December Book Picks

I can't believe December is almost here!  Where did the time go?  I will spend much of the month assessing my students and then, reporting out to parents about their child's progress.

In the meantime, I hope to be able to share with them a few favorite books that bring a little winter into our southern California lives.

Although, I love Christmas and so do many of my children, I try to teach children about other traditions that are celebrated during the winter months.  Instead, if time permits, I will spend a little time teaching about Hanukah and/or Kwanzaa.  Children will have access to Christmas theme books at the listening center or in the library.

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What will you be reading this month?  Link up here. I'm always on the lookout for more books to add to my Gingerbread collection.

Happy Reading!


Let it Shine

Barbara from The Corner on Character and Mrs. McKown from Little Literacy Learners both awarded me with a Sunshine Award.
Thank you, ladies!  I admire both of you, too. 

Now, a few things about me:
Favorite color?  My favorite colors are black, white and lime green with a splash of hot pink.  Favorite animal? Pomeranians; my childhood dog. Favorite number? 7  Favorite drink? Coffee in the a.m. and Pepsi or Coke in the p.m. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook, I guess.  But I prefer Google Reader or Pinterest! Your passion(s)? Teaching, learning, reading, and being a good mom and wife. Giving or getting presents?  I love giving gifts.  Favorite day? My son's birthday.  I "officially" became a mommy that day.  :) Favorite flower? Gardenia
These bloggers truly inspire me. I'm sure you'll agree.

A Place Called Kindergarten. I love her Friday Favorites.
HeidiSongs. Another one of my must reads on Fridays.
Mrs. Wills Kindergarten.  Have you peeked into her week?
Can Do Kinders.  I love her Ten Frame monthly freebie; so do my kids.
Doodle Bugs Teaching.  Makes me want to be a learner in her classroom.  
Little Miss Kindergarten.  She helped to spark my dice game obsession.  :)
ingles360.  Ana is so creative and has a line of products of MyGrafico.
Counting Coconuts. Great mom blog where I learned about sensory tubs and homemade playdoh.
Oceans of First Grade Fun.  She is a math Queen.   

Thank you for bringing a little Sunshine into my life.  

Happy Teaching and Learning! 

Thankful For...Linky Party

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I would like to stop and reflect about the many blessings that I have in my professional and home life.  I hope to share throughout the week including a special thank you to my Followers.  :)

Weekends are family days.  My son loves breakfast and pancakes in particular.  This has become a standard favorite in our home; in fact, we had it today.  I love that my four year old can help prepare this meal with me as he helps to peel, measure, and whisk.  :)
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What are you thankful for?  Link up here.



Thankful Turkeys

Instead of the traditional Thanksgiving card, my students will be taking home a Thankful Turkey to adorn their home.  Pinterest inspired, I love how cute they look.

Together, we brainstormed what we were thankful for.  Here is a typical sample.  (Is it ever to early to be thankful for presents?)  Afterwards, I assembled the feathers for them.
Click here for your copy.
If you grab a copy to use or tuck away for next year, leave a comment about what you are thankful for. Today, I am thankful that I survived our walking field trip. One more day until Thanksgiving break!

Happy Teaching and Learning!

Anchor Charts to Support Comprehension

Here are a few charts I have made to help support my students understand basic comprehension skills.  The key words are color coded so that the kids can make a connection between these words.

Be sure to include animals and people.
Some kids are literal and may think that
only animals are characters since many
early books have animals as main characters.
Both charts include pictures that have
a meaning or connection to our classroom.
Pop quiz: Can you name each
book the pictures are from?
We are putting these skills to practice during our read aloud time.  It has also helped my speech students who have difficulty understanding the W words (who, what, when, and where).

I will be back soon to share a tree map that I am working on with my ELD class.  I think you'll like it.

Happy Teaching and Learning!

Writing Over Time Update

What a difference a month can make!  Here is a peek into what a few students are writing.  Look at how much they have grown in such a short amount of time.  Their hard work is beginning to pay off.
 No words in October. 
 Now, he has a sentence.  
Our next steps, work on rereading.

Here's another.
I keep lots of charts for the kids to use.
I don't help with spelling.  

I do help students stretch sounds in words.

Last one.
 She came to school with lots of writing experiences.
Look at the difference.

Would you like a copy?  Go here.  

I hope this new buy will also help my students as readers and writers as well.  It just came in the mail.  I can't wait to use it with my students.  If you would like to learn more, click on the link on my sidebar.
Happy Teaching and Learning!


Math in Pictures

I love how these stations can be a part of our math time for as long as necessary.  I change them as needed but many can be adapted.  How are your math stations going?  Any suggestions to make math even better?  Comment away.  I love to read them.

Happy Teaching and Learning!

Shared Reading and Teaching Sight Words

How do you teach reading? I was trained in the "old school" method of to, by, and with for reading and writing.  Children need opportunities to be read to, read by themselves, and read with one another.  Shared reading is an important component of my reading program; especially for young, emergent readers.   I often use our shared reading text to teach sight words in context.  This year I am finding it practically difficult to find books that cover our 3 to 5 Dolch words.  (Our language arts adoption is antiquated an only teaches 1/4 of the words we will teach.  Talk about helpful. NOT!) It has lead me to create books for our class to read.

Here is a look at what we are reading.

I am not sure if you would be interested in purchasing these for your classroom.  If you are, leave me a comment and I will upload them to my Teachers Notebook Shop.   I would love to hear any more suggestions about how to teach sight words in context.  What do you do?  

Happy Teaching and Learning!

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