Friday, August 26, 2016

Five for Friday

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 new cut and paste crafts that I have added to my store.
Gloria (to go with Officer Buckle and Gloria):
Here are some random pictures of Everett torturing his best buddy!  :)
Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Apples- Centers, Printables and Crafts UPDATED

My Apples Unit just received a makeover... if you own that file, please go to "My Purchases" and download the updates for free.

Here are the new additions:
I have added 4 clip centers.
Beginning Sounds
Counting apple seeds (numbers 1-10)
Counting (numbers 11-20)
I also added 3 printables to practice the color words red, green and yellow.
This file is now 108 pages for only $5.  Click here to see it in my shop.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Back to School Ideas

I am going to share a few things I made that are useful for starting back to school.

Have you read Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal by Jeanie Franz Ransom?  I love this story!  It is a great read aloud for the beginning of the year.  I made a couple activities that can be used after reading the book.

The first activity is a scenario sort.  This is a great whole group activity for reviewing what classifies as a "squeal" and a "big deal".

After the whole group activity, students can assemble this simple pig craft that would look great displayed on a classroom door or bulletin board.  Students can write or draw a picture of an example of a "squeal" and a "big deal".

Next up, I always use this name practice activity at the beginning of every year.
I love this name activity because it practices 3 important skills:
*Name Recognition
*Color Word Recognition
*Letter Recognition

You can purchase the file here.  The file is editable and comes with easy directions that explain how to customize your class list.  This document is great to use year after year.

Teen numbers are usually tricky for Kindergarteners so I created two activities to practice them.  The first is a Color By Code activity.  It practices teen numbers by having students find hidden shapes.

The next activity also has students searching for teen numbers.
I love using these practice pages to have students review color words while also searching for capital and lowercase letters.  Two versions of each printable are available: one with counting practice and one without.

The next two activities are just for fun to place in centers for independent practice.  Print the roads and train tracks and then laminate for durability.  These activities come with school buses and trains that have shapes on them.  The student must match the correct shape to the road and then practice "driving" the train or bus on the track or road.

Last up, is the King of "Ing".  I know this is for later in the year, but he was too cute not to share.  Students simply cut and paste the king craft and then practice matching the "ing" words.  He would also look cute on a door or bulletin board.
That's all for now!  I hope you found something useful as you start your new school year!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Write the Room~ freebie included!

Write the Room is a great tool for getting your students up and moving while practicing sight words, spelling words, numbers, etc.

I'm sharing my Back to School file with you that you can try out for free.  The best part is that the text is editable, so you choose which skills get practiced. 

To edit the text, simply click inside each box that says "text", backspace and then type your own words.  You can choose your own font and font size.  Print the cards, and then cut along the black lines.

Since the boxes allow editing, these activities are easy to differentiate based on students needs.  While teaching Kindergarten, I've had some students come to school reading and some that do not know any letters.  You can easily adapt these activities to engage all learners.

If you have students that need alphabet practice, type letters onto the cards.
For students that are already reading, you could have them practice sight words.
As the year progresses, if you want to make Write the Room a little more challenging and engaging, type the words small and let the students use magnifying glasses.
If you would like to try my Back to School file for free, click here.

I have the following themes in my store for $1 each:
If you would like to purchase the entire bundle for a huge discount, click here

Thank you for stopping by!  If there are any themes you would like to see included, always feel free to email me at