Thursday, March 6, 2014
Hello Everyone, I hope you have all been well. I am home this week recovering from gallbladder surgery which has given me some much needed catch up time for assessments, lesson planning and TpT unit prep and organization. I have been working on a series of teacher resources for introducing and teaching vowels sound and blends/digraphs. I posted about my Digraph/Initial Blend unit last week and have now listed a short vowel unit. I will hopefully have the long vowel unit finished up here in the next few days. Each of these units take some prep and if you are like me card stock and laminating are an obsession. However, this prep pays of with colorful, engaging resources that children can use for years. Each of these resources is color coded and have cohesive posters and resources that the children find easy to follow. Since these are large units with lots of color you will want to make sure to protect your investment by organizing them in a way that keeps everything together and right at your fingertips. So, here is my suggestion: first I purchased a set of 50 poly envelopes form amazon.com for a few dollars. I had these left over from some organization projects I had done last year in my classroom and they are perfect because they come in a variety of colors that can be matched to the set you are organizing. Here is a picture: CVC Short Vowel Teacher Resource and Center Unit and my Digraph/Initial Blend Teacher Resources and Centers Unit. Till next time!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hello all, I hope all of you came through the holidays well and are looking forward to spring! Here in Texas we had 2 ice days and a couple of late starts which is highly unusual for us but I know some of you have missed much more than that! Anyway, this year I have four children who are very advanced in their reading skills. They have mastered cvc words, cvcv/cvvc words and the dolche pre-primer and primer sight words. We are now moving into intial consonant blends and digraphs. This week I started by introducing l, s and r initial blends on a binder ring, I gave each child a set and had a master set for myself. We went through each set before doing anything else. I then took the posters out for several of the l blends and we went over several objects that start with each blend. We then spent some time thinking about other words that start with this blend and recorded them on our critical thinking posters. I then used pocket chart sentences to show how we could use the words properly in a sentence and this also reinforced sight words. Initial Blends Resources and Centers in my TpT store. Enjoy! Christine
Monday, February 17, 2014
We had a great Valentine's Day week here in Pre-K. There were so many fun activities to support our learning objectives. i snapped a few pictures of my kiddos enjoying some love themed centers!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
I am so thankful to say that Drew came through his brain surgery like a trooper today! We as teachers who contributed and bought the 2 bundles on TpT raised $700.00 towards the astronomical expenses this family will have to pay. But of course who can put a price on a child's life? Thank you so much from my heart, from the families heart and from Drew's heart for helping in such a wonderful way. I truly hope the bundle was able to bless you in your classroom for your donation. As soon as this month's TpT payment comes through I will present the family with the check from all of you and post a picture for you all. Thank you again!