Thursday, December 4, 2014

Kindergarten Word Building Activities for Literacy Stations!

It always surprises me when I have the really high reading students.  I am so used to the "average" Kinder student who typically knows their letters but not much else.  These really high kids always fluster me because I never feel like I know what to DO with them while their classmates learn letters and letter sounds! 

This year I have one REALLY high student who is reading at a 2nd grade level and clearly needs some more challenging work during Literacy Stations.  So!  I scoured the internet and found some great ideas! 

Read-Make-Write Mat

I love this!  I give the students word cards with picture support (or even more challenging - picture but no word!) and they build the letter with magnetic letters and then write it with a wipe off marker! 

Check out this free download from The Teacher Gene!

Apple Tree CVC Word Building

I think this one is my favorite.  What Kinder teacher doesn't flip over anything apple related!?!  I had my IA laminate them and now I can use them forever! 

Check out this free download from Life Over C's!

Lakeshore Learning Games

These I got as a gift from a parent volunteer.  But they are great for my higher readers who are ready for word work and understand word families more!  I also luuuuurve Lakeshore.  There is one down the road.  DANGEROUS!

Check out their great selection HERE!

Magnetic Word Building Mat!

This is something I have had for ages.  I totally forgot about it!  The kids can match the letters and/or use the magnetic letters to build words.  The front has the chart, the back is blank.  Awesome!  And OMG if I had $$$ I would be ordering all kinds of things from Really Good Stuff!!

Mine is old.  But here is Really Good Stuff's newer version! 

Stamping with Playdough

This one is cool.  Our kids who are reading are still kids and love to play with playdough.  So have them use (clean) stamps to make words on the playdough!!  Genius. 

I hope you got some new great ideas for making words in Kindergarten!  If you have something you use and love, link it!  :)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

My new favorite thing - ClassDojo!!!

So this year I am all about trying new things. After 10 years of teaching there are still things I want to do better.

Parent communication is #1 on that list!

I recently discovered Class Dojo ( and started using it to not only track and reward behavior in the classroom but also to share that information with parents. 

With CD each student gets an adorable monster avatar. Your class list looks like this: 

The teacher rewards points for certain behaviors. Then the parents can log on to see how their children are doing. There are great reports that show daily, weekly, and even monthly progress!

Teachers can also use CD to message with parents. It allows teachers to send messages, pictures, etc to the whole class without creating the long email chain (and the accidental REPLY ALLs!!). The best part is you can also send individual messages to parents quickly and easily. 

So far my parents are giving me really positive feedback. I love that I can download the IPad and IPhone apps and send and respond to parent messages whenever I happen to be. Parents can use the apps too!

Overall, I am really happy with it. Check it out here: 

Give it a try in your classroom!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

TPT Sale!

My whole store is on sale!

Get ready for the new school year with 20% off using the code BTS14 !

Head over to to shop!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Easy 4th of July Flag T-shirt

These T's could not be easier!

I bought Youth Medium T's and red and blue fabric paint.

Trace the left hand in blue. Paint 7 red stripes. Let dry. Done!

Helpful hint: if your kiddo is doing it by themselves have them keep the left hand down while they do the red stripes. It keeps the shirt flat and keeps them from getting blue paint everywhere!

Too cute!

Some of my kiddos got creative, lol.