Thursday, April 25, 2013

Spring Flowers

Just posted my new Spring Flowers Mega Packs to my Teachers Notebook and TPT stores!
I tried to align them to the common core Kindergarten standards but all activities would be appropriate for Pre-K, as well!

41 Pages ~ Skills Include: Number Recognition, Counting, Classifying, Patterning, and 1 - 1 Correspondence
There is also a FREEBIE hidden in the preview!  Check it out!
25 pages ~ Skills Include: Letter Identification, Syllables, Beginning Sounds & More!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Froggies and a Freebie!

Just posted NEW Frog theme materials to Teachers Notebook and TPT!
I love how preppy the green stripes look!

Don't forget you can check out my facebook page to see more images of what's in each mega pack!

Contains: 39 pages of literacy & math center activities!
Skills: Letter Recognition/ABC Order, Number Recognition, Counting, 1-1 Correspondence

6 pages : 4 Counting Frames (#'s 1 - 5)

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Butterflies and Bumblebees

Finished and uploaded a few more insect theme printables & center activities!
Clicking the picture will take you right to the item in my Teachers Notebook store.  Click HERE to view items in my TPT store.

54 page math mega pack ~ Number recognition, counting, patterning, 1-1 correspondence

23 pages ~ 2 sets of frames: 1 completed and 1 blank
23 pages ~ Butterfly Theme Color Review Pack
Word Wall Words, Build-a-Word Letters, Color words Play-doh mats, Color sorting mats
23 pages ~ Contains 2 sets: 1 completed & 1 blank

Sunday, April 7, 2013

More Buggy Fun!

Every spring I like to create an insect theme inside my classroom, I like to carry the theme beyond the science center and into the other centers in my room.
I use Easter grass inside the sensory table and hide plastic insects inside the grass.  I provide the students with magnifying glasses, tongs/tweezers, and sorting buckets for them to explore.  I also found cute insect theme foam visors that I let the students wear at that center for a little added excitement.  One tip with the Easter grass, if you have a plastic sensory bin, use the paper grass ~ the plastic grass sticks to EVERYTHING!  If you want to see an insect theme sensory bin in action, you can check out one from Totally Tots that I found on Pinterest.
In my former classroom, we had a set of "realistic" insects from Lakeshore Learning as well as a colorful set of butterflies and caterpillars that I used for sorting & patterning.  Pre-K Kinders has a similar set of these insects and made the cutest (printable) jars for sorting!
The Dollar Tree had cute costume pieces (skirts, hats, headbands, wings, and masks) for a few insects.  I have the butterfly, bumblebee, and ladybug sets that I use in the dramatic play centers.  The kids looks so cute dressed up like little bugs!
I think one of the reasons I love the insect theme so much is because of all the great Eric Carle books that go along with it!  There's "The Grouchy Ladybug" and "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", of course, but there's also "The Very Busy Spider", "The Very Quiet Cricket", and "The Very Lonely Firefly".  So many great options!
I love using props to retell stories ~ we used a plastic ladybug and animal picture cards from the story to retell "The Grouchy Ladybug" and Melissa & Doug fruit and a stuffed caterpillar to retell "The Very Hungry Caterpillar".
For more buggy inspiration, check out my Insect theme Pinterest board!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Insect Writing Prompt Freebie ~ Updated!

If you downloaded my Insect writing prompt freebie that I recently posted, you may experience some difficulties when trying to print.  If you download the file again, your problems should be fixed!
Sorry for any inconvenience! :)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hundreds of FREEBIES!

Looking for great new freebies to use in your classroom?  Look no further! 
Teaching Blog Addict is turning 2 years old!  To celebrate, bloggers have compiled HUNDREDS of freebies available for download, all in one place!

Teaching Blog Addict - Ultimate Freebie
Hurry over and check them out! :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lovely Ladybugs!

Check out my super cute Ladybug mega pack ~
Available in my Teachers Notebook and TPT stores
There's a freebie hidden in the preview, so don't forget to download it!

29 pages of math and literacy center & small group activities!
Matching Ladybug 10 Frames ~ 23 pages
Contains 2 sets of frames: 1 set with frames filled out and 1 set of blank frames

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Creepy Crawlies & Insects... EEK!

I love all the lesson themes that Spring brings.... flowers, frogs, and insects!
I started working on some great new insect theme activities and am LOVING how they are turning out!  I have about a million ideas floating in my head and hope that I have the time to make & post them all!
Here are two super packs that I just finished that would be a great starting point for centers and small groups during a general insect theme...

This pack is my Insect Theme Math Pack that includes 25 pages of activities! 
Skills Include: Counting, Number Recognition, Measuring w/ Nonstandard Units, 1-1 Correspondence & Patterning
My Insect Literacy Pack contains 29 pages of Literacy based activities for mini-lessons, small group, and center time work. 
Skills include: Beginning Sounds, Syllables, Word Wall, Word Work & More!
I posted pictures of the contents of each pack on my Facebook page, if you're interested!
Both packs are available NOW in my Teachers Notebook and TPT stores...
... as well as this FREEBIE!
Contains 3 prompts with room for dictation, writing, and illustration!
Happy Spring! :)