Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sight Word Practice

We have been spending some extra time on our sight words each week and I'm excited to say that the kids are knowing them when I test them on the words at the end of the week.  YAY!  We begin our week by introducing the sight words and talking to our shoulder buddy about what they mean and they try to use them in a sentence.  If we can act out the word, we do that as well.  Then the practice is on!  Here is what we have been doing to master those sight words:

1.  Quiz Quiz Trade-This is a Kagan strategy that is very simple.  I make the flashcards of our sight words and give each kid a sight word.  They walk around the room and find someone to read their sight word.  Once they both have read the sight word, they switch cards and move on to someone else. 

2.  Around the World-The kids never get tired of doing this one.  They form 2 lines and see who can read the sight word first.

3.  Tic Tac Toe-They get a tic tac toe board with their words on it.  To put an X or O down they have to say the word first. 

 4.  Connect Four-They always love playing the connect four game that we have several on TPT.  If they say the word correctly then they get to mark it.  Whoever gets 4 in a row wins.  

5.  I Have Who Has-they always love playing I Have Who Has.  I time them and they try so hard to beat their time.  (sorry I didn't get a picture of this one).

They love practicing the sight words with all of these and the best thing about it is that they are starting to master the words!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wisdom for Wednesday-Trust God

Welcome to this week's:

I personally am a planner and like to have control.  So, this one is hard for me especially when things don't go as I have planned. 

 When you start to trust more in God and his plans for you, then you are letting go of control that you were never supposed to have in the first place!  He has a plan for each and everyone of us and his plan is always the best one for us!

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Contraction Surgery

This week, in a small group, we worked on contractions.  I love doing contraction surgery when teaching contractions.  I told the kids that I was a Dr. that day and that I was going to be doing surgery.  I did a couple of them and then told them that I was really getting tired.  Then I told them that I was sad because I had all these patients that needed surgery.  They were so excited and raised their hands saying that they could do it for me.  So I told them they could finish all the other ones.  I gave them a pair of gloves and some band aides and they got busy.  I found these awesome worksheets to help with the surgery from Common Core Corner.  

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wisdom for Wednesday - Let the Lord Work

Hello there! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I'm feeling quite a bit better after being horribly sick the last couple weeks AND the sun has been shining some the last few days. I don't know about you, but this time of year, I get a little antsy for spring!

Let's jump in to this week's bit of wisdom. :-)

I've been going through the Psalm 119 (again) this year. Last year, I was attempting to memorize all 176 verses. I don't mind admitting that I made it into the 80's and started to struggle. I picked it up again, this time focusing on a section at a time, and instead tried to focus on a favorite verse or phrase from each section. A much more attainable goal!

Anyway, my favorite phrase from Psalm 119:121-128...

It is time for thee, LORD, to work... 


Too often I'm trying to fix things (or people--gasp!) and the Lord just wants room to work. Surrender it all to Him! His work is going to be way better than ours!

Short and sweet. What can I say? ;-)

P.S. If you were wondering, my favorite verse that section is 125.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fun with Telling Time!

We have been spending a lot of time working on telling time and the kids have gotten really good at the hour and half hour.  

When we first looked at the clock, we talked about the hands and I did this neat way of teaching the hands to the kids that came from

Then we learned this cute little rhyme by

After learning the rhyme and practicing with some clocks, we moved to our desks and drew the clock.  Then we used licorice to show various times.  They were excited to do this because they knew that if they worked hard and followed directions, they would get to eat some licorice at the end. 

Next, we played our connect four game to practice telling time.  

Then, we played our I Have Who Has Game to practice telling time.

Finally, we used played scoot to practice telling time.

The kids are now doing great at telling time and we had fun learning how to tell the time!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wisdom for Wednesday-99 Sheep

Welcome back to another week of:

I saw this verse the other day and I just love it.  It really shows how much God loves each one of us.  God cares for each and everyone of us that he would leave 99 other sheep just to come and find the 1 that is lost.  This message is simple, all of the shepherd's sheep were all equally important.  Just like all of God's children are equally important.

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Valentine's Day and some extras!

The kids had their Valentine's Party this last week and had a blast!  I'm not sure what it is about the Valentine's Day parties, but it seems like every year this is the one that the kids tend to get the most excited about.  Here they are:

We decorated bags in class the day before our party.

At the party, they got to decorate sugar cookies.

Lots of treats that included pizza!

They got to make a Valentine's card.

For our extra fun thing, we made fake snow and played with it!

Finally, we practiced our long i words by playing connect four.

Have a great weekend!

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