January 13, 2012

So Stinkin' Close...

Ok friends...we are almost there!  I only need a few more followers and I will be able to host my first give-away!!  I am beyond excited!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have become followers!!  I can't begin to tell you how excited I get to log on and see new smiling faces and all of your sweet comments!! 

On another note...my little sweeties and I were both plum tuckered out by today so when I awoke to a voicemail telling me we had a one-hour delay I was tickled pink!!  Its amazing what an extra hour of sleep will do for this little teachers sanity!!  Don't get me wrong, I would love to get out of school on our scheduled last day which is...wait for it...May 18!  That's right, can you believe it?  But I do love me some snow days for sure!!

Welp, since I had a little extra energy, I cooked up a few freebies for y'all!  The first one is a set of posters for touch money.  Do any of y'all use this strategy when teaching your little ones how to count combinations of coins?  It has totally turned the light bulb on in my little darlin's heads that's for sure!  I laminated each of these on cardstock and put magnets on the back of them and slapped them on the board so that they could refer to them anytime they needed to.  I have included a picture of the front and back of each coin.  If you have never used this strategy, here is a quick tutorial.  Each dot on the coins is worth 5 {the penny is the only coin that does not have a dot since it is only worth 1 cent}.  Students practice drawing the coins with the correct number of dots according to their value.  When counting combinations of coins, students are then able to count by 5's.  I also include a letter that can be sent home to parents {click here for the parent letter}.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!   Click on the posters below for a free download!

Last, I have a little phonics skills checklist that my team and I have been using and lovin'!!  After each unit, we have been quizing our students on the phonics skills included.  I usually do this during centers time.  I pull the students back one at a time and have them read the words aloud to me.  As they are reading, I take notes on what words they can read and which one's they struggle with.  I have them read from a blank copy while I write on a different one making sure to mark the ones they miss.  This little sheet made my life heaven when it came to assessing my friends on their report cards.  I had clear evidence of what skills they had mastered and which ones they were still struggling with!  For each skill in the packet, I have included 4 words that are on grade level and 4 that are above grade level.  This allowed me to see which of my kiddos were excelling above and beyond!!!  I know that we are not all doing our phonics in the same order but I thought this may help you still!  Let me know if you have any questions at all!!  Click the picture below to grab your copy!!
Well friends...I am off to enjoy this long {and much needed} weekend with my hot hubby!!!  Don't forget to check back soon for my awesome give-away!!!


  1. That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!
    I will post on FB and see if we can't get you to the goal!!
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. Awesome!Come link this up to my money party! We don't get any snow delays out here...it was a brisk 72 degrees lol

    Miss Kindergarten
    My Fabulous Finds

  3. Thanks for sharing. I am now following!


  4. I think I might be your 50th follower :)

    Jamie at 2nd Grade Stuff

  5. Thanks for the freebies...we do the touchpoint money also. i bet you will get your followers today! congrats! i hope to start a blog one of these days!

  6. I am a new follower. I am number 60.
    Thanks for the freebies...


  7. I love the touch point money posters! Great idea, thanks for sharing!

  8. These are FAB! Glad I could be follower #63 :) Congrats on almost 100 followers! You are GREAT :)

    Lisa :)
    Made In The Shade In Second Grade

  9. Love the freebies! I actually teach 2nd, but I always have at least a few kiddos who can't count groups of coins using all the different skip counts. I especially like how you listed each amount with dollars and cents. I did notice on the parent letter that you need an 'e' at the end of therefore. Hate to nitpick on a typo as small as that, but I've had parents who like to point out mistakes like that to me before!

  10. I am a new follower. Thanks for the freebies!

    Colleen Patton
    Mrs. Patton’s Patch

  11. Thanks for the freebie! I can really use this:)

    Sarah's First Grade Snippets