Monday, July 30, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
And, although the district does allow painters tape (to make a seating grid, straight lines, or Velcro dots) to be placed on the carpets, it sometimes doesn’t have the effect I am looking for… you know, the child staying in one place and actively learning.
So, I picked up this little gem this summer! Of course I am hoping it will help that one student I get each year get excited to sit and learn in our learning corner during carpet time!
But, when the seating grid doesn’t work for a student, I try a variety of strategies. This year, I am adding this seat cushion and hoping to make it a positive reward for the student who has difficulty sitting.
Right now, you can purchase similar inexpensive items at Dollar Tree or Target. But, I am redesigning my class and decided to splurge on a few things… this being one of them.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Does the store Borders ring any bells? Yes, they closed the doors for good but have any of you visited these closed stores? Many of them still have furniture inside of these buildings.
This summer I went to a local Borders bookstore and was lucky enough to find someone working inside. They were dismantling the bookshelves and display shelves as well as throwing away all of the furniture (desks, chairs, computers, telephones, etc.). Can you believe that?!
1. Tinted Primer! Since I wanted to paint these shelves black, a dark tinted primer will prevent you from having to prime any item twice.
2. Black Paint – Use a nappy roller for best application without having to paint twice. If you use a spongy roller for a smoother finish, the sponge will absorb lots of paint and you’ll be putting on two coats of any dark color you choose.
3. I purchased these cute wooden decorations at Michaels craft store. They were on sale for 15 cents each.
After linking up to the “Tell Me More” linky party at Amy’s site, Step into Second Grade, I am regretfully removing a few items in previous post(s). After reading this, I hope you will understand as well as perhaps learn something useful like I did.
This is an eye-opening video that every parent who uses a Smartphone (iphone, android, blackberry, etc) needs to see.
Don’t forget to remove any unnecessary apps from your smartphone. Most smartphone apps can access lots of personal information you probably don’t want flying around in cyberspace. Be sure to read the terms before downloading to see what areas of your phone they are accessing.
Monday, July 23, 2012
I hope you will stay tuned in for more as I have so much to share with you. I’m also looking forward to learning from all the amazing teachers I read about. Thank you for helping me to be a better teacher too.
2. I love my job! I teach Kinder and although it seems to be the hardest, it’s also been the most rewarding. Teaching the little children of K brings me such joy and just plain makes my heart happy. Thank goodness God grants us so many wonderful qualities to do so, like PATIENCE!
4. Marrying my husband was one of the best days ever.
6. I’ve always been a little dare devil. I *L*O*V*E* anything fast and somewhat edgy. I downhill ski (love to jump, ski off course, etc), ride motorcycles, and I used to whitewater raft and rock climb often. Now we spend a lot of time camping in the mountains & at the beach.
Saturday, July 21, 2012
So, one last idea for your language arts lessons regarding paint chips. Begin with a Valspar triple paint chip from Lowes.
Turn the chip vertically with the square on the left side to create beginning sound chips. Now write word families or other word endings on the paint chip and simply cut apart on the white lines. If you really want to get fancy with all the paint chip ideas, use a Cricut to cut out pretty letters. Finally, use these to teach beginning sounds. My students simply use a dry erase marker and write in the square the sound they hear right on top of my kidney table. I use Clorox wipes to erase when we are all finished. You could also place these on top of a small white board or create tag board paper strips to use behind the square.
I also use this idea to create ending sound chips. Just flip the Valspar paint chip vertically so the punched out squares are on the right side this time as shown below.
Using these ideas, I can also teach my students how to substitute letter sounds at the beginning or ending of a word. For example, the picture above “hi__” can be written as “him.” Once the student hears the /m/ sound, I can ask him to substitute the /m/ sound and make a new word using the /s/ sound, “his.” Substituting beginning and ending sounds becomes easier for the child using this method and they love choosing the colorful paint chips each time.
If you have comments or other great ideas regarding paint chips, I’d love to hear from you!
Friday, July 20, 2012
How cute is this!
Pick these paint samples up at any local hardware or big box store. Use a decorative punch on each color, and add your favorite ribbon. For variation, use matching holiday stickers rather than decorative hole punches.
Do you seem to always have a few students who often ask “how long until…recess, lunch, the next center,” etc? Well, here is one simple solution. Project this visual timer on your promethean board or projector to help students learn more about time. Simple to use.
Click the picture below.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Using Mini Paint Chip Flip Charts
To make these great and super easy mini flip charts, get to Lowes paint department. Each chart has approximately 26 mini paint chips in multiple colors perfectly bound on a spiral.
I love to use these mini flip charts during whole class reviews, small group reinforcement, and in literacy centers. I use them to match upper and lowercase letters, introducing sight words as the year progresses, CVC words concentrating on specific vowels, reading color words, word families, and many other ways.
For Upper & Lowercase Letter Matching, write the matching letters on the same color paint chip. After writing all the letters A to Z, simply cut in the middle of each card. Students learn when the paint chip color is the same, the letters match (like the right hand picture above).
For Sight Word Practice, write sight words as you introduce them throughout the year. Review as a whole or small group and then place them in a literacy center for extra practice.
Students love these little flip books to learn to read and spell color words.
As for Word Families, these work out beautifully as FREE flip charts! Students love to practice with partners. You can make two word families on each booklet. On the first few paint chips write only the beginning sound of the word family you choose. After writing all the beginning sounds, on the next paint chip write only the word family chunk (such as “it” above).
It’s cheap, easy, and fun for your students! Happy flipping!
Please leave comments if you have other great ideas on how to use paint chips in your classroom.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Continuing with paint chip ideas for the classroom, today’s post will focus on segmenting phonemes.
As I stated in the previous post, paint chips come in various sizes, single and multiple colors on a chip, viewing holes, etc. This next set of paint chips I pick up at Lowes simply because they have 3 paint colors on one chip with the viewing holes. Again, use a paper cutter to slice the edges off where the paint color and numbers are located and finally draw a happy face in the upper left corner (I’ve also used stickers before but the students tend to pick at them) to teach the students where to begin when we first start learning to segment beginning, middle, and ending sounds.
Like the paint chips I used for blending, you can use these a few different ways. First, laminate them if you wish. Then use dry erase markers to write a word in each section. Don’t forget to erase right after finishing the lesson. Again, I prefer to replace them when they get tattered and instead use magnetic letters the students can hold. I also use magnetic letters from Really Good Stuff. Their letters are color coded: blue for consonants and red for vowels. So, using these we can have discussions discerning the CVC relationship as well. As for this particular chip, I find the students love the placing their finger in the viewing hole when segmenting. It’s a great way to teach them to find one phoneme rather than the blending strategy where they slide their fingers across the entire chip. Another way I have used them is to write the words with a permanent marker and eventually place them in a center where students can practice with partners.
Don’t forget, you can get these in all different colors. My students get excited to pick their own colors each time we practice this strategy. Happy segmenting.
More on how to use paint chips in your classroom tomorrow!
Please leave comments if you have other great ideas on how to use paint chips in your classroom.
Friday, July 13, 2012
Have you ever thought about using FREE paint chips in your classroom?
I’ve been using this idea for quite some time now but would love to know if any of you have other ways to use these in your classrooms. Over the next few posts, I will share some ways I love to help my little kiddos learn using paint chips.
Paint chips come in all sizes, single or multiple color chips, with and without viewing squares, etc. I always get this first set of chips at Home Depot. Use a paper cutter to slice the edges off where the paint color and numbers are located. I like to draw a happy face in the upper left corner to teach the students where to begin when we first start learning to blend sounds together.
If you have ever used the McGraw-Hill Treasures Reading Program, then you will know that it incorporates several strategies from other programs. I have used all of the programs that Treasures has embedded strategies from. One such strategy for blending is from Reading Mastery. In the picture below you will see how drawing on paint chips can help your children learn to blend easily by having something tangible and hands on in front of them.
You can use these a few different ways. First, laminate them if you wish. Then use dry erase markers to write a word in each section. They will last longer if they get erased right away after being used. I prefer to replace them when they get shabby and instead use magnetic letters the students can hold. Another way I have used them is to write the words with a permanent marker and eventually place them in a center. If you’re not sure how the strategy works (click the Reading Mastery link above for a sample page with instructions) students begin on the left side touching the dot. As they sound out each phoneme, the student slides their finger slowly across the line with the arrow. After practicing this a few times, say “say it fast.” In which case the student again follows the same strategy however, they move their finger and mouth much more quickly and eventually achieve fluency. By the way, these FREE samples also come with four and five paint colors so you can even use them for your students who need more of a challenge. Happy blending.
More on using paint chips tomorrow!
Please leave comments if you have other great ideas for paint chips.