My name is Tiffany Haney and I am so excited to be teaching your child this school year! I have worked in education for over 5 years; This is my first year teaching at Timber Ridge Elementary and I am proud to be a Timber Ridge Titan!
My husband TJ and I have been married for 5 years and we have one 3 year old son named Tristan. My family and I actually just recently moved to Georgia in June so we are still getting settled. Our family loves to be active, eat good, and travel. You can usually find us doing one of those three things.
I am very passionate about education and enjoy being a teacher. I look forward to working with you and your child as a team as we work toward success. Please let me know if you have any questions that I can assist you with. Always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.
Fun Learning Websites
This is a great learning site with tons of fun videos/activities for math and ELA!!- www.turtlediary.com
This math site is great for math practice!- www.ixl.com/math
Great math game practice!- www.adaptedmind.com
This site is great for learning readers!! The kids love this one!- www.starfall.com
This site has fun games for math especially!- www.gamequarium.com
Fun games, but make sure they are educational games!- www.funbrain.com
Fun educational games!- www.fun4thebrain.com
Deep Sea Phonics- www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/literacy/phonics/play/popups.html
Nouns Balloon Game- www.softschools.com/language_arts/grammar/noun/balloon_game/
Nouns and Verbs Review- www.missmaggie.org/scholastic/cleanup_eng_launcher.html
Fact and Opinion- pbskids.org/arthur/games/factsopinions/factsopinions.html
Multiple Meaning Words- www.quia.com/cb/6344.html
Multiple Meaning Words- www2.smarttutor.com/player/swf/Vocabulary_MMWords_L1_V1_T4a.swf
SIGHT WORD PRACTICE SITES:
Sight word matching game!- www.starfall.com/n/matching/sight-words/play.htm?f -
Great site for sight word practice!- www.fun4thebrain.com/English/popcornWords.html-
More site word practice~ matching games and stories!- www.mrcpl.org/literacy/lessons/sight/index.html-
GREAT MATH SITES:
Penguin Party Addition- www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/popup/popup_addition.htm
Jet Ski Addition- www.mathplayground.com/ASB_JetSkiAddition.html
Alien Addition- www.mathplayground.com/ASB_AlienAddition.html
Funky Mummy- www.ictgames.com/funkymum.html
Leapfrog Lily Pad- Counting On- www.ictgames.com/frog.html
Math Bingo (Addition and Subtraction)- www.abcya.com/math_bingo.htm
Island Chase Subtraction- www.mathplayground.com/ASB_IslandChaseSubtraction.html
Fruit Shoot Subtraction- www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/fruitshoot/fruitshoot_subtraction.htm
Eggy's Math (Addition)- www.jayzeebear.com/math/eggysworld/index.html
Benefits of Reading
Reading is “brain food”
Our brains develop as we “feed” them with experiences. The experience of reading (whether you’re the reader or the one being read to) activates and “exercises” many of the areas of the brain. The visual cortex works as your eyes track the words on the page and look at the illustrations. Your memory makes connections between what you already know about the topic of the story and its content. You integrate new information learned through reading further strengthening and growing your network of knowledge. Reading provides one of the most enriching and complex brain activities available in life.
Reading improves listening skills
What parent doesn’t want their child to be a good listener? The experience of being read to helps children develop good listening skills by keying them into the components of language. Through reading they learn to recognize phonemes (the sound building blocks of language), learn new words to add to their oral vocabularies and connect written words to their real world applications.
Reading builds early literacy skills
Before a child can read independently she must have phonemic awareness and a basic understanding of phonics. Phonemic awareness or the understanding that words are made up of distinct sounds that affect their meaning is the precursor to reading. Reading aloud to your child is one of the main ways to help him develop phonemic awareness. Beyond this, in order to read, a person must understand that there is a connection between letters and sounds. Without this knowledge letters are just squiggles on a page! When you read with your child she learns that print is a representation of the words you say aloud. Repeated experiences with reading allow this understanding to grow. The single greatest factor in a child’s ability to read is early experiences being read aloud to.
Practice makes perfect
Generally, the more time you are exposed to something and the more time you spend practicing it, the better you’ll become at performing it. This is absolutely true for reading. Research shows that children who have repeatedly been exposed to books from birth generally exhibit strong reading abilities.
Reading improves academic performance
There is a strong correlation between a child’s ability to read and her academic performance. Because so much of our schooling relies on our abilities to read, children must have strong reading skills to succeed and thrive in school.
Reading just makes “cents”
For every year that a person spends reading (either independently or being read aloud to), his/her lifetime earning potential goes up considerably. For a time investment of approximately 87 hours a year (20 minutes a day for 5 days a week), you can increase your child’s ability to support him or herself in the future considerably.
Reading improves relationships
Because we are busy it is difficult to have “quality” one-on-one time with our children without distractions. Building 20 minutes into each day for reading together provides this important bonding time. There is nothing more wonderful than snuggling a young child on your lap while reading a few storybooks aloud. Even if your child is beyond the “snuggling” stage, spending 20 minutes reading independently provides you with quiet, uninterrupted time together engaged in the same activity.