I was all ready for spring. Each year our weather seems to provide such a tease. We get a week or so of 50-60 degree weather and I start thinking - YES----SPRING!!!!!! I start packing up my sweaters, put the kids snowpants and boots away, and anything below 40 degrees seems extremely freezing to me. Then.....as upstate New York seems to do every year - I get tricked. Darn you lake effect snow!!!! The only positive to this whole winter trickery is of course --- the unexpected snow day. It's what teachers, who are really just big kids, live for. Am I right??? So here we are, on the last day of winter and I am home with my kiddos for a snow day. I guess if it has to snow and prolong the arrival of spring, at least I can get a snow day out of it.
This gives me the perfect opportunity to introduce some new items I've been working tirelessly on. My kids were having a tough time as we moved into digraphs and blends. Not the entire class, but those little lovelies who just can't seem to hold anymore new sounds in those brains right now. So it was time to turn into something a little more fun and give them a visual to hold onto. And then the Phonics "Ph"riends were born - not literally of course! I had so much fun thinking of all the little characters I could use for these packs. So far I have finished the Digraphs (ch, wh, th, sh) and started the Blends. I am also planning on making some packs for short and long vowels to start the year off next year. The practice pages in my packs are so much more interactive and motivating then your typical worksheet that we have in our basal program. I am so excited to keep working on new packs to take us through the whole year.
Here is a glimpse into these first two packs, and at the bottom you will find a link to my Tw-Blend FREEBIE.
The digraph pack has over 70 pages of fun. There are Digraph reference cards and mini-posters, Digraph "Ph"riends posters, mini-books, tons of printables for each digraph, and centers.
The L-Blend packet has over 50 pages of fun. Again, you will find L-Blend reference cards and mini-posters, L-Blend Lions posters and mini-book, printables and centers.
Here is the Tw-Blend FREEBIE!!!! I just love the Twin Turtles for this one - so cute! This one also has reference posters, mini-book, printables, and centers.
Click on the pictures to grab your own copy.
I would love any feedback you might have. I plan on adding to these packs in the future based on any suggestions I receive. Like I already mentioned, I am working on finishing up the two other blends packets: R-Blend Rabbits and S-Blend Squirrels. Once those are finished I will have a Blend Bundle. Phew - I'm tired just thinking about it :-)
So now for the giveaway --- like I mentioned, I would really love to hear ideas and feedback. So if you want to win both of these packs, leave me a comment with something you see that you like, something you do in your classroom to teach digraphs and blends, OR something you would like to see me put into these packs. I will leave this giveaway open for a week (until March 27th) and then randomly pick a comment. Be sure to leave your email in your comment.
I'm hoping that in a week the weather outside will look MUCH MORE like Spring!!!!!