Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Free SECRET STORIES® Math Anchors with Highlighted Phonics "Secrets!"

Happy Spring..... and Happy Easter!!!

I'm guessing that most of you are either in the middle of, or soon to begin a well-deserved Spring Break! 

I just wanted to make this quick post so that no one missed out on a second chance to grab a couple of quick freebies that will be in the Free Download Window over the next couple of days! 

I also wanted to let everyone know that I finally received word a week ago that the recipient of my stem cell donation last February to an unknown 21 year old male w/ Stage 4 Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma was SUCCESSFUL! Not only successful, but he is now ONE HUNDRED PERCENT HEALTHY!  

And to receive such long-awaited (and amazingly awesome!) news just before Easter makes this special holiday the best one EVER! 

If you're not already signed-up to be a donor on BE THE MATCH, I would encourage you (as well as your college-age or older children!) to do so!  It's easy, and it's free when done in conjunction with any blood donation. Otherwise, you can request a 'swab' to be sent to donate through the BE THE MATCH website, although there is a $50 donation to register this way.  However, if you are under 45, the donation is only suggested, not required, as younger donors, especially minorities, are so desperately needed! 

Now on to the freebies.....

First, back in the Free Download Window (just in case you'd missed it last time!) are the SECRET STORIES Alphabet Mini-Mats (as seen with Mrs. Mac in the picture below.... and love the red "secret story" dress!!  Lol!)

They're perfect for use as individual student references, especially when working on simultaneous mastery of the "Secrets" and the individual letters and sounds via The Better Alphabet Song and the Letter Runs musical brainteasers!   

SECRET STORIES Alphabet Mini-Mat

Second, are the SECRET STORIES Shape Anchor Posters with highlighted SECRET STORIES phonics patterns!

*highlighted Mommy e making say its name!
*highlighted al-SECRET and 'Babysitter Vowel' a making o say its name!
*highlighted cy-SECRET and er-SECRET

And for those who haven't already downloaded it, the Free SECRET STORIES Mini-Sampler!

And finally, just in case you missed them last time, the Calendar SECRETS 
Calendar SECRETS, last but not least, this short video clip that will make you "re-think" what you tell learners everyday at Calendar about the letter y

The"Lie about Y"

In closing, (and to make you laugh!) here are some first graders talking about how the book they're reading in guided group is (in their words) "throwing-up" SECRETS....

"This book is just 'throwing-up' SECRETS!"

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday~

PS  If you're only following me here on my blog, and haven't yet found me on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, I would strongly encourage you to, as while I do my best to announce and share all of my free teaching finds & "too-neat-not-to-keep" teaching tools here, the only way to be sure not miss anything is to stay connected!


  1. CHRISTINE BALLARDMarch 26, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    The stem cell donation! AMAZING! What an incredible email!!!!! So glad you shared!

    Thank you for the freebies! I am encouraging my principal to adopt your phonics programs. Your program is incredible!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing such fabulous knowledge with the world!

    Kind regards,
    Christine Ballard
    Reading Teacher
    H. H. Beam Elementary

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  3. The "secrets" are just incredible, and all of the teachers at my school use them, from our prek to our 4th and 5th (we're Title I) They've helped our school move from one of the lowest performing to one of our district's 'Top Ten!'

    I only wish I'd found them sooner, as I feel so guilty that I didn't have them to explain all of the lettter sound variations to my previous classes. EVERY child deserves to know WHY the letters "do what they do!"

    THANK YOU for making READING make so much SENSE!!!!