Things I Wasn’t Always Aware of as A Teacher! 

Some things to check out if you don’t know the answers. None of the following is to be taken as legal advice. I’m simply sharing a few things I never knew about. 

P.s I’m in no way financially affiliated with any of the products listed below. Especially Kmart. I just happen to have an addiction to their shop. I probably should be employed by their promotions department with the amount of money I spend there and the business I send them. 

 Open toed shoes. I found these gems but I’m investigating if I’m allowed to wear them to work or whether it’s a wear at your own risk situation. Work cover may or may not cover you.

  Coffee cups with lids for child safety. It’s apparently now law where I’m from! I think it always has been but it has been advertised again.

  Check with your union whether you’re allowed a second job. Our Department want to know about all employment even if you’re working as a TRT. Turns out there is even a seperate form for it. Apparently declaring it under current employment with an online application isn’t actually telling them. 

  Check before the cha ching. You may just end up with more than you bargained for. IP rights cover more than you’d imagine, even if you’re a relief teacher and make it in your own, unpaid time. 

A few more handy ideas… 

  $3 Kmart baby formula containers hold 4 protein shakes. Easy breakfast or lunch on the run when you’re exhausted and forget to bring your own.  
 Have a box of games you only pull out during crazy weather. There is nothing worse than being trapped inside when it is scorching hot or raining. Pull this one out and you’re set with some new activities. Perfect when teamed with a movie or episode of Where’s Wally (YouTube) on the IWB. 

  
 I’m so excited. I’ve decided to treat myself to the most beautiful teacher planner for next term. The best bit, Erin is holding a sale at the moment! If you sign up using this link, we will both score $10 to use in the online store. 

These planners are absolutely perfect for home school parent teachers and school teachers. I was talking to a high school teacher who uses the Lifeplanner as her teacher planner. There really is something for everyone!

I’m in love with her coloured pages, stickers and storage pockets. I think I’ve got a new addiction already. I’d take a photo but my planner is the post and on the way over to me!

  
 6 Pack Fitness make THE BEST lunch boxes. My stuff stays cold for 12 hours in the middle of summer. Worth every cent. 

  $1 at Kmart! These 8 in 1 merit stamps are the bomb. 
  $5 Cheap as Chips baskets stack together for storage or stack up as shelves. Perfect for pillows and lost property jumpers. They’re also not a danger hazard as they don’t weigh much.
  This stuff is great for injuries. Best thing is is that it doesn’t smell and you can spray yourself. I can never reach my back. 
Please excuse the screen shots and dark images. I wanted to share the following ideas but decided I’d save some time with some screenshots instead of retyping everything. I need my beauty sleep so I don’t scare off the kids tomorrow! 🙊

  
    
    
    
    
  

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Erin Condren Teacher Planners

 I’m so excited. I’ve decided to treat myself to the most beautiful teacher planner for next term. The best bit, Erin is holding a sale at the moment! If you sign up using this link, we will both score $10 to use in the online store.

These planners are absolutely perfect for home school parent teachers and school teachers. I was talking to a high school teacher who uses the Lifeplanner as her teacher planner. There really is something for everyone!

I’m in love with her coloured pages, stickers and storage pockets. I think I’ve got a new addiction already. I’d take a photo but my planner is the post and on the way over to me!

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Tremendous Tangrams – Freebies Included

As a relief teacher, I have the luxury of having art as a last lesson a lot! I LOVE art. As a full time classroom teacher, I understand the annoyance of non educational “shhh and colour” colouring pages handed out by relief teachers who have agreed to plan an art lesson. I’m not talking about Zentangles or Maths colouring but normal colouring in pages that aren’t related to the curriculum. I’d rather plan the lesson myself and know that it meets an outcome or is linked to a subject other than art to create a cross connection.

My favourite activity at the moment is tangram art. There are so many designs and things you can do. I give the kids a template. This one http://www.tangram-channel.com/tangrams-to-cut-out/reversible-tangram-free-template/ from tangram-channel.com is great.

Once you’ve given the kids a template to cut out (if they’re older, they might be able to create their own or trace plastic pieces), you’ll need some examples. I’ve found a few resources for you.

These tangram cards from Tangram Channel look great.

The three Totally Tangrams books below are my personal favourite of the resources I’ve found for you. Glue & Ink have released three different designs!

Animals! Halloween Fun! Gobble Gobble – Thanksgiving Tangrams

Cash strapped and don’t mind black and white? Check out http://www.fun-stuff-to-do.com/tangrams.html for some freebies.

The Activity Village http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/tangrams website have all the info you need to introduce the idea of tangrams to your class and a few sheets to print and copy. I never knew the background story behind tangrams!

Do yourself a favour and check this out –  http://www.didatticarte.it/Blog/?p=397&lang=en – THE WORLD MAP!

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Easter Bargains & 10% Off at Educents!

What are your plans for Easter? Maybe you’re up for a family holiday, a night with friends or a weekend on the couch with chocolate eggs and Netflix. I swear the chocolate in Easter eggs always tastes better. Calories don’t count from Easter chocolate right? Are you going to teach your kids about the story behind Easter or make some cute little bunnies? We’ve got you covered right here with a little bit of everything and an awesome 10% off deal!

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Educents is offering 10% off your entire purchase! Just use coupon code EGGSTRA10 at checkout. Code is valid for one purchase per shopper. Offer valid through 3/24.

There’s a handful of deals that are especially great to save an extra 10% on. There’s a few of Educents’ most popular deals below. Which one spikes your interest?

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Violin Starter Set

The lessons cover basics about proper violin, including hand and finger position, the elements of correct bowing technique, how to tune the instrument, and playing rhythmic tunes. Games make learning fun, and students will learn songs that they can share with friends!

“I wish I took a picture of my son’s face. I’m so grateful I saw this when I did. And thermostat incredible fact, Kate, co-founder of Educents, emailed me because I didn’t finish my checkout. she was making serenity didn’t have any problems. I am always going to shop here because of that. THANK YOU, Kate and Educents’ people for this!!!” -Tawana J.

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Easter Activity Book

Easter: This Activity Book is full of GREAT fun for the season! Your kids will LOVE the fun activities, designed for K-3rd grade. There are coloring pages, basic math, bingo, recipes, word searches, copywork, and more!! A great way to enjoy the Easter holiday!

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3D Character Animation Course

Kids will learn key 3D character animation concepts in this year-long online course as they create animated movies using their favorite Minecraft characters. Kids will learn all the necessary skills to create fun animated shorts, laying the foundation for a future career in animation, or simply giving kids a productive outlet for their love of Minecraft! Recommended for ages 8 to 14.

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Life of Fred Books

Are your math students tired of the drill and kill math approach? Thousands of Homeschoolers have turned to the<em> Life of Fred Math Books</em> for a fun way to learn math.

Instead of dry exposition and endless exercises, these books are filled with the fun and page-turning tales of Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius born on the western slopes of the Siberian mountains. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters everyday math situations that call for solving mathematical problems. Children actually want to read these books!!

Kids already love the Life of Fred stories, now they can read learn to read and develop their reading skills with Fred and Kingie! The Life of Fred Beginning Reader Set  is made up of all 18 books that your little learner will ask to read over and over again!  Get them for less than $5 per book when you buy the whole set. Copy and paste this link to view. http://www.educents.com/life-of-fred-sale#251015?utm_source=affiliates&amp;utm_medium=referral&amp;utm_campaign=eastersale_3.21.16 (I’m having a few technical issues!)zonecleaning.jpg

 

Zone Cleaning for Kids

Children love knowing exactly what to do and enjoy the immediate sense of accomplishment as they work through the chart. Parents love knowing that “I’m done!” actually means the room is clean.

“Simple, easy steps. My 6 year old was very excited to start using it, and I was as well. Love the DVD explaining everything, but the flip wipe-off chart is pretty straight forward. He cleans his room by himself, using the tub system.” -Melinda P. Educents customer

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Science Explosion includes two exciting games in one! Learn all about the different fields of sciences and be the first player to explode the volcano. Match science-based topic cards to master cards in one game and use memory and strategy skills in another game!

Math Explosion combines science and math into an entertaining and exciting game for all ages. Be the first player to explode the volcano by getting your math facts correct! Get ready for a math adventure! Review facts! Get ahead in math! Wahoo! It’s time to burn rubber and discover!

“I have 2-3rd graders and 1- 2nd grader. We are loving these magic school bus games. They are fun and engaging. I would definitely recommend them to friends.” -Brooke B., Educents customer

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Magic School Bus Science Club

Grab this incredibly fun 12-month subscription of Ms. Frizzle-approved, wacky experiments delivered to your doorstep for award-winning science FUN!

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Receive a Magic School Bus science experiment once a month for 12 months and include them into your science curriculum. It’s 50% off and you get FREE shipping today within the continental US. Ships to Canada for $2/month.

Good news! Educents now ships the Magic School Bus Science Kits to international customers! Proceed to checkout to find shipping rates for addresses outside the contiguous US and Canada.

Buy it now!

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Gospels Bible Story Wall Decals

Tell the story of Easter on your walls! Make Bible stories interactive with these reusable wall stickers. The set includes stickers that correspond with The Nativity, Jesus baptizing, Palm Sunday, the Last Supper, the Ascension, and more!

“Very durable and well made. Almost like a cloth material. I placed and replaced the stickers a couple of times and they seem like they will last a long time. I’m very excited about this product!” -Kylie K., Educents customer

 

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Magformers are super powerful shapes that transform into colorful geometric builds that adhere on every edge with magnets. Build simple forms from houses to rockets that spin freely to ensure that every side attracts to other pieces.

“We bought these at Christmas time for my daughter who is just starting to get really excited about architecture. We bought the Math Activity Book as well and it has been such a great way to integrate math learning at home and after school. I would recommend both. They are great quality and we now have 3 or 4 different sets. They all work with one another, too!” -Kate, Educents customer

“We absolutely love Magformers in our house. The kids play with these first thing in the morning and they come up with creative patterns like pyramids and boxes. Lately, they saw a video of kids laying them flat on the ground and when they pull upwards, a 3D shape forms like a ball or a squid. Yes, a squid!” -Sarah, Educents customer

“I was immediately captured by the vibrant colors. Upon merely viewing the sizes of the shapes, I knew my son would be able to enjoy this toy without safety concerns.” -Gabrielle

Photo by Gabrielle, homeschool mom of a child with special needs. Read her Magformers review http://blog.educents.com/using-magformers-to-build-skills-with-a-special-needs-learner/

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STEM Bundle

 

This Educents exclusive STEM kit will spur your child’s curiosity, and interest in the sciences! This product ships FREE to the continental US!

Save an extra 10% off already discounted items on Educents! Just use coupon code EGGSTRA10 at checkout. Code is valid for one purchase per shopper. Offer valid through 3/24.

 

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Easter Mania

Teaching about Easter can be difficult. I work in public schools and I never know how much to teach or how in depth to go. I believe it is important to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the true meaning of Easter (with parent permission of course). I’ve found these resources that will come in handy for this week and for next year.

 The Story of Easter Coloring Book (e-book) from WriteBonnieRose is a great freebie for teaching children about the meaning of Easter.

 This little gem is an all in one Easter Activity Book from Knowledge Box Central. At just $5 it is the perfect bargain. It comes full of colouring pages, maths sheets, bingo games and recipes.

 These adorable little board games from Sweet Integrations are completely free! http://www.educents.com/easter-board-games.html#251015 (You’ll need to copy and paste the link. I’m not sure why it wouldn’t link properly. Sorry!)

 

 My kids love a good dad joke or pun. I’d love to do a joke before each break and at the end of the day. These  are too good for less than $2!

  I love Alexis Sanchez’s adorable little Carrot Roll game. I’ll find it hard to go past it at just $1. So cute!

 

 This all in one Easter Math Counting book is the perfect download for less than $2. Perfect for fast finishers or an Easter activity. You could even turn the maths colouring pages into Easter cards.

  This resource could be the best $2 you’ve ever spent. Download your copy of the 2nd & 3rd Grade Problem Solving: Easter Bunny Edition  from Pawsitively Teaching.

 I love tying themes in with sight words. My kids seem to play them all year round, even when Easter and Christmas are over. Check out this little bargain from Learning Ahoy. Grab your copy of OH PEEP!

If you’re after art and craft activities, head on over to my other non affiliate post over here!

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Mad About Maths

Math can be a tough subject to teach. How do you make it fun in the classroom or at home and keep your students engaged for more than five minutes? Some kids learn math concepts with songs, outdoor experiences, real world scenarios, or with games! I love using play based learning with any year level. I was definitely a hands on learner as a child, so I’m all for learning through laughter and exciting activities.

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Here’s a list of math games, including board games, printable games, and DIY games.

Multiplication Practice Paper Folding

This little paper folding activity from Kids Activities Blog is brilliant. By simply folding some paper into cootie catchers, you can actually create an informative math game for students focusing on anything from addition to fractions.

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Math Wall Stickers

Play with math on the walls! This set of reuseable wall decals are a great way to turn math into an interactive experience. Play Simon Says with math on the wall! “Simon says show one half.” Love it!!

Lego Multiplication Graph

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We love Lego, but did you know because of their shape they are great tools for multiplication? Thanks to Frugal Fun for Boys, you can now use it to create a graph will help kids visualize multiplication in three dimensions.

Counting Quiet Cubes Game

This game designed for ages 4-7 uses dice rolls to help teach ABCs, counting and basic addition. The best part is the foam dice are designed to be super duper quiet for a truly peaceful learning experience!

Math Explosion Volcano Game

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With this fascinating game, players are able to customize math facts with a math fact creator so that players of all ages can play for many years to come. Be the first player to explode the volcano by getting your math facts correct!

Connect Four Bingo Game

Everyone loves Bingo, and when you can take a game that’s already fun and turn it into something educational everyone wins. Children will be paying close attention so they can be the first to exclaim BINGO!

Aliens on Vacation

This printable multiplication game by Deceptively Educational requires a little setup, but it provides children with a chance to put their math skills to the test to get their alien home from vacation.

Factors and Multiples Games

Play Monster Mash! A game that helps students understand greatest common factors and lowest common multiples.

Crazy Daisy Multiplication

Looking for something a little more cute? The Crazy Daisy Multiplication printable math game from Deceptively Educational will help kids visualize solutions as they colour in a crazy daisy.

Whack It! Place Value Math Game

It’s no secret that kids love any game where they can get a little bit physical and give things a good whack, so why not teach math at the same time? This game helps with place values, but can be adjusted for other lessons.

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Easter Art & Craft (Affiliate Post)

I’ve taken these photos of things I created as a kid or that kids at my local OSHC have made. I can’t take credit for any of the ideas, other than than the last one. I hope they help you in your classroom or homeschool travels.

 Easter Egg Nests – http://www.chocolate-candy-mall.com/chocolate-easter-egg-nests.html

 Scratch Art Bunny

 We adapted this Chupa Chup Easter Bunny from http://cathcarts.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/easter-bunny-pops.html?m=1 to make a bird.

 Easter egg collages I mad in Reception and Year 1. Mum kept everything. I’ve never been so thankful!


 Easter bunnies made my kids at OSHC – http://herfamilytrends.com/easy-paper-plate-bunny-crafts/

 I made these while volunteering in a Reception class. A parent came up with the idea. Here’s a similar one – http://beafunmum.com/2011/04/easter-crafts-and-food/

I made this little jar using stamps for the little kid across the road. So easy but so simple. No idea where the idea came from.

 

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Educents Freebies #1

I spent SO much money on stuff for my last contract. I also saved hundreds thanks to Educents and their fabulous daily deals. Make sure you check out these freebies. They’re not FREE for long though, so make sure you hurry! Head on over and sign up for free at Educents even if you’re not ready to purchase or download. I promise it is worth it!

I’ve found the following amazing freebies which I’ve used in all my classes and relief teaching over the last two years. I’m sure they’ll see me through this year too.

My Year 5 class were obsessed with Uno and maths games. I wish I had this little beauty from Teaching Momster when I had my first class. I’ve got it all set to go for my next contract. You can download it here.


My Year 2 class were obsessed with Frozen. These maths and letter sheets from Frugal Homeschool Family were their favourite fast finishers activity.

I was constantly battling the kids to proof read their work. I found this little gem and printed it. They were obsessed with using their magnifying glasses to check their work. Thank you Confessions of a Teaching Junkie! It takes a fair bit of patience to cut these out (if you want perfect cuts) or you can let the kids do it. I did. They loved it and I only had to repair a few accidental snips here and there.


I also found these Educents superhero handwriting sheets super handy.


This Educents freebie package worth $78 is one of the best things I’ve downloaded. There’s something there to suit absolutely everyone. Make sure you download it for future use, even if you don’t need it right now. I haven’t included a photo as I want you to head over and check it out.

I’ve found these geometry cards from Bright Concepts 4 Teachers so handy for my relief teaching bag. Download your copy here.

 

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As teachers, it is super easy to run away with hundreds of dollars on stuff that might only last a few weeks or that you’ll only use once. I’ve found a heap of awesome freebies and super cheap resources which I’ve used over and over. It’s taken me forever to build up a resource collection. I’ve been lucky enough to have been handed a list of the best and most affordable resources on Educents for teachers and homeschoolers which I’m allowed to share with you. Check it out below.- they’re all $20 or less!

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Get organised!

This planner includes dated journal pages, practical forms, motivational quotes, and teaching aides to make your homeschool planning effortless and enjoyable. I’m even contemplating purchasing it for classroom use next time I find myself with a long term contract.

Do-a-Dot Mega Bundle

17 different activities that cover fine motor skills, numbers, letters, sight words, word families, shapes, colors, patterns, and early addition. All of these items are designed for us with do-a-dot markers, but they also come with a variety of suggestions for alternative uses. Check it out here.

Photography Lessons for Kids

Add some fun to your homeschool! Whether your kids have a point and shoot or a DSLR camera, the fundamental rules of photography can still be taught. Head on over and download your pack today.

Math Resources

Tegu Geometric Blocks

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Here’s a hands-on way to learn geometric shapes. These blocks come in many shapes and colors.

Times Tales DVD

Kids can learn their times tables in a snap! Most homeschoolers say this DVD only takes about an hour to teach kids the upper times tables. There’s also a downloadable version available.

Life of Fred Math Stories

After reading the Fred books, kids will never say “math is boring” ever again. These fictional stories weave in math concepts with real world examples. Start with the Apples book for early math, and follow Fred all the way to calculus lessons! Check it out now!

Science Activities

Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket

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Learn, create, and play with your student. These polymers can help teach measurements, chemical reactions, and following directions

One Minute Science Mysteries

Each story, just one minute long, challenges students’ knowledge in earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science. Click here to see it now.

Language Arts Games

Ukloo Early Riddle Edition Treasure Hunt Game

Disguised as a treasure hunt, this literacy game gets kids physically active as they strengthen reading comprehension skills while solving clues to find a surprise

Let’s Get Reading Bundle

Play detective with this printable packet investigating CVC words, phonics, word families and more! Kids can even print &amp; wear spy gear!

Cursive Writing Worksheets

Make handwriting practice more fun with these superhero-themed printable worksheets. I’ve actually got these myself and my kids absolutely loved them as fast finisher activities. So simple but yet so good.

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Sound, Blends, Sight Word, Spelling and Number Games and Contract Activities

Running a small tutoring business, I’ve always got parents asking me for ideas on how they can help their child to learn the order of the alphabet, their letter sounds and blends, sight words, spelling words and numbers. All these ideas could be adapted to suit any of the learning needs mentioned above.

I’ve created this list which would also be perfect to use in a classroom as homework or a spelling program.

Squish The Bug

I saw this game while on placement. I believe the idea come from the Midow Magic 100 List Guide. It is NOT my idea and I don’t claim it to be. I let students try and read/say their word. If they get it right, they get to squish the bug with a thong or fly swat. I’ve also done clothes which they peg on a line and a bbq where they turn the meat over.

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Magnetic Letters

I picked this little gem up on my local buy and sell page. I use it for a range of things from playing eye spy looking for letters or numbers to making words and times tables.

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Repurposed Connect Four

My kids love making their spelling and sight words using Connect Four counters which are covered with sticky dots with letters on them. You can also buy Link Words which has the same idea behind it.

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Word Dominos

So simple but yet effective. I picked up a set of blank business cards. It saves heaps of time cutting up paper and laminating. They last ages as they’re strong cardboard too.

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Guess Who?

I saw this idea online ages ago. The kids love playing it during our tutoring sessions. I can change the paper as we need to. Works a treat and makes them think before they ask questions.

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Magic Water Painting

Paint is great except for the mess. Water is perfect as the kids feel like they’re painting but don’t make a mess. I love this for learning sounds, numbers and words.

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Get typing!

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Dough Words

Make words out of dough or use an old pen to write the letters in the dough. So many possibilities.

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Colouring In

My kids love colouring in. I get them to read the word, cover it, say it, spell it and then colour it in while saying each letter.

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Scrabble Words

Pretty straight forward really!

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Puppet Play

Act out a play using spelling or sight words.

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Popstick Letter Match

Matching up lowercase and uppercase letters. I made these using Kmart stickers and coloured popsticks. A permanent texta would do the same thing.

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Letter Jumble

Today I wrote out a child’s spelling words down the left hand side of her page. On the right hand side, I wrote them out again but jumbled them up. She loved linking the jumbled and unjumbled words together. We used a whiteboard marker and placed the sheet inside a plastic sleeve which means she can use it again this week without me there.

Fortune Teller

We created a fortune teller and wrote sounds and numbers on the outside bits. The inside bits had her spelling words. When she landed on the word, she had to spell it out. We took turns at being the host and game contestant.