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Ruby James {eight months}

I feel like I just did a monthly update, and here I am again! Ruby is now 8 months! Whoa!

We celebrated Ruby's first Valentine's Day!

 She got the sweetest little Valentines from her grandparents :)

She also loves to stand any chance she gets!

She loves to play with her blocks {mostly eat them ;)} and she laughs and laughs when I stack them up and knock them over, it's so cute!

She still loves books! Her favorite book is Time for Bed which we read before bed every night. One night when I was reading it to her, I noticed she smiled and was super happy when we got to the last page. I tried it again several times to see if she recognized the last page or if it was a total fluke, and she did it every time! She now smiles and pets the little girls face every night. Melts my heart!!!

She's still not so sure about eating anything that isn't milk ;) but she loves to sit up in the high chair when we go out to eat!

She loves music class! She shakes the maraca and "sings" along!

And she loves playing in the ball pit at MyGym!

Ruby & Rando continue to be inseparable and I know they are going to love growing up together!

Happy 8 months baby girl!



Sight Word Fluency Booklets

I am always looking for new, fun ways to practice those tricky sight words! Sight words are an essential building block in teaching beginning readers how to read, and continue to be important as the students move up in grades. So the more practice, the better!

I always love having new sight word activities in our sight word center, so I was so excited to come up with these Sight Word Fluency Books!
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The fun thing about these books is there are SO many ways to use them! This is great to make sure repetitive practice doesn't get monotonous! Although, early readers strive on repetition and success, so they will love these even if you didn't change them up!

Here are some fun ideas for the cover of the sight word books:

Coloring
Have your students use crayons, colored pencils or makers to color in the focus word.
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Stickers
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Stickers are always a hit and great fine motor practice for little fingers! You can have your students fill in the word completely with stickers or use the stickers as a starting point for tracing.
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In this example, the students will put their finger on the sticker and trace along each letter.

Magnet Letters
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Have your students use colorful letters to build each focus word. Since these won't stay on their book, they can always color the word again for homework! #extrapractice #forthewin ;)

Glitter Glue!
 Anything with glitter is always fun! Squeezing the bottle is also great fine motor practice. Fair warning...tears may ensue ;) I also suggest doing this on a separate day, or as a reward for completing their book as the glue needs to dry.
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Other ideas:
*Glue small pieces of cereal onto each letter
*Dab the letters with bingo dabbers
*Unfold the book and poke the letters with a push pin over a cushy surface like carpet
*Paint the letters with a q-tip

Okay! On to the inside of the books! Each book is set up exactly the same so that your students can successfully complete these independently.

On the left, they will read the focus sight word and write it 3 times. This can be done in pencil, crayon, marker, etc. For extra practice, have your students read the words back to you after they finish writing them! On the right, they will search for the word and count how many times they found it.
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On the last page, they will circle the focus sight word in each sentence and read them 3 times each. They will color a smiley face after each reading. This is great for repeated fluency practice.
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As your students finish their fluency books, they can take them home to practice or you can have them keep the books in a baggie in their desk. Then when they have some time during the day, they can take the books out and read them successfully!

Currently, this resource has over 100 sight words! I am constantly adding words to it, so if you see words you need that aren't included, please let me know!
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