@annelamott once said that “laughter is carbonated holiness.” I remember reading those words for the first time and thinking, “Oh! Yes! That. Exactly that.” Made sense. Laughter is my favorite thing, and I make a point to do it as much as possible. Often at my own ridiculousness. And as soon as I’m done teaching my kids to read, I’m going to hang that quote on the side of these cabinets. 👆🏼
(For the record, this is me REALLY laughing, as opposed to the, “let’s take a picture and pretend we are laughing for Instagram” type. I mean, I do that, too... but this isn’t one of those.)
All of that to say, laugh. Laugh at your people. And at yourself. And all the craziness. It makes things easier. Promise.
19 1602 hours ago
Making learning fun and engaging is half the battle sometimes, right? Well, this is an activity I find is always a crowd pleaser! I love integrating phonemic awareness activities into my classroom in order to develop a strong foundation for literacy skills and develop a love for learning. My students loved walked around the classroom to look for beginning sounds of words. This is a multipurpose activity: Students have to find the words, sound them out, and make sure they go in the correct category! So many steps and lots of great learning along the way! .
This activity could also be done at home 🏠! I would suggest posting words around your house and giving your kids a clipboard (everyone lovesss a clipboard) and then ask them to find the words! .
If you’re looking for the winter resources, it’s linked in my profile as “Winter Phonemic Awareness Activities”. If you’re looking to put a word wall at school or home- you can also find them in my store 😊. .
first graders built sentences today using self-correcting word cards. This was so interesting to watch. They LOVED being able to manipulate the order of the words! These sentences are from #fundations unit 1. I don’t do Fundations with my ELLs, BUT I can certainly reinforce skills during my time with them! 👌🏼These were a bit time consuming to make but should last for YEARS. I typed up the sentences from the unit, added some bonus ones, then printed and cut them. I wrote the sentences on sentence strips, using a different color for the unit’s sight words. I laminated them all, then cut each word using zig-zags and curves so that they would act as puzzle pieces. 🧩 The TRICKIEST part? Making sure the kiddos put ALL the words back in the CORRECT baggie! 🤦🏼♀️ #teacherhacks#centers#firstgrade#iteachfirst#teacherlife#classroom#eslteacher#sightwords#sentences
Did you know that 50% of all reading texts are made up of the same 100 words! It is so important for emergent readers to practice sight words, the most frequently used words. 📖 ~
Be sure to make it fun! Ask us about our most frequently used sight word games and activities. 🤗
Being a teacher is very much new to me but being a mom isn’t. Being my kids‘ teacher and mom means I don’t want to just educate them but I want to nurture every area of their lives- physically, spiritually/emotionally and mentally. This also means I have turned into a curriculum hoarder lol. This is not because what I buy is bad or it’s not enough, or because I want to cut and laminate some more (🙋🏻♀️ which I do enjoy) but because I don’t think it fits him right that second. And also because I’m slowly discovering his learning style. 🔸In this short journey I’ve found very good learning tools for him but now when we are done with the new curriculum we are using which is from @readingcorneronline , he seriously asks for more. He can be sneaky at times too and asks for more right before bed time just to stay up a little longer. The funny thing is that he actually sits on his table to do more. 🔸 I do wonder how will this all work out as my younger son grows up and its his turn for me to discover what kind of learning style he has and which kind of activities he prefers. But at least ill have a bunch of stuff ready to go to pick from that I already have at home right?! But don’t think I have it all figured out... we just started this journey and every now and then are still going back to the other teaching tools we have to get some ideas.
4 1910 hours ago
Yay! 😊You asked for more challenging reading videos for your kids and we listened!
Ten NEW videos have been added to Kickstart Reading that will teach YOUR child how to read words with BLENDS (like flag 🇺🇸 and crab🦀). 📚👍
14 2210 hours ago
#sightwords are paying off!! Go momma kandy!!! #win#reading - If you love reading your kid will want to read with you and then your kid will love reading too! Here’s to future quiet 🤫 reading days together with some hot coco. (: #readingisrelaxing
Prepping for some sight word fun! I love these natural wood rounds for so many activities like hiding them in sensory bins, building sentences, going on a sight word hunt indoors or out!
What are some of your favorite ways to make sight words fun to learn?
Link in profile for these cool wood rounds!
3 2414 hours ago
If you teach phonics, you are going to want to stick around to see what I am up to! 🧠
We know you are probably well and truly down the *laminating* rabbit hole by now 🙈 ... but we just wanted to remind you we have added 'Short and Long Vowel Posters' to the webby (in all themes!!) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Long vowel sounds can be quite difficult for students to learn, and are often the reason for reading and spelling errors. With many different spelling patterns for each vowel sound, no wonder it is quite challenging for our beginning readers and writers! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
These colour co-ordinated posters will provide your students with the visual reminders they need - because the English language is down right confusing 😜
What we learn with joy, we will never forget. 💚
Happy hello from our homeschool room! 👋🏽
I made „sight word monsters“ for Calvin and he loves feeding them their favorite food: sight words! 🤣 #nomnomnom
I used empty tissue boxes, added some googly eyes and put velcro stickers on their heads so we can change the sight words easily without hurting their heads. And of course the hungry monsters want to try out different words too. Well, some of them. 😄😋 Today they enjoyed eating “has”, “had” and “the” a lot. Calvin (5) and I are both very playful. (Sometimes I wonder if he has it from me or if I have it from him.. 🤣) So while he kept feeding the hungry sight word monsters: „There you go, my little friend. Here’s another „the“ for you. Don‘t forget to chew.“.. 😍😄.. I was passionately playing the monsters „nom nom nom... thank you.“ And of course I really enjoyed the moments when Calvin got a little too excited and didn’t pay attention to the words he was feeding the monsters and accidentally mixed them up.. 🤭ooops, one monster got really sick today 🤢. You have to be really careful with those sight word monsters. The one that only eats „had“ is allergic to all the other words for example. 😉😄
In case some of you are wondering what „sight words“ are: sight words (or „high frequency sight words“) are commonly used words that children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so they can automatically recognize these words within seconds without having to use any strategies to decode. Let me know if you have any further questions about #sightwords or any other questions about homeschooling or hungry monsters.. 😄🤢🤭
Calvin used completely different strategies for English and German (instinctively) when he started learning to read. He instinctively started memorizing and recognizing „sight words“ when he was 3 (only in English and never in German!) before I even knew what sight words are. 😄💚