Monday, December 18, 2017

Act It Out!

Are you ready for Christmas?  I'm almost there!  I just finished our version of Christmas Charades, that we will play during Christmas Break!

Last year we played our version of Pictionary and Bingo and it was so much fun!  Every year we also play Christmas Bunco, which we have so much fun playing!  In a previous blog post, (which you can find here) I mention all of these games and offer them to you for FREE!

Act It Out is our bilingual Christmas version of Charades.  We are a bilingual family, some are more comfortable reading the words in Spanish and others in English.  You can play it in your classroom with students and/or you can play it at home with your family.  It's easy and fun!

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I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Enjoy your Freebie and until next time!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Go Wild with Wild West Activities

Does anyone else use the Scholastic Book Fair theme to do activities in your classroom and/or school?  We do!  We actually plan out a Family Engagement Night and we tie it to the Book Fair theme.  We get many parents in the door, we engage parents with their children, and they have the opportunity to visit the Book Fair all in one night!  Even our PTA participates by inviting our current fundraiser supplier to pass out samples of whatever we're selling at the time.  Once parents sample what they're selling, they're more inclined to participate in the fundraiser!

This year, the theme is Wild West!  We made it fun by dressing up!

So, here are some of the activities that I created for this particular occasion.  First of all, have your students decorate a hat! This hat will serve as as an accessory because they can wear it that evening and as a reminder note for parents.  Kids love decorating and wearing their own cowboy/cowgirl hat!  You can download this hat for FREE HERE!


Secondly, you can either have your students fill out a Wanted Poster before the event and decorate the hallways with it, or you can set up a table with this activity for them to do at the event.  Students will love to draw a self portrait!  Download your Wanted Poster HERE!

How about having a Texas Theme Bingo that night?  Who doesn't love Bingo?  The winners can receive toys, pencils, books, raffle tickets for a drawing, or even just a Good Job and a high five!  This Texas Theme Bingo will be free until December 2nd.  On December 3rd it will be 50% off for one week and afterwards it will go up to it's original price of $7.50.  So download it HERE NOW while it's FREE!

Lastly, for those little ones, how about a Boot Matching Game?  This Boot Matching Game is also FREE.  Click HERE to download this game for FREE!

Oh, and for those of us that enjoy getting FREE resources for our classroom, I am participating in this great K-2 Teacher Rafflecopter Giveaway.  Don't miss out on the chance to win this iPod Touch 6 + case with stand! 

I am blessed and thankful for my family, health, and friends during this beautiful time of the year!  I wish everyone a great Thanksgiving with their families!  Enjoy your freebies and until next time!


Saturday, November 5, 2016

Mr. Turkey's Bakery Bilingual Freebie

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. This is a great moment to incorporate "The Bakery" into your classroom. Pretend play is very important  because it allows children to begin to developing friendships with peers. It's a great opportunity to have students engaged in a conversation that is meaningful to them because who doesn't love anything that comes from a bakery?

I created an oven out of a shoe box.  It's very simple, I just cut a small square on the top, covered the hole with plastic wrap (almost unnecessary because mine lasted about 10 minutes before it had a hole in the plastic wrap), and made, then glued on a handle made from the piece I had cut out.

In Mr. Turkey's Bakery, I have included a mini book, picture cards for bakery items and their names to match, and a check-off list for students to mark what they have baked. They are included in both English and in Spanish!
Mr. Turkey's Bakery Freebie!
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Hope everyone finds a wealth of Thanksgiving resources today!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall into Fun! Squish, Roll, and Mold Play Dough

 Children love to squish, roll and mold play dough! What a great way to get kids to strengthen their hand muscles and their fine motor skills. We want our little ones to have control over these fine movements to avoid future frustration. Strong little hands are perfect for holding a writing utensil when writing or drawing, using silverware with both hands in a coordinated way, and mastering the use of scissors to cut where intended. Children also let their imagination and creativity go wild when given the opportunity. So, let's get wild and build strong little hands by playing....with play dough!

I know, first hand, that buying play dough for a toddler can get expensive! They love it but they also love to not put lids on the containers and the dough dries up. This is why I have given home made play dough a chance. I have found a post on a blog that did all of the research for us and found us the best play dough recipe!

1 C Flour
1 C Water
1/4 C Salt
1 T Vegetable Oil
2 t Cream of Tarter
Food Coloring (4 drops)
Sauce Pan and Wooden Spoon

Directions (Cook all ingredients over stove)
1- Pour all ingredients (order does not matter) into sauce pan.
2- Stir until everything is mixed well.
3- Once the mixture is mostly clump free heat over medium heat.
4- Stir and keep stirring, after a few minutes it will start to clump up.
5- Stir until one big clump is formed and remove from heat.
6- Knead by hand.


Cooking Playdough

Big Clump

Tip: I added a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil to the dough to get a calming effect on my little one. You might want to avoid this oil if you're using it at school due to allergic reactions.

This Fall, you can have children count and make apples out of play dough! If you laminate these play dough mats, students can count the apples in then ten frame, trace the number with a dry-erase marker, and then add that number of apples to the tree.

Hope your kiddos have fun making apples!
Count, Trace, and Shape Apples Freebie!
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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meet the Teacher Bilingual Freebie

Hi everyone! Hope you are all absorbing as much rest as possible as our summer is quickly coming to an end.  I know some of you have already been back at school for a while.  I went back on Monday but students don't start until the 22nd.  So, I want to share some printables (in both English and Spanish) that you can use for your Meet the Teacher, if you haven't had yours yet.  If you have, you can save them for next year!

Meet the Teacher Freebie
Meet the Teacher is always exciting because we get to see the faces of our little ones and they get to meet us!  It's also an excellent opportunity to get some important information from parents!  Most of us go over rules and procedures, pick-up time procedures, emergency contact information, and so much more.
One of the most important pieces of information you can gather from parents on Meet the Teacher, is how their child will get home.  Our job is to return their precious child at the end of the day, but they need to let us know how they want us to deliver.  Then you can ask how their child will get home the rest of the year.  Sometimes parents take time off work on the first day of school to take their child to school and to go pick them up, but it might be different for the rest of the school year.

I have also included an LPAC note.  Some of us will need to find parents that can participate in LPAC meetings and this note will be very useful in helping find those parents at the beginning of the school year.

Tip for new teachers:  Remind the parents of 3 and 4 year olds to please not cry in front of their child when they drop them off because that gives their little ones the impression that something is wrong.  And there is nothing wrong, in fact, it's all wonderful!  It's wonderful that their students are going to learn so much!  So, remind parents to please wait to get in their car to cry!  The last thing you want is a classroom full of crying children and parents!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Meet the Teacher and a fantastic school year!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Product Update: Agosto

Agosto has been updated!

The themes include:  La primera semana de escuela, Todo sobre mi, Manzanas, and the new Classroom Printables in Spanish!  

Classroom Printables Includes:

Class Birthday Graph

Birthday Certificate

Classroom Helpers

This is the first montly bundle that I have updated.  I will continue to update the rest, so keep checking back.

Don't miss out on the last day of the TPT Best Year Ever Sale!

Wishing everyone the Best Year Ever!