Saturday, January 31, 2015

Stop, Swap & Roll

Jungle Learners is hosting a Product Swap, and I have been graciously invited to participate. Just click on the picture below and hop over. While you are there, you can hop to other participant's blogs and what they had to swap and also enter their giveaways.

 I was proudly paired with Lisa from First Grade Bloomabilities.
Don't you just love that name??

She also has a clipart shop on TpT called Dandy Doodles.
I love this clipart and have used it but did not know until this swap that Lisa owned it also. Amazing!!
I got to choose one product from Lisa's First Grade Bloomabilities' TpT shop to try and give my opinion of it. She had so many fun games and activities, it was a hard choice!! However, I chose this bundle and she has graciously allowed me to use with my kiddos.
Long Vowels: Read the Room and I Have, Who Has Activities
She has it on sale for 50% off for the duration of this giveaway! It's now an even greater value: $6 for $15 worth of products! You can even buy the activities in individual vowel packets, too.
This is what I shared with her. You can go to her blog and read what she had to say about using this bundle of mine. It will also be on sale for the duration of the giveaway!! You can also buy the individual vowel printables packets. Each one comes with cards, colored and black and white mats, self-correcting clipart to use, and a recording sheet.

Now I do not have a traditional classroom mind you. Yes, I finally have my teaching certificate but it was too late to get a permanent job so I am tutoring and subbing. I am constantly looking for products to use with my students. I do create but sometimes it is nice to find other activities that other people create to use. It gives you a variety of ideas. 

This product fit the bill for what we are working on. A lot of my students struggle with long and short vowel sounds especially vowel pairs. I love hands on materials and so does my students. They really did love this activity. I also liked that I could vary it to the level of my students. That to me is a plus!!

                                 Just like my partner, I also used the long /e/ printable. 
I used the Write the Room cards since I only tutor one student at a time. If I had a whole class, and when I do get my class, I will use the I Have, Who has cards. I can't wait!!
Here is a collage of my students using the printable. They loved it. I also mixed in some of the other cards so that they had to find the cards with the long /e/ sound. It was not long before they figured out that if they saw the red border, they had the right card. Then it was just a matter of putting it on the right spot on the recording sheet. All the cards are so colorful and I loved the clipart that was used. I will be using the rest of the vowels with my students. Thanks, Lisa!!

Now you can win your very own copy of Lisa's bundle entering the Rafflecopter below and filling out the form!!    Good Luck!!

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

New "Grab My Button"

I did it!! With the help of another teacher/blogger who graciously sent me tutorials and information. Boy was I on the wrong track.  I also had to learn how to resize it because it was way too big. But it is on here now.

I have just been tinkering with adding a logo or button for everyone who wants a link to my little old blog. I have the button but I am struggling with how to put the html code underneath the button so that everyone can grab it. So please be patient while I try and figure that one out. Here is what the logo will look like once I figure it out.
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