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McCrackens Phonics: Free Printing Sheet

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I thought I'd share my printing lessons with you.

I really like my printing practice because it's tied into the McCrackens Spelling Through Phonics Program.  This is an amazing program and I HIGHLY recommend it!



The first letter to be introduced is lower case m.

We practice saying the letter, the sound and feeling it in our mouths. I avoid saying "What do you hear?" and instead ask "What does it feel like in your mouth?" The kids will tell me things like, "My lips are pressed together" and "My lips tickle when I say mmm".

Flying Henry Art Project

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A couple of weeks ago I posted a book review of Flying Henry.

Flying Henry Art Project in Grade 1

Today I read it to my class and they absolutely loved it!

Bad Apple Book Review: A Tale of Friendship

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Bad Apple Book Review: Mac is a GOOD apple who learns to stand up to the bullies in the orchard when they start teasing him because of his new friend, Will the Worm. Perfect for Grade 1.


This little gem was recommended to me by Barbara, from The Corner on Character.

I actually wrote this post a couple of years ago, but it's been a very popular one so I thought it was worth updating, especially at this time of year, because it has lovely messages about friendship and bullying.

Whenever I read it to my class it's always a BIG hit!

Title: Bad Apple ~ A Tale of Friendship
Author / Illustrator: Edward Hemingway
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012
Recommended Age: 4-8
Genre: Fiction
Theme: Friendship, Kindness, Bullying

Flying Henry: Book Review & Activities for First Grade

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I wanted to share a somewhat unusual book with you today. I bought Flying Henry by Rachel Hulin a couple of years ago and then forgot I had it. And while it's recommended for babies and pre-schoolers, I actually think it's a great book for older children, too.

Flying Henry: Book review with art, writing and drama extensions. Perfect book for developing imagination. Great for toddlers to first grade! GradeONEderful.com