Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Words Are Everywhere... Including My Floor



Do you love words as much as I do? I love when a parent tells me their child is obsessed with star words and is constantly pointing them out! Even cuter is when you ask a group of kindergarten teachers what they call these high frequency words and I hear" heart words", "star words", "popcorn words", etc. The kids learn to love  these words and and are thrilled when they can read them with automaticity. By the end of the year I want my students to be able to identify these quickly and easily, as well as spell them. This has a huge impact on their writing. Obviously we call them "star words" and we introduce them within the first week of school. Our kids see them in our emergent readers, read them in our pocket charts with repetitive text, cut and paste them, and even create them with play-doh. I am always looking for creative ways to build their fluency. I even have them on a PowerPoint!


On another note- thank you for the enormous support you have provided. I am so glad we all had this conversation together. We are truly a community of friends and my faith has been renewed. This blogger needs to be more aware of copyright laws and appropriate etiquette in the blogging world. She knows she is using materials created by someone else. I know this has happened to many of you (based on your emails) and many people are aware of her site but now it's time to move on. Call this another bump in the road...

25 comments:

Brittany said...

I can't wait for your sight word packet!!! Thanks so much for all that you do! I will not be buying any imitations of your products! Only the best and that's your stuff!! Thanks again!

Dawn said...

So Cute!!! Watching TPT for your sight word packet. Would love to see pictures of how you display your sight words.

The Doyles said...

I'm a parent. But I am so excited for your sight word packet. I can't wait to use it with my kinder. It will be a great resource to supplement what he is learning at school with fun things to do at home. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas.

Sandra said...

Ohhhh! I'm excited about this packet! What sight word list do you use? Dolch or Fry? Thanks bunches!!!

Pam said...

I love this pack and can't wait to purchase it! Thank you for sharing your expertise and helping our children learn through creative and engaging activities.... I agree with Brittany---only the best!

Natalie Alexander said...

You do an awesome job! And I am so thankful you are willing to share. I hate that someone did you wrong by taking credit for your work.

Natalie Alexander said...

You do an outstanding job and I am so thankful that you share your talent with others! I am so sorry that someone did you wrong by taking credit for your work!

kool kindergarten kids said...

I love your blog!!! It's the first one I look at in the morning and the last one I look at before bed. I am so sad another teacher has to copy you but the funny part is she must not be able to be creative or confident enough to think for herself. and the most important part is called common courtesy or should I say common sense to give YOU credit and thanks. Oh, well there are just some selfish teachers out there. Keep those creative juices flowing we all love the awesome stuff you SHARE!

Kathleen said...

Looks great Fran! Can't wait to see the whole thing!

Teacher Tam said...

That is such a cute way to do sight words. I love it.

Barbara said...

I love your attitude to move on..
Enough said.
I just want to tell you that I bought the Pete Packet from TPT and didn't have time to REALLY look through it until this morning...WOW you thought of everything! I bought the shoes from Staples..acctually 4 of them to make a BIG Pete..he is going to be my MASCOT for the year. Soooo much to my surprise was the Calender stuff in the packet...I am set! Thanks for making me sooo excited to start and continue throughout my year.
Fondly, Barbara

mmmoffitm said...

Ok Fran another great item. But here is my question, so tell me. How do you store all these wonderful games and packets you make. I feel like I'm needing to buy stock in ziploc or something. Is there a better way?

suzy_vo said...

I can't wait to see your packet!! Though I call my sight words heart words because they need to know them by heart, I am planning on using your printables!!!

Sarah said...

I LOVE it!!

So glad that you are moving past "CHIN HELD HIGH" and not letting this person get the best of you!!

Thank you for all you do!! I also CANT WAIT!! My poor ahem, I mean SUPER lucky K students dont even know what is coming yet!! Woot Woot!

Sarah
www.mrshetrick.com

Nicole said...

Fran,

I can't wait to purchase your sight word packet. I am in my 2nd year of teaching and I luckily stumbled upon your blog at the end of last year. We are already back in school...I teach on a continuous calendar. You have so many great ideas, but how do you file these?? Any advice would be great!

Fran Kramer said...

I keep all my sight word materials in a file box and have it sorted by the word. I only store the masters and try to stay organized but I know it is challenging. Maybe others have great ideas they want to share?
Fran

kinderfort said...

I second all the other comments. I can't wait for the sight word packet to be ready to purchase! Your little previews just get me more excited about it.

Libby said...

Ditto on the comments! I love the sight word preview. Can't wait for the packet to be ready! I love your other work. Thanks for all you do!

Ms. W said...

I love this. i am keeping my eye out for that sight word unit on TPT. Thank you!

krazykindergarten said...

Fran, I am anxiously awaiting your sight word packet. I just Love, Love, LOVE all of your ideas and I am so grateful that you share so much with us. I have a question for you and I can't seem to connect to your e-mail on my school computer. Could you just send a quick e-mail...."here is my e-mail address" and then I can e-mail you back.
stampingwithme@yahoo.com

Thanks, I appreciate it!!!!
Lori

Mrs. Mugurussa said...

Fran- I too call my sight words Star word, This is a great way to support the teaching of them- adding it to my list of ideas
Thank again for the inspiration
Tiffani
http://time4kindergarten.blogspot.com

Rose said...

I'll agree with all the others, can't wait for your sight word unit to be ready. I purchased Pete the Cat last week and got my book from Amazon in the mail Monday. I so excited about this unit. Keep up the great work.
Rose
The Wonderful World of Kindergarten

Mrs.Capps said...

Can you tell us more about words on your floor!?!? ;) eden_capps@scps.k12.fl.us

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Marielle Slappe said...

Do have this for sale on your TpT store?
Also, did you ever make a packet for for star word practice? Thank yo!