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GAME CHANGER!!!

I love it when

SOMETHING WORKS!

YESSSS!!!!

I have

discovered, learned, found a BETTER WAY!

I LOVE 

BANNERS!

Obviously..

So  Does  PINTEREST!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/211317407494866485/

and so…

I needed some vocabulary words for MY classroom.

Different ones for EACH MONTH.

FAST & EASY for me.

High Interest for Kiddos.

TADA!

Vocabulary Banners!

I have a

GAME  CHANGER

for YOU!

Tie a triple KNOT!

Yes, a TRIPLE KNOT…and staple it to one side of your board ( or window ).

Measure side to side. Add 3-4 inches!

Tie another triple knot and staple to the other side.

( I measured to make sure both sides were LEVEL.)

I know…those of you who kow me… I NEVER MEASURE!

EYEBALL  IT!

But…I want to do this ONE TIME…not taking down the yarn until the END OF THE YEAR!

Staple BOTH sides of the KNOT!

The Knot will HOLD the yarn. NO SLIDING!

 

HERE IS THE 

GAME  CHANGER…

After you have laminated the banner ( OR TAPE THE TOP EDGE BEFORE

you HOLE PUNCH!)

Use a hole punch to make two holes at the top.

I went down about ( No measuring there ) a 1/2″.

THEN…

SLIT THE HOLE TO THE TOP!

( SEE  the  PICTURE )

WHAT??????

“NO! Then it will fall off!”

NOT!

No one is pulling on these. They are for

LOOKING…NOT  TOUCHING!

What this does is allows you to change the BANNER page

without having to

remove & put up new string!

JUST CHANGE THE BANNERS!

YESSS!!!

Alternate sides when you add the vocab. cards.

I wanted an ODD number…

so I could have 1 in the middle.

Add another layer.

Same  directions.

I cheated in the middle layer.

Stapled the middle card ( so the arch would be close to the others).

TADA!

WONDERFUL Vocabulary words at my writing center for kiddos to use!

BIG pictures…spelling…variety

for EL’s, independent work, & everyday  writing!

And i can change them each month…

IN A FLASH!

Just change the cards…not the string!

Here are  my

  vocabulary banners

And so..

A GAME CHANGER

for me!

Here is a video to help:

Happy Back to School!

Are YOU  ready?

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Is reading MORE..really ENOUGH??

Consider this my DISCLAIMER…

I am NOT  A  College Professor.

I do NOT have a MASTERS ( or above )

in ANYTHING!

I am just a teacher.

A first grade teacher.

A Veteran (27yrs ), first grade teacher, in a TITLE 1 SCHOOL!

I have seen a LOT!

Done a LOT!

Hear me ROAR!!!!!

Ok. So again.

I am a teacher.

(Aren’t they cute????)

I have been through:

Whole Language

Environmental Print

Interactive Writing

Phonemic Awareness

Leveled Readers ( DRA, GSP, AR, Lexile)

Phonics

Words Their Way

HFW

Sight Words

High Interest Reading Books

SIPPS

Read Naturally

Daily 5

And 

A MULTITUDE OF PUBLISHER’S CURRICULUM!

New sets evey 7 years!

Having said this…1 thing most curriculum’s have in common :

READ!

READ A LOT!

And then…READ SOME MORE!

So …

My little sisters…

YES…both of my LITTLE SISTER’S are

PRIMARY TEACHERS!

We  were discussing school.

( I know..we are NOT supposed to discuss SCHOOL during SUMMER VACATION!)

But…um…we were discussing school…

and we are trying to WRAP our minds around the

“READ..READ..READ more”

and they will

“GET IT!”

(way of thinking.)

Well, maybe

I  LOVE reading with kiddos!

See my post here about the GUIDED READING TABLE!

My concern is…

When I “release” them to read,

When I want them to become INDEPENDENT readers,

Where do they “learn” the skills to use when they “get stuck”?

Will they use strategies, when they don’t know what’s happening?

When a story isn’t making sense…do they keep reading?

If they keep reading…

Will it ALL come TOGETHER?

At a recent PD, my little sis said she understood the

READ, READ, READ philosophy.

Integrate science, social studies, math, technology

INTO  READING!

YES!

Writing and Reading COMPLIMENT and Coexist WITH  each other!

You can’t have one without the other!

THEY NEED EACH OTHER!

BUT…

-Me  SPEAKING-

There needs to be a BALANCE of:

Skills & Strategies

in conjunction with independent reading & writing!

THERE!

I said IT!

Reading & Writing SKILLS:

Letter Sounds

Blends

Vowels

Word Families

Chunks

Grammar

Punctuation

High Frequency Words

Capitalization

Handwriting

and MORE!

Comprehension

Questioning

Summarizing

etc, etc, etc…

(I sound like my Education College Professors!)

I was listening!

ALL of these “lessons” MUST be taught

INCONJUNCTION with

Reading & Writing!

Yes…To be a better reader..

YOU  MUST  READ!

BUT…to be a better reader who UNDERSTANDS…

You must have skills and strategies

to use

WHEN

you read and write!

NOW…CAUTION!!!

Unless you are teaching ADULTS in a COLLEGE CLASS…

A 40 minute LECTURE on diagramming sentences

IS NOT…I REPEAT..

NOT

the way to do it!

If you WANT to spend 40 minutes discussing grammar…

CHUNK IT!

Do 2-3 MINILESSONS over a few days…

Let it SINK IN!

Show  kiddos:

  What it looks like.

Where to find it.

How to use it.

Why we use it.

When to ask for help.

Kinder-Grade 1-Grade 2 teachers…

UNITE!

Mini Lessons with a WORKSHOP!

Use SMALL Groups for STRATEGY & Skill Groups!

Let kiddos have a chance to PRACTICE what YOU have taught them!

Let it SINK IN!

And  Then..

LET  THEM  READ!

and

READ!

and

READ!

and then

WRITE…and write  some  more!

Skills, Strategies, Reading, Writing

They will become “BETTER”..

and isn’t that what we ALL want to be?

BETTER!

Need some HELP?

Here are some “HELPERS” for YOU!

Check out ALL my reading & writing products!

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CHRISTMAS in JULY?? YESSS!!!!!

I LOVE CHRISTMAS!

Ok..I said the “C” word!

As  of  TODAY ( July 6 , 2016)

there are

172 days

until

CHRISTMAS!

YES!!!


I need to  begin my Christmas lists…

and then

 SHOP! SHOP! SHOP!

But … that’s  another STORY! 🙂

To help out with the whole “giving to others” MINDSET…

My friends and I

 at

iTeach Linkies

are “GIVING” to YOU!

Each of us is having a 20% off sale in our TPT store!

My store is 20% OFF  EVERYTHING…Bundles & BTS TOO!

AND…

I have a FREEBIE for YOU!

Check out my COMPLETE

BTS Word Work Packet

AND  THERE  IS

MORE!

Each of us has added a FREEBIE in the link up for YOU!

Click on each one for FREEBIES..

Check out my friends’ stores too…ALL of us are 20% OFF!

WOWZA!

 Check out your wish lists & stock up EARLY!

AND

We are having a HUGE  GIVEAWAY!

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Who wants to win:

 One of three (3)-  $50  TPT Gift Certificates

 ( ME–I DO!  I DO!)

AND

A   $50  TARGET Gift Certificate    ( ME–I DO!  I DO!)

AND

A $100 TEACHING IN THE TONGASS CLIP ART Gift Certificate

ME–I DO!  I DO!

You can’t win , if you DON’T ENTER!

Good  Luck!

Here you go:

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5.5 days left…But Who’s Counting??

5.5 days left…BUT WHO’S COUNTING????

I admit it.
I AM TIRED!
I am counting the days until vacation.
I am counting the days until I don’t have to leave the house by 7:15 AM.
I am counting the days…until I can have coffee at8:00 9:00AM. 🙂
Ah…I  Am  READY!
BUT…
My teacher BRAIN won’t
STOP!
I want to start getting ready for
NEXT  YEAR!!!
I know…relax, breathe…ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!
I can’t STOP! I want to plan!
We are getting a new reading program next year.
CA JOURNEYS here we come!
And so…I have begun.
I have begun to plan.
MY day, my month, my year!
I am starting my new projects today!
Here’s a PREVIEW!
Focus Wall Printables
The BEST PART???
These Packets can be used with ANY program!
( Just because it follows CA Journeys…doesn’t mean it will ONLY work with
that program!)
Here is the FREE Focus Wall Headers… 🙂
How about
DAILY   PROOFREADING    PRACTICE??
More on the WAY!
 Keep checking back!
🙂
All available HERE.
Now…Where is my beach chair? 🙂
Time to relax! 🙂
5.5 days to go…  🙂

How to teach kids to EDIT their Writing

How to teach kids to EDIT their Writing

The question of ALL time…
HOW CAN I GET THEM TO “FIX” THEIR WRITING?
I ask them…Does it make sense?   They say  YES!
Have you “checked” your SPELLING?    They say  YES!
Do you have CAPITALS and PUNCTUATION?  They say YES!
HUH???  WHERE????
I cannot see capitals, puncuation, complete sentences!
AM I BLIND?
NO!
I teach FIRST GRADE!
To them…YES! It makes sense.
Yes! It’s spelled correctly. ( I asked a friend…they said it was spelled right!)
And I think it has capitals & punctu…what?
Smile! ( Pretend)  They are learning.
So HOW…HOW..HOW do I teach them to correct their writing?
( Before they go to second grade?)
Reteach, review, scaffold, write daily, and do it again!
To help “GUIDE” the process…
Daily Proofreading Practice!
80 pages of HELP!
This booklet will support
CA Journeys 2017…
AND…
It can be used with ANY program!
Classroom & Homeschool

Daily editing, revising, rewriting.

Writing complete sentences correcting for
spelling, grammar, punctuation, and other conventions.
2 sentences per day.
Made in a booklet style with 2 per page.
Black and white to save on ink!

Print once & be ready for the WHOLE SCHOOL YEAR!

Click “HERE” to see the entire packet!
Don’t forget to click on the PREVIEW!
More added  weekly!

Nibits for Newbies 4.24.16 Supporting English Learners in WRITING

If it’s Sunday..

It must be time for

NIBITS for NEWBIES!

This week’s theme..

HOW to help EL student’s with WRITING!

I work in a Title 1 school.

I have 24 first graders with  99%  free  lunches.

This year I have 12  English Language Learners in 4 different langauges!

( I have had 18-20 EL’s in the same class!)

12???

A BREEZE!

My kiddos come with a SMALL  amount of ENGLISH print.

MOST..not all..but MOST have enough English to communicate

everyday NEEDS to me.

BATHROOM, Recess, and When is LUNCH?

We are OK.

BUT…

English PRINT?

WOWZA! Another WORLD!

FIRST…

 We begin…BEGIN…with  Phonemic Awareness.

Sounds…

ORAL…

NO PRINT!

Letter Sounds, Vocabulary Words, Rhymes, Alliterations,,

SOUNDS

and LOTS OF THEM!

Next…

We ADD

PHONICS!

A symbol (letter/word) to the sounds.

Alphabet, HFW, Word Families, emergent readers, etc.

For those who make READING a priority…

they excell!

For those who don’t have a LOT of support at home..

It can take LONGER…

But..

THEN…

We WRITE!

We write well and we write A LOT!

Lists, poems, booklets, stories, and they LOVE IT!

The problem occurs when they don’t have an ENGLISH word to attach to the “word” in their head!

Vocabulary MUST be a HUGE paaart of the daily writing minilessons.

And RESOURCES!

We use Step Up to Writing…

and

I “supplement”…Ummm

SUPPLANT

with

LUCY CAULKINS!

YESSSS!!!

http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07729.aspx

Click HERE to see it…

FINALLY..

We  use  my

WRITE ON!

 papers because they have

VOCABULARY

built in!

Available HERE

My kids are doing GREAT!

(Most could only write their names at first!)

Daily PROGRESS! 🙂

And so..

we

PRACTICE, we TALK, WE SING,

WE CHANT,

AND ..we

  WRITE ON!

🙂