Friday, February 19, 2016

Five for Friday!

I'm hooking up with the amazing Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly Five for Friday!  Geeze, I've missed doing these!!!!

This is my first week back at blogging!  YIPEE!!!  I posted all about my medical issues that have kept me away but I am gone no longer.

I had some time to think about the direction I really want to go with my new products.  It is highly advised by everyone that once you've established a "name" you should never change it.  Here's the problem with that.  I teach Special Education now.  I would love for my name to reflect that.  I'm also making products for both Kindergarten AND higher grade levels.  Not sure yet what to do about that but I'll let you know.

I feel like I've been making products like a crazy lady.  You know when you sit for a long time thinking about something?  Then you finally have the opportunity to get it done.   It's like this.....

So every night when I finish work, I race home to start working....again.  You all know what that is like, I'm sure.  I'm hoping to eventually find that balance again but for now, no rest for the weary.

Here are some of those products I've been working on.  The first is my Sight Word Booklets.  I've made them for all 4 of the FRY lists.  Each product contains booklets for 100 words.  Students will have a word list, a fluency phrase for each word, a visual discrimination page and a spelling list page.
 (Download Preview HERE)

The product shown above is a BUNDLE product which also includes Emergent Reader books to go along with each booklet.  Students will gain exposure to the sight words in context.  Each page of the Reader includes the sight word in a simple sentence made up of other sight words or simple, decodable words.  

I have the original booklets available for each Hundred list.  The bundle is only available for the First Hundred now.  I'm working on the Second Hundred.  I will post when that is up and available.
Download preview HERE.

This product is a GREAT way for students to get that important practice with teen numbers.  They can be so tricky for the little ones and it is my belief that the more practice they get, the better their understanding will be.
(Sample page)

My babies!!!!!  Looks like they had a rough night staying up late while mama worked :)

Definitely make sure to check out the other great blogs over at Doodle Bugs.  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Back in Action!!!

Whew, where to begin.  Hopefully, some of you noticed I've been away from the blogging world for a while.  I've had some pretty serious medical issues that completely derailed me.  I found out a year ago I had 2 brain aneurysms.  Talk about a shocker!  Long story short, four brain surgery's later and I'm starting to come up for air.

I've been working on getting some new products up on TpT before I jump back into blogging.  I feel like a novice again.  Everything changes so quickly, there are new people I don't even know out there blogging.  It's been a slow and steady climb to get myself back, and hopefully I haven't been gone too long.

I hope to start linking up again, and bringing you great ideas.  But here is where I need YOUR help.  Please message me below to let me know WHAT you want to see on here.......FREEBIES?  Great resources?  Math Lessons?  Just let me know and I'll do my best to make sure to feature those things. 

In the meantime, please check out the series of products I've recently uploaded.  I've been doing a lot of work with Sight Words because extra practice is always needed!  Here are a few of the products:

This product is a BUNDLED product including all of Fry's First Hundred Sight Word.  There are 10 booklets, each containing 10 sight words (in order.)  Each sight word has activities to help students master the word and the spelling.  Students will read a simple fluency phrase containing the sight word, visually discriminate the word from other words / spellings, and spell the word.  Each page in the booklet has a data-tracker chart so you can record the last date you assessed the student on those words.  In addition, there is a whole-class recording sheet so you know exactly which booklet each student is working on.  Once your student has mastered those 10 words, they move on to the next booklet.

Let me tell you, this has made grouping my students a BREEZZEE!  I just look at my whole-class recording sheet, and I know exactly which students need help with which words.  I design activities for those specific words (Play-Doh words, Stamping the words, etc.)  This product has increased my students mastery of sight words ten-fold!

In addition to the booklets, this product contains Emergent Reading booklets that correspond to each Sight Word booklet.  The readers are made up of other sight words and simple, decodable words that the students can easily read.  There is also a clipart image on each page to help the student with decoding.  I use these mainly with my GR groups to provide extra practice but this could easily be put in the Literacy Center or sent home as daily reading homework.

All of the pages in this product are 1/2 page and black-and-white.  Who has all that extra ink and paper lying around......not me!!!

if you have any questions about this product, please feel free to leave a comment below.  Thanks so much!  It's great to be back!!!!

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