I had to share one of the many little things that make this tough job all worth it!  One of my firsties wrote this story and stole my heart forever.  Sweeter than sweet!!!

"My teacher's name is Miss Dembs."

"My teacher is very very very nice."

"Everyday I don't want to leave school but I have to."

"When I come back to school I am very very very happy to see her again."

Last week Susan over at T.G.I.F. blogged about using Scrabble Junior Cheez-It's to make CVC words.  As soon as I read her post I knew I had to try it out!  She so generously shared her idea, as well as her sorting mat and recording sheet.  Check out her original post HERE.  Easy and brilliant!  Thank you, Susan!!!

Today my firsties got a chance to try out "Snacking on Words"... and they LOVED it.  

The room was silent.  

I'm talking, hear-a-pin-drop silent.  

They were so focused, and really trying hard to come up with real words.  I will most definitely be using this activity again.  Delicious AND educational.  SCORE!

I used a box and a half of Cheez-It's for my class of 23.

The ever-popular CAT -- found on most papers today!

BOW -- nicely done!

PAN -- keep up the good work!

A great play by this lil' cutie -- JET!
I have been a very poor excuse for a blogger lately!  Back-to-School has overwhelmed me, and I'm fighting cold #2 of the year.  Yuck.

I've been wanting for a while to blog about my latest creation... my math cards!  Math cards have been a source of frustration for a VERY long time now.  Our district uses the Everyday Math program.  The Everyday Math cards are convoluted obnoxious busy... see for yourself.

Dots, shapes, fractions, oh my!

Needless to say, these were NOT working for my firsties.

"What side do we look at?"

"What are these weird colored-in lines?"

"Why do they have shapes?"

UGH!!  I just want them to play the math game already!

So then I tried a standard set of playing cards that I got at the Dollar Store.  But, of course, these were lacking too.  After you take out the Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, there aren't really too many numbers to practice with!

So... I made my own!  I really wanted a set with ten frames on them for the kids to use for the beginning half of the year.  The ten frames help build their number sense, and really help the kiddos who can't quite get those math facts down yet (they can count the dots on the ten frames to help them).  Then, later in the year I'll change out the ten frames set with the plain ol' number cards I made.

I printed my sets on different colored card stock.  That way, if a card is found on the floor after we clean up, it is easy to return to the correct set.  I made sure to have the numbers 0-10 in each set twice, so that our doubles facts will turn up in our games.

Then I had some laminating/cutting fun!  Does anyone else enjoying cutting laminating?  Anyone?  Bueller?!  It's like my therapy.  I find it relaxing.  I know I can't be the only one!

If you want a copy of my math cards, head on over to my TPT store!

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