Monday, March 11, 2013

Quick Freebie!

I am on Spring Break and spending lots of quality time with my two children, but wanted to share a quick freebie with you! 

When I return to school next week, my class will be working on the letter Uu, so I made this for my morning work {while I check folders first thing in the morning, they do a little review work - they will probably do this on Thursday or Friday, after we have done lots of learning about the letter}.

I hope you can use it! 

And, have you heard about Educents?  They are a daily deals site for educators. They will have daily deals 30 - 90% the latest educational products! They launch April 2, 2013 and, if you sign up now, you can earn a $15 gift card!  Just click here to learn more! 

And because I love a sale, Carson Dellosa is having a big sale right now!
What a great way to get some new pocket charts or Bulletin Board sets! And there are over 100 items under $2! Click here to check it out!

Now, if my children give me a spare moment to visit with you, I will be back later in the week!  '
I hope you have a Super Happy Week!!! :)

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Love for Issy Books!

I was recently asked to review some Issy Books {check out their website}. After receiving these sweet readers, I could not wait to take them back to my classroom and have my class read them! They are precious!  They are the perfect size for little hands. The words are clear and just right for some of my little Kinders!  And we love the adorable illustrations!

First, let me tell you about the sweet author!  {her picture is above}

Here is the press release they sent me:

"Compass, the educational imprint of Brigantine Media, announces the release of the Issy Books, written by Pat Calfee and illustrated by Isybilla Gee. The first eleven Issy Books (trade paper, 12 pages each, $6.25 each) became available nationwide March 1, 2013.
            The Issy Books are for “emergent readers”—children who are just beginning to learn to read. The books are written by educational consultant and teacher Pat Calfee, and are illustrated by Pat’s five-year-old granddaughter, Issy. Like the children who read the Issy Books, Issy herself is just learning to read, and her ever-present optimism and charm shine through her art. Issy draws and paints from her imagination and from life, using animals, flowers, and the world around her as reference.
Her grandmother, Pat Calfee—whom Issy affectionately refers to as "Gigi"—writes the stories that Issy illustrates. Using sight words, controlled vocabulary, and illustrations to support the beginning-level stories, the Issy Books are specifically designed to engage young minds in reading. Picture clues and predictable text help early readers gain confidence in their new reading skills.
The first ten Issy Books tell the stories of different animals, such as Snappy the crab, Oscar the octopus, and Bam Bam the dog. The books are available in sets of 5 books (ISBNs 978-1-9384061-3-3 and 978-1-9384061-4-0) and 10 books (ISBN 978-1-9384061-5-7), and are packaged in a clear carry tote, sized for young hands. The eleventh book, “Meet Issy” (ISBN 978-1-9384061-6-4), lets readers learn about the young illustrator herself.
These emergent readers are different from any others because their characters are created by a child of the same age as those reading the book. The Issy Books are meant to be read again and again. Readers of all ages will delight in the stories this young artist and her grandmother tell about the animals that inhabit their imaginations."
Wow! What talent at such a young age!

Your class or child will love these books!  My class loves these books!

I have made it one of my reading centers and it is one of their favorite centers! They love to read them!

If you would like to get your child or class a set of these books, they are available at their website or  Amazon!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March Weather!

In like a Lion and out like a lamb!

Living in Texas, we can expect warmer weather... so 70's in January is not shocking.  But now it's March.  It is windy - I am talking really windy! Hold on to your skirts and hats windy!

We had a rodeo today... outside - two hours! My kiddos made cute cowboy and cowgirl hats... They had to run after them because the wind stole them off their heads! {But it was super fun!}

So, last Friday, March 1st, we were learning about the letter L and we were learning about weather, and we read

and we made {from Miss Kindergarten - click here to check it out at her TpT store}
{I love making her crafts! The kids have fun, they learn something new, they get to practice writing... It is a win-win!}

And since I was taking pictures {with my phone - so please excuse the blurry pictures}

I finally took pictures of the cute bear craft we made for Valentines!
(we were also learning the letter B, so it worked out perfect!)
{Also from Miss Kindergarten - you can click here to get it from her TpT store}

(and she did not pay me to say these things - I just Love her crafts!)

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