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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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.

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Wishing everyone the Best Year Ever!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas in July Freebie

Hope everyone is having a restful summer!  Many of us however, use part of our summer to get ready for the beginning of the school year.  I'm already getting ready for the first day of school.  One of the things that I love to do on the first day of school (or the second day, if we run out of time on the first day), is an All About Me mini book.

Kids get excited about this mini book because they love to tell us about their favorite subject, themselves.  This mini book is great for preschoolers, all the way up to second or even third graders.

Todo Sobre Mi Freebie
This is a great activity! I love and enjoy reading and learning about them through their mini books.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Father's Day Writing Activities

Father's Day is coming up!  Unfortunately, because most of us aren't in school on Father's day, we tend to not do anything for Father's Day. If we really think about it, it's really not fair for those wonderful dads out there.  They deserve some extra love from their babies too. So, a few years ago, I decided that I was going to plan Father's Day activities the week after Mother's Day. Then, I send them home on the last day of school.

Our little ones love to talk about dad just as much as they like to talk about their mom.  This is another one of their favorite subjects because they're experts on this one as well!  So, using my Mother's Day unit as a template, I have created a Father's Day unit.  If it's too late for this year, download it and save it for next year.

Dia de los Padres

Dia de los Padres Bilingual Bundle includes writing activities and coupons for dad, because dads love coupons just as much as moms do!

Wishing all of the wonderful dads a Happy Father's Day!

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