Share the Love Blog Hop

I am so excited for the #kinderfriends Share the Love blog hop! Head over to each of our blogs where we'll each share our favorite KINDNESS themed activities! We have lots of freebies, sales and activities to help Share the Love throughout the month and the whole school year!  

Click below to download a sweet little freebie activity you can do with your little ones. It encourages children to practice kindness as we celebrate Valentine's Day. I hope you can use it in your classroom and have lots of happy hearts!

You can also find this FREEBIE in my store for sorting, counting and graphing Conversation Hearts.

This month each #kinderfriend will be donating to a charity or organization that is near and dear to their hearts. I will be donating 10% of my sales from February 10th - 14th, 2017 to:

March 11, 2017 will mark 10 years since my daughter had an emergency appendectomy at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. She was only three years old at the time. After a week of being sick and several doctor's appointments and emergency room visits we thank God that an ER nurse finally diagnosed her properly! It is very unusual for a young child to have a burst appendix, but she did. She was immediately rushed to Boston where a pediatric surgeon was waiting for her. After her surgery she stayed in the PICU for three days and then moved to a regular pediatric room for 8 days. Everyone at the hospital was incredibly good to us. My husband and I were able to stay with our daughter the entire time. They even provided a little room with a bed for us while our daughter was in the PICU (although I chose to sleep on the chair in the room each night!) The nurses were wonderful. They were very patient with our daughter. We are thankful for the children's room staff and volunteers that brought her games, books, and movies to play with in her room. When she gained strength we took her to play in the children's play room and brought her for rides in the wagon. I donate to Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center to thank them for taking care of my daughter and for their current and future patients.

The next stop on the Blog Hop is my friend Elaine over at Kitty Kitty Kindergarten.


Are you ready for February?
To help you get your classroom ready I am throwing a SALE!  My entire store is 20% off including bundles!

My Valentine's Day Bundle includes TEN games that are perfect for morning tubs, centers or work stations!

Do you need February calendar numbers? This set includes 5 different choices to make your own pattern based on the needs of your students. These cards are also fun for morning tubs or pocket chart center! Holidays and special days are included.

Here's a freebie for Valentine's Day! Sort, count and graph conversation heart candy with this fun freebie!

Winter Favorites Blog Hop

Winter is here! I live in NH where the winter seems to last for 7 months (seriously, we've had snow in October AND April and every month in between!) Although it isn't my favorite season there are sooooo many fun books to read about winter, snow, and snowmen!

I have joined up with my #Kinderfriends for a Favorite Books Blog Hop! Head over to each of our blogs where we'll share our favorite reads. We have lots of activities, sales and freebies to help spice up those long winter days! You may just find a new favorite, too!

One of my favorite authors is Jan Brett. She has TONS of stories that take place in winter! Her book The Mitten is on my MUST READ list for winter! There are several versions of the story which are fun to read and compare:

My favorite activity to do with The Mitten is to act out the story! I use a large sheet as the mitten. I give each child an animal mask that can be downloaded and printed from Jan Brett's website {here}. The children that do not have a mask help to retell the story. Of course, everyone helps with the big sneeze at the end of the story! During the big sneeze I pick up the sheet high into the air - just like the mitten in the story. The kids love, love, love this activity! We do it over and over again during our "mitten" week!

You can also view this YouTube video of Jan Brett reading The Mitten {here}.

I have several activities in my TpT store to use with The Mitten. They are all on sale from Jan 13 - 15th.

First is an emergent reader. This little book is perfect to help retell the story and focuses on the sight words the, is, in, my, are, and who. 

Next, is a Write the Room activity. This set features all of the characters in the story. Hang them up throughout the classroom and have the children search for each one. When they find a character they write it on the recording sheet. 

My Winter Math and Literacy Centers bundle includes TEN centers that are fun to use with The Mitten study! It has everything you need: letter recognition, beginning sounds, sight words, CVC words, counting, missing numbers, graphing and more! 

The next stop on the Blog Hop is Class of Kinders.