Saturday, November 22, 2014

Thankful for Pre-K

I'm joining Karry at Yay for PreK for a "Thankful for PreK" Giveaway!
She is offering the chance to win some amazing products, both physical items and printables from Early Childhood Teachers & Bloggers, like me!

My Colorful Mittens Literacy & Math COLOR Unit is one of the many prizes being featured!
It is 73 pages and Common Core Aligned (K)

This unit will also be marked down in my TPT store all week!

Enter to win now at Yay for PreK
Good Luck!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Colorful Turkeys

Check out my newest color unit ~ Colorful Turkeys Literacy & Math COLOR Unit!

This adorable unit is 73 pages long and is Common Core Aligned (K)

It contains:
*Word Wall/Pocket Chart Color Words
* Build-a-Word Letters – Use to form word wall words
* Picture Cards – Use to sort by color or graph favorite color 
* Fine Motor Mats - Laminate and use with play-doh or dry erase markers
* Color Word Puzzles (2 sets - 1 set is self correcting) 
* Color Matching Clip Cards
* Patterns
* Counting Frames – Use with snap cubes or pom poms in corresponding colors
* Sorting Mats

Perfect addition to literacy and math centers and as small group activities!

Available now in my TPT store and it's marked down until Friday!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Turkey Counting Puzzle FREEBIE!

Happy Freebie Friday!
Head over to my TPT store to download my Turkey Time Counting Puzzles!
(#'s 1 - 5)
Skills ~ Number recognition, Counting

If you like the puzzles, please check out the matching Turkey Time Literacy & Math MEGA Pack!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Markdown Monday {November 3, 2014}

My Turkey Time Literacy & Math MEGA Pack will be marked down in my TPT store until Friday!

This MEGA Pack is 42 pages long and is Common Core Aligned (K).
It Contains:
ABC Cards
Fine Motor Mats
Measuring / Sorting Mats
Clip Cards (2 Sets) - Counting & Number Recognition
Number Cards (#’s 1 – 20)
Counting Frames (#’s 1 – 5)

I'm linking up with Kelly and Kim's Kidergarten Kreations for Markdown Monday!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Sparkly Sensory Bottle

I love the sensory bottles that are floating all over Pinterest and I've been meaning to make some for a while now.  I've actually been hoarding Voss water bottles (because they're so cute AND the bottle tops aren't a choking hazard).

I dug out my Halloween/Fall theme bin and found these little sparkly orange Styrofoam balls that I bought to use in Sensory bins.  First I tried filling the whole bottle with just the balls, that entertained my little guy for about 2 seconds.  FAIL!

I emptied out half of the balls and added water to the bottle.  I was a little nervous that all the glitter would come off, and some did,  but I think it added some fun to the bottle.  I actually wish I had MORE glitter to add to the bottle!

The Styrofoam balls floated in the water, so I tried to use the word float, as we explored the bottle.  This would be great to use with Pre-K kiddo's to explain the concepts of float and sink.

I showed Little Guy how to shake up the bottle to make the balls float around the tube.  He LOVED it!  He spent a while shaking up the tube, turning it over and over, and watching the balls (and glitter) float around the tube.

We had so much fun, I can't wait to make another bottle soon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mark Down Monday {October 27, 2014}

Quick "Markdown Monday" post for you today!
My *NEW* Pumpkin Theme Clip Cards will be marked down in my TPT store until Friday,
 Perfect addition to your literacy centers!  
Contains 2 sets ~ Capital/Lowercase Letter Match & Beginning Sounds

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Trick or Treat... Smell my Feet!

"Trick or Treat... Smell my Feet!"
I wanted to make something special with my little guy for Halloween and I came across adorable candy corn footprints from Juggling with Kids (click one of the links to see them!)

I used regular washable kids craft paint for this project and tried a variety of different papers to see what worked the best.  In the end, I liked the way it looked on kraft paper the best (since I didn't have any black construction paper or cardstock).
Little Guy seemed a little confused at first as to what Mommy was doing to his foot but he warmed up to it quickly and laughed any time I added more paint.  (I literally made over 10 footprints, 5 ended up turning out well).  I love baby toes... so cute!
I decided to keep one of the footprints for his baby book and turn the other ones into Halloween cards for our family.  I used blank white cards that had a polka dot pattern on the front.  I just happened to have these, don't ask why, I don't typically make cards.  Here's how they turned out!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday {October 21, 2014}

For my first "Book Talk Tuesday" I will be featuring "It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse!", by Laura Numeroff and Felecia Bond.  It has the beloved mouse and dog from the "If you give..." series.  In the book, Mouse is decorating his pumpkins for Halloween and each pumpkin features a different emotion. 

The scary face is my Little Guy's favorite pumpkin.  He loves this page, "Eek!  What is that?"

This book offers a great opportunity for children to practice identifying feelings based on expression and would be perfect for a quick social-emotional read-a-loud

In my classroom, I used these adorable Pumpkin Feeling Cards from and had my kiddo's match the pumpkins expression to the picture of a person with the same expression.  I used picture cards from our Second Step kits, but you could find pictures in magazines or take pictures of the kids in you class making different expressions.  They loved this activity!

For more ideas on using pumpkins to explore feelings, check out the pumpkin flannel board activity from All Kids Network and the pumpkin face match from Teach Beside Me.

For more pumpkin fun, visit my Halloween/Fall Theme Pinterest Page!

Follow Jennifer Lynn's board Pre-K ~ Fall / Halloween on Pinterest.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Five for Friday {October 17, 2014}

I'm joining Doodle Bugs Teaching for another Five for Friday link up!
{Brought to you by the letter Pp.... for pumpkins!}

 I'm so excited the weather cooperated and we were able to go to the pumpkin farm!

Little guy loved running around exploring the pumpkins and checking out the animals, he even fed a goat!  Brave boy!

"Pumpkins" were also the theme of this weeks "Thematic Thursday" from Comprehension Connection!

Best Books:  "Spookley the Square Pumpkin", "It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse" and "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything", I know it's not a true pumpkin theme book, but it is amazing and I had to include it as one of my Best Books!

Activities: Painting pumpkins, Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play, and Pumpkin Exploration (math & science)
To learn more about these activities, check out my throwback post, Happy Pumpkin Day!

My Pumpkin Theme MEGA Literacy & Math Pack is marked down in my TPT store until tomorrow morning!  Perfect for centers and small groups!

While you're visiting my TPT store, don't forget to download my Pumpkin Patch Dramatic Play FREEBIE!  You can see pictures of it in use by clicking the link "Happy Pumpkin Day" above!

I made this quick sensory activity for Little Guy one rainy afternoon.  I drew a pumpkin on a ziplock baggie, and added a white piece of cardstock and orange paint to the bag.  I zipped it closed,  used packing tape to seal it shut, and let the little guy have at it!   
(** It would probably be better to draw your design on the paper inside the bag, the permanent marker did rub off of the baggie a little!)