Thursday, September 7, 2017

Sequence Sorting Puzzles or First, Next and Last

Learning about sequencing can be fun using this activity!


Here are 15 sets of three puzzle pieces teaching the concept of first, next and last. These are self checking and can be used with the whole class, small groups, or in centers.
These can also be used to write sequence stories for first, next and last, then have the student read them too.

The instruction page has several games to play using these pieces. For example, give each child a puzzle piece, making sure that they each have the matching pieces. The students then scramble to find their matches and put them in the correct order.

These can easily be adapted for the littlest learner by only using the concepts introduced.

Print, laminate, cut apart, and use year after year!
Don’t have time to cut puzzles? You may have a valuable, untapped resource, in your student’s parents! Many parents work and are unable to help with activities or projects in the classroom. This is their time to shine! Simply send home the puzzles after laminating, with directions about how you want them to be cut. The puzzles come back with both the student and parents proud to be involved in helping the teacher!

My other puzzles:
School Compound Word Puzzle Match Set using All School Words
Math Number Sense Interchangeable Mix and Match Puzzles 1-10
Solid Shapes Puzzles
Rhymes Puzzle Match-30 Matches 2 Letter Families
Rhymes 2 Puzzle Match-30 Matches 3 Letter Families
Rhymes Puzzle Match Bundle-60 Matches
Homonym Puzzle Match-30 Opposite Matches
Alphabet Puzzle Match Sounds and Letters
Antonym Puzzle Match-30 Opposite Matches
Go Togethers Puzzle Match
Spring Size Sequence Puzzles
Sequence Sorting Puzzles:First, Next, and Last Tell or Write The Story
Sports Puzzles 0-10
Color Word Puzzles
Time Puzzles 1 Show Hour and Half Hour Practice Clock Included
Time Puzzles 2 Show Quarter and Three Quarter Hour Clock Included
Time Puzzles Bundle
Money Coin Posters, Puzzles, Play Money
Large and Small, and Piggy Banks

Best-selling Solid Shapes Products Bundle
Synonym Puzzle Match-30 Matches
Other Puzzles and Games
 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sweet Goodbyes!

I am sharing a creative idea to end the day for little learners. It is a fun way to say 
goodbye using dessert words!
There are 20 card pages with two dessert goodbyes on each sheet for 40 sentences, 4 goodbye sentences without desserts, the title page and a page of directions.

Assembly: Print the pages out on the front side only. The thicker the paper, the more durable they will be, then laminate if desired.

Cards: There are 40 goodbye dessert cards with words and pictures. There are two dessert card sentences to each sheet. These can be cut apart into two separate cards or simply keep them together. The name of the dessert is on each card with a rhyming word for leaving, goodbye, etc. 
Activity: When introducing the activity at the beginning of the year show the children the cards and explain what each dessert is. Read the sentences and discuss the meanings of the different words.

You can also decide or decide together if a movement or motion is to go with each card. For example, “You stroll, jellyroll.” could be a strolling step as they go out the door. “Give a shake, cupcake.” could be a shaking hands motion while leaving. Part of the fun is making up and creating an action that goes with each dessert! 

As the little learners practice the different cards and sayings they will be able to read them, plus they become a learned memory. They will also be able to pick and choose which dessert they might decide to be as they lineup and leave each day, plus doing their own movement or motion out the door!
As the little learners practice the different cards and sayings they will be able to read them, plus they become a learned memory. They will also be able to pick and choose which dessert they might decide to be as they enter each day or lineup and doing their own movement or motion! 

What dessert do they feel like today!

You can use as many or as few sentences as you would like, plus switch them around from time to time!

Another fun idea to share the different desserts during the year, especially for little ones that have never had or heard of certain desserts! Truly a special activity to share!

Enjoy!
 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Planning For Next Year.....Already!

Is it too early to start thinking about educating little learners for next year?
No!     Yes!    No!    Yes!    No!    Depends.....

It is never too early to start thinking about getting ready for the next group of littles, 
but I may not be ready to act on it yet. It varies from year to year. 

Sometimes I just need a break. 
Other times I am ready to jump right in creating new activities and products! 

Jumping in now!
I have created a fun product to welcome each student.
 What an exciting and fun way to have the children enter or lineup each day!

There are 3 poster pages, 22 card pages with two animal welcomes on each sheet for 44 sentences, 4 welcome sentences without animals, the title page and a page of directions.
Assembly: Print the pages out on the front side only. The thicker the paper, the more durable they will be. Laminate if desired.

Poster: The poster has three parts, simply line them up together. The page with the top line is at the top and the page with the bottom line goes at the bottom. Notice the middle section does not have a top or bottom line. They can be stapled or taped together. You can also not use the middle section and just put the top and bottom together. 
You will need to trim a little off the posters to have the border match exactly right.
Cards: There are 44 welcoming animal cards with words and pictures. There are two animal card sentences to each sheet. These can be cut apart into two separate cards or simply keep them together.

The name of the animal is on each card with a rhyming word of welcome or movement. I have also used the color words red, yellow, green, blue, purple, orange, black, brown, gray, tan and white in some sentences.

Activity: When introducing the activity at the beginning of the year show the children the cards and explain what each animal is. Read the sentences and discuss the meanings of the different words.
You decide or decide together what movement or motion is to go with each card. For example, “You rock, peacock.” could be a fist bump as they come in the door. “High ten, brown wren.” could be two high fives with both hands. Part of the fun is making up and creating an action that goes with each animal!
As the little learners practice the different cards and sayings they will be able to read them, plus they become a learned memory. They will also be able to pick and choose which animal they might decide to be as they enter each day or lineup and doing their own movement or motion! 
What animal do they feel like today! 
Are you ready to jump in?



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Thank An Educator!

Here is a set of free bookmarks for you or someone that you know, that has made a difference in the life of a child or another person.

The Starfish Story
It is a great product for administrators to give to staff members. It can be run on heavier paper and laminated for a lasting keepsake.

There are three bookmarks on the sheet. The poem listed below is centered on each bookmark. There is a set in color and another set in black and white.

THE STARFISH POEM
by Loren Eiseley
Once upon a time there was a wise man
who used to go to the ocean
to do his writing.
He had a habit of walking on the beach
before he began his work.
One day he was walking along the shore.
As he looked down the beach,
he saw a human
figure moving like a dancer.
He smiled to himself to think
of someone who would dance to the day.
So he began to walk faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he saw
that it was a young man
and the young man wasn't dancing,
but instead he was reaching
down to the shore, picking up something
and very gently throwing it
into the ocean.
As he got closer he called out,
"Good morning! What are you doing?"
The young man paused,
looked up and replied,
"Throwing starfish in the ocean."
"I guess I should have asked,
why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?"
"The sun is up and the tide is going out.
And if I don't throw them in they'll die."
"But, young man, don't you realize that
there are miles and miles of beach
and starfish all along it.
You can't possibly make a difference!"
The young man listened politely.
Then bent down, picked up another starfish
and threw it into the sea,
past the breaking waves and said-
"It made a difference for that one.“

You make a difference!

Friday, April 21, 2017

My May Days!

 May 1st, often called May Day, just might have more holidays than any other day of the year. It's a celebration of spring. It's a day of political protests. It's a saint's feast day and a day for organized labor. In many countries, it is a national holiday.
As a little girl, I would hang small baskets of flowers on the doors of family and friends in my neighborhood, bringing in May to celebrate the return of spring.

We continued this tradition when our daughters were toddlers. My husband and I were lucky enough to live just down the road from my husband's parents. The day before May Day, we made little homemade baskets with colored papers.
 Simply trace a half circle using a plate to create the little cone baskets and cut it out. Then cut a strip of paper from one side to make a handle. Curve the straight edge of the paper in half over itself to form the cone shape needed to make the basket.
Glue or staple the edges of the basket together, plus add the handle by fastening it to 
each side of the basket. Ribbons or bows can be added, but are not necessary.
This project is so easy peasy to do!
The girls were always so excited waiting for May 1 morning to arrive! They picked whatever small flower bouquet they wanted from dandelions to lilac flowers. We would sneak down to Grandma's house hoping she wouldn't see us. The girls would tiptoe up to the door, hang their baskets of love, ring the doorbell and run to hide.

Of course, Grandma was always excited to see those adorable little baskets! She would play like she didn't know the two special little people that placed them on her door. This only lasted for a few seconds because the girls were too excited to stay in their hiding places. Every year Grandma would be totally surprised and there would be lots of hugs and kisses!
 I also used this activity with my little learners, making little baskets the day of May 1 or the day before, then sending them home. They tended to fill their baskets with lots and lots of dandelions! They came to school with delightful stories of how they shared their May Day baskets with family, friends or neighbors. Occasionally a little one would forget, then rush home after school to do it!

The stories they created while writing down what happened were full of happiness and a joy to hear being shared with the class! Every year it was a treasured teaching project!

 Wishing you a very special May Day!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Puzzles, Puzzles and More Puzzles

Puzzles are such a fun way to introduce, practice and evaluate learning skills! I have many available for different learning concepts, but the most popular one is
 They can easily be adapted for a variety of ages. Start the littlest learner by only using concepts introduced and starting with very simple examples!

The instruction page has several games to play using these pieces. For example, give each child a puzzle piece, making sure that another child has the matching piece. The students then scramble to find their match.
Print, laminate, cut apart, and use year after year!

Don’t have time to cut puzzles? You may have a valuable, untapped resource, in your student’s parents! Many parents work and are unable to help with activities or projects in the classroom. This is their time to shine! Simply send home the puzzles after laminating, with directions about how you want them to be cut. The puzzles come back with both the student and parents proud to be involved in helping the teacher!
Most of my puzzle activities have curved corners to keep children from being poked. I know it takes longer to cut them out this way, so if you are in a hurry simply cut them straight across for square edges!

I have a free product that give you a chance to use some of the different puzzle activities I have available.
This free product has 42 puzzles that include the concepts of solid shapes (cone, cube, sphere, and cylinder), hour time (12:00-5:00), antonyms or opposites, rhyming, homonyms/homophones, time sequence, size sequence, and things that go together.
Enjoy!

I have many other types of activities like this, just look under
Puzzles and Games.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

I Was Tweeted by TpT!

It is a known fact that everyone loves a shoutout! Thank you TpT for tweeting
about my blog post!
Read the blog post here!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

World Read Aloud Day!

"LitWorld was founded in 2007 after Executive Director, Pam Allyn, renowned literacy educator and author, visited Kibera, an area of extreme poverty in Nairobi, Kenya. There, she experienced the urgent desire children had to read, write and share their stories, the barriers that stood in their way, and the amazing power of literacy to remove barriers.

Inspired after her first visit to Kibera, Pam returned to New York and mobilized a group of friends and leaders to join her in building a new movement founded on the belief that literacy is a universal human right. They created a movement designed not only to further basic literacy, but to further productive literacy defined by dreams that can come true.

 They have grown World Read Aloud Day from a simple call to action to a program that rallies over 18 million people online and over 1 million people across 100 countries through community events. People eagerly await the arrival of World Read Aloud Day and celebrate their innovative ways of taking action. From a girl in Haiti marching down her street with a sign advocating for her right to read, to the boy in Iowa hearing his favorite author read to his class over video chat, to a mother in the Philippines proudly listening to her daughter read aloud for the first time: 
This is the LitWorld story."

Saturday, January 7, 2017

One of a Kind Snowflakes and Snow Globes

The weather outside is frightful or delightful, depending on how you see it! If you have snow or no snow here are two fun activities for making memorable snowflakes and snow globes.
A different twist on snowflakes and 2D shapes together. Discuss the design of snowflakes and the 6 points. Introduce or review the five shapes, circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon. Excellent practice for fine motor skills, cutting, and gluing.
There are 3 complete activities; 1 in blue shades, 1 in gray shades, and the last is black and white. Possible Sample Keys are included and are in blue shades.

You will need to decide which project to do and the type of paper to run it on. They can be made as a stand alone, but that is better printed on heavy paper. It can also be made by gluing the pieces down on another piece of paper.

Decide if posting the picture of the finished Keys, so the children may use them for reference. They could also design a snowflake that isn't shown on a Key. It is a good idea to give each child a baggie to hold their cut pieces until they have used them all.
I have another delightful creative arts and writing activity.
This fun activity includes the cover sheet, 5 snowflake templates to use and parent letter.

Print the snowflake template on heavy paper and send it home with the parent explanation letter.
Parent and child will decorate the flake together. When finished the student will bring it back to school to share. It then becomes a prompt for story writing and telling.

It does not have to be sent home and can be done in class, 
but a lot of "stuff" is needed for decorating!
It is always fun to see the different methods of snowing and makes an incredible display!
I have another activity that is kind of along the same idea!
Parent and child will decorate it together. When finished the student will bring it back to school to share. It then becomes a prompt for story writing and telling.

It is always fun to see the different methods of decorating, especially if you use the child's picture in the activity!

To add extra dimension cover the globe with a clear plastic lunch or dinner plate for a 
truly 3D look!
The product can be used with the above snow globe!
Snow Globe Picture and Writing Activity for Christmas or Winter
This cute activity can be used for winter and makes a delightful wall or bulletin board display.

The children can draw themselves in the snow globe or give them their picture to dress in snow clothes. I have covered the pictures with a clear plastic plate or bowl to give the look of the glass globe, not included. Add glitter or splatter paint to give the look snow falling.

There are two pictures of just the globe, no lines, one is in color and the other is gray shades for illustrating a picture. Three different line grids globes are available each in color and gray shades for a variety of writing levels.
I have many other winter educational activities and products to enjoy!
Happy snow days for many of you!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year!

 
This thought provoking creative writing assignment is a fun way to bring in the New Year. It is designed to stimulate positive thoughts and actions for the coming year for a 
variety of ages!
The littlest learners can have the questions read to them and someone write down their answers. They truly have some interesting suggestions!
This activity has four odd and even counting pages to 20 and two skip counting page by 10s to 100. One set is color and the other black and white.

Cut apart the strips and glue them down on another piece of paper in the correct sequence. If the order is correct the picture is correct, then color if in black and white.

For continued practice, just send the cut pieces home, instead of having them glued down.

These can also be laminated and used in a center. For example, glue magnets to the back of each strip and use on a cookie sheet. Put a colored dot on the back of matching pieces to keep them from getting mixed up!
Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Winter Snowman Roll and Graph Using Cube Kleenex Box or Dice Template!

Horizontal and vertical graphing can sometimes be very confusing for little learners, so I have created an updated version of this winter snowman product to include large and small pieces for a better visual understanding of the concept. Learning to do graphing should be a fun unforgettable activity!
 
 This is a creative winter snowman horizontal and vertical graphing activity using a Kleenex Tissue box or a cube template to make dice for graphing snowmen. It is a favorite with children!

 The product has pieces to do a large floor size graphing activity and a regular sized activity! It works best to print the activity out first, to help you decide, what size you want to make the large graphing grid. (Large graphing grid not included.)
For the large activity, you will need to create your own large graphing grid, preferably one that can be reused again and again! It can be any size you wish! Plus you will need colored paper to fill the grid squares, unless coloring them in with a onetime use.
You can use any size large piece of paper, heavy vinyl picnic table cover or plastic like a shower curtain and create a large visual floor graph to use with the pieces.
 
You can also create a large graphing grid on a chalkboard, whiteboard or paper, then carefully taping the pieces on, creating a large wall hands on activity.
There is a page to make your own dice using the snowmen dice template, which is tricky for many children! An easier version is to create a large dice using the six larger snowmen and a square Kleenex box (Not included.) or cut the small snowmen and glue them to small wooden cubes to create dice. 
Just add the snowmen and colored pieces of paper to fill in the boxes as each man progresses in the graph. They can be taped on, but I like to use binder clips to have the snowmen standing up!
Decide which activity you are going to do and if using the color or the grayshade activity. This activity includes 2 different dice pages, 4 different graph pages with two types of graphs, large and small movable snowmen pieces and the ending question sheet.
There are two different versions of the horizontal and vertical included graphs; one in each has more boxes to color in when doing the activity with older children. 
It is important to notice that the snowmen look very similar, so the children need to look very carefully before coloring the box. The children roll their dice and color in the correct box on the graph showing the same snowman.
This is a wonderful way to have hands on learning activity, especially for little learners being introduced to graphing.
 
The snowman pictures can be cut apart and put in blinder clips to move with the activity. Children love picking out their favorite snowman to race and quietly cheering them to the finish.
See which snowman is the winner!
You may want to start by introducing the large graphing activity using only two or three snowmen and gradually add all six. The included paper grids can be trimmed so that only a 2 or 3 grid is used!

This product makes a good visual discrimination practice and evaluation activity, as well as graphing. This activity can be used with individual students, small groups, the whole class and also in a center or pocket chart.
 
 Another activity that can be played by printing out extra snowmen is Concentration.
I also have a similiar product called
 
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Winter Ideas and Activities!

I'm getting the jump on winter with some activities to share!
Children love this activity and like to do it over and over again!
 
The Mr. Snowman story is read or sung to the tune of "Happy Birthday". This fun, educational activity is good practice using color and position words. Parts of the body and clothing items are also reviewed.

Once created by you, this 15-page book contains a different verse on each page. Additionally, it includes all the pieces for a 2-foot snowman, plus a worksheet for a child's drawing activity.

The snowman can be used as is, on a flat horizontal surface. It can also be used upright with tape, Velcro, or magnets on the back of each piece, depending on the surface you wish to attach it.
It can be used with the whole class, small group, or in a center.

I also used the snowman pieces as patterns to trace on flannel to create a flannel board Mr. Snowman.
It is especially fun for children that do not get any snow during the winter!
 
A different twist on snowflakes and 2D shapes together. Discuss the design of snowflakes and the 6 points.

Introduce or review the five shapes, circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon. Excellent practice for fine motor skills, cutting, and gluing.

There are 3 complete activities; 1 in blue shades, 1 in gray shades, and the last is black and white. Possible Sample Keys are included and are in blue shades.
 
I have many other geometric activities and money saving bundles in my store under the category Geometric Fun.
Geometric Fun Activities

Also See:
Christmas Products
Winter Products
Other Puzzles and Games
Shapes
Colors
 Free! Here are two pages of bookmarks for winter. One page is in color and the other is black and white.

They can be used to motivate reading with the words "Reading is SNOW much fun!" The clip art is appropriate for a wide range of groups.
Get a jump on winter!

 

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