Sunday, February 14, 2021

Word Building Cards

Hi and Happy Valentine's Day!  Today's post is a quick one about a few new (and one old) products.  I've had my CVC Word Building Cards in my shop for a while, and I recently added more Phonics concepts.  These mats are amazing for a no-prep center when you're in a pinch!  They are also great to send home for kids to work on with their families.

To use these mats, place them into sheet protectors.  Add a dry erase marker and you have instant and reusable centers for your students.  Another option for us is to laminate and cut the cards apart.  Add letter tiles and have students build the words.  

I added a few new sets of Word Building Cards to my TPT shop.  I added a word family set that dedicates each page of mats to one or two word families.  The mats are labeled at the top so you can quickly identify which ones you'd like to use.  In addition, I added Silent e and Digraph mats.  

Each set is available for individual purchase, however, I've bundled these 4 sets to save you some money AND give you the opportunity to get all future sets added to the bundle absolutely FREE!  I'll be working on a new set this week, so snag the bundle quickly, before the price increases!


Sunday, January 31, 2021

Sunday 6

Hi and welcome to another week of "Sunday 6!"  This is a blog post where I share 6 random happenings from my week. Check out what I was up to last week below!

As many of you know, I love cycling, both indoor and outdoor.  When Rona hit last spring, I stopped going to Cyclebar and began renting a bike from them.  Cyclebar celebrates milestones and I recently hit 250 rides!  I've been on my Cyclebar bike at home 103 times since I stopped going to the studio.  I'm looking forward to going back to the studio soon!!

My kids have been having centers each time they are at school.  They visit centers independently, to allow for social distancing.  This is one of the centers I had last week.  These are my "Winter Parts of Speech" matching cards.

My best friend Alicia and I went to the spa together to celebrate my 40th birthday.  We each got facials and massages.  We had a relaxing day.  It was great to catch up!

We have been zooming through Math, in order to get all of the content covered because we are hybrid.  Last week, we focused heavily on related facts.  This organizer was one I found on TPT and it's really helpful for my kids.

One of my favorite art projects of the year is this winter bird project.  I read the book "Snowballs" by Lois Ehlert and then my kids do their project.  I love keeping these projects up all winter!  So sweet.


Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday 6

Welcome to another edition of Sunday 6.  This is where I share 6 random happenings from my week!  Enjoy!
I turned the big 4-0 this week!  It was a wonderful day full of surprises and fun from start to finish.  Mr. Wheeler surprised me with diamond earrings and cooked me breakfast.  Then once I arrived at school, my friends/teammates had a cinnamon roll and coffee for me.  I received lots of thoughtful gifts.  My students colored a "Happy Birthday" page in my honor (the page was created by a friend and was a surprise).  The staff members in my building all wore black in honor of me!  Hahaha!  Such a special birthday that I will always remember!

We celebrated New Years in class with some special activities.  The "2021" paper activity was quick, easy, and fun.  The kids LOVED making their "Wishing Wands."  All students were thrilled to see ring pops on their desk to "Ring in the New Year!"  To grab the crafts, click HERE and find them linked in my New Years post.

I bundled my best-selling Blending Cards today!  Several of you have asked for a bundle to save some $, so here you go!  The bundle includes all 5 packs of my blending flashcards.  I love these for all sorts of things...Guided Reading, early finisher activities, assessments, and to send home with parents/caregivers for extra practice.  Click the cover to snag the bundle!

Below, I was using them as a game called "Find the Sticker."  To play, place a few flashcards facing outward in a pocket chart.  Hide a sticker behind some of the cards.  Call kids to come up and tap out a word.  Once finished, they can check behind the word for a sticker.  Finding a sticker equals a special prize or piece of candy!  SO easy and FUN!

A new week means new literacy centers!  This week I introduced my CVC Sign Language center to my kids and they did fantastic with it!  They loved trying to "crack the code" and figure out the words.  Grab the resource by clicking the cover below.

I organized all of my "I Have, Who Has" game cards into this rainbow organizer from Michael's.  I purchased some labels from TPT and placed each set of game cards into a box.  I love having all of the games in one spot!

Here's a peak at my New Years version of "I Have, Who Has."

Do you follow me on Instagram?  I share most of my content over there and I'd love to have you!  My page is @mrswheeler44  Head over and say "Hi!"  

Have a great week!

Friday, January 1, 2021

New Year's Ideas

Hi, friends!  Happy New Year!  I think we can all agree that we are ready for 2021!  2020 is a year we will NEVER forget!  Today's post features some fun and simple ideas for New Year's that you can do in your classroom or with your children at home.  Upon returning from winter break, I like to have my kids ease back into things with some FUN!  Included in that fun are a few New Year goodies.  

First up, read-alouds!  I've found that there really aren't many New Year's picture books for kids.  I've had the same two for several years and this year I found a third to add to my collection.  You can grab the books shown below by clicking the affiliate link HERE.  

Squirrels New Year's Resolution-This is a cute story about a squirrel who hears about New Year's resolutions on the radio and is curious about them.  She visits her friends to get some ideas and find out what their plans are for resolutions in the new year.  I won't ruin the surprise by telling you what Squirrel finally chooses as her resolution!    

The Night Before New Year's-This is another book in the best-selling "Night Before..." series.  The rhyming text is always a hit with kids!  The illustrations in this book are super cute and include all the traditional New Year's horns, party hats, toasting, resolutions, and more.  

New Year's Day-I am super excited to add this to my collection this year!  Praise for a non-fiction picture book!  This book is one of the "Celebrations in My World" series books.  There are books for just about all holidays within this series and I'll definitely be adding more to my personal library!  This particular New Year's book includes a table of contents (HELLO TEXT FEATURES!) with sections on various topics surrounding New Year's such as: New Year's Eve, Resolutions, Parades, and more.  I can't wait to share this book with my students next week!

I made a few graphic organizers to go along with the books.  You can grab them for free by clicking the cover below!

I found this cute BINGO game online this year and have it prepped and ready for my kids to play next week!  Click HERE to grab it.  

I have my New Year's Literacy Centers prepped and ready.  I have always done literacy centers (with kids in small groups) and this year centers are continued.  However, they look much different with kids visiting their centers independently.  This takes a bit more planning on my part but it's worth it!  We are hybrid, so I have a group of 8 and a group of 9.  Each group comes every other day.  Several of my kids go out of the room for RTI and the remaining kids are in the room with me.  It's a 30 minute time block.  The kids that are with me have centers.  They visit just one center each day they are at school, and they unfortunately have to be independent at their center.  Most of the time the centers are review from our FUNDATIONS lessons.  I use my supplemental games pack for this.  Occasionally I throw in seasonal centers.  

We will also be playing I Have, Who Has: New Years edition.  My kids and I love playing these games together!  I Have, Who Has is a fast-paced game that builds vocabulary.  It can be played with kids sitting on the rug in a circle OR kids sitting at their desks.  

We will be making these "Wishing Wands" on Monday as well.  The kids select a few things they wish for in the new year to add to their wands.  Then they cut the star out and tape it to a wooden dowel rod.  I added a little curly ribbon for a festive touch!  This wishing wand was a free download I found on TPT.  You can grab it by clicking HERE.  

As the kids arrive on Monday, they will choose a coloring sheet they like to color.  My kids eat breakfast in the room, so giving them morning work this year is out of the question.  A coloring page motivates them to finish their breakfast faster.  These coloring sheets are a free download in my TpT shop.  You can grab them by clicking the cover below. 

I found this cute 2021 confetti paper craft that we will be doing at some point in the week.  I just printed the year out, which can be found HERE (by Simply Visual on TpT) and cut up some AstroBrights paper (affiliate link) into small squares.  The kids will glue the scraps into the numbers and cut them out.  They'll glue them onto a piece of black cardstock (affiliate link).  This will make a cute and simple hallway display for January!

Finally, I'll be passing out these ring pops to my kids at some point in the day.  I bought a bag of 20 ring pops on Amazon.  Click HERE for the affiliate link.  I made little tags that I stapled on each ring pop.  You can grab the tags by clicking the cover below.  

I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year!  Thank you so much for all the support you've given to my blog and TpT shop over the years!  

Hope you enjoyed this post!