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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

High Five Hands

I love Pinterest!!!

I was browsing through Pinterest and came across Growing Kinders pin, High 5 Sight Words. Even though their post was dated 2012, I have never seen it.

I think it is a great idea for practicing sight words. Kathleen, at Growing Kinders, uses a Silhouette Cameo to cut out hands. Then she writes sight words on them and hangs them on the wall by the door. The kids high five and say the words when they go out. What a fun way to practice sight words!
You can click on the picture below to link to Growing Kinders blog.
Please read to the end of my blog to print out hand patterns.

Some of the comments on her blog had wonderful ideas! I like the idea of laminating the hands and putting a vinyl pocket on it to slip in a new words each week.

I also like the idea of adding velcro to the hands. That would make it easy to switch out the new words each week. If you have hand die cuts you can easily cut out a stack of hands.

Someone mentioned using numbers, words, letters, etc on the hands. I love all the ideas!

Since I do not have a Silhouette Cameo, I decided to make some hand patterns and a recording sheet to share with you. I made 2 small hands, left and right. Also, 2 large hands, left and right hand patterns. You can choose the ones that fit your needs.

I made a recording sheet, left hands, right hands, and mixed hands if you would like your students to practice writing the words, numbers, etc. on paper after they high five them.

Print them out on colored paper, construction paper, card stock, cut them out and laminate them. Choose any of the ways explained above to use your hands.

Please click on any picture below to print out black and white copies. All copies or attached together in one PDF file.                     SAMPLE

Have a wonderful day!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

South America

Wow! What a trip!

My husband and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. We were on a tour for the past 17 days and returned yesterday.

It was a wonderful trip!  Lots of great memories, new friends, and fabulous food! It was definitely different than where we live in California.

My favorite part of our trip was Iguazu Falls. We got to see the Brazil and Argentina side of the falls. It was so beautiful and absolutely amazing!

Here are a few pictures.

Back Home Again!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!
"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.
-Howard Johnson

Happy Mother's Day!
I'll be taking a break from my blog. I will be back on May 24.  Take care and stay healthy.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale

and so do I.
You are simply fabulous!

In honor of your dedication and hard work TPT is having a Teacher Appreciation Sale for 2 days.
Yes, it's true. Two days of shopping fun!
May 7 - 8th, Teachers Pay Teachers is offering 10% off of everything you buy!

Plus, I am having an additional sale of 20% off all of my TPT products. So that equals up to a 28% off sale! WOW! WOW! WOW!

That's something you don't want to pass up. And you don't have to leave your house. You can even shop in your pajamas!

Please remember to use the TPT promo code, TAD13, during check out to receive all your discounts.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Laugh Out Loud #9

Time for a little classroom humor.

Imagine first grade students working during center time. One of the centers is learning the months of the year.  There are month cards to put in order, a recording sheet, a month matching game, and some writing paper to practice writing the names of the months.

After center time is over, the teacher gathers up the writing papers at the months center to have a quick look at how the students did. Here is a copy of one of the papers.

Notice how nicely Chloe wrote the months, not in order, but she did her best. Then at the end of her writing she added, "can I eat now."

Ooookay! Kids do say (write) the darnedest things.

Anyway, please come back for a visit on Sunday, May 5, for a very special post. You'll love it!  It's wonderful news!
See you then!