I LOVE GAMES!
My kiddos LOVE to play games.
3 differentiated game mats.
16 different themed player tokens.
I would like you to meet my newest friends!
The vowel kids!
This is KATE. ( long a)
Her twin sister is Anna. ( Short a )
Anna left us for a short “vacation”
…so I can use her picture for LONG A!
Thank you to Nikki from MELONHEADZ for the cutie pies!
We took each vowel family and did some writing!
We brainstormed words ( see the word box)
that have our phonics pattern for the week.
Then we did an interactive writing .
( see my BALANCED LITERACY packet,
The kids decided on her story. And then…
They were so cute! Best editors ever!
After we finished…
They decided yellow was too hard to read.
They said that handwriting is very important,
if you want others to read it.
They said spelling is important. It can change the meaning.
And lastly, writing large and spacing our words,
makes it easier to read.
WOW! They were listening! 🙂
And so …each week for the next 4 weeks
I will introduce another friend.
We will chat, create, and write!
I Love my JOB!
If you are looking for more
Stop on by!
I’ll admit it! ( Head hanging down).
UGH! BAD TEACHER!
WAIT! Let me tell you why!
I teach first grade. My students speak 6 different languages this year. They are JUST learning to read!
I THOUGHT I was helping them by NOT CONFUSING THEM!
I admit it.
They need to experience PHONICS all around them!
They need to understand the phonemic sounds of ENGLISH!
It’s NOT CRAZY! It’s good. It’s HELPFUL!
As I am re-thinking my BALANCED LITERACY instruction, I will NOW be adding phonics fluency using real and nonsense words to my lessons.
A short “BURST” of phonics, multiple times during my day, will help my students become
My newest change of “TEACHER MINDSET” is …NONSENSE WORDS!
OK… I’m IN!
EARLY PREVIEW for YOU! 🙂
Finally…helping Readers is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE DO!
How about YOU?
Let me know how it goes!
Most centers are my nemesis.
My nemesis. Setting them up. Making sure they are running CORRECTLY. And then storing them for another year! UGH!
But. What if you had a PHONICS center that was SELF CHECKING, kids enjoyed so they did it OFTEN, and it could stay out for a longer time because KIDS WANT TO PLAY WITH IT!
The Puzzles are of one picture.
The kids have to build a word AND make a picture.
It is self-checking because if the picture is not put together correctly,
they are not done. The kids can use the completed words in
journal writing, word lists, or word family word walls.
The best part…they LOVE IT!
Most have SILENT E, but a few ( ee/ea/oa ) are included.
All of the WINTER-themed picture puzzles are ready to be
printed, laminated, and cut for easy center prep!
Extension product included:
FREE Valentine Long Vowel Picture Puzzle ($2.00 value)
YOU WILL WANT THIS! 🙂