8.26.2018

FREE Reading App for Kids



This summer while my child was out for summer break, I searched for something a fun entertainment all while continuing to grow reading skills outside of reading every day.  I ran across a website that promised to not only increase reading scores and fluency but to integrate material around my child's interest.  As I looked into the website more I found more information that make me move forward with this program.  This website/APP is called Homer, or The Homer Method.  After getting my child set up with the app in my classroom, I quickly saw how this could benefit teachers in the classroom.  The differentiated instruction that is involved with teach child's plan is a time saver in the classroom as a supplemental learning source.

LINK TO LEARN WITH HOMER WEBSITE



WHAT DOES HOMER INCLUDE?:

This program includes a LOT of resources - here is what I found so far:

  • Start to finish reading programs
  • End of lesson assessments
  • 1,000 reading lessons
  • PRINTABLE LESSONS
  • Library of over 200 stories and songs
  • Variety of books
    • Fiction - 111
    • Friendship - 34
    • Adventures - 32
    • Nonfiction - 31
    • Laugh Out Loud - 25
    • Uniqueness - 25
    • Cleverness - 24
    • Determination - 23
    • Family - 18
    • Folktales and Fables - 17
    • Biography - 17
    • About the World  - 14
    • Kindness - 14
    • Poetry - 10
  • Dozens of decodable readers
  • Off line access
  • Easy navigation for young students
  • Videos
  • Parent Flyer
  • Parent Email
  • Trackable progress
[SAMPLE PHOTO BELOW OF THE BOOKSHELF INSIDE THE HOMER LOG IN FOR TEACHERS]


IT'S FREE FOR EDUCATORS:

FREE you say? Yes, FREE!  To be completely honest when I saw the whole subscription of $7.99 after the free month trial I lost interest very quickly, but after reading more on the program I found that it is FREE for all educators. Yes, FREE!  Educators can verify their e-mail via signing up on their website.  This was a very easy process unlike others that I have experienced in the past.  Educators have free access to track up to 32 students.  The program is extremely easy to use = no training required!

LINK TO HOMER - FREE TEACHER ACCESS


THERE IS AN APP:

Who does not love an APP?  It is easy to install and available on multiple devices. The app is available in both the Apple APP and Google Play Store.  I was able to download the Homer APP in multiple areas log my child and pick up where we had left off on the previous device.




THE APP COVERS AGES 2 - 8:

AGES 2-3: Introduces letters, sounds, colors, shapes, rhyming, and vocabulary.
AGES 3+: Builds strong letter phonics, while learning to read small cvc words and spell.
AGES 5-8: Focuses on fluency and practice, practice, practice.

The neat part about setting up the account for each child is there is a questionnaire that covers their interest to ensure relevant material is used in their educational plan.

MINIMAL TIME PER DAY:

A big draw back to most programs used to assist with literacy is the time spent per day requirement.  Homer only 'requires' 15 minutes per day to increase students skill sets.  I can say from personal experience my son easily played on the APP for this time limit and constantly asked to play more games as he was challenged by many as he continued to get initial games correct.


Note: Homer is aligned with Common Core and would have to be converted to Texas TEKS.  Homer is not intended to replace ELAR instruction or guided reading with one-on-one assistance from an educational professional.  

7.26.2018

Positive Quote Posters


ABOUT MORALE MAGIC POSTERS

Morale Magic offers content, morale survey, action planning, activities, and POSTERS! That's right these posters are used to divide up the months of the book.  There are a total of thirteen posters total that can be used in a hallway, front office, or personal office.



PRINTING, LAMINATING, AND HANGING

First, I went through the Morale Magic eBook and selected just the poster pages to print.  I printed the above posters on regular 8.5X11 110LB card stock.  Next, I ran each one through my laminator to give the posters a little extra durability.  This process is straightforward and can be completed within about 20 minutes.  


I chose to hang nine total on a blank wall in my office using a nine square look.  The rest will be used at the New Teacher Academy for our district as prizes and decor throughout the training room.  Clear Scotch hanging squares were used at first but then replaced with Command Poster Strips.  


Posters can also be printed in poster size 11X14 through Vista Print or any other printing website as well.  

Before




After



CLICK HERE: To Purchase ebook Morale Magic

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6.24.2018

INEXPENSIVE ENERGY BOOSTERS FOR YOUR NEXT TRAINING

When planning a training or morale booster the right items are critical to enhance the content delivered.  This month, Stephanie from Principal Principles and I presented at TEPSA's Summer Conference.  Our presentation was over the release of our new book Morale Magic, 500+ pages of activities, morale boosters, instructional reflections, and social gatherings.  This presentation was upbeat, fun, and competitive (yes competitive).  The 1000+ audience was split into two teams to compete with activities presented throughout the hour.  A key component when planning this presentation was audience interaction.  Without the interaction, the activities would not be the same.  The same concept goes with staff on a campus or in a training.  Audience/staff interaction is the key to a successful training.  

To top your training off, do not forget the music! To find a great playlist that was used during our presentation CLICK HERE. 






POMPOMS
After much deliberation between items to use during this presentation, we decided on pompoms and siren whistles as our two big items to distribute to the audience.  These two items are easy to tote, not bulky for the audience to use, and fun to use.  Not only do multi color pompoms look great when waved in the air, they are fairly inexpensive to purchase and can be re-used on a campus if desired as well.  For our presentation we chose white, black and gold pompoms to match our book theme.  School colors can be easily used for back to school trainings in August. 
(*Note* Gold, Silver or any metallic colors are typically priced differently due to the type of material) 
[Purchasing Information: StumpsParty]



SIREN WHISTLES

After searching the web and not finding a bulk inexpensive kazoo I stumbled upon bulk colorful siren whistles.  These were great because they are small and loud! These whistles can be purchased from Amazon and at a great price (.33 cents each)!  The siren whistles will be packaged 1 dozen to a pack so to prepare for our presentation I unpackaged all individual sacks and put into one large bag for easy distribution. There are also Lip Shaped Siren Whistles that I have used at previous events are are fun and generate the same LOUD sound. 






OTHER EASY TO IMPLEMENT ITEMS:


  • Various Party Whistles
  • Kazoos
  • Squeaky Pool Toys
  • Spirit Clappers
  • Beach Balls
  • Balloons
  • Rally Rags
  • Sunglasses
  • School Spirit Leis
  • Small Megaphones 



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