Friday 29 March 2013

Aesop's Childhood Adventures: A Must-Have!

Aesop's 1st Book of Childhood Adventures is a superb addition to your classroom or kids library. Written by Vincent A Mastro,  this is a must have and definitely a must read. The illustrations are clear and indeed captivating. The font is a storyteller's delight! The old Aesop fables are explored successfully through the eyes of a young inquisitive raccoon named Aesop. Inspired by his grandmother, young Aesop goes in search of answers to his many questions. This quest for answers permeate each fable as Aesop goes through his life experiences making relevant conclusions. The three fables, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Crow and the Pitcher and the Friends and the Bear in this set are explored in a unique flow of events.

Some of the fables featured in the Aesop's Childhood Adventure series are:-
The Ant and the Grasshopper
 The Boy Who Cried Wolf
The Crow and the Pitcher
 The Dog and his Reflection
The Father, his Son and the Donkey
 The Father's Bundle
The Fisherman's Fish
 The Friends and the Bear
The Goose with the Golden Eggs
The Lion and the Mouse
 The Milkmaid's Eggs
The Oak and the Grass
The Rabbit with Many Friends
The Rooster and the Pearl
The Scorpion and the Frog
The Tortoise and the Hare
 The Tummy and the Teeth
The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
 Three Equal Shares

I have truly enjoyed reading this book and I recommend that you check it out too! It's an awesome read and your kids will love it too!

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Sunday 24 March 2013

Spring Break Sale!

Some of you are already enjoying Spring Break while some of us are gearing up for it. In my country, Trinidad and Tobago we do not call it Spring Break but rather an 'Easter vacation'. Whatever you call it, it is a time of rest and preparation for a new school term. I am surely looking forward to some R and R!

Now, for all of you guys who have my products on your wishlist, here's an opportunity to get them at a lower price. I am offering all my products at a whooping 20% off! Yes, make no mistake, 20% off. Go right ahead! Load up your carts and get your favorite ATI products now! My sale runs from today, Sunday till Wednesday! Need I say more?

Click on the picture above to go directly to my TPT Store!

Friday 15 March 2013

Word Decoding Strategies

I am truly convinced that the key to reading success is a reader's ability to jump over reading hurdles. So much time is taken to teach the rudiments of reading yet so little time is spent on modeling the reading act and showing how to handle the reading obstacle course. Just imagine what goes on in the mind of an emergent reader. He starts the process very confidently (some actually do) then up comes  a stumbling block- a new and unfamiliar word!

 "So what do I do now?"
 "How can I get this one right?"
 "Will I ever reach the end?"
 "And I thought I was good at this!"

Word Decoding Strategies are just that! They are the things that readers do so that meaning is not lost and new words are demystified. They are the little things we can do to ensure that the reading process continues.  The following are key strategies that you can teach students to get them to become independent thinkers and proficient, lifelong readers.

Word Decoding Strategies

1. Use Picture Clues- Look at the picture to find clues that will help you figure out the word.
2. Use your lips- Get your lips ready to say the first few sounds.
3. Stretch the word- Pronounce each sound letter by letter then put them back together at a faster pace.
4.  Flip the vowel sound- Try a short vowel instead of a long vowel sound or a long sound instead of a short sound.
5.  Chunk it- Look for chunks of words that may be familiar to you.

6. Skip it- Skip over the word, reach to the end of the sentence then go back to it. Try reading it again!

7. Try another word- Maybe by doing this you can probably stumble across the real meaning!

8. HELP!!!- If you've tried some or all of those at the top then it's time to ask for help. You can ask your friend, classmate, parents or teacher for help.

You can get these strategies all in one set at my TPT store. Click the picture for details.

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