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 […]

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 & […]

"ake" Word Family Art Project

I know I have posted this before but it is so worth posting again.  I did it a bit differently this time.  It is a “Suzi McMahan” project I love!  And better yet, the kindergartners love it!  Word families are great for young readers as it helps the children find patterns in words.  This not […]

My Silly Whacky Word Machine

I do not know how nonsense word practice goes for you (if you, too, are a part of the DIBELS parade) but some years my kinders can’t wrap their brains around it.  (I have very mixed feelings about how appropriate this is, as well.)  This year – I have a group of kinders who keep […]

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 […]

Gingerbread Man Word Family Slider

Kindergartners love word family sliders! It is such fun! This one is very easy to make. What you need: Print out the gingerbread man below.  I print it on brown construction paper.  I cut the construction paper down to 8 1/2 x 11 and feed it into the copier through the side feeder.  You will […]

Rhyming Bags – Free Download

Happy Saturday everyone!  Do you have methods of making show-n-share educational?  It does my teacher heart good.  To bring educational value to a simple toy is pure joy! This is the best homework.  Honestly.  Simple and effective.  What you need is a package of brown lunch bags and enough copies of the page below (two […]

The "en" Word Family

This is a great Little Red Hen project that I first saw my friend, Mrs. McCain do in her class.  It is excellent tracing and cutting practice as well as the word family work.  I love to see how the children embellish the hens with details.  I prepare brown paper with paint and cut some […]

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 […]

Names, Names, Everywhere Names!

One of my first endeavors at the beginning of school is to fill the room with the student’s names!  This helps the children feel welcomed and at home.  It is a comfort for them to see their name around the room.  Here are a few of the things I do:  My first homework assignment is […]

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?”  […]

Word Rings

I love Word Rings!  Each student is given a loose leaf ring for their very own words.  Every day they are given three index cards that I will write down any words of their choice.  These are words they want to have on a card.   Although I don’t always do this – some years […]

Frogs on a Log – The "og" Word Family

Here is another one of those adorable word family projects from Mrs. McMahan’s room! What you will need: brown and green construction paper crayons scissors glue  Step One:  Draw the lower case letter m.  Step Two: Add a wide u to make the face.  Step Three:  Add two ovals for eyes with black dots.  Add […]

Bugs in a Rug; The "ug" Word Family Art Project

This is another one of Mrs. McMahon’s word family projects.  Love, love, love it!  The kids loved it as well!  Super easy.  There was that beloved purr of busy workers during this project today.  It was sooo great! You will need two 9 x 12 sheets of construction paper (color is your choice), sharpies, glue […]

Snakes on my Cake! The "ake" Word Family

This was a project I saw in another kindergarten in my hallway – Mrs. McMahon.   She had several word family art projects that you will see over the next two weeks.  I think this is such a great way to reinforce the word families.   I also used a reader from Carla’s Corner ake Word […]

The Three Billy Goats and The Three Pigs Sight Word Sets

Here are a couple of more fairy tale sight word sets. Three Billy Goats Sight Word Set Three Pigs Sight Word Set

FREE Three Bears Sight Word Download

This is a sight word recognition set I created for the classic fairy tale, “The Three Bears.”  I have a set for each of the major kindergarten fairy tales.  I like this format because it honors the various levels the children are at:   For the pre-emergent reader – it provides the simple practice of […]

Kid-Made Sight Word Bingo

This is so cool!  I love it!  My friend and colleague, Joyce Flynn, came up with the best idea for sight bingo.  I like it so much better than a purchased bingo game.   Here’s how Joyce does it:   1.  She gives each child a piece of white paper and a marker. 2.  She instructs […]

My Home, My Address

During August, we talked about how we each live in our own home.  One of the projects we did was to make a paper bag house or apartment building (depending on where you lived).  We then set up a little city with our “homes.”   The photos below are from that first project.   I am going […]

Make your own "Sight Word Jewels and Gems" Game

The following idea is not a toy and is not for children under the age of five. It is a game that requires adult supervision and interaction.  It is not intended to be used by a child without an adult present.  PLEASE NOTE – I have an alternative jewel idea below for younger children and […]