Tuesday, February 25, 2014

3 Million Strong Sale

The 3 Million Teachers Strong sale on TpT is coming soon!!! Yeah!

This is a great time to pick out those "treasures" you have been waiting for.  You can finish the school year with some new fun ideas and activities!

Check out my some of my new and favorite activity sets.

Bundled Set - It's like getting an entire set for free! 

"I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:14

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Animated Actions for Reading Skills - Make it Fun!

So, sometimes getting students to connect with and remember various reading concepts can be difficult at times.  What are characters again?  What did she mean when she said setting?  Events???  Author?? Illustrator??  Really!!  These are new concepts for our little kiddos and they can be a lot to remember.  My kiddos are only 5!

It hit me 4 years ago when I was working with a new student.  She couldn't for the life of her remember who characters were, what events were, etc, but as soon as I did something funny with each one - WAM! - she got it.   It worked!!!  So, I made these "funnies" part of my every day lessons.  I made them real for her.

Title - "what the story is called"
Author - "writes the story"
Illustrator - "colors or paints the pictures"
Characters - "the people or animals we meet in the story"
Setting - "where they go"
Events - "things that happen in the story" (Yes, you have to shake it!)

Click on the picture below to our animated actions for these reading skills in motion.

Try it sometime - make it funny and real!!  I bet they remember.  :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Crossword Puzzle Fun Freebie

We did it!!!! We learned all 44 sounds in the English language.  Now we are ready to begin our 5 week short vowel review and our 5 week long vowel review.   We will focus on 1 vowel sound a week in phonics and build words centered around that vowel.

My kids love it when I give them a challenge, so why not do it with something that "big" people do - Crossword Puzzles.  This fun set, Crossword Puzzle Phonics Fun Set 1, includes words for all 5 short vowels and all 5 long vowels.  Some of my kiddos are ready to spell the words out all by themselves, but some still need a little help.  Each vowel sound has a crossword puzzle with 5 words and matching picture clues in two different versions: with and without a word bank.    
To find the entire Crossword Puzzle Phonics Fun set, click on the pictures above.

I thought it would be fun to celebrate with a freebie.  To download the Short A and Long A FREEBIE pages, click on the link below!  

"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's a 2-Day Super Sale

Let's Cheer!!!
It's a 2-Day Super Sale

Don't forget to check out my new bundled set!

Click on the picture above or the link below to find my TpT store.

"Well, whatever you do, whether you eat or drink, do it all for Gods' glory." 1Corinthians 10:31

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fill Your Heart With Freebies Blog Hop

We are looking forward to Valentine's Day and wanted to share a little love!  Join us in a quick
Fill Your Heart With Freebies Blog Hop.  Yeah!!!

Click on the picture below to download these Love Bugs: Time activity pages.  I have included time pages for hour and half-hour.

If you are interested, these are part of a larger unit

Have fun hopping along.  Next up is Granny Goes to School!

Happy Early Valentine's Day!!!

We are also having a grand prize giveaway!  You will win an item of your choice from each of our stores.  That is 10 awesome new products!  Have fun!

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Becoming a Penguin

Oh my word ...... last week was probably my favorite week of the year so far!!  We learned all about PENGUINS!  Tacky has to my favorite "odd" bird to have around.  We did a little mini-research project about our favorite penguins, made a cute little penguin for the wall, waddled like a penguin with an egg on our feet, became a penguin in icy cold water, and finally made and edible penguin. SUPER FUN!!!

Becoming a Penguin
After talking about how penguins can swim in that super cold water without freezing, we decided to try it out.  On one hand we put a cotton glove (feather & blubber) and a purple latex free glove (the oil on their feathers).  This was our penguin hand.  Ready, set, freeze!!!  It was so fun to feel each hand when we pulled off the gloves.  One hand was warm, and the other one was freezing.  They just giggled and giggled.

Waddling Like a Penguin

Making an Edible Penguin - YUMMY!!
Swiss cake rolls, orange gummy slices, chocolate thin mints, M&Ms, large marshmallow slices, and icing for glue. 
They are going to ask - "How do we get the stuff to stick on?"  I love the look on their faces when I tell them glue.  "EEEEWWW  Mrs. Rucker!  We don't want to eat glue."   What if our glue was made of icing???  "YUM!!!"

What a week, but talk about some real life learning in action!

And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds-livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so.  And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind.  And God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1: 24-25

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year

Oh my word, has it really been a month since my last post!  Shame on me.  December just FLEW by.

Here are some awesome pictures of our Christmas party at school.  We had some wonderful parents who planned a 3 hour party for us.....WOW!!!!  The kids had a blast.  We did a craft, had a snowball fight in the classroom, and even decorated cookies.  

Have a Happy New Year!  See you next year!
"Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday & Tuesday Sale

It's that time again!!! YEAH!  The annual Cyber Sale on TpT.  Everything in my store will be 28% off.  Check out some of these great classroom resources.


Click on any of the classroom resources above to find my store!
Happy Shopping!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Letters - Trace, Say, Glue and Write

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!  I love having 5 days off!  We packed up and headed to my mom and dad's house.  It's always great to go home for a few days.  I love you mom and dad!!  :)

I am sooooo excited to show you the phonics pack I just finished - Trace, Say, Glue and Write!  My daughter is in kindergarten, and when I was making this she couldn't wait for me to finish the "Kk" page.  She told me she got an N on her progress report because she was having trouble printing the lowercase "k" correctly, and she needed the "Kk" page to practice.  Soooo, this pack was kid approved, even before it was finished!!! She sat down beside me working on the pages before I even had it finished. lol

I created a page for each letter in the alphabet and then several pages with multiple letters for review.  I wanted a little something extra for when I introduce the letters and sounds.  This is great for independent practice or center work.   Plus, my kiddos love using their highlighter, and I let them use it on the trace part.  Then they find and glue on the pictures that begin with the correct sound, find and glue on the matching letters (I used various fonts), and finally write the uppercase and lowercase letter 5 times each.  Here is an example of the "Bb" page.  Download the preview file to check it out.
A couple weeks ago, I finished Trace, Count, Glue and Write.  It is the same idea but includes numbers, counting, ten frames and number words.  I am working on Trace, Read, Glue and Write with CVC, CVCC, CCVC, and high frequency words.  It will be finished soon!! :)
Also, remember, the HUGE 2013 Cyber Monday sale is coming up!  All of my products will be 28% off.  Check it out for some super great savings.  Click on the picture below to find my TpT store.
"Enter the temple gates with Thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise." Psalm 100:4