Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Create Your Own Alphabet Line


A while back I blogged about how I create my own alphabet line in my classroom. I wanted to easily explain the process to some new teachers at my school, so I went back and revisited the post.  This is a great way for students to have ownership of the classroom, and in my opinion, student drawn alphabets are always better than anything I could make with clip art or purchase at a teacher store.

Here are my directions!  I hope you can find it useful!

Create Your Own Alphabet

Introduce a new letter each day, in the order of your choice or your school's program (I prefer McCracken’s). How you introduce the letter is really up to you.  I usually start with an alphabet song, have students say the letter and the sound and show them how to write the letter. 

Each day create a circle map for the letter. The students brainstorm words that begin with that letter and the teacher draws the pictures and writes the words on the circle map. Sometimes I ask students to come up and draw the picture, especially if they are very confident.  So often they say that they "can't" draw the picture and I want them to see that they can. 


Next show students how to write the letter.  Students can work in individual alphabet books for independent practice.  Click on the picture to link to my ABC book.



Choose a student to illustrate the picture for the class alphabet line and (if you choose) a student to illustrate a picture for a class set of alphabet cards. I like to have an extra set to keep next to the easel for practice and to use with songs. I usually have students illustrate their pictures on the blank side of a large index card.  Alternatively you can give them a 1/2 sheet of paper. 
    Attach each picture to letter page, or make your own. Glue the vowels to red construction paper, consonants to blue construction paper and Y to purple. I have my backing already laminated with the letters attached, then each year I simply replace the student pictures.  It makes it easier and it lasts a few years. Also, I usually trace the student pictures with a black sharpie (it makes a world of difference).


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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Spelling Through Phonics

When I first started teaching, Spelling through Phonics by The McCrackens was absolutely one of the most valuable resources that I've come across.  I'm on my second book because mine was falling apart.  Now you might say that it's a bit outdated, but as a kindergarten teacher I simply follow the first grade lessons and adapt as needed.  I follow their instructions for introducing and teaching letters and sounds.  This book offers an extremely effective method for teaching phonics and there are no worksheets!  I was looking it up for something else and was just shocked to find that it was available.

Here it is!  It might change your life, for real-




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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Thanksgiving Math Choices and a Sale!

I know that I've said things like this before, but.... I really am going to try to blog more.  I don't know if it's old age or what but I've really been struggling with time management lately.  Then, when I come home start working on things for my classroom and get sidetracked!  The problem is that the work never ends!!!!!!  Anyway, tonight I have sort of been forced.  Today I was preparing my math tubs for November and found a mistake in one of my products!  Ugh!!!  I hate when that happens!

So, I want everyone to know that the mistake has been fixed.  If you have previously purchased my Thanksgiving Math Tubs, please go to TPT and re-download the product.  If you haven't, then you should definitely check it out!!  Also...everything is on sale in my TPT store!  I hope you can find something!


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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Behavior Calendar Freebie!

Hi there!  I hope you have all been finding lots of great deals on TPT!  I've got a free one for you!  My  behavior calendars are updated for the 2015-2016 school year!  There are three different versions of the behavior calendars to suit your needs.  You will need to download some free fonts (listed in the description) from Hello Literacy.  You will be glad you did because they are awesome!


While you're there I hope you check out some of my back to school products! Take advantage of this amazing sale! Be sure to use the BTS15 code to take full advantage!

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Here are a couple of my favorites!

 



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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Beach Buck Behavior Plan

OMG!  I see so many people posting about getting ready to go back to school!  I've been teaching summer school for the month of July!  One more week.  I am having so much trouble even wrapping my head around going back to school for real!  Honestly, it's been a very interesting summer and I've learned so much, I just haven't had much time for anything else!


I've recently had a request for an update for my Beach Buck Behavior Plan.  The plan now includes an option for students to clip up to purple.  If you are going to use a clip chart, I do agree that giving students a chance to move up can be very motivating.

I personally no longer use any kind of behavior monitoring chart, but this is still the behavior plan I use in my classroom.  I only use the beach bucks to "catch students being good".  It has worked beautifully and I don't miss my behavior chart one bit.  I only use the coupons to reward good behavior.  Sad choices are dealt with depending on the nature of the crime.  Sometimes kids need a talking to, sometimes they need space, it just depends on the circumstances.

Anyway, it's free at my TPT store so check it out if you like!  Enjoy your summer!!!!



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Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer Sale...Trying to come back!l


Summer Sale on Camp Kindergarten! 


Hope you can find something you can use.  I'm working on vamping up some of my original products so if there is something you need just let me know and I'll do my best to get it taken care of for you!

Here are a few of my favorites!








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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Picasa and Mother's Day Book Pics

It's been forever since I've blogged.  I don't know what is even happening.  Between the dogs, school, new house and many television shows, I've just been so busy and out of touch.

I have had so much trouble finding an easy way to upload pictures to the blog!  Does anyone else have this problem?  Tonight I bought the Picasa Web Album app and it was actually not to bad. However, I just couldn't seem to rotate pictures...ugh (I'll keep working on that)! I was able to do almost everything from my phone.  So, here is the test...can you see the pictures!  These are from our Mother's Day books.  Some of them are pretty funny.  Have a great night!










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