Our class Christmas tree... The kids could write the sight words on their Christmas tree paper or ornament paper. Then, after we did this, they've just been playing with the blocks. It's amazing the sentences and words I hear as they play. Note to self: Put sight words on EVERYTHING.
Since the children are getting so good at writing their names, and since they write names on every paper all day, I have the kids do different, quick things in the morning when they arrive to "sign in." One of the things we do is Rainbow Class Sight Words. I watch as each child writes each word with a marker to be sure everyone forms the letters correctly and can read the word to me. It takes no time at all, and is a great quick assessment. In the new year, the children will begin writing their first and last name as they "sign in" each day. They love that, too. We do all different things. Some days, I'll write a "5" on top of the paper when they sign in, and they have to write an addition fact for five. Arrival time is a great time for quick review - that really doesn't take any time from your day!
My friend Amy got each of us on our grade level this fabulous gift. I don't know how much she paid for them, but they are worth a million dollars. Thank you, Amy! <3 Our lines are straight as an arrow and quiet. (Well- as straight and quiet as they can be in the middle of December when everyone is full of EXCITEMENT...) I hold it as I walk around and watch them work sometimes. They love it! During free choice, I "scanned" in pictures of all the great things the kids built so I could send the pictures to Santa.
And finally, I loved this idea shared by The Bubbly Blonde Teacher. We have deliveries all day, several times a day thanks to Amazon Prime. And boy do we appreciate our delivery drivers! My lettering isn't as fancy as hers, but idea is all hers!