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February 6, 2010

Conferences, Contests and more Puzzles!

Well, the last two weeks have been a whirlwind of conferences and presentations for me! I presented four sessions each day at SDE sponsored Pre-K Conferences in Greensboro, North Carolina and Plano, Texas. And, this Sunday, Feb. 7th, I leave for Franklin, TN for more of the same! It is exhausting, yet gratifying when I hear that people really seem to be excited about using my ideas and products to help their kids. I must say, though, I’m worn out! Plus, I am missing lots of days with the Kindergarten students in my own classroom. Luckily, my district is very supportive of my conferencing activities, and they do allow me to go regularly.
As you may know, we have decided to extend our Video Contest to the end of February so that more of you busy teachers can have a chance to participate. The entries that we have received are absolutely adorable, and we are excited to share them, so we are going to post one video clip to my blog per week. This week I’m featuring Sarah McGregor’s kindergarten class at Carey Elementary School in Waverly, Iowa, and Sarah writes of the contest, “What a great idea! We have so much fun singing and learning with your songs!” Thanks Sarah, your class looks great in their video entry! Be sure to log on and see the newest video contest submission every week!
And, we have another new product to add to our downloads! My wonderful husband, Greg, just finished creating a set of Sight Word Puzzles to go with Sing and Spell Vol. 1. There is one simple puzzle for each of the words. All you would have to do to use it is print them out on card stock, laminate them, and cut them apart. The children then fit the two halves of the word together to form their sight words. I was toying with the idea of putting velcro on the backs of the puzzles and having them fit each one onto a space of the same size and attaching them to a laminated file folder. Kids just seem to love Velcro! There is something fun about the way it sticks when you set it down and the noise it makes when you pull it apart. If I ever get that idea off the ground, I’ll be sure to post a picture! Greg is also working on making these same puzzles for the CVC words and the pictures. That sounds like fun, too!