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Thursday 17 August 2017

Phonics Sound Boxes

Hi all!

I've been pretty busy these last few days working on and making up my Phonics Sound Boxes to send home with my kiddos for their phonics homework.

I often find that sending home hands on phonics homework can be quite difficult and we just resort to the same old boring worksheet that doesn't make phonics that fun for kids! Not anymore!!

I set up my boxes by cutting out and laminating my cards in various colours - you can read more about how to set them up if you purchase my pack. I won't lie, it was not fun! I had lots of cups of tea and blasted my music to get me through it, but I knew that it would be worth it! To make up 15 boxes took me around an hour, so it wasn't TOO bad!  

 Here's the box with all the cards inside - they're so cute!!


 And here's the Phase 2 set made up! I haven't made my other packs up as I don't teach Phases 3-5 in Nursery, but I know that if I move year groups I'll have them handy for when they're needed!

I have used sound boxes before (not this cute!) but I found that if I sent out the sounds after each session children would forget their bags, or boxes, or they'd get mixed up and it was just SUCH a headache!

Therefore I've opted to send all of the sounds home at once and send out a letter to parents explaining how to use the box and I'll then send out a cute brightly coloured slip after each sound/word is taught;

 The letters are editable so they look completely personalised - you also get a copy of the stickers to print off or a pdf of the sticker file so you can order them if you're lazy like I am!

Now you can use the sounds/words in a variety of ways and this is what's great about the box because the parents can differentiate it and use it depending on the ability of their child!!

You can use the tiles as little flashcards to support recognition;

You can use them to build words and practise segmenting/blending;

Or you can use it to build simple sentences and practise reading sentences and fluency;

I know that over in the UK we have a different phonics scheme to the US but I just wanted to share with you the sounds and words that are covered in these packs;

It has UK and US spelling of practise/practice on the slip cards. 

If you are interested then you can find them in the following stores;

 Here are the overviews of the packs;

 I hope you find them useful and they make supporting phonics at home easier!

Monday 7 August 2017

Shark Family Clipart Set Giveaway!

Today I created my first clipart set based on the Baby Shark song that my little kiddos have been utterly obsessed with and I can't wait to make some Baby Shark activities for them with it! 

To celebrate I am giving away a set of this clipart to 5 lucky winners! To win simply head here to my facebook page - give the giveaway post a like and tell me what you would do with the clipart if you won! Simple as that!

For those of you who don't win (or don't want to wait!) you can get it from TES store, TpT store or Teacher's Notebook store

Winners will be announced on Monday 14th August

Good luck! 

Saturday 5 August 2017

Behaviour management

Are you looking for a behaviour management technique that doesn't involve naming and shaming the same students each day?

Personally, I hate seeing children's names on the board - whether it's on a happy face or sad face.. a green frog or a red frog.. for the same students who have their name on the 'bad' side each day it can be completely demoralising.

Do you want children to take responsibility for their own actions and be encouraged to make the right behaviour choice for themself? Then I've got your back! 

My new whopping 124 page behaviour bundle includes everything you will need to keep those kiddos on track all year! You can purchase it on my TES, TpT or Teacher's Notebook store and prepare for an easier year ahead! 

If you're in the US don't worry - the word behaviour/behavior isn't used so this is suitable for you too! 


Tuesday 1 August 2017

I'm Back!! - and with new resources

So, it's been a very very long time since I posted on here - I took a break from teaching and took a year out to reassess what I wanted after a not so great experience at my previous school... but I've been sucked right back in and I'm currently teaching nursery (age 3-4) at such a lovely school and have fell right back in love with teaching again.. so here I am!

As it's Back to School Sale weekend on TPT I thought I'd share a few of my resources that you can snag in the sale - so make sure to stock up while it's 25% off and don't forget to use the code BTS2017 - some are oldies and some are brand new :)

Let me know if you grab anything!