Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How to Teach CVC Word Families!

Hearing a child learn to read for the first times is one of the greatest joys for parents, teachers and kids! There is nothing like it!  After children learn their letter sounds, the next step is CVC word.  I wanted to share some teaching methods that have worked for me in my teaching career and with my own children.

First of all, beginning/struggling readers need activities that are  FUN, hands-on and engaging.  Kids learn better when they are having FUN! When learning becomes a GAME, kids enjoy the process. No more tears, no more crying, no more boring worksheets! I have created our CVC Fluency Bundle to help beginning/struggling readers succeed with tons of hands-on and fun resources!
In addition to fun, hands-on and engaging resources, kids need repetition.  However, repeated practice doesn't need to be boring!  You don't need to practice the same skill in the same way again and again. Kids need VARIETY.  This CVC Fluency Bundle includes 12 packets to help teach common word families in a variety of ways! 
The packets are progressive in skill. The first packet in the series begins with isolating sounds (beginning, medial and final sounds) in simple CVC word family words. 

Definition of CVC Words: 
Three letter words that have a consonant at the beginning, a consonant at the end and a short vowel in the middle. 
Examples of CVC words:
 cat, dog, bat, nut, him, ran, big, red, map

Examples of three letter words that are NOT CVC words:
the, she, out, you

Each of the following packets are sold individually, 
or you can grab the BUNDLE and save 20%!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

February FUN-Filled Learning!

Preschool through 3rd Grade NO PREP Packets!

February is such a FUN month!  Kids LOVE Valentine's Day and using that holiday to teach core skills and concepts makes learning exciting! I have made several NO PREP packets that cover grade level skills from Preschool through 3rd Grade for the month of February!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Clear the Paper Clutter with a SIMPLE filing system!

Paper clutter drives me crazy!  This simple system has worked so well for me that I wanted to share it with you once again.  It is easy to let paperwork take over, this filing system offers a simple and sanity saving solution.


One of the things that can overwhelm me and cause me lots of stress, is piles of paperwork!  Papers seems to pile up so quickly, and get out of control in no time at all! As a former teacher and now a homeschooling mom,  I knew that organizing our paperwork was top priority.  I couldn't let piles of papers overtake our classroom and clutter our life.  I feel yucky when there is a ton of paperwork just sitting there, begging me to put it away! I walk by the paperwork and we pretend not to see each other.  It is a mutual agreement...until I break down and deal with it. 

Then there's the burning question...What do I do with all of their schoolwork?   Do I keep every single thing or do I toss some of it into the "round" file?   Last year, I implemented a very simple system that saved my sanity and worked for me.  In fact, it worked so well that I decided to do it again!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

January Learning Resources with NO PREP

January is here! A NEW YEAR and so much to learn! I am super excited to continue our learning for this school year and start the calendar year off strong! I believe that learning should be both FUN and rigorous! I have made some January NO PREP Packets to meet those goals! These packets require NO PREP....NO laminating....NO costly colored ink....NO cutting! Just print and teach!

The following January packets are available:




Here is what is included in the Preschool NO PREP Packet:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

December FUN-Filled Learning with NO PREP!

The Month of December is such a busy and fun time!
I don't want learning to take a backseat, so I made some FUN-filled NO PREP Packets for the month of December! These Monthly Packets are great because they require NO PREP, NO laminating, NO cutting and not costly colored ink!
Just PRINT and TEACH

The following packets are available:



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

November Fun Fill Learning Resources

As we get ready to head on into November, I wanted to create some packets that make learning core skills FUN,  hands-on and super effective. These NO PREP Packets span from Preschool to 3rd Grade! They cover grade level skills in a variety of ways and are very EASY to use! 
Just print and teach! NO PREP, NO costly colored ink, NO laminating, NO cutting!
 Packets available:




 Included in this Packet: 
*Shapes: Squares
*I Can Draw Squares
*Shape Maze: Squares
*Color and Trace the Shapes
*Handwriting A-Z Practice (uppercase)
*Handwriting A-Z Practice (lowercase)
*Trace and Write Letter I
*Trace and Write Letter J
*Trace and Write Letter K
*Trace and Write Letter L
*Letter Sort (cut and paste) I
*Letter Sort (cut and paste) J
*Letter Sort (cut and paste) K
*Letter Sort (cut and paste) L
*Letter Maze I
*Letter Maze J
*Letter Maze K
*Letter Maze L
*Trace the Letter I (upper and lowercase)
*Trace the Letter J (upper and lowercase)
*Trace the Letter K (upper and lowercase)
*Trace the Letter L (upper and lowercase)
*Sight Word Search for: see
*Sight Word Search for: I
*Bingo Dot the Letter I
*Bingo Dot the Letter J
*Bingo Dot the Letter K
*Bingo Dot the Letter L
*Beginning Sounds of A and B (cut and paste)
*Beginning Sounds of C and D (cut and paste)
*Beginning Sounds of E and F (cut and paste)
*Beginning Sounds of G and H (cut and paste)
*Beginning Sounds of I and J (cut and paste)
*Beginning Sounds of K and L (cut and paste)
*Sight Word Practice: the
*Sight Word Practice: is
*Sight Word Practice: see
*Sight Word Sort (cut and paste) for I and see
*Simple Sentences (trace and read) I see the...
*Simple Sentences (trace and read) I see a...
*Roll and Color
*Color by Dots
*Read and Draw I (leaves on the tree)
*Read and Draw II (spots on the dog)
*Read and Color (cats and color words)
*Number Match Up (acorns)
*Count and Match (leaves)
*Numbers 1-5 (count, color, paste)
*Numbers 1-10 (Missing numbers)
*Color by Number Turkey
*Color by Number fall picture
*Match up the other Half
*What am I Missing? (teddy bear and pencil)
*What am I Missing? (Mayflower and Pilgrim)
*What is Different
*Patterns
*Number Order Puzzle (1-5)
*Number Order Puzzle (6-10)
*The Color Brown
*Cutting Practice
*Tracing Practice
*Glue Dot Practice

Here are a few printables in action...




















Included in this packet: 
*Roll and Draw a Shape- Roll a die and draw the shape show in that column.
*Roll and Count a Ten Frame- Roll a die and bout and ten frame from 1-10 in that column.
*Spin and Color a Ten Frame Turkey- Spin the paperclip spinner, color a ten frame turkey according to the color code for numbers 6-10.
*Roll and Color the Turkey- Roll a die and color the turkey.
*What Comes Next? Cut and paste the missing turkeys in each row. Works with numbers 1-10.
*What Comes Next? Cut and paste the missing turkeys in each row. Works with numbers 11-20.
*Roll and Trace Numbers 11-20- Roll a die and trace a number.
*Count up to 20 Cut and Paste- Count, Cut and paste the correct domino that match the numbers 11-20.
*Turkey Maze by 5's- Simple introduction to counting by 5's. Students trace the dotted numbers from 5 to 100.
*I Can Count by 5's - Simple introduction to counting by 5's. Students trace number 5-100.
*Count by 2's - Simple introduction to counting by 2's. Students trace and write the numbers. Includes a built in WEARABLE Counting by 2's watch!
*I Can Count by 10's- Simple introduction to counting by 10's. Students trace the numbers. Includes a built in WEARABLE Counting by 5's watch.
*Word Family Turkey Short a words- Cut and past the correct word family feather under the correct turkey (-at and -an words)
*Word Family Turkey Short e words- Cut and past the correct word family feather under the correct turkey (-ed and -en words)
*Word Family Turkey Short i words- Cut and past the correct word family feather under the correct turkey (-ip and -it words)
*Word Family Turkey Short o words- Cut and past the correct word family feather under the correct turkey (-og and -ot words)
*Word Family Turkey Short u words- Cut and past the correct word family feather under the correct turkey (-ut and -un words)
*Missing Vowels- Say the name of each picture and fill in the missing vowel for each cvc word.
*Roll and Write Beginning and Ending Sounds - Roll a die and write the beginning and ending sound for each cvc picture word.
*Roll and Count- Roll a die and count a set of items in the column. Color the number that matches. (Items up to 20)
*Roll, Read and Write a Sentence (short a words)- roll die and trace a simple, repetitive sentence. Fill in the missing CVC word according to your roll.
*Roll, Read and Write a Sentence (short e words)- roll die and trace a simple, repetitive sentence. Fill in the missing CVC word according to your roll.
*Roll, Read and Write a Sentence (short i words)- roll die and trace a simple, repetitive sentence. Fill in the missing CVC word according to your roll.
*Roll, Read and Write a Sentence (short o words)- roll die and trace a simple, repetitive sentence. Fill in the missing CVC word according to your roll.
*Roll, Read and Write a Sentence (short u words)- roll die and trace a simple, repetitive sentence. Fill in the missing CVC word according to your roll.
*Color by Sight Word and Build a Sentence I - Use the color code and color the turkey (sight words: look, big, the, at) Build a Sentence by unscramble the words using some of the sight words. Cut, paste and copy the sentence.
*Color by Sight Word and Build a Sentence II - Use the color code and color the owl (sight words: do, you, like) Build a Sentence by unscramble the words using some of the sight words. Cut, paste and copy the sentence.
*Turkey Addition to 5- Use the Five Little Turkeys to help solve the problems. (cut and paste the sums).
*Turkey Subtraction to 5 - Use the Five Little Turkeys to help solve the problems. (cut and paste the answers)
*Six Ways to Make 6- Decomposing Numbers: Use the color code to color the 6 count rod to show 6 different ways to make 6. Write the numbers used.
*Seven Ways to Make 7- Decomposing Numbers: Use the color code to color the 7 count rod to show 7 different ways to make 7. Write the numbers used.
*Eight Ways to Make 8- Decomposing Numbers: Use the color code to color the 8 count rod to show 8 different ways to make 8. Write the numbers used.
*Eight Ways to Make 9- Decomposing Numbers: Use the color code to color the 9 count rod to show 9 different ways to make 9. Write the numbers used.
*Eight Ways to Make 10- Decomposing Numbers: Use the color code to color the 10 count rod to show 10 different ways to make 10. Write the numbers used.
*Gobble Up Ten Frames - Count the ten frames from 1-10, cut and paste the answer.
*Gobble Up Ten Frames II- Count the ten frames from 11-20, cut and paste the answer.
*Turkeys Count by Ten - Look at each ten frame, color the dots needed to make ten. Write the missing number in the equation.
*Turkey Ten Frames - Look at the number on each turkey. Fill in the ten frames to match the number. (11-20)
*Count on with Colorful Turkeys - Look at the number on the turkey. Trace the number and count on up to 20. Color the turkeys according tot the color code.
*Rainbow Numbers 1-30- Trace the numbers from 1-30.
*Turkey Dinner Addition- Add the Turkey dinner items from 1-5 and write the sums.
*Count and Color a Ten Frame - Count the turkey dinner items and color a ten frame to match.
*Counting with Fingers-Count the fingers shown and write a number sentence (up to 10)
*November Calendar- Trace the month, the year and write the numbers on the calendar. Answer the simple calendar questions. 
*Reading Simple Sentences I- Look at the picture, cut and paste a simple sentence with cvc words and simple sight words to match the picture.
*Reading Simple Sentences II- Look at the picture, cut and paste a simple sentence with cvc words and simple sight words to match the picture.
*Reading Simple Sentences II- Look at the picture, cut and paste a simple sentence with cvc words and simple sight words to match the picture.
*Word Search I- Very simple word search to find the sight words: big, see, can, and, the. Trace the sight words and read 4 simple sentences using those sight words.
*Word Search II- Very simple word search to find the sight words: for, come, down, loo, Trace the sight words and read 4 simple sentences using those sight words.
*Word Search III- Very simple word search to find the sight words: me, run, go, help, play. Trace the sight words and read 4 simple sentences using those sight words.
*Tic-Tac-Toe Rhyming Words- Look at the pictures and say the name to hear a rhyming word and play Tic-Tac-Toe by coloring the pictures that rhyme. Works with the following word families: -an, -at, -am and -ag.
*What is Different- Look at each set of items and find the difference. 

Here are a few printables "in action"...



































November NO PREP Packet (1st Grade)



This packet includes the following printables:
*Roll and Color the Turkey- Roll two dice, add them up and color the turkey.
*Color by Sight Word- Use the color code to color the picture using the following 1st Grade Sight Words: ask, could, some, thank.
Color by Place Value- Use the color code to color the picture using the place value color code (ones and tens).
*Missing Addends- Fill in the missing addends for each number sentence.
*Fix it Up Sentences about Turkeys- Find the 3 mistakes in each sentence. Rewrite the sentences correctly.
*Spin and Color a Blend- Spin the spinner and use the color code to color a bubble blend word. The following blends are used: br, bl, fl, sl and fr.
*Roll and Write a CVC word. Roll a die and use that beginning letter to make a CVC word with a short a in the middle.
*Roll and Write a CVC word. Roll e die and use that beginning letter to make a CVC word with a short a in the middle.
*Roll and Write a CVC word. Roll i die and use that beginning letter to make a CVC word with a short a in the middle.
*Roll and Write a CVC word. Roll o die and use that beginning letter to make a CVC word with a short a in the middle.
*Roll and Write a CVC word. Roll u die and use that beginning letter to make a CVC word with a short a in the middle.
*Roll, Add and Solve- Roll a die, solve an addition problem (up to 20) in the column. Number line included for additional support.
*Roll, Subtract and Solve- Roll a die, solve a Subtraction problem (up to 20) in the column. Number line included for additional support.
*Balancing Equations - Use the numbers in the box to balance equations.
*Spin and Graph a Turkey Dinner- Spin the spinner and graph the turkey dinner items. Answer the graphing questions on the bottom.
*Non-Ficiton Text Features- Use the text features and definitions to find and record examples from a student text.
*Spin and Trace a Sight Word- Spin the spinner and trace one of the following first grade sight words on the graph: know, open, every, afar, then, could, were and once.
*Color an R-Blend- Use dot markers or crayons to color the letters in the r-blend words. Find and color the picture that matches the word.
*Place Value (cut and paste) - Cut and paste the turkey that matches the tens and ones place for each set.
*Spin a Verb, Noun or Adjective- Spin the spinner and color the turkey according to the color code on the spinner for the verb, noun or adjective.
*Beginning Blends- Fill in the Beginning Blends for each word/picture. Color a turkey after you find the word.
*Nouns and Verbs- Color the turkeys' features according to the color code for nouns and verbs (4 turkeys with 36 words)
*Spin and Color a Long Vowel Turkey- Spin the spinner and color a long vowel turkey according to your spin and the color code.
*Odd or Even - Cut and paste the odd or even ten frames to the correct column.
*Doubles- Roll a die and double the number. Color a turkey that matches your double. (Can be played with a partner)
*Doubles +1 - Roll a die, double the number and add 1 more. Color the turkey that matches the double +1 (Can be played with a partner)
*Turkey Number Bonds- Complete the number bond for each turkey (part to whole)
*Balancing Equations- Cut and paste the two equations that have sums that balance.
*True or False- Cut and paste the number sentences to the correct columns.
*Spin an Equation- Spin two spinner and add the numbers.
*Turkey Time I- Write the digital time for each clock to the half hour.
*Turkey Time II - Draw hands on the clock to represent the digital time (time to the half hour).
*Measurement: Weather- Look at each thermometer and circle the correct temperature, write the correct temperature or color in the correct temperature.
*Word Problems- Read the turkey word problems and solve the equations. Show your work by drawing or any other visual way and write the number sentence. 
*Fact Families- Complete the turkey fact families.
*Place Value- Fill in the tens, ones and in all boxes by counting each set of popsicle sticks.
*Skip Counting by 2's- Look at the beginning numbers. Continue skip counting for each set of numbers starting at different even numbers up to 98.
*R-Blend Crossword Puzzle- Use the pictures and the word in the word bank to complete the R-Blend Crossword Puzzle.
*L-Blend Crossword Puzzle- Use the pictures and the word in the word bank to complete the L-Blend Crossword Puzzle.
*Correct Punctuation- Read the sentences, cut and past the correct punctuation mark.
*I Know My Sight Words- Use the Sound Boxes to box up the sight words: just, could, ask, know, again, thank, when, let, going, every, once, them and round.
*Story Elements- Read a story and fill in the graphic organizer with the characters, setting, problem and solution.
*Calendar Time- Read the directions and fill in the calendar for November. Answer the questions about the calendar.
*Days of the Week (cut and paste in ABC order)
*Turkey Trot 1-120- Fill in the numbers from 1-120 on the grid.
*I am Thankful For… Use the Turkey's feathers to fill in what you are thankful for and write about it.
*Thanksgiving Dinner (cut and paste ABC order)
*Comprehension Check- Read the story about turkeys and answer the comprehension questions. 

Here are a few of the printable "in action"...






























Included in this packet:
*Money: Coins- Look at the price for each item and find two different ways to pay by showing the coins you can use.
*Double Digit Addition with Regrouping- Solve the problems and color the baby turkey that matches your answer.
*Double Digit Addition with Regrouping - Solve the problems and color the part of the turkey dinner that matches your answer.
*Double Digit Subtraction with Regrouping- Solve the problems and color the path from the turkey to the poult.
*2-Digit Addition with Regrouping- Solve the problems and color the sums with an odd number to help the baby turkeys get home.
2-Digit Addition with Regrouping - Help the baby turkeys find their mommies. Add and connect the pairs that have the same answers.
*Mental Math - Adding Doubles (50 problems)
*Measurement: Centimeters
*Elapsed Time by 5 Minute Increments-Write the time for the 1st clock and then show the elapsed time for the 2nd clock.
*Place Value to 1,000- Write the value of the number in the thousands place. Order the four dice to make the largest number.
*Place Value Equivalences- Find the turkeys that have the same value.
*Word Problems- Addition and Subtraction word problems.
*Inches or Feet? Look at each item and decide if you would use inches or feet to measure.
*Singular and Plural Possessive- Read each phrase and then write the correct plural or singular possessive phrase.
*BOGGLE - Use the letters to make new words (2 sets of Boggle Boards)
*What is Your Prefix Worth? Read the sentence with the prefix and decide how much the prefix is worth by adding up the scrabble tiles. Write the definition of the word.
*Dictionary Skills: Guide Words- Look up the given word in the dictionary, write the page number and the two guide words.
*Homophones- Read the sentences and choose the correct homophone.
*ABC Order- Put the 4 sets of words in ABC order to the 2nd and 3rd letter.
*Subject and Predicate- Use the color code to color the subject and predicate.
*Subject and Predicate II- Finish the subject or predicate for each sentence.
*My Word Search Puzzle- BLANK word search puzzle template for students to use with their spelling words, thanksgiving words or any other word list.  
*My Digraph Word Search- Create a digraph word search using the given digraphs. Have a friend find the words.
*My Blend Word Search- Create a blend word search using the given blends. Have a friend find the words.
*Comparative and Superlative Adjectives - Complete the chart using comparative and superlative adjectives.
*Syllable Sort - Read and sort the words into the correct syllable count. Break apart the given words into syllables.
*Analogies - Fill in an analogy with the given words.
*Using Reference Materials: Encyclopedia and Dictionary. Use the set of dictionaries to find the correct answer. Use the given guide words to find the word that would be on the page.
*Fiction and Nonfiction Text- Decide if the text is fiction or nonfiction. Write four titles of nonfiction text and four fiction text.
*Roll and Find the Base Word- Roll a die, read a word in the column, write the base word and the page number you find it on in the dictionary.
*Pronouns- Read the short story and fill in the correct pronoun. Read the sentences and write a pronoun.
*Writing Titles- Roll a die and write the names of the people correctly.
Homonyms- Read the sentences and decide which homonym picture best fits the sentence.
*Roll and Write the Correct Date - Roll a die and fix one of the dates in the column using the correct abbreviations and commas.
*Writing a Friendly Letter- Write a friendly letter using the five parts: heading, greeting, body, closing and signature.
*Adverbs- Cut and paste the adverb to the correct column: how, how often, when or where.
*Prefixes, Root Words and Suffixes- Read each word and write the root word, prefix or suffix in the correct column.
*Verbs: Past and Present- Write the words in the correct column.
*Graphing Grammar- Circle and write each word in the correct column: nouns, verbs, adjectives and pronouns.
*Consonant Blends- Read each word and color the beginning or ending consonant blend. Solve the consonant riddles at the bottom of the page.
*Box up Synonyms- Read each word in the box and find the word that is a synonym in the word bank. Use the sound boxes to box up the word.
*Box up Antonyms- Read each word in the box and find the word that is a Antonym in the word bank. Use the sound boxes to box up the word.
*Roll and Write Plural Nouns (Irregular and Regular Plural Nouns)- Roll a die and write the plural form of the nouns in the column.
*Making New Words With THANKSGIVING. Use the letters to write new words.


Included in this packet:
*Compound Words- Match up the pictures to make a compound word
*Color by Part of Speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns)
*Parts of Speech Graphing (nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs)
*R-Controlled Vowels (Spin and Write)
*Making New Words with Thanksgiving
*Making New Words with Plymouth Rock
*Complete Subject and Complete Predicate
*Poetry Response (My Shadow)
*Main Verb and Helping Verb
*Writing: Supporting Sentences
*Alliterations
*Similes
*Analogies Crossword Puzzle
*ABC Order - The United States
*Compare and Contrast (Venn Diagram) 3 Things
*Table of Contents
*Linear Measurement
*Measurement: Inches and Feet
*Measurement: Graphing Shapes
*Measurement: Color by the Code (length, time, width, volume, temperature)
*Word Problems: Fractions
*Word Problems: Make a Graph
*Elapsed Time: Draw the hands and write the elapsed time
*Time to the Minute: Write the time
*Time to the Minute: Draw the hands
*Money: Making Change for $1.00
*Money: Making Change for $5.00
*Money: Making Change for $10.00
*Multiplication: Roll and Multiply
*Multiplication: Spin and Multiply
*Multiplication: Color by the Code
*Multiplication: Spin and Multiply 1-6
*Multiplication: Spin and Multiply 7-12
*Multiplication: Solve to Win!
*Rounding Numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.
*Fix the Mistakes in the sentences
*Compare and Contrast Pumpkin Pie and Apple Pie 
*Compare and Contrast (Blank)
*Map of the United States (answer the questions)
*The Planets (read and color)






















Our Reading Comprehension Checks in action!



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