Sunday Morning Coffee and POW


POW is one of my all-time favourite games for practicing sight words.  It’s so simple and cheap to make and, the best part – kids love it!  I have several POW games in the classroom with various sets of grade 2 sight words, but today I’m working on the DOLCH List 1 for my daughter.  They are using DOLCH words in her grade 1 class this year. 

To make a POW game all you need to is:

  • List of Words you want to practice
  • popsicle stick (some like to use foam, I usually use wood)
  • sharpie
  • cup (or some type of container to pull the sticks from)

First you’ll need to print your list words on the end of the popsicle sticks. 


I like to include each words two times.  It makes the game longer and gives more practice of each word.  But, it also means that you can switch it up and use these same sticks to play MEMORY!

Next, you will need to make some POW sticks.  I like to include 3, but you can make more of less.


The last step is to put them all (words down) in a cup or container….super easy!


How do you play POW?

You and your child will take turns drawing sticks from the cup.  When you draw a stick you must read the word aloud in order to keep it.  Keep taking turns drawing sticks and reading words until someone draws POW.  The player who draws POW must put all their words back in the cup.  Play can continue until 3 POWs have been drawn or until someone gets a certain number of sticks, which you can decide on at the beginning of the game.

I like to use the “No Excuses” Spelling words from Nelson Language Arts Teacher’s Resource Books in my classroom.  They closely align with the NB curriculum.


But the DOLCH sight words are still very popular and are a great resources as well.  I’m including some copies of both so you can easily make several games.

I hope you have lots of fun playing this game at home.  My example with popsicle sticks and a cup is as basic as you can get, but if you come up with something a little ‘craftier’ I would love to see your results!

Terry Fox Walk


This year our School Terry Fox Walk will be on Thursday, Sept. 27th.  Students are encouraged to bring in one dollar as a donation.  We will join Inglewood School in the afternoon to take part in this activity.

Thursday is also our “Pink Day” for anti-bullying awareness.  Students are encouraged to wear pink on Thursday to demonstrate that they are standing up against bullying.


David Goes to School


I’m having so much fun being back in the classroom, and I’m so lucky to have such an amazing team to work with! All of our grade two classrooms read “David Goes to School” during our first week back. It was a fun way to refresh everyone’s ideas about classroom rules. Mrs. Shipley found a great craft to go along with the book and we all wrote our own school rules on cards to go with our “David’s”.

Letter Writing to Miss Nelson

I love “Miss Nelson is Missing”.  I’ve loved it since I was in school!  So, when our box of books I ordered from the library arrived, I was really excited to find it buried in with all the other treasures.  I knew I wanted to use it, but didn’t know quite how to turn it into a writing lesson.  An evening spent searching the internet inspired some ideas.

I created this very basic letter template:

We read the book and talked about how we could convince Miss Nelson to come back to school.  The kids brainstormed lots of good ‘describing’ words for their feelings.  We talked about some basics of letter writing and off they went.

Thanks Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp!


Classroom Tour

We started our year with a little classroom tour.  It’s really important that all the students feel comfortable in their class and feel ownership of this space.  Here is what our classroom looks like so far…


Welcome Back to School 2012-2013

This is an exciting year for me!  I’m just returning from my maternity leave and I’m very excited to be sharing my class with Mrs. Burley this year.  Being in the classroom part-time is the best of both worlds for me right now.  I’m lucky to have some days at home with my 1 year old, Forrest.  I also get to spend some time (as a parent) with my daughter, Lily in her grade 1 classroom.  But, I love teaching and I’m very excited to be back and to get to know all the unique little people in our classroom this year.

I hope that you will take advantage of my blog this year.  You will find lots of resources, games, and information about your child’s learning goals here.  If there is something you’re looking for, just let me know.  Please have a look around.  I’m still working on updating everything for this school year, so you’ll see lots of changes over the next couple of weeks.  You can subscribe to my blog and receive updates when there are new posts.  This is a great way to stay in touch with what your child is doing each week, even if you are not able to make it in!

Happy Back to School Season!

Mrs. Rickett Nadeau