Monday, September 17, 2012

Inventive Spelling Freebie!



Back-to-school night is tomorrow and I have soooo much to do to get ready!

I thought I would share a quick freebie before I finish stressing out getting my ducks in a row for the big night!

I don't know about your BTS night, but ours is solely informational! No kids, no fun, no games, just me, the parents and the 4-1-1. Nerve-wracking. I get very nervous in front of crowds. Especially crowds full of "grown-ups". I turn into a full-blown Chandler Bing, awkard jokes and all. Last year, I managed to call a dad overweight when sitting in the tiny first grade chairs. I don't know how it happens.... it just does.... *sigh*.

The first grade team gives out a whole packet about our homework policy, nightly reading folders, report cards/grading information and our brand-new snack policy. Bla bla bla, I have to get rid of my Kiss Your Brain Jar, bla bla bla. Tears.

My colleague, Janie, gave me this letter a couple years ago to send home to parents to help explain inventive spelling. I loved it, so with her permission, I gave it a little re-vamp and I am offering it up to you all as a freebie!

Here is mine:
If you click the image you can download the editable powerpoint to fill in your own name and change the date.

Enjoy!

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28 comments:

  1. That is so perfect. I LOVE IT!!! I can't figure out how to edit it but I think I'll just leave your name on it. Maybe my parents will think I'm using inventive spelling for my name (tee hee). Thanks for the post.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

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    1. Stacy!! Thanks for the bloggy love! If you download it through googledocs it SHOULD open as a powerpoint so you can change your name and the date. Let me know if it doesn't work :)

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  2. (Whoops I put the wrong html code for my blog, so here is my comment with correct html)
    I absolutely love that letter! Isn't it funny how you can still read it with that spelling!! BTW I feel your pain about parent night, ours is the same and I am usually a very confident speaker but usually end up saying something about teachers and drinking???? What? I'm sure that somehow the message gets across (;
    Tania
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

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    1. lol! I'm glad it's not just me, Tania! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. That letter is such a great idea! We're just starting to write more and I'm putting smiley faces on papers that parents may not think are so smiley...due to the spelling! I think I'll be sending this note home with my families this week!
    Thanks and good luck with BTS Night!

    A Pirates Life for Us

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    1. I know exactly how you feel - I alwayyysss have parents telling me their children can't spell anything and it is such a struggle for them as parents... I just remind them to let it go! This letter has been a help the past couple years, so I hope it helps you too! Thanks for the good luck!

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  4. I love this letter and will definitely be using it. Such a great idea, thanks!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  5. Love the letter! Thanks for sharing!
    Why do you have to get rid of your kiss your brain jar?

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

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    1. Our new snack policy is SOSOSO strict and our school could get a huge fine if they see unhealthy snacks in the classroom. I am just going to replace my hershey kisses with stickers or something... they've just been very helpful the past few weeks!

      Oh wellllll :(

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I have back to school night tomorrow too. AHHH I am also very awkward. Speaking to adults for an extended period of time is just not my thing. Cute letter! Good luck tomorrow!
    Adventures in Room 5

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    1. Good luck to you too!!! I'm glad I'm not the only one who is awkward!

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  7. I love this letter!! I might share it tonight since our PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES are already beginning at week 4. Which I think is just a tad bit reeee-diculous!! (I digress)But thanks for sharing :)

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First



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    1. Already?!? whhhhaaat??? That is ridiculous! Ours got moved up too, but not that soon!

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  8. You letter is GREAT!!! Both it and your post made me laugh out loud - I soooo feel your pain on the awkward parent night jokes. I embarrass myself every. single. year. Oh well.

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  9. This is absolutely fantastic. I was giggling the whole time and it is so what parents need to see. What a great way of putting it, friend!!! Hugs :)

    Kelley Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

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  10. As an educator & parent,I find this very unprofessional and disappointing. I understand the point of the letter, but think there are better ways to demonstrate the concept. The district in which I work has many residents who are not yet proficient in English. A letter like this would "go over their heads" and possibly confuse them. I believe educators should always project a professional image and this strikes me as trying to be cutesy.

    I am not insulting you. I am just expressing a difference of opinion. I am aware there are many ways of looking at things. I certainly appreciate what you are doing!

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    1. As an educator and a parent I think this is a really fun way to show parents how kids are developing. I don't think it is unprofessional at all. Maybe you feel it would be innapropriate for your population of parents, but that does not hold true for everyone.

      Corinna
      Surfin' Through Second

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  11. Your letter Is similar to one that I sent home to parents 20 years ago when I taught kindergarten. I had gone to a workshop where the presenter sent an inventive spelling letter to parents.

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  12. why can't I understand the "insistints" part? I'd love to send this home to parents but I need to understand that sentence. lol

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    1. instincts! Lol, I had to ask my friend who wrote it when I first read it too!

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    2. Oops, the word is "Insistence", not "instincts"! I'll blame auto-correct for this one :)

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing this letter! I'll definitely use it!

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  14. This is GREAT! I use one that is similar every year...love your version, too! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. Where did you get this cute boarder?

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  16. What a great letter!

    I'm a teacher in the Netherlands and I teach the little ones as they're learning how to read and write.

    I translated the letter in Dutch (well, invented spelling dutch) and will hand it out to the parents of my new group of kids next year.

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  17. I love this! What font did you use? I want the date/signature to match the text. (Yes, I am slightly OCD.)

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