My Favorite Dollar Tree Hack!

You just have to love that Dollar Tree! It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to have the time to just wander the aisles of our local Dollar Tree. It used to be one of my favorite things to do when I needed to kill 30 minutes or so while waiting for soccer […]

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Teaching the Magic e Rule Using Word Sorts

Those vowels can be so tricky for our young readers. After learning the letters and sounds of the alphabet, we introduce the concept that vowels can have two sounds- a short sound and a long sound where the vowel says its name. One of the first phonics rules that we teach is the “magic e” […]

Valentine’s Day Themed Activities Round Up!

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away! It’s always fun to add a little holiday themed activities into small group instruction and centers. These activities are especially fun for my kinder and first grade friends. The Valentine Rhyme Matching activities are two of my favorite activities this time of year. The Valentine Rhyme […]

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Valentine’s Day Activities for Rhyme and Beginning Sounds

I just love Valentine’s Day! Living in the great white north where the winters can be absolutely brutal, Valentine’s Day is kind of an indication that spring may just be around the corner. That’s why when February comes around, it’s always fun to bring out those Valentine’s Day themed activities. Two of my favorite activities […]

A Few “Sweet” Little Valentine Activities

A few weeks ago Kyle, my fabulous artist, revised these adorable little bears so that we can create a few Valentine’s Day themed activities for practicing the letters and sounds of the alphabet and rhyme. The self-checking feature of these activities make them perfect for independent centers! When you download this activity you will receive […]

Valentine CVC Words Lotto FREEBIE!

The Valentine’s Day Lotto activity is a fun little activity for learning and practicing CVC words in the month of February. When you download this activity you will receive four game boards with the corresponding word cards. It’s just perfect for small group instruction or for independent centers. Be sure to visit my online Teachers […]

File Folder Activities for Early Numeracy

My little friend, Maverick, just loves these file folder activities for learning his numbers.  Whenever you can incorporate Play Doh into an activity, it’s sure to be a hit! Whether we’re teaching letters/sounds or numbers, it’s always important to add a hands-on component and Play Doh certainly does the trick.  Our Winter Themed File Folder […]

Valentine’s Day FREEBIE!

These Valentine Game Boards are near and dear to my heart. Six years ago I sat down at my computer and created my very, very first activity for this blog. It was on my old PC using Publisher. Since then I’ve switched over to a Mac (thank goodness) and spruced the game boards up a bit, […]

Mitten Match for Early Numeracy

These mitten match activities have certainly been a hit during winter themed centers. Whether it’s working with early numeracy concepts, rhyme or letters and sounds, our little kindergarten and first grade friends just love the hands-on component of this activity! Of course you don’t really need to use clothespins to match the mittens, but it […]

7 Syllable Types Resources

It’s always so much fun listening and watching our  young readers figure out those “longer” words.  Many of our little ones are pretty solid decoding one-syllabe words and are now ready to learn strategies for decoding multisyllabic words.  So, really, what is a syllable?  Simply put, a syllable is a unit of pronunciation containing a […]

Winter Themed Math Activities Using Base 10 Blocks

It’s always fun to incorporate a little seasonal spirit into center activities. Many of my first grade friends are now learning place value using base 10 blocks and I thought it’d be a great time to introduce a hands-on winter themed activity. The self-checking feature of this activity makes it perfect for independent centers. When […]

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