April 25, 2015

Time for a Product Swap!

It is one of my FAVORITE things to do on this little bloggy of mine.... a product swap! I love trying out new things, discovering other blogs and resources created by fellow teachers, and trying new things! Thanks to Melissa from Jungle Learners, these product swaps are perfect for that and super fun to share! Click the image below to check out the other swaps going on!

This time, I swapped with Joya at Live, Love, Serve, Teach. Her store is so sweet and colorful and it was hard to choose a product to try out! She chose my Dice Games for Math Centers pack, so make sure you head over to her blog to check that out, because she'll be GIVING ONE AWAY! :)

I chose her Spring Butterflies Uppercase and Lowercase Letters Matching set!

This is certainly not a new skill for my kinders this late into the school year, however, I had a very specific student in mind for this pack. I have a student who is struggling big time. Her behavior is very disruptive, she is difficult to motivate, and her academics are extremely low. I am always thinking about her and thinking about ways I can get this student excited to learn. Behavior issues put aside, she is not a typical girly girl usually. For the majority of the school year she has had an obsession with dinosaurs. I have noticed though lately, that she has been starting to wear dresses to school and she has been drawn to more typical "girly" stuff. So I thought, maybe she wants a change.

I picked this product from Joya's store specifically for her... and I'm glad I did! It is timely right now for the season we are in and my little nugget loved it.

I have to give you a little story here about what happened this week. My classroom is a teeny tiny portable in HOT central Florida. Well, the A/C broke in the classroom and there was no way we were having class with a thermostat that read 93 degrees... So I was moved to a completely empty classroom. I brought clipboards, center materials, and everything we needed short of tables and chairs. So excuse the pictures of this product in use!

The set included two uppercase letter cards of each letter and two lowercase letter cards. I had them separated for two students to work on with guidance, but the kiddos decided they wanted to work together, so the cards got combined. With this specific student, if she wants to do something a little differently, I am TOTALLY okay with it. The fact that she actually wanted to do this was enough for me!

I love how it turned into a color sort as well! Later (which I didn't get a picture, sorry!!!), they sorted them in ABC order. The little boy did most of the work there as that is a skill baby girl over there struggles with, but they worked together and he helped her so much!

So cute.

So proud! Even though they are both lowercase, she wanted me to take a picture. I let her call the shots that time. ;)

I also used Joya's product as a clean up game. Little princess didn't want to clean up. She wanted to go bother some other students working on a Dr. Seuss writing activity instead... So I devised a plan. I told Little Mister to tell Little Miss a letter, she would find those cards and hand them to him. He would stack them in the little bag I had for them. It lengthened the time of clean-up, but it was worth it. She was learning and practicing and I wasn't the one who had to pick up all those cards!!!

And now to give one away! It's perfect for this time of year and a great resource. I have thought of ways I can use this with other groups of students: using them as help with putting words in ABC order, hiding them around the room like a scavenger hunt, draw a card and tell me a word that starts/ends with that sound, there are tons of possibilities! Be sure to enter below for your chance to win a copy!

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Check out the links below for more giveaways and be sure to go to Joya's blog for a chance to win my Dice Games for Math Centers pack!