Thursday, January 25, 2018

Vocabulary can be fun especially when it includes a giveaway!!!

Do you dislike teaching your Littles vocabulary? Is this an area that you struggle in? Do you feel your ways are dry? 

Well, let me tell you, I have had the privilege to try a program that is absolutely amazing!! Mrs. wordsmith is a vocabulary program that makes vocabulary fun and interesting. 

Here is what you get in the kit:

Here is the box! I just love the cartoons used to help the kiddos see and understand the word that you are introducing and teaching! 

So when you open the box you will see...........

The inside cover which has the various characters that are used to teach the vocabulary words! 

Then inside the box itself you will see.........

The binder that has sections with all the words and the characters that you will be teaching. The vocabulary cards that are grouped by topic and then along the bottom are the boxes of vocabulary trading cards. These are small versions of the vocabulary cards! 

My kids love this program! They are learning about word pairs and synonyms and how to use these new words throughout the day in both their speech and their writing. 

Here is what the vocabulary cards look like.

This is the front! Don’t you love the picture! I love how the picture is detailed and brightly colored. This captures their attention and they are drawn to it. I also like how the vocabulary word is large and bold!!!

Here is the back! It has the vocabulary word with synonyms and word pairs! My kids learned quickly the difference!! 

They love doing these together!!! 

Here are the vocabulary trading cards! I put the ones we have done in a container in the writing area. This makes them accessible to them while they are writing so they can use the words that we are learning. 

I also hang the cards up that we have learned. I laminate them first and then hang them up so they can see them. Kids learn from items that are hanging on the walls!! Making these words accessible increases their vocabulary and their internalization of these words!! 

The back of the small cards have a sampling of synonyms and word pairs!! 

My kids are doing great identifying word pairs and synonyms. Here are some samples from one of our lessons! 

I love how focused they are identifying the word pairs and synonyms and while writing the definition on their paper! 

These lessons are just minutes long and do not take much time out of your schedule! The colorful pictures and pace makes these lessons not only enjoyable but meaningful!

Here is a video of a lesson!

This program will soon be available in a classroom kit with a teachers guide!!! This program should be available in the spring!!! Mrs.wordsmith is doing so many amazing things to bring vocabulary alive for our students!!!!!!

One more thing and this is amazing!! Mrs.Wordsmith has given me a kit for one of my lucky readers to win!!’ Just enter the rafflecopter below!!!

Good luck!!!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Snowstorm in a Jar

I love to teach about the winter especially snow! I love the snow!

There are so many amazing books to teach your kiddos about snow and I will be writing another blog post about those! Today I am going to share the science activity I live to do with my kids and that is a snowstorm in a jar! 

To make a snow storm in a jar you will need the following materials:

A glass jar
Baby oil
White paint (I use finger paint)
Iridescent glitter ( I use yellow I like the effect)
Alka seltzer 


Fill jar halfway with baby oil.
In a separate bowl, mix warm water and white paint together.  Then add lots of glitter to the paint mixture and stir. 
Add paint mixture to the jar. Fill to about 1/2 inch from the top. 
Wait until the mixture separates and the paint and glitter are resting on the bottom and the baby oil is sitting in the top.
Add 1 or 2 alka seltzer tablets and cover.
Watch the storm Vega in to brew! 

I hope your kids love it as much as mine do!!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Shoe Tying Hall of Fame

Hello, everyone! 

Do you have kids that are always asking you to tie their shoes? Are you that Teacher who has to wear gloves because nine out of ten times their shoe laces are wet and you never know what made them wet? 

Well, I was that Teacher until I created and implemented my shoe tying hall of fame!!! 

I made this using the amazing clip art from melonheadz ! I created a little poem that they love to say and chose an area in my classroom for all to see and made that our wall of fame!!

I also created certificates and little name tags for them to fill out when they have mastered the art of shoe tying!!

Can I just say, what a difference this has made!!!! My kiddos are trying so hard to master this because they want a certificate but more importantly they want heir name on the shoe tying wall of fame!!! 

Every Friday, they come to me to show me their shoe tying skills! If they can tie both shoes and they stay tied then they get a certificate and become the newest member of the shoe tying hall of fame!! I then take their picture and post it on class dojo!

This has made a difference in my classroom and I am happy to report I have not had to deal with any more wet shoe laces!! You can find this product in my tpt store just click the picture below!