We did it with Audrey and she LOVED it!

My little Sophia had a different experience.  She walked into the Bippity Boppity Boutique and cried.  She didn't want all that stuff done to her.  At the end of the day, we walked out with a Snow White dress, purse and a headband.  That was all she wanted.  She is so shy and so precious.  I think she is the prettiest Snow White EVER!  Shoes and all;)

My Sophia is shy, but she also knows what she wants.  She is a "I do it myself" type of girl.  Sometimes she gets frustrated and upset if I try to show her how to do something.  She had taught me that I need to adjust MY teaching style to HER learning needs, not the other way around.

This precious little girl is our is a gift from God!  We can not love her any more, even if we tried!  Happy Birthday Sweet Sophia!
By the way, do you know how happy it made me that she wanted a Pooh Bear cake?  So happy!  She is still sweet little Sophia!  She STILL loves the Pooh Bear ride.  I wish these days would never end, but they are ALL precious and gifts from God!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Phonics Watches!

I am so, so EXCITED about our Phonics Watches!  These adorable watches are WEARABLE and have worked wonders in our home!  We LOVE our Phonics Watches!

Each watch has a letter of the alphabet and a picture to match the beginning sound of that letter.  We have also included long vowels into pack for future use.  But for now, Sophia walks around the house and says, /a/, /a/ for apple!  I LOVE it and it makes me super happy that I created these for early learners:)

Kids love to wear things and what better way to make learning FUN than wearable watches?  These phonics watches can be worn all day long!  As kids look down at the watch, they will constantly be reminded of a letter and the sound that that letter makes!  It's FUN and it's effective.

Aligns to the following Common Core Standards:
RF.K.1 -Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds (phonemes).
RF.1.1-Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables and sounds (phonemes). 

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Our alphabet Phonics Headbands are also a fun way to teach and learn phonics.

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