Sunday, June 30, 2013
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Monday, June 24, 2013
Think! Think! Think! Thinking Mats are here and they are ready for the common core! There are 15 mats in color with manipulatives in color also. It even comes with a resource guide that has center response sheets. All of the common core topics are covered. I do kinda wish they had color coded the topics. That would have made it easier to pull the mat that fits with the topic we are working on. Oh, well! These will be great to use with small groups of students that need to practice this skill. I do think I will laminate the pieces before I use them. They feel pretty sturdy but we all know how kids are on them! The directions are on the front of the mat - for the most part, I think the students will be able to read them after we get reading! The mats also have a theme – so you can pull them out to review or use during a content theme. They are very open ended so it will not be a once and done activity. Students will be able to work in pairs or individually with these mats, making them a great center addition. Oh – they come in a handy box, that isn’t too big, to store them all in. Always helpful for us teachers with little storage! J I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review.Check out the video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPMykB8DCIs&list=UU3GUHj-%C2%AD%E2%80%90hsfTDBiUWiTRQlIw&index=1
Everyday Fun and Game Cards are fun! What a great treat for kids! What a fun way to review and learn! This double set of cards is a great addition to the family and to the classroom. The cards are hooked together so you don’t have to worry about them falling all over the place. The cards are divided and color coded (I heart color coding!) by different topics – jokes! (Oh my! Once they learn how to tell a joke- there is no going back!) , math – counting, shapes, sets; fun facts – how great to make connections with on vacation or just around; language arts- beginning sounds, matching letters, finding letters, sequencing; word play – rhymes, opposites, categories; and puzzles – matching shadows, same pictures, finding hidden objects. These are jam packed!! That was all in one pack people! The other pack has more of the same great stuff! Total of 158 cards! WOW! They are nice and laminated already – you could use a wipe off marker on them if you wanted to do that. The answers are on the back in a different color – in case you don’t know what color a lobster’s blood is! ;) These would be great for families in the car on trips, in restaurants, waiting at the doctors, etc. I think they would be great in the classroom too- fillers waiting till everyone gets to the rug or filling in a few minutes waiting for lunch, or even for the question of the day every morning! What a fun treat for kids! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson- Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
On the road again! It is summer and the living is easy – unless you are traveling with little ones! Lol Now my kids are bigger – doesn’t make it easier sometimes – but I would have loved to have had this Summer Splash Travel Activity Book from Carson Dellosa when they were little! When we would go on long trips, I would always pack little surprises and treats for the kids to open en route. This would have been one of those! There are some great pages in here – some academic minded and some more fun and games. The pages have color and are thick enough to not rip easily. Now – some of the games need another person to play – so you could even take it in to a restaurant to help with the waiting. It does have an answer key also. And if you don’t go on a road trip- just use it to review skills and interact with your child! J I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson--‐Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review.
Right on task! Task Cards from Carson-Dellosa are here! There are 100 task cards in the box – colorfully divided in half by math and language arts. They are common core aligned too! The cards are labeled with the common core on the back so you can relate it to your own activity. The students can also write on them – laminated for easy use. I can see these being used in several different ways. They can be used in small reading groups or with the whole group – a quick review for the common core standard being taught or a review from previous one. I could also see them being used in morning work to review – an activity along with a message. I wanted a checklist to make sure I was covering them all – and then I read the directions included! J We all know teachers have a hard time with directions, right?!?!?! Lol Anyway – the directions tell you to go to activities.carsondellosa.com! You can sign up for FREE! J Then pick common core activities and you get the checklist, the answer key, a scope and sequence and a recording sheet for the students to color in when they are done. This just adds to the ways you can use them! I’m even thinking later in the year, the students could read most of them by themselves and work on them together in centers or when they finish early. I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson--‐Dellosa and I received this product for free to try and review. @carson-dellosapub
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Well, Carson –Dellosa has done it again! I taught 2nd grade for years and used a daily review then. When I moved to kindergarten , I couldn’t find one that was worthwhile and then can common core… still couldn’t find one! Now I have! Common Core Language Arts 4 Today – Daily Skill Practice is it! In one simple book I have 40 weeks of reviews and assessments! The quick and easy to read introduction explains how it is all set up. They even have a quick guide to “Building a Reading Environment” and writing strategies. Good ideas – most we all know, but never hurt to hear them again! Then there is the common core matrix! Oh, yes they did! They crossed-referenced all the standards and the weekly reviews! Ka-ching! One less thing we have to do! There are three questions for each day – four days on one page! On the back is the end of week assessment! This will save paper! Oh wait! Did I mention it is reproducible?? Now I am a little concerned that in the beginning the kids might have some trouble reading and following along, but… just like all things in kindergarten – it’s a teach and learn activity! J I’m thinking it would be nice to scan in and show with the projector on the big screen. We are always working on listening and following directions in the beginning of the year anyway. The weeks also follow the school year - holidays in order – September/Fall, pumpkins, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, winter, Valentine’s, etc. It’s great – no thinking required! I mean – no planning required! Haha there is an answer key too – just in case it’s the end of the day and you don’t want to think! J I’m thinking this would be great to use for morning work or even as a start to guided reading groups. This should be a great resource! One more thing – there is a math version too! Oh my – a shopping trip is in the future! Way to go C-D! I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson- Dellosa and I received this product free to try and review.