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A Glimpse Into our Winter Disiplay, A new Editable Winter Search the Room Game, and Five for Friday!

Hello Friends,

It's been too long since I have joined Kacey from Five for Friday! I'm excited to link up this week!

1. We are doing a "Helping One Another" combined kindergarten project/display for our winter hallway display. It's not done yet, but here is a glimpse into what we have done so far.....

These adorable houses were created by my kindergarten partner, Lea. She is making the "We Can Help in Our Community" part of our display. These houses are simply construction paper, tissue boxes, and TP rolls. She asked them to label them... You can see the one that says "This is a house."

2.  My part is about how kids can help our world.... Here is the beginning of our display.....

3.  Our kinder kids are performing a circus; as is the tradition in our school. We ask for donations at the door for our performance and then give the money away to a cause. This year, we are giving our donations to "God's Littlest Angels" orphanage in Haiti. Here are a few photos of the cute circus characters my kiddos made for our display.

4.  Being able to edit teaching resources is becoming quite a thing in the education world. I created this resource for my kiddos and they LOVED it! I also love it because it is editable; which means that I can change the focus of the cards without having to create a new picture card. I have used this for sight word matching, matching numbers and number words, and this week I am going to type a question on the picture card and then type the answer on the recording sheet. I love doing activities like this because it gets my kiddos up and moving.   This is a WINTER version. I will be starting a SPRING version soon! :) You can find the link for the resource HERE.

5.  Finally...... What a mild winter we are having! Here is a photo out our front door. Look at the green grass..... Wow, it looks like spring! What a difference from last year!

 Until next time, my friends!

Make sure you visit Doodle Bugs at Five for Friday!


A Link to a Few Winter Art Ideas and Resources

Hello Friends,
We are having such a mild winter this year. I love it! It's sooo much more fun to do our snowy projects in the classroom and then be able to go outside in the fresh, cold air. We have been taking advantage of the milder temperatures, too. I think we have only had 4 inside recess days all winter! That makes the time spent inside the classroom so much more valuable. I truly believe all the research about recess and brain development. Go Noodle is a great tool for giving mini brain breaks throughout the day, but it doesn't replace playing outside!

I wrote a Blog Hoppin post on Friday sharing some winter crafts and resources. If you are a follower of my blog, you might recognize some of the art ideas. Farther down the post,  you will find quite a few winter resources written by various Blog Hopping authors. You can find the post HERE and also by clicking the image above.

Until next time, my friends!


Winter Rhyming Game Freebie and 3D Shapes

Hello Friends,

BRRR..... it is cold here... We have been spoiled in Central Illinois this winter. We have been having 40 degree days and it has been AMAZING! But.... good things do come to an end and we are presently experiencing below freezing temps. I am trying not to whine about it because I found a picture of what LAST year looked like at this time..... Thankfulness, my friends..... and hopefulness that this does not happen to us this year.......

I thought I would let you know that I just revised my Winter Rhyming game. Kids match the mittens to the hot chocolate cards. When they are finished, they do the recording sheet. If you downloaded this previously, download it again because I have made many changes! And, it's a freebie!
If you cannot download from TPT, HERE is the Google link to the freebie. 

We are starting 3D Shapes this week. I updated this unit last year. I really enjoy doing this unit because these shapes are not (usually) taught in preschool, so it is a new concept to my kinders. Most kids are aware of what the words "3D" mean because of the movies they have attended!

Stay warm, my friends!

Until next time,


A Happy New Year's Freebie

Hello Friends,
I thought I would share a Happy New Year freebie with you. It's quick, no prep, and gives our little ones a chance to think grown-up thoughts. The word RESOLUTION is a BIG word that little kids can learn. Many adults make resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, or save money. These are things that little kids really do not think about BUT they CAN think about how they can be better at sharing, cleaning up, or being kinder to others. It's a great way to get kids thinking about and reviewing classroom rules and behavior after the long winter break. Happy New Year's, my friends! Enjoy this freebie!
The image above will take you to my TPT store to download the freebie. The image below will take you to a google doc. Hope one of them will work for you!

Until next time! Happy New Year!


Gingerbread Friends Easy project and Freebie.... Merry Christmas!

Hello Friends,
I am one of the lucky ones who have the next two weeks off. I know, though, that some of you will be working this next week. I thought that I would share with you an easy and cute project that can be linked to the Common Core Standards as well as be fun for your students!

 We read 4 gingerbread stories which took a couple of days, BUT it was fun to announce that we were taking "A Gingerbread break" and then the kids stopped what they were doing and came over to listen to one of the stories! When the stories were all finished, we discussed the similarities and differences between the four stories as well as define the character in each one. We looked at the illustrations in each book and talked about the way illustrators create.

The four stories we read were: The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Girl, The Gingerbread Pirates, and Gingerbread Baby.

The children chose their favorite gingerbread character, created it from paper, and then wrote about it. (I actually cut out the gingerbread shape from brown construction paper and they glued it upon their paper.) They used construction paper and oil crayons to decorate. I love how they are working so hard to construct sentences; some have taken off and others are still struggling BUT they ALL are trying hard and I LOVE that!

 If you would like to do this gingerbread project with your students, you can find it free by clicking HERE.

So.... that's it for awhile, my friends.... I will be taking a short break from my blog as I enjoy this special time with my family. I wish you all happiness and health for the coming year! I will be back soon!

Until next time!