Sunday, March 29, 2015

Spring Sight Words Spin, Write & Color

This has been a very interesting month for me. Exhausting, exciting, exhilarating, encouraging...all of the above. Life has truly been a factor, and I am thankful for every minute of it. That's why I haven't blogged for a lot of days. I'm glad to be back and inspired to create; it's what I love.

Recently, I assessed my struggling readers on their sight words, and discovered that they are in need of some more practice. They are all boys, so I am always challenged to think of activities to do with them which are fun and interactive. I've been using my iPad a lot with them, which they love. 

I love using technology and I love the iPad apps that are available. One that I've found very useful and my students enjoy is the 
Sight Words Ninja app which I downloaded from the iTunes App store. This app features an option which allows parents and teachers to customize the sight word lists depending on the needs of the students. This way students are having fun playing the interactive games while learning the sight words that they need to learn.

My students have a lot of fun practicing Sight Word Sentences with my Dolch Sight Word Sentence Practice PowerPoint as well. 

Since the boys need a little more work with the sight words in isolation, I created a product that would be fun as well as helpful for them. The Spring Sight Words Spin, Write, & Color worksheets product allows the students to do just that. A Spring theme makes it relevant and meaningful. 

Each worksheet covers eight words, on which students must spin a paper clip spinner and read the word that the spinner stops on. Next, they write the word on the line; and finally, find the word on the picture and color the section of the picture wherever they see the word.

Each word is found at least once on each picture.

I will be using these worksheets this coming week with the boys; each of which addresses the needs of each student, or all of them, respectfully. I plan to post my reflections on the worksheets, as well as feedback on how the boys responded and benefited from the worksheets, soon.

If you get a chance to use the worksheets too, I'd appreciate your feedback as well. Thanks and have a blessed week!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hooray! A Milestone Reached!

I am sooo excited today! I've reached a new milestone! Last night before I turned off my computer, I was sooo close to reaching my goal of 100 followers on my TpT store. I was at 98, so I put out a quick fleece on the FB groups that I follow asking for more followers so I could reach my goal. Not long at all afterwards, my Followers count rose to about 108. That's amazing! Everyone who helped get me there was just as excited as I was! They kept commenting with my new number count as they "followed" me. Needless to say, I was one happy and grateful seller when I went to bed last night. I'm surprised I didn't have sweet TpT dreams all night long. zzzzzzzzz.

When I turned on my computer this evening my count had risen to 116! I am thrilled to have reached a new milestone. I had been praying for more followers, and my prayers were truly answered. I'm grateful to God, first, and also for everyone who helped get me over the mark. YOU ROCK!!! Really! How I reached this goal is worth sharing. I know there are other sellers who want to know what I did to increase my followers. 

When I first started my new store last fall, it was rough getting followers. I was persistent, however, and kept following other bloggers and building my store. I read in the Seller's Forum from other sellers, who said that you should try to have at least 20 products posted in your store before going live. I made a bold move, however, and opened my store with just a few products; maybe four or five I believe it was; I know it was under ten. 

From there, I kept on creating products, adding to my store little by little as I was inspired with ideas for more products. Then I remembered some advice from a fellow seller friend and colleague, who told me to be sure to get involved in what other blogger sellers were doing, such as Linky Parties and things. I tried a couple and that got me a few more followers, but not nearly what I wanted. At the beginning of March I had a mere 38 followers. UGH! 

Finally, one day recently I got the break I needed. Somehow, while combing over blog after blog as I do every day (because I'm always inspired by them) I stumbled upon Lindsey Johnston's blog, Miss Johnston's Journey. She was having a week-long birthday celebration, which included a HUGE Give-Away of products and freebies by TpT sellers. To do this, Lindsey was soliciting products and freebies from sellers so I threw my hat in the ring with the "big wigs," hoping that this would be my big break. It was!

My Followers number grew from 38 to 98 followers within about a week's time. As a teeny tiny seller, with a teeny tiny store and teeny tiny following, this was HUGE for me--a struggling seller for such a long time. 

Having joined Lindsey's Give-Away, I got so much exposure from her followers and others visiting her blog. My product was listed there with the big guys, so I got a lot more traffic to my TpT store, some of whom clicked my "Follow Me" button. So, thank you, Lindsey, and THANK YOU, everyone who followed me recently to help me reach my goal of over 100 followers! You truly do ROCK!!! There's only one direction to go now... 

Up, Up, Up!

I love you all,


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Spring Game Board {FREEBIE!}

This March day is an absolutely beautiful day in Central Virginia! A warm, sunny, 60 degree day with blue skies and fresh air. A much welcomed day following such brutal weather over the past three weeks. We've had a total of six school days since President's Day. Did I say I was complaining? Let's say that it was a very nice Pre-Spring Break. I got lots and lots of work done on my blog and TpT store and I am thrilled!

Today I am posting a {FREEBIE!} that I had so much fun creating. This SPRING Game Board is the perfect way to have your students review their sight words, vocabulary, or math facts, almost any subject, old-fashioned game board style!
The object is simple: The first player to get his/her game piece all the way around the game board to the FINISH while reading or solving the task/flash/vocabulary cards correctly, wins the game. 

The game comes with two types of paper clip spinners:

One spinner has on it the numbers 1 through 4; the other, four pictured die with pips 1 through 4. You or your students can decide which to use for their game play.  

Students operate the spinner by spinning a paper clip around the point of a pencil point side down onto the black dot of the spinner.

This game requires a little assembly. First, copy (and laminate for durability) the two game board sheets. I suggest then gluing these to the inside of a file folder to make a file folder game.

Next, cut out and fold the four game pieces into the shape of a triangle, picture side out and up. Then staple, clip, or tape the top shut, to make stand up game pieces. I left one unattached at the top on the picture for you to see how it folds (see picture above). Voila! You're ready to put out the game to be played.
I suggest a group of 2-4 players for this game,  consisting of strong students well as students needing some verbal support. The stronger students can confirm the weaker students' answers during the game. 

Directions: {Up to 4 players}
1. Players pick a game piece and put it on the game board on the square marked START.
2. Use your own (sight words, math facts, or vocabulary) task or flashcards. Place them face down on the table to become the drawing pile.
3. Players take turns spinning the designated spinner to see how many spaces to move, i.e. 1-4.
4. When it is his/her turn, a player draws a card and reads it or solves the the math fact. Other player(s) confirm their answer.
5. If player's answer is correct, s/he moves his/her game piece along the path of the board the number of spaces on the spinner. If s/he is not correct, s/he loses his/her turn and the next player spins the spinner.
6. If a player lands on a space with words, s/he reads the words and follows the directions in the square. Once players reach the end of the path on the first page, they  continue
moving across the crease of your file folder, onto the game path on the next page, following the arrows and path to the FINISH.
7. The first player to reach the FINISH wins.

I hope your students enjoy this game. I can't wait to get to use it with my students this week at school {finally!}. I will post pictures as soon as I can.

Leave any comments about this game by clicking on the "Comments" below. I would love your feedback. Thanks!

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Miss Johnston's Birthday Bonanza and "Go Fish" Sight Word Phrases

I'm thrilled to be joining Lindsey from Miss Johnston's Journey, for her "Miss Johnston's 25th Birthday Bonanza! Celebration" this entire week. To celebrate this milestone, Lindsey is having a huge, sweet giveaway event! Every day this week she is giving away some awesome TpT products and freebies from some of TpT's finest teacher authors. Visit Lindsey's blog to see all the exciting things she has planned. To top it off, there's a huge giveaway at the end of the week so don't miss your opportunity to enter her contests. 

One of the product giveaways is my Writing Journal Bundle, which I featured in my last blog and you can read about {here}. 

 Another product that I have been working on and have posted in my store currently is my "Go Fish" Sight Word Phrases Card Game.

This card game is a favorite among children. It is a very hands on and fun way for students to review and eventually master the sight word phrases for Lists 1 through 4. The object is easy, of course: to make as many matches as possible with the cards in their hand, by either asking another player for a card that matches theirs, or by drawing from the pile. The player who makes the most matches wins.

While working with my students this week, I found out that this game also lends itself to another game, "Memory," which I played with my students as a review of the sight word phrases before playing "Go Fish." The students had missed many days of school over the past month due to snow and building wide assessments, so I felt this was a great way to help the students review the sight words.  Once they have shown me that they actually remember the sight word phrases, we will play the "Go Fish" game as well.

Unfortunately, I we must wait until Monday to play the game. Winter has been brutal in central Virginia. We've missed the past two days again due to snow, icy, and freezing weather conditions. BRRRRR! 

Have a great day,