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.

Holidays Around the World Blog Hop

I have joined up with my #Kinderfriends for a Holidays Around the World Blog Hop! We have lots of activities, sales and freebies to help make your last few days before vacation go smoothly!

One of my favorite themes to do at this time of the year is GINGERBREAD! I love to read many different versions of the Gingerbread Man. The kids love to compare and contrast the different versions. It's so fun when they see the fox in a new version and warn the Gingerbread Man not to trust him!

Here are some of my favorite ones to read:

My Gingerbread Math and Literacy Centers BUNDLE is on sale. It includes 10 centers! Some of them can also be used as whole group activities or partner games.

Here is a fun Gingerbread House emergent reader that your kiddos will love to color and read again and again: 

And here is a fun freebie to get your kids up and moving during this exciting time of the year:

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The next stop on the Blog Hop is Mrs. Byrd's Learning Tree.

We have many more sales going on in our stores. Search #kinderfriends on TpT for all of our Holidays Around the World treats and gifts for you!