Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Reading In COLOR!

Many of you are teaching your little ones to read!  What an exciting time in a child's life.  When letters start forming words.  Today I wanted to share with you a little trick I use when teaching using my Beginning Reader Mini Books.  

As many of you know there are stages to reading.  There are 3 basic levels to read.

1.  The first stage is when the child sounds out all the words.  b-a-t, bat. c-a-t, cat. r-a-t, rat!
2,  The next stage is when they start blending sounds they have become familiar with.  b-at,      
      bat. c-at, cat.  r-at, rat!
3.  The last stage for a child is when they start reading the word as a whole.  bat, cat, or rat!

My favorite way to help a visual learner remember words in a story, and help them 
advance quicker to reading words as a WHOLE
is with the use of a stop sign.  

{image via Spotonlists}

Starting with lesson 4 in the Beginning Reader Mini Books I talk about a stop sign.  I ask the child, 

"When you come to a stop sign what do you do?"
You STOP!  

Just like the stop sign, there are STOP WORDS.  These words don't sound out --you stop and just say it!  You can simply tell the child these stop words. (often called sight words or gel words)

In the book 4 of the mini reader I introduce the word 'the'.  THE is a STOP WORD.  Ask the child how many times they can find the word 'THE' in the story.  Color all the 'the' words RED!  Just like the stop sign.


Next I talk about the name in the story.  In story lesson 4 the name we talk about is SAM.  Read the word Sam.  I then would ask the child, "Do you know anyone named Sam?"  (trying to help the child find BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE helps the child to remember a word better)

Today we are going to color all the words SAM Yellow!  Yellow is the color that makes you slow down and think.


Next we talk about the green light.  Green means Go!  Green words you know!  You've learned them before, and you've sounded them out many times.  Go ahead and just say the word.  In lesson 4 the word 'at' is a word they have seen before and know.


I know I've talked about this concept with using colors to read HERE, but today I wanted to go step by step with you...just so I know you feel confident with the idea!  

Here is an example of the story lesson 4 in the Beginning Reader Mini Book.

As you continue reading the stories in the Mini Reader with your preschooler feel free to use different colors for the names.  For example in story lesson number 10 you may choose PINK for Pam and BLUE for Sam because the child thinks those characters would like those colors.  BUT, I don't change the STOP WORD color.  Always keep the sight words RED to remind the child to just say the word.

Hope that helps y'all today!  ---Did any of you know I was born in Georgia?  Yep!  That's me your neighborhood Georgia Peach!  
Till next time friends.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Comparing My Alphabet Book to My Number Book...Help Me Understand.

Recently I had a great question from one of you...

          "I absolutely love the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart!  Help me 
understand how it compares to the Number Neighborhood Flip chart.
                                                   Thanks ~Lisa"

This is a great question, and I think others might benefit from my explanation.

Lucy!  You've Got some 'Splaining to Do!"

First, let me explain these two books in a little more detail.

I wrote the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart in the same format as the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart. The story is on the back, the action is written after the story, and they perform the action in the story. 

I want to show you some examples.  Today I am using number 6 and letter K.  You know my saying, 
Seeing + Hearing + Doing = Learning

Well, let's talk about just that.

The Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart has animals in shapes of letters.  Below, we have K the kangaroo.  The Number Neighborhood Flip Chart has people in the shapes of letters.  In our example we can see Six in the shape of number 6.


The Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart has a short story on the back.  AND,  the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart also has a story on the back.

In the Amazing Action Alphabet the letters are called by their ACTUAL NAME.  This letter name is connected to the action that the letter makes.  In our K example K the kangaroo kicks.

In the Number Neighborhood book, I have given a rhyme to help the child remember the name.  For example...Six rubs Sticks.

Pretty cool right?!

The Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart gives an action the child preforms in the story. In our example you can see my nephew kicking like K the kangaroo.  In the Number Neighborhood book I also give an action for the child to do.  In our example I show number 6's action is like two sticks rubbing together...six rubs sticks!  

Additionally, the child is asked to count the number of objects the number represents.   For example on number 6, the child is asked to count  six sticks.  

This Number Neighborhood Flip Chart book is written to help the child remember the number's name and the value of the number by seeing it in the shape of a character, hearing a story and hearing the name of the number in rhyme, doing an action for the number and actually counting the value of the number. 

With ALL that said, click on the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart icon on my web store {HERE} and it will let you see some sample pages of each book.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.  I hope that this makes things a little easier for you to understand.  

 Till next time friends!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Playing With Textures

A friend of mine told me about THESE and I have been obsessed ever since!

They are called "Textured Rubbing Plates" from Lakeshore.  I have found that they are an easy go-to teaching tool.  Are you ready to enhance a simple activity from my Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book?  I thought so!

Gather a few supplies and try out your textures. 

 Some reminded us of different animals...this one looked like a giraffe leaped onto our page!

Today I thought we would give S the snake some texture.

Then I was informed that S the Snake needed some SAND to SLITHER on.

A little more to finish him off...

Super fun activity, and a great way to talk about other things that have texture...  

Sandpaper from Delightful Learning...

Aluminum foil from Teach Preschool...

Popcorn from Happy Hooligans...

There is texture all around us.  Many kids learn best when FEELING something, and then they associate what they feel to what they are learning.

Seeing + Hearing + DOING = Learning

{find more Amazing Action Alphabet teaching tools}

If you are loving this idea, but not ready for these texture plates maybe you could try this idea form Freshly Planted...

Please let me know how I can help you find SUCCESS in using the Amazing Action Alphabet teaching tools, & Happy textures everyone!   

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Some Things Are Worth The Wait.

First thing first.  Thank you for hanging in there with me this last month.  I have had some MAJOR hiccups with launching my new book, and I have a feeling you've been waiting just like me!  

{image via etsy}
So without further adieu I'd like to share with your my newest addition to the Number Neighborhood teaching tools, and a companion to the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart

This book is FILLED with theme-related rhymes, songs, stories, fingerplays, and activities that feature the characters from the The Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  When using these books together, they serve to create a total learning experience for young children.

First, you will find a suggest theme for each number.  I talk about how I introduce all my themes HERE.  By using these themes, in accordance with teaching a daily number, a child's knowledge about the world around them will be enhanced.  Children will learn basic scientific topics such as:  Water Day or Seasons Day.  Children will learn more about themselves and others, as in: Hero Day or Friendship Day.  I am SURE your children will enjoy these delightful curriculum based themes.

Second, in my Number Neighborhood Activity Book you will find suggested stories, rhymes, and songs that further reinforce the number and the theme.  These stories are among some of the "all-time" favorites.  The compilation of the rhymes and songs coordinating with each theme are easy to follow and fun to use!

Here are some of my favorite stories from my Number 18 Music Day theme:

Third, you will find a list of suggested fingerplays that can be used to further enhance learning, which, again, correlates with the number theme.

I talked about Number 5's Bee Day fingerplay HERE

Next you will find an activity page dedicated to each number and corresponding theme.     You will find that each activity is NOT just another printed worksheet.  These are hands on activities reinforcing learning the number and number's value through MULTI-SESORY manipulatives and problem solving GAMES!




Finally as a bonus, we have included letter cards at the end of the Number Neighborhood Activity Book and suggested activities to reinforce the number name and number value.

I know I've given you LOADS of examples from this book!  Come on over to my STORE and grab one today!  ...This book is tried, tested and ready for your child's SUCCESS!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Activities for Number 3...All About Trees!

Three grows a tree...3, 3, 3!  In my Number Neighborhood Flip Chart number 3 knows how to grow beautiful trees.  There are 3 things to grow trees...soil, water, and sun.

{image found HERE}
Here is a variation for YOUNGER CHILDREN using number 3's activity found in the Number Neighborhood Activity Book. Instead of following the instructions and drawing each bird in the tree, try using play-doh.  Using red, yellow and blue for the birds in the tree will be a great tactile activity.

Encourage the child to place 3 red birds, 3 blue birds and 3 yellow birds in the tree.  Remember to touch and count teach bird.  

For OLDER CHILDREN, those having better use of their fine motor skills, have them use dot stickers and place 3 blue dots, 3 yellow dots and 3 red dots in the tree.  Then simply have the child add beaks, wings and feet to each bird.  Now practice counting each bird.

You can find these dot stickers in most stores that sell office supplies.  They are often called 'Color Coding Labels' I grabbed mine from HERE.

Three grows a tree...3, 3, 3!  The school year is officially started.  You're kids are going to learn so much about trees and growing things with number 3 this month.  Here are a couple of tree jokes to keep your kids thinking, and giggling!  

Q.  Do you know what a tree's lease favorite month is?  
A.  Sep-timber!

Q.  Why did the leaf go to the doctor?
A.  It was feeling green!

Q.  What kind of tree can fit into your hand?
A.  A palm tree!

{image via Examiner}

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pairs, Doubles, Twins...Talking About Number 2

Today we introduced Number 2 with the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  I began by reading Number 2's story.  Oh how she loves things that come in PAIRS!  Number 2 is a little western gal that can always be found wearing her shiny red cowboy boots. I love how she feeds her 2 horses, Salt and Pepper, and she plays with her 2 dogs, Cookies and Milk.    

When talking about Number 2 it is ideal to gather shoes and help the children to graph how many different kinds of shoes they have.  I talked about this in a prior post... {HERE}.

{image via Teach Preschool}
A variation of the Number 2 activity, found in the Number Neighborhood Activity Book, is to copy Number 2's activity page in four different colors.

Cut out each section of shoes and give the child an assortment of shoes to graph.

Have the child place the shoes on the graph.  Practice counting the different pairs of shoes.  Which kind of shoes have the MOST?  Which ones have the LEAST?  Any type of shoes EQUIL to another type?

The child can then color each pair of shoes they received.

Ta-Da!  The children are able to SORT, COUNT, and GRAPH with this fun activity!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You Are A Hero! & Secret Art Tricks For Kids

Coming back to school is always a fun and exciting time of year.  In the first few days we talk a lot about who we are, and what makes each child so SPECIAL!   

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Today I had the kids come as a superhero.  Heros are often ordinary people that can do extraordinary things!  Heros can save the day!  Heros are people you can look up to and try to be like.  


In conjunction with this theme I introduce NUMBER ZERO!  Zero is a hero! 0...0...0!  This is the chant we say when learning about Zero in the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  Review the story from the Flip Chart and talk about how important Zero is.  

A creative way to learn the value of ZERO is to play simon says.

Simon says jump 3 times.
Simon says blink 2 times.
Simon says yawn 0 times. ;)
Simon says turn around 4 times.
Simon says flap your arms 0 times. ;)

You get the point.  The kids just grin when you ask them to do things ZERO times, 
and so do I! (try asking them to clean their room 0 times today, or eat 0 more bites of their least favorite food)  We love ZERO the HERO!

In the Number Neighborhood Activity Book the Zero Activity gives instructions on how to draw the very best superhero out there. . .

I have the child use a black crayon or marker for the eyes, noes and mouth.  Also color the super hero's clothes and hair with crayons.  Now, for the part that REALLY makes it look good. {shhhhh...I'm going to share with YOU my little secret for art portraits today}  Use watered down craft paint for the skin, and remind the child not to color the whites of the eye.  I water the paint down to 50% water and 50% paint.  

Another secret I have...try painting with q-tips.  It is a lot easier for the child!

There is a Super Hero inside all of us, 
we just need courage to put on the cape!

Thank you to all those SUPERHERO moms and teachers!  
To the world you may be just a teacher, 
but to your students you are a HERO!