Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Month-by-Month Reading Logs

Help your students keep track of their reading with these Month-by-Month Reading Logs. The more opportunities students have to practice the skill of reading, the better readers they become! Each monthly log has space for 20 entries and can be copied back to back for additional logging. Students can record the date, book title, minutes read, and there is an area for parent initials. The writing area is large enough for K-3 students to fit the necessary information in the space provided. Reading logs can be sent home nightly. This encourages children and families to participate in shared reading activities outside of school, which ultimately enhances literacy skills in young readers. There are three monthly variations, two in color, and one in black and white (for the ink conscious). Once the logs have been completed for the year, you can add the cover page and staple them together. I have also included a simple template without the month that can be used at any time.



Friday, April 24, 2015

Fabulous Handwriting FREEBIE

The ESL Handwriting Wizard is a great free resource for making personalized handwriting sheets.  I make these for all of my kindergarten students each September.  You simply type the name or word into the text box, and voila, you have wonderful practice handwriting sheets for your students.  You can generate worksheets with one word, two words, and more!  I've been using this site for years and it's really user friendly.  Stop by next week for another great Fabulous FREEBIE.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Color Identification Activity FREEBIE

Are your students ready for some coloring fun? Use this color identification activity to teach and review colors. Students will identify colors, color words, and improve their fine motor skills. The colors included are red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple. This activity is appropriate for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade.

Ten Frame Posters

These colorful ten frame posters can be used for counting and cardinality and are great for teaching students to subitize. This set includes posters for numbers 0-10 AND reproducible ten frames that students can use as work mats for practicing one-to-one correspondence. Each poster includes the numeral, word form, and the ten frame in a fabulous rainbow theme. Laminate the posters and work mats for durability and use over and over again.  Click here to see more.

Friday, April 17, 2015


I found another great FREE website.  While looking for large printable block letters to be used for making letter puzzles, I came across Owl and Mouse.   You can print block letters in a variety of sizes for FREE.   The outline of the letters is bold and makes the letters pop.  I will be using these for many different projects such as bulletin boards, word walls, banners, letter identification and more.  Please come back next week for another fabulous FREEBIE!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Color the Crayons - A Color Identification Activity

Are your students ready for some coloring fun? Use this color identification activity to teach and review colors. Students will identify colors, color words, improve their fine motor skills, and use a key to color shapes. The colors included are red, blue, yellow, orange, green, and purple. The color names are written in uppercase. This activity is appropriate for preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade. Click here to see more at my TpT Store.

Earth Day Activity Pack

Celebrate Earth Day with these adorable writing templates and coloring pages. These activities are a perfect follow-up to an Earth Day read aloud or great for a homework assignment. Created for grades K-2, you will find a variety of age appropriate activities from the basic coloring pages to paragraph writing. Click here visit my TpT Store.

Happy Earth Day!

Fabulous Earth Day FREEBIES

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22nd. As a TpT seller I'm always on the lookout for the best clip art for creating products.  I have purchased an INSANE amount. I have also come across some wonderful FREEBIES that I would like to share with you.  The focus of my weekly Fabulous FREEBIES feature this week is Earth Day.  Through this feature I hope to save you time and energy.  Please check back weekly for more Fabulous FREEBIES.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Autism Awareness Activities

Light It Up Blue! April is National Autism Awareness Month. These posters and activities are a perfect way to promote Autism Awareness and begin the dialogue with young children.
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Light It Up Blue

April is National Autism Awareness Month.  Light it up Blue is Autism Speaks annual World Autism Awareness Day Campaign. Every April, thousands of landmarks, businesses, communities, schools, and homes unite by shining bright blue lights in honor of the millions of individuals and families across the globe that are affected by autism.  Let's bring awareness to the cause by spreading the word.

Monday, April 6, 2015


I'm obsessed with discovering the best freebies on the web.  I've decided to feature my great finds each week by beginning a Fabulous FREEBIES series.  Graphics from the Pond is one of my favorite places to get clip art.  I have purchased many wonderful items that I have used to create TpT products.  The items below are offered for FREE. Can you believe it?

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Breathe in the Ocean

 "We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves, otherwise we harden."
  --Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Spring break is off to a wonderful start.  I spent the morning at the beach relaxing. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

April Currently

SPRING BREAK is finally here!  I am ready for all the sights and sounds of spring.  On this lovely Friday morning I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for the April Currently.
Here goes...
Listening:  While driving home yesterday I heard Angela Bofill's I Try. I love a good song about heartbreak.  Sing Angela, sing!
Loving:  I'm taking Tyler and two friends to the NETS/Toronto basketball game this evening. This is a great way to start the vacation.
Thinking:  I hear the birds chirping and I get excited.  The older I get, the more I appreciate everything - from nature, to time off, to a morning cup of coffee.  I'm looking forward to having a very productive spring break.
Wanting:  I was watching a movie and a character saw the beach for the first time and described it as where the big river meets the sky.  Since hearing that I cannot get going to the beach off my mind.  It has been a while actually.  I wanted to go this morning but the ground was damp.  Hopefully later or tomorrow.
Needing:  I just ordered the FitDesk.  I did my research and I'm anxiously awaiting the delivery.
I spend too much time sitting on the laptop and I know that's not going to change.


EGGS-plain your name:  I was actually watching The Talk when I was trying to think of a name for my blog.  I chose The Chalk because I wanted something short, simple and related to teaching. 

Happy Easter!