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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Interactive Word Study!

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Carson-Dellosa sent me a GREAT back to school package! I couldn’t believe my luck when I opened it up! I was wanting to do more of this in the upcoming school year- did they read my mind? My kinders LOVED doing interactive math journals last year. I knew I needed to do more with ELA. They answered my prayers. 😊

Interactive Notebooks Word Study is the latest book from CD Publishing on my bookshelf. It covers TONS! From sight words to phonics (and not just general phonics!) to syllabication patterns to word parts. OH MY! I thought it was just going to be sight words, but happily so much more! Then when I saw that, I thought – oh, we could divide the notebook into sections. GUESS WHAT? They have tabs that you can run off and use. I’m thinking bright colored paper for that (wink, wink). That also tells you about the last section – reproducibles!  OH – make your own interactive pages to fit your own curriculum! I may be in love! Lol

They really thought of everything – they give ideas on how to get started, different thoughts on different notebooks (I’m using composition books). I have decided that since I will have a book for Math and for ELA, I’m going to put different color duct tape down the spines so they know which one to get (well, hopefully, they will know). Carson Dellosa gives you ideas on how to organize the book, formatting the pages, managing a classroom with them, a rubric and yes, even a PLANNING SHEET! This organization loving heart was so happy! I’m such a geek.

There are 8 basic sight words and a template to make your own. The kids can color ( red vowels, blue consonants; rainbow colors) the word, build the word, unscramble the words, find the word and use it in a sentence. I was a little concerned about making my own with the boxes around it, but they put a grid! Carson- Dellosa is so smart and helpful. They must have known how challenging it is for me to space things correctly.

The phonics section covers consonants, short and long vowels and long and short together sort. It covers the beginning, middle and end of sounds, adding and substituting sounds and blending sounds. WHOA – my head is spinning in summer mode remembering how much we have to cover. One day at a time, one day at a time.

Syllables are covered. Then rhymes and word families. YES, thank goodness there is a blank word family page! I’m thinking weekly word families! And all sorts of fun idea pages for other folds and flaps to use on our own. 😊

This is a great resource to start the year off with and be able to use it throughout the whole year. Very excited to start our letter/sound learning with this book to help us. Plus – it will give us some fine motor practice too. 😉 

Looking forward to delving into school mode now!

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Aim High!

Are you thinking about it? Has it crept into your thoughts? Did you start dreaming about it yet? Did you start shopping?  Do I mention it? Back to school! LOL

I have done a few projects. I have done some thinking. I have also realized I do MUCH better with a schedule! We are empty nesters this summer. First summer in 23 years. It is so quiet! It is so peaceful. I have totally relaxed and enjoyed the quiet.  We know that July is the Saturday of the weekend. It is early July – so it is still morning time. Here’s hoping that I can get some more things done on the to do list!

Well, since we started talking about BTS, let me tell you about @carson-dellosa’s AIM HIGH collection! So perfect for working with growth mindset! The colors are beautiful. They are bright yet subtle all at once. The mini bulletin board set has TONS! It has a header, inspirational arrows, blank arrows, targets in different sizes, and student pieces. I don’t know if I would consider that mini. That is a great value!

 There are so many coordinating items to go with it too. There are badges, frames, hexagons, confetti and more arrows. The possibilities are endless with this set. Growth mindset bulletin boards with their goals and achievements. The smaller arrows could be reminders to the students to keep aiming high. The confetti, hexagons and badges make great coordinated labels for supplies, cubbies, etc. The badges could name tags or used to show off student work. What kid wouldn’t want a badge! 

This is a very modern set- so cool and comforting on the eyes. I can see this set being used throughout the grade levels. I know my daughter who teaches high school was eyeing it up! There are SO many coordinating things on the website! I love when all things coordinate! Borders, letters, charts! OH MY! Sorry I'm not in school to get a real bulletin board done to show you all. 

After looking at this set, I’m ALMOST ready to start thinking about BTS. ;-) Time to go shopping and check it out! 

I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.