Friday, 3 July 2015

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Making sight words fun and hands-on can be a challenge.  Thinking of ideas that will challenge students is something that is always on my mind. 

Children learn by having fun, so I have tried to make this bundle loads of fun, with a unique way to work on both fluency and word work. 

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


Children will be actively engaged and not even know they are learning! 


Be sure to grab the FREE files in the first and second grade edition preview files on the last pages. 

I have bundled up all the files so that you have them all in one place, plus save a few dollars. By downloading the BUNDLE, you save 25% which means you get one whole file for FREE! 

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


In this file, students are given flash cards to practice sight words, then they move on to their printables.  Students will firstly have opportunities to work on their sight word fluency and then work with the words. 

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

These prinatbles also come in black and white. 

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


Each level (Pre-Primer, Primer, First and Second Grade Dolch words) has these pages. 


Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love



Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


Each level has a cover and checklist page. 

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love


Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Interactive Sight Word Fun Children will Love

Grab these pages for for free. 


Interactive Sight Word Read it and Write it Fluency and Word Work First Grade

Interactive Sight Word Read it and Write it Fluency and Word Work First Grade


Interactive Sight Word Read it and Write it Fluency and Word Work Second Grade


Interactive Sight Word Read it and Write it Fluency and Word Work Second Grade


Here are a few more ideas that might help you implement a hands-on approach to learning sight words. 

5 Sight Word Activities that are FUN

I Spy Sight Words Reading Activity with a FREEBIE

Interactive Tic-Tac-Toe Center for any Word List



Wednesday, 1 July 2015

What We're Chalking About JULY: A Visual Blog Calendar

My friends over at the Primary Chalkboard have scheduled a bunch of helpful tips and ideas for July. 

What We're Chalking About JULY: A Visual Blog Calendar

Our experienced teacher-bloggers have amazing content they are excited to share with you. 


Check them all out via The Primary Chalkboard blog

What We're Chalking About JULY: A Visual Blog Calendar

Thanks so much for dropping by. 



Monday, 29 June 2015

30 Back to School Tips to Help you Save Money and get Organized

I'm teaming up with some blogging friends, Jennifer from Simply Kinder and Emily from Education to the Core to bring you a load of back to school tips. 

It has been many years since I began as a new teacher, and in my first year I had so much to learn.

30 Back to School Tips to Help you Save Money and get Organized

One of those things I would have loved more information on is how much money I would spend on getting started and how I could have save a bit along the way. 

I also learned that I should of prepared more prior to starting my new position on Kindergarten. It took me many years to develop organizational systems for my classrooms.  

Were you the same way?  Are you looking for ideas to help get your classroom organized? 



This might be a not be a tip but I think it might make you laugh! 



The tips below are for new teachers, BUT they also apply to experienced teachers, take a look for yourself! 


One of our Facebook fans asked: "I am curious, how much money do teachers invest for their first year teaching (either prior to or during)? When do teachers get started (during the summer) with planning and preparing for the upcoming year?"

Here are some tips our Facebook fans shared (see post here) to help new teachers make a smoother transition. 




1. Be prepared to spend money. Most of our Facebook fans mentioned that they spend between $200-$1,000 per year. 

2.  Join Scholastic to get discounted books. Try their Teacher Express store by clicking the image below.

Scholastic Teacher Express


3.  Visit yard sales and second-hand stores to find discounted books and games. You can search Craig's List or your local paper for the ones in your area. 

4.  Visit discount stores like The Dollar Store or The Dollar Tree for storage containers, games, craft, stationery and even furniture.

Try Dollar tree's online store here.

Dollar Tree Online Tips for Teachers Starting the New Year


5.  Save your receipts for taxation purposes.  You might like to use the new app; Expensify to scan your receipts. Here's a link to their website.  Here's a link to their FREE app.

Expensify app for teachers


6.  Ask your school if they have a budget for teachers to purchase consumables and or resources for the classroom. 

7.  Find a veteran teacher that is willing to help you. You might be able to borrow items. 

8.  Decide on a theme or even a color theme and shop for those items. 

9. Look for sales online and in catalogs. 

10.  Shop on Teachers Pay Teachers, there are so many resources that are bundled to help you save. 

11. Register for and request material through donorschoose.org it will save you tons of money.


12. If you are ordering things online, allow extra time. 

13.  Try and get into your classroom as soon as you can.  If you set up as much as you can early, you will see what you else you need. 

14.  Use Pinterest to collect ideas.  It will be your best friend!  Make a board for different aspects of your classroom and curriculum. 

15.  Collaborate with your team as much as possible before and during the year. 

16.  Even if you don't have your class list, you can set up folders and group plans. 

17. Search eBay for books, teaching supplies and even teaching resources. 

18. Print everything at school, use school supplies when possible. 

19. Get into the classroom during the break and sort through what has been left in your classroom.  This will give you a better idea as to what you will need. 

20. Use parents as your support.  Think of things they can bring in. Be sure to check with admin first though. 

21.  Spend money on things you know will get lots of use and last a long time (printer, laminator, card stock, books).

22. Look out for the Back to School Sales. 

23.  Stock up on laminating sheets and try to buy them wholesale or on sale. 

24.  Write a welcome letter to gift to your students. It's a great transition into the year.

Serenade to Second has a letter she uses each year.  She adds this to a welcome bag.  What a fantastic idea to welcome your new students.

Click on the image to read more.

Serenade to Second welcome letter to students


25.  Only purchase what you need.

26.  Invest in your wardrobe too! 

27. Look for swap sights were you can trade with other teachers. You might be able to find some on Facebook after a search. 

28. Invest in a quality laminator, don't buy the cheap ones, they break! 

29. Purchase the basic necessities like; a bulletin board for calendar time, alphabet (letters) number line name plates, posters, magnetic letters and containers.

30. After you have cleaned your room, make a floor plan to see what will fit and how the plan shapes your program.  This will then help you write your shopping list. 

Here are some back to school resources to help you get organized and save!


If you have any tips that could help a new teacher out, please leave them in the comments below.

If you would like to visit Clever Classroom on Facebook for more ideas, or to send me a message, click the image below.

Clever Classroom Facebook


To see even more back to school tips, see Emily's blog post: ''Best Back to School Tips for Real Teachers"

The Best Back to School Tips for Real Teachers

or Jennifer's post: Back to School Tips.

Back to School Tips

I'm having a sale in my Teachers pay Teachers store to say THANK YOU to 250,000 Pinterest fans and 10,000 Instagram fans, until the end of the month!

Clever Classroom's Thank you sale

Here are some of the things on sale: 

Back to School Memory Book

Back to School Memory Book


Social Skills Mini Flippy Books

Social Skills Mini Flippy Books


FREE Class Attention Grabbers

FREE Class Attention Grabbers


Classroom Manners and Expectations Posters - Social Skills

Classroom Manners and Expectations Posters - Social Skills


Making and Writing Fall Sentences for Kindergarten {vocab cards & sentence work}

Making and Writing Fall Sentences for Kindergarten {vocab cards & sentence work}



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