Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Freebie

I have two new FREEBIES for you today.

My February calendar numbers were sorely in need of an update.  I loved these these little love bugs and needed to make something with them.

You can grab these for free in my store.

I also updated my heart alphabet match FREEBIE.  Match the owl to the correct heart.
Aren't these owls the cutest thing?

Click on the picture below to grab it too.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

100 day activities

When is your 100th day of school?  Our's isn't until February 11th so I've got a bit of time to prepare.  I made some new activities this year since I have a grade one student. We are working on some higher level skills like counting by 2's, 5's and 10's.  It's on sale for 1/2 price until the weekend.  Click on the picture below to grab it.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bright Ideas: January

Welcome back to the Bright Ideas blog hop.  

This month, my tip came to me out of necessity.

I give each of my students a word ring to take home each night.

These are rings I used to keep them together. 

A lot of the time they didn't stay together.  They became loose, they wouldn't stay together, and I would end up with word cards everywhere.  See the tape in the picture above?  That's because I was trying to keep it closed.

There had to be a better a idea.


They were perfect.

They clip together and they don't come apart easily.

I did need to make a bigger hole in my cards.  The shower rings are bigger and a regular hole punch wasn't big enough.  I picked this one up at Michael's.


Now I have a word ring that is perfect for little hands and that won't fall apart when they are using it.

I hope you enjoyed this bright idea.
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For more great ideas, check out the links below.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Interactive Frogs

My students love books.  They love books about songs and love books with movable parts.

5 Green and Speckled Frogs was one of my favourite songs as a kids.  I was a Girl Guide and our leader was very musical.  We sang every week and this song was a favourite of everyone.

Now, as an adult, it's still one of my favourites.

It's catchy, fun and also works on counting skills.

When I saw these cute graphics, I just knew I had to make a set of interactive readers to go with them.

When I start out introducing the song/book to the children, I start with the plain book.
We sing it several times until the children are familiar with the song.

When you turn each page, the number of frogs on the logs goes down by one.

Once the children are familiar with the song, and are ready to work on number recognition, I introduce the second book.

This book is perfect from my students working on the numbers 1 to 5.   The numbers are at the bottom of the page and children have to put the correct number in the right spot of the verse.  You can put the numbers in order at the bottom so that they show the remaining number of frogs, you can put them in order from 1 to 5, or you can mix them up.

The third book also has movable parts and is perfect for children who may not be ready for actual numbers and are working at a concrete level.

This book has a fold out page at the back.  The frogs are cut out and put on the log with Velcro.  I put Velcro on the bottom of the page as well. 

As we read the story, I have the children take one frog from the log and move it down to the bottom of the page.

The page turns up on the left hand side as the story progresses and the back stays out on the right.

The children love moving the frogs.  They want to do it over and over again.

If you are interested in these books, you can find them by clicking on the picture below.  They will be 1/2 price until Wednesday.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Happy New Year and a Sale

(Almost)  Happy New Year everyone.  I hope that 2015 will be a good one for you.

I've updated my Snowflake Math and Snowflake Literacy with new graphics and fonts.  If you have purchased it already, head on over to my store download the new versions for free.  If you haven't grabbed them yet, they are 1/2 price until Jan 1st.

To ring in the new year, everything else will be on sale for 2 days as well.

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