Sunday, October 27, 2013

Halloween Fun!

Our pumpkins this year didn't turn orange in time to carve them, so I did a little DIY project:

My husband helped out too...

By creeping in the window!

Hope everyone has a great last week of October!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Resource Round-Up: Letter Recognition

Recognizing letters is a foundation skill that all learners need.  True, you don't need to know the name of a letter in order to read: knowing the names of c, a, and t won't help you read the word cat. 

Nevertheless, knowing letter names is important.  If you ask, "How do you spell cat?"  The answer you'll hear is, "C. A. T." 

While many kids learn the names of letters quickly, others struggle.  Here are some resources that will help those who struggle catch up:

1) 10 Ways to Build Letter Recognition from Moms of Dyslexics {And Struggling Readers}

2) Alphabet Activities for Every Season from No Time for Flash Cards

3) Letter Identification Activities from PreKinders

4) Letter Recognition: Kindergarten and 1st Grade RTI from my TPT store

What are your favorite letter recognition activities?

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

TeachersPayTeachers Sale!

TPT is having a 10% off sale to celebrate 100k likes on facebook.  If you don't already follow them/like their page you can find it here:

To celebrate my entire store is 20% off!  So head on over to TPT: iHeartLiteracy and stock up on some goodies!

Remember, use promo code FB100K at checkout to get an additional 10% off!

Happy shopping!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday Freebie: Pumpkin "Following Directions" Activity

Many of the students who see me for reading intervention struggle with other academic skills like following directions. To help emphasize why following directions is important and to open a discussion about directions in terms students can easily understand, I created this fun, fall-themed freebie: Pumpkin Design - A Following Directions Activity.

The steps are easy:
  1. Students design their own pumpkin.
  2. Students write out step-by-step directions on how to color a pumpkin exactly like they did in Step 1.
  3. Students get another student's directions and color a new pumpkin following those directions.
  4. Share and discuss the importance of following directions.
Here are a few examples from my class:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Resource Round-Up: Healthy Halloween Snacks

Happy October! 

Today's resource round-up is not focused on academic resources, but instead hones in on one of my favorite activities: eating!

Here are a few fun and healthy snacks for October and Halloween:

1)  Banana Ghosts & Orange Pumpkins!
*You've probably seen this one floating around pinterest.

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