Category Archives: Cores B & C

Favorite Reads from 2017 {Sonlight B, First Grade}

Another year has passed, and a lot of books have been read around here. I asked each of the kids to pick their Favorite Read from the 2016-2017 school year, and here is our first review. It is from Finn, age 6. He just completed Sonlight’s Core B (First Grade).  He really wanted to tell you his TOP 7 favorite books (Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Homer Price, Missionary Stories with the Millers were rated high on his list, too), but here is the one (okay, two) he gave top honors to:

Finn, age 6

Would you pull out your best friend’s tooth in the middle of the night? Karl Erikson, D.D.S (extracts teeth under complete anesthesia, or a good night’s rest) did that for his friend, Olaf. He is one of the happy kids from Noisy Village.

Happy Times in Noisy Village was my favorite book this year because it is really funny. There are stories about the things kids do every day that will make you laugh. One time the boys took over the girls’ snow-fort and the girls had to make snowballs for them for the rest of the day. Another time the kids were trying to sell cherries along the side of the road. It was a busy road, and nobody would stop. Karl started getting angry about no one stopping, so he jumped out in the middle of the road (sort of) and a car stopped. The story about Olaf’s loose tooth is the funniest. You’ll just have to read that one!

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Word Work for First Grade {and beyond!}

Are you helping your students develop a solid understanding of phonemes–the sounds letters make, either alone or in concert with other letters? This is the year to do just that! In First Grade, students are introduced to so many new letter combinations and sounds it can be a bit daunting to teach. Today, I’m going… Continue Reading

Another FLASH FREEBIE!!!

For all of my fabulous followers…here is the second fall Flash Freebie (today only)… PHONEMIC L-BLENDS for your INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK! If you are not using an interactive notebook for your First Graders’ word work, this is a GREAT place to start!  Easy prep for you, lots of great practice for your students. The added bonus… Continue Reading

PADAWAN MATH!

Did your little jedi’s have fun learning with Kindergarten Jedi? Their adventure continues with PADWAN MATH! It is a math smorgasbord for First Graders. Here’s a look at what’s included: **I Spy Shapes Booklet (Color & Count 2- and 3-Dimensional droid shapes) **May the Fourth Calendar Sheet–includes even/odd; writing the date numerically; season identification; number… Continue Reading

It is time for WINTER PATTERN PLAY!

Winter Pattern Play is such a FUN learning tool! You are going to LOVE it! It is not your average pattern-teaching resource.  Instead, it combines pattern identification and skills your students should be mastering (identification of phonemes–beginning and ending letter sounds & blends; one-to-one correspondence; 2-D shapes; colors and skip counting). Your students will begin… Continue Reading

Independent Seatwork Activities with Sonlight’s Core C

One of the cores I taught last year was Sonlight’s Core C.  This was my third time through this particular core.  And though I love Sonlight’s Language Arts (especially the read-alouds and read-alones), I don’t find the activity sheets too helpful.  You can use them as recording sheets.  But, what I needed was something to… Continue Reading