Thursday, 17 July 2014

Alpha-Fun! ~ Ideas for Teaching The Difference Between 'n' and 'm' for ESL Kids + Freebies!

Hi all! It has been one tough week of back to work drama! I vowed to try and complete everything at work and I found myself with more work when I got home then when I started... Arg! I hope that your back to school start is much smoother.

Anyway! I wanted to blog about this pack for some time now - I used it in tutoring. I used this pack with a child in Kindergarten who is having trouble with letter formation and identification. Distinguishing between the 'm' and the 'n' as well as the 's' and the 'c' was quite evident. I thought I would try to give him some basic ground work starting with sounds.

Some basic activities that help kids recognize sounds of the alphabet:

1. Sounding out two letter words: I had done my research on this one - and some children simply get confused when there are more than 2 letters in a word - this is especially true for preschoolers. For instance use 'in', 'on', and not 'ant' etc... Up until the child gets the hang of the simpler sounds.
2. Use pictures with the alphabet cards or an alphabet chart: make sure you are pointing to the picture and the letter to help the child connect the letter sound with the letter. You can also use picture cards without the words on them so as not to confuse the child at first by looking at the whole word.

This is a sample poster from my pack titled 'Alphabet Posters with D'Nealian' using a polka dot them and a guide for writing the letters. I printed this poster when I was focusing on the letter 'M' and 'N':

You can get this resource here: Alphabet Posters Color & Black & White.

I first asked the child to point at the picture on the poster and tell me what it is. He will say 'monkey', then I will emphasize the 'm' in monkey. I gave him a dry erase marker and he began to trace over the uppercase and lowercase 'm' while saying the word 'monkey' repeatedly. (I found repetition to be key in memory retention)

All this and we haven't touched on the letter 'N' yet! 

Continue by reinforcing the letter with flash cards and pictures all starting with the letter 'm'. Here are some free resources found on the web:

The next thing we did is practice writing the letter, I used one of my printables resources with D'Nealian font:

You can get this resource here: Alphabet Read & Trace.

I found that after he got confident with the letter 'm', I encouraged him to try to write the word 'monkey' following my lead. He was able to copy the word on the circle, making sure that his 'm' was correctly formed and not written similar to the 'n'. 

The next step is to reinforce the letter with the new words. I created a resource specifically to help train young children to pick up and practice the differences between the two letters. For instance, I have a picture below of the two sets of word lists, 'm' and 'n':

You can get this resource here.

Next, I cut up all the words and shuffled them in random order:

The child began cutting up the box to paste into his workbook. Then, I explained that he will be using this as an interactive notebook where it'll open & close when needed. He was very excited to get this done - usually kids love to 'make' things and see them after they've finished their work. 

Following this, he began sorting the 'm' words. He started to paste them in their places and color in the 'M':

I love the Minions and I've created a few resources to help engage the youngsters in learning. They can be laminated at an A4 or A3 size and children can trace over the letters with a dry erase marker or use play dough! Here are some snapshots of these Alpha-minion posters:

If you'd like to have a look at the bundled alphabet pack which includes all of the above resources, it's right here.

This can be completed with the letter 'n' and pasted on the side of the 'm' and so on! This will be a great resource to come back to. Here are some freebies you can download for further practice:

I hope this post helped you out! I'd love to hear your comments on how you reinforce the alphabet. :)

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Two for Tuesday #2

I'm so excited that we've started our winter holiday break and the picture above is making me so envious of the most of you who are on sumemr break! Well, at least I have a picture to remind me of the warmth of summer hehe... It is FREEZING here in Sydney today. 

Anyway enough about that rant! I'm putting tww of my products on sale if you wish to start buying for the back to school prep. :) 

Here they are:

Wishing you an awesome summer!! :)

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Summer Bloggin' Week 4 ~ Meet Me!

Hello friends!  Today I'm linking up with The Teaching Tribune for their Summer Bloggin' Series!  The above is a picture of three things that you may not know about me...

1. Repeat a new song endlessly! --- Yes, I do this. Please tell me other people do too?!? My sister HATES this habit LOL. 

2. I wish my eyebrows grew at a normal rate so that I could get away with not doing them every two weeks but I guess luckily they aren't dark, so it's not too bad. :)

3. Yes, I've tried this 3 times last week. Whenever I skipped coffee in the morning - I'd get an impending headache right around 11AM. Strange?! 

Head over to the Teaching Tribune and enter you Monday- Meet-Me! Would love to read all about you! :)

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Free Font Friday #2 -Teaching Tribune Link Up

Hi friends and fellow font lovers! :) Sorry it took me so long to link up this week! We've had such a busy week, we visited my cousin who just had the cutest baby we've ever seen! We also had my friend's 30th :)

Anyway, I love making new new fonts and I've got a HUGE bundle of fonts purchased from amazing sellers including, Mel from the Pond, MGL Fonts (Stefanie Galvin), KG (Kimberly Geswin Fonts) and Hello Fonts from Hello Literacy. Sooo many more but these are the ones I've used and loved - I'm sure you're all familair with them. :)

Here is my freebie font for the week, so excited! I made this font after I had a shower and my hair did the FUZZ haha... Can you tell?

Click on ther picture to get it! 

You can use this font for commercial and personal use, if you'd like to see more, my font bundle of 48 is available here. I've got another set of 16 fonts to be added to this pack real soon! The price goes up but once you've purchased it you can just download at no extra charge! :)

Hope you enjoy using this font! =)

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Sight Word Board Game Fun With Minions - Freebie

Hello teacher friends! I'm so excited to be a part of the blog hop for the awesome Krista Meiser from Second Grade Superkids, she is getting married and will be away the next couple of months - congratulations Krista it is such and exciting time!! :) 

Anyway, I'm here to share a great activity game board which can be played with any set of word cards! Any that you have you can play t with to revise vocabulary and words in context. This board game will be free on the blog for subscribers. :) A bigger set of board games will be coming to TPT soon!

Anyway, here is how you could set up this game:

Firstly, print the board on an A3 sized sheet of card stock (easily done at any local office shop - in Australia we have Officeworks). Laminate this for durability. You can print 2 more depending on how many groups you'd like to form in the class.

Have a set of dice ready!

Prepare figurines which would represent each player, you can buy these here on eBay for a great price: 

Or, you could print these out which I've made as an alternative. Click ont he picture to get them for free:
 Next, have a set of words ready for the game, these could be ANY set of word lists that you are teaching or reinforcing for the week. As long as the card words cannot be seen when the cards are flipped over. Here are some flashcard sets I use with my ESL students if you'd like to take a look:

 You can have a look at all the sets in my store here: Flashcard Sets ESL World.

Lastly, you can have a set of cards ready for each group or split cards so that each group gets a different list and explain the rules of the game: 
Rules: Choose a card from the pile (face down), say the word and then create a sentence using the word. If the sentence is correct, you keep the card and move on. The first to finish and have the most cards wins.

 Click on the picture to download the game for free!

Finally, walk around and check to make sure no one is cheating! My class had a blast with this game! Hope yours enjoy it too, would love to hear some comments! :)

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Teaching Tribune: Two for Tuesday! 50% Off Two Products!

This is so much fun! On this day I can imagine that most teachers' have had enough planning (I know I am) - we are off for the school holidays in two weeks yay! 
For this link up, I'd like to offer these two products at 50% off for 24 hours. One of them is a back to school product which you can plan ahead and the other is a summer pack for pre-kinders.

Click on the picture for more details!

This pack is a great introduction in Grade 1 especially throughout those first few weeks of school, it includes activities which review concepts learned in the previous year in Kindergarten.

There are some get-to-know me printables to be used in literacy centers or as a class:

Some fun literacy based activities are included:

Some math activities and much more!

The next pack that 50% off will be a fun pre-kinders summer skills review pack:

Click on the picture for more details:

I hope you have an awesome summer, check out the Teaching Tribune for more awesome savings!

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Summer Bloggin' Week 2 - Meet Me!

Hi friends! I know that most of you are enjoying the time off at the moment in summer and I'm not jealous at all.... (yea right!!) =P This post is a fun meet up hosted by the lovely Mel From The Pond at The Teaching Tribune.

Feel free to join this meet up, it's so much fun! There's something for each day of the week! Hope I could keep up lol.

Anyway, here's my meet-me page:

PS: I have a count-down to summer sheet next to my computer.

I'd love to read up on all your posts!! Head to The Teaching Tribune to add your linky. :) 

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