Sunday, November 29, 2015

Winter Wonder Family Memory

I'm excited to announce a winter holiday freebie blog hop! In case this is your first time on my blog, my name is Laura, I am a kindergarten teacher in the lovely Southwest, the beautiful desert in New Mexico. Our winters don't get much snow, unless we drive northeast for about an hour and half, then we get to see a beautiful Winter Wonderland! Winter is always full of wonder and awe for me, I'm often busy with family and mega church productions that I love being part off, but today I will be sharing something near and dear to my heart! A winter wonder family memory and tradition!

One of my favorite winter wonders is baking cookies with my own children during the holiday break. Growing up, I watched my own mother, grandmother, and aunts, gather around the table and bake and cook for what seemed days, getting ready for La Noche Buena. They made tamales, biscochos, buñuelos, posole, and menudo! Then we would stay up till midnight (La Noche Buena) eating, laughing, singing, drinking champurrado (Mexican porridge drink) and telling stories! Then right at midnight we would open our Christmas gifts! A beautiful tradition that I still carry on dearly in my heart, and I'm passing on to my very own, as the years pass on! For this, I celebrate, and as a winter wonder memory, here's fabulous winter holiday freebie just for you, revolving around cookies and counting! May your days be merry, full of wonder and joy! XOXOXOXOXOX!

Don't forget: My whole entire store will also be on sale for the #TpTCyber Sale :)

P.S. Hop On for another Fabulous Memory and freebie!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sight Words Practice

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to be sharing this post with you today. Over the last two weeks, my educational assistant and I have been implementing new and engaging ways to have our students learn their sight words. I think we have discovered some activities that have been successful and I wanted to to share them with you, so here we go!sight words

Magic Sight Words

The first activity is a #pinterest inspired idea! Mrs. Saenz, came up with this idea, it is so simple, yet magical! The kids were so excited to reveal the magic word, read it, then write it! I seriously haven't seen my kids wait their turn anxiously to go to our sight word center! I told the kids, "Today you will be magicians, on this white sheet of paper, you have some magic words that amazing readers and writers can read. All you have to do is color over the white box to reveal your magical sight word, then AbraCadaBra... read it, then write it! Hearing them talk with each other about what sight words they each revealed, was music to my ears! Here is all you need for this activity.

  • White Construction Paper
  • White Crayons
  • Paint or markers
Then have students do the rest, for variation, you can have students write the words themselves, trade with a partner, then their partner reveals the "magic sight word."

sight word activities

Read it, Build it, Write it

The next activity was one of those ideas you come up with on the fly! We recently ran out of copy paper at our school, so I couldn't make copies of my usual activities. I had to think fast, fast, as a snap and sometimes those ideas seem to be the most engaging with true authentic learning! Once again the kids loved this activity! The best part was hearing them sing the alphabet, to make sure they were placing back their letters in alphabetical order! 

  • Sentence strips folded up into 1/4 (write one word per section, then cut them out), then draw picture of a dice with numbers 1-6 
  • Regular sheet of paper folded into 1/3
  • Magnetic letters or letter tiles
  • Dice
  • Dry erase markers and eraser
  • Plastic Covers for re-use
  • Students roll a Dice, find the matching word with the same number.
  • Then they read it, build, and write it!

sight word activities

Forever Magic Sight Word Freebie

Since these activities have been such a success, I've actually created a forever freebie printable, to go right along with them! Enjoy, and may your students have a #magical experience learning their sight words! Here you go~  :)

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