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!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Editable Chevron Teacher Binder Update

I'm back from the East Coast! We had a good time but I get kinda antsy being away from home that long. My first morning back I woke up early and the first thing I did was clean out the refrigerator! My husband thought I was nuts but it was the perfect opportunity since it was pretty empty. It felt so good to purge I went through the pantry also!

Ah! There is something about a clean, organized space that makes my soul sigh in contentment! I put the baskets in last summer and I am pleased to say that this system has been very effective!

Today I updated my Editable Chevron Teacher Binder and Calendar. I changed the calendar for 2014-15 but made the dates editable for the future. This file is in Powerpoint so you can easily add your own titles! Only $4 in my TpT shop!

Would you like to win a copy? Enter below and I pick a winner in a few days!
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I am pleased to announce that Diane Ireland won my last giveaway for a copy of my new informational book club 2 pack Cheetahs and George Washington.


Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW Informational Book Club Packets

Do your students love the National Geographic Kids readers as much as mine do?
I made another informational book club packet. This time for Cheetahs and George Washington. I got my sets from Scholastic using my bonus points. 

I included comprehension questions, vocabulary matching, and the use of text features.

The skill of comparing and contrasting is also required in question form and using a thinking map.

I also included an option to scan a QR code that links to related National Geographic videos.
This 2-book pack is only $3 in my TpT store! Enter via Rafflecopter below if you'd like to enter to win a copy.
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