Thursday, March 28, 2013

We're Aquaholics!

Let's just skip spring and bring on summer.  Sand between our toes, relaxing sound of the waves, and being a beach bum sounds perfect to us!  Until then....we are excited to share our Ocean Emergent Reader with you!  

Click {here} to check it out at TPT
Click {right here}  to check it out at Teachers Notebook

Also in the book you will find...

  • Fish have scales.
  • Turtles have flippers.
  • Octopus have tentacles.
  • Seahorses have snouts.
  • Sharks have a fins.

In this unit you will find...

Emergent reader

Emergent reader with fill-in-the-word


Word cards for pocket chart
Don't forget to check out our Math & Literacy Ocean Units.

Click {HERE} to go to last year's Ocean post.

Check out our TPT shop.
Click  to go to our Teachers Notebook shop.

Thanks for reading!  Enjoy your break!
Amber & LuAnn

Friday, March 15, 2013


You know it has been a long week when you go to unlock your classroom door by hitting your car door opener...and wonder why it won't open! 
Click {right here} to watch this little pep talk...too cute!

Enjoy your weekend!     

Friday, March 8, 2013

Nursery Rhyme Fun!

Nursery Rhymes are fun!
Children love them!
Most importantly…They provide a warm, nurturing experience between an adult and child.

Songs and rhymes for young children have been passed down for generations.  Sad to say…this is not always the case anymore.  
“Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.”  After I read that, I have been reciting nursery rhymes with Cayden like crazy!  

Isn't he just A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!?!
There is an enormous educational value in teaching nursery rhymes.  Here is how we use Nursery Rhymes in our classroom as a teaching tool. 

Nursery Rhyme Fluency Chart (Color & Black and White)

Nursery Rhyme Game (Color & Black and White)

Illustrating Nursery Rhymes

Labeling Nursery Rhymes with word bank

Labeling Nursery Rhymes without word bank

Matching Nursery Rhyme picture to word phrase

If you like what you can click {here}  to purchase our Nursery Rhyme Unit! 

Because nursery rhymes are so popular, many children who don’t even know each other will still have these in common and care share the knowledge of each nursery rhyme.

If you and their friends are excited about making rhymes, finding patterns, substituting words etc., they will be too - it will rub off.

Thanks for reading,
Amber & LuAnn

Monday, March 4, 2013

Theme Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to all the great bloggers who participated in our super giveaway!  We enjoyed reading EVERY sweet comment...and it just reassured me/us that thematic centers are very beneficial to our students in many ways!  I wish everyone blogging friend could win!

Lucky # 8 - Suzanne Sweeney
Lucky # 60 - Jessica
Watch your e-mail for all the units! 
Blogging Friends...Enjoy the rest of your school year!!!  

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