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Lucky / Unlucky ELA Card Game - for Little Kids - Editable!

Hello Friends,

My kiddos love to play this simple card game. It can played in a small group led by a teacher or put into a learning center. Because the game is editable, you can make the game match the skills of your students. It can be used for many concepts....  sight words, CVC words, CVCe words, or concept words. 

 To add a challenge to the game, create “Einstein cards.  These are cards with a more difficult word or concept.

 Presently, this resource is free in my TPT store.... Enjoy!


Simple Addition and Subtraction Valentine Math mat activities

Hello Friends,

We have been talking about addition combinations for the number ten. The kids have been using two sided counters to make several combinations, so I thought that I would give this concept a Valentine twist.

First, I gave my kinders a copy of this heart sheet. I told them to color SOME hearts purple and SOME hearts red. The rule was that they could NOT be all red or all purple. The outside of the hearts could be any color.

After coloring their hearts, they cut and glued them to top of a red piece of construction paper. They added the words to the bottom and then composed their number sentence.

Here is what they did for subtraction...

Once again, they were given a sheet with ten hearts. I copied it upon pink paper. I told them that they could color the icing of the heart cookies any color.

After coloring the hearts, they glued SOME of the hearts upon a white plate. The rule was that they could NOT glue all the hearts upon the plate.  (My kinders decorated the outside edge of the plate because I could not find a Valentine plate that was white on the bottom and decorated on the edge. Any kind of plate would work - your kids could even cut a circle out of construction paper to make a plate. )

I cut hands out of skin colored paper for my kinders, but they could also trace their own hands onto paper. The hands were glued to the top of the paper and the plate in the center. The hearts that were NOT glued to the plate were glued upon the hands and around the plate. They then composed their subtraction sentence.

You can click HERE to download the Google doc for this activity.

Having Fun with the Circus and Creating a Community Map from Boxes

Oh my friends.... It has been too long...... I have no real excuse except that January is such a busy month for us. We perform a circus every year for charity. This year, our kids earned over $1,000! We are giving the money to a local organization here in our community that feeds needy kids on the weekend. We are so excited to be able to help them!

I thought that I would share some of the photos from our circus. We started practice when the kids returned from Christmas break. We practiced every day until our dress rehearsal on January 31. Our performance was on February 2. We had a packed house! Our kids have a circus parade through the school halls and we end up in our multi-purpose room at the other end of the school. We raise our money by collecting donations from the school kids as we progress through the halls in our circus parade. The parents (and friends) who watch our performance donate money.

The kids also make a representation of themselves that we display in our hallway. I love how colorful our halls look!

This year, our kiddos created a community using boxes and paper. I love it! We lay a long piece of bulletin board paper down the middle of our hallway. The kids add details with paper - roads, sidewalks, lakes.

You can find the script for the circus HERE. 

 Until next time!


Teaching Peace to Kids and MLK resources... Start here.....

Hello Friends,

I just posted on our Blog Hoppin' blog with a few ideas for teaching peace and acceptance to kids. There are also links to some amazing MLK resources that were written by my friends at Blog Hoppin'. My newest resource can be found there as well as in my TPT store.

Click the image below to take you to my TPT store.....

If you click the image below, it will take you to my Blog Hoppin' post.... there you will also find a few freebies.....
Until next time,


A Winter Snowman Math Craftivity - Freebie

Hello Friends,

I thought that I would share with you a winter math project that is easy to do and requires little prep.

First, fold 12" x 18" blue construction paper lengthwise. Unfold. Tell children that they will be painting 2 snowmen; one on each side of the fold. My students used sponges to paint both the ground line and snowmen. Before they began painting, I told the kids to make sure that they left room for the words on the bottom of the paper.

They then added details with paint and scrapbook paper. After both snowmen were created, students  added buttons to each snowman. Each snowman must have a different amount of buttons. We used large sequins glued onto the wet paint with white glue for buttons.

When each snowman was finished, they completed the math sheet and glued to the bottom of the paper.

Click HERE for the words.

Until next time!