Thursday, December 31, 2015

I Teach Linky To Share In The New Year!

In these monthly linkups, we will be sharing timely teaching resources, and some free activities with you. If you like what you see in this blog post, be sure to follow me then check back at the beginning of the each month for a new linkup.

To celebrate the New Year, I have this fun thought provoking creative writing assignment! It is designed to stimulate positive thoughts and actions for the coming year.
The littlest learners can have the questions read to them and someone write down their answers. They truly have some interesting suggestions!
If you are looking for another activity in the new year, I also have
Here is an example of the activity!
Plus click on these links for find wonderful activities, products and ideas to
celebrate the season!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

New Year Giveaway!

I am joined by 47 other TpT sellers to bring to you this grand giveaway! Just enter the raffle below and get the chance to win six sets of awesome prizes! It is my hope that these prizes will help you and your students celebrate the new year with a BANG!
 
You can find it here!
To help you get ready for the new year, I have included my latest activity in this giveaway!
Each snowman can be cut out individually or just cut on the rectangle box to separate them. Then cut the head, middle and bottom apart. These can also be cut apart as self-checking pieces so each one is different or just as a straight horizontal line.

I have a huge variety of winter activities in my TpT store, just right for this time of year! 
Another new one is
This is a fun creative winter snowman graphing activity using a cube template to make dice with snowmen.

Looking forward to sharing the coming new year with you!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

What I Need for Christmas are No Prep Activities!

Find some fun activities to help you through this special time and many are free! If you have a classroom, preschool, daycare, after school program, homeschool, roadschool or worldschool this is for you! These are also wonderful for
parents and grandparents looking for something to keep little ones busy!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Christmas Free Santa's List and Geometric Shape Activities

Another Christmas Free product to share with you is a very simple letter to Santa activity!
It comes in color or black and white, with some suggestions for using. It can be used even with the littlest learners because they can dictate what they want to say.
 
In my last post I shared a another FREE activity for a Christmas Train.
 
I also have many other fun products that use the same geometric format.
A good activity for doing this is my
It has a very simple beginner geometric Santa included
that has only a few parts to cut and put together! 


 Again all of these activities are in color, black and white or grayscale.
I also have the 
 Two favorite characters.
 
Geometric Christmas Green Grouchy Guy
Plus the Christmas Reindeer and Nutcracker!
 
I think this one is my favorite one
 
Geometric activities are not the only products in my store for Christmas or other times of the year!
 
I would love for you to visit and see what I have to make learning fun!
 

Monday, November 30, 2015

Santa Express Geometric Christmas Train

There are so many great stories about trains for children! A very special story for the holiday season is the classic "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg's. This FREE fun product incorporates 5 geometric shapes into the building of a train engine,
plus a creative literacy activity.
 
 
 There are 3 complete train engine choices; 1 has red and green colors, 1 is grayscale colored, and the last is black and white. The train 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.

This project is excellent practice for the fine motor skills of cutting and gluing. It is a good idea to give each child a baggie to hold their cut pieces until they have glued them all.

Introduce or review the five shapes; circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and hexagon. Decide if posting the picture of the finished Key that is included, so the children may use it for reference. When doing the black and white or grayscale engines, the children can color or decorate them when finished.

This activity can also be used in a center, but it is better if the pieces are laminated first. Some of the pieces are small so a baggie helps to keep any from getting lost.
 
The literacy activity has a black and white train paper with lines for writing and reading their creative stories. There is a cover sheet to make these stories into a class share book the students can read and reread again and again.
 
 The Geometric Train can be used for other stories about trains.

Some examples are:
1. Smokey by Bill Peet
2. Crack in the Track (Thomas the Tank Engine Story)
3. Little Train by Lois Lenski
4. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
5. Steam, Smoke, and Steel: Back in Time with Trains by Patrick O’Brien
6. Big Book of Trains by DK Publishing
7. The Goodnight Train by June Sobel
8. The Potty Train by David Hochman
9. Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
10. Freight Train by Donald Crews
 
I have another train product that can also be a Christmas train activity,
but can be used at other times of the year too.
Christmas Train Do Together Parent/Child Homework Activity
 
There are many other geometric activities and money saving geometric bundles in my store.
Geometric Activities
Also See:
Christmas Activities
Puzzles & Games
Colors & Shapes
Free Activities

Enjoy this holiday season!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Christmas Advent Activities

Tis almost December, the season for many celebrations!
Children like to countdown until special days because it helps with the waiting.
It is better to get the activity ready early!
 
The first one is free and all that is needed are cotton balls! The download comes in color or black and white for coloring.
 
Simply start on December 1 and glue a cotton ball on the number one on Santa's hat.
Glue a ball on each number as the day arrives. After 25 days he makes a beautiful picture!
If cotton balls are not available the child can color in each number.
 
There are math activities that can be done during the month using Santa, counting days that have cotton balls, then how many days left, odd and evens, etc.
 
This also makes a great early present!
Print the picture out and give the child a baggie with 25 cotton balls!
 
 
 Another product is a little larger and has two versions, the 12 day or the 25 day advent tree.
 
 
 
The 12 Days Tree has a green border around it and is made of 4 SHEETS of 8 ½ by 11 paper. It is 16 inches tall and 21 inches wide.

The 25 Days Tree has a red border around it and is made of 6 SHEETS of 8 ½ by 11 paper.
It is 23 inches tall and 21 inches wide.
 
This includes 42 fun activities that can be done during this advent time!
After printing out the desired tree, trim some edges to allow the pages to fit together like a puzzle. If you want the tree to be one big poster, glue together and then laminate the whole thing. If you prefer to assemble the tree each year, laminate each page, cut the pages out, and lightly tape the tree together.

Print the activities pages out. The thicker the paper, the more durable the pieces will be. Laminate and cut apart the individual pictures. There is an extra blank page for adding other activities of your own.

Decide the activities to be added to the tree. If using the tree one time, the pictures can be glued to the tree. When using the tree over again, it is better to attach Velcro to the squares on the tree and the back of the pictures or use tape lightly to hold them on.
 
 
 The last product is not really an advent calendar activity, but can be used to create an advent book.
 
This is really an ABC Christmas book.
I have two versions, one without tracing words and the other has words to trace.
 
 
They illustrate a page a day can be done until Dec. 24 then the last pages can be finished.
 
For each page I have different words to pick for the letter. For example letter Cc has the words; cookie, candle, candy cane, carols, Christmas, card, candy, coal, camels, Christ Child.
 
 
 
 When finished you have a keepsake book that can be read and reread over and over!
 
If you have a classroom of students the book can be used as a class made book!  
Each child can illustrate a letter page with the word they pick and the finished pages can be collected into a class book to share.
 
So many fun ways to countdown to that special day!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Free Products and Activities Instagram Hop Tonight!

 So exciting!
If you have a classroom, homeschool, preschool, daycare, afterschool, roadschool,
are a parent or grandparent this is for you! 

Free products and activities Instagram Hop tonight! Go to your IG account and start with @teachermsh
Just hop from one page to the next to get wonderful freebies!
 
I am so thankful for each and every Follower, so I have a new free Thanksgiving activity in my store that is also in the IG Hop!
 
 
 
It is a fun way to introduce or review the various forms of the numbers 1-5 using turkey feathers!
 
 
I would love for you to follow me on Instagram at cjsmaxwell
 
Enjoy!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Complimenting Children and Creating Kindness!

 I don't usually post about things I find on social media, but I find this a delightful story! 

 
 
In this video Chris Ulmer takes the time to pay several compliments to each and every one of the eight students in his special education classroom at Mainspring Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. Ulmer said the change has been remarkable in his students!
 
Compliment and praise children for how hard they are trying, not how good they are at something. - See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/effective-praise-compliments-students.shtml#sthash.EReaYsiK.dpuf
Compliment and praise children for how hard they are trying, not how good they are at something. - See more at: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/effective-praise-compliments-students.shtml#sthash.EReaYsiK.dpuf
 
What if parents, as well as more teachers, took the time to do a little of this........
 
 

Friday, October 30, 2015

Thanksgiving A Time To Be Thankful!

The season has quickly changed from ghosts and goblins to turkeys and pilgrims!
This is the time of year when we reflect on what we are thankful to have and enjoy in our daily lives.  
 

 This free product is to help encourage this understanding of daily blessings and includes several turkey writing templates for creative writing and drawing. A thoughtful activity that has several different size writing lines, plus a blank page for illustrating. 


There are also two other fun title pages to creative write how to cook a turkey and
how to disguise a turkey!

Even the littlest learner can tell what they are thankful for, while an older person can write their thoughts and ideas down. Then they draw a picture.

Find the activity here:
 It also makes a wonderful book with a title page and and ending page!

To practice skip counting, I have a Thanksgiving theme puzzle product with several counting activities in color or black and white!


Here is a sample of this activity.
It can be used as a puzzle or a one timer with cut and glue.


Enjoy! 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Halloween Is Coming!

As the leaves continue to turn bright yellows, reds and oranges, it means
Halloween is getting closer! Halloween products are always such fun and
I have a new one I just listed in my store!
 
 
There are templates to create dice to use in this graphing activity!
It can also be used as a racing game to see which pumpkin jack-o-lantern finishes first!
 
I have provided it in color and gray shades to save ink when printing.
 
 
There are the six pumpkin faces that can be glued or taped on cube Kleenex boxes to create great primary dice to use! Younger children might need help making the dice cube.
I have a variety of other
available in my
 
 
Here is a freebie bookmark to enjoy!
  


Monday, October 5, 2015

WORLD TEACHERS' DAY GIVEAWAY AND SALE!

To celebrate all types of teachers on this special day,
my TpT store will be 20% for 24 hours!

I have many activities for fall and Halloween, just use the CUSTOM CATEGORIES on
 the left sidebar of my store to help find what you are looking for!

 Also notice in the top of my store under the four featured activities is a dropdown menu with five choices to click on; Best Seller, Most Recent, Rating, Price and Alphabetical. In Most Recent you will find the newest products and activities that are working their way up to best seller!

Christine Maxwell Hand to Heart

 To add extra fun my group the ITeach Kinder Bloggers are having a giveaway!
Simply follow this link to enter!
 ITeach Kinder Blog Giveaway

Good luck and happy shopping!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Fall Fun!

The days are getting cooler and the sun goes down much earlier now. It is the beginning of the glorious season of fall and although the leaves are just starting to turn, it is a great time of year to curl up with a good book and read to or with a child.

 Here are Free! "FALL INTO A GOOD BOOK!" Bookmarks
for Back To School, Fall and Autumn to help you keep your place!
Color and Grayscale
Plus they like to have their own bookmark too!
 
This is a creative product for September leaves using “stuff” and glue.
 It includes two blank tree templates to be completely decorated into an autumn or fall tree. The tree should not just be colored, it needs something on it! Younger children enjoy doing it together with an adult, especially telling about their tree!

 The tree can be covered with whatever, but it must hopefully stay attached when hung up. Plus it shouldn’t be so heavy that it won’t stay taped to a wall.

Suggestions for stuff as decorations: glitter, pompoms, tissue paper, felt, foam,
sprinkles, colored rice, family pictures, beads, sequins, shells, feathers, flowers,
nature materials, sand, fabric, papers, foil, string, recycling materials, lace,
whatever stuff you have around the house.
 
I have seen so many beautiful ideas and they look wonderful hanging all around! The children love sharing their creations too! 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Free Bingo Game 0-15 for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving!

This free colorful, fun math activity will help to introduce students to the concept of playing Bingo, or provide practice for proficient players. Great to play during fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
 
This game includes 3 pumpkin board templates, a nine grid, a twelve grid and a sixteen grid. Also included are little pumpkin calling cards 0-15, plus directions and suggestions for playing.
 
I've added little leaves, jacks and turkey pumpkins cards as an extra surprise to create some excitement. I used candy corn as my counters to mark the numbers and when a picture card is show each student gets a piece of candy to eat!
 

You will need to write the numbers on the pumpkin boards. 

 Another way to use this activity is to give each student a pumpkin and have them write the numbers in the various squares. For example, you assign the numbers 0-10 on the 9 space grid pumpkin. They use a pencil to write the numbers first, to make sure they have written them correctly, and then trace over them with crayon or marker.
 
This product can also be printed in grayscale to save colored ink.
When playing the game, students can trade cards for each different game.
 The children look forward to practicing their numbers and I get a good visual evaluation of their progress.
Enjoy! 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Free Newsletters K-2!

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Colors and Color Word Activities!

Colors and color words are a fun way to add to beginner learning activities.
 
 They can be started with simple matching of colors and color words.

 
Then adding color words to simple vocabulary.

 
 
Learning and practicing the spelling of color words is important too.
 
 
 
Then creating stories to use these skills helps to commit them to memory.
 

 I have a variety of color products available!
 
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