Extra Vacation for Teachers

The Ministry of Education, Trinidad and Tobago has released a notice to all Principals that because of the extra week added to the third school term in 2015, teachers will be given three weeks vacation instead of two for Easter 2016.

 

 

“Seriously?!” said the teachers in a chorus.  “Of course not,” replied Lisa with a devious smile.  She paused, then sweetly added, “Today is April the 1st.”

On the bright side, you still have one week to plan your work for the final term.

Have a nice day people!

Valentine’s Day Finds

Hey everybody,

It’s been a while since I posted here but I hope you’re still out there.  Today I’d like to share some Valentine’s Day ideas I found – all are freebies of course.

Firstly here are some free fonts!  Who could refuse these beautiful, free fonts especially for Valentine’s Day.  Free Fonts

Next, here are some coupons for children to give to their parents.  I plan to customize these.  Coupons

Here is a freebie from teacherspayteachers.  They are classroom cards that friends can give to each other to foster that caring atmosphere in the classroom.  Caring Cards

Hope you enjoyed these special freebies and you can share your favourites in the comments below.

Thanks!

 

Sight word Game Cards

This resource can be used to play two games: Pelmanism (memory) or Snap.  You may think of other games as well.

Game One: Pelmanism

In Britain it is called Pelmanism after Christopher Louis Pelman, who founded the “Pelman Institute for the Scientific Development of Mind, Memory and Personality” in London in 1899.

You need to create two sets of word cards –  two of each word.  Shuffle and place them face down.  The first player turns over a card and reads the word.  He then turns over another card and reads the word.  If the cards match he gets to keep the pair and play again.  See the ‘How To Play’ file included for more details.

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Game Two: Snap

I could vouch for this game being fun, fun, fun!  My students love this one.  You need only one set of word cards – one of each word.  Shuffle and place the cards face up.  One person (teacher or student)  calls a word from the set.  Students ‘snap’ the word (cover with their hand).  The first one to snap the word gets to keep it.

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Both games enhance memory, visual discrimination and of course reinforce instant recognition of high-frequency or sight words taught.

The package includes:

  • 1 .pdf file with 2 pages which you need to print back and front.  The front is blank for you to insert your own words.
  • 1 How To Play word document
  • 1 Terms of Use notepad file

I hope you and your students enjoy this resource as we work, play and grow together.

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Alphabet Work

Here is another resource that you can use in so many ways.  Its main use if for sequencing letters of the alphabet.

The package openThe package includes six pages for you to print and laminate, as follows:

1)  Page with capital (uppercase) letters for matching

2)  Page with common (lowercase) letters for matching

3)  Page with blank spaces for putting the alphabet in order

4)  Page of capital (uppercase) letters for cutting out

5)  Page of common (lowercase) letters for cutting out

The resource can be used in many different ways. The child can first match the letters, both uppercase and lowercase.  The child can then use the blank card to sequence the alphabet either on his own or by looking at the cards with the letters.  However it is used, this resource supports children who may have difficulty sequencing the alphabet by allowing them to go in stages until they can do it on their own.

matching upper case in progress      matching lower case in progress

IMG_20150205_130102   completed lower case on blank

The clip art was taken from mycutegraphics.com. Please see Laura Strickland’s terms of use here.

Of course you can store in this handy plastic bag and label.whole package

Now here’s the great news!  This resource is free for you to download, print and use in your classroom.  You can print as many copies as you like.  Even the label is there for you.  It is in .pdf format.

If you are a teacher in Trinidad and Tobago the learning outcomes from the Primary Curriculum Guide for Infant One, are listed in the file for your convenience. (Colours are different from those showed here).

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Parking Lot for Sight Words

Here’s another nice resource I saw online and thought I would make it myself for my class.  It is a parking lot for sight words.  The word is called and the child drives a car into the correct parking space.  As usual I changed the original one a bit.  Here‘s the original one.

Here’s mine.  the lot  Since I’m working with limited resources, I laminated these and wrote the target words on with a dry erase marker.  In this way, I can use the lots over and over again.

I wanted to use it whole class and wanted to be able to tell at a glance if the child had parked on the right spot.  So, I put in ‘bumpers’ just before the word.  The cars cannot cross the bumpers.

ready to rumble  Here they are, getting ready to enter the parking lot.  They made little engine noises as they drove and when another word was called, I encouraged them to reverse and go forward like a real car would, instead of jumping lanes.

driving to the word  On the right, they are driving towards the word ‘his’.  Someone may be going the wrong way!

 

parked at his  In order to prevent copying, I put the words in different places on each lot so the children look for the word rather than just follow the person next to them.

 

Here’s the entire set.   The cars were purchased locally at a variety store.

the package       package

 

My main reason for making resources is to allow further reinforcement and learning to take place in the children’s free time.  They can use this resource on their own.  A child who knows the words well can use the flashcards to call the words.  To facilitate that, I included the flashcards with the target words and a dry erase marker.  The entire set fits nicely into a plastic zip bag (the kind you get when you purchase curtains).  Isn’t that just handy?  After all, we’re working with limited resources here.

Do enjoy!  The children certainly do!

Here’s the best part.  You can download the template for this parking lot if you like.  Just print, laminate and rev up those engines!  Here you go.

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