Friday, September 30, 2016

Time to Get Ready for Halloween!

Just a reminder that we have a great free Halloween Zip Strip writing and language center at Teachers Pay Teachers.  We used the October vocabulary Zip Strip to give you a quick and easy writing center. 

It includes:
  • revised Zip Strip for Halloween reading and spelling practice
  • a Halloween picture word bank
  • a spooky character adjective page
  • a mixed up Halloween spelling page

Click Here to download this FREE product from Teachers Pay Teachers

Friday, September 9, 2016

Reading Aloud to Your Children

Reading aloud is a wonderful teaching tool.  Children learn the basic concept that letters make words, words make sentences, and these combinations impart factual information and imaginative stories.  Reading aloud often introduces new vocabulary, new ideas, and opens minds to new possibilities.

These are 3 of my favorite books for the beginning of the year:

"I Like Myself" by Karen Beaumont
Full of fun illustrations, this little girl likes herself in all possible ways and delivers the message that she cannot be bullied or teased because she appreciates herself.  An extension to this story is to use the Number One from Number Art (free sample on website) and let the students make themselves on the number one.

"Jeepers Creepers - A Monstrous ABC" by Laura Luck
This book uses rhyme and wonderful pictures to go through the alphabet with names and a description of each of the monster kids in this monstrous class. The rhymes cause lots of giggles and then they have to guess who the creepiest monster might be by their standards! For a fun extension to this story use the letters from Alphabet Art Upper Case to give each child the beginning letter of their name. Provide crafty items like glitter, small fabric pieces, beads, etc. and let them create and name their own monster. First graders may be able to create their own rhyme as well.

"The Z Was Zapped" by Chris Van Allsburg
This is a great introduction to using adjectives, adverbs and alliteration for older kids. Wonderfull graphics illustrate the statement about each letter. As an extension, provide a letter for each student from "Alphabet Art Upper Case" and let them make their own version of the letter using adjectives, adverbs and alliteration. 

Have a wonderful year!! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Everyone Loves Math With Number Art and Shape Art!

These 2 books are "new again" since we separated an older product into two more focused sections.  

You know our motto is "Hands On - Brain Engaged" and that is what happens when students make these projects.

Cutting out a numeral 2 provides muscle memory and small motor practice to help the student learn to write the numeral 2.  Adding 2 eyes helps the child associate the numeral and the set of 2. Learning the poem as the child completes each project teaches numerical order. 

Working with shapes builds visual discrimination skills that are critical when a child has to tell the difference between the letters M and W and the numbers 6 and 9.  Later shapes become important in geometry and architecture. 
Both of these products include file folder games to reinforce important concepts.  Get free samples from each book (click here).

See videos showing at least 25 more ways to use these patterns and promote learning with mixed media (click here to visit our site, then click on Videos).

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