Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine Math Ideas

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I am seeing lots of colorful hearts everywhere in school and at the stores. This week I have a new lesson for the kindergarten students thanks to Oriental Trading.  They gave me these wonderful ten frame trays and valentine erasers.  Which are perfect because the kindergarteners are just beginning to learn about decomposing numbers. The trays are so nice and easy to use.  I like that they are easy to wipe off the germs. I don't know about your classrooms but it seems everyone at my school is coughing and sneezing.  

I created a simple little worksheet for the lesson and it is in color to match the heart erasers.  It is also a FREEBIE and you can download here... something simple and fun to help the students learn during the month of February.  
 The kids are loving the heart erasers.  I am using them with several different age groups through the day.  
 I had my little four year olds sorting and counting the heart erasers by colors.  Then we use them as markers in our Alphabet Bingo game.  

Another group was working on patterning and having tons of fun creating patterns with the hearts.  

I also received from Oriental Trading these sensory cards.  At first I was just using them with the four year olds in our little sand boxes.  Then we started using the cards as flash cards and if a student mades a mistake on the number he traces the number 3x with his finger. The boys love touching the cards.   

One of my five year olds is working on what number is missing.  So I pulled out these cards and it is so easy to set up the numbers in a row and then figure out what is missing.  The little girl loves this activity as well.  

Don't forget to look for the coupon link on the OT site.  Scroll all the way down to the bottom and look at the links on the left.  If you are anything like me, I always like to save anything I can. 

Thank you Oriental Trading for the wonderful products.    

Monday, January 30, 2017

A-Maze-ing Valentines for Your Students

If you read this blog often you may already know that I am working with many students from K4 through 2nd grade at my school.  So when it is time to put together valentines for the children I starting looking for something simple and easy.  

Oriental Trading offered me some wonderful gifts for the children. So I picked out these little heart mazes for each child from the valentine page because I thought I could easily put something together with these.    
Then I had to decide what to do with them, however there are already so many wonderful ideas on Pinterest.  So I combined all the best ideas and came up with my own layout. 
I really liked the idea of adding the word FRIEND because that is something all the teachers at our work really hard to teach the children friendship.   

PS  Don't forget the coupon page if you have a big order.  

Friday, January 20, 2017

I Spy the Alphabet

Recently I purchased this I SPY LETTERS book for little four year olds who are learning their letters.  They loved looking at the pictures in the book and finding the different things.    

Afterwards we played an I SPY game I made with all my extra alphabet stickers.  
I used 12 x 12 white scrapbook paper and just put all capital letter stickers on one side of the paper.  
Then I put lowercase letters on the other side.  Then I laminated the sheets.

Now with the boys we play I SPY...

The one little boy says, "I spy with my little eyes..."  It is so cute.  
The cost of the project depends on the extra supplies you have around.  I only purchased the book.  Everything else I found in my supplies.  

I made several mats and right now I am teaching them to play in small group.  Maybe they will be able to play on their own during centers.  

Did You Know...that Oriental Trading has a coupon and savings page.  I thought you might want to bookmark it.  Katie from OT asked me to share this with you.  She has been super kind to me this school year so I thought I would pass on the information to you.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Author of the Month Helen Lester

I can honestly say the Helen Lester's books are some of my favorite books for teaching young children.  The children love the humor and illustrations in the books.   What I like about the books as a teacher is that each story has a lesson to learn.  

Helen Lester has written so many wonderful books it is really worth your time to look at her website and see which of her books will work in your lesson plans.  

I have been working hard each month creating links for the teachers at my school on our share website.  I also put a couple links for a few free resources I found on Pinterest as well.   I have created qr codes for the classroom with ipads.  

For each of the Helen Lester books I found on youtube I found the cover on google images.  Then I created a qr code.  
I created mini posters that I will hang up by the author board and it will have a dual purpose.  It will look good and the kiddos can get the qr codes to listen to stories. 

I also created some reading challenge sheets for advance students.  You know who I mean, those students who are the first to finish everything.  
   You can find everything FREE HERE!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Reference Folders

One of the things I noticed as I am working in my new position at school is that I am often walking back into classrooms to get reference charts or wishing I had a poster hanging up somewhere to show the students where to find basic information.  The other day I noticed of the kindergarten teachers had some reference folders in her classroom.  There are tons of ideas on Pinterest under mini office. I found lots of awesome ideas but there was not one folder that fit all my needs. However, I found lots of wonderful teachers who were willing to share the things they created for FREE!

So I printed out a couple of ideas I thought would be useful in my daily teaching and put together my own folders.  
Inside the folder I crammed in as much language arts as possible. I believe all of these resources were free.  I did add some stickers for extra color.   
4.  Days of the Week and Months by  ??

On the outside of the folder I put as much math as possible.
1.  Hundreds Chart by Kindercraze  (This was from a paid product I already had.) 
2.  Numberline by ??

I think this is a wonderful idea and you can make them for different age groups.  It is nice to have a reference folder handy when you need one.  

P.S.  I know I am missing two resources I can not find where I got them from.  If I come across them I will update the page.  Sorry.  
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