Friday, June 26, 2015

Summer Anchor Chart and Writing Prompts

Today I am featuring my new Anchor Chart and Writing Prompts product. Summertime is such a fun time to enjoy the sun, the beach, sports, friends, and beautiful weather. 

This bright and colorful anchor chart gets children's creative juices flowing and using their schema for writing about the fun they have in the summer sun. Print out the anchor chart and hang in your writing center. Or, project it onto your white board for whole group writing following a discussion on fun summer activities.

Vocabulary words next to the pictures help primary writers with spelling as well ELL, ESL, and LD learners needing this extra support.

The writing pages have a fun black line picture for students to color as well as a word box to provide support with vocabulary and spelling. A short writing prompt relating to the picture is provided on each page.

The last two pages provide differentiation for more advanced writers needing less vocabulary support and less of a writing prompt. 

There is no picture provided on this page, allowing students to create their own picture in the space.

The last page has more lines for writers who prefer writing over drawing a picture. Of course, they could draw a picture on a separate page.

If you enjoy this product, be sure to check out my other anchor charts and writing prompt products, including the
Spring Writing Pack, Fall Writing Anchor Chart, Winter Writing Anchor Chart, and Winter Writing Journal.

Happy writing!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Classroom Decor Packet

Classroom Decor Packet

Teachers are always on the look out for fresh new ways to decorate their classrooms for the upcoming school year. 

This Classroom Decor Packet was inspired by my last two posts, where I featured my Classroom Alphabet Cards and Chevron Task Cards and Frames

I've been trying my hand at creating my own backgrounds and I love task cards. So I decided to wed the two and this design is what I've come up with. Not so bad for my first try, huh?

This chevron color pattern happens to be my favorite, so I decided to use it for this classroom decor packet. 

This packet includes four basic items that teachers need to decorate their classroom:

1. Word Wall Cards:

Letters are nice and large and easy to read. I used the 2x3 task card template for this rather than the larger (1x2) ones just in case your word wall space is limited. I also opted not to use any pictures so that you could be as creative as you'd like with complementary colors or a theme of your choosing.

2. Table Number Labels:

There are enough for up to six tables. 

3. Alphabet Posters:

These cute cards are large enough for you to hang either above your white board or small enough to hang anywhere else you would have the need or the space for ABC cards. They would be perfect to hang in your Writing Center, or to use as a teaching aid during Handwriting instruction. 

Do you still teach Handwriting? It's becoming a lost thing, being phased out of instructional time in a lot of schools. This is so sad! Can you say, "Chicken scratch...or worse!" That's another post, though. (Sigh and SMH).

 4. Number Posters:

Nice, clear numbers, and number words are a great tool for students just learning their numbers. And...Ten Frames...colored ones! I absolutely love these! They go all the way to 20, great for the primary grades.

There you are...Enjoy!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Classroom Alphabet Cards {Flash FREEBIE}

Classroom Alphabet Cards

Today I'm featuring my Classroom Alphabet Cards as a Flash {FREEBIE} at my store. Hurry to get these through the weekend; after that they will be available as a product for purchase. 

I got the idea to create this product while featuring my Chevron Task Cards and Frames templates on my last post. 

These cute cards have the Zaner-Bloser font with guidelines. 

They are perfect for hanging above your whiteboard or on your Writing focus wall for your students to use during handwriting practice and refer to while writing.

I enjoyed creating these alphabet cards so much that I will be using the same chevron task cards templates to create coordinating word wall cards. Be sure to check back soon to see these as well. 

Have a great weekend honoring your dads!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

{Editable} Chevron Task Cards and Frames

Blue skies, green trees, and warm...okay...HOT, HOT mid-June weather! This has been one of the hottest weeks of spring in south central VA so far. 

I don't mind it one bit though. I'm a summer baby so the hotter the better for me. It is absolutely beautiful here.

Recently I've been working on creating task cards and frames. I really love using them when I teach and I've seen them used in many creative ways.

I'm also experimenting with my own background designs. This is my first go around with creating the chevron design with different color patterns.

Each of the 11 different colored [editable] frame and task card sets include: 

a large frame: 
a 1 X 2 page of frames:

a 2 X 2 page of frames:

a page of 2 X 3 task cards:

and a page of 3 X 3 task cards:

There are so many different ways to use task cards. Use them for your classroom signs, notebook covers, labels, alphabet cards, word wall cards, flash cards, sight words. The possibilities are endless!

This .PPT file enables you to add your own text right onto the PowerPoint slide.

How do you use task cards in your classroom? Leave a comment below to share your great ideas.

Stay cool today and stay hydrated!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Summer Bucket List

So it's been a while since I've blogged. I guess you can say that I was...[ahem]..."recalibrating"... is a great word, after a couple of months of health challenges. There's something to say about the summer weather though, that really gets the body healing and healthy again. I love it and I'm beginning to feel like myself again. Hallelujah!

Today I'm really excited to be joining Natalie at What the Teacher Wants for her "Summer Bucket List Linky". Summer is my absolute favorite time of the year so this linky is a great opportunity to get blogging again. I love the sun, the heat, and all the fun times I get to have with my family during the summer months. It's also a time I get to do a lot of things on my "bucket list" that I don't really take the time to do during the school year.

School:  Celebrate 1-year Retirement Anniversary

Fortunately, I was blessed to retire from teaching last June, making this my first year anniversary! I do love the kiddos, however, so I have managed over the past year to continue working with elementary students at a nearby elementary school. I now get to assist teachers in their classrooms with their ESL and struggling students, working with these students one-on-one and in small groups, mostly in reading. After just a short time doing this, I got the inspiration and idea for this new blog, with the name appropriately, Your Teacher Assistant

So now I get the best of both worlds. I am one blessed woman and so thankful for the opportunity to continue to make a difference in the lives of young children while still doing what I love and hold near and dear to my heart.


*Rest, read, relax, and detox:  Not having to get up early for school is awesome. I can relax a little and read as much as my heart desires. Books on my list this summer include The Alchemist, The Harbinger, and Learning in the Fast Lane: 8 Ways to Put All Students on the Road to Academic Success. I've been reading up on the benefits of a good detox so I plan to give that a go as well.

*Migrate to a plant-based diet: I do this once a year in January and feel so good while I'm eating well. My goal is to eventually wean myself off of meat all together. I've recently discovered that I am gluten intolerant, so I do not have much of a choice when it comes to food any more. A gluten-free and a plant-based diet can only do me well; and the benefits of clean, healthy eating far outweigh all the yummy foods that I will be sacrificing, so I'm going to give it a go.

*Update and spruce up my TpT products and blog: Some of my earlier products deserve a face lift or updates. As well, I've been wanting for the longest time to devote quality time to creating an attractive and winning blog. 


*Vegas 2015: In less than a month, I will be attending my first TpT Conference. One of my personal goals this year is to take my TpT business to the next level. My husband has encouraged me to go, and frankly, I'm ecstatic about getting the opportunity to meet some of my favorite bloggers, connect and meet new friends, and learn how the best author-sellers have reached their current levels of success. I consider myself a "small seller," meaning that I have less than 200 followers to my store, so I can't wait to hear their stories. Did I say I was excited? Ec-stat-ic!

*The Beach: My husband and I have recently moved to the beautiful state of Virginia from chilly central Pennsylvania. Virginia is where we believe we have been led for the time being to fulfill a higher calling. Virginia has some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast and I am looking forward to enjoying some sand and sun this summer.

* 30th Year Anniversary: This year I get to celebrate being married to my soul mate and best friend for a whopping 30 years. We celebrated with an awesome cruise to Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico a couple months ago; however our actual anniversary is in July. I am so blessed. 

What's on your summer bucket list? Do share!