Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Calendar Freebie

Now that March break is almost over, I'm counting down to the next holiday.


And there is nothing better than a Freebie!

Since I'm getting ready for April now, I pulled out my Easter calendar numbers.

These numbers can be used for a variety of activities
  • Use them for your calendar 
  • Print out two copies and play a memory game
  • Have the children put them in order from 1 to 31

You can snag these for free by clicking on the picture below.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Easter Fun and a Freebie

With Easter just around the corner, we are doing some Easter work stations.  This is a little freebie for you.  Children put the right number of cookies in the jars.  This activity works on numbers 11 to 20

This fun Easter basket counting activity works on numbers 1 to 20.  Children put the right number of eggs in each basket.  There are two sizes of eggs, big ones for little hands (and numbers) and small ones for the bigger numbers.

Some children are still working on visual discrimination.  This game works on sorting the eggs into the correct basket.  Some have patterns and some are plain.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Dollar Store Finds For Fine Motor Skills

So I was at the Dollar Store the other day and saw the cutest Easter games that I thought would be perfect for working on fine motor skills.

This one is very simple.  You put the bunnies in the holes and there is one hole empty.  You have to jump a bunny and then remove the bunny that was jumped.  The object of the game is to leave only one bunny on the triangle.  It is pretty challenging so if you have younger children it's great fine motor practice to just take the bunnies in and out of the holes.

This game is perfect for children who like tic-tac-toe but have a hard time printing the X's and O's.  Children use the plastic pieces to play the game instead.  Again, if your children are too young, just have them put the X's and O's in the little spaces and then take them out again.

Now this game was quite challenging and would be perfect for children who are working on refining their fine motor skills.  First we had to build a bunny tower.

Then, we had to roll a coloured dice and remove the same coloured bunny with the little hook.  Oh, and you can't let the tower fall.

Easter Bunny Interactive Easy Readers

Just in time for Easter, my Easter Bunny books are on sale for 50% off.  

Click on the picture below to grab them.

Easter Bunny Interactive Easy Reader Books - BUNDLE

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sight Word Stations and a Freebie

Teaching sight words is very important, especially with children with a speech and language impairment.  Often these children have difficulty sounding out words because they can't actually say the sounds.  This doesn't mean they can't learn to sound out words, but for my students, sight words are an essential component to learning how to read.

The best way to work on sight words is by concentrating on a small number (5 or 6) each week and when they are mastered, move on to the next set. 

One of the best units I found to do this is from my friend Mary over at Sharing Kindergarten.  In her Sight Word Station pack, she divided up the Dolch word lists into weeks.  She has 14 stations that work on the same 5 or 6 words each week.  Each week has the same stations but with different words.

Here are just a few of the activities we do each week.

These are the word puzzles.  I mix up the letters and have the kids make the words.

Rainbow writing is also a favourite.  We use pencil crayons, crayons, markers, paint or whatever interests the children.

Sentence scramble is always a little harder but a very important skill to work on.  We don't want to just work on the words in isolation.  We want to show the children that putting them together make sentences.

Roll a word is another favourite game.  We roll the dice and colour in that word.  The word that makes it to the top first is the winner.  It's important for the children to say the word each time they roll the dice in order to internalize the words.

Read, build and write, can also be tricky because the little pieces can sometimes become misplaced but again this an important skill.  The children learn that the individual letters when combined, make up the words.

At the beginning of the year, we sometimes have to work on a list for more than one week, but as we learn words and the children get used to the routine, I find they start to pick up on them faster.  We work on sight words for about half an hour each day and at this time of the year the children know the list before the end of the week.

Along with our sight word stations I send home a sight word ring each night.  I ask that parents review the words at home.  Each day I have a volunteer ask the children their words and keep track on my assessment sheet.  I can easily see if the children are picking up on words we are doing.  Once they know the list we are working on, I have the volunteer add the next list of words.

You can grab this assessment for free by clicking on the picture below.

Using this combination (sight word stations, word rings, and daily assessment) have truly made a huge difference in the reading skills of my students.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pizza Interactive Book Update

I can't believe that my March Break is 1/2 over already.  I'm so sad that the time is just flying by.  While I've been off, I've been trying to update a few of my older products. This pizza interactive book set was one of my original products back into 2011.  I've updated it with new graphics and fonts, added one book and added the mini take-home books to go with it.  If you have already bought this from me you can download the new version for free.  If you haven't grabbed this one yet, it will be 1/2 price until the weekend.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

St. Patrick's Day No Prep

St. Patrick's day is just around the corner and we spent some time practicing our math skills.

We did some counting.

And we did some simple graphing.

Many of my students have fine motor difficulties so I find cut and paste activities work better when their printing is not great.

We also did some missing numbers.

And some patterns.