Saturday, March 2, 2013

March *Freebie* Fun...and Sound Racers =)

I love Spring. Here in East Texas we are already seeing the signs of Spring:  tulips trees, dogwoods, azaleas, and many other flowers are all starting to bloom. March also brings Spring Break, my birthday and my niece's birthday. But, I also start freaking out a bit....

3 months of school left???!!!???!!! Holy Moly...I need to see how much more I can cram into my kiddos heads. There are times I am feeling good about all of the progress my kiddos are making then....BAM!!! They say or do something that makes me want to go bang my head against the wall. Seriously, where have you been the last 7 months ????!!!!!????

One of my kiddos last week could not remember what this sign meant -....and this happened right after she just successfully finished a math sort that was mixed addition and subtraction. I had a 5 minute conversation with her that made me think I needed either an adult beverage or medicine for the migraine headache that was coming on. I felt exactly like this...


At times like this, all I can say is Help Me Jesus.

With Easter being in March this year, we will be doing a few of our leprechaun and St. Patrick's Day activities this week. Here are some of the *freebies* I shared last year.

Click on the picture above to grab your *freebies*.


My kiddos LOVE dice games. =)

Here is a subtraction sort....


And some ABC order fun.

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I finished this packet several weeks ago and just never got around to sharing with you about it. My kiddos love this and I am able to use it with all of my Guided Reading groups. The packet has around 300 words that focus on:

*short vowels and CVC words
*blends
*digraphs
*CVCC and CCVC words
*magic e
*r controlled vowels
*the 2 sounds of ow
*ou words like in mouse
*oo words like in boot
*vowel teams like ai, ee, oa, ay, etc

This is wonderful for RtI and is amazing at helping children blend sounds together to help decode words. The kiddos LOVE using little cars to drive over the sounds and then race and blend the sounds faster to read the word.






It is on sale this weekend. Click here to go check it out. =)

I hope you enjoy the *freebies*. I would love for you to leave me a heart note if you grab them. 

From My to Yours,

24 heart notes:

Julie Marciniak said...

Hi Heather!
You are such a sweetheart for sharing your St. Patty's Day freebies with us! Thank you! I am pinning your units as we speak! Have a great weekend!
Julie
Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

Sarah Hankinson said...

Thanks for the St. Patrick's Day freebies! I've printed out the addition and subtraction one and am planning on using it next week!

Sarah
Learning is for Superstars
Learning is for Superstars is on Facebook

Tamra Sarah said...

We are starting subtraction on Monday; thanks for the freebie! We are your newest follower!

Sandy Welch said...

Heather, I keep thinking you teach kindergarten-I don't know why- and when I read your list of things to be covered in your Sound Racers Packet- I almost had a heart attack because, of course, my kinders don't know all those things!!! Whew, am I relieved! I start to panic at this time of year too! Have a great week!

Crystal Shepherd said...

I love that video! It makes a moment of frustration and makes it so light hearted!

The Cozy Classroom said...

Thanks for the great freebies, and for following me :) Glad to have made a new blogging friend!

Teresa Gregorio said...

Heather,

Thanks for stopping by. It's so nice to hear from a fellow first grade teacher. Your site is too cute! I loveee the freebie. I am going to use it this week during center time.

Thanks!

Teresa

louise zirk said...

I just purchased the Sound Racers packet. Love, love, love, it and can't wait to use it!! Thanks so much.

Melissa P. Brittany P. said...

Thanks for the great freebies Heather! We think you are amazing!

http://frugalinfirst.blogspot.com

Leigh Langton said...

Oh MY GOODNESS! I needed that laugh! Thanks for sharing that video! It is soooooooooo true (and I teach 2nd grade!) thanks for the freebies! :)

Leigh
The Applicious Teacher

Kirstin McGinnis said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! Your March freebies are so cute! :o)

Kirstin
http://mcginniskindergarten.blogspot.com/

Erika said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I'm your newest follower now too! I can totally undertand the need for an adult beverage, made me laugh. I definitely have days like that myself. Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or cry...I'm jealous of your spring blooms!

Erika
teachtraintriumph

Growing Gracefully in Third Grade said...

Hi Heather! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a sweet comment! I LOVE your blog! Your freebies are amazing, and I'm sad that I'm not able to use them with my older kiddos! :) I have a silly question for you...you mentioned that I should add a follow button to my page...how exactly would I go about doing that? I'm a total newbie at all of this, and I am so in awe of your blog! Thank you, and I'm your newest follower! :)

Christine Reeve said...

I love your alphabet sorting...I'm going to pin it to my academic boards...it would be great for alot of the teachers I work with. Your site is beautiful and the content you share is clearly "from the heart." :) I am your new follower.

Chris
Autism Classroom News

Crystal White said...

Oh boy I am right with you! This is the time of year I panic and think 'oh no, I'm almost out of time and they know nothing!'.

Go enjoy your adult beverage!

My Kinder-Garden

Amanda Dover said...

Hi Heather!

Thanks so much for your tip about my blog! The only follow button I was finding was the Google + button and I was wondering why that wasn't working...lol. I found it though and added it. :)

I LOVE the freebie! I totally understand about the needing an adult beverage! I have several of those moments throughout the week! Sometimes I give into the beverage when I get home...hehe!

Amanda
One Crazy Combination

Katie Orr said...

I am going to have to say "ditto" to what Amanda just said. Thanks so much for the tip about my blog!! I also found it and added it :).

Your blog is amazing...I love it and I am your newest follower :)

Katie
sparkingthemind.blogspot.com

thirdgradegalore said...

Thanks for letting me know about your blog. I just became a follower! I taught first grade for eight years. Isn't it amazing how much those kids grow in one year? Have you taught any other grades?

Kristy said...

Thanks for the St. Patty's Day freebies. They'll be great for next year!
Teachin' First

Tiffany May said...

Hi Heather! Your freebies are sooooooo darn cute! Thank you for sharing. Your blog is so precious. I know your firsties just LOVE you. Thank you again for being my first follower. You have a new follower in me to. =)

hugs
Tiffany

onefabteacher