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!

Christmas Centers, a FREEBIE & a TpT Gift Card Raffle!

Thanksgiving has come and gone and it is time to get your centers ready for December! I have LOTS of fun Christmas, Gingerbread and Nativity themed centers for your classroom this month. Please be sure to read to the end of my post where you will find a FREEBIE and a chance to win a $10 TpT Gift Card!

My Christmas Math and Literacy Centers Bundle includes 10 centers in all! You can also purchase all of these centers individually but you will save BIG TIME by purchasing the bundle!

There are five Language Arts Centers that focus on rhyming, letter recognition, beginning sounds, cvc words, and sight words.

Christmas Rhymes is always a favorite! The children pick a card, say the name of the pictures on the ornaments and then place the card on the "rhymes" or "does not rhyme" signs.  My kiddos play these rhyming sorts over and over again. They are great for Morning Tubs, too!

Christmas CVC Puzzles includes 40 puzzles - 8 for each short vowel. It also includes an optional recording sheet. This makes a fun whole group game (pass the cards out and find the partner that matches you!) or Literacy Center!

Christmas Letter Bingo includes 10 uppercase game cards, 10 lowercase game cards, a set of  uppercase calling cards and a set of lowercase calling cards. These can be used in your Guided Reading or Literacy Groups. I also put sets out in the morning tubs for kids to play with. I add a set of Holiday Erasers (60 Pcs) - Basic School Supplies & Erasers & Pencil Toppers to cover each letter! This is fun to do at your holiday party, too!

Christmas Beginning Sounds is a fun way to match the letters with a picture from A-Z. I have included a set of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and a set with both upper/lower together. The children line the letters up in order and then find a beginning sound picture for each letter. This is also fun to use on the pocket chart!

HO! HO! HO! Sight Word Game features 220 sight word cards to practice reading. Choose the words you want to focus on, place them in a seasonal container and pass them around your large or small group. If you get the HO! HO! HO! card the game is over! This is always a hit in my whole group meeting!

There are five Math Centers that focus on counting, ten frames, tally marks, number writing, graphing and number order.

The Christmas Counting Mats are always a hit when I add the Holiday Erasers (60 Pcs) - Basic School Supplies & Erasers & Pencil Toppers for counting. There is also a printable sheet of ornaments that you can use. The cards are from 1-20 and they are perfect for morning tubs or math center!

The Christmas Count the Room Center gets your kids up and moving. Hang the 12 cards throughout the classroom. Next, give each child a clipboard with a recording sheet. They walk around the room, find a card, count the objects and record it on the sheet. I use The Stikkiworks Co. Stikkiclips 30 White Clips Per hang them in my room and then I switch the cards for each theme. Take a look at all of my Count the Room Centers here.

Christmas Number Order makes a great Math Center! The children choose a card and write the numbers in order on the recording sheet. The set includes two versions 1-15 and 1-20. Answer keys are included. I also use this game as a "Five Minute Filler". I hold up a card and the kids tell me the correct number order. 

The Christmas Spin and Cover Game is a fun way to practice number identification, ten frames, and tally marks. The children will spin the spinner and cover the number on the game board. There is also a black/white printable version where the kids spin and color the matching object on the sheet. There are also two versions of the game: 1-6 and 7-12. You choose what works best for your students!

I love the Christmas Cube Roll Game because it is different every time you play! Just roll the die and color the next box in the row. Stop and count when one of the rows reaches the candy cane. There is a recording sheet to write down how times each object was rolled.

All of these centers are included in my Christmas Math and Literacy Bundle:

I also have a Gingerbread Math and Literacy Center Bundle:

Here is a fun Christmas freebie for identifying digraphs at the beginning of words:

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December Calendar Numbers

It's hard to believe that we are heading into the last month of 2016! I have just updated my December calendar numbers and I think you will LOVE the new set! I am updating all of my sets to have FIVE clip art options to choose from! You can make any type of pattern that your children are working on no matter what grade you work with.

The December Calendar set includes a variety of Christmas symbols:  candy canes, stockings, Christmas trees, presents, and ornaments
You can find it in my TpT Store:

I also have a brand new December option which is all gingerbread! This set includes gingerbread boys and girls wearing red and green sweaters but there are no Christmas symbols.
 You can find it in my TpT Store:
 I have also created a Nativity set for those of you that work in Christian school. It includes angels, Mary, Joseph, donkeys, and a king.
You can find it in my TpT store:

Each set includes special cards for holidays, birthdays and no school days. The calendar numbers are also fun to use in the math center! Use them to make patterns, put the numbers in order, match numbers (memory game) and sort by odd or even.

These three sets will be on SALE from November 23 - 25, 2016. Be sure to pick them up now so your calendar will be ready for December 1st!

Thanksgiving Write the Room and a FREEBIE!

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week! That short week of Thanksgiving is always a tough one, especially if you have just 2 and a half days of school! "Write the Room" is always a favorite center in my classroom. It gets the kids up an moving around the room - a perfect way to combine learning and fun! Here is my Thanksgiving Write the Room.

Hang the 12 cards around your classroom.

Give each child a clipboard and a recording sheet. Next, they walk around the room searching for the pictures and words. When they find the word they write it in the space beside the picture.

Click the link below to find this activity in my TpT store.

Do you make Stone Soup in your classroom for Thanksgiving? This event is always a fun one! We all help make the Stone Soup for our Thanksgiving Feast. We read several versions of the story. We compare and contrast the stories . . . the different characters, food, and events. Each child brings a vegetable to school. We sort them and count them before we peel, chop and cook them into our Stone Soup. Click on my affiliate links to purchase your copies of Stone Soup:

  Stone Soup (Aladdin Picture Books) by Marcia Brown
Stone Soup by Ann McGovern

and here is a FREEBIE from my TpT store that your kiddos can do while the class takes turn peeling and chopping:

Sweet Treats for Halloween!

Don't miss out on the Sweet Treats in my store! My bundles are included in the sale! It's a great time to stock up on everything you need for November and December!

Here is a fun little FREEBIE you can use tomorrow! It's everyone's favorite Halloween poem "Five Little Pumpkins". The words are already printed for you to put right on your pocket chart! You can also make quick headbands by clipping the pumpkin pictures (provided) onto sentence strips for crowns (or make necklaces with them!) You can download the set for free HERE.

Another fun Fall FREEBIE in my store is the "See the Pumpkin" emergent reader. It focuses on the sight words see & the. It is a great way to retell the life cycle of a pumpkin. You can download this reader for free HERE.

I have been updating a lot of the products in my store! If you own any of these items you may want to check your "My Purchases" page on TpT. You can download the new revisions there. I will continue to update all of the items in these categories. The ones that are updated have the new covers.

Have a fun and "spooktacular"  Halloween!

Treats for Teachers

Fall has arrived and Halloween is just around the corner. I have teamed up with my Kinderfriends to give away some teacher treats to help your month go smoothly! So just sit back, grab your pumpkin spice coffee, and have fun hopping through our blogs for Halloween treats!
(Make sure you visit each blog because we each have a special treat for you!)

 Please visit my friend Katie Byrd at Mrs. Byrd's Learning Tree for more Halloween Treats!

"Back in the Swing of Things" Blog Hop

How long have you been back in school? A week? A month? 
The first month of school is soooooo hard on us teachers (and our 
kiddos!). It's a month filled with routine and practice all of which
are critical for a successful year! I have teamed up with some
amazing kindergarten teachers to help you get back in the "swing 
of things" and help make your back to school days easier!

How many times have you heard these words when your students
are finished their work? And you find yourself scrambling for 
something for them to work on quietly. In the past I have given the
"early finishers" activities to do while the other kids finish up their
work . . . books, sketch pads, etc. A few years ago as I
was organizing my work stations materials I realized I had a TON
of games, activities and puzzles that I never used! I pulled them
out and let the kids play with them when they were finished with
their work. They loved them! Over the years I have incorporated
the games and activities into part of my class routine. 
I call them BUSY BINS!

Here's how it works:

1. Have an area in your room where you can store baskets or bins.

2. Organize your games into skill categories: math, language arts, 

writing, reading, poetry, puzzle and fine motor.

3. Decide where you want your students to play the games. For

 example, my students play the games in quiet designated areas on

 the floor where they are not disturbing the kids at the tables.

4. Decide if your students will play the game/activity alone or with

 a partner. I vary this depending on the time of year.

5. Code your activities for quick and easy pick up.

6. Rotate the games and activities throughout the year as the

 children learn new skills.

7. Include games that reach all of your learners. (Some might be

 working on letter identification while others are spelling

sight words.)

8. Teach the games BEFORE putting them in the bins so you are

 not interrupted when you are helping the kids that are

 still working.

9. Stick to hands on activities that don't require pencil and paper.

Need some activities to get your BUSY BINS started?

My BEST SELLERS are on sale now:

Your next stop on the BLOG HOP is my friend Katie Byrd at Mrs. Byrd's Learning Tree.

To see all of the great TpT deals just type "#kinderfriends" into the search box on TpT!

Back to School with The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is a classic First Day of School book for many Pre-K, Kindergarten and first Grade Classrooms. 

I love reading this book on "Meet the Teacher Day". This day happens 2-3 days before school starts. The children come in to school to meet me, make some new friends, and to check out their new classroom and school. It's fun for them to find their cubbies, their seat at the table and see all of the fun and exciting things that Kindergarten will bring! After checking things out, I gather all of the kids at the carpet and read
The Kissing Hand to them. The parents really love listening to the story, as well. Most of them are just as nervous as the kids! I also pass around my "Chester" stuffed animal so they can all meet him and give him a hug. Together we choose a place for him to sit where he will wait for them on the first day of school! 

Our first day of school is all about Chester. The children are excited to see him waiting for them. Chester gets lots of love and hugs. Many children even show me their own kissing hands. We reread the story together. Next, the children make a “First Day of School” hand print.  Each hand print is made using large stamp pads or paint. I punch pink and red hearts out using a heart puncher. Each child picks out a heart to glue on their hand print. It is a great keepsake to take home for the first day of school!

I also make these little awards for the kids to color and take home on the first day. Just click on the picture to download it.


And just because they are all so SWEET I send them home with a kiss! These little goodie bags were made by placing a few Hershey kisses in a small jewelry bag. 

You can make some of your own by clicking on the picture below.

I hope you have a great first day that’s full of hugs and kisses!

Click the link below to my TpT Store for more activities with The Kissing Hand.


Summer Celebration Giveaway!

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway!  Win a $10 shopping spree in 27 early childhood TPT stores! You get to pick what YOU want from each store! This is a wonderful way to get ready for a new school year!  Visit my friend Jackie at Pocket of Preschool to enter this amazing giveaway!