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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a feast in our room for lunch!  What a great way to celebrate friends!

 Check out the great Native American Toys we decorated to complete our study!  

Check out our facebook page to see a video.  Teach Magically Facebook!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy National Education Week!

The PTA sponsored a dress up day to celebrate National Education Week!  
Check out the amazing decisions by 5 and 6 year olds!  Some are easy to tell but can you find the office worker, scientist, doctor, Security Alarm Installer, Paleontologist, Art Teacher, Construction Worker, Police Officer, Army Guy, Firefighter, and the Steeler's  Football Coach!  
You should have seen them jump when I blew my whistle!

Thursday, November 19, 2015


We have been working so hard to isolate and practice the beginning sounds!  
This week we used the alphabet center to say the beginning sound of a picture and decide which letter made that sound.
The alphabet center is from Learning Resources!  I love this center and so do the students!  The students like to play this game by themselves during Center Time!

We focused on the "Magic C' letters that we have learned so far this year!  a,d,c  These are special letters because they start with a c.  If a student always starts with the "Magic c" when making these letters, they will not turn backwards!  Check out the HWT video to help you practice.
I have a Magic C Bunny Puppet from Handwriting Without Tears!  Although we don't use this program, the bunny comes in handy to focus the students on the letters.  If you click on the piture below, it will take you to the site
You can purchase a mini puppet on amazon but you would have to sew on the "c"

Friday, November 13, 2015

Practice! Practice!!

Practicing letter names and the sounds that go with the letters is so important for Early Reading Skills! This week I used 2 different activities that the students LOVED!!! 
 Puzzles and Stamp and See Screens!

I made 4 piece letter/sound puzzles to help the students practice! Click here to find it at my store.

To make it error free teaching, I asked the same questions I use in the Scott Foresman Early Intervention system I am using with my class.  It provides highly specified instruction so you teach less, more thoroughly.  

First the students put the puzzle together and sub-vocalize the picture names.

I ask,"What is the letter name?"  
Student replies, "only with the letter name."
I ask, "What sound does it make?"
Student replies, /sound only/

I ask, "Tell me the words that make the /sound/."
Student tells all pictures.

I ask, "Do (name all pictures) make the /sound/  sound?"
Students says yes or no.

I ask, "What letter makes the /sound/?"

Check out the students using the puzzles!  It was so great to see them asking for help from each other!  One group was so excited to learn the word sombrero.  They realized that hat would not work with a puzzle that has all /s/ pictures!

Stamp and See Screen!
These screens are labeled for Pre-K from Handwriting Without Tears  but the students love to use them and we use them in place of white boards and small chalk boards!  Changing it up keeps it fun!  The students thought this learning activity was a great game.

I would say a letter and the students had to write it on the board.  After writing, I would ask, "What letter did you write?  What sound does it make?"

These also come with magnetic shapes that help the students form letters correctly in the beginning of learning!  Now that we have practiced making these letters with play dough, magnetic shapes, pencils, crayons, and white boards, we can write them ourselves!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Get Ticked!

Nurse Dani came to visit our class today and taught the students about keeping safe from ticks.  She showed the size of a tick using a dime (and let them keep it), provided a bookmark to take home to share with parents, and used a cookie to show the rash that could happen from a tick bite ( along with the visual two of the students are holding).

It was an informative lively discussion!
After this great presentation, we wrote a thank you letter to Nurse Dani.  Writing a letter after something so informative provides writing for a purpose.  Check below to see a copy of the letter.
The students did an amazing job of helping say the sounds heard in the words.  It provided great phonological awareness practice.  We even hit a few words to work on Phonemic Awareness (click here for a review)!  So many ways to hit the skills needed to become readers and writers was provided in the one activity!

Signing their names was great practice too!