Firstie Friday ~ Sight Word Tic Tac Toe

It is so strange to me that I have a first grader. When I taught first grade, my students seemed so big! Now that I have a first grader of my own, I can hardly believe how small they really were. My kiddo struggles with sight words so I have searched high and low for […]

I like Myself Project

This is a project from one of my colleagues – Jennifer Dean.  Her documentation of the project is so well done – I can let it do the talking. . .                 Thank you Jennifer for sharing your wonderful work!

Who is that Mystery Reader?

I love having “Mystery Readers” and it has been an important part of my classroom for years.  There is nothing more exciting to a student than to have a family member read to the class.   I did not think it could get any better until I started working with my co-teacher, Patty.  She has a […]

Free Storytelling Cards – Three Pigs

I am so excited to share a free set of storytelling cards for the story of The Three Pigs.  This set includes word cards as well.  To access this free set – go to the Fairy Dust Teaching Facebook page! Enjoy!

Free Emergent Readers for the Goldilocks and the 3 Bears!

Woot!  I am so excited! I am going to start sharing some of my favorite fairy tale resources. It is going to be a stampede of freebies! These are print-ables that I have created for my classroom use.  These are for your personal use and may not be resold. Here are my personal beginning sight […]

Mystery Readers!

At Back to School Night – I always have a Mystery Reader Sign-up.  This is one of those ideas that if you aren’t doing it – you should start this year!  A Mystery Reader is a surprise visit from a family member (moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, etc).  They bring a favorite picture book […]

Book Buddies!

Every year I go to a local book fair at Holland Hall School.  I load up on the best stuffed animals and books for a very reasonable price.  I use them to make book buddies.  This year while piling up my stuffed animals – I had a great idea.  Why not buy tote bags and […]

Another Way to Draw the Cat in the Hat

 Draw a “U” in the lower half of your paper.  Draw a line across the top of the “u.”  Make that line into a very thin rectangle. Now add a long rectangle to the top of that – almost to the top of your paper.  Add the stripes to the hat.  Draw another u for […]

Skyscapers and the Astonishing Philippe Petit

I read the book “The Man Who Walked Between Towers” by Mordicai Gerstein to my kindergarten class.  It is the story of Philippe Petit, a tight rope walker, who walked between the Twin Towers in 1974.  I read the story first.  (Warning, I tear-up at the end every time. . .) Then I showed the […]

4 Great Sight Word Activities

Here are four great ideas for reinforcing the basic kindergarten sight words.  All the ideas include some element of fun – something very important! Here is a great dice game for sight words. My kinders LOVE dice games. To download go to Learning With Mrs. Parker Rainbow Sight Words From:  Kindergarten Lesson Plans If it […]

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 […]

The Sight Word Wallet

This is a simple and fun way to encourage and celebrate sight word knowledge!   It is a whole lot easier than the sight word gems!   I went to a Dr. Jean workshop and came back with a bunch of good ideas! This is one of them! The “wallet” is made out of a simple piece […]

Awww – Sooo Sweeet!

While we were at Mayo, I went through the underground tunnels and eventually found myself in a little shop called “Counterpoints.”  It was very cool.  I immediately saw this book.   As a tour guide for young children at Philbrook Art Museum, I can spot a good read a mile away.   This one was extra special. […]