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Museum and Myths – what a combination!

January 25, 2011
Museum and Myths – what a combination!

Project Based Learning My students are deep in their individual study of a chosen topic and I’m having fun learning new things like: Did you know that the Statue of Liberty has a broken shackle on her left ankle?  It represents the breaking from the bondage of slavery. That baby giraffes are 6′ tall!...
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Harry Potter – Trading Cards

November 26, 2010
Harry Potter – Trading Cards

Harry Potter Trading Cards My reading group is enjoying reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and to capitalize on their interest we are making trading cards for the characters.  The group discussed what is usually on a trading card and how they should do them.  It was interesting to watch them decide to...
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 2

October 10, 2010
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Chapter 2

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Chapter 2 – The Vanishing Glass What a lively discussion this chapter created! I’m always thrilled with the word J.K. Rowling chose to use to tell the story and are delighted when my students discover the nuances of the words. Some of the discussions were: How the Dursley’s...
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Word Families Flip Books

June 14, 2010
Word Families Flip Books

After your child knows her letter sounds and can identify the beginning and ending sound in words, she is ready to work with the vowel sound in the middle. Introducing word families or patterns to your daughter will help build her reading and spelling vocabulary as she begins to see the patterns found in words. Word...
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Playing with Words Through Rhyming

December 12, 2009
Playing with Words Through Rhyming

Rhyming prepares children for beginning reading by “playing” with the letter sounds. In order to rhyme, children need to be able to hear the different letter sounds in words and be able to change the beginning sound to make a new word. Poems, nursery rhymes, jump rope jingles… all help make rhyming fun when...
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ABC Books

November 29, 2009
ABC Books

  ABC Books Fill your child’s world with books including ABC books. Read to them daily and often. Have books on tape available so they can listen to a story over and over again as they want to in order to absorb the vocabulary and the rhythm of the words. When reading an ABC...
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ABC Tracing Activities

November 29, 2009
ABC Tracing Activities

Give your child an opportunity to trace letters in a variety of mediums. Not only will it help to imbed the motion in their brain, it will be fun! Here are some ideas that you can use: Similar to many of the activities you can find for practicing spelling words, your child can practicing...
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ABC Re-enforcement Activities

November 29, 2009
ABC Re-enforcement Activities

The following are activities that use a variety of learning styles. Finding out which one your child enjoys doing and helps them retain the information is half of the fun. In the car: When driving around town, you can play the classic car game of spotting the letters in the alphabet or just focus...
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Playing ABC Dominoes!

November 29, 2009
Playing ABC Dominoes!

Playing ABC Dominoes Match the upper case letters to the lower case letters. Materials: dominoes or old business cards print out of letters of the alphabet word doc or PDF 2 sets upper case 2 sets lower case tape scissors Make the Dominoes Print out 2 sets the letters of the alphabet in upper...
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Have fun playing Matching ABC!

November 24, 2009
Have fun playing Matching ABC!

Matching Games are fun and simple to make. Remember don’t overwhelm your child by putting out all 26 letters to match at once. Begin with 1 or 2 that they don’t know along with 2 or 3 that they do. Materials: old business cards, 3×5 cards cut in half or card stock markers, letters...
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