Sunday, February 1, 2015

Parts of Speech for Beginners: Pronouns

Before little ones even know what a ‘part of speech’ is, they are using pronouns.  And no doubt, correct usage comes with correct modeling.  New English speakers, ESLs, are also developing pronoun skills.
Right along with color words, these teeny-tiny words are some of the first that little ones learn to read.  Why not make it fun!

is a FREE and fun set of activities to practice 12 of these small little words.
There are 3 pages in color to use in small group or center activity.
And there are 3 pages in black and white for independent practice.
12 flash cards are included to duplicate and give to each child.
Have your little ones circle the correct pronoun or cut apart the pictures and use clothespins to make clip cards. 
Go a step further and use the cards for oral language by making sentences about the picture using correct pronouns.
If this Parts of Speech Pronouns product works well for your students, you might want to continue with the rest of the series.  Take a look at the entire series by clicking this link. 
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Monday, January 19, 2015

Celebrating an Anniversary

I am so happy to celebrate my 2-year anniversary as a TpT seller.  My store, Made For Learning, has been so much fun to create and maintain.  I had no idea at the beginning of this journey just how successful this endeavor could be. 

To say thank you to my loyal TpT followers and to my new blog followers, I would like to offer a free activity for Valentine’s Day. 


Click here to download this free 8 page activity.

This is part of a larger, priced product that has 6 patterning activities for the Spring Semester.  Included are Snowmen, Valentines, Plants, Flowers, Easter Eggs and Butterflies.  These activities offer practice with visual discrimination as well as opportunities for extension.

Click here to view the complete patterning package.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Task Cards with High Frequency Words


How would you like to have a set of Task Cards that offer 216 different possibilities?  This set of 12 task cards work with 18 different word lists (5 words each) that start with Dolch Pre-Primer words and end with 3rd grade Dolch words.  Think how you could differentiate with so many combinations.


Choose the lists best suited to your group and decide which tasks best fit their skill level. 


Each task card has a response sheet in black & white to keep a record of each student’s work.  With a different list of words, the skills can be revisited over and over with progressive results.


And the monster theme is just, well, FUN!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Making Connections

There they are…..sweet little attentive listeners.  You are talking about something that is happening in the story and you ask a question.  So many hands go up.  You pick an eager hand-raiser. And that sweet little attentive listener gives you the most off-topic, random comment that you can imagine. 
Did that little one make a text-to-self connection
In my opinion, the reading strategy of ‘Making Connections’ needs to be taught. True connections are not the same as random thoughts that pop into our heads.  I have created a simple set of pictured task cards to intentionally model and ‘think-aloud’ the process of making a true connection.
Writing pages are included for those students who are ready to write down their connections.  Take a look at the complete product here.
Do you have any special ways to teach our little ones how to make connections with the story?
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dry Erase Boards…DIY

by Kathryn Garcia
DIY + Dry Erase = Happy Me!
Pinterest has all kinds of wonderful ideas for making dry erase boards.  I am not sure where this idea originated, but it fit exactly what was in my craft closet.  And now I am on a mission to make sets of these for my favorite teacher buddies. 
Start with a package of plastic plates.  I want to try a mix and match set next.  Look around for cutesy stuff that you already have or forage the bins at Michael’s, Hobby Lobby or your favorite crafting store. 
Heat up your glue gun and have at it.  Voila!
dry erase boardsHow cute are these!
Plastic plates + Markers + Cute stuff =
Oh, and cut up a matching Microfiber cloth for erasers and you are set!
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Making Patterns with a Theme

by Kathryn Garcia

Nothing freshens up the practice of a familiar skill than using a seasonal theme.  Making Patterns can be more than just a practice of AB, ABB, AAB, ABC order.  Using the themes in these sets gives little ones practice with more than just colors and shapes.  In some of the differentiated options, a good bit of visual discrimination is needed to know what comes next.


Add in another layer of primary skills with a color, cut and paste version for classwork or homework.


Keep an extra set of all of the cute pictures (thank you, TpT clipartists) for each theme to use in other ways.  Make your own patterns, scoop out a handful of pictures and graph them, or use in number sense practice.  



I have 2 sets of ‘Making Patterns” sets in my Made For Learning store at TpT. 

Set A for fall has these themes: Apples, Pumpkins, Leaves, Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Christmas set pictured here.

Set B for spring has these themes:  Snowmen, Valentines, Plants, Flowers, Easter and Butterflies.




Saturday, November 8, 2014

Parts of the Body Word Work

by Kathryn Garcia

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes is a staple in preschool and Pre-K classrooms, but sooner or later those little ones need to connect the written words to those body parts.  Try introducing the words in groups (lower body parts, face parts, parts beginning with ‘h’, etc.), then practice with the puzzle pieces.  Good place to differentiate.

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 Make up your own verses to ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’.  How about…. ‘Legs, Ankles, Feet and Toes’ or ‘Neck, Elbows, Hands and Knees’.  Have your sweet ones pick 4 body parts to draw and label.   Or send your favorite stuffed toy (or real child) to the pretend nurse and put band-aids on the named body parts.   Use a sharpie on real band-aids or print from the Parts of the Body packet.


Use the body words in a booklet with other sight words to make a fun take home reader. 

Review body labeling with your holiday units, community helper units or All About Me units.  As I am sure you know already, cookie sheets make great magnet boards.



Add the vocabulary word cards to your word wall and use them for your spelling and writing activities.  All of these activities and more are included in this product from my TpT store.  Click this cover page for a closer look.


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