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 […]
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!
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 […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]