Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hello TBR! and a Genre Freebie

Hello!  I am so excited to join the wonderful teachers on TBR!!  I have been learning a lot and getting a ton of freebies.  I really liked the idea that Molly from Lucky to Be in First had about speed dating for bloggers:)

First of all my name is Kristy and and I blog over at the Phonics Phenomenon.  Here are ten facts about me so you can get to know me speedy quick!!

1.  I am a total HGTV addict.  (Luckily for me my little bro runs a Sherwin Williams)

2.  I am on level 90 of Candy Crush Saga and wish I could stop my addiction.  (I got my hubby addicted too be that good or bad:)

3.  I have taught intervention for 13 years K-5.

4.  I was a late bloomer:)  The book Leo the Late Bloomer could have been written about me.  Several years out of high school then everything clicked for me.  Maybe that is why I understand at risk kiddos so well.

5.  My kids are 10 years apart which was totally not planned and I enjoy every moment of being their mom.  ( at least most days)

6.  I have a horrible sweet tooth and love all cookies, candy, etc

7.  My husband and I finally went to the darkside and got a Toyota Sienna this winter.  I always said I would never own a mini van but I totally love it.

8.  I am Wilson trained and have a ton of phonics knowledge bouncing around in my brain.  It is pretty funny because I was taught NO phonics as a child.  Everything I know I learned as an adult.

9.  One of my favorite places is Charleston, South Carolina.  Historic and the beach all rolled into one.

10.  I am one of four siblings and grew up in a three bedroom house with only one bathroom.  I am still trying to figure out how we survived:)

Right now I am in full classroom organization mode!  I have moved rooms two years in a row so I feel lucky to be staying put this year!  One thing I struggle with is remembering what books I have for all of my intervention groups so I have been trying out the app ibookshelf and so far so good.  One hundred down and not even sure how many hundreds left to go.......hmmm I many have forgotten to mention that I have a total book addiction!

Here is a peek at what the app looks like.

One of the things my new app does is sort books according to a genre.  As an interventionist, I have been trying to talk to students about genres as early as kindergarten.  I was amazed that kids really can understand and "get it" at such a young age.  One of the things that I have done to aide in this process is using visual genre cards.  I have changed them several times and I think I am finally happy with this version.  I can't wait to hear what you think!

I hope you enjoy this little freebie:)  If you would like the full version it is available at my TPT store(the most current version may not be up yet but it soon will be).  Make sure you check out PHONICS FRIDAY on my blog the Phonics Phenomenon!!  I would love to have you stop by!!

Until next month:)  

The Phonics Phenomenon


  1. I stopped playing Candy Crush long enough to read your post and leave you a comment! Sister, you have a ways to go to catch up with me :) good for you organizing all those books! You can do mine next!

  2. Hello and welcome to TBR! I have a question about iBookshelf, is it stored online somewhere so you can access it on multiple devices or only on the one device? This has been on my to do list for a while!

  3. I am intrigued by ibookshelf. Can you scan books or check books out with it as well? thanks!

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

  4. I just started messing with it this week so I am a beginner. You scan books to log them in but you can't use it to scan to check books out like a library. You can mark the book as lent out or borrowed if you want to document that kids have checked the books out. I am not positive that it can be shared between devices but I am pretty sure you can because you can back it up with dropbox. Your question caused me to investigate the app further and I realized that I can access my library on my computer as well through and IP address and you can search it. Very cool. The app cost me 1.99 so it was totally worth it. Any more questions feel free to ask:)