On this site you will find resources I have created or curated for education. These materials are for teachers and parents to use with students from Preschool through Fifth-Grade with a focus on literacy, STEAM and Intervention Support for reading and English Language Learners. Welcome!
How hard is it to get those shy writers to produce any work at all? We all have those students who write about anything and everything!!! But, what about those that want to but can’t and won’t? One step in the right directions (Do you like that?) is having students exposed to books about shy or uncertain writers as well. Step two would be to expose those same students to books about students who do write, how they get it done. Non-abrasive books with characters that are similar in age will help your students put themselves into the stories. They will connect and try to write using the same tactics. It also help other students learn how to motivate their friends and classmates. No one wants to see someone struggle. And the writing struggle is real, folks!
I created a Literacy Set Bundle with Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills. Rocket gets helps and inspiration from nature and friends to add words to tree and then to his story.
The Word Collector bu Peter H. Reynolds uses a story about a boy creating a collection of words and sharing them with the children around him. Both of these books help children see how to get creative to find words and topics for their stories.
Both Elementary Literacy Sets come with graphic organizers, vocabulary cards, words cards, a dictionary page, Barrier Games (for listening and speaking opportunities and sentence frames that aid with language production), alphabetical order page, anchor chart pictures, KWL page, reading passages and more. These sets are great for small and whole group activities, English Language Development Activities, and interactive notebooks. Both literacy sets have reading, writing, listening and speaking components over their 18 pages of engaging learning fun!
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Today’s new Boom Game: Monster Math Review. These Kindergarten concepts were made into a self-correcting digital Boom Game. Preview the game by clicking on this link. This self correcting digital game is a great way to fortify some Kindergarten concepts before the coming year or to start off the first grade year strong. Concepts include counting, comparing, addition, subtraction and base 10 math. There are audio prompts leaving this game completely independent for your early learners. You can find this game on my Boom Learning store by clicking here.
A little alliteration to start off your Tuesday and hopefully it is a good one. Here in Gilroy, it is Sunny and the weather plans on being a scorcher! We are still stuck inside but are trying to make the most out of it. My boys are getting a bite to eat and riding around the neighborhood and I am waiting for the evening to get my long walk in and maybe some bike riding.
I am excited to share some of the things I have been working on with you while we have been quarantined. One is my Monster Math…I love teaching whole group-small group-independent through out my day! This let’s me make sure I am giving everybody the same standards based lesson, then differentiating based on their needs. If they can’t apply the skills, knowledge, or behaviors themselves then reteaching it is. In this way every assignment is an assessment and formative. I made a math review to help my cute little Kindergarten Classroom “monsters” with their counting, comparison, addition, subtraction and number operations in base 10 at the end of the year. Or, introduce your first graders to the new school year with this Monster Math Review. This can be used during those independent work times to assess students levels or sent home for homework. Click here for the full 32 page Math Review (16 pages in black and white and 16 in color).
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Yay! My new literacy bundle is out, I am excited about it! I chose to use The Word Collector as the guided book. I love to share this book with teachers and students to help lead the way to beefing up our early elementary vocabulary.
I work with many second language students so adding in a English Language Development strategies was a must! One of my favorite activities is the Barrier Game. This game is made for partners, who site across from each other and use sentence frames to communicate. Think of a Battleship type game where you cannot see your opponent but have to try and put your pieces in the same place. One person delivers instructions through sentence frames while the other person tries to place their piece in the same place on their board. They check their boards and remove the barrier. It is so much fun!
Included in this literacy bundle are some graphic organizers to help early learners get their thoughts done. Asking students to write a story without helping them figure out where the information is coming from can be a difficult job, but using graphic organizers, anchor charts and word cards help students build a story in their minds and place the information and put it to use.
Also we have reading passages, a writing page, an ABC order page, vocabulary cards, a personal dictionary, and more. Check out the fun with this amazing book by Peter H. Reynolds.
Thank you for joining me on this adventure! I just changed my blog from Blogger here with a little format change, a little more information added and now we begin! I make curriculum for teaches and parents who will be homeschooling or looking to support their children with interventions. My favorite part of teaching is the “aha” moment! Whether it is with students or the teachers I coach, the aha moment is the reason I work in education. I love to see the information, skill, knowledge or steps come together and make a difference from that point on. That is why I am here now creating materials and resources to help teachers and parents experience those aha’s!
Today, I decided to create my binder/ planner. I love the Happy Planner that I have for my district job but I wanted something for my curriculum work. Since Hobby Lobby was opened two weeks ago I was able to walk through the aisles in search of a planner for Curve Your Learning. I want to be able to put in my learning, track my work, keep my resources and so on. I couldn’t find what I wanted so I made it.
I printed out a title, used my trusty laminator to thicken the top and back pages, punched some holes, added some rings and now I am satisfied. One down and more to go. I have so many more ideas to make my own planners and binders.