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The "SECRETS" of the Super Hero Vowels (from "The Secret Stories")

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If you have always wanted to try the "SECRET STORIES- Cracking the Reading & Writing Code with the Brain-in-Mind!" then this plump little pack of "Vowel-Secrets" is the perfect "appetizer" for both you AND your students!

(NOTE: The pack targets just the VOWEL SOUNDS ONLY and does not contain all of the SECRET STORIES, as seen on the SECRET STORIES website. If you would like more information, or would like to order the complete SECRET STORIES Classroom Kit, please visit www.TheSecretStories.com)

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Did you know that there are "grown-up reading and writing secrets" about WHY letters DON'T make the sounds that they SHOULD in so many words? Knowing the "SECRETS" of our language makes teaching reading and writing a breeze, even at the early grade levels, as learners enjoy EASY-access to even the hardest phonemic skills!
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Ripped from the pages of the "SECRET STORIES," this pack provides EVERYTHING needed to teach (and assess!) the long and short vowel sounds for Reading AND Writing.... .... as well as the "SECRETS" about which sound they will make when "Mommy E," "Sneaky Y," or even the "Babysitter Vowels" are around!

Even the "Super-Sonic-Phonic-Blender" has been thrown in to build up learners' skill-automaticity through 'sound-manipulation' practice super-fast decoding and encoding!

"TEACHING THE VOWELS WITH THE BRAIN-IN-MIND"
The brain-based tools in this pack make learning the short vowel sounds as simple as a game of ‘Pretend!’

Through use of dramatic, action-based cues, learners literally "fall" right into each of the short vowel sounds, and with no "cognitive-processing" required!! Instead of trying to "learn and recall" their sounds, it is the “social-emotive” center within the brain that takes in the information, thus allowing it to be instantly acquired and immediately accessible!
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All of the vowels are "Super Heroes" with a SUPER POWER to "say their name!" (think 'Clark Kent' in Superman!) When not using their super powers, however, each will be in a 'SHORT-N-LAZY" disguise, so as to avoid being recognized! For example, when "Short-e" is being "SHORT-N-LAZY" she will just plop an old lady bun on her head and pretend she can't hear, saying "EHHHHH??", what did you say... EHHH????" ........ "Short-u" just sits in the back of the class and pretends not to never know the answer.... "Uhhhhhh......uhhhhhh..."
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By simply aligning otherwise random phonemic skill to the way the brain learns, they are made easily accessible and immediately available for use in reading and writing..... and by ALL learners and at ALL ages!! No more telling them "It just is... It just does... You just have to remember...." when it comes to reading, writing and spelling, as now you have the "SECRETS!"

These brain-based tools will forever change the way you teach these critical literacy skills.... plus, you will LOVE using them because learners begin applying them IMMEDIATELY in their reading and writing!

I hope these "vowel-secrets" inspire you to want to share ALL of the "SECRET STORIES" with your students, as you guide them through the Brain's BACKDOOR, instead of the traditional 'front!' :)
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This item may be used as BOTH a flexible supplement to the SECRET STORIES Classroom Kit, as well as a ‘stand-alone’ strategy-bundle.

To view a YouTube Video Clip of Katie's VLOG about the "Super Hero Vowels," go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sd0CWsCrbgQ !!



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LOVE LOVE LOVE the stories! Love the posters. Some of my students even took to making up their own stories. That was awesome bc I knew they really understood it and would remember their own better! I even use these with my pre-schoolers now! Easier for them to understand the 2 sounds of vowels. They love looking for the superhero vowels and pretending to put on their cape to say the long sound.
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Don't know if this product has been changed since the person complained that it didn't have the stories-because it does! She also has a fab vlog on youtube that explains most of it and how to introduce. I really am hooked in on the secrets!~
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On  April 12, 2013,  Buyer said:
Your advice is golden! I have watched your vlogs, etc. and used your ideas in my class and it the lessons work like magic! Thanks
On  April 15, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Well I am SO glad you are finding everything helpful!! I have really tried to put some bits and pieces of the "whole" Secret Stories approach out there here, through the VLOG, facebook, etc.., so as to get into the hands of teachers that still might not know about "the easy way" to teach these skill :)

Hopefully, getting much of it down in my upcoming book with Stenhouse will really do the trick!!!

Thanks again for your kind comments.... they are MUCH appreciated!
Be sure to keep in touch with any questions along the way,
Katie :)
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Great way to reinforce vowel sounds. My first graders seem to be "getting" their vowel sounds easier with this program. Thank you for sharing.
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This has a lot of great ideas, but I don't feel like everything I need to implement them is provided. I also wish the background wasn't in red because it will use up way too much ink to print.
On  March 2, 2014Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Dear Rachel,
I assure you that it has everything needed to work through all of the vowel Secrets, plus, it even includes the Blender Pack, as well as some extra 'sample-Secrets' so as to be able to take that next step toward comprehensive use....

As for the red, brain-based research shows that it is the most beneficial for displaying 'formulamatic' content (like phonemic patterns) as it offers the highest rate of recall/ visual acuity among learners.

I hope you will give it a try as I think you will see quickly that it works!!
Thanks and let me know if you have any additional questions,
katie
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Do you have the mini secret stories so we can make notecards out of them for the kids to take home?
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Can you provide sample posters that don't require using so much color ink? I'd love to give your materials a try, but I have to conserve ink, and printing them in black and white would be just too dark. I love the stories, and your blog and website provide great support for implementation. It's a lot to pay, though, for something I can't print and use.
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I bought the book and was totally impressed! I bought the funky border teacher edition. I just had a problem of where to put it in my room! Then I was looking and you had the vowels here. Thank you thank you! I love the smaller size.
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My students love learning the secret sounds.
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I really LOVE these stories! I can't wait to share them with my kindergarten class next week. I really think it is going to make a difference in their writings. Thanks!
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On  March 30, 2013,  Deidre W. said:
Love this! Wish some of the smaller pages were bigger.
On  April 15, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
I couldn't use the larger poster size as offered in hard copy/ published format in the complete Secret Stories Kit, as no one would be able to download them and print them out themselves. The standard photocopy paper is the norm for download purchase/ printing.

The visuals are bigger in the actual Secret Stories Kit that are available on the website (the one that contains ALL of the patterns/ sounds, not just the vowels) are all printed in poster-size. It contains the Secret Stories book and automaticity CD, as well, but it is published material, not downloadable. You are welcome to check those out as well if you like at wwwSecret.Stories.com :)

Thanks and feel free to let me know if you have any questions! Katie
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On  February 22, 2013,  Sarah H. said:
My Kindies and 1st graders LOVE this! I bought the program but I like the different sizes of the posters and colors. Wish this was avail for all the stories when you buy the hard copy of the book.
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On  March 1, 2014Liana Woolwine (TpT Seller) asked:
Do you have the little flash cards to go along with this. I am very disappointed I thought this would come with a lot more things for $12.00 it is missing a lot of secret stories.
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On  March 2, 2014Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Dear Liana,
I'm not sure what flash cards you're referencing? As for the vowel pack missing the "Secrets," I think you might be confusing it with the actual Secret Stories Classroom Kit, as it is the only source for the "Secrets" in their totality, and is available ONLY as a hard copy/ published book, posters and CD.

To avoid this type of confusion, the very beginning of the product description states-

"PLEASE NOTE: The pack targets just the VOWEL SOUNDS ONLY and does not contain all of the SECRET STORIES, as seen on the SECRET STORIES website. If you would like more information, or would like to order the complete SECRET STORIES Classroom Kit, please visit www.TheSecretStories.com"

As clarified above, this pack was meant as a resource to teach the "Secrets" of the vowels only, not all of the "Secrets." I did, however, include some sample "Secrets" with it as an 'extra' for the purpose of encouraging teachers to take the next step with the "Secrets" and use them for teaching ALL of the phonemic patters comprehensively.

I hope this helps clarify, and so you know, if you do ever decide to use the Secret Stories in totality and get the Classroom Kit, you'll still use your vowel pack constantly, as teachers who have both love the flexibility of use with regard to the various size options and ability to reproduce it, whereas with the published poster and book set, this is not an option.

Thanks again for your question, and feel free to touch base again should you have anymore,
katie
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On  September 24, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Katie,
I am wondering why on the ing/and/ong poster, you did not include ung? I have a set that is black on red and purchased in 2008. I am using these in reading intervention this year. Loving them. Third edition, 2008. Thanks for your time.
Pam Nelson
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On  October 9, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
I am so sorry!! Somehow I completely missed your question...
I've been traveling to and from conferences since school started and I guess I just didn't see the email alert :(

Your question is a good one, for sure with regard to the ing, any, ing sounds, and actually, the original Secret Stories contained only the ing, although as time went on, it seemed necessary to extend the "secret" to include the additional sound options. As for ung, it occurs so infrequently that I went with the "too many cooks in the kitchen" (i.e. "too many rules with too little use") and decided to omit it.
Great question though, and please let me know if you think otherwise with regard to the number of words in which you come across the 'ung' sound comparatively to the others, as I can always make additions in future editions, as needed :)

As for the posters, it sounds like you have the old edition, as now they are available in "color on red," both with and without the yellow framing, and are shown the same way in the cut-apart cards that are contained in the book, as well. I love to hear that you are using them with success, and just so you know, should you want to update just the posters, given that you already have the book, you are now able to do that through the Secret Stories website, whereas before it hadn't been possible to purchase the posters, only. If you decide to do this, I always suggest to teachers that they use their current posters to make a take-home big book for students to share with/ educate parents, each taking it home on a rotating basis.
I hope this helps, and again, I am soooooooo sorry for the long delay in responding!!
Warmest Regards, and keep the questions coming when you have them.... as yours was quite astute and much appreciated (ps I'll be looking for a list of ung words from you, as now you've got me curious!!! Lol! ;)
Katie
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On  June 25, 2013,  Kathleen H. asked:
Katie,
I am wondering if you will eventually have an update for all of us that have already purchased the full packet of "Secrets' now that you have adorably updated your 'Secrets'? I purchased mine from you at the IL Kdg. Conference and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE using them in my classroom. I have also had nothing but positive feedback from my parents (many of whom have purchased the home component).
Kathleen Conn
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On  June 25, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Hey there! That's so great to hear! Do you know what year you purchased your set, and whether or not your posters were the 'black on red' version?
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On  May 30, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Thanks so much! I can't figure out how to get the preview because it keeps telling me I already own it but I'll check back when you return.
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On  June 6, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
No problem.... I actually just uploaded the corrected file so you should be able to re-download and then just print the page that you need... let me know if you have any problem, and thanks so much again for letting me know :)
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On  May 29, 2013,  Buyer asked:
Hi- I bought this and on the "cheat sheet" for letter a it has all the words and info for letter e. It is the same as the e sheet but with an a on the top. Can I get the right sheet for "a" somehow?
Thanks!
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On  May 30, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Oh no!! I'm so sorry... I recently updated the pack to add in an additional piece and must have accidentally inserted the original draft version (which had that issue)....

I am currently out of town, but promise to correct immediately upon return early next week.

In the meantime, I will add the correct version cheat-sheet for 'a' to the preview download, so that at least you will have it right away.

And thank you SO MUCH for letting me know!
Katie :)
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On  February 23, 2013,  Buyer asked:
I don't have the Secret Stories kit. If I purchase yours will I be missing some things?

Can you direct me to the "appropriate kit"? Something beyond vowels...beyond blending...something like the "ous" sounds.

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On  February 24, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
nope! not a thing :)

The Secret Stories kit sold on the SecretStories.com site contains everything! The packs offered here are 'bits & pieces' of the actual Teachers/ Classroom Kit, one targeting just the vowels and the other, the blends, each of which are contained, in addition to all of the actual "SECRETS" in the full kit.
Hope this helps!
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On  January 25, 2013,  Kristin N. asked:
I love teaching using theses stories. I just purchased the vowel secret packet. Do you have additional resources because I still want "wh" and the others to look the same on my board. Thanks
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On  January 25, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Hi there!
I am thinking you mean to ask if there are any additional Secret Stories resources with regard to all of the other sound / phonemic patterns available here, on TPT.... like those shown on the sample cards included with the vowel pack and the Free Secret Stories Sample Pack. Aside from the Blender item I also have listed, the answer is no, as all the rest is what makes up the Secret Stories Classroom Kit, which is not available as a digital download, but is a published, hard copy item. It consists of the Secret Stories book, color posters for each of the SECRETS, and the musical/ auditory practice CD. If you want to check it out you can do so by visiting the website at www.TheSecretStories.com -

Thanks again, and do let me know if you have any other questions :)
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On  January 23, 2013,  Ashley P. asked:
Hello! I have the Secret Story book and my kids love it. They are great at acting out that Mommy e! Ha! I want to hang up the posters, but was hoping to get them in white. Is that possible? Thanks so much!
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On  January 24, 2013Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Hi! Thanks so much for the question, and unfortunately, the material is only printed on red, as per the neural research on it providing learners with the highest rate of recall for "randomly-sequenced' data (letter patterns). As learners' abilities to immediately spot these patterns in text is the number one priority, the color red is the number one choice! If you're interested in reading more about the research on red, I recently posted some articles and discussion on the Secret Stories Face Book page. That link is https://www.facebook.com/TheSecretStories

Thanks so much for your question, and I hope this info is helpful!
PS I should tell you that I did create a Secret Stories Sample pack for TPT that is free, and it does have some of the SECRETS printed without the red, given the parameters of what I was trying to work with.... you might want to check that out as well :)
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On  November 8, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Hi Katie,
We bought your Secret Story posters and companion book a few years ago (we love them by the way!), but I also bought this download because I just LOVE the stories in color!!! Anyways, after I downloaded it, I tried to save the file, but it won't let me. It says I have to have a password from the owner. Can you help me?
Thanks!
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On  November 9, 2012Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Hey!

This is actually the norm for files on TPT, as most all of clipart licensing requires that they be used only in 'flattened' pdfs, or 'locked' files, to prevent their manipulation/ copying. For this reason, they are made to be printed out, as opposed to saved/ copied. The good thing with TPT is that the site allows for unlimited access to all files that you purchase, thus effectively 'saving' it for you. Hope this helps, as we are also getting used to how everything works here, as well :) Thanks!! (and glad you are using and enjoying the SECRETS!)
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On  November 2, 2012,  Joanne S. asked:
Katie,
Can I get the link to the 'Jail house" words? I was also wondering if there was any type of folder that contains mini pictures of all of the secret pictures. I work with small groups and would love to have something to send back to class with the kids so they can refer back to the pictures when they need it.
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On  November 9, 2012Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Hi! So sorry for the delay in answering your question, as somehow I missed it!
By 'jailhouse words,' I think you mean the 'outlaw' words that I refer to in the Secret Stories, and I just recently posted some great info about this on the Secret Stories Face Book page..... you just have to scroll back to the August posts, I believe. There should also be some placards there that you can print out, as well, so as to post Outlaw Words, as they are discovered in text, "IN JAIL!'

As for the smaller size visual reference of the posters, if you go to the Secret Stories website, you can see the Student Study Pack, as I think it might be what you are referring to.... let me know if you have any questions about it once you have the chance to access the information on the site.... thanks!! Katie
On  October 29, 2012Shirley Holloway (TpT Seller) asked:
This is not a question. Just a note. I downloaded it at school. I love the secrets. They are great thanks. It must be my server. I hope I don't have to call AT&T
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On  October 30, 2012Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Thanks for letting me know.... I'm so glad it finally worked for you :)
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On  October 28, 2012,  Tammy K. asked:
Hi Katie,
First of all I would like to thank you so much for writing the Secret Story book. I have been using the secrets stories in my classroom and the kids are eating it up! I am a GLAD trainer and the philosophy of Secret Stories aligns with our GLAD strategies. I have a meeting with our staff this Thursday to give them a sampling of the Secret Stories. My principal has agreed to buy this book for any teachers at our school who are interested. My question is : Will you be expanding the format that you made for a sampling of the secret stories on TPT? Is it okay with you if I copy a few pages just to give them a taste of the secrets?
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On  October 30, 2012Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
Hi there, and first off, thanks for the sweet comment..... I'm so pleased to hear that the kids are eating up the SECRETS, as that means that THEY are beginning to drive the instruction, via their newfound 'discovery of /curiosity about' text.... which is exactly how it should be, and SO much more FUN for the teacher, as well!!

With regard to the SECRET STORIES and offering more of them, specifically, here on TPT, I really won't be adding more SECRETS, per se, although I will be 'fleshing-out' some of what is in the sampling pack, over time, so as to continue providing more brain-based connections/ routes for acquiring the critical reading and writing skills. I actually added the 'SAMPLING-PACK' for all those here who were unaware of what I and other posters were referring to in the 'Q & A' and Comment sections here, as many already 'knew of' and/or had already been using the posters, book and CD in their classrooms.

As for how best to share the SECRET STORIES with peers/ colleagues (what they are, how they work, etc...) I would suggest a couple of things..... first, definitely download copies of the 'SAMPLING' pack here on TPT, as that should provide a good overall idea, especially with the visual examples being on the same page as the corresponding 'secret.' I would also recommend, if you have internet access at the meeting, accessing the website, as there are not only SECRET STORIES samples there, but also some great video clips, writing samples, and other resources that are ideal for sharing the concepts with peers/ parents.

In regard to copying pages from the book itself, even for sharing purposes with colleagues, the copyright/ trademark protections do not allow me to give permission. What you are free to copy, however, is anything that has been made available online, most of which comes directly from all that is posted on the website, itself.

There is also a handout packet that you might want to checkout and download from the website. It is in the form of an icon that is located on the "Workshop Schedule Page" at the top on the right. If you click the icon (I think it says "handout download") then it will download the handouts typically provided at my workshops, which, although a bit rougher in format, will also provide a bit more in-depth view.

Finally, I do have a powerpoint, created by someone in a school district for the purpose of sharing the info about the SECRETS with staff also, and would be happy to forward it to you directly if you want to email me with your email address. My email is KatieGarner.Juilliard@gmail.com .... just shoot me an email sometime today and I will send it asap, as they really did a great job getting the general concepts of the SECRETS across clearly and concisely.

Thanks so much for your question and comment, and I hope to follow up and stay in touch, via email!! Warmest Regards, Katie
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On  October 9, 2012,  Joanne S. asked:
Katie,
I just bought the secrets of the super hero vowels and the cheat sheet for a had the story or e. Do you have another cheat sheet for a?
Joanne
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On  October 9, 2012Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
oh my!!! I cannot believe that no one else caught that, as I have sold TONS of them already..... ugh!! I am so sorry!! I will make the correction right now and alert the other buyers to re-download that page as well. Thank you SO MUCH for letting me know, and if you could send me your email address, I would appreciate it!! Thanks so much again, Katie :)
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On  September 30, 2012,  Buyer asked:
Katie,
Love it! I have watched every video, including the one where you were presenting. I used to be a camp director and the Secret Stories is right up my campy alley. I've used the freebies you generously offered and the kids I work with are "getting it". Teachers have told me they see them using the stories when they work with them during "Success Time". I'm trying to get the principal to buy the book for me. Just the home version since I work with small groups. I purchased the $10 long/short vowel because it's in my price range and I'm hoping to use it to show my principal an example of what the book will have. However, I can't print with that much ink. Is there a way to illiminate some of the ink to make it cheaper to print? Thank you so much for your time and your wonderful way of connecting kids to reading.

Peg
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On  October 2, 2012Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
hey there! wow, every video... hope you had some popcorn while doing so to get the 'full' cinema experience!! Lol!

I'm so glad to hear that you have been making use of the free items to get familiar with the 'backdoor through the brain' approach to literacy skill acquisition, as that is really my biggest goal here on TPT.... to shift the paradigm associated with how and when we teach these critical codes of our language!! I'm especially pleased to know that you are getting feedback from other teachers noticing your students' abilities, as that is exactly how it should be, given that we are so accustomed to the slow results of traditional methods of instruction with regard to these types of skills. Teaching them with the brain-in-mind really just blows away the traditional mindset of what kids can do, which kids can do it, and how much more quickly ALL of them move forward! Okay, I'll calm down now and jump off my soapbox..... just get so excited about this way of teaching that I can't help myself ... LOL!

As for your question, it is a good one, and you are not the first to ask it. As for why I did not initially include the black and white.... I had intended for these to be used mainly for display or manipulative purposes and covered with laminate, as opposed to 'consumable' items that the kids would take home and keep. I do realize though that the ink is expensive even for classroom use and purposes, and so I am brainstorming as to how I might alter them a bit. I will most likely try to add a greyscale option to the packet... will try to do so tonight, or if not, in the next couple of days, as am leaving for conference tomorrow. I just don't know if it will look good enough to use for the purpose these are intended. I know that the ink is expensive, but once you do get them printed, you should not have to do so again for a very long time, especially if you laminate them, and I would think you, as well as the students, would enjoy using them more with the color.

On a side note, and aside from the overall convenience and cost, the brain research done on presentation of skills for purposes of 'highest rate of recall' among learners' shows that the red background promotes a 3X higher retrieval rate than any other color or non-color combination.... just some brain-food for thought......

Thanks so much for your comments and question, and do look for some additions to the packet to come in the next few days.... will try to also include the research info on color in the description, as well, so as to clarify for others with similar concerns/ questions. Thanks again! :)
On  September 29, 2012Sara Yost (TpT Seller) asked:
Katie,
Is this just short/long vowels, Mommy E, babysitter vowels, and Sneaky Mr. Y? Or does it also include other combos like ou/ow, au/aw, or everyone's favorite the race car drivers (ir, er, ur)?

Thanks!
Sara
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On  September 29, 2012Your BAG of Teaching SECRETS answered:
It is intended to address just short/long vowels, Mommy E, babysitter vowels, and Sneaky Mr. Y, as you said, although I did also include some additional Secret Stories visuals/stories, so as to provide at least a 'taste' of how the approach extends beyond just the vowels and into the comprehensive teaching of all the letter/ sound patterns. The ones added include: the au/aw; eu/ew; th; ous; and yes, the er/ir/ur (a.k.a. "the race car drivers!") Lol!!! For these, though, I have them in only one size, each showing both the graphic as well as the story.

I hope this helps, and thanks for your question! I might try and put a 'splattering' picture of everything included in the pack later this evening, as the graphic files were so large that the system would not allow me upload more than just a few full-size pics in the Preview.
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