Thursday, February 28, 2013

Certificates {Freebie}

The other day when I was driving to my grad class I was thinking about my little ones and how they don't really talk at all and for the ones that do they are very limited in their speech. I have some that their parents even struggle to understand them. So I decided to make some certificates so the parents can know some of the skills that they have accomplished because my students may not say anything. I think the kids will get excited about it too. I am going to print them on different colors and keep them readily available. Have a great Friday!

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dr. Seuss Rhyming {FREEBIE}

Beginning this week I will be introducing rhyming with my afternoon class. This is always a difficult task for many of them as they struggle with hearing the similarity in the sounds. I made this file folder game to practice. Initially I will do it as a whole group activity and once they seem to understand how to play I will make it available as an early finisher option. You can get it at my tpt store here. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!





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Friday, February 22, 2013

Five for Friday



Here are 5 random things from this week.
1. We learned about taking care of our teeth this week. We made giant toothbrushes.

 
2. We counted out pom-poms with tweezers and then used the bubble tongs to clean up the pom-poms when we were done.


 
3. I finally got around to uploading the picture of our Valentine bears.

 
4. The kids have been loving the transportation sensory bin.

 
 

 
5. We had a dental hygienist visit. The kids really enjoyed that as they got a new toothbrush and smelly sticker.


Freebie Fridays
 
Last, but not least a freebie. My students have been having a hard time making connections with this goes with that so this should help and will also be good practice for their fine motor skills. You can get it at my tpt store Go-Togethers-Pre-K-and-K or here. Have a great weekend!



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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Differentiating Writing

Having kiddos from 2.10-6 years old is a huge range! I also have some students that will be with me for three years. For these students I want to keep things fresh and keep challenging them, but not frusterate them. Letter day is one of the days that I differentiate a lot to meet the needs of all my little ones. Here is how I do it.
 

 

 
If you haven't, you definitely need to check out Lacey from Wild About Teaching's tpt store. She has some really great printables and lots of them are free! Have a great Friday tomorrow!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dental Health

We have been talking about dental health this week. What is healthy for our teeth and body and how to take care of our teeth. On a funny note, when we were sorting some food I asked my afternoon class, "What can you drink that is healthy for your teeth?" and right away one of my kiddos says, "Beer". Definitely didn't see that coming and I just said "we can't talk about that school", but it definitely put a smirk on my face. Anyways, we have been singing Raffi's "Brush, Brush, Brush" song. We also had the dental hygienist come today.


She talked about how to brush your teeth, read a story, and taught the kids this cute little poem.




Last, but not least we made these cute mouths with the teeth as marshmallows. I did have a few kids attempt to eat them, but most of my little ones did good.


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Monday, February 18, 2013

Spring Freebie

I am anxiously waiting for spring. I cannot wait to be able to go outside and not freeze! So in anticipation of spring here are a couple of freebies. You can get them at my tpt store Catch a Flower and March Math Freebies or
 


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
 
Enjoy the rest of your break if you have the week off and Happy Monday!


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Sunday, February 17, 2013

What I'm Loving









I am loving my family!

Ethan

Ethan and Matt at the Science Center.
 
2. Words with Friends. I just started playing it. It's somewhat addicting.
 
3. Starbucks Cinnamon Dolce Latte
 
 
4. Midwinter break. I have gotten in some shopping at Old Navy (40% off kids clothes) and Victoria Secrets. Swimwear!
 
 
5. Grouplove
 
6. Favorite Blogs Right now
Ashley's
 
The Resource Room Teacher
 
Kimberly's
 
and last but not least, my fave new clip art
 
Krista's
 
Creative Clips
 
 
And last, but not least that I am at 100 followers! I am looking into doing a giveaway soon! So stay tuned!
Have a great Sunday and stay warm (it's 10 degrees here :(
 
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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Transportation

A week or so ago we began transportation and then stopped to do some Valentine's Day activities, but we will be going back to transportation this coming week. Here are a few pics and freebies of things we did that I didn't get the opportunity to post. We began learning the transportation poem. The pieces come off and as we said the poem the students would come up and put their piece. You can get the pieces to the transportation song below or here at my tpt store

 

We made ambulances.

 
We played the Crash game. I actually made cars out of scrapbook paper, but this is another way to do it. The kids love playing this!



 
Next week when we revisit transportation we will be learning this song. I think the kids will really like it because they love the Wheels on the Bus. You get it here or below.
 


Enjoy and have a great Saturday!

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Five for Friday



Today started my winter break and it was a super productive day, which I love! I was able to get to the gym, get some homework done, and some errands done that I have been putting off. I also got to spend the day with Ethan!

Anyways, five random things from this week.

1. We played a game where the students draw a heart (I used these particular hearts for number and letters- the letters underneath) and then stamp the letter the student chose. All the students stamp it because our center time isn't that long. The recording sheet is from Prekinders

 
2. We practiced counting out hearts with mini erasers and some heart ice cube trays I got at Target in the $1 section.

 
3. We practiced writing our numbers and colors with this How Many Hearts book from my Hearts, Hearts, Hearts unit on TPT

 
4. One of my students just did this on his own. He spelt his name with the letters that they trace with cars.  



5. The afternoon class practiced lacing their name.
 
One last random thing. My finds from Target today! I love a good buy and all of these things were 50% off!
I know Valentine's day has just ended, but I made a few math activities for St. Patrick's day. You can get it here or
 
 
 
 


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Thursday, February 14, 2013

A Kind Act

I am so proud of my little guys on the deer bus. On the way to school today one of my little girls didn't have any Valentine's so a couple of my boys tore up some of their work taken out of their backpacks and told her that she can use those as Valentine's and let me say that made her day. She was so happy to have Valentines. :) It was also super thoughtful of my little guys.

We did have our "party" today. Honestly, for Valentine's Day the parents don't come in and we pretty much do the same routine, but I incorporate V-day activities. Here are a couple of things we did:

We decorated some Valentine cookies.

 
We completed AB patterns with candy hearts. The mats are from prekinders


 
We also handed out Valentines and made Valentine bears. I will post a picture of those on Tuesday. Winter break begins today for me! Yay! We have tomorrow and Monday. I will be able to spend lots of time with Ethan and get to the gym. I have been trying to get back to working out and now I have no excuses of why not too. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I Love You to Pieces

Our Valentine's to our parents turned out great! You can make them in a couple of ways. You can just glue tissue paper or construction paper on or if using tissue paper you can have students pinch the paper and then glue it on. You can get the heart here. Good luck with all of your Valentine's parties!







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