Sunday, August 21, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 22nd - 28th)

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You will love these jungle themed alphabet work mats! The cards are colorful and inviting to children. They won't be able to resist the fun! Children can use play-dough, Wikki Stix, dry erase markers, etc. to practice letter identification as well as letter formation. We keep these in our fine motor center and the children love to use them all year long!

There are 26 letter mats included in this pack. Each mat has an upper case and lower case letter on it. Also included, are two pictures to help children associate the beginning sound of a word with its letter name. 

These play-dough mats are great for children to work on their fine motor skills too!

Some of the children will roll the play-dough into long "worms" and shape them into the letter. Some will squish the play-dough down over the letter and some will just put their own personal flair on it. We like when they are creative with their learning.

Using Wikki Stix is so much fun!

Thanks for checking out our alphabet mats and for hanging out with us today. Have a great week!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Back to School Blog Hop and Giveaway!



We are excited to be teaming up with 50 great teacherprenuers to bring you tried and true classroom management and organizational strategies that work in our classrooms. Please make sure that you hop to each participating blog! We are also hosting a giveaway. Enter to win one of two great prizes. We are giving away the chance to win a $50 TpT Gift Card and classroom resources from over 30 teacher authors. Good luck! 

With the beginning of the school year upon us, it is time to start thinking about setting up our classroom for a new group of lovlies. Being organized can be a big bonus during this time of the year. We have come up with a few ideas of our own, we have seen lots of great ideas on Pinterest, and we would also like to hear from you and see what great ideas you have for organization. Here are some of our ideas:

#1~This is a small expandable pouch we found in the sale section at Target. We were thinking we could easily store our sight word money in these pouches. 

#2~This was another Target find. We are thinking we will use these to store our theme related center activities. We love the fact that they are vertical for easy storage. 

 #3~This little container is so cute! We have to admit that we fell in love with the cuteness of it first and then thought about what we could use it for. We have several of these in our classrooms and their usefulness is just endless. We use it in the writing center to hold crayons, pencils, and erasers. They are just like the paper sized ones, only smaller. These containers help the writing center look a little neater at the end of the day. In our school our children have to order their lunch choices everyday. So we store the pictures of the food in here too for easy access every day. 

#4~We found these containers on Amazon. The black cup sits inside a clear cup so we were able to make a label and wrap around the inside cup. These containers help to keep the pencils organized and helps to know when it is time to sharpen more!


#5~This is a great sized toolbox we use to keep our behavior awards. We use a ticket system where children can earn or lose jungle animals for classroom behavior, participation, etc. The children LOVE these animals and the incentives they can earn by saving them. Check out our Terrific Tickets to see what classroom rewards we offer...No prize box needed! These name labels organize where students store their saved jungle animals until they can cash in for a ticket. #5~This is a great sized toolbox we use to keep our behavior awards.


#6~This is a fast and easy way to hang up student work! We cut the edge of the page protectors and then hung them up on the wall using Velcro. It makes it very easy to slide out the old work and replace it with a new one. 

#7~We love our days of the week drawers. These drawers help us organize our lesson materials for the week while also keeping them adorable and dust-free! We have tons of drawers labeled in this way and it makes our classroom appear neat, tidy, and of course.....thematic! If you like these labels, you can get them free here

#8~This is a great find from Ikea. You can pretty much use these drawers for anything! From folders, to books, to math manipulatives, you name it!

Now it is your turn to enter the giveaway below. Enter for your chance to win a $50 giftcard to TpT or classroom resources from over 30 teachers! Good luck!


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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 15th - 21st)

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This pack is full of literacy and math activities for the fun alphabet books by Audrey Wood: Alphabet MysteryAlphabet Adventure, and Alphabet Rescue.

Our children LOVE these books and the activities to go along with them in whole group, small groups, and classroom centers. The children love searching the school for 'Little x' who is missing, just like in Alphabet Mystery, and we continue with more fun with the other two books and it makes for a great few days full of alphabet antics in our kindergarten classrooms!

Here are a few of the skills covered and materials included in this pack that coordinate with these books:

~Picture to Letter Matching~
After reading Alphabet Adventure, ask students if they can remember or if they noticed what each letter tried to give to little i to replace his lost dot. Work together to put the lowercase letters in order. We like to line them up across our classroom carpet to allow for enough space to order them in a long line with space to
then place the pictures below each letter. Give each child a picture card, prompting them to say the word for the picture and begin to think about what letter the word begins with to figure out which letter found the object for little i. This letter-matching activity also makes for a great independent literacy center to use in your classroom!

~Uppercase to Lowercase Letter Matching~
We like to use these cards after reading Alphabet Rescue. The cards can be used in many ways. You can put them in a center where the children work to match the capital to its lower case letter or you can complete the activity as a partner match. Either way, there will be a lot of fun and engaging learning happening!

~Comparing & Contrasting Stories~
After reading Alphabet Mystery and Alphabet Adventure, we use these Venn diagram cards to compare and contrast the two stories. Three items have been included that occurred in each story along with three items that were common between the two stories. These cards are nice to use on a Venn diagram pocket chart, in lists on a regular pocket chart, or sorted on the board or carpet in another way that works for you and your students.

~Counting & Numeral Matching~
This is a great activity for the children to practice their one-to-one correspondence when counting and also practicing their numeral recognition. It goes along with the story Alphabet Adventure. Each ship has a set of letters in it that the children will count. They will then find the correct numeral to match to the ship. 

~Counting & Numeral Writing~
Children will be able to get more practice counting and writing numerals in this engaging activity. We like to put our children into small cooperative groups where they encourage and help each other complete the cards. 


~Measurement~
This is a great activity for your children to practice either non-standard to standard measurement. We like to use colored tiles for the students to measure from the letter to the picture that starts with that letter sound. We have also included an individual assessment for you to use to check in with your student's learning.

~Journals~
We have included a journal as a follow-up to each book. Here is an example of one of the journals:
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (August 8th - 14th)

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This pack includes several reading and math activities to use with everyone's favorite book, Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom! by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.

Make the Letters Climb the Tree
We printed the poster sized trees for this activity. Children laid the letters of the alphabet in random order around the outside of the tree and worked in small cooperative groups. We called a letter one at a time and the children had to find the letter and walk it up the coconut tree! To challenge some of our children, we asked for them to find the letter that starts with the first sound heard in a certain word. We had so much fun with this activity! You can tell by the smiles on their faces!

Upper Case to Lower Case Letter Clippies
Our students love clippies! These colorful clippies will be good practice for your students in letter identification and matching upper case to lower case letters. Children will identify the upper case letter at the top of the tree and find its match on one of the fallen coconuts. When they find the correct letter, they will clip the correct coconut! So fun and motivating!

Writing Response Journal
After reading, we ask the children to draw a picture of their favorite part of the story. Since it is early in the school year we encourage the children to write by copying the book title. 


Chicka Tree Craftivity with Student Name
In this activity, we first have the children color the coconut tree. After coloring, they will then cut the tree. This is one of our first cutting experiences at the beginning of kindergarten, so some of the trees get cut into small pieces. No worries, though, they just glue it back together when putting on the blue construction paper.

After they have glued their tree, children will need to find the letters in their name from a pile of random letters. We have included boxes in this product in which you can edit to add your student's names. 
After finding all the letters in their name, they glue them going up the coconut tree. This is such a great activity that combines so many skills in one: coloring, cutting, gluing, letter recognition, name recognition, and print concepts! Here is a completed one:

Numeral to Set Matching
In this activity, children will count the coconuts on the tree and find the numeral to match. We have included numbers 0-10. This activity can be done individually, with a partner, or with the whole class as a partner match game. 

Counting Coconuts Assessment

We like to use this assessment to check the children's ability to match a numeral to a set. We have them color the tree and then we give them a certain number of coconuts. We use a one inch circle punch and brown construction paper to make "coconuts." The children then glue the coconuts on the tree, count how many, and then write the numeral to match to complete the sentence.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! August 1st - 7th

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These calendar pieces are sure to brighten up your classroom! 
We have included a full calendar set for all 12 months of the year. There is also an alternative set for December that is not holiday-themed.

Each monthly set includes the following contents that are thematic to the month/season:

~Month Header~

~Days of the Week~

~Numbers~

~Holidays/Special Events~

We have also included a page of cards that can be used for various field trips as well as a page of birthday cards. 

These calendar pieces are the perfect size to fit into a standard size calendar pocket chart. You can get your own here from Carson Dellosa.
We build our calendar day by day to work on days of the week, patterns, number recognition, left to right print concepts, and more.
Every day we have a calendar helper that comes to the front of the room and completes the calendar for the day.


 Here is what our September calendar will look like by the end of the month:

Here is the completed October calendar:

Here is the completed February calendar:

We hope you enjoy these new calendar pieces as much as we do!!

Don't forget about the two day TpT back to school sale!
Everything in our store (Kelly and Kim's Kreations) is 20% off August 1st and August 2nd. Don't forget to enter code BESTYEAR to get an additional 8% off for a 28% savings! Yay! This is definitely a great start to the Best Year Ever!
Thank you to Glitter Meets Glue for the cute graphic!

Have a great week!

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