I am enjoying my time volunteering at the school I just retired from. I go in 3 mornings a week to work with kids. I have 2 guided reading groups and I help out another teacher with her writing lessons. This has motivated me to continue to create several literacy products. Here are 3 of my newest ones.
This is a set of 3 game boards for practicing letter sounds. The key here is to follow the arrows and not get sent back. The kids love the game aspect and they are getting better at recognizing their letters and sounds as a result.
This one actually uses an old rap that a colleague of mine has used for years with her beginning readers. She doesn't know where she got it originally, but I have updated it and added some cute graphics. I printed out a set for her. Her students were excited to have color copies to use. Get your free copy by clicking on the image.
This is a large set of different task cards that work on word families for the short and long vowels, compound words, opposites, contractions, and homophones. There are many ways to use these cards, but I find memory type games seem to be the most popular.
If you are interested in seeing any of my other literacy products, check out my store and click on the custom category Literacy Activities.
It is fun to see the children getting engaged in language and the excitement on their faces when they realize that they are reading. I love being able to teach just because without the added politics.
I look forward to sharing some of the other things we do throughout the year.
I have been having fun in the classroom I am helping out in. We have been working on using juicy details and creating Christmas poems.
First the teacher showed the class some images of different Christmas scenes. The students brainstormed lists of words to match each of the senses. We did this over the period of 3 lessons.
After coming up with lots of great describing words, we introduced the template for the poem. Each child created 4 different verses. Here are the templates they used. They just had the written part to use.
After the drafts were completed, I helped type them up onto these fancy pages. The actual template has space for adding your own text.
Then I created a title page so that they could make a little booklet.
The booklet is going to be part of a special gift that they are making for Christmas. When I showed them the good copy templates they were very excited and they all worked very hard at their editing so that I could begin typing out the final copies. I would love to show you some of them, and tell you more about what they are doing, but I don't want to let the secret out of the bag in case a family member sees it.
If you would like a copy of the template, or the juicy details papers you can find them in my store. Just click on the image above.
About Me Charlene Sequeira
I am a wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 9, and a retired primary and music teacher. I love working with kids and continue to volunteer at school and teach ukulele.