Free Secret Stories Phonics Poster Anchors "Appetizer" Set
Hi there!
One of the most commonly asked questions I receive is how the Secret Stories® Classroom Kits are different from the digital Secret Stories® products on TpT

Dear Katie,
I am totally in L-O-V-E with my recently purchased kit of “The Secret Stories!” My K-5 intervention reading groups are absolutely reaping amazing rewards with this resource! I really wish that I had had it years ago. Okay, enough gushing… Here’s my question:
Since I do have the classroom kit, which TpT resources would you recommend to supplement it? I am about to purchase the Guided Reader books available here, as well as “Sneaky Y’s Secret!” Are there any others supplements that I might like to consider? 
Ideally, I’d love to see all supplements listed in one place—here or on your website/blog—so that I don’t replicate parts of the full kit, but can purchase all of the additions to it. 
Thanks so much for any advice you can offer! :-)

So just in case you’ve been wondering the same thing, here’s the scoop—
First and foremost, it’s important to know that everything needed to successfully implement the Secret Stories® IS included in the classroom kits— the book, all of the posters and the musical practice CD, and that the complete classroom kits are only sold in hard copy format on the Secret Stories® website. And if you’re wondering what the difference between the three different kits— OriginalFun & Funky and Space Savers— it’s simply the look and size of the posters. There are also some hard copy supplements that teachers who use and love the Secret Stories® often get, which are the Dual-Use Placards (for hands-on manipulative use anywhere in the classroom) and the Porta-Pics (for portable use both at home as well as in the classroom). The only other important point here that I would like to make is that if you are a primary grade teacher (preK-2), go for the larger posters (as opposed to the space-savers) as your kids will be using referencing them constantly, and from everywhere in the classroom! For this reason, easy visual access is a must!
Secret Stories® Phonics Secrets Fun & Funky Classroom Kit
Secret Stories® “Fun & Funky” Classroom Kit
So now let’s talk about the Secret Stories® on TpT…
(and I’ve included thumbnail pics of some of the FREEBIES!)
All of the Secret Stories® digital products on TpT are supplemental resources that serve one or more of three purposes:

1. Flexible size options of the core Secret Stories® graphics for multi-purpose use and reproducibility, via the digital format.  Whether you already have the classroom kit and want the added flexibility of owning these core pieces in a digital format, or if you’ve never tried the Secrets, but would like to test out some bits and pieces in your classroom— the following TPT products are ideal:

FREE Secret Stories® Phonics Secrets Poster Sampler
FREE Secret Stories® Poster Sampling Set

FREE Secret Stories® Sampling
Beethoven Blends
Superhero Vowels® Phonics Secrets
Sneaky Y® Phonics SecretBabysitter Vowels® Phonics Secret
Secrets of the Superhero Vowels® & More Bundle (which includes ALL of the above)

(FYI—The “Headband Packs listed in #3 also offer the smaller size options and are ideal for home-sharing, although they are not listed in this section, as their primary purpose is to provide practice both decoding and encoding by turning the kids into manipulatives! Similarly, the Mini-Mats (in #2) and Sneaky Y’s® Secret w/ Reading Puppet (#3) are also ideal for reproducible “home-sharing!”)
2. A vertical and/or horizontal classroom alphabet with “sound-accurate” picture cues for every possible sound a letter can make when it’s by itself! Also included are duplicate poster cards for the Superhero Vowels®, Sneaky Y® and the QU secret! All too often when I visit classrooms, I see alphabet trains (or whatever you want to call the above-board alphabet display) that contain picture sound cues that are either completely inaccurate or that identify the least most-likely sound option (i.e. an orange or an oyster for the letter o, a xylophone for the letter x, etc…) The following products were created to solve this problem, as well as a couple of others!
Secret Stories® “Vertical & Horizontal” Alphabet Display
Secret Stories® Alphabet Mini-Mats (for individual student use) 
Each set has the Secrets for the individual letter sound secrets (i.e. Superhero & Short & Lazy Vowel sounds, Sneaky Y® and QU) already embedded, along with accurate picture prompts for each sound a letter can make by itself (i.e. hard and soft G and C, 3 sounds of Y, etc…)  They also make for ideal references when singing the Secret Stories® Better Alphabet Song— which teachers kids ALL of the possible sounds that the letters can make by themselves AND in the most likely order! And the vertical-display option is a life-saver when trying to keep up with the fast-paced Letter Runs while pointing to each letter as you sing its sound/sounds! (And the mini-mats are also ideal for home practice and use!)
3. Provide for authentic, targeted practice of the Secret Stories® phonics patterns and sounds. In addition to enhancing learners’ visual acuity to more quickly recognize the Secret Stores® patterns in text, the following products help learners to both see and understand how the Secrets can be applied to text to help them read and/or write words. These TpT products include:
Spotting Secrets
Calendar Secrets
Secrets Number Secrets!
FREE Math Shape Anchors
FREE Secret Stories® Math Secrets Shape Anchors
FREE Math Anchor Poster Secrets

 

FREE Secret Stories® Zoo Keeper/ M&M Writing Strategies
FREE “Write Like They Read” Zoo Keeper  and M&M Quizzes Pack
FREE Secret Stories® Fairytale Writing Pack
Free Fairytale Writing Pack!
Sneaky Y® Headband Pack                                                                                                —Babysitter Vowels® Headband Pack
 
And the Secret Stories® Guided Readers— 

 

Additionally, all of the Common Core Poster Sets (including the FREE Literacy Posters for PreK-3rd!) also contain Secret Stories® graphic references, where applicable, and the Science Sets are FREE, so be sure to check those out, as well! 
 
FREE Secret Stories® Common Core Literacy Posters for PK-3rd Grade
FREE Secret Stories® Common Core Literacy Posters for PK-3rd Grade
FREE Secret Stories® Common Core Science Posters for PK-3rd Grade
FREE Science Posters for PK-3rd! (Click here and select grade-level set desired.)
Social Studies Poster Sets are also available, as well as made-to-match “Literacy & Math Combo Sets” and “Essential Questions” sets, all of which may be accessed, by grade level, here. 
 
More Freebie “Odds & Ends”
FREE Gum Ball Grouping Pack!
Free Gumball Grouping

 

FREE Secret Stories® Phonics Reward Bucks for Guided Reading
Free Secret Stories® Reward Bucks for Guided Reading
 
FREE Class Birthday Book Writing Pack!
FREE Class Birthday Book Writing
FREE Writing "Odds & Ends" Pack
FREE “Odds & Ends” Writing Journal
(*More to be added to this one, so follow on TpT for notification of all additions!)
FREE Bag Ladies "Projects in the Round" Mini-Unit
The Bag Ladies “Projects in the Round” FREEBIE!
(plus lots more awesome Bag Ladies mini-units by Cindy Guinn and Karen Simmons!)
……Plus lots, LOTS more not listed here! Just click the “follow” button on TpT while you’re there, and be sure to subscribe here to ensure that you are first to be notified of all upcoming Secret freebies! 

I hope this helps to clarify the differences between the actual Secret Stories® Classroom Kits and the digital supplements that are offered on TpT!
Until Next Time,
Katie 

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