“All About Me” Freebie!

As we prepare to begin a new school year, I would like to offer you a fun freebie!

This worksheet will help you quickly get to know your students (as well as see a snapshot of their printing, writing, spelling abilities, etc.).

Teaching Tip: On the first day of school, I always have a pack of crayons, pencil, eraser, and multiple coloring sheets and worksheets like this one on each student’s desk. It gives those nervous kids something to work on once they enter the classroom and starts school off on the right note.

Download freebie: All About Me

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Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

iphone pictures bike race 022“You can’t step into the same river twice.” –Heraclitus of Ephesus (530-470BC)

Life is in a constant state of flux. If you have let a dream or opportunity pass you by, even though you can’t step in the same river twice, look for your next opportunity.

Oftentimes, with hard work and grace, we get a second chance. It may even be, at a later date, we are more prepared and the timing is better.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

photo (3)“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau

It was an overcast day when I took this picture; normally the water is bright blue and sparkling. If you have never been to the beaches in Laguna Beach, California, you should take a trip and are in for a treat.

Still holding on to it being in “summer” and savoring it (as I start to think about teaching and preparing for a new school year).

Monthy Book Recommendation: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

iStock_000019487243_ExtraSmallMonthly book recommendation:

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Other Clinical Tales

By Oliver Sacks

This book has been around for a long time (since 1970 with updates in 1985), but it is a real gem. Oliver Sacks, neurologist, discusses his unusual case histories. Knowing what we know about  autism (and having more sophisticated ways to detect abnormalities in the brain)–it is clear when reading this book that Oliver Sacks was ahead of his time. He adds a very human element to all his recordings of unusual things that can go wrong with the brain and body.

Monday Mornings: Proverbs, Quotes, and More

My husband introduced me to watching The Tour de France each summer, and it is amazing! I am always overwhelmed at the emotion on those men’s face when they get near the finish line. (Who would have thought watching bicycle racing could be exciting?)

If you have a bike you haven’t been using, dust it off and go for a ride!

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“There are dreams of love, life, and adventure  in all of us. But we are also sadly filled with reasons why we shouldn’t try. These reasons seem to protect us, but in truth they imprison us. They hold life at a distance. Life will be over sooner than we think. If we have bikes to ride and people to love, now is the time.” —Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Free CVC Word List!

I have had so many downloads of my CVCe word list, that I thought I would create a FREE CVC word list (that is, words with consonant-vowel-consonant spelling pattern).

You can use this list in many ways. One way I use it is to make individualized spelling lists for my students (I usually add a couple high frequency sight words as well). Different students work at different paces, and sometimes a student might need more time on a particular concept such as simple short /a/ words.

This is a great resource to use to teach phonics as well–as all the CVC words listed follow the basic phonic rules for letter sounds. I list the words for a, e, i, o, and u.

Hope this helps!

Download list (5 pages): CVC Word List

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