Monday, October 3, 2016

October Fun Filled Learning Resources!

October is here and we are gearing up for some fun, hands-on and engaging learning!  
We have you covered with NO PREP packets for 
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade

The activities in this packet will cover number sense, the alphabet, shapes and more!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Curriculum Choices 2016-2017

I get a lot questions about my curriculum choices, so I thought I would share them here in a blogpost. Many people wonder if I use only my own curriculum. The answer is no. I wish I had time to create everything that my girls use, but that is impossible. Besides, I don't feel comfortable creating every academic resource we use. I rely on the experts to bring quality curriculum to our homeschool educational environment.

There are NO affiliate links below... 
just an honest opinion and overview of what works best for us.

Sophia: 2nd Grade
Note about Sophia.
 Sophia is a very young 2nd Grader. She doesn't turn 7 until late September, and technically she would be in 1st Grade if she was put into the public school system. That being said, I understand her needs. She reads above grade level, but socially she is still six. She loves school and is extremely eager to learn. One of the perks of homeschooling is that you can accommodate the needs of your children.  Sometimes this means we use different curriculum. Sometimes we work at a faster pace. Sometimes we revisit core concepts for mastery.  We do what works best for us. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Back To School Packets!

Back to School is right around the corner for us and I am SUPER excited to kick of this school year with some fun, hands-on and engaging resources for The Moffatt Girls! Some of you have already started!

We now have Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade and 3rd Grade NO PREP Packets available! We also have journal prompts and Reading Comprehension Checks!

After several requests for a NO PREP Preschool packet, we finally released the September edition! The activities in these packets will help build fine motor skills, alphabet recognition, sounds and basic math concepts geared for little learners!  These printable are designed to be FUN, engaging, effective and hands-on!

Check out all of our Back to School packets below!
 Bundles are available for all resources!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Mastering Basic Facts Made EASY!

As teachers and parents, we understand the importance of mastering basic math facts.  Basic math facts provide a foundation for math success.  It is the precursor for more complex and challenging math procedures. Although we want kids to become fluent with their math facts, this is not a goal that is simple to achieve.

How do we help students master Basic Math Facts?

#1 Students need a variety of opportunities to learn and master math facts. Since students learn in different ways, we need to provide ample opportunity for mastery... in a variety of ways.

When it comes to working with math facts, I am all about making it fun and as hands-on as possible.  I have created 6 packets in our Addition and Subtraction Bundle to make practice FUN! I have also created our Addition and Subtraction Math Fact Booklets to give students endless opportunities to practice with 216 wipe on and wipe off booklets!

For students who need the extra support, it is my hope and goal that teachers and/or parents will use these resources with manipulatives. Below I will show you a few manipulatives that we like to use for adding and subtracting. For students who don't need the extra support, manipulatives may not be as necessary.  The most important thing is that you, as the teacher,  integrate manipulatives, visuals, tables, hundred charts and discussion as needed.
I like to use base ten blocks, jumbo dice, linking cubes and fun counters. 
In the picture above, I have counting bears and insects. You could use ANYTHING...the important thing is to make it FUN and that you provide tangible items for students to manipulate. 

Over time and through multiple avenues of practice, students will begin to master basic addition and subtraction facts automatically.  This is ultimate goal and this is what we hope to achieve for our students.

Providing HANDS-ON, FUN and ENGAGING opportunities for practice will help to maintain student interest.  These 6 packets hit the target and provide opportunities for differentiation to help scaffold the learning process.

In this post, I also want to show you how you can use many of these pages to make a reusable (wipe on and wipe off) binder that 
helps save on paper and ink
and is EASY to set up!
This is especially useful for teachers who have a limited paper and ink supply and/or want to differentiate instruction for their students.

In addition to the printable pages above, we also have the Addition and Subtraction Math Booklets. These Wipe on and Wipe off booklets allow for endless opportunities of practice.  The BEST PART about these booklets, is that they are SELF CHECKING!

In this post I will show you a variety of FUN, ENGAGING and EFFECTIVE ways to help kids MASTER basic math facts!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What is Phonemic Awareness and Why Teach it?

I get a lot of emails from parents who are ready to teach their child how to read. They tell me that their children know their letters and their sounds, therefore they are Ready to READ! "Where do we start and what do we do next?" they ask.

I LOVE their enthusiasm! I LOVE their willingness to dive right in.

However... diving into a full blown reading curriculum at that early stage is not the next step. To build a strong foundation for reading success, children need to master Phonological/Phonemic Awareness.

What is Phonological/Phonemic Awareness?

Phonological and Phonemic Awareness is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate sounds (phonemes).  This skill provides a strong foundation for early reading success. As students become more proficient in hearing, identifying and manipulating sounds, they can successfully move onto segmenting and blending words. A systematic and cohesive approach to teaching phonological awareness can build confident readers who are less likely to struggle with decoding and spelling skills. Students with strong a phonemic awareness are much more likely to be successful readers.

Who Can Benefit from Phonological/Phonemic Awareness?
Reading instruction is important for all students. A strong foundation in phonological/phonemic awareness can benefit:
*Beginning Readers
*Struggling Readers
*Students with autism or other developmental disabilities
*Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students

Authentic Phonemic Awareness is done without printed words. It is all about the sounds that letters make. It gives students the ability to work with sounds, manipulate sounds and master these sounds in a variety of ways. When students are able to do these skills successfully, they are able to jump into phonics with a lot less struggle.  Phonics (not Phonemic Awareness) works with connecting the sounds to printed letters and words.  When you target phonemic awareness first, it allows a child to focus on one thing...sounds.  However, when you try to teach both phonemic awareness (sounds) and phonics (linking sounds to letters and words), it can be overwhelming and frustrating for children learning to read.

When a child struggles with reading, the gaps are often connected to a lack of phonemic awareness skills. Going back and reinforcing these skills can help fill in the gaps and build stronger readers.

Within my Phonemic Awareness Bundle, I have provided an opportunity to practice many skills necessary to give children a strong foundation with sounds. Let's take a look at this bundle, see how it works and why it is an important component to reading success.

The pictures and activities that I am about to show you below are all stored in my Phonemic Awareness Kit. This is EASY to set up and just requires a box and some file folders. This method keeps me organized and all of my materials are in one place. When my teaching materials are organized, I am more equipped to meet the needs of those that I am teaching.

In this post, I will show you 9 different activities to help build phonemic awareness.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Summer Review NO PREP Packets (UPDATED)

Summer is almost here! I can smell the beach air and feel the sand in my feet.  I know that the little Moffatt Girls are also ready for a summer break!  We have a lot of things on our "Bucket List" this summer, but one thing that is NOT on the list is the Summer Slide!

Here are some statistics about the Summer Slide:
1. Teachers spend 4 - 6 weeks re-teaching material that students have forgotten over the summer.
2. Students experience significant learning loss when they do not participate in educational activities during the summer months.
3. Reading as a leisure activity is the best predictor of comprehension, vocabulary and reading speed. 
4. Reading just 4 - 5 books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child's fall reading scores.
5. The Summer Slide has cumulative effects of greater loss each summer.

In efforts to avoid the Summer Slide, I wanted to give our Summer Review Packets an update… and boy did they get an update!  They have been COMPLETELY revised!  The summer Review NO PREP Packets are packed with FUN, engaging and hands-on activities to help kids avoid the Summer Slide!
The BEST part…
NO PREP, NO laminating, no costly colored ink!  Just print and let kids learn this summer!

**If you already purchased this packet, just re-download it for FREE!**
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