Monday, December 23, 2013

Have a Merry Little Christmas!

It's hard to believe it's two days before Christmas. I have no idea how time flew between the beginning of school and now. I always forget to brace myself once Halloween hits! I hope everyone reading this post has a chance to be with family and friends, to rest up and have a little fun.

When I've recharged my batteries, and hopefully get off to a new start January 6th, I can set some new goal with my kids. Since I'm a reading specialist, I'm narrowed down to literacy goals, but then--that's a lot when we're talking kindergarten through eighth grade! 

One thing I know I can set into motion is getting kids to be responsible for their own fluency progress. I've had kids working on this since September, and involved parents in the timing....It really is a productive activity that builds over time, and children really do see their progress spike!

This is what I've put up on Teachers Pay Teachers just recently. Check it out and see if it's something you're already doing with kids....Remember, you can start as early as first grade with Fountas and Pinnell Levels D and up. This makes it just a little handier for you to have kids graph their progress...a little more kid-friendly than just a plain old grid. 

Have a warm and wonderful holiday! And Happy New Year!
~Karen



Saturday, December 7, 2013

Holiday Fun Pages


Here's one of my newest holiday creations for kids who have the Christmas itch! Coloring pictures and picture writing are fun activities to keep them busy and entertained. The writing prompts are fun and good for practicing creative writing. Stop by before winter break!