Book Boxes using Recycled Cereal Boxes

Each month I send home a family homework activity.  This one, for Reading Book Boxes, is done at the beginning of the year.  At home, the parents will cut an empty cereal box and then the children decorate the box with craft supplies.  The kids really get into this using all kinds of things to decorate with - wrapping paper, scrapbook paper, gems, glitter, duck tape, stickers, foam shapes, decorative paper - you name it!  Here is what mine looks like.  It was so easy to make!

I keep them on a shelf in my classroom.  They are all unique!  The kids can easily pick out their own book box! 

The Book Boxes stay in the classroom all year.  I add emergent readers that the children color on their own and then read.  Do you need emergent readers? I have over 25 emergent readers in my TpT Store. You can find my emergent readers (like the one below) in my TpT Store.

My Reading Book Box Family Homework activity is available in my TpT Store.  It includes the printable directions to send home with each child.  You can also edit the due date.

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Reading Book Box Family Homework activity from my TpT Store.

Happy Reading!

Updated - Editable Calendars 2014-15

Finally . . . I am FINALLY on summer vacay!!!!  Woo Hoooooooo!  My kinders had an amazing graduation on Tuesday night!  Now, it's time to get back in the swing of things on TpT!!  I will be doing LOTS of updates this summer. 
I just finished the updates for my Editable Monthly Calendars 2014-15.  If you have already purchased this product, you can get the updates in your "My Purchases" section on TpT.  If you don't have it yet you can purchase it by clicking here: 
They are great for monthly planning calendars, monthly homework, reading logs, and behavior charts.

I also updated my Sorting Out the Seasons Center with new clip art and more pictures to sort!  Again, if you already own this you can get the updates in "My Purchases" on TpT.  You can also purchase it here:  Sorting Out the Seasons

And, now back to updating . . . 

Letter Buddies Contest & Giveaway!

I was so excited to receive this complete set of Letter Buddies Starters!  This set includes 24 books for emergent readers (one for each letter of the alphabet and X,Y,Z are combined in one book). 

There are many things I love about the books:
First, the size is just right for little hands - they are about 8 x 5 3/4 inches.  Next, each book includes real photos on each page.  The colors are vibrant and fill most of the page.  My students LOVE this!

Each book focuses on one letter.  The focus letter for each book is made into a little character that is included in the photo on each page.  The children really love watching the characters and seeing their facial expressions change!  The photos include objects that begin with the focus letter.  One thing that I really like is that the books on vowels concentrate on the short sound of the letter.  C and G also concentrate on the hard sound of each letter.  I also like that the book about Q includes both of the letter Q and U characters throughout the story.  

Each page includes simple sentences using sight words from the Dolch List.  The words are bold with ample spacing between each word.  The focus letter is highlighted at the beginning of each word as a visual cue for the reader.  

The last page includes a writing activity for the students.  Written and visual directions are given making them easy to follow.  

My kindergarten students enjoy reading the Letter Buddies Starters!  They are great boosting the self confidence of emergent readers!

Would you like to win this set?
Hameray Publishing is having a contest to win a COMPLETE Letter Buddies set!  That's a $370 value!  Click here to view the complete 

The complete set includes:
Letter Buddies Letter Books
Letter Buddies Blends Books
Letter Buddies Starters (read above review)
Letter Buddies Best Friends
Letter Buddies Letter Mats
Letter Buddies Alphabet Lap Books
Letter Buddies Uppercase Magnet Letters
Letter Buddies Lowercase Magnet Letters
Letter Buddies Magnet Board

Click here to enter the contest.
Good Luck!  The winner will be announced on June 2, 2014!

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Write the Room from A to Z

I am so excited to share this new packet that I just added to my store!  Write the Room from A to Z includes 31 Write the Room sets.  There is one set for each consonant and two for each vowel - I included separate sets for the long and short sounds of each vowel.

This set is 20% off in my store until 5/4/14. 
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Would you like to win this set?  It's easy!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below!