Sunday, January 4, 2015

Making Sight Words Fun!!

One of my all time favorite things about teaching kindergarten is the awesome growth you see all year long! I just love the confident little learners that my students are becoming. We work really hard in kindergarten, but we also have a lot of fun. Because I believe that having fun is the main ingredient behind building life-long learners! So what's my secret behind teaching sight words? Making them fun, of course!

A great way to start your kindergarteners off is with some color word practice. These are sight words that are seen often and your students will have some of them in their sight word bank already. These are fun activities that help your kiddos feel successful while they're learning!

 We also LOVE the novelty of using dry-erase markers to practice writing our sight words, and we're saving paper along the way! With these printables, not only are they practicing writing the word correctly, but they also have to use the word in a sentence and draw a picture to match. That means they have to actually know what word they are working on, not just mindless tracing ;)

 We are BIG fans of songs and chants in my classroom! During transitions or down times, we love singing our sight word chant. I hold up a sight word flashcard, or write a word up on the easel, and then we practice the word altogether. Whole body learning and total physical response all the way with this little ditty! {you can download this chant here!}

We also love using stamps to practice our sight words. This is great because your students have to use what they know about letter formation to find the correct letter stamp, and the reluctant writers love the stamps because it gives their fingers a little break from writing.
Sometimes we even make stamping booklets! We focus on one sight word per book to complete our little stories. My students love getting the chance to be the author and illustrator of their own stories as well!

One of my students most favorite way to practice sight word spelling is with play-doh! I seriously could have this center out allll year and they would never, ever tire of it! I totally get it though, who doesn't love learning with play-doh!?

Sight word task cards are also fun little activities to set up in your writing center. Lots and lots of fun and engaging ways to practice those all important words!
Later on in the year, as our sight word knowledge grows, we are able to integrate our sight words into our learning. My students love to roll the sight word dice and use it in a sentence. We practice our writing conventions, remembering our uppercase letters and punctuation. Plus, notice that fabulous finger spacing ;) {you can grab this recording sheet free here}

We also love to cut apart sentences and glue them in the correct order. We usually  make silly sentences before gluing the sentence down which results in endless laughter, but what my students don't realize is that they are reading the words solely on sight and not relying on the context clues to get them through the sentence! #teachertricks

I am always changing it up and keeping it interesting when it comes to practicing our sight words. I would love to hear any ideas you have! Please leave me a comment if you have a fun way to teach sight words!

You can grab all the activities pictured above in my TpT store. I recently posted a Sight Word Mega Bundle which houses ALL of my sight word resources in one easy download! I will for sure be adding to it as the year progresses since I love creating sight word activities. You can grab it by clicking the picture below. The bundle is discounted 20% off the total value of the products and is an additional $10 off this week as a special introductory price!
If you own some of my sight word resources but would like to switch out for the bundle, email me!

Happy New Year friends!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

All About the Numbers 0-20!

As soon as I completed my All About the ABC printables, I knew I just had to make a set for numbers too! It has been a long struggle putting this together, but they have finally come to fruition!

The letter tracers were a huge hit, so I need these little number tracers will be loved too! They will practice the correct path of motion by "driving" a toy car across each number.
I also included a space for them to practice writing the numbers with the ever enticing dry-erase markers ;)

We will also practice path of motion for the numbers and writing the number words using these number printables.
My interactive alphabet journal was one of my most favorite creations ever, so this number journal had a lot to live up to ;) I think it was able to hold its own!

I also made some more fun fine motor mats for my students to get some fun, hands-on learning! There are so many fun things you can do with these numbers!
Decorate them with stickers!

Decorate with cereal!

Another fun way to practice sorting and identifying numbers is with these number sorts.
There are two levels for these sorts. The first one is sorting 2 numbers, great for number recognition at the start of the year.

The next set is a little more of a challenge! The kiddos will use the number line to help them identifying numbers that are more or less than the given number.

 And finally, the ever so fascinating spin and write!

You can find all of these activities in my TpT store on sale today! 

All About the ABCs is also on sale today! Check out the MEGA bundle here!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

S is for Snowman!

This year, we have worked on incorporating more poetry into our classroom. Poetry is a great way to help your students build oral language, develop a sense of rhyming words, concepts of print as well as practice fluency and comprehension strategies. Plus, poetry is really fun!

We started our first poetry unit this month with this adorable poem, S is for Snowman. 

We found this poem online {not sure where it's from} and I retyped it and added cute clip art 'cuz that's how I roll ;) My teaching partner got it printed to poster size and colored it for us. We decided to work on one poem a month so we could fit it in to our already jam-packed day. The first week in December, we introduced the poem and practiced it several times. My students came up with arm motions to help visualize the poem and we had it memorized in about 5 minutes ;)

The second week, I gave each student a printed copy of the poem and we talked about all the -at words in the poem. The teaching gods aligned this one perfectly as we just started working on -at family words. We found and highlighted the at words with yellow crayon, then practiced writing them on the back. We talked about how the word family words helped the poem to rhyme.

My students loved going on word hunts and did a fabulous job with this activity!

To culminate our poem for the month, we made this cute little craftivity. After inferring what it meant for our snowman to be flat, we talked about ways to keep our snowman from melting. I loved their ideas and creative writing!  {I actually wrote their ideas on the board for them to copy because we didn't have enough time to complete the writing and craft at once. I almost always try to get my kids to write on their own and sound out their words as they write, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do ;)}

 Then we put our snowman together and had him "peeking" over the writing. We do tons of crafts in kindergarten and they never seem to get enough of them! I just love how they turn out and they are awesome at helping us build our fine motor muscles!
Aren't they the cutest?! 
You can grab this snowman craftivity for free in my TpT store!

Looking for more poetry ideas for the classroom? Check out these fabulous ideas from some awesome bloggers!

Poetry Binders from Ashley Sharp
Poetry Stations from Deedee Wills

 Poems and Songs from Jodi Southard

Sunday, December 21, 2014

14 in 14 Linky Party!

Wowie, wow, wow!! What a year it has been! I am excited to recap my 14 favorite memories from 2014 and hosting this linky along with some of my best blogging turned into real life best friends Kristin and Traci

I have to start with one of the COOLEST memories ever of 2014…watching the Super Bowl halftime show at my future in-laws and seeing my soldier craft on TV!!! I'm pretty sure I screamed for a full minute and everyone looked at me like I was crazy…
I made them pause and rewind 50 million times to get a good shot ;)
#coolestthingever #areyoufreakingkiddingme

Dragging my partner in crime with me to present at our very first teacher conference in California! What an incredible experience that was!

Working with the amazing Kimberly Geswein to create my own font!

Standing by my best friend's side as she got married! Such a fun wedding!

Getting engaged to the love of my life!!! I was also completely surprised which I did not think was possible!

Then flying out to NYC thenextday to see my sister!

While in NYC, visiting the TpT offices and getting to meet Amy and Karen!

Celebrating Tom's 30th birthday!

Celebrating my 30th birthday!

Presenting at the TpT conference in Las Vegas!

Taking engagement pictures. This was seriously such a fun day and I can't even wait for our wedding!

Asking my best friends to be my bridesmaids!

Hitting 5,000,000 pagviews on my blog {?!?!?!} and reaching a TpT milestone!

Probably the biggest and best memory of 2014…buying our first house together!

2014 was such a fun year! I'm glad I got to make all of those memories :)

Will you join us in the fun?! All you have to do is think back at your favorites in 2014 and add a few pictures. What a fun way to remember the year, huh!?

 You can use these prompts if you'd like, or just list your top 14 favorites memories {like me}! You can also download the cute little headers Traci made {here}.
14. Favorite quote:
13. Favorite article of clothing:
12. Favorite movie you watched:
11. Favorite TV series:
10. Favorite restaurant:
9. Favorite new thing you tried:
8. Favorite gift you got:
7. Favorite thing you pinned:
6. Favorite blog post:
5. Best accomplishment:
4. Favorite picture:
3. Favorite memory:
2. Goal for 2015:
1. One Little Word:

How to link up:
Create a blog post sharing your favorite 14 things in 2014. Add the button to your post and link it to this blog post. Then link up below, making sure to link directly to your post, not just your blog.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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