Thanks to everyone who entered the March giveaway! Congratulations to our winner Sam C. who won the reading toolkit! Sam please check your email for your prize! Stayed tuned for the April Giveaway coming soon!
Happy March, my friends! I hope you are surviving and thriving during this busy time after Valentine’s Day leading up to Spring Break. I think we can all relate to the feeling of BUSY! Whether you are a classroom teacher or a homeschool mom, there are pressures coming from all sides. And speaking of pressures, what do you have planned for March is Reading Month? If you’re anything like me, sometimes it’s tricky to find creative ways to engage our children in reading. Pinterest can only go so far! ;) Does your voice ever get tired making it hard to read enthusiastically to your children? Do you ever find it difficult or time-consuming to plan activities related to the stories you are reading?
If so, I think you are going to enjoy this month’s featured website! (We also have an awesome giveaway to go along with it, but more on that later.). Storyline Online is a website with over 40 books captured on video. New stories are added periodically to fit a specific theme. For example, this month there are several books revolving around Black History Month.
Each storybook is read by famous individuals, including Sean Astin, Betty White, and Kevin Costner. The stories are read with charisma. Often at the end, the actor explains why they love the book. They might also add a comment here and there while reading.
If this isn’t wonderful enough, there are also links to activities for each storybook, which aline with the learning standards. There are activity ideas for teachers and for parents, large group activities and individual activities.
When I told a teacher friend about this website, she was over-the-moon excited to use it in her classroom. She even brainstormed a list of ideas for use to share with all of us! Here is her list:
Thanks for the ideas Kristina! How might you use this website in your classroom or at home?
March Giveaway - Reading Toolkit
OK! So now time for the giveaway!!! This month I'm giving away a TON of fun reading activities to go along with the featured website. The winner of this month's giveaway will receive a copy of my Reading Fluency and Goal Setting Posters, Charts and Graphs; a super fun and motivating way to increase reading fluency! You will also receive my Reading Portfolios which will help you keep track of students reading goals and work samples to assemble into a memorable keepsake students can take home at the end of the year. You will also win my Read and Graph Bundle where your students can practice reading sentences and graphing all the long vowel words (for example). I'm also giving the winner their choice of one of my Reading Themed Color by Number Activities. Choices include addition and subtraction to 10, two-digit addition and subtraction to 100 and multiplication and division facts 0-12. This toolkit is valued at $35!
Happy February to all my teacher friends and homeschool parents! This month you are in for a special treat! Instead of one giveaway I will be hosting multiple giveaways on my Facebook page! More on that in a minute but first I wanted to share a few websites with you that I thought would be helpful as you plan for your Valentine's Day celebrations! These websites are full of fun ideas for homemade valentines and crafts.
This website showcases a collection of 75 easy Valentine's Day crafts (you may have to scroll down on the page) complete with pictures. Everything from toilet paper roll love bugs to sweet treat candy kabobs and other fun gift ideas. The website is called Personal Creations. See all these fun activities here!
I love the simple and fun Valentine gift ideas I found on this next website called Alpha Mom. If you are looking for some really cute homemade Valentine gift ideas for your kiddos to share with their friends, you will want to check out this website. My favorite one is the Valentine pops/suckers with mustaches and lips. So cute! It is such a simple and easy gift idea and I could see students having so much fun with these! See this and all her fun ideas here and be sure to click on the Valentines link at the top of her website for lots more Valentine ideas and crafts.
February Giveaway - Wishlist Wednesdays on Facebook
Head over to my Facebook page to enter the February giveaways taking place EVERY Wednesday in the month of February! I will be posting the giveaways at 7pm (EST) each Wednesday. *Tip: Click the "Follow" button at the top of my Facebook page and check the box to receive "notifications" so you don't miss any of the giveaways! All you have to do is pick out a product from my store (excluding bundles) that you'd like to win and tell me why you like it! Then check back on Thursday evening to see if you won! I'll pick a random winner each week from that week's Facebook post.
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