I Spy...Stories Edition

I spy... packs are a great way to get your kids reviewing and consolidating new words while having fun!


Children use a magnifying glass to find words related to the of the stories hidden in each picture. They can write them on their recording sheet.


I spy...Stories Edition pack includes 17 stories plus follow up worksheets.


  




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Alphabet Pack { Free Pack }


Alphabet Recognition and Practice for Little Learners



Your students are going to master alphabet recognition and get great practice with letters when you try these ABC printable worksheets. Today’s focus letter – A!



First students will have to locate pictures that start with letter A and color them. But the coloring fun doesn’t end there! Have students also practice their letter recognition skills by coloring all of the letter A.
Of course there’s more! Next your students will take another printable worksheet and cut & paste the uppercase and lowercase letters into the correct place. And while we’re keeping things hands-on, let your students grab a magnifying class and locate the A words.

It’s also important to get plenty of writing practice in our day, so there’s worksheets for that as well. (Some of them even ask for illustrations if time allow that!) If your students aren’t quite ready for writing, there are tracing options instead.
And while all that writing is important, we also need to keep the learning fun! That’s why students will crack the code by working on initial sounds of letters. Plus writing the room is another favorite activity, so you can pass out that option.

Once you’re sure your students have mastered the letter A, you can check them by having them decide if letters belong in the “A” or “Not A” pile. It’s great as an assessment or review!


And of course I’ve included cards with words that start with the letter A. You can use these for a Matching game, as sight words, for your word wall, and much more. 


If you want to see all of my letter resources for your preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students – check out this link

You can save money and get the entire bundle here 



Alphabet recognition and letter practice has never been easier! Grab your print & go resources today and get started. Your students (and their families!) will thank you!





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Grammar Rocks! { Free Pack }


No Prep Grammar Resources for Primary Classrooms

We all know how challenging it can be to teach grammar – particularly if you’re teaching students for whom English is not their first language. But with these no prep grammar resources, your students will be grammar pros in no time!

There are a wide variety of no prep grammar options to choose from in my TpT store, but today we’re going to focus on the verb “to be”.

Your 1st or 2nd grade students can become grammar experts while working on the verb “to be”. With your purchase you get various words to help your students with review and sorting.

These words are great for pocket charts, whole class discussion, small group work, RTI, review, literacy and ELA centers or stations, and more. The simplicity of my resources gives you options to differentiate them to best fit the needs of your students.





The fact that you get black & white options AND color versions means you can save on ink or create colorful centers to laminate and reuse from one year to the next. 




After discussion and mastering the cards, your students will complete the three printable worksheets. These have students created “super sentences” and also work on sentence completion. It’s a great way to begin using their new “to be” grammar skills in a real-life, applicable way. (And there are different options to print – so choose which ones best fit your student or classroom needs.)

The best part about this particular resource? It’s totally FREE! You can grab it by clicking here



To get even more out of your grammar instruction, you can grab these FREE grammar posters 


 and these FREE grammar parts of speech word wall cards  




And let’s not forget about the classic “Write the Room” activity. Here’s a FREE download where you can give this grammar write the room a try.




There you have it – no prep grammar resources and freebies to make this your best year of teaching literacy yet. Grab them today, and make sure to grab your FREE downloads as well.

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August is almost here!

What can you do during August? I made this list with ideas to make every day count!


A is for August and for…

Put August words in abc order

Use August words to write a story. Draw and colour a picture to go with it.

Use the word August to make new words.

Can you say a word that rhymes with August?

What do you like doing in August?

How many vowels are there in the word August? And consonants?

Clap the word August. How many claps can you hear?

Make a list of things you want to do this August.













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Thematic Units


Thematic Units engage children in the learning process by offering a variety of lessons and activities surrounding a common theme that is integrated into all content areas.
Question is..

What are the best themes to work with your kids?

As teachers (and moms) we already know that our kids learn best when they are interested in what they are learning. So.. invite them to make a list of possible themes to work with during this year.


I did it, and this is the result of the top 10
  1. The Ocean
  2. Plants
  3. Healthy food
  4. Pets
  5. Royalty
  6. Home and Family
  7. Nocturnal Animals
  8. Farm 
  9. Circus
  10. Dragons

So I planned around these themes trying to include literacy, grammar, math, science, music, poems, stories, social skills, cooking, pretend play, and art activities around the main theme as much as I could.


I have gathered a lot of wonderful ideas for my thematic unit ideas on my Pinterest! Pop on over and see if you find something useful for you..

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The Thematic Approach


First things first


Let me tell you I am a BIG FAN of Thematic Approach.

I found that it works really well with  young children in my ESL class; it not only allows us to incorporate a variety of concepts and ideas into a theme but also integrate Language skills, Social Studies, Math, Literature, Music and Science. Moreover organizing teaching around a theme allows for curriculum content and learning processes to be addressed within a meaningful context.

This year I organized my syllabus around one theme a week with ideas for teaching five days a week. But you can adjust the schedule to fit your needs.

It has a strong language and literature focus and it offers activities and ideas to develop the essential skills and concepts to acquire a second language in a natural way.

Remember that even when it aims children aged 3 to 8 you can recreate the activities to meet your group needs.




Learning Principles

The learning principles that guide my syllabus are:

1. Children learn as total persons (emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually).

2. Children go through similar stages of development, but at individual rates.

3. Children learn through their senses (hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, and smelling).

4. Children learn through active involvement (exploring, playing, manipulating, and problem-solving).

5. Children learn through attitudes as well as through content; therefore, attention should be given to methods, emotional climate, environment, and teacher-child interaction.

6. Children learn through experiences; therefore, sensitivity to the value of play is required, for it is through play that children create their own meaning and learning schemes. Play is the work of the child.


Learning objectives

I want my children:

1. Develop a positive self-concept.

2. Enlarge his/her world of people, experiences, ideas, and things.

3. Increase the skills involved in physical coordination.

4. Achieve intellectual growth.

5. Increase competence and skills in reading, writing, listening, thinking, and speaking.

6. Develop his/her natural curiosity and his/her creative potential.

7. Develop cooperative trusting relationships.

8. Increase competence in dealing with emotional feelings and social situations.


Activities


Activities aim to the five developmental learning strands:

1- Social /Emotional development

2- Creative development

3- Cognitive development

4- Physical development

5- Language development


It has also a multisensory approach. It includes engaging activities using the kinaesthetic, visual and auditory learning styles to make learning meaningful and fun. It not only allows children to learn through taste, touch, sound, smell and movement but also provides hands-on experiences that promote the active involvement

The goal for this year is to provide kids with activities so they can advance their language skills and conceptual knowledge, while facilitating the development of their communication and literacy skills and promoting positive attitudes towards themselves and learning.


Are you with me?
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Vocabulary Mats





There are many ways to be creative when introducing new words to the children. I love finding new ways to introduce, practise and review vocabulary with my little ones. I began using vocabulary mats last year and I found them really useful.

What can you do with vocabulary mats?
These are some suggestions for the little ones
Point to the new words
Listen and point
Point and say
Use bottle caps to show me the words you remember
Show me your favourite word
Use the  new words in sentences
Clap your favourite word
Use playdough to cover the words you remember


If you are working with older kids they can
See patterns and relationship in words.
Find an animal that can fly.
Find 2 items of clothing.
Find 3 veggies.
Find a compound word.
Find a word that has…letters.
Find a word that sounds like ...(specify a word).
Find rhyming words.
Find similar and different pictures.
Find the plural of …(specify a word).
Find these words in a book or text.
Find words that begin/end with (specify a letter).
Find words that end with (specify a letter).
Find a descriptive word.
Find a past tense word.
Sort the words by number of consonants/ vowels.
Sort words by number of syllables.
Sort words by category.
Sort words by stress.
Write the words and check them together with the teacher.
Write the words in alphabetical order by the first letter, second letter, etc.
Use the words to make riddles.
Use the words to write a story or a poem.
Use the words to write sentences.



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Introducing New Words


Introducing vocabulary

There are many ways to be creative when introducing new words to the children. These are some tips
  • Start simple - introduce a few at a time.
  • Use realia (real objects) toy props, posters, cards, photographs.
  • Have children open a packaging – add props or word cards.
  • Receive a letter, a present, something as a surprise.
  • Display pictures of the new words in the flannel or magnet board.
  • Introduce through a story or music or a poem.
  • Let a puppet introduce the words.
  • Have a hunt for the new words in the classroom.
  • As you present new words to children, let them show understanding by pointing, naming, answering comprehensive questions, giving body language responses.
  • Prepare some activities for children to apply the new words, such as cloze sentences in pocket charts, prompt questions, talking to a puppet.


Steps to introduce new words


  • Objects

Place the props, or the cards where children can see them.

Pick up one and introduce its name using the structures children know, for instance “This is a ….”

Then hold up each one and ask “What is this?”

Model the answer “This is a ….”

Ask questions such as “Is this a ….?”

Model answer “Yes it is” “No it isn’t”



  • Actions
Introduce actions by asking children to do the action.

Model first

Then give directions

Let children follow you

Remember it is necessary to re-teach and recycle new words during the week.


How do you introduce new words to little kids?




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St. Valentine's Brochure

St. Valentine’s Brochure or trifold is great to learn about St. Valentine’s life. 
Invite your children to look for information about St. Valentine’s life and complete the brochure.

You will find task to complete such as:

What I know
What I want to know
What I learn

You will also find questions such as:
When was he born?
Where did he live?
When did he die?
Why did he die?
Why is St. Valentine’s well known?




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