Monaco Lane Curriculum for Early Literacy

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Monaco Lane Curriculum for Early Literacy
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Take your students on an unforgettable journey into the world of literacy with original curriculum by Monaco Lane.
 
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This document includes eleven different number grids (1-100) for counting by twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes, sevens, eights, nines, tens, elevens, and twelves. Each grid has blank spaces that students fill in with the multiples for the number
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Students cut pictures apart, decide which have short vowels and which have long vowels, then glue the pictures below the puppet that teaches the correct vowel sound. These vowel sorts feature Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets and original graphics
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This packet has two activity pages for every three chapters of James and the Giant Peach. In my class, we read three chapters every Friday (lasting 13 weeks). Students draw and write about characters, favorite scenes, settings, and main events. They
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Teacher’s Creatures Phonics Puppets are a set of 26 printable alphabet stick puppets that introduce beginning readers to phonics. Each puppet tells a simple, memorable story that teaches a letter sound and corresponding body motion. A list of
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My Large Alphabet Cards measure 5 in. x 8 in. and were illustrated by my husband :) Each card features its letter in uppercase and lowercase form with a charming illustration and instructional dots and arrows for handwriting. Cards can be printed,
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This is an alphabetic version of my free download “Write Your Numbers Right” that teaches correct letter formation with clear, simple instructions. The instructions are consistent with those found in my Teacher’s Creatures Beginning Handwriting
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This document includes 4 different place value mats for a card game and four different page options (ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands) for mini books about number words and place value. Also included: a number names chart and instructions for
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My Mini ABC Cards measure 1.5 in. x 2 in. and were illustrated by my husband :) Children learn to associate letter sounds with the pictures on the cards. Cards can be printed, cut out, and laminated, then students can identify or arrange them in
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This is a kindergarten response packet for Charlotte's Web including 1 cover page, 3 pages for drawing characters, 11 pages for drawing and describing plot events, 6 pages for drawing and describing different settings, 1 page for drawing and
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The Teacher's Creatures Beginning Handwriting Workbook is a printable PDF handwriting workbook that teaches children how to write each letter of the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase form. It also teaches children to read and write CVC words using
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Teacher’s Creatures Phonics Puppets A-Z (Student Set to Color and Take Home) are a set of 26 printable alphabet stick puppets (black and white outlines of the original puppets) that students can color and attach to a tongue depressor, then take home
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The Teacher's Creatures Chunk Neighborhood is a collection of 8 word family houses (and one puddle!) for the digraphs SH, TH, and CH, the R-controlled vowels AR and ER-IR-UR, and the vowel chunks OW-OU, OY-OI, and OO, and the silent letters B, G, H,
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Students read words, decide which have short vowel sounds and which have long vowel sounds, then write the words below the puppet that teaches the correct vowel sound. The words used in these vowel sorts match the pictures used in my cut-and-paste
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The Teacher’s Creatures Alphabet Strip features pictures of all 26 Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets A-Z in alphabetical order. You can print and laminate several copies for your class or one for each child. Students can use the strips as a
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The Monaco Method for Early Literacy is an integrated literacy program based on Teacher’s Creatures Phonics Puppets. I have been using it since 2004 to teach kindergarteners and first graders how to read, write, and spell with complete success. My
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This is a set of 9 monthly calendars for the full months in the 2018-2019 school year (September-May). (The featured image is old!) The calendars are scaffolded, introducing a new skill each month and progressing with the development of your
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This packet has one activity page for every three chapters of James and the Giant Peach. Students draw and do some writing (and tracing) about characters, favorite scenes, settings, and main events. They also work with adjectives, verbs, and
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Take your students on a walk to "read" license plates (identify their letters and numbers). In class, they can create their own using this template. All 50 states are included. There are seven light grey boxes distributed across the space to help
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I read one chapter per week to kindergarteners and first graders, making the book last 15 weeks (or about one semester). This packet has 1 response page per chapter. Students draw characters, favorite scenes, settings, and specific details about the
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Teacher’s Creatures Chunk Puppets are a set of 9 printable stick puppets that teach the sounds for the digraphs SH, TH, and CH, the R-controlled vowels AR and ER/IR/UR, the vowel chunks OW/OU, OY/OI, and OO (as in book) and the silent letters
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My name is Andrea Monaco Randall. I have been teaching kindergarten and first grade at Santa Cruz Children’s School in California since 2003. I also taught preschool from 2000-2003 just after graduating from Sonoma State University with a multiple subject (ECE emphasis) credential. I made my first set of Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets in 2004, and have been using them to teach reading, spelling, and handwriting since then with great success. In 2011, during my eighth year at SCCS, my mentor and co-teacher, Adele Gardner, inspired me to share my ideas with the world. Now, in addition to teaching and raising my two-and-a-half-year-old son, I have a small business called Monaco Lane: Curriculum for Early Literacy. It has become a family business of sorts; I make the Teacher’s Creatures Phonics Puppets and word family houses, my husband illustrates the workbook, flashcards, and puppet outlines (and maintains the website: www.monacolane.com) and my mom makes the Teacher’s Creatures Letter Bags. I use each and every Monaco Lane product to teach reading in my own classroom. I hope you and your students enjoy using curriculum by Monaco Lane!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I love to get kids excited about learning. The Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets I created do just that; they teach memorable stories and body motions for each letter (including long and short vowels, as well as 6 letter chunks) that children connect with and easily recall when they are learning how to read. I feel strongly about using real, hands on educational materials in a world that is being overrun by screens and apps. My curriculum is simple, tangible, and interactive so students remain engaged and eager to learn. Handwriting is another one of my teaching passions. I had been unhappy with the traditional manuscript font found in most language arts workbooks for years. I feel it is a misrepresentation of how handwritten letters are formed and appear when written. I took matters into my own hands (literally!) and created a handwritten font called “Get Real” because I want my students to have an authentic example of handwriting. I have found that other programs use confusing metaphors and complex instructions to explain handwriting. My program, The Monaco Method for Early Literacy, uses clear, simple instructions for teaching children to write, focusing on two things: where the letter starts and how many ‘pick ups’ it has (how many times you lift your pencil during formation). When Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets are combined with Teacher's Creatures Letter Bags, Teacher's Creatures Long and Short Vowel Neighborhoods (word family houses), The Teacher's Creatures Beginning Handwriting Workbook, and puppet outlines for children to color and take home, the result is a completely creative literacy program that will teach your class how to read, write, and spell year after year.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Shining Teacher Moments: 1.) When a student reads a word by making the motions and sounds of the phonics puppets related to each letter. 2.) When (on "Thankful Thursday") a student says, "I am thankful for the puppets because they teach me the letters of the alphabet." and 3.) When a student tells their mom to drive faster on the way to school or is sad about going on vacation because they don't want to meet missing a puppet.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I grew up in Boulder Creek, California, attended San Lorenzo Valley High School, and graduated from Sonoma State University, where I earned a BA in communications and a multiple subject credential with an emphasis in preschool through third grade. I have been teaching kindergarten at a private school since 2003, where I have been given the freedom to create and use my own curriculum. Over the years I have been able to teach many children, fine tuning and adjusting my curriculum along the way so that what I am selling today will fit the needs of your students. I continue to learn and grow with each passing year as a teacher, and am always looking for new ideas, inspiration, and curriculum that will enhance the learning in my classroom and yours!

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I formally presented my curriculum for the first time at the annual Asilomar Reading Conference in January of 2012. It was a very valuable experience for me as a person, a teacher, and a businesswoman! I look forward to displaying at The PK1 Conference in Santa Clara on January 18-20, 2013. For more information and curriculum, visit my website: www.monacolane.com. To watch Teacher's Creatures Phonics Puppets in action, search "Teacher's Creatures" on Youtube. To stay up-to-date on the happenings in my classroom, new curriculum, and special sales, follow my blog at teacherscreaturesphonicspuppets.wordpress.com. I also feature FREE instructions and worksheets for creating magical homework kits for kindergarten.

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