Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Hands on Alphabet Ideas

 I am doing lots of alphabet work with the kindergarteners and I am constantly looking for new ways to keep the kids interested in learning the letters of the alphabet. Each week I like to present one new activity.  I wanted to create letters for the kids to fill in with objects.  But WHY..........I searched on Pinterest and found the blog A Dab of Glue Will Do who already created the letters and was willing to share for free.  I just downloaded them and mounted them on colorful paper.  I found some fun things for the kids to fill in the letters with.  The cards were a hit with the kids.    
 I used some left over stickers and some rocks from my flower vase to create another alphabet activity.  I only had lower case letters so for now that is what I will use.  I put modge podge over the stickers so they will stick better.  
I plan on using these for putting the letter in order and spelling simple cvc words.  

Monday, October 17, 2016

Updating the Listening Center

My Listening Center has changed a lot over the years it all started with the cassette player....

Then I upgraded to ipads...

When I moved to first grade I had several ipads so we had a white baskets

For the most part I had my students just listening to the handful of apps that I had purchased and mainly Mercer Meyer  However last year I learned how to make QR codes and how to purify youtube videos.  This enabled me to control exactly what my student view on youtube.

Last year I had the students make their own listening center in first grade with the ipads. Although we had a lot of fun doing this with a large class it took up to a month to get through all the student reading and lot of my prep time.
So this year I am slowly creating listening center material for the authors the students are learning about each month.   This month I put together some posters for Mo Willems.

Click Here for free Posters with QR Listening Codes

I also have some links with ideas for teachers that I found on Pinterest. If you would like to see more of my author resource page go to

Friday, October 14, 2016

Five For Friday -- October 14

This was a short week for me at school.  I was sick on Monday.  I worked with kids on Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday was In-Service and Friday is off.  So this week went by super fast.  

1.  I can not take credit for this first project.  Lynn, one of my friends who teaches kindergarten where I teach put this together.  It is so adorable.  The kindergarteners are learning about Saints right now.  

2.  I think I picked which Halloween treat I will be making this year it all came down to coupons at Target.

3.  Katie, the other kindergarten teacher, introduced me to this  adorable Alphabet book and then I found a matching number book.  I already ordered mine on Amazon.  I ordered two sets; one for school and one for my little grand-daughter.  

4.  I have been busy making several of the Alphabet games I found on Pinterest this week.  I am excited to play them with the children.  

5.  Last weekend my husband and I took two nights off and rested at The Osthoff in Elkhart Lake, WI.  It was a gift from another teacher at school. It was so nice to get out on a Fall day and walk around.  I also spent a lot of time relaxing and reading.  I finished the book, One Plus One.  The book was very predictable and had some interesting characters.  I would give it 3 stars.  

Thanks Kacey from Doodle Bugs for hosting the linky party.  Follow the link and read lots more great ideas.    

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Learning the Alphabet

I am working with some wonderful four year olds who do not know most of the letters of the alphabet.  We start each session with our name bags and then we read an alphabet book together.    I found a couple ABC books that we really enjoy. 

A is for Apple, is a great book for teaching the children at all different levels.  It is a must have. 

Here are some of the ABC activities I am using with my little ones. They are mainly hands on activities because I only have a few minutes with them so I do not like to use worksheets. Also I believe little ones learn more when they are having fun. 

I also purchased this unit, Rice Box and Cookie Sheet ABC Center Pack.  It is fabulous.  I am using it with my four and five years old.  I purchased my magnetic letters at Lakeshore Learning. There are several great activities.  


Monday, October 10, 2016

10 Simple and Easy Halloween Treats for Your Class

I love making little treats for my students for the holidays.  
I do have some criteria for my treat making:
  1.   The treat must be simple to make.
  2.   The treat must be fun to make.
  3.   The treat must be easy to take home.  
  4.   I have a lot of students (67) this year so it must not be very expensive.  
So with that criteria in mind I went searching on Pinterest for 10 Simple and Easy Halloween Treats for make for my students.  

1.  I love these Sticky Spider Webs.  I googled how to make cotton candy.  OK  This does not meet the criteria.  It's $40 to buy a cotton candy making machine or a very messy process to make it on your own.  BUT  it is super fun and cute!

spider webs
2.  These Candy People are a little closer to the simple and easy criteria.  You just assembly all the candy to the back and tape it.  I don't know how much it will cost.  

candy people
3.  The Pumpkin Treat Bag looks super simple.  If I go to Sam's club or Costco and buy a big tub of orange puff things it will not be very expensive.  Very Easy!

pumpkin treat bag
4.  These Bat Bars look super easy too.  There is a template if you follow the link below.  Black paper and google eyes.   Simple!
Bat Chocolate Bars
5.  The Mummy Bars look even easier.  Use white crepe paper and google eyes. 

Mummy Chocolate Bars
6.  I liked the Bugs and Kisses because I have a lot of leftover spiders from Oriental Trading that I am trying to find ideas for and this would help.  I don't think I would have such a fancy bow for 67 students and I would put them in baggies.
Bugs and Kisses
7.  Lollipop Ghosts are super simple to make...Tootsie Pops and Kleenex or Coffee Filters and Ribbon.  
Lollipop Ghosts
8.  Last Year I made Pumpkin Pops, it was very easy as well.  I used Tootsie pops and tissue paper.  Very Easy.
Pumpkin Pops
9.  These Monsters are adorable.  It would take a little bit more work because you would have to make the bars, then dip and decorate the bars.  Finally wrap all the bars.  It might be a better treat for just one class.

Rice Krispie Monsters
10.  These are super cute...pumpkins or ghosts.  You just need goldfish (which kids LOVE) or popcorn, bags and little ribbons.  Looks very easy to do.  

Halloween Snack Bags

BTW -- I updated my Halloween stories and songs on my Teacher Resource Page.  

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