Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Best YouTube Channels for Early Learners!

We do lots of singing and dancing in my classroom.
It makes learning so much more fun!
These are some of my favorite YouTube channels to help keep my kiddos engaged and learning.


Jack Hartmann is my favorite YouTube channels of all time.  
There are all kinds of counting and rhyming songs, brain breaks, and holiday songs.   
You name it, there's a song for it!  
Our favorite is Let's Get Fit (Count to 100).
I think we did it just about every day last year!



Harry Kindergarten Music has so many fun math, character education, and science songs.  
We love the Doubles Rap and sight word songs best.



Have Fun Teaching is a great channel for alphabet practice, counting, and science.  
The Verb Rap is super fun!  We also love the Counting Down from 20 song. 



The Learning Station has lots of catchy brain breaks.  
We all know that sometimes the kids just need a break!  We love Shake Your Sillies Out!



Alphablocks is great for introducing or reviewing phonics skills.
My kids always love them!  
There are tons of letter sound videos, but I use it most when I teach vowel teams.



Pancake Manor is perfect for nursery rhymes, math songs, and brain breaks.  
We really like Shake Break!



Scratch Garden has great reading and math songs.  
Our favorite is The Long & Short Vowels Song.



Heidi Songs has so many fun and engaging songs!  
There are songs for colors, letters, math, and sight words.   



These YouTube channels are fun AND educational!  
The songs are so catchy.  The kids quickly remember them and sing along.
They're always begging for more!  

What are your favorite channels?
I'd love to add them to my list!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Spooky Little Ghost Letters!

Teaching silent letters can be so much fun!
In my classroom, we call these letters ghost letters!
It really helps the kids learn the sounds.


To begin, we make a list of all the words we can think of!
At first, the kids will usually give words that just start with n or r, instead of words with kn or wr.
But they quickly get the hang of it!


Sometimes I even draw ghosts around the letters on the board or in their books.
I LOVE when they even draw them on words they find! :)


We sort words and highlight those spooky little letters.


We play games to practice reading words with ghost letters.


This Roll & Read helps build fluency AND practices those words.


The kids always love this fun little book.
They read a ghost letter word. 
Read a sentence with that word.  
Then create their own sentence. 
They get pretty creative with these!




Then we end with a fun little mini craft. :)
As a class, we brainstorm words with kn, wr, mb, and gn.   
They we add them to our own spooky little ghosts.


They'll remember those ghost letter forever!!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy March!

Hello Friends!
Can you believe it's March already?!

I got the best thing for Christmas.
A Cricut machine!!!
Have you used one?
They're amazing!

I wanted to share some of the fun things I've made with it!
I've been vinyling everything!!

I found these little bowling pins at the Dollar Tree. 
I wish they had more than one set because I can think of so many other bowling ideas!

 I made these ones into Sight Word Bowling!  
I did all those tricky w words that my kids always get mixed up. :)
They're going to LOVE practicing them now!!!



I've seen this idea many times on Pinterest.
I don't know who came up with the original idea, but I like it!


I got this little push light at the Dollar Tree too.  
I'll be using it when I'm taking reading groups!
When the light's on, ask a friend for help.
Just a friendly little reminder not to interrupt. :)



My last project is for above my desk at home.  
I added some scrapbook paper in the frame and used the Cricut to cut the vinyl lettering.
Aren't they so pretty?!


I have a lot more project ideas already!!!
Do you have a Cricut?  What have you made with it?!