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Round Rock, Texas, United States
I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

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Monday, July 29, 2013

New Freebie!!!!! Jungle 1-10 posters with 10 frames!!!

Hello All, I have just posted a FREE set of 1-10 posters from the jungle. Be sure to hop on over to TpT to grab your copy. Use this link: FREE Jungle 1-10 posters And don't forget to scroll down to enter this weeks giveaway!!!!!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Organization for Differentiation part 3 and another Giveaway!

Hello All, I am now back to working on my goal of organization this year after a 2 week whirlwind vacation. While away I was able to create 2 differentiated spelling centers that I am focusing on organizing this week. I have organized these centers for those who do not have the money to invest in all of the fancy organizing tools that I have been gotten for this upcoming year. This weeks drawer is simple using plastic bags and binder rings. The real organization comes in differentiating these two centers. Lets start with The Jungle Drop, this is a CVC word practice center. I have placed all of the working mats, bags of pictures, bags of letters and flashcards in the drawer. I have printed all of these on cardstock and laminated each. The flashcards will eventually make their way onto a binder ring for easy self checking.
To start differentiating these units have the children match the lowercase letters to a print out of the uppercase letters. For those that are ready give a bag of pictures and letters with a mat and allow them to spell randomly. To differentiate for those that are not ready seperate the pictures by vowel sound. Tape the correct vowel onto the center crate and give the children a bag with only the letters needed to spell a few words. Help as needed. Use the worksheets to assess learning and for extra practice. I also have scratch paper available for the children to write the words if they want. These same differences can be used with the CVCV and CVVC Volcano Eruption center. Now for the giveaway...............this week you can win a copy of both my Jungle Drop and Volcano Adventure centers for use in your differentiated classroom. Good luck! Christine a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Organization for Differentiation part 2 and another giveaway!

In my quest to get organized this summer I am working on a blog post series called, Organization for Differentiation. This is the 2nd post in the series, you will want to make sure and read the first post so you can see where this started. I have begun to fill several more drawers with differentiated centers, recording sheets, manipulatives and the like. Here is what I have been up to:
This is my Sunflower Literacy Unit which I will be using at the very beginning of the year to help with visual discrimination, identifying uppercase/lowercase, vowel/consonant identification and critical thinking. The first activity asks the child to separate the vowels from the consonants and then there is a practice sheet inside a dry erase pocket. The second activity involves building words with the sunflowers to match the flower pot by picture and by word. The third activity has several dry erase protected practice sheets for the children to complete and the fourth activity has the child picking the letter, writing it and thinking of a word with that letter. This center can also be used with letter tiles, clothespins, stamps etc. I still have not decided how I will separate each activity within the drawer but if i can find very shallow paper trays I will use them labeled 1-4 or possible binder clips? I just don't know yet.
My second literacy drawer for this week involves more activities with my Differentiated spelling unit, right now this drawer is set up for the beginning of the year and will increase in difficulty as needed. There will also be several levels of difficulty within the drawer to begin with to meet each childs level. This drawer can be used to practice spelling with clothespins, letter tiles, blend tiles,word tiles, dry erase markers and pockets etc. Not only do the children have a choice in how they complete this center but will be assigned a level just like the first drawer.
I have started three different math drawers, started being the key word here. My first drawer involves students counting and matching numbers and number words. This drawer will also have number card puzzles, number order puzzles and number/number word puzzles with recording sheets. Since I did not create these activities I did not show them but you can find variations of all of these in some very talented teachers TpT stores. My second drawer will be filled with tangrams. This set of tangram cards ranges from very simple shape learning to very difficult picture building, I will also be including the lakeshore tangram bucket and cards that are colorful and build pictures that the kids enjoy (they are at school or I would share a picture with you). My third math drawer will be filled with my Monster Pattern Challenge Unit Ths unit works on your very basic pattern all the way up to complex 4-5 piece patterns. The children will also have the opportunity to create their own patterns and cut out their own monsters. I will be putting the laminated, loose monsters in a small snap close container since they are so small.
And last but not least I have decided to add a vocabulary drawer that will match each of our themes for the year. This vocabulary center comes from my Where do animals live? Habitat Unit. I have printed out the habitat scenes and animals for each, the children then match the correct animal to the correct habitat. I will also include the read the room sheet for each habitat for the children to write the names of the animals. This is a self checking activity since each mat and card are labeled with a number. I will change this drawer to build vocabulary and writing skills with each of my themes. So, now for the giveaway! Since I used so many of my own products this time I am giving away a $25.00 giftcard to my TpT store. This way you have a chance to get your hands on some of these activities! Good Luck,giveaway runs till the 8th! a Rafflecopter giveaway