Rhymes- Anchor Chart


One thing that I have been trying to get better at is making anchor charts. For reading I am CIM trained (Comprehensive intervention model) and do Guided reading plus and Interactive Writing lessons. Our main focus as CIM teachers this year is relating our lessons back to the Core and what is happening in the general education classroom. Luckily for me I co-teach large group reading and writing in the general education classroom and just pull out to my office during small group reading. Since I am in the classroom during large group and writing and I help with the planning of the gen ed lessons each week I know the focus and can be a little more prepared than those teachers in our building who are not in a general education classroom or pull multiple grade levels.

My students have been struggling with rhyming this year. Some of my groups are also working on word families during the word work and phonemic awareness portions of our lessons. I found this anchor chart on Pinterest and taped it up on my anchor chart bookcase (when they don’t put doors on your shelves and you have limited space you just make do).



Hand Print Ornaments


When my daughter was 1 (she is 4 now) I decided to make these cute ornaments for myself and all the grandparents for Christmas. I think I am going to do it again this year with my son since he wasn’t around yet to make one. These were pretty easy and all the grandparents loved them and everyone still hangs it on their tree each Christmas.

Here is the website I found them at:




Oh No!!! Santa’s Stuck in my Chimney.


I love holidays and integrating writing into activities. We talked about what would happen if Santa got stuck in your chimney. We watched a song on YouTube about Santa getting stuck in a chimney. After we did that we had a discussion about what we would do if Santa got stuck in our chimney and did this cute little craft to go along with the story.


Gingerbread Playdough


Last year for Christmas parties at school (my daughter’s 3 year old preschool class and my own class with 22 kids) I decided to try to make play-dough. At school we had really been focusing on the gingerbread man and had done many activities throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas break. I had tried to make play dough before but it didn’t turn out very well but I decided to give it one more try and I am glad I did. It turned out amazing! It was a huge hit both with my students and with my daughter’s classmates.

Here is the recipe I used for my Gingerbread Playdough: