Question -- if you’re on Instagram , have you been seeing those Pop It fidget toys all over your feed, too? I first saw them via @happy.little.hearts and decided to grab a 2-pack to try last month. Well, I can tell you now that my students are OBSESSED with them, and I've seen so much conscience phonologique progress in such a short time that I’ve since ordered two more packs and now have 6! (I do find them expensive, so will likely stop at 6. 6 ensures that I have 3 for when I'm working with a small group, and 3 that the rest of my students can access independently). They are SO simple, but really effective. What is a Pop It? A Pop It is actually designed to be a fidget toy - it’s basically reusable bubble wrap made of silicone! Whoever is using the Pop It can push in the bubbles (it’s super satisfying!), then flip it over and pop them again, as many times as they want. You can pop one by one, a few at a time, in patterns… whatever you like! Since each “bubble” can be popped i...
Can you believe it -- it's already May! That means the end of the school year is almost here -- it's home stretch time. And a great time to start a fun countdown routine! I have actually found myself teaching virtually since April 30. That was NOT what we were hoping for, and has thrown a bit of a wrench in my end-of-year plans. (My plan now can be basically summed up as: SURVIVE!) I’d been brainstorming some ways to count down that might be fun for my students, but since I’m not totally sure how/when the year is even going to end, I don’t have anything set in stone yet. But, I didn’t want my ideas to go to waste, so if you’re in luck and teaching in person, here are some fun countdown ideas you might be able to use! Here are 5 fun things to try to count down the last 30 days of school (and a link to some FREE cute countdown posters at the end of the post!) Balloon popping Balloons are surefire way to any primary student's heart! Why not write 30 different tasks on a slip o...
Can you believe it -- it's already May! That means the end of the school year is almost here -- it's home stretch time   Before the end of the year, I wanted to take a minute to share one of my FAVOURITE resources that came out of Covid times... vowel sound blending books !   This hybrid digital + print resource can be used to help your students learn to blend with 5 vowel sounds (a, e, i, o, u) via blending cards, sentence building cards, and a special story for each sound.   In NS, we just switched back to virtual teaching this week, so I'm actually working on a version two of these for sons composés. At the end of the post, I'll share how you can get more info about how to access those books before anybody else!   Here's a peek at my vowel sound blending books routine for in-person learning, plus some more info on why I made them in the first place.   MORE ABOUT WHY I MADE THIS RESOURCE   This resource was first started in spring of 2020, when we were suddenly to...