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Alphabet Playdough Mats with Correct Letter Formation

Today I want to talk to you about my Alphabet Playdough Mats. This packet includes both upper and lower case letters and they are available on a cute aqua polka-dotted background or with no background. Best of all, I have included several different letter formation variations for those tricky letters we can’t all seem to agree on how to write 😉 As the name suggests, I made these mats to be used with playdough. However, feel free to get your kiddos to “trace” along the letter formation path with small manipulatives. Or you can laminate the pages or place them inside a plastic pocket and your kiddos can trace over the letters with an erasable marker. You can also print out a set for each child, pop the pages into a folder with plastic sleeves and children can practice tracing over each letter as often as they need to. Don’t feel like you need to keep the upper and lower case letters together; feel free to cut along the middle line to separate them. Make a hole at the top of each set and secure them together with a keyring. Laminate the pages for durability and use with dry erase markers to practice letter formation. Some other suggestions for use include: Alphabet order – children place the letters in order.Alphabet floor matching game – children match the lower case letter to the upper case letter.Beginning sound sorting activity – children sort items on top of the correct beginning letter.Find-the-pair game – print 2 copies and you can play a giant matching game! Turn the cards upside down and children take turns in flipping over 2 cards – if it’s a match, the child keeps the cards, if not, the cards are turned upside down again. Game play continues until all the cards have been matched. The child with the most pairs wins. If you’d like to try some pages from this packet, click HERE or the image below. If you love this resource and would like to purchase the complete packet, please click HERE or the image below. See you all next time! Happy Teaching... read more

FREE CH Digraph Printable Activities & Worksheets

Guys, today’s post is going to be long. I mean, seriously, you may as well make yourself comfortable and grab a cup of coffee or tea. No, not really. It’s only long because there are a ton of pictures but pictures are worth a thousand words so, in reality, this could have been a much longer post! You’re welcome 😉 Ugh. Why am I rambling?! Let’s just get into it, shall we? Today, I want to share with you the contents of my CH digraph packet. Not just in photos to show you how to set things up and use them, but also as an exclusive and totally free download! So, if you want to skip all the photos and just get to the free CH digraph packet so that you can download it and try it out, scroll all the way to the bottom and click the CH digraph cover and it’s all yours. First up, is a CH digraph poster. Just print, laminate and hang up on your wall. Next is another poster but this time with words that your kiddos can read! (Am I the only one who, when reading through the list of words, is tempted to make up a story using the words in sequence!? Let me know if you’re the same!!) Next is a set of word wall cards with a header. The header can double up as a tracing card. The cards can be cut into strips as I have done or you can cut each card individually and hand-pick the ones you wish to use. Some cards have images and some don’t. Now, these can also be used as cards for a “Write the Room” activity. You would need to cut out all the cards and display them around the room. Provide your kiddos with a recording page, clipboard and pencil so that they can write down all the words that they find. Voila. A simple yet fun way to get your kiddos writing! Next are the Word Slider cards. I created a cute envelope for you to store the cards inside but if you don’t want to use it, you can always just use a regular envelope. But, in my opinion, cute envelopes make learning more fun. Children slowly pull out a card and say the sound of each letter or letter group as it appears, then they blend all those sounds together to read a word. A picture confirms... read more

Colors Flip Books

Flip books. Not flipbooks… not those ity-bity million-paged books that you flip quickly to reveal a short “animation.” Nup. Those aren’t the books I’m talking about; I’m talking about the ah-mazing paper-saving booklet that you literally make from one single piece of paper. Flip Books. And today, I want to show you the cute Colors Flip Book packet that I created to help teach your little ones not only their colors and color words, but also how to read and write a simple sentence. For that reason, I have included a couple of recording sheets in this packet to help you focus on your goals! Here are all the colors I have included – of course, there are two grey/gray pages to accommodate for American and Australian spelling. What can you do with the colored booklets? Well, you can use them as a model to show children how their assembled flip book will look like. They can also be stored in the reading corner. What’s this I think you’re thinking…? You’d like to see what the black and white copies look like? Sure thing! And. Here is a pic to show you what the recording pages look like. As you can see, the first worksheet focus mainly on coloring and some color-specific words while the second worksheet is perfect for your beginning writers. One thing that kiddos – and sometimes adults – get confused about is how these booklets are assembled. Here is a pic collage to literally take all the guess work out of it! And now, to the good stuff! FREEBIES! Click the images below to download each of the flip book and recording pages. If you have tried out these pages and would like to purchase the COMPLETE PACKET, please click HERE or on the picture below! Till next time, Happy Teaching... read more

FREE Valentine’s Day Sight Words Activity

February. The month of all things pink and and all things heart shaped. The month where we bring out all our Valentine themed resources. Why do we do it? Well, we are hoping that by changing things up, our kiddos will approach learning with wonder and excitement. On that note, I’d like to share with you all a TOTALLY FREE Valentine’s Day sight word building activity. This is a Valentine’s Day sight word building activity. Kiddos pick a tray, read the word on it and use the included heart letters to build that word. It’s simple. It’s fun. But I know. There is a lot of cutting. I know. But if you laminate them, they will last a long time. They will. It’s totally worth the investment! Also, I have included a recording page. I mean, we want to know that are kiddos are actually doing something and we need evidence of that work! If you have a totally different sight word list than the one I have provided, you may like to check out the editable sight word packet by clicking here or the picture below. If you like the idea of editable sight word resources, then you may be interested in the bundle. Click here or the picture below to check it and its contents out! By the way, there are wayyyyy more packets included in the bundle. I didn’t want to overcrowd the cove, with them all but at the time that I am writing this, there are 47 packets included. I plan to add more themes, so be sure to get the bundle now as the price goes up as new packets are added. As always, until next time! Happy Teaching... read more

Sight Words and Word Families Week 3

Welcome to Sight Words and Word Families Week 3 where I will be sharing with you some free samples of worksheets, readers and activities that you may find useful in your classroom or home. You can read about Sight Words and Word Families Week 1 here.  You can read about Sight Words and Word Families Week 2 here.  Week 3 focus sight words: is, it, like, my Focus word family: am (Click the photo to download the sight words and word family word wall. Click here to purchase the complete Pre-Primer Sight Words Word Wall packet and here for the complete Word Family Posters packet.) Let’s begin by looking at some sight word beginning and struggling reader booklets. By far, my favourite booklets are the flip books. (Click here to view them in my store, or the picture to download free samples.) Children are not only reading the focus word in context, but if you using the accompanying worksheets, your beginning writers can also practice writing a sentence correctly. These booklets are definitely going to boost your beginning reader’s self esteem when they see that they were able to make their own booklet AND also read it! Another favourite reading activity of mine comes from the Sight Words Fluency Reading Homework packet. I created this packet for beginning readers to develop reading fluency, but it will definitely help your struggling readers too. The next set of early reader books focuses on comprehension as well as fluency and is included in the Reading Comprehension Sight Word Readers (Pre-Primer) packet. If you’re looking for a simple but effective way to to practice each new sight word as you introduce it, you can’t go wrong with the cut and paste word work set. Another fun way to practice sight word building and writing the focus word is with the Sight Words Build a Word booklets. For those kiddos who need handwriting practice as well as writing and reading and the sight word in context, you should check out my Sight Words Handwriting Book. If your kiddos are ready to tackle guided sentence writing, then this cut and paste sentence worksheet might be helpful. While booklets and worksheets are all necessary tools for teaching early reading skills, I am a big believer in hands-on activities. Building bricks are big hit in our home – in fact, all my kids (including my son in the 8th grade) play on daily basis with their Legos. So yep, I went along and created... read more

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