Saturday, September 29, 2012

Writing and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Today where I live there was a celebration for the whole community in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. Today there are over 40 million Hispanic Americans living in the U.S. From September 15th -October 15th we celebrate 20 Hispanic countries from Central America, South America and Europe. What a great time to learn about these countries. I created a "My County" book which you can download by clicking on the image above. Your child can draw and write about one of these countries by doing some research on the internet . This will help them practice their writing skills that are aligned with the Common Core State standards for 2nd and 3rd grade. 
If you would like to get  more information and free resources about Hispanic Heritage Month just click on the image below. there's even a video on how to do the Macarena!!!!
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your children.

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Sound and Letter Videos

I am so excited to share with you some sound and letter videos that I came across on Pinterest.  I am actually going to be sharing these with the parents in my classroom so they can watch these at home with their children.  Since most of us haven't been in school, it is possible that we have forgotten the letter sounds.  In kindergarten, it is SO important that the kids know the letter sounds quickly and accurately.

I have a disclaimer on the first is extremely elementary and some of the kids didn't think it was "peppy" enough, but I liked it because it gave the correct sounds!

Now this next one is practicing the letter names.  I have to admit, by the end of this video, we all wanted to have a dance party!

I hope these can help you at home, practice the letter names and sounds with your child!
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Friday, September 21, 2012

An "I SPY" Game To Help Your Children Learn Syllables

Have you ever thought about playing an "I Spy Game" at the supermarket or department store.? Well how about trying this one. Many students in the primary grades learn that each syllable in a word has to have a vowel sound. For those who have trouble hearing the vowel sound figuring out the number of syllables in a word can be difficult . When you go to the supermarket say "I spy a three syllable word and it's something red that you eat. (tomato) Think of all the places you go where you could play this game!. This was a twist on the usual "I Spy" games and looked like a fun activity to make for teachers of 1st and 2nd graders. Then I thought what a great way for parents to help their children at home!! Before playing the game, review what syllables are and practice clapping out some words to make sure they understand. This is a freebie which you can download by clicking on the image below that uses Fall words with "I Spy a Word".


If you would like to read more about other ways to help your children practice Reading Foundation Skills just click on the image below.

Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your children. Have a wonderful fall season.

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

1st Grade Common Core Lesson in the Kitchen

Does this scene sound familiar?  You are trying to fix dinner and your children are running in and out of the kitchen asking you questions, tattling on each other, and causing each other grief as only siblings know how to do so well.  It doesn't exactly look like a scene from Leave it to Beaver that you an envisioned, right?  What's a parent to do?  In these cases, the best thing to do is divide and conquer.  Keep one child with you and send the other(s) to another room to do something productive like homework.

You can teach a quick Common Core lesson with your child who is spending time in the kitchen with you while you prepare dinner. As a parent you quickly learned the fine art of multi-tasking so this should be easy for you.

You will need the following supplies:  rubberbands, salt, and a pie plate.

You will pour salt into the pie plate.  Your child will "write" with his/her finger in the salt.
The large rubberbands that are used for files work best.

First, give your child a rubberband.  Say a word and ask your child to stretch out the word.  I found a really good article that explains this activity that you should read.  Click HERE

Next, say a word and ask your child to write the word using his/her finger in the salt pie plate.  After writing the word, your child will spell the word to you and then use it in a sentence.  Then ask your child to name 2 words that rhymes with that word.

Here are some word cards that you can print.  Punch a hole at the top and put on a shower curtain ring.  Then you can keep these in a handy spot in your kitchen so they'll be ready the next time when you need them.

Click HERE to download the word cards.

Click HERE for more word list.

Common Core Standards:
RF.1.2. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
RF.1.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Making S'more Hero Sandwich Books to Honor Heroes on September 11th

In honor of those who lost their lives or were injured , or risked their lives to save others I wrote a K-2 Unit about Heroes. As someone who grew up 18 miles north of N.Y.C. and has a close connection to 9/11, I wanted a way to teach young children that heroes come in all shapes and sizes and that most heroes are just ordinary people. It is also aligned to the ELA Common Core Standards for K-2 in Speaking and Listening, Language, Reading and Writing. You will find a Read Aloud Book for you to read and talk about with your children and 3 mini books for your Kindergartner, 1st Grader or 2nd Grader to read to you. My favorite part is making a S'more Hero Sandwich Book in which they can either cut out pictures of heroes, or write about them.
You can check out my Hero Unit by clicking on either image above. If you would like a free Hero Word Web just click on the image below.
Whether you talk about 9/11 with your children or not reading and talking about heroes is a wonderful way for your children to practice their reading and writing skills at home.

Thanks for all you do to help your children at home.

It's LMN Tree