Friday, January 11, 2013

Summer Lovin

Sorry I haven't posted for so long.  I haven't been doing anything special, just really lovin our Summer break. I think I'll need all the R&R because once we go back I'll be stressing. Why? Because we only have 2 DAYS to set up our classrooms. Yep, we all had to hand in our keys before we left and we only get them back on the Monday, 2 days before we have to return to school for teacher days (Wed thru Friday). And the 'planning time', which is always 'get room set-up time' is always just the last hour of the day BUT we are expected to have our rooms 'student ready' on Friday morning as kiddos and their parents drop off their things then. 

Anywho, since I'm not at school I don't have anything really to post about. I did make up these READ things that everyone has now. I want to hot glue some thin black ribbon around the outside still.
I've also started making some Word Family packs to work on with my new firsties. I'm making the 'a' word families in pink (so I can mix them up later for review) and the other vowels in a different color.
Each pack has 11 activities and centers and about 50 pages of word family fun! Here's what I've printed and have ready. 


We'll be using magnets to make words in the first pic. The first set of cards students will just need to add the beginning sound or blend. In the second set, students will need to make the whole word. We'll also make flip books and word slides. The color copies I've made up to work on word families during guided reading and I've also included B&W copies for students to make, color and keep for themselves (I've only printed off the B&W flip book). 

The second pic here shows the self-correcting -at Word Family puzzles. The kids are going to love them! The first pic shows just about everything. I've included some flash cards/word wall cards, Roll and Write graph, letters to make words at the pocket chart, a play-doh mat, a word family min-book, a Fill in the Blank cloze worksheet and word search.

I'm working on other packs at the moment. I've got a list a mile long of things I want to work on to save time during the school term but I don't think most of them will happen!

If you're in the southern hemisphere, how is your break going?

11 comments:

  1. Hi,
    I am loving my holidays although it has been really, really hot! Hopefully there will be some relief once cyclone narelle arrives!
    I have been making some resources for my yr 4s, just a dumb blonde question...when you laminate do you cut out first then laminate and then cut again? Or do you print and laminate straight away? I'm just wondering how the cards/ centres stay durable without the sides lifting if you don't cut out first?
    Sorry for the ramblings , enjoy the rest of your holiday
    Rebecca

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    1. Hi Rebecca, hopefully we'll have some relief before school starts! Most of the time I do cut out before laminating and cut again. It seems a waste to not do that and then find the laminate has peeled off. Takes longer but saves time in the long run by not having to print and make the cards or centres all over again. I usually do mine when watching TV!

      I hope you enjoy the rest of the holidays too!

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  2. Your word family sets look fantastic! You are very creative. I know what you mean about wanting to get ahead in the school holidays, I'm the same though I haven't been as productive as you!

    I live in South Australia, it has been ridiculously hot! We've had a pretty quiet couple of weeks since Chrissie, we live near the beach so we've been down there quite a bit. Other than that, just enjoying spending extra time at home with my two little ones.

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your holidays... they go so quickly don't they?!

    Try not to stress about your classroom either, though I know that's easier said than done!

    Jess

    Early Years Fun

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    1. Thanks for popping by Jess, I look forward to checking out your blog. Wouldn't you love the 3 MONTHS the U.S. has off over Summer?!! As you said, 6 weeks go way too fast!!

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  3. The set looks great! What's the READ thing everyone has now? I haven't seen it before!

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    1. Hi Allison, I've just been to check out your blog! I'm following through Google Reader but I didn't see a follow button to click on that. I'm also in Brisbane. The READ thing is shown in the first pic of this post. It's basically some letters that have been cutsied up. I grabbed some letters from Spotlight, painted them with acrylic paint and then covered the front with scrapbook paper and mod podge. There's a tutorial at this blog:

      http://www.classroomdiy.com/2012/06/diy-decorative-letters.html

      I look forward to following along with your blog.

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  4. Your work looks amazing. I have been working on some word family stuff and rhyming words but yours is incredible. I hope you are staying cool with the heat. I was up in Queensland visiting family and it was pretty hot. Now I am back in Victoria and we are having a heat wave too!

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    1. Thank you Paula, I look forward to seeing what you come up with for word families! I too wish this heat wave would pass although it makes putting off exercising that little bit easier!

      Enjoy the rest of the holidays!

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  5. I'm in Brisbane too, 39C here today, I'm in air con and not leaving! Handing in your keys is a bit rough, I've already been to my school and started on my classroom. We have air con in the rooms so moving desks around wasn't an issue. I love your work, I'm just bummed cause I'm teaching year 6 and and I can't find anyone else's work like yours but for year 6. Thank you for the inspiration. Meg

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  6. I'm in the same boat with classroom set up except I can't get in there till the Wednesday as the carpets are being cleaned on Monday :(

    Loving your READ sign!

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  7. I feel sick to my stomach knowing that I only have 2 days to set up my room! I also had to make an emergency orthodontist appointment for 11am on the Monday so I only have 1.5 days! I am looking forward to going back to school just so that I have air conditioning though haha

    I love your 'read' letters - they are on my list of things to create as well! I didn't do nearly enough work on word families last year so I'm off to check out your packets =) Enjoy the rest of your break!

    Casey
    Adoring Lilly

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