BAM! – A Simple Sight Word Game

It seems as though I woke up one morning and I was suddenly a mom of a Kindergartener! What? How did this happen? Where is the time going? One minute he’s a playful PreK student coming home with dirt in his hair and paint on his hands. The next he’s coming home with sight word lists and […]

All Around Child-Inside the Classrooms

Recently, I posted about All Around Child, a Reggio-Inspired preschool in Overland Park, KS. I loved the school so much that there was no way I could have condensed my thoughts and pictures down to one post. We are about to explore the magic inside the classrooms and you will see why… I quickly learned […]

The Sound Tile System: It is MAGIC!

I want share a real literacy jewel. This is an easy and economical system to set up. It can be used in multiple ways. I have combined two approaches to create a highly effective small group reading activity. The system originates from a book called “Right Track Reading Lessons: A Highly Effective Step-by-Step Direct Systematic […]

Jewel Sight Words, Part 2

There are so many things you can do with Sight Word/Alphabet Jewels.  I wanted to share a bit of my process. . . First, for emergent readers you MUST check LaDonna Wicklund’s I Can Read Songs.  I highly recommend these materials.  She has a very engaging DVD with songs about sight words. You will find […]

Easy Peasy Letter & Sight Word Jewels

I love making special gems and jewels to help motivate my students to learn critical skills like letters, letter sounds and sight words (see method here).  But my original method was way too time consuming.  I needed easy peasy.  I had a bag of those big sparkly jewels (from Michael’s Craft Store).  Perfect! Yes!  Super easy!  […]

Easy DIY Name Center

I saw this idea in one of my colleague’s rooms and loved it at first sight. It is so simple and super cheap to make.  It is a great letter matching game and the clothespins help build fine motor skills. What you will need: a couple packages of clothespins a sharpie (permanent marker) printed & […]

Alphabet Play

This is a lovely idea I saw in my colleague Kati’s classroom.  I had to make one for my class and share it with you.  It is easy to set up.  Put the printed pages into page protectors and slip into a binder.  (I have included a cover for the binder.) You will need the […]

Reggio Inspired: The Alphabet

Oh my word!  I am so excited!  I took a tour of a local Reggio inspired preschool, Rosa Parks. I was blown away with the beauty in this school. I am so grateful for the generosity and kindness of the teachers to allow photos and permission to post them on this blog.  Thank you Rosa […]

All About Vowels

Here is a great game to play for identifying the vowel in a CVC word. Each child has a laminated strip of vowels and a clothespin. I say a CVC word like “cat.” The children listen and then put their clothespin on the vowel they hear in the CVC word. What is so great about […]

FREE A-Z Graphs

During August and September – my kindergarten team reviews the alphabet.  I have developed several things for those days.  One is a sign in sheet with two animals that begin with that letter.  I am sharing these graphs with you today!  These are for personal use only.  I made these several years ago (before blogging […]

Whole Group Name Work

I love using the children’s names for basic literacy skills.  I also love making books for the children to take home.  I do this a lot with class books – make a copy for the families.   Last week we made a “All About My Name Book.” Here’s how I did it: Monday – Each child […]

Daily Alphabet Activities with Names

I am posting some of my first alphabet activities of the school year.  In my school, the kindergarten reviews the alphabet one letter a day (we started reviewing today).  Here are some of the things I do:  Today we reviewed the letter Aa.   I asked each child, “Do you have any a’s in your name?”  […]