Snowman Love Sight Words

This morning I have been busy creating and uploading a new product that you can use throughout the winter months and even Valentine's day, to help reinforce the basic sight words our kindergarten students are learning.  
(Let me just add that I didn't make it to the gym this morning....oops!)

 It includes 45 of the earliest sight words separated into 5 different sets along with worksheets to go along with them.  
(The words are listed in the order in which my students are introduced to them through the reading series my district currently has in place.)

Each set of sight word cards contains 9 words.  I labeled each set as A1, A2, A3, A4, or A5.  (These labels are also on each card, so that they can be separated easily if the cards are mixed.)

There are also 8 different worksheets for the students to find and match the words.  Each set has a worksheet (a total of 9 words on each page) and there are also worksheets where two sets are combined (for a total of 18 words on the page).  I also provided 2 blank worksheets for you to create your own combinations or for the students to write the words in the blank hearts.

As always, click on the picture below for the shop you prefer!


Don't forget, I also have a giveaway going on until tomorrow!  (I forgot how fun it was to have a giveaway and have enjoyed reading your comments and meeting new bloggy friends!)

Happy New Year Giveaway-CLOSED

Hello friends!

I thought that since I have neglected you this past week that I would go ahead and have a little GIVEAWAY to celebrate the new year!  
Because my daughter will be turning 4 next week, I have decided to use the random number generator to choose 
not 1 but 4 winners!  
Each winner will be able to choose one item from either one of my shops!
The 4 winners will be chosen on Sunday, January 1, 2012.

You can enter by leaving a separate comment for each of the following:
1.  Become a follower of my blog (or tell me you are a current follower).
2.  Grab my button to display on your blog
3.  Add my Teacher's Notebook shop to your favorites.
4.  Follow my TPT store (or tell me you are a current follower).
5.  Blog about this giveaway on your fantastic blog and provide me with a link to your post!

Please remember to make a separate post for each entry and to leave me your email address!

So is everyone ready for New Year's Eve?  I will be lucky if I am able to stay awake past 10:30 since my little one will be up bright and early the next morning!  LOL!  
(It may sound sad, but I truly wouldn't have it any other way!)  

And now here is my very special New Year's toast to you and your family!


Reindeer Food, Santa Letter FREEBIE links!

I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Pinterest!  Don't you?  
After doing a quick and simple search, I found the cutest little FREE printables on a blog called, Crafty Carnival.  
(I can't wait to have some time to look through her posts!)

My little one and I made 30 servings of reindeer food (for my other little ones at school) using this cute little bag topper she has posted!

Within the same post there is also a "Dear Santa" letter for the kids to write their "short" list.  I plan on using this with my kindies tomorrow.  They are just bubbling over with excitement!
Picture courtesy of Crafty Carnival

Well, it is already Wednesday evening!  This week seems to be going by slow, but at least I am surviving!  Two more FULL days!  I think I can...I think I can...  

Oh, and if you would like to follow me on Pinterest, feel free to click here!
Or if you need an invite, leave me your email!!

Word Ladders-Consonant Blends

Hi everyone!

I just uploaded a new set of Word Ladders.  This set provides students practice with consonant blends.

Here are links to my other word ladder posts:

 Congrats to all of you who are already on break.  I am so very jealous, but do hope you enjoy every moment you can!!  Sleep a little extra for me, okay?!

~ Enjoy!

On the 15th Day SANTA FREEBIE

Ho, Ho, Ho!

Well, it is Thursday and the week is almost over!  How many of you have a full week of school next week?  I do!  The kiddos are quite anxious and are ready for a break.  I don't know about you, but I sure am too!  

And please don't get me wrong, I love my job and all of my little ones, but I am really looking forward to a magical Christmas with my 3 year-old and spending time with family and friends! 
(I still can't believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!)

Today I am excited to celebrate the 15th day of Christmas with you for 
My gift to you today is an upper and lower case alphabet board with Santa himself!

I hope you enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

Christmas Tree Letter Identification

O' Christmas Tree, O' Christmas Tree
How lovely are your letters...

For those of you who are enjoying the letter identification activities I have been creating, I just uploaded another one using Christmas trees and Christmas lights!

~ Enjoy!!

25 Days of Gifts

Did you know that myself and my fellow authors on Teaching Blog Addict are celebrating with 25 Days of Gifts until December 24th?
The gifts range from recipes to different freebies to be used in the classroom.  

Stay tuned for my post for the 15th day!!

More Short Books-Sight Word Instruction

Back in September I posted about a resource that I use for sight word instruction called Short Books.  They are short little books aimed to help increase the automaticity in reading the most frequent words in English. The books do not use a predictable pattern that can be memorized, instead the text and pattern varies from page to page to help children pay close attention to the text on the page.

I love these books and use them with my kindergarten, first, and even second grade students who are strengthening their sight word vocabularies.

Well since that post, they have published a new series of Blue Books (Next Word Series).

I want you to see the text, so here is a set of pages from a Blue Book called, "will" which is a book about a little boy asking a friend to come play at his house and they discuss what they will do.  

If you would like to see all of the titles and levels (according to Fountas-Pinnell and Reading Recovery) for each series you can do so by going here.

You can also order directly from their website by going here.

I love them and highly recommend them!!

Thank you!

J, D, K Beginning Sound Sort FREEBIE

Here is another sort to help our little literacy learners practice sorting by beginning sound.  This sort uses pictures that begin with J, D, and K.

Thank you!

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Thank you!!

Gingerbread Letter Identification

I just created a new letter matching, recognition, and/or identification activity for you with a gingerbread theme! 

There are both colored and black and white sets of upper and lower case letter cards with a little gingerbread men.  Along with the cards you will find two separate worksheets with the alphabet written in either upper or lower case form on gingerbread houses.  You can use these worksheets along with the cards for students to match and identify their letters.  Since the entire alphabet is written on one page, these worksheets could also be used as alphabet boards.  Some suggestions for use are also included.


ABC Jump Up-Letter and Sound Identification

Here is a fun little game for your students to practice identifying their letters, but will also get them up and moving called ABC Jump Up

I included three sets of cards:  
upper & lower case letters together
just upper case
just lower case.
I also included a set of stick figures.  
(Now please don't laugh at the stick figures....I couldn't find any clip art I liked, so I drew my own. LOL!)

Here is how you play:  depending on the level of your students, place the cards of your choice face down. Include as many stick figures as you see fit. One at a time have students select a card. If they choose a letter, have them name the letter, produce the sound, and/or a word that begins with the letter. If they choose a stick figure, that player has to return all of their cards to the pile and everyone has to stand and jump up!
Kids LOVE this game!

(What do you think?  Do I have a future in designing clip art?  LOL!!!)

Also, in case you missed it, Kristen over at Ladybug's Teacher Files also created her own clip art.  Click on her blog title to see the adorable trees she created and is sharing with everyone for  FREE!!  I have actually already used one of her trees on the cover page of my Christmas Letter Identification pack!

Thanks so much!!

Christmas Letter Identification

As requested, I just created a new letter matching, recognition, and/or identification activity for you with a Christmas theme!  
This download includes sets of upper and lower case letter cards with a cute little bear, penguin, reindeer and Santa, each holding a present.  Along with the cards you will find two separate worksheets, with suggestions for use.

Don't forget, I also have SnowmanPumpkin, and Monster versions of this activity!

By the way, I love receiving your requests!  Keep them coming!
Thank you!!

M, N, T Beginning Sound Sort-FREEBIE

Here is a simple beginning sound picture sort I created to provide my little literacy learners some independent practice with the consonants
M, N, and T.
Thank you and enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone is able to have full bellies and full hearts this Thanksgiving season!  I have so much to be thankful for and look forward to celebrating this holiday not just today, but also over the next few days with my wonderful family!


It's Gonna be a Bright, Bright Sunshiny Day!

Over the past few days I have had some amazing authors award me with the sunshine award!  I feel so blessed and thankful to have these ladies who provide fantastic resources, recognize little old me!

Thank you Laura from Kinder Kraziness
& last but not least
Annie from The Moffatt Girls

Here are the rules for this award:
1.  Thank the person(s) who gave this award and if you would like to, write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. Pass the award to 10-12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.

My answers:
-  Favorite color?  Purple
-  Favorite animal?  Turtle
-  Favorite number?  3
-  Favorite drink? Chocolate milk 
-  Facebook or Twitter?  Facebook.  (Twitter confuses me.)
-  Your passion?  My family and loved ones.
-  Giving or getting presents?  I get so excited when giving presents! (Sometimes I get a little too excited and can not stop dropping hints!)
-  Favorite day?  Each and every day!

I follow so many incredible blogs and here are some who bring sunshine into my life when I see their posts:

Katie and Steve-Two Can Do It
Elizabeth-Teacher's Market

(And yes ladies, this is coming right back to you...)

(I am going to go along with Annie in saying that if you are receiving this award from me, please do not feel as if you need to write a post about it.  I know how busy each of your lives are, especially with the holidays upon us!!  Just know that you are amazing and I am thankful for all of you!  Please keep doing what you are doing!)

Snowman Letter Finds and Mix-Ups

I created a set of snowman Letter Find and Letter Mix-Up activities to help our littlest literacy learners match and identify their upper and lower case letters.  The download includes snowmen with upper or lower case letters listed in alphabetical order on the Letter Find pages.  The letters are all mixed-up on the Letter Mix-Up pages.

These are just like the turkey and fall versions!

Click on the pic for the shop of your choice!

Thank you!

Word Ladders-Blending Practice

Back in June and July, I created some Word Ladders.  Word Ladders are a fun way for your students to blend sounds to read words as the initial, final, or medial letter is changed.  If did not follow my blog back then or are not sure what how they work, feel free to click here to see what I mean.

Since then, I have had a few requests to create more.  So I did!!
I created two additional sets and uploaded them to both of my shops (click on the picture of your choice):

Word Ladders-2

Word Ladders-Digraphs:

Thank you!

Snowman Letter Identification

I had a wonderful follower contact me to see if I would continue to make letter identification activities for each season.  Like her students, my students will also need practice and reinforcement with their letters and sounds throughout the year, so I am more than happy to!

So to celebrate the upcoming winter months, I created a snowman version of my letter identification-matching activities to help our littlest learners match and identify their upper and lower case letters.  (This is very similar to my Pumpkin Letter Matching-Identification and Monster Match activities.)  The download includes upper case and lower case letter cards with cute little snowmen on them.  There are also two student worksheets which list the entire alphabet (either in upper or lower case form) for students to match and color.  I also provided some suggestions for use.

You can find this set of activities in both of my shops.  Please click on the pictures below to access the download:

~ Enjoy!

Fry Sight Word and Letter Tickets-FREEBIE

Back in June I posted about a fabulous blog 
authored by Laura Starnes called, 
Since she was creating a movie/Hollywood theme in her classroom she created Admit One tickets by writing letters and sight words on them.  How genius is that?

Because my district follows the Fry Instant Sight Words I created my own tickets just like hers listing the 1st 100 Fry Words.  I also created tickets listing upper and lower case letters of the alphabet separately.  As the year progresses and someday when I am not still sick (although I am beginning to think that day will never come) I hope to add the next 200 Fry Words.  Would anyone else find them useful?

Both myself and the incredible reading teacher next door to me  thank Laura for this idea because we have been using these tickets as we bring our small groups to our rooms.  

My creative colleague came up with a clever way for the students to select their tickets each day of the week:
Monday, Mondays (one ticket)
Two for Tuesday
Wacky Wednesday (they take as many as they want.)
Three for Thursday
Four for Friday
(Aren't I lucky to work with such a creative woman?)

If you would like to download the tickets listing both the upper and lower case letters together, you can go to Kinder Kraziness. You can also access her sight word tickets through this same click.  Her sight word tickets are great because they also list the color words.

If you would like to download the tickets I created with the upper and lower case letters listed separately on each ticket, click on the picture below:

If you would like to download the tickets I created with the 1st 100 Fry words, click on the picture below:

BTW...just in case you are wondering, I contacted Laura to make sure she was okay with me creating and sharing materials so similar to hers and she was all for it!  In the spirit of what I think blogging is all about (to share ideas and materials with teachers around the world), she replied with, "I'm sure others might be looking for additional words as well!"  So if you are interested in downloading and using any of these tickets, show us both some love by leaving a comment here and also popping over to her blog to thank her for sharing such a creative way to practice these necessary early literacy skills!


Favorite Thanksgiving Books With FREEBIES

I am linking up with two linky parties, sharing my Favorite Thanksgiving Book over with Tamara on TBA and also with Learning With Mrs. Parker.

I actually have two favorite Thanksgiving books with FREE printables to go along with them.  

Both of the books I love have a turkey who is scared to death of being eaten for Thanksgiving.  They both have great humor and the kids love them.

The first one is Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano
After reading this book, I will have my kinders and first graders identify their favorite part. They will draw a picture and then write about it.  There are two documents, one with the words "I like when" and one without words.  Both have the Handwriting Without Tears Lines.

The second one is A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
I wrote the main story events on little sentence strips.  After reading this book, I would have my second graders read through the sentence strips and place them in the correct sequence to practice retelling the story.  Once done, they would read the "story" back to me.

Gobble, Gobble! FREE Gameboard

Hi everyone!
I just uploaded a Thanksgiving themed gameboard.  
I couldn't decide if I liked the orange background or not, so I went ahead and saved (and also uploaded) both of them.  
Click on either picture below to access both

This gameboard can be used to practice any type of skill you are working on!  My students will use this to practice their letter identification and various phonemic awareness skills!

What will you use the gameboard for?

Thank you!
Freebie Fridays

Turkey Letter Finds and Mix-Ups

Gobble, Gobble!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I created a set of turkey Letter Find and Letter Mix-Up activities to help our littlest learners match and identify their upper and lower case letters.  The download includes turkeys with either upper or lower case letters listed in alphabetical order on the Letter Find Pages and also with the letters mixed-up on the Letter Mix-Up pages.
These are just like my Fall Letter Finds and Mix-Ups!

Because my students know just a few letters, I have yet to use the Letter Mix-Up pages with them.  Instead, we have been using the Letter Find pages as an alphabet chart to learn how to sing/recite the alphabet, pausing at the end of each row.  This is helping them match the letter name to the letter along with developing one-to-one correspondence.  When finding certain letters I name, if they do not know it, they are learning to start at the beginning and recite the alphabet until they find it.  This is a strategy they can use in small-group with me and also in their classroom when they look at the alphabet displayed.

Monster Match Winners

Did everyone have a good time hunting for my little monsters?  I hope so!!  Thank you for all of your kind comments.  I had a great time reading through them and look forward to some new blogs to check out!!

Here is the post you were hunting for:

But, if you left a comment elsewhere (on another post, through email, Facebook, etc...), I am still sending you my Monster Match activity.  Please check your inbox!

If you missed the fun, you can purchase my Monster Match activity by clicking on the picture below!!

Also, I am missing one address for Amy from The Resource(ful) Room, once I get it I will send you the activity.

Thanks so much and enjoy your monsters and slime everyone!!

Want to have some fun for a free Letter ID Activity?

(I am reposting this with some HINTS on the bottom!!)

Early last week I created a "secret" post for my Facebook friends, sharing a FREE letter identification activity shown below, called Monster Match (very similar to my Pumpkin Letter Identification).

I changed the post a little, but if you can find that post on my blog and leave me a comment there with your email address,  I will send you the Monster Match activity for FREE!

You have until midnight tomorrow EST (Monday, October 17th) to find that post and leave me your comment!

Have fun and Happy SPOOKY MONSTER Hunting!!

Hints:  It is NOT a post in October or September and does NOT already provide an activity for free (Mr. Munch).   
You will know when you find it!

=  Have fun!  =

Beginning Sound Sort-M, B, H FREEBIE

Hi there!

Just wanted to share a simple beginning sound sort I created to provide my little ones some independent practice with the consonants "M", "B", and "H".

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
I love hearing from all of you, but feel like my comments have really decreased lately.  I miss you!  Please let me know how things are going with and that you are still with me =