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Does "Growing Bundle" Mean You're Expecting?!

Hi everyone,

I have had so many questions regarding my growing bundles lately that I thought I'd pop in here and give you a proper explanation. Although it DOES sound like I'm expecting, I'm not. Trust me. Ain't no baby growing in this belly! Ha!

If you have been visiting my TPT store and have been wondering what the term "growing bundle" means, keep reading. 


Growing bundle means that a set of packs will be put together in one download, in order to help everyone save money. So if you purchase all the sets, instead of just one or two, you save money. In order to properly explain, I will use my latest growing bundle to show you how it works. In my Phonics Curriculum, I have THREE growing bundles (squares with purple on the right). Take a look at the hands-on set in the graphic below. 

Right now, the first unit  in all three bundles (Alphabet) is available in my TPT store. The other sets have not been created yet. However, if you want to make sure that you stay on top of things and receive all units as soon as they are available in my store, a growing bundle is is your best bet. When you purchase this type of bundle, you are basically trusting the creator/seller to add the promised units in the near future. In order to properly thank you for your trust, you are given a BIG discount for purchasing things that don't even exist yet! 
Get it? It's a win-win ;)

How do I get the things that don't exist yet?

It's easy. As soon as the next set is made available in my store, you can go back to the "my purchases" section in your Teachers Pay Teachers account and re-download the item. This time, a new file will be added to the item and you will be able to open it to get the new goodies. 

When are the new sets available to download? 
How long do I have to wait?

That depends on the growing bundle that you purchase. If it is a seasonal bundle, like my Writer's Workshop for example, the sets will be available way before you need them. For example, the Fall writing pack will probably be done in late August/early September. 

What growing bundles are available for purchase?

You can find all my growing bundles in my TPT store
CLICK on the pictures below to go take a look.









These bundles below are COMPLETE. 
This means that you get EVERYTHING as soon as you purchase them!





Happy shopping,


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My Phonics Curriculum Is Here!

Hi everyone,

My Phonics Curriculum has finally arrived and I could not be more thrilled! I have been brainstorming this project for months now and I'm so excited to share some new things with you.

** Stick around.. I have a BIG SURPRISE for you at the end of this post **

There is so much going on in this unit and I just know our students will love it! 

In order to properly explain how this unit works and how the bundles are broken down, let me share this graphic:


This phonics curriculum is divided into three sets:
HANDS-ON GAMES: These are perfect for centers and/or guided reading groups.
INTERACTIVE GAMES: These are fun powerpoint games for the Smart Board and iPads. They can be played on any device, as long as you have Microsoft PowerPoint installed. They are perfect for whole group lessons, centers, and transition periods.
NO PREP ACTIVITIES: These are easy prep (black ink only) pages for extra practice, homework, early finishers, and quick assessments.

Each set has six packs that cover the following sounds:
ALPHABET
SHORT VOWELS
DIGRAPHS
BLENDS
LONG VOWELS
DIPHTHONGS

*I bundled each part in order to help everyone save BIG money!*
(see graphic above for an overview of the units and bundles)


What is included in each set?


Let's start with the hands-on packs. Each pack will include a whole class lesson, which is a set of flashcards that will become your word wall as the lesson unfolds during your first week. You will also get some fun and engaging games to use with your guided reading group and/or center rotations.











Each game comes with an extension activity for early finishers. This will help minimize the "Miss, I'm done!" situation during center time ;)



The no prep packs are filled with engaging activities that will save you ink! You will get plenty of extra practice pages, mini books, and quick assessment pages. If you plan to use these activities with your small reading groups, I suggest putting them in a binder and having your students use dry erase markers. This way, you won't have to make so many copies of every page!

It is important to know that each skill and concept in the no prep packs has 2-3 pages of practice. There are a few reasons for this:
- If you use these pages to assess students, you can give every second child a different practice page in order to avoid "peeking".
- Students can switch pages with their center partner when they have completed a page at their station. This way, they get to practice the skill again with different words.
- Students with difficulty can have a couple of tries with the same skill. You can do the same activity but have a new version of the same page. This is very useful with small reading groups!






TIP: All practice pages are in a horizontal format. This makes it easy for students to share a binder when working with a partner. Simply place the pages in plastic protectors and keep them in a binder. Students can sit facing each other, with the binder in the middle, and can work on the page facing them. They can then turn the binder around when they are ready to switch activities :) 



The third set is the interactive games. I'm SO excited about these because I have been brainstorming them for so long and never got around to getting them done. I'm so happy I took the time to finally create them because they are so fun and perfect for struggling readers! 

Most games can be played with two players at a time. If your students work with a partner during center time, these games are perfect for your class!

If you have Microsoft PowerPoint downloaded on your tablets, your students can play the interactive games on those too! These games have been tested and approved by my very own firstie friend. He says they are "so cool and awesome"! You can't argue with that, can you? ;)







How does the PHONICS CURRICULUM 
work in the classroom?

This curriculum is meant to be used in order starting with the alphabet sets and working your way toward the rest of the units. It is best to start with the whole class lesson first (included in the hands-on packs) in order to introduce the sounds to your students. You can then use the word cards in your writing center and put the hands-on games in your center baskets.

The interactive games can be used as whole group lessons, center games, or quick transition games. The slideshow in the interactive pack is also great to use as an introductory lesson at the beginning of the unit.

The no prep pages are to be used as extra practice, for early finishers, homework, or quick assessments.

Take a look at the two images below to get an idea of how I make it all work in my classroom. The schedule below is an *idea* of how you can present the lessons to your students. Of course, we all have different children and different needs in our classrooms. You may want to try out this schedule when you start the phonics curriculum and then modify it to fit the needs in your class.






PHEW! This was a lot of information for one post! I hope you stuck around because I have a HUGE SURPRISE for you...

I have decided to make an EXCLUSIVE FREEBIE for everyone who visits my blog! I always like to try things out before I dive into anything new so I figured you might want to do that too. This freebie includes a hands-on game, an interactive game, and no prep printables. You should note that everything in this freebie is an ADD ON to the sets available in my TPT store. They are completely NEW activities and are not included in any of my bundles. This means that you will not get doubles of anything if you choose to grab my Phonics Curriculum. I hope you take some time to download and try them out!


ENTER YOUR INFO BELOW to grab your freebie.


CLICK HERE to check out my Phonics Curriculum in my TPT store.



Bye for now,


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Plant Ideas & Activities

Hi everyone,

We have been learning all about plants in our class and it has been quite the adventure!
I am so proud of my students because they really have taken an interest in this topic. They have asked really good questions and are using our experiments to explore new concepts. Take a look at what we have done so far.

plant activities



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