Tuesday, November 25, 2014

29 Reading Activities $2.00

Reading Activities Link

I created Reading Activities to use in my classroom. They have since been published and used successfully in elementary, secondary, adult, special day and resource reading classes. Many activities can be used with any subject area and grade level.

Activities are fun and increase student engagement. They may be used to introduce new material or practice previously-taught skills and concepts. 

Air Tracing for Sound Retention
Alphabet Line
Build a Story
Choral Reading With Finger Tracing
Comprehension Competition 
Correction of Mistakes
Decoding Practice Using Rules
Dictionary Skills 
Fifteen Second Read
Fish Bowl Names
Flash Cards
Flashlight Practice
Four Group Check
Go Fish
Match the Meaning
Mystery Sentences
Oral Sentence Construction
Paper Rotation for Peer Editing
Pair Check
Paired Reading Practice
Paper Rotation for Peer Editing
Quick Draw
Read, Repeat, Spell, Write
Reading Line
Reading Rows
Worksheet Correction

Monday, November 24, 2014

Geography Lesson worth sharing!

The Author:
Kris Bales is the classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason homeschooling mom to three amazing kids, the Christ-following, sweet tea addicted wife to one unbelievably supportive husband, and the formerly obese, couch-potato-turned-healthy runner of a bunch of 5K races and two half-marathons. 

If you are teaching geography, taking a look at this lesson is-
well worth your time. The primary link named Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers is always filled with great ideas.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rhoades to Reading Workbook A

Rhoades to Reading Workbook A  (2nd Edition)
By Jacquelne J Rhoades

Workbook A contains reading curriculum for grades kindergarten through grade 2. 

Students will learn essential standards for reading, writing, written and oral English language conventions.

Skills taught include: Upper and lower case letter recognition, consonant and short vowel sounds, consonant-vowel-consonant words, basic sight words 1-200, consonant digraphs, beginning consonant blends, final consonant blends, the silent “e” rule, three letter blends and clusters, common word families, common suffixes and word patterns, r-controlled vowels, vowel digraphs, sentence writing rubric, paragraph writing rubric, story writing rubric. Skills practice opportunities are included for all skills taught.

Included are 5 stories, 1 poem, 8 game sheets, 115 reading sheets and 51 worksheets. This program is appropriate for elementary, secondary, and adult students.

Workbook A may be used independent of the teaching guide..The Teaching Guide for Workbook A (2nd Edition) includes specific step-by-step instructions for teaching each lesson. 119 Pp

Available at bookstores 


Special Day Class Teacher:
Rhoades to Reading is a sensible, easy to teach, reading program with lessons already planned. Best of all, students learn to read.

Because of the help received using Rhoades to Reading, my daughter is now working at grade level, receiving excellent grades, and is spending less time on homework. Retention is no longer an issue. Best of all, my daughter does enjoy school.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Revisiting Success Part 1 Madeline Hunter


As recently as 20 years ago, the United States was ranked No.1 in high school and college education. In 2009, the United States was ranked 18th out of 36 industrialized nations. http://www.historynet.com/was-the-usa-ever-no-1-in-education.htm While discussions continue attributing this reason or that for the 20-year decline of student performance, one truth remains, educators are jumping from one fad to the next leaving our students and teachers in the dust of decline.

Melissa Mitchell defines  the problem so well when she said  “ I find it ironic that many of the experts who are proposing these new ideas and consider themselves highly educated and knowledgeable were educated by the very methods they seek to destroy.” http://www.carolinajournal.com/articles/display_story.html?id=7792 The concepts stated in Ms. Mitchell’s article have inspired this blog author to write about a series on Successful programs that have withstood the test of time.

Madeline Hunter, Part 1, is the first in the Revisiting Success series. As a teacher, tutor, homeschooler, college instructor, and teacher supervisor, I know, this approach leads to successful classroom teaching, tutoring and homeschooling.

Revisiting Success Part 1: Madeline Hunter
Madeline Hunter is listed as one of the 20 most influential women in the 20th century. She developed a direct instruction lesson plan model that differentiated Knowledge  of Effective Teaching and Knowledge of Teacher Effectiveness. It was her belief that if a teacher applied the tools of effective teaching, he or she would become an effective teacher. For more information abut Madeline Hunter please go to http://gatheringgardiners.blogspot.com/2013/06/madeline-hunter-1916-1994.html

Madeline Hunter’s 7 step lesson plan consisted of:
Madeline Hunter at UCLA

  1. Developing the objective
  2. Provide an anticipatory set
  3. State the objective to the student
  4. Provide input on the content
  5. Check for understanding
  6. Provided guided practice
  7. Assign independent practice

I have included a few links that reference current practice. You Tube and the internet are sources for hundreds of ideas a teacher or parent can use today.  

These two links describe the 7 steps in detail:

 YouTube samples further explain the 7 Step Lesson Plan:

Writing Guided Practice

Writing a Complete Paragraph Using the Hamburger Model

Kindergarten Dance Guided Practice

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Song for Papa Crow

A perfect gift for the holiday.

Little Crow loves to sing, and Papa Crow loves his song. But when Little Crow shares his crow songs with the other birds at the big old tree, they laugh and scatter. Maybe Mockingbird can teach him to sing songs with the finches, flycatchers, and cardinals and help him make some friends. But Little Crow should be careful what he wishes for... Using Mockingbird's tip, Little Crow quickly becomes the most popular bird on the block. But, in a moment of danger, he learns that singing someone else's song can have terrible consequences and that his own voice and his father's love is of the greatest value. Paired with colorful collage illustrations, this inspirational story is complemented by fun facts about North American birds and their sounds. Grades Pre-K to 2.

Song for Papa Crow

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Free Collection of Short Stories from ASMSG

A World of Joy

Cover for 'A World of Joy'
By ASMSG Authors
Published by Grey Mouse Publishing
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Published: Nov. 30, 2013 
Words: 51,210 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311237927

Short description

Brought to you by Grey Mouse Publishing and the authors of ASMSG, A World of Joy is a collection of holiday-themed shorts. It is a Yule-tide celebration of joy, hope, renewal, and love. With stories from multiple holiday traditions, geared towards all audiences, this anthology is meant to infuse the reader with the holiday spirit of good cheer.