Sunday, February 10, 2013


Some of my kiddos have been struggling with segmenting and blending CVC words, so during our intervention time, I’ve been working really hard with them on these super important skills.

I started with short a because all of them are quite secure with that vowel sound.


We have been using Elkonin boxes to push sounds and really listen for the sounds.  I use the glass gems that you can find at Michaels to push the sounds.


We’ll use these push lights to “push” each sound.  I found these at the dollar store.  They do use 4 batteries each though, so stock up on batteries!

I also have been using these word sliders.  My kiddos LOVE LOVE LOVE these! They think they are SO fun!


I put 5-6 in the envelope and go “around the table.”  I do this every day as a quick warm up.

Some days, we may write words on our brand new mini-whiteboards from Lakeshore.  I LOVE THESE! They don’t take up any space on my table and they’re magnetic too!

Magnetic Write & Wipe Mini Board

We might also build words with letter tiles or magnetic letters. 

I have these really fun balls from Lakeshore too that I love to use.  I can’t find a photo of them though!  They are plastic balls and have letters to build CVC words.  Does anyone know what I’m talking about?!

We’ll also play some fun games to practice words. This game is based on a game I used to play as a kid! “Slap Jack!”


I played a round or two…or three…or four with MY favorite Kindergartener, and she couldn’t get enough of it!

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Her smile says it all!!

Sometimes, I’ll have the children get their whole body moving to segment words.  I’ll tape Elkonin boxes on the floor and have the children “jump” the sounds.  Miss A. was a great model for me!


Here’s a little video of her demonstrating – she was more than willing!

I like to get children using their bodies as much as possible, so we’ll stretch out CVC words using our “sound arm” too.  I meant to get pics of A. demonstrating, but forgot! She’s sleeping now, so I’ll have to add them later!  But it goes a little like this:

1.  Put your sound arm out.

2. Using your other hand, touch your shoulder at say the first sound.

3. Touch your elbow and say the middle sound.

4. Touch your wrist and say the last sound.

5.  Bring your arm all the way back to the top, and slide it down slowly blending the letters together. 

I hope you can get a bit of a visual!

We’ll also complete these fun mini-books:

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These activities are all available in my new CVC Intervention pack for short a:



Stop on by and tell me what you think!  The other vowels will be coming soon!

Would you like to win a copy?  I’m sitting here watching the Grammy’s….who was your favorite winner tonight? Or who do you think SHOULD have won?!  Leave a comment and tell me and I’ll pick 3 winners tomorrow evening! (Monday 2/11) *Remember to leave your e-mail!!** 

73 Notes to the Teacher:

Tynetots said...

I love FUN. They have a real interesting sound. And I love your little video.

The Polished Teacher said...

So cute! I love getting active for those kinesthetic learners! You had quite the perfect model for the pictures. I loved the faces!

I honestly wasn't too impressed with the grammys tonight. I expected much better performances. I did like Carrie Underwood and her color changing dress though. As far as the winners go, I wasn't too thrilled with them either. Not what I was expecting for the highlight of getting the power back on just in time to watch them. Oh well, what can you do! Hope you enjoyed!

mommyrepko said...

I absolutely LOVE Kelly Clarkson! I LOVED seeing Justin Timberlake on stage again! I have loved him since teeny-bopper *NSYNC days!

~ BTW, This pack is perfect for my strugglers right now. I was thinking of the ways that I'd need to go and put this together and you've already done it! I'll be putting on my wishlist if I don't win!

Karyn said...

This pack looks like great intervention practice! I'm so glad Adele win! Her voice is amazing, even if she's a bit overplayed at times. :-)


Mrs. Ryan said...

Your pack looks so wonderful! I already had it on my wishlist, and now I want it even more! :) I'm watching the Grammys, too, but I guess I'm not paying very close attention, because I can't remember all the winners! :) I'm happy Fun. won some awards. My daughters loved "Call Me Maybe" so much this year that I was hoping she would win an award. Tough competition this year.

Thanks for the chance!

Michelle said...

ADORABLE KATHLEEN! Love seeing your peanut! I might have to steal the whole taping the elkonin boxes. How fun!!

Jill A said...

Your pack looks awesome!!! The Grammys have rocked!!! Bruno Mars and Sting were awesome! It is so cool that they are going to recognize music teachers next year!!! My girls thought Carlie Rae should have won something!!! Love your blog!!!

DeRidderK said...

Your CVC RTI pack looks fantastic! I love your blog and you share so many great ideas. Our district just switched to all day kindergarten and I am struggling to find the right materials to meet all their needs and also hold their interest and allow for some independence while working with small groups. I would love a copy of your pack. Kelly Clarkson for Stronger and Mumford and Son's and Zac Brown Band for albums of the year were my favorites :)
Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Shandi Allen said...

Great blog and such an awesome set of activities!! I will use the sound arm starting tomorrow! I love it!! :)
Zac Brown Band for sure!
Thank you for sharing all of your ideas!!

Amy Swan said...

Oh wow...this pack looks amazing!! I didn't watch the Grammy's, but I'm definitely wishlisting this product...hoping to win!! Thank you for this fun giveaway!

Amy amyswan20 at gmail dot com
Happy Teacher Heaven

Freckleteacher said...

Kathleen, your pack looks awesome and your daughter is adorable! I love the idea of jumping the words and the books look great too. I'd love to win this pack!

I am watching the Grammys until Downton Abbey is on.
I am so glad Carrie Underwood won and that she always gives the glory to God:)

Kreative in Kinder said...

These are great and your little helper is precious! This is definitely going on my wish list!
<>< Crystal

kathyd37 said...

I am really happy that Fun. won and enjoyed the Bob Marley tribute. I love your creativeness to get your kiddos moving. you've inspired me to do the same in my class.:)

Goodnight :)

Angelia said...

This pack looks amazing! It will be perfect for my resource kiddos! I've always loved Carrie Underwood ever since she was on Idol.

Extra Special Teaching

Lslouka said...

What a great pack. Have one ear on the Grammys...only watch the performances, so I don't even know who won any awards!

Charlie said...

So excited that Gotye and Kimbra won Grammys, Mumford & Sons as well! I thought the show was pretty good, I don't usually watch but glad I did :)

Thanks for this chance! Would love to use this with my higher level kiddos!


Trinh said...

I love your products. I was very pleased with all the performances. Justin Timberlake made a good come back. I really enjoyed FUN. didn't really know what they look like until tonight. They have very interesting singing voice.

Stacey White said...

I am happy that Adele won her first Grammy. Didn't really see the whole thing...just watched bits and pieces of it. Much more exciting to watch the live performances. Thank you for the chance to win this amazing unit. I have it in my cart just in case!!

robyn said...

I love this!!!! Love it!
As for the Grammy Awards...I love Adele! So happy for her!

Sara said...

This pack looks awesome! I honestly didn't watch the Grammys, but I LOVE LL Cool J and I think he hosted, right??? :) Thanks!

Kay said...

This pack is adorable. All of those activities look like so much fun! I wish that the Lumineers had won for best artist, I love the song Ho Hey! :)


Kay said...

*best new artist :)


christine said...

We watched Taylor Swift at the beginning before switching to our family obsession...Downton Abbey! Love your products...such a great value!!

Kristin said...

Pack looks awesome! I watched part of the Grammys but didn't want to stay up till the end or I wouldn't be worth anything today! I am glad FUN won as that was a HUGE hit in our area and they talked about how they have been doing this for 12 years! Also love Carrie Underwood and SO glad Justin Timberlake is back! (my inner boy band comes out!!)

Yvonnee said...

Thanks for the opportunity. I loved Adele and Carrie.

Mrs. Clark's Cool Cats said...

I get really excited when the "underdogs" win.

Christine Myers said...

I did not watch the grammys (no TV at all on Sunday - not intentional, but yay!), but listened to my kindergartener sing all day, if that counts.

As a matter of fact, my kindergartener and I tried out an art project for my other kinders - painting rocks. We are going to paint them and then hide them all over the school for others to find. MJ could barely wait for the paint to dry on his 'shooting star' rock before he wanted to go hide it in his BFFs garden! Doesn't that sound awesome? I found the idea on the web SOMEWHERE and apparently forgot to Pin it, so now I cannot give her credit. Thank you, artistic, crafty, creative Lady. :-)

Mrs. McHaffie said...
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Mrs. McHaffie said...

I love the band Fun.
I loved the Bob Marley tribute!
And I am LOVING this intervention packet!!
Beg, Borrow, Steal

Deedee Wills said...

Dang it! I forgot about the Grammy Awards... I did get my Downton Abbey on! AND I LOVE your smart, SMART packet. I am going to need to borrow your cute model in the future I think.

Pinned it, shared it, love it!

aware said...

I only watched the beginning, but I was also happy to see Adele win. Her voice is amazing! Thank you for the chance to win this awesome pack. My kiddos really need it!

We Teach Like A Rockstar said...

What a awesome unit! Please pick me....because I think Justin Timberlake can still Move it~Move it! Amber ~ Kindergarten Rocks Blog Have a great week!

Dana said...

This is fabulous! I am so glad Carrie won, she is a sweetheart!

Erin said...
Didn't see Grammy, we were clam digging instead!

Megan said...

I loved seeing Adele win, and my girls were very happy to see Carrie Underwood win.

Beth said...

I love Adele!! Your pack looks SO fun - perfect for my kiddos! Love all of your materials. Can't wait to add this to my collection!

ronnie said...

Adele is always a sure thing in by book. Not sure about her outfit, though.

Brandy said...

I was happy to see Carrie Underwood win. I just love her music and she's always so fashionable. Highlight of the night would have to be seeing JT on the stage again. Makes my heart pitter patter a little faster. Keeping my fingers crossed to win this pack!

Shelly Parks said...

Actually didn't watch the Grammys so I can't chime in with an opinion one way or the other there.
I do have an opinion on your CVC RTI unit though. I think it looks fantastic! I would love to use it with my intervention groups. What a wonderful idea putting tape on floor to create elkonin boxes. Thanks for the opportunity

Andrea Sockwell said...

Your CVC pack looks great. I have a few students still struggling with blending. I will be making the elkonin boxes on the floor when I get in today.

I'm glad Adele won, she has a great voice.


Mendy said...
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Mendy said...

I didn't have an opportunity to watch the Grammy's but I heard Carrie Underwood's dress was amazing.
I love these activities! Thank you for opportunity to win the CVC pack!

BJ Thorn said...

I didn't get a chance to watch the Grammy's. I was busy with the kids. I love your intervention packet. You have wonderful ideas.

Aimshort said...

I only saw bits & pieces of the Grammys... I was pleased for Adele & impressed by Kelly Clarkson, who has come so far since American Idol.
I am currently working with a group of struggling 1st graders. Your wonderfully designed packet, with whole body movement and fun, is just what I am looking for to use with them! Can't wait for the other vowels! Thank you for your hard work and a chance to win (fingers crossed!).

MrsS said...

What an awesome pack and just what my kiddos need! I have those same CVC balls from Lakeshore and love them. I especially like the sliders in your pack!
As for the Grammy's, always love to see Carrie Underwood perform. That was my highlight.
Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Kelsey Anderson said...

I split my time between the Grammy's and Downton Abbey season 2 :) My favorite performance was the Lumineers and favorite winner Carrie Underwood. I love all of your units and freebies, they always work so well in my classroom.

4myboys said...

I didn't watch! I ws catching up on my shows I recorded weeks ago! Thank you for the contest!

weety said...

I LOVE the Zac Brown Band. I saw them a few years ago before they were famous! And I love them then! I would also love to win this packet!

Dina said...

This CVC pack looks amazing! You always have GREAT ideas. I thought FUN. winning a Grammy was well deserved and I definitely deserved seeing Justin Timberlake onstage! A win-win situation! :) I'm hoping it's a trifecta and I'm a winner of your new unit!

Colleen said...

What great ideas! I LOVED playing Slap Jack as a kid. Definitely need to bring that one to my classroom.
Favorite Grammy winner - Carrie Underwood
Colleen :-)
Fun and Fearless in First

Bridget Morrow said...

I love your intervention pack!! I am in need of something for my ESOL students and this looks perfect. Hope I win :)
Carrie Underwood was my favorite winner!

graciegirl said...

Love Justin Timberlake!!!
grace2u {at} rogers {dot} com

Fawn Chan said...

Adele was my favorite!!!! You often have great ideas and this CVC Intervention Pack looks fabulous.

Shannon Beamon said...

Loved the band Fun! Their music always puts me in a feel good kind of mood! Love the CVC pack! Looks like there is a lot of great stuff in there!

Shannon Beamon said...

Sorry, I forgot my email!

Erin said...

Love these ideas! My kiddos are really struggling with these skills this year. These would make great additions to our practice.


Ashley Sharp said...

Love this pack! Such a clever idea, especially Secret Sketches! I have a few kiddos who are still struggling with CVC words too, so this would be great for them.

Although all the performances were awesome, my Grammy picks are Fun, Adele, and Carrie Underwood. I love the Grammy's!

Karen said...

My girls are Alicia Keys fans and LOVED seeing Adam Levine sing with her!
PS I love your favorite kindergartner viedo with her whole body elkonin boxes. My school uses Michael Heggerty Phonemic Awareness for young children- we love it and it really carries over to writing skills.

Cheryl Ener said...
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Cheryl Ener said...

I know I am probably too late to win your pack, but it looks awesome!
The Grammys were awesome to watch! I loved Carrie Underwood!
Crayons and Curls

Mrs. T. said...

This pack looks awesome! I like Taylor Swift, so I am glad she won an award. Glad you enjoyed a snow day too!


R Lindle said...

I wish that I had watched it...I was finalizing my lesson plans and cutting out laminated games that I put off until Sunday.

I LOVE your products and this is an AMAZING Intervention Pack =)
Hoping I win or for another sale!

Marcy said...

Love this!! I liked fun. last night. My son loved the rain falling.

Krysti said...

I didn't watch the Grammy's, but I do love your packet. I have a lot of strugglers this year so this packet would be very helpful!

Ordinary Everyday said...

I "listened" to the Grammy's mostly - but didn't watch too much. :)

I really like your word sliders! I have some intervention groups right now, and would LOVE this! :)

Stephanie said...

I LOVE this packet... I have 4 children who are struggling and I know this packet will really help them.

As for the Grammy's, let's see: I loved seeing Zac Brown Band and Carrie Underwood's dress was really cool!

Thanks for this giveaway!


Heather said...

Wonderful ideas!! Pinning now! And I didn't watch the Grammy's... we watched the San Antonio Spurs instead. We're a big sports house. :)

Heather (

kindertexas said...

Carrie was definitely a winner! She deserved it! Love your ideas!

Cori Lyons said...

Thanks for this wonderful giveaway! This packet will be an excellent resource to use. I love using your resources.

As for the Grammy's, I loved Carrie Underwood.

Sister Peeps Hot Flash said...

You must have been reading my mind. We have a new reading series this year and my kiddo's have just been struggling with CVC. Thank you so much for posting these ideas and creating this packet. Headed over to buy it now! Thank you!

Sister Peeps Hot Flash said...

Sorry forgot to leave my email,silly me :))

Kirstin McGinnis said...

I love your ideas! We do the CVC jumping with the tiles on our floor as well. I also do jumping jacks and froggy hops. We have a lot of students who struggle with the vowel sounds especially e, a, and i because many are learning English as a second language. Great ideas! :o)

Kirstin McGinnis

Jennifer Vukosic said...

I'm glad Zach Brown band won.


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