Has this ever happened to you? You're sitting at your guided reading table, with a group of sweet students who are gung-ho and eager to learn to read. You spend 10-15 minutes painstakingly teaching them a new strategy to help them read new words on their own (look at the picture, look at the first letter, slide your fingers under the tricky word and say all the sounds, etc.) , and they all nod their heads when you ask if they understand and can try it on their own. You pass them a book, tell them the title, and they get started. Things start out well, as they start reading the sight words that they know and get through the first sentence or two. Then - along comes a new word! You're so excited to see them try the new strategy that you taught them... this is the moment ! Your student arrives at the new word, you hold your breath expectantly, and then... Nothing. Your student lifts their eyes from the page and stares at you expectantly, waitin...
Youpi, youpi!! Last week, my brand new pocket chart arrived. It's my fourth year teaching, and I have never splurged on a NICE pocket chart until now! I bought a couple of little cheap ones from Michael's, but always balked at the prices at Scholar's Choice and Scholastic, and was too nervous about ordering online. Nothing worse than a pocket chart whose pockets stretch out and don't hold the cards! Anyways, I had some Scholastic Bonus Bank dollars left over from last year, and an activity that I really wanted to try out, so I took the plunge and ordered one from their Classroom Essentials catalogue. And let me tell you, I am SO glad I did!! I LOVE IT. It is huge - wider than my easel - but still hooks onto my easel nicely. We can fit so many words in there! The picture above is the one I purchased. It may say 24.99, but with taxes and shipping, it came out to 35$. Ouch! I'm sorry, but I think that is too much for a piece of fabric with plastic pockets. Bu...
Hi! It's Friday, and I have a few minutes to myself, so I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my favourite, Five for Friday! Five for Friday is a linky party where teachers post about five random things from their week. We had a GREAT week this week. Having Wednesday off probably helped a bit (we didn't have our usual Friday fatigue today), and my class is in that sweet spot of just being all around lovely, engaged, excited, and pretty well-behaved. I am feeling so excited about teaching, and so pleased with some of the things we have been accomplishing lately! My happiness began this week when Ben, my favourite human, finally caved and decided to give making clip art a try! He is SO SO talented, and I have been trying to convince him for ages to give it a go. How amazing would it be to have my own, personal clip artist in the house? ;) He is starting out with some superheroes. Aren't they adorable?! I just can't wait to see them when they are ...
Hi! Long time, no post! I have been in big-time new resource creating mode for the past month. My students this year are so different than last year when I had the combined class, that I have been finding that I have needed to create more for them than I anticipated! I am also a different teacher than I was two years ago (the last time I had a straight K class), so I have been changing things up a lot. Things are going really well in my classroom though, and I wanted to pop in and share with you a quick post about what we made for our school-wide Remembrance Day ceremony tomorrow! These were super simple and quick to make, but are very pretty! We are singing the song Un beau coquelicot during the assembly tomorrow, so I wanted everyone to have a poppy for the song. I had made this type of flower with a whole bunch of colours with previous students for Mother's Day the year before, so I knew I still had some coffee filters in my art cupboards (they come in a pack of 250 ...