Sunday, August 2, 2015

Let's Play I have/Who Has With Freebielicious
Everyone loves the game I have, who let's see how good you are at OUR version.  Click on the picture above to start at the beginning and see how well you know the
Freebielicious girls!  Keep track for bragging rights and let us know how well you "know" us.
Did you guess that I was the queen of Pokey Pinning and loved monkeys?  Ding, ding, ding....
You are correct!
Hhmmm, not sure what would ever give away that I love, love, love monkeys....I have a strange sort of fascination with them. Like, all I want is a pet monkey, but, living in Maine it isn't even allowed with a permit. Booo!
You've probably seen this picture of me, but I'll share again because it was a (minor) dream come true for  me:
I met this diaper-clad monkey in South Carolina at Barefoot Landing (they were just visiting, they actually live in a reserve by Myrtle Beach).  He LOVED me...I mean like climbed right over my cute, sweet boys to get to me and hug me. He knew I loved him, too. I wanted to bring him home with me so badly, but it wasn't happening.  And, yes, my boys were slightly embarrassed about my show of affection for this monkey I'd never met before. "Mom, it's not a baby, it's a monkey..." hence the reason he wanted to hang with ME and not them. 
If you have NO IDEA what Pokey Pinning is,
click here for all of my previous posts and explanations and even a tutorial.
Now, I didn't invent Pokey Pinning BUT I can say that, when I posted my first Pokey Pin product years and years ago, there was nothing available like it on TpT (Yes, I always check for that before I post a new product).  It seemed like such a given to me when my student teacher introduced me to pinning pictures for the fine motor development.  We were working on the Nursery Rhyme 3 Little Kittens, so we did a picture of a cat to connect it to our learning AND I added the words "the kitten", or something to that effect.
The kids were....
They were....
They were.....
They were...
They were...
and I was...
I knew it had to become a regular part of our curriculum and so I created the ABC, simple patterns for my students to pin and it just kept going from there
....sight words, Dolch words, fluency phrases, numbers, shapes, etc...
Pokey Pinning became a regular part of all of our different workshops.  It was a WIN for ALL of us, because, let's face it, fine motor is development is SO important
but is ALSO missing from most primary curriculums nowadays.

I have lots of different choices at my store for you, but my favorite is this basic skills bundle. It is like buying 3 kits, but getting 5 including ABCs, sound correlation, sight words, numbers to 10 AND 2d and 3d shapes.
  (and even less during the TpT B2S sale when you get an additional 28% off-
actually a $25 product for $10.80- a 57% discounted rate)
OR you can click below to find all packs listed separately because I also have kits for students who need to practice more difficult sight words AND sight word fluency:

 So, now that you've realized that it is more than necessary to add Pokey Pinning to your classroom, starting the first day of school and have added it to your wish list for the sale tomorrow, you need to figure out if you know which Freebielicious girl is up next by using the following clues:

Guess before you click....then see if you are right!
Have fun and don't forget to add the promo code BTS15
to get a total of 28% off my ENTIRE store
(not speaking from experience or anything).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Resources for a Sense of Numbers Before Introducing Math Facts

A big push for our kiddos the past couple of years has been addition and subtraction math fact fluency.  Of course, it makes sense because it is the basis of so much of mathematics.  If you read my post about math fact fluency, you know that my journey began with the following book: 

Reading it really gave me some insight into students learning their basic math facts, starting with fluency from 0-5 in kindergarten and moving onto 0-10 in first grade.  The most important information I gleamed from the book was the ORDER in which to introduce math facts. Of course, in the book, they give you reasons, but, here, I will just give you the list (and you can read reasons later-it's really interesting):

 Also, if you click on the picture below, it will take you to a 50+ page sample of the book, so you can decide if it is a book you should purchase or not.  The graphic below is included in that sample and may give you a clearer view to print as a resource.
..what they already know
...what they need more practice with
...It is an incredible tool to get that information, but, the question then becomes,
what do I do with that information now??
That is something I want to pull together with the help of other bloggers and readers as a RESOURCE for all of us.  I am going to host a linky party that will allow us to gather information for EACH type of math fact eventually if there is enough participation.
We are going to start with number sense, because, naturally, they need a good sense of numbers before they move onto putting numbers together and taking them apart, right??

When you link up, please keep the following question in mind, maybe even addressing it at the beginning of your post(s):

In what ways would a strong understanding of numbers support students as they focus on math facts?
When you link up, please post the picture at the top of this post in your post and link it directly to this Linky Party so that others can grab the resources as well!  Thank you!


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Back to School BLUES Sale 20% Off My ENTIRE Store
 My summer is officially half over.  As much as I love my is still D.E.P.R.E.S.S.I.N.G. to think that days of staying up late, sleeping in, doing whatever we want whenever we want, going pee whenever I want or need, etc....are coming to a close.
So, I put off going into my classroom and head to TpT to see how I can "work" and "prepare" my classroom from home.  If you are doing the same, it's a good time for you to pick up some "work" because today and tomorrow, my Freebielicious friends and I are holding a Back to School BLUES sale at our stores for 20% off EVERYTHING
The way to get the best bang for your buck during this sale is to think bundles which already list with a discounted price.
Here is my FAVORITE new this price, you will get years (I KNOW you will love it and never turn back once you implement my Math Fact and Sight Word Fluency Assessment Systems in your classroom) for such a LOW price.  Both systems follow the same set up and implementation for school and home, so it is very easy and consistent.  Parents and students love it AND it makes your life easier....which is what my products are all about if you know anything about MMMB.
I put my favorite bundles in the featured spots at the top of my store, so you can easily grab them for the discounted price. My work station packets will surely make your life easier and your students learning more fun!!!

 Happy Shopping readers!

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