Christmas Centers, and a FREEBIE!

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!

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
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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.
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 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.
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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: