Sunday, 22 February 2015

New Collaboration! New Series! Great Giveaway!

Hey folks!! Got a little surprise for you!  Keep reading.......!


I am sorry I have been a little quiet on my blog! As usual – tons of stuff going on , but also because I have been busy beavering away creating new products! 

I have so many ‘series’ type creations in my head – I just don’t know when I am going to have the time and energy to make them all happen! 

Having said that – I am particularly excited about the next upcoming series, especially because I got to collaborate with two amazing blogger friends! 

The Fun Factory, Practice Makes Perfect and myself teamed up to share our expertise on this new series. 

It is called ‘Dig Into Digraphs Series’ and will offer everything you need to teach digraphs in the classroom. 


Our first packet of 14 print and go activities is the digraph 'th'. Your students will be:

• Identifying the th sound at the beginning and end of a word
• Finding words that begin or end with the letters 'th'
• Distinguishing if the 'th' sound is at the beginning or end of a word
• Producing 'th' words
• Spelling 'th' words
• Writing 'th' words
• Using the 3 cueing system to decode which 'th' word completes a sentence and makes sense

All of these skills are presented in a fun engaging format. Students will be reading, writing, drawing, graphing, cutting, gluing, and analyzing various words that include the digraph th.

This product is listed in all three stores.

This is our first pack: ‘Dig Into Digraph TH’. Just click on the pic below to see it in my store. 

We have also completed Pack 2: Dig Into Digraph SH 

We are pretty fast workers and also managed to get Pack 3 completed as well!! This is Dig Into Digraph CH. 

As you can see we are building towards a good series that will cover everything your kiddies need to practice with digraphs. 

We hope, so much, that these packs are something that might interest you. Although most will contain approx. 30-35 pages, we have kept the price low – each pack will cost only $3! 

When we finish up with the digraphs, we will continue our collaboration on blends – much work ahead!! 

So excited to be part of this and just know that this series will be cherished by many teachers! 

We wanted to launch this new series with a giveaway to allow you the chance to sample these products. 

The winner will receive all three completed packs, plus an extra surprise! Each one of us has donated a Gift Certificate to our stores - $10 value – that’s $40 worth of products!


Just enter the rafflecopter below and cross your fingers!

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

My New Project and a Giveaway!!

So, I said I had some plans........
Now, I have never claimed to be a photographer and if these results are anything to go by, then I appear to even have trouble pointing and shooting!  What was I thinking with that awful brown carpet?  It seemed like a good idea at the time - lol!
Anyhoo!  You will shortly be subjected to another one of my 'special' videos - hehe!  You have to let me have my fun!
After finishing up with my most recent pack:
 
Sight Words Dolch First Grade Print and Go Practice Worksheets Plus Review,
I had a request for Primer sight words.  I felt that the format used for the first grade words would be a little too challenging, so I set to work to come up with a different format.  I have one book completed and uploaded to my store - yay!  Now just another 51 to go - lol!
So, here's my challenge - can you guess the day/date I will have all 52 booklets completed?  If you get the date right - you will win all of them!!  How's that for a deal?!
The first booklet took some time to get just right, but now that I have the format I am happy with, the others should follow quite quickly.  The booklet has some white space because our pages are A4 size.  I have created it in letter size, so it will fit your paper, just not mine!  Note for the 'build' part, all I had at home were alphabet cookie cutters - lol!
Ready for the awful photos?  Haha!


The pages can be printed back to back for paper saving and as they are half size, you can print 2 booklets on one set of pages – just cut in half!

Activities

• Trace
• Write
• Color
• Stamp
• Build – wikki stix, play dough, magnetic letters etc – if students do build the words, they should remove materials before attempting to look through their booklets!! 
• Word search
• Circle the correct word
• Correct/incorrect spelling
• Read Mini Flip Book
• Write out the 4 sentences

Student Booklet

• Print out one full copy of the packet.

• You will require only Page 4 to Page 16 to make up 2 student booklets. Page 17 is for cutting only.

• Swap out blackline for color versions, if preferred.

• Print the pages back to back.

• Cut in half along the dotted line to have 2 booklets for 2 students. 

• Staple the pages together along the ‘spine’.

Mini Flip Book Directions

Page 17 is the students’ cutting page. 
Students should cut out all 3 pictures. Apply glue where they see the word ‘glue’, and stick into position on top of the ‘base board’ already in the booklet.
The students will then have 4 sentences to read and write out. 
For a perfect finish, make sure the picture without the word ‘glue’, comes last!

So, now that you have the info, click on the pic below to check out the booklet on TpT:


.......and last, but not least...... the thing you have all been waiting for - hehe!


Hope you enjoyed the video and get guessing!


Friday, 6 February 2015

Dolch First Grade Sight Words Mega Practice Pack and sample freebie!

Hey folks - Happy weekend!!

I am feeling somewhat guilty, as I promised you a February Writing Prompts Pack after the success of the Winter Writing Prompts Pack.  I do have it started, but unfortunately got a little distracted!
This distraction led me to getting involved in a huge project, more of which I will write about tomorrow.

A teacher friend in need contacted me to ask if I could make her a teaching resource for sight words for a particular group of kiddos - my ideas kinda snowballed from there, hence this 'distraction'!!   (Anyhoo, more of the distraction tomorrow!)

This is what my friend needed - good old practice worksheets for Dolch first grade sight words - I ended up with a 124 page packet!!

I used the 41 words, but for formatting purposes, I added another 4 nouns, just to keep it rounded to 45.  The finished pack has 2 pages of practice for each sight word.  After 5 sight words, I have included a 2-page fun review, using a word search, as well as a 2nd page to check for understanding and spelling.  

Here's a little look at the set up:


I am so excited about this pack!  

Sight words are such a huge part of the ‘learning to read’ process and repeated practice is a must for children to gain confidence in recognizing and reading these ‘tricky’ words.

This pack contains all of the Dolch sight words for first grade, but can equally be applied to below grade readers and advanced Kindergartners.

I have tried to include as many skills as possible to engage our young learners and hope that the practice contained within helps your students feel comfortable with the challenges presented in daily reading practice.

The pages can be printed back to back for paper saving and can also be made into a lasting 'book' for use throughout the year.

I have also included a workbook cover should you wish to contain the pages within a ‘book’.

Answer keys for the word searches can be found at the end of the pack.
I have even included a cheesy video for a sneak peek - it shows how the finished product should look after students have completed it.


Best of all, the pack is currently half price, however this offer will be finishing soon, so grab it while you can!  Just click on the pic below to purchase.  There is also a freebie sampler contained within the preview should you want to check it out first!


I really hope you find this product useful!

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