Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Color by Sight Word (1st Grade and the BUNDLE)

I am finally done with all of our Christmas Color by Sight Word sets and just in time for some FUN Christmas learning!  Since kids LOVE to color, this is a perfect way to meet Common Core Standards, practice sight words and have FUN!

If you want to win a set for yourself, just leave a comment telling me which set you want (yes, you can pick the BUNDLE), leave your email and I will pick a winner using tomorrow.  The winner will be announced on our facebook page.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Are you ready for Christmas?

Christmas will soon be here so we are gearing up to enjoy the season!  It always seems to sneak up on me, but I am trying to be better prepared this year.

I have always wanted to try this cute tradition of wrapping up 24 Christmas books.  You simply wrap 24 Christmas books that you already own and you open one book each day leading up to Christmas. The girls were THRILLED with the idea and they keep asking if they can open up a book and read it right now!   Of course we are going to wait until December 1st, but they are super excited!  Talk about a great way to get kids excited about reading!

We also made our very own Christmas tree!  Why did we make a Christmas tree?  We are using our cute paper Christmas tree in conjunction with 10 Christmas Math Centers pack.   In our Christmas pack we have ornaments, lights and stockings, which will all be hung on our paper Christmas tree.  I can't wait to show you!  I have already printed and laminated all of the materials!  We are ready to make math FUN!

The best part about our tree is that the girls helped make it and we really enjoyed it!  I could have bought the pre-made one from out teacher supply store, but this was so much more fun!  Plus...ours has REAL Christmas lights and garland!

How to make your own paper Christmas tree:
1) Use fadeless paper and trace your tree design on the backside.  I traced 5 scalloped layers to form a tree. After cutting out each layer, I taped the layers on top of each other to create a full size tree.  You could also draw a simple triangular shape, which would work just as well.
2) Add a tree trunk to the base with a brown piece of construction paper.  No cutting required.
3) String real lights across the tree.  The best way to attach the lights is with some 3M hooks. The hooks are actually attached to the wall, not the Christmas tree.  Tape will only cause the paper to rip and will not hold up for very long.  This, I know by experience.
4) We also added garland from the Dollar Store and a simple star on top.
5) Add some cotton balls and you have falling snow!

That's it!  Super easy, super fun!  It's all about getting kids excited about learning!

We also decorated our pocket chart to make learning a little more exciting!

Here is the 10 Christmas Math Centers pack that we will be using to add our math ornaments and lights to our tree.

Be have a ton of crafts planned, a bunch of fun learning and freebies too!  So stay tuned!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday SALE!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope you are enjoying your family today!  I know that I have so much to be thankful for! Eat a lot of turkey, laugh a lot, forgive a lot and savor the moments because they go by way too fast!

Enjoy your  day sweet friends!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Changing MY Teaching Style

Sophia (my youngest) is different than Audrey (my oldest)  in many ways.  If she doesn't want to do something, she will not do it!  For example, one day she wanted to work on writing her letters.  To be honest, she is not really ready for some intense handwriting practice.  She is only 3 and most 3 year olds don't have the dexterity to properly form their letters.  

Anyhow, I go along with it and try to help her.  She is busy writing the letter A, only she is starting her lines on the wrong side.  She starts her letter A with a stroke on the right and then on the left.  She is very proud of her handwriting skills and is eager to do more "school".   The teacher in me gently takes her hand and shows her how to correctly trace the letter A onto her paper.  Suddenly she screams a little, cries a lot and gets really mad.  She desperately tries to erase the "mess" that I made on her paper.  She is so upset and has tears in her eyes.  I quickly try to ease the situation and erase the letter for her, but she doesn't calm down until I give her a new piece of paper.  It made my heart a little sad.  I didn't mean to make her cry.  I was only trying to help her, just like I have helped Audrey.

The Moffatt Man and I talk about it the next day.  I am bit confused.  I mean really, what is the big deal?  So much crying and screaming over that?  I just tried to show her how to correctly write the letter A.  I am a teacher and this style of learning really goes against the grain of my teaching style!  In my mind I am just trying to do what I have been trained to do, teach.  In her mind she was doing great and I totally messed it up.  I violated her space by taking her hand and writing the letter for her.  She wanted to do it all by herself.

Day 2: (Same situation, different approach)
This time I change my teaching style and tried to meet her learning style.  Sophia got busy writing her letters on her paper, just like the other day.  Today she decided she needed to practice the letter H.  At this point, her H's look more like A's.  She is really focused and proud of her work.  Instead of taking her hand and helping her trace the letter, I try something different.  I pull out our mini whiteboard.  I show her how I write the letter H.  She looked at me, she looked at her paper and started to write the letter H... PERFECTLY!

I think the moral of the story is pretty obvious.  We need to respect the different learning styles of our children, whether in the home or in the classroom.  They may come from the same womb, but they are totally different children, perfect in their own way.  I love every bit of my sweet Sophia!  She doesn't need to change at all.  I need to change my approach.  

This little girl is very intense about her school:)  She gets excited to do school and LOVES it!  I wouldn't change a single thing about this little honey!

I remember being in the classroom and I had a boy who couldn't sit down when he did his work.  He would stick his little bum in the air, wiggle it around and work away.  If I would have made him sit down and hold still, it wouldn't have worked for him.  Really, at the end of the day...who cares?  Let him stand when he works.  It worked for him, so it worked for me.

As teachers and parents, we are constantly needing to adjust and adapt to the situation so our kids are successful and happy learners!

Hey..we have been known to do some school work snuggled up on Mommy's bed!  I love it, they love it and we are all happy:)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Color by Sight Word Sentences!

Christmas is such a FUN time and I am super excited to enjoy the season with some fun sight word printables!  Review is important and I think think the little Moffatt Girls will enjoy our newest resource! I just finished our Christmas Color by Sight Word Sentences in Pre-Primer and Primer!

Since kids LOVE to color, these printables allow them to color AND practice ALL of the sight words in each list!  Not only will they practice identifying and reading sight words, but they will also read their sight words in a sentence!  That means they are using sight words in context!  Each coloring page has a picture that matches the sight words with a sight word sentence!  The best part is that it meets Common Core Standards!

The Pre-Primer Set includes the following sight words:
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, three, to, two, up, we, where, yellow and you.

The Primer Set includes the following sight words:
all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, 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 yes.

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