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September 2015

BOB Books: Reading Magic Sight Words App!

What iPad apps are the best to use in the classroom? Is this a question you’ve ever asked? I am constantly asked this question from parents and colleagues. The new BOB Books: Reading Magic Sight Words App is one of my new favorites! Many of you are familiar with the amazing BOB Books box sets. Bob Books, America’s #1 learn to read program, is proud to present Bob Books Reading Magic – Sight Words, the newest addition to their popular series of apps for 3-5 year olds. This is a must have app in any kindergarten or 1st grade classroom!

The app has a very simple, easy-to-use home screen that students are easily able to navigate independently. The background music is also very catchy – I know my students especially like it! Students simply press the “play” button to begin!

From the multiple stories that students can choose from, there are four different levels. The levels are as follows:

  • Level 1: Students match letter tiles to the correct letters. When the students place the correct letter tiles on each letter, the voiceover spells out the sight word. 
  • Level 2: Students trace each letter with their finger on the iPad or iPhone. This is a great way to practice forming each letter.
  • Level 3: Students spin the spinner until the correct letter is shown in each position. This level is more difficult, but it is great for challenging our students.
  • Level 4: Students need to identify the correct sight word from a variety of words shown on the screen. 

Since it is the beginning of the school year, my students are currently working on levels 1 and 2. However, as we learn more sight words, I will allow my students to move to levels 3 and 4. 
There are a variety of stories that your students can choose from. With 10 stories focusing on 30 common Kindergarten sight words, this app is everything I’ve been looking for. This app provides students with authentic hand-drawn illustrations and full-color animations that make it fun and engaging for all types of learners. 
Students press each word to have the voiceover reader read the words to them. When they press the Kindergarten sight word, the students must complete each task depending on the selected level. 
As students press each letter tile, the voiceover reader identifies each letter. Students must drag the letter on the correct letter. When the students have completed the sight word, the voiceover reader reads the whole sentence and the picture comes to life! 
Spelling each sight word completes the story. This app is sure to keep your child or students engaged and excited about learning! 

Level 2 reinforces the printing of each letter. This is perfect for my class right now as we are learning how to print each letter in our ABC Bootcamp! 

Bob Books has a variety of apps and box sets that are perfect for any level of reader. Be sure to check out all their Box sets too! Also, don’t forget to check out this Bob Books App Bundle that is perfect for any classroom! 
Bob Books is a great way to reinforce learning at home with a fun twist! Bob Books would like to hook up two of my bloggy friends with a FREE BOB Books: Reading Magic Sight Words App! Just enter the rafflecopter below for your chance to win! Remember – the more entries you have, the better your chances are of winning.
Happy reading and learning! 

Using Puppets in the Kindergarten Classroom

Who doesn’t love monsters? If you’re a monster fanatic like me, then this fun, simple monster mania craft is just for you! If you have seen my classroom, you know that I am obsessed with anything monster related. I was excited when Kunin Felt sent me a large box full of felt in a variety of bright colors! Today I am excited to share with you 3 ways to use finger puppets in the classroom!

Turn your vision into a reality with these amazing monster felt hand puppets! These are perfect for imaginative play centers, retelling a story, or creative writing starters. Let’s grab our supplies and get started: 

– Cut by the yard Kunin Eco-fiPlus™ Premiumfelt
– 9″ x 12″ Craft Cuts Kunin Eco-fi Classicfelt™
– Googly Eyes
– Fabric Fusion Glue
– Ribbon, yarn, and other items to make your monster look amazing!
– Scissors
– Popsicle Sticks
– Sewing Machine (Optional)

Cut your felt into the shape of a hand puppet and sew around the outside of each puppet. Add embellishments to make your puppet come alive. Horns, spikes, crazy hair, googly eyes, teeth, claws, and mustaches are some of my favorite things to add! Use Fabric Fusion Glue to adhere the googly eyes to your felt monster puppet. Add more than two eyes to really change the dynamics in your classroom. Your students are sure to go crazy over them and would love to name them too!

Ta Da! Your monster felt puppet is complete! What are some ways you use felt in the classroom? There are so many possibilities with Kunin Felt. With a variety of bright colors, Kunin’s Eco-fi felt is perfect for any craft, project, or costume!

How amazing are these monster puppets that Laura Kelly sewed for me? If you’re not able to sew, that’s okay too! Check out these amazing non-sew puppets that you can make too!

Let your students design their own silly, scary, or crazy monster! All you need is a popsicle stick, some googly eyes, and some Kunin Felt! Let their imaginations run wild with these adorable stick monster puppets. Another great way to use puppets in the classroom is to pair it with a great book about monsters! Use your puppets for your students to retell or reenact what happened in the story.

5 good books about dealing with monsters

Monster Mess (by Margery Cuyler) is a funny rhyming book about a monster who doesn’t want to scare you. He wants to clean up your messes. It is not scary at all so perfect for kids who have monster fears.
Go Away, Big Green Monster! (by Ed Emberley) is a clever story that tells about the building up and going away of a monster. It is a great story for opening up the conversation about monsters as well as a great lead into crafty activities.

Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli (by Barbara Jean Hicks) is a super cute book about what monsters will and won’t eat. It is not scary and a great read to tie in with healthy eating habits. It is funny too.

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster (by Mo Willems Leonardo) is a terrible monster. While he tries to scare kiddos, he is quite funny and silly. This story teaches the value of friendship.

Where the Wild Things Are (by Maurice Sendak) is the story of Max and his shenanigans. He gets sent to his room without dinner and through his imagination transports himself to the land where the wild things are and there are no rules. His heart brings him back home in the end.

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The possibilities with Kunin Felt are endless! You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin Eco-fi Classicfelt™; Eco-fiPlus™ Premiumfelt and ShaggiChic non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart. Please inquire as to what is available in your area. Happy felting! 

Don’t forget to check out all of the other amazing ways you can use Kunin Felt in your classroom! Check them out below!

Disclosure: Some of these products were samples provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to use are 100% my own! This post contains product links.

DIY Ms. PacMan Halloween Costume!

As Halloween approaches, everyone is starting to look for a fun, simple, and affordable Halloween costume. Yes, store-bought costumes make life easier, but they can be awfully pricey for something you’ll wear once. Plus you’ll take the risk of having the same costume as someone else. What fun is that? Why not use Ellison dies to create your Halloween costume this year? Ellison’s large selection of dies can turn any idea into a masterpiece!

Today I am excited to share this fun, adorable, and easy Ms. PacMan costume that is sure to bring you back to the 1980’s!

Click Here to Check out my post on Ellison’s Blog

Happy die-cutting!

Get to Know Your New Students: Hands-On Craft with Free Printable!

How many of you have seen some the latest Ellison Education dies? I am obsessed with Laura Kelly’s new boy and girl peep dies. Today I am blogging over on the Ellison Education blog. As teachers, one of our main goals at the beginning of the school year is to get to know our students and to build relationships. The better we know our students, and the more they know we know them, the more invested they become in school. Today I am excited to share this fun, creative back to school craft that is perfect for building those relationships and allowing your students to get to know one another better.


Happy die-cutting!