Thursday, January 8, 2015

Vowel Clip Strip {FREEBIE}

One new thing that I've been using as practice and review for my firsties this year is my vowel clip strip.  As we've progressed through the school year, most of my kiddos no longer need this practice.  But we all know there are those select few who just need a little more repetition and practice than others.  For those kiddos I still like to whip this little, but useful tool out.

I've printed mine on colored copy paper just to make them pop a little bit more.  And let's be real.  Everything is just a little more interesting in color.  Bright colors, preferably.  And you will not believe how much fun my firsties have with a simple strip of laminated colored paper and a clothespin.  Totally motivating!

Not only are they super easy and quick to make, but they are super easy and quick to implement with just about anything.  You can use them in a multitude of ways- one-on-one, small group, whole group, small group games or whole group games.  

Here's one way to play.  Each child has a laminated strip of vowels and a clothespin.  {I have a full class set already printed, laminated, and with a clothespin on it.}  I say a CVC word like "dog".  The kiddos listen to the word and then put their clothespin on the vowel they hear in the CVC word.  You can also do it with CVCe words.  What is really amazing about this is that you have an instant informal assessment for each child when they hold up their strips and you can quickly check to see who is "getting it".  You could also do this whole group as a game by splitting your class into two groups and have them race to move the clip to the correct vowel sound first.  Or if you're in table groups or want more kids active and involved with the game at a time, you could also do it that way.

I always have a set of 5 or 6 behind my little easel at my guided reading table.  The rest of them are stored in a nearby container.

Hopefully you will be able to find this useful in your classroom also.  To download this freebie simply click here to go to my store to download it.  If you're not already a follower, I would love that!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

There's "SNOW" Better Time for a $1 Sale!

Well...let's hope that this is not the return of the Polar Vortex that we came to know so well last year.  We had our first snow day yesterday due to the 5-6 inches of snow we got last night and we have a two hour delay today.  What's better to do on a snow day than go your sweats...from the comfort of your own home?  That's where the Indiana teacher bloggers come in with yet another $1 sale.  There are tons of great products marked down to just one dollar for the next two days.  Be sure to hop along to each of the products to get some great steals.

Here is what I've marked down for the next two days.  If you're new to my blog I would love it if you would follow my blog and TPT store.  Thanks for visiting my little ole blog and happy shopping! I know I'll be getting some steals!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Oh HHHeeeyyyy 2015....Currently

It's been awhile since I've blogged. Too long, I know.  For about 2 years running now, it is my goal to be better and blog more.

So here's to 2015 and keeping that goal with Farley's Currently for January. I realize I'm a little late to the game, but better late than never, right?!

2015 is going to be all about positive changes for me...working out, a little bit of weight loss, steps to getting rid of our debt, as well as making some big progress for this little blog and my expanding group of followers.

And since it's so cold outside, there's SNOW better time for a sale. Come back tomorrow for details!