Monday, November 21, 2016

Updated Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet and Number Bingo Games

Years ago I made my first Chicka Chicka Boom Boom game on the computer.  I made the numbers on word and stamped the colorful dots with a pencil eraser.
When I decided to give TPT a try I made a new version on word with my limited computer skills.  

I did sell a few of my TPT version and it worked fine for most of my students.  However, right now I am working with students who really struggle with identifying their letters.  So I decided it would be a lot easier for them if I used a simple font for the letters and numbers. Also I only made the game in capital letters for the little ones that I am working with this year.  

It has a lot more in it.  So you can adjust the centers and your teaching to the needs of the learner.
 When I put my materials together I put the uppercase and the lowercase back to back to save on laminate.  

The boys in small group had a blast today playing the game.  I was concerned that the letters were not sticking in their brains however after playing the game today I feel much better.  They were excited about yelling out the letter names and singing the song to figure out what letter comes next.  I feel like we are making progress.

If you are interested in more Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Ideas check out these posts: September 18, 2011, September 24, 2011, and September 4, 2012,    

If you are interested in the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet and Number Bingo please go to my TPT Store.   

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five For Friday -- Nov. 18

This has been another crazy busy week in my life.  I don't know how I make it through each week. Just when I think things may calm down I am wrong again.  

1.  The most exciting event that happened this past week is we welcomed a new little guy into our family.  He is so tiny and precious.  
 2.  Another fun find we came across this week was this craft table from IKEA.  My grand-daughter is a bit young for a craft table right now but she really loves playing with beans.  So we turned it into a sensory table.  It is perfect!  She loves her sensory table she plays in it every time I am over at her house.  

3.  I found some wonderful rhyming activities to use at school.  The kids are having so much fun doing the activities.

4.  My Turkey Hunt game was a hit with my little four year olds.  They absolutely loved playing the game.  
5.  I am in the process of updating my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet and Number Bingo Game. Now that I am working with children at lots of different levels I found that some of my favorite activities need to be modified.  So this week I am working on updating my bingo games.  I wanted a bingo game with just upper case letters and one with lower case letters.  I also wanted a number bingo game that went to just 20 as well.  I still have some finishing touches to put on it however I hope to have it up and going in my store on Monday.  
Coming Soon to my TPT store
  Thank you Kacey at Doodle Bugs for hosting the Link Up party.  

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Five Amazing Free Rhyming Activities

This week I am looking for activities to help a little guy learn to rhyme.  Since I don't have a budget at school I am looking for hands on activities that are FREE!  I found some amazing activities that I can use right away.  
1.  Twinkle, Twinkle, A Rhyming Freebie by Elizabeth R.  this is a cute and adorable rhyming activity. I know that the little boy with love the stars.  There are just a couple of stars so it will be just one a several activities I will do during the session.   

2.  These Rhyming Clip Cards from This Reading Mama are a great second step in rhyming.  Children have to find the word that does not rhyme.  This will be a great last step after we have worked on rhyming for several weeks.   

3. This Reading Mama has another awesome reading activity for FREE and my little one will love this.  He will love doing the DUPLO Rhyming Match with blocks.  He loves using his hands to move things and do things.  

4.  Yes can you believe is another wonderful FREE rhyming activity by This Reading Mama.  These are matching cards that you can easily use in a pocket chart or I thought I might cut the circles out and put them on popsicle sticks.  Then my little guy could just pull out a stick and give a rhyme.      

5. Reading Dominoes from No Time From Flashcards This idea I will have to do a little bit more work with.  I am going to have to find pictures and put it together.  However I think it will be a fun game to play.  

Monday, November 7, 2016

Turkey Hunt Number Identification Game

My little four year olds loved the Froggy Game so much last week I wanted to create something for them for the month of November.  

I found these cute turkey counters I purchased from Scholastic a few years ago and I thought they would be a great start.  Now my fours need to work on counting and identifying numbers to 11.  So I made both counting turkey cards and turkeys with numbers on them.  

 I purposely made the game board so it would fit on a file folder and it would be easy to fold and put away, however I wanted it to be bigger than one sheet of paper.    
I may be biased but I think it turned out adorable and I am very excited to introduce it to my young learners.  
If you are interested in the Turkey Hunt game please visit my TPT store.  

Friday, November 4, 2016

Five for Friday -- November 3

This has been a crazy three day week at school lots of events going on: Halloween, All Saints Day, Parent/Teacher Conferences and a Pep Rally for the Volleyball teams that were invited into the final tournament.
1.  This Froggie Pond game was a hit with my little four year olds. They loved the little frog counters and the frog cards.    
2.  I updated my author page for this month.  This month I found ideas for Doreen Cronin.  
3.  I found the idea for this game on Pinterest.  I used some calendar cards I had from Doodle Bug years ago and made some colorful squares and wrote the numbers 11-30 on them.  Then we played the game.  The first person to cover all the numbers is the winner.  

4./5.  Both have to do with my grand daughter.  First she was so cute trick or treating.  She had more fun passing out candy.  The best news we had this week is that our little sweetie walked on her own three laps at therapy and now at home she is walking a little bit here and there.    
Thanks Kacey from Doodle Bugs for hosting the link up.  

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