Friday, 25 December 2015

A Christmas Freebie

I'm starting to get ready for the new school year and that means making more games and resources to help teach and reinforce basic concepts. Here is a link to my TPT store where you can download this 1 to 5 number sorting activity for free. If you like it and want something a bit harder, I also have a set available for purchase with numbers from 1 to 20.
I'm sure that over the next 2 weeks I'll be making a lot more games and activities... I'll post links to them and some freebies up here as I make them too.
Enjoy the rest of the Holiday Season.
Merry Christmas,

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Initial Sound Sorting


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Every year there are always a couple of kids who seem to need lots of practice listening for and identifying the initial sound in words. This past year was no exception... It didn't matter how many activities I threw their way, they still needed more and more practice. The problem that I had however, was that they stopped identifying the sound and just formed a connection between certain objects and the letter shape - They weren't picking up the concept. So, I took away all of the usual activities with the predictable snake = s, apple = a, and went in search of some new ones.
I found a Build a Sandwich activity on Teachers Pay Teachers which worked a treat! It had different pictures for each sound and I could put out however many sandwich toppings I wanted.

But I needed a couple of other activities to back it up. I made up some initial sound dominoes to match up the picture and sound, some cards to use magnet letters/ scrabble letters to write/identify the initial sound, and a gumball sound sort. Once I put these activities into the rotation, the kids started get more exposure to a range of pictures that began with each sound and slowly, the connection was made between hearing an initial sound in a word and identifying the letter which made that sound.

I have other sets of dominoes that I use in literacy time (cvc words and blends and digraphs) and the initial sound ones were great for the kids in my class who wanted to do what everyone else was doing but weren't yet at the level of reading or sounding out words.

It is so rewarding once they finally make that connection. I'm going to keep an eye out on TPT for more useful activities and will share the link on any that I find.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone.

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Rhyming, Rhyming, Rhyming

Some of my kiddos have really struggled with rhyming words this past year. The only thing we found that helped was to practice, practice and practice! Unfortunately that meant we grew bored of the few rhyming games that I had so it meant making up a heap of new ones.
In the end, I made 3 new games/activities which gave us a break from the old ones... A bingo game, a sorting game and a matching game. Eventually they did get the hang of rhyming - but it took a lot of persistence and a lot of revision.

I hope you find some of these activities useful with your kiddos.

They are all available on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store if you would like them, here are the links for each of the activities:
Jungle Rhyming Bingo
Treasure Chest Rhyming Sort
Apple Rhyming Match