Monday, 6 February 2017

Time, Time, Time

Settling in to a new class, a new year level... Lots of changes, lots of challenges as I get my head around the new curriculum and all the newness of teaching an unfamiliar year level. I've taught Prep for nearly 10 years and decided that it was time for a change. So here I go with Year 2!

We have been working on establishing Math Center time these last couple of weeks. One area that I've been concentrating on is time. Most of my kids can tell time to the hour and half hour with ease. Adding quarter past and quarter to hasn't been quite so easy though. So I created a memory style game for them to practice this skill a little more. The full pack includes o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to times in both digital and analogue format. I mix and match the cards each day for a bit of variety. So far this is proving to be a very popular activity in our Math Center time. You can download the o'clock component of the activity here or you can head on over to my TPT store to purchase the full set of cards.

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Crack the Codes

I created this activity to help my kids build their sight word knowledge whilst also reinforcing initial sound identification. My kids loved being junior detectives as they cracked the secret code to reveal a hidden sight word. We used dry erase markers, magnetic letters, letter tiles and a heap of other alphabet manipulatives that we had in our room to keep them interested in this activity over a few weeks. The full set includes 90 words from the Dolch Pre-primer and Primer sets of words.It includes an answer key as well as a recording sheet.

You can find this activity on my Teachers Pay Teachers site by clicking here.
Or for now, download and use the first 20 words for free.
I hope you find this activity useful.
Happy New Year!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Number Sorting

Happy New Year!

I'm in the full swing of preparing for back to school... More laminating, cutting, sorting, labelling... And I can't wait to get into my classroom in just over a week! I have gone back to basics with some of the new resources that I've made. I have so many literacy resources but I found that some of my basic maths games/activities needed a bit of a revamp with some new clipart and colours. I have made up two new sets of sorting mats for numbers 1 to 10. I made one in a fairly simple form - only counting and numeral recognition required. It has ten frames, the numeral, pictures and tally marks. Click here to go to my TPT Store

The other has those same 4 components however it also includes the number word and MAB blocks. I am hoping to introduce the easier mat in the first week of school and then the other one later in the year. Click Here to go to my TPT Store

As a Back to School Bonus, everything in my store has 15% off until January 11.

Friday, 25 December 2015

A Christmas Freebie

I'm starting to get ready for the new school year and that means making more games and resources to help teach and reinforce basic concepts. Here is a link to my TPT store where you can download this 1 to 5 number sorting activity for free. If you like it and want something a bit harder, I also have a set available for purchase with numbers from 1 to 20.
I'm sure that over the next 2 weeks I'll be making a lot more games and activities... I'll post links to them and some freebies up here as I make them too.
Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season.
Merry Christmas,

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Initial Sound Sorting


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Every year there are always a couple of kids who seem to need lots of practice listening for and identifying the initial sound in words. This past year was no exception... It didn't matter how many activities I threw their way, they still needed more and more practice. The problem that I had however, was that they stopped identifying the sound and just formed a connection between certain objects and the letter shape - They weren't picking up the concept. So, I took away all of the usual activities with the predictable snake = s, apple = a, and went in search of some new ones.
I found a Build a Sandwich activity on Teachers Pay Teachers which worked a treat! It had different pictures for each sound and I could put out however many sandwich toppings I wanted.

But I needed a couple of other activities to back it up. I made up some initial sound dominoes to match up the picture and sound, some cards to use magnet letters/ scrabble letters to write/identify the initial sound, and a gumball sound sort. Once I put these activities into the rotation, the kids started get more exposure to a range of pictures that began with each sound and slowly, the connection was made between hearing an initial sound in a word and identifying the letter which made that sound.

I have other sets of dominoes that I use in literacy time (cvc words and blends and digraphs) and the initial sound ones were great for the kids in my class who wanted to do what everyone else was doing but weren't yet at the level of reading or sounding out words.

It is so rewarding once they finally make that connection. I'm going to keep an eye out on TPT for more useful activities and will share the link on any that I find.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Rhyming, Rhyming, Rhyming

Some of my kiddos have really struggled with rhyming words this past year. The only thing we found that helped was to practice, practice and practice! Unfortunately that meant we grew bored of the few rhyming games that I had so it meant making up a heap of new ones.
In the end, I made 3 new games/activities which gave us a break from the old ones... A bingo game, a sorting game and a matching game. Eventually they did get the hang of rhyming - but it took a lot of persistence and a lot of revision.

I hope you find some of these activities useful with your kiddos.

They are all available on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store if you would like them, here are the links for each of the activities:
Jungle Rhyming Bingo
Treasure Chest Rhyming Sort
Apple Rhyming Match

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Back to Blogging

After a couple of crazy-busy years, I decided to come back and sweep out the cobwebs on my blog. So here is the first post in 2 years!

One of the activities in my classroom that is always popular, is a sentence to picture match activity. There are 14 colour-coded sets and each set focuses on two easy sight word sentences. The sight words are fairly basic and other unknown words can be decoded by either using the initial sound and pictures or through sounding out. I have found that the repetition in this activity really helps build confidence in sight word recognition and basic reading. The cute clipart is from My Cute Graphics.

I hope your kids find this as fun and useful as my bunch do.

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