Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter Activities

The Four Seasons emergent reader book for preschool and Kindergarten
Teaching about the four seasons has always been one of my favorite science topics. Watching the trees change, switching out my wardrobe, and experiencing the weather of each season is magical! I've had a resource about the seasons in my TpT store for many years, and it was time for an update. Take a peek and let me know what you think!
Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st grade seasons activities
This resource includes color posters for each season to display in your class.
Posters for the four seasons
Spring season poster
There are plenty of activities to engage your learners: sorting activities, graphic organizers, writing prompts/discussion topics for each season, recipes, and more! The resources are designed for PreK, Kindergarten, and 1st graders. My kids especially loved this art project where we painted the bare tree according to the season. 
Printable tree art project for spring, summer, winter, fall
Seasonal tree art project for kids
Here is how we did it...
Fun and easy art project for kids to learn about the four seasons
More fun activities for your students...
Word searches for fall, winter, spring, summer
Graphic organizers for winter, spring, summer, and fall

The four seasons writing activities
The Four Seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer writing prompts, printables, and activities
To learn more, check it out in my TpT store. Click on the preview to see inside the resource!
The Four Seasons activities and ideas for your classroom

Monday, March 26, 2018

Simple Sticker Matching Game for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Fun and easy activity for preschoolers and toddlers
Visual discrimination is the ability to recognize details and subtle differences. Why is visual discrimination an important skill for toddlers and preschoolers? VD is critical in reading and writing. Consider how close letter b, d, p, and q look. Noticing the subtle differences in these letters changes the words you are reading and writing. Sight words like "were" and "where" and "was" and "saw" can give early readers big troubles because they are unable to easily detect the slight differences in the words while reading. 
Sticker matching is a fun and easy activity for preschoolers. To get started, grab some stickers and blank paper. Find stickers in your packs that have exact matches. Put one of each pair on the left side of the paper and the other on the right. Not only will kiddos be working on VD and matching, they will also be working on fine motor skills by drawing lines.
My kiddos love sticker matching, and now they are able to create their own! They love looking for matching stickers and finding a "tricky" spot on the blank paper for each sticker. After they fill up the page, they let each other have a go.
Check out Jack (age 3) working on the sticker matching game in this video.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Initial Sounds Phonics Easter Egg Activity

Fun Spring and Easter phonics activity for kids
Today I'm sharing a fun learning activity using plastic eggs! If you are like me, you have tons of stickers that need a purpose. I grabbed some plastic eggs, a Sharpie, and some of those random stickers. Attach one sticker to the top half of each egg. On the bottom, write the letter for the initial sound.
Cute and easy phonics activity for Easter centers
 S is for Spiderman!
L is for leaf!
Learning activity for plastic Easter eggs
Pop the eggs apart and let your kiddos get to work matching the letters and sounds.
Cute idea for preschool and Kindergarten Easter
There are so many variations of this cute, simple activity to differentiate for the needs of your students. To challenge your kiddos, you can set up the activity for students to match final consonant sounds. Frog= /g/  Ball= /l/ Leaf= /f/  Working on medial vowel sounds?  Have students match stickers to the vowel sound of the sticker. Cat= /a/ Frog= /o/ Pig= /i/ Bug= /u/
Cute Easter phonics activity for preschool and Kindergarten kids
Another fun extension... Kids love tiny things so this activity is right up their alley. Have students choose an egg and find a small object that begins with the letter on the egg AND fits inside the egg. If you are doing this in the classroom, each student could take an egg home and bring it back to school to share with the class.
Fun learning activities using plastic Easter eggs
No Prep Spring and Easter printables for Preschool and Kindergarten
Check out these fun math & literacy printables! Perfect for morning work, stations, independent practice.
Fun learning activity for Easter using plastic eggs- perfect for Kindergarten and preschool kids

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Easter Art Paper: Torn Paper Easter Egg Craft

Easy Easter craft idea that also incorporates fine motor skills
Looking for a fun and easy Easter art project? I love the way these torn paper eggs turned out! Tearing and ripping paper is great for tiny hands and fine motor skills. This art project is great for toddlers, preschoolers, and even elementary kids. Elementary students can create mosaics, color patterns, and creative designs. Younger students will enjoy tearing the paper to make pieces in various shapes and sizes. Mount the torn paper egg on a piece of card stock for a beautiful bulletin board display.
Art teacher tip
We used glue sponges for this craft. Elmer's glue and a paintbrush or sponge brush would also work well.
Preschool teacher hack to make art more manageable
Jack using the glue sponge to adhere all of his orange torn paper. 
Super easy and cute Easter art project for toddlers
Tearing paper requires strength and endurance of the muscles in the hands. For preschoolers, this project is a perfect combination of fine motor skills and art! 
Materials: Egg Template, Construction paper in various colors, Glue, Sponges, Clothespin (optional) 
I'm not great at free handing ovals, so I googled "printable egg template" and lots turned up! Thank you, Google! 
Easter Craft Ideas for kids
Love how bright and beautiful our Easter eggs turned out!
Be sure to check out Spring and Easter fun-filled learning... Includes math and literacy activities. Perfect for PreK and Kindergarten students during March, April, and May!
Easter Egg Art Project for kids

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Word Work Magnets

Let's get organized. Keep letter magnets sorted and organized for word work.
Raise your hand if you have A LOT of magnets in your classroom! #guilty
Magnets are great for word building, word families, work word, spelling, centers, small groups... The list goes on and on. However, storing and organizing all of these magnets can be tricky. If the magnets aren't accessible, kiddos spend FOREVER looking for the magnet they need. Ain't nobody got time for that. :) 
Today, I'm going to share a few ideas for magnet storage. 
First, it was time for me to splurge and buy an organizer to sort my alphabet magnets by letter. I found this one on Amazon, but I know you could find something very similar at a craft store (Michael's, JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, etc.)
Classroom organization tip for word work center and magnetic letters
It's not as important to keep themed magnets sorted, so for those, I like these stackable Sterilite containers. They do not take up much space and stack well. {Found them at Target}
Use small stackable containers to keep classroom magnets separated and stored neatly
A basket or bin from The Dollar Spot works well for themed magnets too.
Get your classroom magnets and manipulatives organized with these easy tips.
Let's be honest. Organizing magnets was really fun and made me super happy. LOL. #teacherlife

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sight Word Snowflake Activity

Winter Sight Word Activity using snowflake cut-outs and jumbo letter unifix cubes!
My kiddos are loving this winter snowflake sight word activity! You will love it because it's low-prep. I found these snowflake foam cut-outs at the Dollar Tree (but you could also use a die-cut shape). These jumbo letter cubes from Didax are great for word building, but if you don't have these, you could make your own set using a Sharpie and snap cubes/math cubes. 
Hands on sight word activity and practice
Amazon even has several different sets of letter snap cubes. If you are doing this in centers or small groups, you will want several sets. If you are working on this at home with your little, one or two sets would be enough.
To get started, break apart the letter cubes so they are ready for word building. Next, write a sight word/spelling word on each of the snowflakes. Hide the snowflakes around your classroom, library, or homeschool room. Students find the hidden snowflakes and then build each word they find using the letters cubes. For added accountability at your center/station, have students write the words they find and build on the recording sheet. {FREE in my TpT store!}
Free sight word worksheet and spelling worksheet for word work center
 Our playroom/homeschool room with snowflakes ready to be found!
Word work activity for Kindergarten January and February
Switch up your word work center by writing sight words or spelling words on snowflake cut-outs. Then have students build each snowflake word using letter snap cubes!
Low-prep Word Work activity for December, January, and February.
Little brother worked on building his name with the letter cubes.
Fine motor skills + name activity for preschool
Hope your kiddos have just as much fun as mine!
Snowflake sight words- perfect winter center or small group activity for word work, spelling words, and sight words!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Easy Christmas Card Display

Hang your Christmas cards in a high traffic place in the house- the pantry- so you can enjoy holiday wishes from family and friends throughout the Christmas season.
Recently, a friend and I were talking about the best (aka easiest) way to display Christmas cards. Over the years, I’ve tried wreaths and trees purchased from the store, but they are bulky, and do not hold many cards. I’ve also tried channeling my crafty Pinterest self and using ribbon and clips. It was always a lot of work and not as cute as Pinterest. For the last few years, I’ve simplified my Christmas card display and absolutely love it.
Super simple and adorable way to display Christmas cards that won't cost you a dime!
I asked myself…what’s the most high traffic area in the house? Where is a place where these beautiful cards will be seen throughout the day?
THE PANTRY, of course!
Cute and easy way to display Christmas holiday cards!
I hang the cards on the pantry door using blue painter’s tape. It comes off easily, and I can create a fun collage in a place where we will see all of our friends and family throughout the day. I put the kiddos’ friends at their eye level. The only real downside of this display method is that you can only see one side of the card. My friend texted me a picture of her Christmas card collage last night. SO CUTE!
Great idea for displaying Christmas cards
The same friend and I were talking about what to do with the Christmas cards after the holiday season. We KNOW how much time, energy, and money went into creating the perfect holiday card. It’s a shame to throw them in the trash come January, but what are you going to do with all those cards?
What to do with Christmas cards after Christmas

Here’s my solution. Use your iPhone to take a picture of the main picture on the card. Then use this photo in the person’s contact information. I love having pictures of all of my people, and I love seeing their darling family photo when they call. It’s a special way to treasure the photos on the cards without having to save all of the cards.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Letter Stockings: A Twist on the Letter Bag

A twist on the traditional Letter Bag...the Letter Stocking! Perfect for December & the week before Christmas!
Most primary teachers have heard of "The Letter Bag." The teacher sends home the letter bag with a student. The child's job is to fill the letter bag with items from his or her home that begin with the letter on the bag... usually the letter of the week. One little rule: The items must fit in the bag. When the kids start looking, they find so many toys and household items that begin with the letter. It's a mix of a scavenger hunt and a show and tell activity. What's not to love? 
For the month of December, use a Christmas stocking for your letter bag. Check out all the fun things my preschoolers found for letter S.
Fun alphabet/phonics activity for the month of December- The Letter Stocking
This activity could also work for classes working on digraphs or consonant blends.
Activity for teaching digraphs and free printable
/ch/ was a yummy digraph to search for... Cheese, Cheez-Its, Chair, Chocolate Chip cookie, Chicken, Cheetos. If you need a letter to send home to parents to explain the activity, head on over to my TpT store and download it for FREE!
Fun alphabet and phonics activity for the month of December for preschool and Kindergarten and 1st grade
 Letter Stockings are also a fun activity for homeschoolers or for parents who want to engage their little learners on a cold, December day! My boys are 3 and 4.5, and they thought this was the best scavenger hunt ever. #momforthewin
December Letter Stocking Alphabet Letter/Sound Activity
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