Winter is here! In many places, winter brings that cold, white, fluffy stuff–and weather or not you’re a fan, snow can be a highly motivating learning tool. Who doesn’t want to play in the snow? But it doesn’t need to be snowing outside your door in order for you to capitalize on this opportunity. All you need is some ice and a good blender! To create “real” snow, just fill up a good blender (I use a Ninja) and turn it on high. It will turn into perfect, packable snow!
Fall is my favorite time of year. So many of my favorite sights, smells, and treats–especially pumpkins! Every year, we explore pumpkins to learn about them like scientists. We read books about pumpkins, and we learn about the pumpkin life cycle. Better still, I know that these explorations are memories that won’t leave my students any time soon. We explore pumpkins first by observing them in different ways. We pass around a pumpkin and use our five senses to describe its properties. What color is it? What shape? How does
As a kindergarten teacher, I love all things cutesy and crafty and hands-on and fun. My own son is in kindergarten, and I adore when he brings home things that he created. But I know how hard it is for us to spend instructional time on things like painting these days (I mean, how does that address the standards and yada yada yada…) So I created hand print writing pages that would allow my students to get messy and address the standards at the same time. I am planning on
Scented, fall-themed playdough is so simple to make! Once you have your basic playdough recipe, it’s really all about adding the coloring and the mix-ins to make it smell amazing. First, gather your ingredients. The best play dough recipe I have found (and I’ve made a lot) calls or 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon cream of tartar, and 1 cup water. This is the base for every type of play dough I make. Dump the dry ingredients into a pot. Add the wet ingredients.
The beginning of the school year is upon us. For kindergarten teachers, that means back to basics. We all know that many kinders come in knowing zero letters, while others come in reading up a storm. Did you know that according to Richard Allington, students who enter kindergarten knowing fewer than 40 letters (upper and lower combined) are already a year below grade level? Crazy isn’t it? Below grade level before even starting school! Not only that–Allington also asserts that ALL kindergarten students, regardless of socioeconomic status or literacy in
Nothing motivates my students like reading book after book from the same beloved author. Mo Willems, David Shannon, Kevin Henkes, Ezra Jack Keats, Jan Brett, and Tomie DePaola are just a few of our favorite authors. I absolutely LOVE doing author studies with my students. For one, we get to know authors and understand their work on a much deeper level. When the students connect to the writer, they love the stories even more! When I talk about doing author studies, some people seem to think it’s a big complicated
Hi everyone! Today I’m going to show you a fun DIY that could have tons of uses–glass rock magnets! Here’s what you will need: Large glass rocks from the Dollar Tree Photos of your students printed out Mod Podge (I used Elmer’s for my tester and it worked great! But I trust and love Mod Podge!) Magnet circles from Wal-Mart (they are sticky-backed and come in a pack of 18) The process is so simple. Just plop a rock down on top of the picture and trace it. Then, cut it
Father’s Day will be here before we know it. Whether or not school is in session over Father’s Day, I always like to have my students make something to show appreciation for their dads, grandpas, uncles, etc… I am usually looking for something quick and easy. Read on for some of the best and simplest ideas for Father’s Day! 1. I Mustache You About Your Dad- I got everything I needed for this gift at Dollar General! It’s closer to me than Wal-Mart or Target, and I have made MANY early
My son and daughter just finished their last day of preschool and daycare for the summer! What do you do when you have multiple teachers to buy for? Something cute, punny, and simple is perfect to me. So I created these tags to attach to some Snapple tea. I also added gift cards in a separate card, but that’s completely optional and not necessary. You could also buy plastic cups in multiple colors, and these would look great on those! If you enjoy these tags, just snag the image below
I love to sing with my students. I love to sings songs about what we are learning, and I love to sing songs about men who play the ladle and have hair made out of spaghetti. I get made fun of for turning just about anything into a song. But I also know that music is a powerful learning tool. It saddens me when teachers say they are afraid to sing songs in their classroom, because they feel like they are “wasting instructional time.” Music can support instruction and benefit