Friday, 2 December 2016

The GingerBread Man Emergent Readers FREEBIE!

Does anyone like anything more than a FREEBIE?
 I have created this 40-page Gingerbread Man Emergent Readers pack for all your Kinder/Grade 1 needs! Emergent readers helps young readers to learn new sight words by repetition. As you cannot sound out each letter to make a sight words (as they don't follow a specific sound pattern), students need to memorise the word instead. These booklets will help children to become familiar with easy sight words through the well known Gingerbread Man story characters! 

3 different booklets have been created to enable your readers to become aquainted with a variety of sight words.

The stories are also available in colour for class reading!
Click on this link folks!

The GingerBread Man Emergent Readers FREEBIE
Really hope you enjoy these! See you soon

Friday, 15 April 2016

Upcycling for my new class

Upcycling has become the new latest craze and I have to admit that I have become totally hooked! The sense of accomplishment when you step back and look at your creation after you remember what it used to look like makes you feel rather proud of yourself!

At the moment, our school is getting ready to move into a new school building. We are a small, Christian school and our current location is not where we wanted to stay long term. So! A new school means lovely new furniture. Or old furniture that's been dressed up! Returning from the charity shop with two new (old?!) pieces of furniture meant painting time. Which I love to do.

so,  after a good clean, I began to prime the book unit.....


Then another coat was added....
Now the fun part! I love this 'Javan Dawn' colour. It's so bright and will fit into my class beautifully.

The second coat brings out the colour so much more.  

Now to add a spot of colour and door handles. I've glued polka dot ribbon onto the book unit and really cute door handles that I picked up from a local shop. I love how just small details can make the piece stand out.

Close up of my door handles. 

All finished now and ready to be transported into my new classroom which I will not reveal until everything has been sorted out. Slowly but surely getting there on that front but that is for a different post!

The table that you saw in the first picture was transformed the same way but by painting it a lovely Gold colour. I added blackboard paint, which will be used as a word work table. I finished it off with some bright tape.



I hope that this has inspired you in some way to pick up a paintbrush. It doesn't take a lot of effort, paint or time to transform something old to brand new! Happy painting!

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Interactive Digraph Notebook

I have just recently completed my Interactive Digraph Notebook. Phew! It took a while but I am so please with how it turned out. I have made this notebook in a way that incorporates context with each digraph word. The thief roaming in the dark city is an example of how this notebook may be a little different to other notebooks. I really believe that it helps the children remember the words that they are learning when they think back to that specific page in their notebooks. For example, remembering the buildings, the thief pictures and the stars can help the students remember how they learned the spelling of the word thief.
Since this is aimed at K-2 level, it really is up to the teacher/ student how much detail is added to each page. There are some more challenging scissor skills needed in some areas. My kids are very good with their scissor skills and so they are eager to set out their page with all the bits and pieces! I am fortunate to have great teacher assistants in my class and so they are great at helping the kids with their cutting if they need it.
This pack contains a page for each of the digraph words (ch, sh, ph, wh, th). At the end of each unit, the children are tested on their spelling ability and this is when my kids are so excited to take their notebooks home and revise over the words that they have been learning. They are so proud to share their notebooks with their families. I really believe that these interactive notebooks make learning fun and engaging!
Head on over to my store to see more examples of what's found in my Interactive Digraph Notebook.