Friday, August 11, 2017

$100 to Erin Condren? Yes, Please!

So, I don't often splurge on things for myself, but once or twice a year I buy myself something from Erin Condren as a treat.   They have a new seasonal surprise box that has been my favorite thing this year.  A whole box full of goodies for just $35. I am such a sucker for surprise boxes and these are so pretty!  Here is what I got inside my Spring Surprise box.   I LOVED it!  The summer box is sold out, but click here to sign up when they release the fall one.  You will not be disappointed!

If you have never heard of Erin Condren make sure you check out all the pretty things HERE.  You can get $10 off of your first order HERE.

Don't forget to sign up for $10 off your first order HERE!!!

Prize: $100 Erin Condren Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/18/17and is open worldwide.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

A chance at $75 dollars to TPT!

Hey friends!  How would you like $75 to TPT?  My wish list on TPT has over 200 items on it, this would help make a dent in it!  

Real quick I wanted to show you what I've been up to this summer.  My five year old is going to KINDERGARTEN this year!   We have been having so much fun practicing letter names to get him ready.  I've made tons of new activities for letters.  Click on the pictures if you would like to purchase one. 

(This one was a hit with my 4th grader too!)

Get all these great games and so much more in the

Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card
Giveaway Organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/13/17 and is open worldwide.
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Friday, August 4, 2017

New Products and a Giveaway

Hi Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful summer and are either back to school or starting to think about back to school.  How great would $100 to Amazon be? I know I could use it!

I also wanted to share a few things that might make your back to school even easier.  My Back to School Bundle  has rave reviews and is great those first few weeks of school!

I also have two new phonics game bundles that are going to make my small group reading so much easier and super fun this year!  

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher)
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/11/17and is open worldwide.
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Saturday, July 22, 2017

A few of my favorite things...

Do you ever see someone post about a toy, or product, and you have to have it?
But, you cannot find it anywhere, no matter how you search?
This annoys me to no end.
I came up with this solution to help you find something that I shared.
I have so many things that I love.
This page is where I can share them with you!
You probably got here from a link on Facebook or Pinterest looking for a product I talked about or shared.  Just find the picture that brought you here, click on it, and it will take you to Amazon where you can purchase it.

***Full disclosure here.  Yes, these are affiliate links.  Yes, I get some change if you click and purchase from my links.  What do I use this money for?  It helps support my education material, laminating pouch, and book addiction.   So I thank you! ***

Let's get shopping!

This boogie board is great for letter or spelling practice!  Grab it HERE.

These highway letter tracers are sure to be a hit!  They come with shapes and numbers too!  Grab it HERE.

This Handwriting Without Tears magnadoodle is a great way to practice letter formation!  Grab it HERE.

We love to practice oral language with this game!  Grab it HERE.

We love this Melissa and Doug capital letter puzzle.  Get it HERE.

This Spot it Alphabet Game is always a favorite! Get it HERE.

We love to practice alphabet order with this alphabet arc.  Get one HERE.

This leaping letters game puts a really fun twist on alphabet order fluency!  You have to go fast!  Get one HERE.

Thanks for stopping by to see some of our favorite things!  There are so many great education products out there.  If you have one you love share it in the comments!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Phonemic Awareness is so much fun!!!

You must have clicked to read this for one of two reasons.
1.  You think phonemic awareness is super fun too!
2.  You really hate teaching phonemic awareness and want to see why I think it is fun.

Whatever reason you are here I am so glad that you are!!!

I used to hate teaching phonemic awareness, but I kept at it, and now it is one of my favorite things to teach!

Today we are going to focus mainly on segmenting.

Segmenting in general is a huge skill.   It needs to be taught in many different steps.  Here is how I like to teach segmenting.

1.  Segmenting Syllables (read my post about this here)

2.  Segment off the First Sound

This game is the easiest way that I have found to teach first sound.  Plus they LOVE it.   Roll the ball to them, say a word, they have to say the first sound, and then roll the ball back.

3.  Segment off the Ending Sound.  This just takes a ton of practice for a lot of kids to get.   I use the ball game above (but use a different ball to help their brain switch from beginning to ending sounds.)   I also really like to start using the Chipper Chat here because they need a lot of practice.

4.  Segmenting out the Middle Sound.   If you thought ending sounds took forever then strap in.  This can be so hard for struggling readers.   Again repeated practice it the key.

5.  Segment Onset-Rime
Onset-Rhyme is when you segment off the first sound in the word, and then say the rest of the word.  I have found using just these card stock cards for this activity work really well.   Say the first sound and point to the first card and then say the rest of the word.

6.  Segment two sound words.   Students segment all the sounds in the word.  I start with short two sound words to do this.   Such as go, me, hi, my, etc.

7.  Segment three sounds in words.  This is where we get down to the nitty gritty to get them reading.  They need to be able to segment and blend sounds orally before they will be able to do it in print.

This foam chopper works perfect.   They "chop" out all the sounds in the word.

8.  Segmenting four sounds and BEYOND!   Make sure you are mixing in short vowels long vowels, etc.  I see students really hit a wall with beginning and ending blends.   SO lots of repeated practice and tons of different activities are important at this level.

I love using these lights.  They tap a light for each sound.

Or puppets...he is putting down one finger for each sound!

Or this sound board, you can get it free HERE.   I put it in a plastic sleeve and almost always use some sort of snack when we do it.  Clean up is so EASY and it makes the game so much more enticing.  Pull down each sound then blend the word back together.

Remember to warm up with segmenting daily.  Usually before we start reading words I will give them some of the words orally for them to segment before we start.  

You might like to see my favorite phonemic resources HERE.  

Want more great reading ideas?  CLICK HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  There are affiliate links in this post, in case you want to purchase these materials.  Thanks for supporting my book addiction! 

My TOP Phonemic Awareness Resources for you to use!

Phonemic Awareness...
oh how I have struggled over the years...
I know it is important,
I've heard that it is easy to do,
I know that just 5 minutes a day can make a huge impact,

I get all the why's...but I struggle with the who, the what, and the when!

I did find if I make sure I start my day with phonemic awareness or pair it with another habit that we do (like lining up for lunch)  then I get it in so much more consonantly.

While this is still a major focus of mine to improve on, I do have some products I would like to share with you that have really helped me out over the years!  Yes, these are affiliate links, no I don't get enough money to go on my dream vacation to Hawaii if you click on them, but I do get to buy a new book now and then, so thank-you!

1.   This book is awesome.   When I taught Kindergarten I used it everyday.   It has phonemic awareness sheets that match your favorite read alouds.  I would read the story then do the sound matching sheet that matched the story, we would pair it with snack time and use cereal as markers, then eat them afterward.   It was seriously the best part of my day, and those students could ROCK their phonemic awareness!

2.  The person that made the Chipper Chat just gets kids.   The word lists in this book are a teacher's dream and the game is a student's dream come true.  Which of your students would not love to use magnetic chips and a magnetic wand?   I loved to use this in my small group lessons as a warm up.  It took me awhile to figure out how to match activities to students and how to progress through the book, but the ease and fun makes this a number 1 in my book.

You may also want to grab these...

Those are my top TWO favorite phonemic awareness resources.  I found as long as I am consistently doing phonemic awareness everyday, I get good results.  So at the very least just start doing it, even if it's not a perfect plan.  Start playing with sounds with your students.  When they line up,  before you read a story, at snack time, whenever you can fit it in, just do it.  Below are some other books that I have on my shelf that I pull from time to time.  

I am ALWAYS looking for new ideas on this topic.  If you have any books to share please share them in the comments!!!

Do you have an easy way to incorporate phonemic awareness into your routine? I'd love to hear about!  Email me at

Keep playing with those sounds!

If you liked this post, you might also like to read about how I teach Voiced and Unvoiced sounds to my readers.   CLICK HERE.