Linking up again with Teacher Idea Factory...This time for the fun stuff I can't live without in my classroom.
First thing is this saweeet pencil sharpener. I had the professional grade electric kind that eventually started eating my pencils. I swore it was just cheap pencils until I came across this heaven sent sharpener. Sharpens pencils to perfection. You can read more about it here.
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Next, is Lakeshore's Sight-Word Sentence Builder Kit. The best $50 I have ever spent. The sentences are organized in sets of 5. The children then "fill in the blanks" with the correct word. The sentences become more difficult as you go from the first set to the last. It includes pictures and words which are perfect for beginning firsties. You can see how we use them below. I haven't seen them in the most recent Lakeshore catalog so they may have discontinued them....sorry.
This is how we use the sentences pictured above. I have two of these magnetic pocket charts from Lakeshore. The magnet is so strong. I place one on each side of my filing cabinet and they become a center during my 90 minute reading block. I use two because my center rotations last a week. The kids do one side the first week then go to the other side the second week. So for this particular center I only have to change it out every two weeks. Makes my life so much easier. Even better my sweet daughter is old enough now to help me change it out.