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October 08, 2011

Bonus Letters, I Forgot, & A New Look

In the blogosphere it seems like forever, but it was only a week ago that Ms. M asked for helpful ideas to teach the double final consonants. I read her post, since I follow her wonderful blog, but thought to myself, "Hmm, I teach those guys. How do I do it?" Well, the answer was BORING! :(

This week those guys are in my lesson plans for spelling and so I revisited Ms. M's post to check out the comments left for her in the hopes of finding inspiration. The fabulous Erica Bohrer left Ms. M a message about her word wall for words with bonus letters on TPT. I love the term "bonus letters" better than double letters. (So changing that this week!)

Then Bonnie of Living a Wonderful Life mentioned how they (in Foundations) line the alphabet up a certain way to highlight the bonus letters. Great idea!

Finally Mrs. Jackson wrote about an anchor chart she made. I tried to find this beauty, but couldn't so I have made my own. (If Mrs. Jackson is reading this, I hope she won't mind that I borrowed her idea.) After teaching this, the poster will go on my focus wall and the class will do a scavenger hunt for words with bonus letters. (If you call anything a scavenger hunt your kids will get excited...trust me!) This poster is available at my Teacher's Notebook store.

Now, those of you who know my love of all things songs know that I am going to try to come up with a song before Monday. I'll keep you posted. HA!

BTW, I had a great song in my head a few nights ago (in the middle of the night) for teaching about the hour and minute hand (cause my kiddos are struggling with that) and I didn't get up to record it. You know what happened! I forgot it. Dang it! I don't know why I worry about the husband thinking I'm nuts...he already knows that!

Hope you love the new look! I contacted Kenna at Project 3 Designs after seeing Ms. Preppy's blog and wanted a more polished look. Let me tell you, this young girl is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! It tickles me that Kenna is a high school student who designs blogs. Not only that but she is a follower of Jesus. If you are thinking of a new look, I would definitely recommend Project 3 Designs!

Please leave some love and let me know how you like the new design.


  1. I'm SO glad the alphabet line up was helpful to you! I love the poster you made :) I'm a new follower of your blog & much thanks to linking to mine! :)

    Living A Wonderful Life


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