Saturday, April 27, 2019

ABC Countdown

I wanted to share a fun activity I have done in my classroom in the past as a fun countdown to summer!
We would do an ABC countdown!

Every day we would review a letter of the alphabet by doing fun activities that started with that letter.  
I have seen some teachers start with Zz and some teachers start with Aa.  We started with Aa, so our Zz day ended up being the day we headed to the zoo!  
Some fun days we did were Apple Day, Bubbles Day, Ice Cream Day, etc!
I recently created an easy print and go pack that focuses on beginning sounds.  This would be a great addition to your countdown or even while you are learning about the letters.

Each day you could use the "What starts with...?" worksheet and color the pictures that start with that letter.

Once you get through the first four letters you can do a review day and complete the "Sound Match" worksheet.

There are a lot of other review sheets that have a mix of letters.

Writing the missing letters or coloring pictures that start with the letter.

Do you have an ABC Countdown in your classroom?

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Flower Bead Counters

Spring is here and I have a fun spring themed math center for you!


This center has your kiddos identifying numbers, one to one correspondence, and counting!

I took pipe cleaners and beads, then added a cute flower number on the top!

Your kiddos will identify the number that add that many beads to the "stem"!

This activity includes numbers 1-20.
Grab it HERE!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Bags

I have tried many different ways to get books home with kids and I wanted to share with you some of the ways that have worked for me.
In the beginning of my teaching career, I required it-yes.  I would send home book bags and I ultimately never got those book bags back.
My kiddos were not taking ownership of their book bags and I lost A LOT of books.
Fast forward to the past few years.  I decided to make it optional.  If my kiddos wanted to bring books home, they would have to decide with their parents.

I sent home a note asking if they were interested in a book bag.  This gave my kiddos ownership and responsibility to get their note signed saying they wanted books at home.

Once I had that note, they could choose the books that they would like to bring home.  I limited it to to 2-3 books and I only switched out the books 1-2 times a week.  I learned fast that they would want them switched out every day if I allowed it, but it became too much every day to have them switch out their books.

Now, onto the books!  I trusted them that they would return every book they took out.  With that being said, I let them pick any book.  I wanted them to be able to read the books to their parents and in kindergarten those books usually were our guided reading books.  Having them feel confident in their skills required those books.  I used school books and books that I purchased.  I recently was sent a book from Blueberry Hill Books and they offer great leveled reading books for your class.
Another great type of book to send home are the books you can print off- like these.

I like these because if they don't bring them back it isn't a big deal.
You could even start by sending home a printed book and if they bring it back they get to choose leveled readers to bring home next!
There are so many different ways to hold their books.  You can find book bags online, but that can get expensive.  I take a gallon sized ziploc and tape the instructions to the front.

I write their name on the bag and they go and choose which books they want.  I have seen teachers use fun duct tape to tape around the edges so the bag doesn't break as easily. 

The great thing is that if it does break you haven't spent a lot of money on a box of baggies.  You could even add this to your class donation list and get it donated by a classroom parent!
Do you send book bags home with your students?

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Raindrop Letters and Numbers FREEBIE

I wanted to share this month's letters and numbers cards with you!

Sticking with April's theme of "April Showers" I made raindrop cards.

I added a fun recording sheet, too!  When your kiddos find a card they will color the cloud that matches it!

Grab it HERE!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Basketball Centers

There seems to be a running theme on here lately...basketball! 
It is that time of year where the teams have been knocked out and there are only a couple games before the big championship game! 



Whether you are a basketball fan or not, these centers will be a great addition to your math centers.
The first one is a number matching center. 

Your kiddos match the number word with the number.  I added pom poms to practice one to one correspondence too!

The next one I used number cards.  Your kiddos pick two cards and add them together.  They can use the "basketballs" to help them solve.  Add a dry erase board or recording sheet to record their equations and answers.

I also included number cards with matching number of basketballs.  This is a great way for your kiddos to practice adding on.  Your kiddos pick a basketball number card and a plain number card then add them together.

Finally, I have a fun add the room.  You can put this in a center or hang them around the room.  Your kiddos solve the addition problems.
If you're interested in these and more centers, click HERE!