Feb 27, 2017

Nursery Rhymes Poetry Books for Kids {Plus a FREE Download!}

This FREE Nursery Rhymes poetry book printable will fit right in with the other activities and songs you are singing with your Preschool and Kindergarten students. Plus, it reinforces high frequency words as well!Today I want to show you how to reinforce high frequency words during your Nursery Rhymes unit by using Poetry Books. Nursery Rhymes are one of my favorite things to teach Preschool & Kindergarten littles. 

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For each Nursery Rhyme I teach, I put up a poster that matches the poetry book page we're using (which I'm going to show you in just a bit). Before you know it, our wall is lined with all kinds of fun Nursery Rhymes that we've learned. I  print them on card stock and use your Scotch laminator (aren't they the best?!) to laminate them so that they stay in good shape throughout the year. Need more laminating pouches? Great deal HERE.


We also like to watch Cool School's Nursery Rhyme videos on YouTube. If you've never seen these before, then you just have to check them out! Seriously, stop everything you are doing and watch one right now! I promise you'll be entertained. The kids are usually giggling like crazy over these "silly videos."

Ok, let's get to those Poetry Books now. After I show you what they're all about, I'm going to give you a link to a FREE DOWNLOAD!

Each time I teach a Nursery Rhyme, I focus on a specific high frequency word. And we collect all of the rhymes together in Poetry Books. We use spiral bound notebooks (but you can use composition books too!) and glue each of the pages in. You could also simply staple all the pages together prior to using them all, or you could even use the 3-prong folders (get the high gloss & laminated finish ones) & a 3-hole punch to add them into a folder Poetry Book.

Every time we learn a rhyme, I give each student a black/white version of the poster. But the one I give them is slightly different in that it has blank lines for writing in whatever high frequency word belongs with the rhyme that we are working on.
This FREE Nursery Rhymes poetry book printable will fit right in with the other activities and songs you are singing with your Preschool and Kindergarten students. Plus, it reinforces high frequency words as well!

Students write the word in every blank. Then we "butter" all of the words we wrote with our super fun Crayola Twistables. (If you want to make it scent-a-licious, use the Mr. Sketch twistable crayons!  The kids' favorite is always "Stinky Cheese," haha!

We also "butter" the word at the top right of the page. Then we practice reading it together a few times.
This FREE Nursery Rhymes poetry book printable will fit right in with the other activities and songs you are singing with your Preschool and Kindergarten students. Plus, it reinforces high frequency words as well!

Next, it's time to put our page into our Poetry Books! First we cut the solid line around the poem. Then we glue it in the next page of our notebook. 
This FREE Nursery Rhymes poetry book printable will fit right in with the other activities and songs you are singing with your Preschool and Kindergarten students. Plus, it reinforces high frequency words as well!

After that, it's practice time! Students read to themselves, to their friends, to a plant or class pet, and every so often they take the notebook home and read to their parents! 
This FREE Nursery Rhymes poetry book printable will fit right in with the other activities and songs you are singing with your Preschool and Kindergarten students. Plus, it reinforces high frequency words as well!

There are 27 Nursery Rhymes total included in this Nursery Rhymes Poetry Book resource. And in just a second I'm going to give you that FREE DOWNLOAD I mentioned earlier which will give you an opportunity to print out some of the nursery rhymes poetry book pages and try them out. Let me show you the various versions of each rhyme that are included. 

For each Nursery Rhyme, there are four printouts. Two are black/white student versions and two are colorful. Of those, one has lines to fill-in high frequency words and the other does not. 

Two sets of labels (2x4 layout) are also included for the outside of your notebook. And a cover/title page is included in case you'd rather have that to use. 

There are 27 Nursery Rhymes that you can print. 
Here is a list of them: 

Ok, now that you know how to use it, and you've seen how it's set up and what all is included, let's get you that FREE DOWNLOAD so that you can try it out! 
This FREE Nursery Rhymes poetry book printable will fit right in with the other activities and songs you are singing with your Preschool and Kindergarten students. Plus, it reinforces high frequency words as well!
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I'd love to hear what you think. 
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-Til next time
  

    



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Feb 13, 2017

Valentines Day High Frequency Words BINGO

Everyone loves playing BINGO! There's nothing more thrilling than placing that final chip on your card and yelling "BINGO!" I'd have to say that BINGO and Heads Up Seven Up where my absolute favorite games to play when I was in elementary school. We mostly played BINGO in music class...it's how I learned the names of various music symbols! If we won, we got a Jolly Rancher-woot-woot!

This Valentine's Day themed BINGO includes 30 different game cards, each with its own Valentine's Day themed picture at the top. The heart picture in the middle serves as a FREE spot.

The 42 oversized calling cards make it easy for students to read as you call each word. Reinforcing sight words even more!

These are the words included:

How did I choose which words would go with this game?
Well, I wanted it to be something that students who struggle with HFWs could still have a lot of fun with. So I decided to use the beginning & middle of the Kindergarten Fry list words. If you have students who are advanced with their sight words, give them a pieces of paper and let them use the word in a short sentence in between calls. Or have them write a word that rhymes with it. But most importantly, HAVE FUN when playing this game! It's not intended to frustrate anyone!

Get this game HERE.

Have fun, & Happy Valentine's Day!
XOXO!

~Til next time

Feb 8, 2017

Word Family Accordion Friends

Today I'd like to introduce my Word Family Accordion Friends with you.
They are super easy for students to make on their own and have proven to increase engagement as students can't seem to take their hands off of them once they are made!
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!
Your littles are going to LOVE practicing word families with these stretchy friends, I promise! 

So let me show you how they work, how they are made, and how you can differentiate with them to best meet the needs of your littles. (18 different friends are included, not just the boy seen in the highlighted pictures. They do repeat...92 pages to print total.)

So we all know that not Kindergarteners are great cutters yet. With the Word Family Accordion Friends, THAT IS OK!
Your more advanced cutters can go ahead and manuver around all the grooves of the body and those who struggle with cutting can simply cut one straight line down the paper.
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!

Each Word Family includes two different friends...one that has words pre-written on it and one that doesn't. This is so that you can offer a challenge to those who are ready for it. Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!
Let advanced students think up words on their own and write them in. Students who struggle with writing or who need more help understand word families can simply focus on the families and not have to worry about the writing part. And once they get it, offer them the same challenge as well! 

To turn these friends into accordions, you'll want to grab a handful of rulers.
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!
 --Tell students to leave the line between the first two words unfolded. --
For the rest of the lines, show them how to make a 'perfect fold' by placing the ruler right at the line and bending the paper forward over it. (Some of your students won't need a ruler to fold.)
Flip the friend backward every other time you fold.

There are 38 Word Families to choose from.
Blank friends are included so that you can add your own.

A corresponding recording chart is also included so that you can keep track of the families your littles have mastered. A great way to show student progress and growth!

Once they are made, your students will not be able to put them down! There is just something about accordions that make you want to keep stretching them out and closing them over and over again. 

Students can 'quiz' each other by keeping the friend closed, seeing if they can say words from the family without looking, and then opening them to see how they did. 

You can find the Accordion Friends HERE
Meet the Word Families Accordion Friends! They will fit right in with the other rhyming or word families activities and ideas you're doing with your Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade students. Proven to increase engagement, your students won't be able to take their hands off them once they are made!

Have fun!

-Til next time
              

Feb 5, 2017

Big Books GIVEAWAY!

Happy Sunday!
Just wanted to let you know that I've partnered up with some I Teach K-2 friends to offer you a chance to win a set of 6 Big Books to use with the littles in your life!
Before I tell you how to enter, I'm going to show you each of the books included, as well as give you a link for a matching YouTube video to go with them!

The six books included in this giveaway are...

1) My Five Senses
Here is a YouTube video to go along with it...

2) If the Dinosaurs Came Back
And a YouTube video for it...

3) In the Tall Tall Grass
And video of it...

4) Silly Sally
Here's the matching video...

5) The Napping House
Here's the video...

6) The Rainbow Fish
And here's the video for this last one...

READY TO ENTER?
CLICK HERE!


Good luck friends!

-Til next time
       

Feb 4, 2017

Football Themed Activities Pack & A FREEBIE!

Are you ready for some football??!! 
To be honest, I'm really not a football fan (Ah! Did I really just admit that out loud?!), but I know a lot of littles that are.
Let me show you some of the things that are in my Football Activities pack and then I'll give you a link for a Football Freebie!
First I want to show you this Subtracting Footballs Emergent Reader.
Each page asks students to figure out how many footballs are left after a specific number of them are 'kicked' away. You can have your students cross out the kicked-away number of footballs, or you can have them use the included football manipulative pieces to figure out each book page's answer. 

Besides the reader, the Activity Pack also includes practice in beginning and end sounds, short vowels, color word recognition, measurement (shortest, tallest), syllables, number recognition, & rhyming words. 
Here are some more of the included printouts...
This Football Color-By-Number FREEBIE is also included in the pack. 
 Your littles are going to absolutely love this activity! 
You can download this Football Color-By-Number absolutely FREE!

Have fun!!!

-Til next time