Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Primary Powers Launch

I am so EXCITED to tell of you all about Primary Powers! It's a collaborative blog that I am proud to be a part of! There are so many amazing and inspiring bloggers and teachers working together to share wonderful ideas with all of you! 

Today is our big DAY!!! We are finally launching our blog, and are very excited to get it started! To welcome all of you to our new blog, we have an AMAZING giveaway going on!

Stop by Primary Powers today through the 21st to enter to win FABULOUS prizes!

And the news gets even better because we are celebrating the launch of Primary Powers with an exclusive deal with Educents!

21 instant downloads, over 1,000 pages of materials that are ready to use, and variety of topics to pull your through months of teaching!  $100.75 retail value available for a limited time for $29.99 which is 70% off!  EXTREME VALUE ALERT!!!

Concepts covered are:  addition, subtraction, graphing, time, money, reading, fluency, spelling, writing, close reading, grammar, story element in fiction and nonfiction, and much, much more!  

Products are thematically correct for the upcoming seasons!  
- spiders and camping for October
- turkeys, Thanksgiving, scarecrows for November
- winter, penguins, the holidays, and New Years for December

Other great items include:
- a calendar that could be used as a parent gift
- a data folder to track student growth
- literacy and math centers
- printables
- units of study

Check out the previews below...     

So don't forget to stop by Primary Powers and get some SUPER ideas!
Here's to Primary Powers and BEYOND!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Reading and Writing Helpers

I love this time of year ... and it's not ONLY because the leaves are changing colors!!! It's because it's the time of the year, when my firsties begin to see themselves as readers and writers! It's so magical to see that special smile, when "things" begin to click for them ... I just LOVE it! However, it's also the most demanding time of the year, as well! These little cuties are not as "independent" as we would like them to be. "Mrs. Leslie ... how do you spell "this" ... how do you spell "that" .... " It can be exhausting.

It is so important to provide your students with all of the necessary tools for them to become independent readers and writers!!! This is why I created my "Reading &Writing Helpers" tool!

I created two charts: an alphabet chart and a sound chart. I used the same graphics that are displayed on the posters around my classroom.

I also created a sight word list. These are words that they will eventually master and spell on their own ... EVENTUALLY ... right? LOL!!!

I then glued them into a file folder, and it became an awesome tool for my students to use for any reading and writing activity.

Hopefully, your students will find it helpful, too!