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Friday, April 18, 2014

Teacher Easter Egg Hunt and Other Morale Boosters


Another local elementary school is holding their annual Easter egg hunt for teachers/staff this morning!  They have it out on their playground and prizes in the eggs include candy, gift cards, jeans passes, early dismissal pass, free day off pass, etc.

It sounds like so much fun!

What other morale boosting activities do you do?  (That I can borrow and use at our school?) :-)

Easter Sale!

I am throwing an Easter Sunday Sale!  Be sure to hop on over to my store to get 20% off everything!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Custom Homework and Sight Word Packets

I am now offering custom homework and sight word packets in my store.

Homework:
I am providing 36 weeks with a page of math and a page of literacy homework for each week.  I have created a form for customers to fill out with the topics they would like included.  It will be in my standard grid format for four days a week.





Sight Word Packets:
Teachers can choose 5 activities and customize the words for each week.  Once again I have provided a form for customers to fill out and email to me.

The best part is, you don't pay until it's completed!

Monday, March 3, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Number Bonds

Another snow day?!  Good grief!  Hopefully today is as productive as the rest of the weekend was!  

Thank heavens no one was outside watching me try to get to the barn to feed my horse.  It can't look cute when you're 5 1/2 months pregnant and have to climb the fence because the gate is frozen to the ground. 




Friday, February 28, 2014

Engage NY - Devil's Advocate

Engage NY Math is quickly becoming a hot topic across the country. NY Department of Education developed curriculum to support Common Core and published it online for free. Our district has adopted the math portion. I would like to play devil's advocate and see what everyone thinks about Engage.

Pros:
~It is free online
~It dives deep into numbers, both composing and decomposing and makes our kiddos think differently

Cons:
~It is only available online which means everything must be printed, no materials can be purchased pre-made
~ Each lesson is an hour long of direct instruction
~ The first grade lessons include a lot of papers, typically three double sided pages each day if you do the homework

Questions:
~ Does it say anywhere that it is research based?
~ Why hasn't a publishing company picked it up?

Post your thoughts in the comments.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

TPT Sale!

Help us celebrate 3 million members this week!  February 27th & 28th!  I am offering 20% off everything in my store and TPT is offering an additional 10% off of that, which equals 28% off the original price!




Sunday, February 23, 2014

Phenomenal First Grade Phonics - 36 Weeks of Phonics Fun!

It is finally done!  207 pages of blood, sweat, and tears!  I made a new phonics program for firsties!  36 Weeks of Phonics!  Help students associate a picture and motion with a sound using the 70 sound cards provided.  Then practice sight words, decoding words based on the pattern of the week, dictate words to students to sound out, and finish the day with a sentence.  Monday and Tuesday the sentence needs to be corrected and re-written.  Wednesday and Thursday the sentence is dictated by you and written by the students.

Conclude the week by dictating two sentences on Friday following the pattern and using the sight words provided.  Students are graded in three areas including:  handwriting, spelling, and capitalization/punctuation.  A grading sheet has been provided to make your life easier.

Lesson plans are included along with student pages for all 36 weeks!  Check out the thumbnails and the download the preview to make sure you understand how in-depth this program is.  Please message me if you have any questions!








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