Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Christmas! {Writing Freebie}

You might say I am a *tad* but early for Christmas but my students can't stop talking about it!
We turned our classroom into a full-swing Christmas workshop this week!
The children have been getting really excited talking about what they want from Santa so I thought it would be fun to create this writing list template and leave it out at my Writing Centre.
I also added a variety of toy flyers so that the students would cut and paste their favourites and write about them on the list.
Come on over and see lots of photos from my classroom,and download your FREE List for Santa writing paper too!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Pilgrim and Indian Hat Freebie

During our Thanksgiving time studies we of course learn about the pilgrims and the Indians!  Part of these activities include making items to wear for during our Thanksgiving Feast.  Each child makes a Pilgrim and an Indian and then that day they pick which they would like to go as!  

The templates for all of them are included in this free download from TpT!

You can also read all about our simple and fun Thanksgiving Feast!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thanksgiving with Ollie, Cassie and Wing!!

I just love the stories by Steve Metzger! I have created some fun response sheets to go along with these popular Thanksgiving read alouds.

Head over to my blog to read more about it.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Turkey Headbands

One of my all time favorite crafts to make with my class are these adorable little turkey headbands. We use them as our turkey costume in our Thanksgiving Play! They always turn out so cute and they're really easy to make!!

All you need is some construction paper, scissors and glue!

Head on over to my blog for dimensions and directions!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We are Pumpkin Detectives

Today my students became Pumpkin Detectives as we investigated our pumpkins.
We weighed our pumpkins, measured the circumference, measured the height with cubes, and predicted the number of seeds and then found the actual number.  We also wrote adjectives about the inside and the outside of our pumpkins.
We recorded all of this information on our recording sheets.
You can head on over to my blog to read all about our day and download this FREEBIE!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Free Scholastic Book Order Graphics for Parent Communication

My classroom parents always want advice on where they can buy SUPER easy-to-read books for their kindergarten students. They try to shop at their local book store, but you know how hard it can be to find Level A, B or C books at the store. That's why I always encourage classroom parents to purchase books from Scholastic. Over 90% of my own classroom library has been stocked with books from the Book Order. It's a great bargain and the best source of texts for emergent readers.

The problem is, not every book in the Kindergarten flyer is intended for children to read independently. Many of the titles are picture books that are of interest to kindergarten students, but are intended for parents and teachers to read aloud to young children.

Scholastic posts book level information in many of their book descriptions, but the print is tiny and easy for parents to overlook. I find that parents need a little guidance to help them purchase the most effective books for their children's reading level so I created some simple graphics for communicating with parents about the book order.

You can share the image above with parents, or hop over to the Kinder Craze blog and grab two separate images for catalog and online ordering information.

Just save the graphics to your computer and upload them to your class webpage or add them to your printed classroom newsletter. It will make your parents happy (and hopefully bring in a few extra Scholastic bonus points for YOU!)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick & Treat Blog Hop

Fall is upon us and that means it's time for some Teaching Trick & Treating!

That's right - it's a Trick & Treat Blog Hop with your favorite Freebielicious friends! We have gathered some amazing teaching tricks and some free classroom treats for you!

To begin the hop, follow the link to A Differentiated Kindergarten!  

A Differentiated Kindergarten

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yuck Soup Class Snack Activity

Have you ever read Yuck Soup by Joy Cowley?

Makes a great "non-Halloween" activity for those who are "not allowed" to celebrate AND a great activity tied to a book if you are!

Students all contribute a snack, mix it up, and eat!

Activity comes with a class book, graph activity, and parent letter!

Also makes a great activity for Thanksgiving because it's all about coming together as a community to meet a need!

Stop by Simply Kinder for all the details!

Simply Kinder

Monday, October 20, 2014

Hocus Pocus....a little Halloween Dramatic Play Center FREEBIE!

With Halloween just around the corner, my students thought it would be fun to turn our Dramatic Play Center into something "spook-tacular"!
The students loved pretending to make magic and cast spells so I created this fun and ready-to-print freebie, complete with labels, decorations and Halloween words.
To see more pictures of how we turned our Dramatic Play Center into a Witches' Brew, and to get your FREEBIE, click on the picture below.
Bippity Boppity Boo!
Happy Halloween to you!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Pumpkin Book Report Family Project

October is a great time to do Pumpkin Character Reports!

Students read their favorite book at home with their family, create a fun pumpkin, and then bring them to share with their peers!  It makes a great day for the Halloween without getting too Halloween-ish!

Be sure top by Simply Kinder to see all of last years pumpkins!

 Now is the time to be sending this free project home!  

Happy fall everyone!