Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Magical Product Swapping Goodness!

Hey y'all!
I am soooo excited to be posting about my first product swap! This awesome opportunity is hosted by Mrs. Stanford! Once you're done here... make sure you check out the other swaps going on!
Well, for this product swap I partnered up with a very sweet lady named Faith Rucker! Her blog is called Kindergarten Faith! Even though she teachers K and I teach 1st, we were able to find products that would totally work for each of us in our own classes. :)
At the end of this post, I will give you links to Faith's blog and TpT store!
So, what's the awesome product I got to use? Well, I used Faith's "Large Letter and Sound Flash Cards with Stick Kids"! And let me tell you, they are FAB-U-LOUS!
You get 79 pages of flash card greatness! But they aren't your regular tiny, hand held flash cards, they are full sized flashcards, making them a wonderful resource for whole group OR small group lessons! They are brightly colored and very eye catching for the students!
The flashcard set includes all of the letters in the alphabet in both UPPERCASE and lowercase. The set also includes some other sounds as well such as ar, oy, oo, digraphs, aw, ew, etc. giving you lots of word building possibilities!
As soon as I got the product from Faith, I printed them in COLOR on CARDSTOCK and then LAMINATED them because I wanted to make sure I would have them around for a long time! :)
Once they were laminated and ready to use, I told my class that we were going to try something new!
I passed out the flashcards to each student until each student had 2. I explained to them that I was going to call out various words to be formed and if they had the letter needed for that word, then they needed to come stand in the front of the room to MAKE the word for the class.
I gave them an example of "If I said CAT, students that had the C, A, and T would need to come stand up front" and they said they understood and were ready to go so we just jumped right in!
At first I was giving out random words like "go" and it was going great! Then I was like "hold on, wait a minute, we can totally do some letter changing to form new words!"
So I started with the word "boat" and the students with those letters came up front... then I said, "now let's change boat to coat" and this made them think...the child holding the "b" realized he needed to go sit down and the child at their desk who had the "c" had to come up front to change the word! The thinking that was taking place was awesome because I could see the wheels turning in EVERY child's head! We continued changing one letter to make new words then I would start over with a new base word and we would start changing that one! We did "bark" to "park" and then I would have them change two letters to change "park" to "tarp" and so on! We even went as challenging as changing "thick" to "quick"! Wow!
The students did awesome and had a BLAST! And what teacher doesn't love it when children are having fun WHILE applying and practicing their PHONICS?!?
And of course, I took some pictures of our experience! Check them out in all of their "word building" glory!
 So, my advice is, head on over to Faith's TpT store and snatch this great resource up!

Click here to view/purchase the flashcards at Faith's TpT store!

Click the picture below to head over to Faith's blog and see her review of my Short and Long Vowel Sounds Word Hunt Pack and to become her newest follower!!

Kindergarten Faith

I certainly hope you enjoyed reading about this product swap as much as I enjoyed doing it and blogging about it! I always love getting comments so please feel free to leave some "love and glitter" down below! :)

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  1. I love these letter cards! So many activities that can be done!
    Conversations in Literacy

    1. Definitely Lori! Thanks for commenting!

  2. Looks like such a great product! You did a fabulous job selling it!

    1. Thank you Heidi! I was a little nervous since it was my first time participating! :)

  3. Sticky notes and glitter?? Two of my favorite things! This blog swap was so much fun...I participated too! You did a great job with this post- the activities look fantastic!
    The Teacher’s Chair

    1. Two of my favs as well hehe! Thanks so much for your sweet comment! I will have to go check out yours also! :)

  4. Love those cards! What an excellent resource!


  5. Thanks Carrie! They are pretty neat! :)