Phonics Video

27 May

Hooked on Phonics TV has some great YouTube videos available.  Oh the wonders of computers.  The Big Pig song is one of my favorites and I am pretty sure the kids will love it.  I am all for making learning fun.


Word Chunk “at”

26 May

When introducing word chunks “at” is a great on to start with.  I find most of the students can sound it out and recognize a lot of the words we learn.

Words in this group include: bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, vat, that.

I start the class by discussing our new word chunk, sound it out, see how many words we can make.  Have them write them down.  I would also have a hand out sheet with the words and a blank line so they can practice writing the words.  Then I would read a book with one of the words in the story.  A class favorite is “Pete the Cat” by by Eric Litwin and James Dean.  There are web links that have some great ideas and hand outs to go with “Pete the Cat” books.
The Groovy Teacher
Harper Collins Publisher
There are some great YouTube videos from the authors for “Pete the Cat” books.

Then we do a craft to fit the days word chunk.  Here are a couple I am considering.
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cardboard art cat by Michelle McInerney of for KidsActivitiesBlog
Kids Activities Blog

We would do a little practice on our penmanship, which is a right brain activity.  Doing the craft before helps to get the brain thinking that way.

As the group only meets once a week I send out an email to parents on what to work on during the week.

Writing Again

26 May

I have been away from my blog for awhile, I have decided to use the blog to help organize a class I will be teaching in September.  I am teaching beginning reading and writing to 4-6 year olds in a homeschool co-op.   So I will post some of my lesson plans in hopes that it will keep me on schedule and maybe help others who might be working on the same topics.

I use word chunks also known as word families and word groups.  Most of my students know their alphabets and the sounds the letters make.  Working with word chunks gives them a great start to their reading skills.

I am be teaching an art appreciation class too, haven’t heard if I have enough signed up yet.  This class will be for the older students eighth grade and up.  I will use the blog to organize that class too.

Tree Change Dolls by Sonia

26 Feb

Here is an interesting video by Sonia Singh Tree Change Dolls by Sonia.  She takes dolls that are over the top and makes them into ones that young girls can relate too.  I like her story and the idea of changing these dolls for the better.  Hope you enjoy it too.  You can check out Sonia’s website here. Below Sonia shows the before and after results.tumblr_nk9yfusrJy1u8oyeuo4_540I found three dolls in the second-hand shop and took off their make-up.  I used straight acetone which works very well. (placed a little in a throw away cup and used cotton pad and q tips)  I will post pictures after I get mine all done.


Get up, Fess up and Show up

6 Feb

A friend posted this message on her Facebook page today and it really spoke to me. I hope in sharing this that it may speak to others. I have no major problems in my life and I am thankful for that. but sometimes I let little things fester when I should take action. Making one small step can make a difference.

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28 Jan

Well I am still working on my craft/sewing room.  It is so easy to get distracted.  Lots of memories and why did I keep that to go through.  I thought I would share a few of my ideas for the room.  I am an organized person, but not a neat person, so I have been looking for ideas to keep me organized and easy to put things away.  Room needs to be painted and I would like to paint my furnishings so they look like they all go together.  I am going to try my hand at chalk paint on the furniture.Sewing-Chair-with-Secret-Drawer-12source





Here is my color scheme, Benjamin Moore has a paint called Portland gray that I think I will use for the walls.

Chalk Paint source


10 Jan

Hi, just to let you know I am taking a little break. Trying to get my workroom back in order after Christmas. It’s going to take a while. Once I am organized I will start posting again.


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