Thursday, September 28, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Intervention Links

I wanted to start updating some of my pages on here with some fresh links. Before I get to that, I do have some links to share for interventions that I plan to add soon to my tabbed page on interventions.
For now here they are:
Facetalker App for animal reports

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Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf -Read Aloud- Twinkle Teaches

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

the scariest blog ever

Okay, not really. But seriously, everyone in the world keeps telling me to go watch IT. I don't mind scary movies, but I just have no desire right now to watch it. I think I am just in a state of being a mombie and I would rather take a nap than go to the movies at the moment. Ahhhhhh naps. I totally said that in a Homer Simpson voice! 

Naps are like the Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka's factory in this household. Naps are so rare legend says they were spotted...once in a distance. Someone tried to take a photo but it was blurry.
I just chugged a cold brew of  100% Organic Colombian black Arabica coffee. My eyes are being held open by clothespins, double-sided tape, and hope. I give my dog the side-eye because he sleeps all day (and looks cute doing it).
My coffee was like, "Slow down, lady!"

I did do something that made my year. Really, it made my year. I bought myself some sound-proof headphones to wear to sleep at night. I am married to a world-class snorer. He beats a chainsaw in every contest. I don't know what took me so long (probably lack of sleep) but I finally figured out that headphones that construction workers wear might work. If I wear those and my eye mask, it is like I am on another planet without a care in the world. It is nice. No, it is noice. 

My pets could literally be eating me alive and I would not know. Do yourself a favor. Buy yourself some heavy-duty sound reducing headphones and sleep like a baby.

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A Blog Story

This is a true story, this is my story. I have been blogging here since 2007. Ten years. Sometimes the blog title has changed. Once it was "Yes, That's My Child Screaming!" as it focused on me being a stay-at-home mom to a busy toddler. Then I think it was "Mrs. Winkle's Busy Bees" while I taught mischievous Kindergartners while pursuing my first Master Degree. Then it became "Twinkle Teaches" while I worked as a Reading Specialist. I like "Twinkle Teaches" and so it will stay.

My blog has become a mish-mash of crafts, scrapbook stuff, teaching resources, library stuff, literacy instructional ideas, homeschooling, mom stuff, and just life in general. I will always write. It is a good outlet and I love trying to help others or share ideas. Now I work in a library and am getting my second Master Degree in Library and Information Science. My toddler is a prickly, pre-teen. My teaching supplies are in storage gathering dust. And I think I am on my fourth laptop. 

I guess my point of this post is to remind myself that life is constantly evolving. I like to stay busy but I never want to be so busy I am not enjoying my life. And I want to thank my readers for continuing to read and go with me on all my life journeys. Here's to many more! 

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

My Leaf Book- Read Aloud-Twinkle Teaches

Finally...a Fall book story time. As requested by mom. :) More coming!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Reading Log Love

Reading logs are the *most* helpful tool for teaching. Reading logs make your students accountable for their own learning. IMO reading logs should be used instead of homework. Reading is something most students can do at home independently if you provide the take-home book and the reading log. Even if mom/dad does not sign the log, encourage your students to do the reading nightly for twenty-thirty minutes. It will do wonders for their literacy skills!
So here are an assortment of FREE reading logs I found for you--

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Friday, September 8, 2017


Time for some laughs! Happy Friday, everyone!

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Friday Go-To Ideas for Creative Teaching

I have not been around to blog as much as I would like lately.

Today I wanted to share some stuff with you I have found on the web:

Here was a cute rhyme to teach students about coins!

I got this from the Simply Kinders web site. It is a way to do a Close Reading with little ones.

This growth mindset bulletin board is wonderful and inspiring for students.

Here is a handy chart about the stages of writing for students:

If you right click it to open image in new tab, you can zoom in.

Check out this great Word of the Day chant for sight words or new vocabulary.

Make an interactive adding machine for students using pom poms, a shoe box, cardboard tubes and a Sharpie. What an easy and enriching learning center idea.

Buy inexpensive foam curlers at Dollar Tree and put them on the end of dry erase markers for instant erasers.

This hallway chant goes to the tune of the Pop See Ko song. It is so catchy!
Here is the song:

Grab a Sharpie and mini-Magna Doodle boards and you have a handwriting activity.

Check out this cool and inviting entrance into a Kindergarten room. Beautiful!

This is a great idea for a literacy center. Use soup cans (I would duct tape the edges) and magnet letters and paper to make a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree alphabet activity.
Idea from Mama Papa Bubba. Find more info HERE.

And finally, a tshirt saving hack. If your students or kids are going to get messy and you want to keep spots off clothes, just add Press and Seal wrap.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Just in time for Halloween-Phonemic Awareness Chant

This is the PERFECT chant for teaching beginning sounds. I love it!

*Chant removed because original owner sent a "DMCA"* Proper credit had been
 given to the originator. In the future, we will not feature anything from the creator.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Go Big or Go Gnome-Read Aloud-Twinkle Teaches

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Read Aloud Book List

This is just a list of books that I *love* to use for read-aloud or story time. Be sure to do the character's voices so students can pick up on fluency. Discuss the story's setting, beginning, middle and end. Stop before the problem is solved and have students guess what will happen next. Point out common sight words. These are just a few of my favorites. No way does this include every book I love because we would be here forever!

Simms Taback
I also like his book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. I like the illustrations, and the story has predictable text which is very good for learning readers.

Anything by Leo Lionni
His books are a little older but the writing is just so good!

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
This book will make you cry but it has a powerful message of love.

Any Joy Cowley book
Her books are so amazing. They have patterns, rhythm and sight words. Students really get involved in the characters.

Corduroy by Don Freeman
Ah, childhood memories. Corduroy is a teddy bear that ends up on an adventure.

Anything by Laura Joffe Numeroff
She has a large collection of books of animals getting something. These are great books for making predictions and discussing beginning, middle and end.

Anything by Bob Shea
I am very into Bob Shea books. The colorful illustrations and kid-friendly writing just get to me.

This book sounds gross, but Jon Scieszka takes fairy tales and puts a fun twist on them! Your kids will laugh at these stories.

I adore parody books and this one is perfect for Halloween!

I like Byron Barton books because the text is so simplified and the illustrations are large, and attractive to kids. They make for easy reads and encourage young readers.

Bill Martin Jr. also wrote the Brown Bear books. I adore this book for learning about the alphabet letters, and because it has rhythm and rhyme. Perfect-o!

I got this book from Scholastic and my students just really loved the idea of dinosaurs having a party at night. They would ask me to re-read it many times.

Anything by Mo Willems
Most kids are familiar with the pigeon books, but Mo really has really written an array of books that kids can really relate to.

Lois Ehlert
Her books are like eating a piece of chocolate. A little long, but so satisfying. I love her books.

Anything by David Shannon
My son and little brother really adored these books. David always got in trouble and always apologized. Plus, he had an awesome wide mouth with sharp, scary teeth. David just makes us laugh so hard!

I often read Aliki books to help supplement science. Her books are truly wonderful for teachable moments or studying something more in-depth.

Anything by Eric Carle
I have a REAL soft spot in my heart for Eric Carle books. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was the first book I remember picking up and wanting to learn how to read. Can't go wrong with anything Eric Carle!

Todd Parr books are the best!
The stories are short, but they often focus on friendship, sharing and acceptance. The illustrations are bright and bold and catch the eye!

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