Thursday, November 27, 2014

Black Friday Sale!

Get ready...
Get set...
Go shop!

In honor of Black Friday, I am putting my entire teaching store on sale on Friday, November 28!

On Friday only, you can save 20% off
 of every single product!

However, if you want to hold out until Monday and Tuesday, you can save 28% off of everything in my store because Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) sale! Everything in my store will be 20% off on Monday and Tuesday and Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an additional 10% off, which actually comes out to a savings of 28%! Make sure you use the code TPTCYBER to save the extra 10%.

Phew! That is a lot of information!

The bottom line is, you can shop on Friday and save 20%, or shop on Monday and Tuesday, and save 28%. 
The choice is yours!

Here's some more great news!
I just posted two brand new products!

Sight Word Sentence Books aligned to the 2014 Kindergarten Journeys Reading Program AND booklets containing the Pre-Primer and Primer Dolch Words. You can read more about them here.

Have you started to use interactive notebooks yet? I hope so! But, if not, now is the perfect time to start! You can check out my interactive notebook activities here.

I hope you all thoroughly enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Sight Word Sentence Booklets

I am so excited about these sight word sentence booklets!
I created them because I wanted a QUICK and FUN way for my students to practice each word we learn. My kindergartners feel like such scholars because they are reading!

The booklets are VERY easy to prepare and each booklet just needs ONE sheet of paper! Just print them back to back. Students cut on the faint dotted lines, put the pages in order, and staple. That is all. No fuss. No muss.

Here is what the front and back pages look like before they are cut. Each booklet includes one focus sight word and four predictable sentences. On the last page, students practice writing the word four times.

Here is what they look like after they are cut.

In this set, each booklet is labeled with the lesson number and focus sight word.

And, for those who don't use Journeys, I made a set using ALL the pre-primer and primer Dolch Words. 
In this set, each booklet is labeled with the focus sight word.

These booklets are perfect for everyday use, to help your students learn and practice their sight words and reading skills. A lot of thought went into creating each booklet and I look forward to using all of them and watching my students' excitement about reading. They just can't get enough books! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick and Treating Blog Hop!

Fall is upon us and that means it's time for some Teaching Trick & Treating!

That's right - I have teamed up with my Freebielicious friends again to share some teaching tricks and special free treats for you!
My students LOVE using their interactive notebook! When the children are working on the left side, the creative side, some children take a little longer to finish. So, I always let the early finishers get up and walk around to see everyone's work. This serves many purposes:

This gallery walk really works like a charm! I hear tons of compliments and some great constructive criticism too. The other day, a student looked at my book and gave me advice on how to make it even better. I took his advice and he was right! I love learning from my students! 

My treat is a FREE booklet from my Sight Word / CVC Word Sentence Booklets. I just updated this pack, so if you already own it, download it again! 

Just click here and download the preview. The FREEBIE is hidden inside! Enjoy!

Hop along to the next Freebielicious friend to see what their Trick & Treat is!

Kreative in Kinder

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Idea: Using Google Docs to Schedule Conferences

Welcome to the Bright Ideas Blog Hop!
This month, I wrote a step-by-step tutorial on how to use Google Docs to easily and painlessly schedule your parent/teacher conferences. 

No more emails back and forth.

 No more reminder notes sent home. 

No more hassle.

I promise! 

Just follow the steps outlined below and you will no longer fear scheduling conferences. 

You do need to create a google drive account, which most people already have anyway if you use gmail or store your files in google drive.

To begin, go to your google drive page.

It may seem like a lot of steps, but it takes just a few minutes from start to finish. Remind the parents that they CANNOT edit the document from their mobile device. I believe there is an app they can download, but I just told my parents to use their computer to edit the schedule.

I hope you enjoyed my Bright Idea!
You can find many, many more ideas by clicking on the link up below! Have fun!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Interactive Notebooks: It's not just cutting and gluing!

I honestly do not know what I would do without interactive notebooks. These notebooks are so much more than just cutting and gluing.

If you are using interactive notebooks, you have probably figured out by now that your students are always 100% engaged during your lessons. They take great pride in their notebooks and they are a valuable learning tool.

If you haven't read this blog post yet, please click on the link. It is filled with many helpful hints to ensure success.

The RIGHT side of the notebook is meant for guided learning. This is where we work together, with our students, to learn new concepts. For young students, who are not quite ready for typical note-taking, this is where they will cut and glue fun shapes that contain valuable information. They'll fold, lift flaps, and stick stuff in pockets. 

Your students will quickly learn that they need to pay close attention to the directions or they will risk cutting off a valuable piece of information. They will not be happy if this happens! 

Once you and your students have completed the activity on the RIGHT side of the notebook, it is time for them to interact with this new information on the LEFT SIDE. This is where they will show their understanding of the concepts just introduced and give them an opportunity to apply it. Older students should come up with their own way to interact with the new information. Younger students need a bit more guidance.

Here are some examples of how my students process the new information on the LEFT side of their notebooks...
Students defined the characteristics of a fable. 
They had to find this information in the text.

Students chose their favorite character from the story and wrote why they liked him/her. 

This is the same as the activity above. However, it was completed later in the school year, so the children were asked to cite specific evidence from the story. (The word men is actually the word mean! LOL!)
Students used color and number adjectives to describe a noun. 
They were told to come up with their own adjectives and not to just copy them from the right side. 

Students wrote and illustrated their own verb. 

Student's came up with their own possessive noun phrases.

Students used one of the words from the right side in a sentence. We learned about complete sentences the same week, so they were also applying that new knowledge in this activity.

I dictated the words on the left for the children to write. They used the words on the right to help spell them correctly. For example, in the second one, I said "Rack. Change the vowel sound in a word on the right to make rack."

So, as you can see, there are many, many different ways to help your students process their new knowledge. Without this crucial step, interactive notebooks are just cutting and gluing. This is definitely fun to do, but certainly NOT what makes an interactive notebook interactive. 

Just remember...

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