Saturday, June 30, 2012

Busy Week & Phoneme Segmentation has been a {BUSY} week! My hubby and I painted my classroom this week and I am SO EXCITED how it turned out. See a preview below. Before my walls were the standard grey color and I wanted to SPICE it up a little this year so I chose Nomadic Desert by Color Place from Wal-Mart. I painted my built-in shelf last year Furry Ottertail {where do they come up with these names?!?}, so I went two shades lighter on the same color family for my walls.

**Terrible "after" picture I know...I will be posting more classroom pictures when it is finished. Our school is shut down for two weeks.                                              

These are the colors that I am using this year...what do you think?

Do your students have trouble with Phonemic Awareness? We have students that come to the middle school that still struggle with phonemic awareness or were never taught how to read using phonics. Our Special Education Department started using Language! by Jane Fell Greene. I LOVE it for the population of students that I work with. We saw HUGE growth and progress with the students and I couldn't be happier! Here is a little tool that I will be using with this program to help with phonemic awareness {I saw something similar on Pinterest, but I have adapted it slightly}. This little "gem" can be used in multiple ways, but here is what I am planning to do with it:
1.) Use each bead color for each sound in the word (students will slide a bead to the left to represent the sound and then slid all beads back to the right to say the word. Example: /c/-/a/-/t/ students will slide 3 beads to the left
2.) Use each bead color to represent prefixes,suffixes, and roots
3.) Use to teach syllables

The best part is I got a BIG bag of beads for $1 at the the dollar tree and I had the string at my house so it is VERY cheap and I can make one for each child to have.

That's all for now...will post some "Pinspiration" projects that I am working on later this weekend!


  1. I like your color scheme a lot.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. This is great stuff! Thank you for sharing your ideas. We have nominated you for an award. Please visit to pick up your award. Stephanie

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    Teaching with Moxie

  4. Love that you get to paint your classroom! I wish we could! We just found you and are now following! We would love it if you stop by and visit us sometime!
    Katie & Lisen

  5. I love the colors for your classroom! I am your newest follower!
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  6. I love the phoneme segmentation idea. I'm going to use that this year.
    The Hive

  7. What a great idea! Our school uses a writing curriculum called "SMILES" and the author of the program did some trainings at our school. At one of the trainings, she shared a bead bracelet idea, but hers was for story elements and it was a lot more complicated. I love the way you are using it and will be headed out to the Dollar Store asap. I am now following your blog and look forward to more great ideas.

  8. I just found your blog! Loving your stuff and I am your newest follower!

    BakingCraftingTeaching Oh My

  9. I love the color scheme you're using for your room! Super cute. I nominated you for the Liebster award.

  10. I LOVE the color scheme, too!! I'm your newest follower!! I hope that sometime you'll stop by my blog!!

    A Day in First Grade

  11. I love this idea for Phoneme Segmentation! Thank you so much for sharing it! If you’re interested, I've just moved my blog and am having a HUGE moving sale!!! Everything {and I mean EVERYTHING from lesson plans to clipart} are FREE until January 1st. Come check it out! My blog is:
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