Saturday, July 26, 2014

Sight Word Go Fish Giveaway

I love to make learning fun for my students. One of the girls I am tutoring needs to practice her sight words so I made a game we could play called Sight Word Go Fish: Fry Words 1-100!

 I split Fry's first 100 words into groups of 20 and color-coded them. That way I can assign a group a certain deck (color) and know the words are at their ability level. {This corresponds exactly to my Sight Word Superstars program for those that use it. } 
You could also pick just the words you want the group to work on and ignore the colors.
I included a title card with the corresponding color for each deck. My plan is to buy plastic soap boxes like this one and Mod Podge or hot glue the title on the top. You could also just glue it to a baggie or simply leave it on top when you use a rubber band.
Source: Shady Tree Diary
I plan to make the Second Grade version next using Fry Words 101-200. I am excited to have another  game that I know my students will enjoy during literacy centers or guided reading groups.

This game is only $3 in my TpT store or you can enter to win below. I asked for the blog or Facebook comment to be about your school dreams. Mine have started already and I am VERY unhappy with my subconscious!! I have less than 3 weeks left and I know it is going to fly by! 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Chevron Jewelry Display

My old jewelry box just wasn't working for me anymore. I couldn't see what I had and I was tired of digging around to find what I wanted. I went online thinking I would buy something to hang on my wall but I couldn't find anything I liked. Pinterest inspired me to make my own!
 I started with a four pack of 12 x 12 cork boards.
 Like many of you, I am obsessed with chevron and found this fabric at Joannes. There were a lot of great fabrics there but I didn't want anything too busy so the jewelry would stand out. 
I used a hot glue gun so it was easy to do. The only tricky part was the corners. The good news is that no one will see the back!

 I added a yarn bow to two of the boards so I could hang my earrings. 
 I used clear pushpins since that is what I had. I may change them out if I find some silver ones but these pretty much disappear which is good.
One of the reasons I went with yarn over ribbon was that I wanted to be able to easily insert post earrings.

The whole project cost me less than $15 and I am happy with how it turned out!


Monday, July 21, 2014

Letter Fishing FREEBIE

I think I have mentioned that I am tutoring 3 sisters this summer. I made a Letter Fishing game for them last week and I thought I'd share it here as a FREEBIE.
I used the cute clipart from Kristen and added letters on top in a font I made called SpaldingInspired.
I laminated and cut out the fish, then slipped a paperclip over the mouth to make it magnetic.
I found a dowel in the garage and hot glued some string to one end. The other end I tied to a magnet I had with a hole in the middle.
The 4 year old practiced letter identification and the Kindergartener told me all the letter sounds, including those that made more than one sound. A lot more fun than simple flashcards!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fun Lakeshore Game

Do you have a child in your life who would benefit from a little review before school starts again? Lakeshore Learning sent me a great game to try with one of the girls I tutor. It's called Are You Ready For 2nd Grade?
It asks both language arts and math questions at varying difficulty levels. They have the game cards numbered and grouped so you can play 6 times without ever repeating a question! I was pretty impressed by that.

Some of the questions ask the child to write about a topic. I was thrilled to see my student write a paragraph without blinking an eye! She felt proud getting to put the card in the "correct" bin and the play money was totally motivating to her!!

After playing, parents can enter the results for an skills assessment! 
My student asks me to play this game every time we tutor now! Her Kinder sister saw it and wished I had one for her to play. They do make a version for all the grades K-5.

This game is regularly $29.99 but you can get it for $19.99 using the coupon below.

Thanks Lakeshore for making another quality product!
Check out their Back-to-School Sale now through Aug. 31st in stores or online at! They have some great in-store coupons and doorbusters for up to 50% off!  


Friday, July 18, 2014

American Monuments FREEBIE and a Chevron Winner!

I am in full on clean and organize mode. My husband came home yesterday and our office floor was covered in papers I had purged from our filing cabinets. We trade off doing the bills. It has been his turn the last couple years and let's just say filing is not his forte. Looks like it is my turn again!

I am also purging and organizing my computer files. I came across this FREEBIE that I made and never posted! It is a student booklet I used to teach my first graders about American Monuments.

Just cut the sheets in half and staple on the left side to make a mini-book. My kids love these!

Congrats to Nikki on winning my newly updated Editable Chevron Teacher Binder and Calendar!
You can grab your copy in my TpT shop for only $4!