Tuesday 23 September 2014

Ahead of Myself Halloween Freebie

Well I keep saying I am gong to get more organised and think ahead and By George I actually think I've been able to do that this week so in order to celebrate and maybe help others I am sharing a resource I have made for next month to link with Halloween (but only tentatively as I have one or two parents who do not like this particular theme!)

I know how difficult it is to find the time to do all that the government now says we have to accomplish in the classroom on a daily basis so I am always looking for ways to combine learning, over learning, handwriting skills, grammar skills, reading skills as well as literacy during literacy lessons.  This little resource manages to do all that as well as allow for differentiation of your own making by having blank cards included for you to use!

I have used this type of resource before and find it helps with independent learning and anything that uses clothes pegs is always a hit with my children (whether they are old or young for some reason!!)

I have also played "Witches and Wizards School" with my children so this resource also ties in neatly with that.  Basically the children have five word sentences that are jumbled up and they need to sort them out using numbered clothes pegs so they can read the sentence in the correct word order and it makes sense.  This helps children with their reading for meaning as well as focuses them on the importance of capital letters and full stops/periods as clues to sentence building.  Where words come in a sentence reinforces grammar and copying out their correctly un-jumbled sentences allows them to focus on their handwriting skills and leaving spaces between words.  All vital skills - I'm sure you'll agree.

So if you want to take a look and download the pdf file be my guest and just click on the button below.  Please leave me some feedback if you do and maybe any other ideas on how you could use it even more creatively within the classroom.  I'd love to know :-)

(The wonderfully spooky font is one that Cara over at her Creative Playground is sharing - "Halloween Spider" http://carascreativeplayground.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-spookiest-halloween-fonts-and.html
so take a peek you might find some more resources to help you get ahead for Halloween?)


  1. I love your Witches and Wizards sentence writing! That definitely makes them realize that they read for meaning! Great idea! You ARE ahead of the game! Good for you! :) Can you believe it's almost October?! Yikes!

  2. Thank you, Carolyn - September is just whizzing by so quickly! Hope this is a helpful pre-start to October :-)