Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sensory Activities for the Classroom

Aimee Pillar, a pediatric occupational therapist, recently contacted me about a study she is conducting.  She is researching the sensory aspects of the environment and how they impact participation for preschool students with autism.  She is seeking preschool teachers to complete a short questionaire.  Here's the link if you are willing and able to help her out: Questionaire.

Aimee has shared some sensory activities for use in preschool classrooms.  They are available at:

I have included the information from the first two links here.  Please click on the third link for more ideas.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Drawing Animals

I discovered years ago that kids love to be shown how to draw simple animals in a "follow the directions" kind of way.  Sometimes, I do this whole group.  Other times, I put a simple tutorial in the art or writing center for kids to do when they chose to.

 Kathy Wilson with has created some tutorials for me to share here.  My students have loved to draw rabbits and cheetahs, so that is what I'm highlighting today.  Be sure to visit the website for many more FREE tutorials.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Valentine's Exchange 2016

It's time for the annual Pre-K and Kindergarten Valentine Exchange!

Here's the Sign Up Genious link for this year's Valentine Exchange.  It is set up exactly the same as last year's.  If your class wants to send out and receive a total of twelve valentines, sign up one time on one list. If your class wants to send and receive about 24 valentines, sign up on two different lists. When signing up, please provide the mailing address that you want the valentines sent to (either your own address or the school's).  Either way, be sure that the address is complete. Each list is limited to one class from the same school and two classes from the same state.  I have set up four lists for now, but will add more if they fill before the deadline (January 31, 2016).

The valentines should be student created.  Be creative with paper, ribbon, glue, stickers, markers, paint, etc. Please do not include food or candy.  Please include a brief letter about your class/school/town.  Students love to see a photo of your class if it is possible to include one.

Valentine's Day falls on a Sunday this year. Valentines should be mailed out between February 1st and 5th.  This should allow all the mail to be received by February 12th.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gingerbread Exchange 2015

It's time for the annual Gingerbread Man Exchange!  Each December, wonderful Pre-K and Kindergarten classes have been mailing paper creations to each other and learning a little geography in the process. If you would like to participate this year, the deadline to sign up is November 27, 2015.

The gingerbread men must be mailed between December 1 and December 3, 2015. Gingerbread men may be decorated with glitter, yarn, fabric, stickers, markers, crayon, paint, etc. (no candy or food items.) Please include a short note from your class and if possible a photo of the students. You will mail one gingerbread man to each class on the list you sign up on.  You should receive one gingerbread man from each of the classes on your list.

If your class would like to send out and receive 12 paper gingerbread men, sign up HERE.
If your class would like to send out and receive 20 paper gingerbread men, sign up HERE.
You may notice that there is an extra sign up slot on your list, that is because your class will not be sending a gingerbread man to your own address.

When signing up, PLEASE LOOK to see who has already signed up on a particular list.  Everyone wants to send and receive mail from as wide a variety of places as possible.  Try to sign up on a list that does not yet have a school from your state signed up. (For some states like Georgia and Texas, this in unavoidable because we get a big response.  Let's try to limit each list to two schools from these states.)  Please don't sign up more than one class from the same school on the same list. I will be checking the sign up to see if it is filling up and we need to add additional lists.  YOU CAN edit your own sign up if you realize that you provided the wrong zip code, etc.

If you would like to Skype in addition to the mailing project, please put that information and your email address under your address.  That way, other teachers on your list who wish to Skype with you can contact you.

Have Fun!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gingerbread Exchange

Stay tuned... I will be organizing a Gingerbread Man Exchange again this year.  The sign ups will start  November 15th and the mail out will be in December.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Fun Manipulative Found at Target's Dollar Spot

If it's the end of July....It's time to check out Target's Dollar Spot for great classroom materials.  I receive no compensation for this.  I just love to share good finds with other teachers!

Today I picked up five bags... yes for a whopping five bucks... of these cool toys:

There are 28 pieces in a bag.  They are advertised as being for children four years and up. These colors were packaged for "girls" and there were primary colored ones for "boys."  I chose these ones because I like the fun colors.    

This is what five bags (140) look like in one of those large school supply boxes:

These toys are great for fine motor development.  They are not hard to snap together or to take apart.

They could be used to make patterns.

They can also be snapped together verically (sorry for the fuzzy picture).

I plan to use them for counting, color sorting, and as a construction toy during free choice centers.



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Dollar Store Finds

It's been a while since I have treasure hunted at the Dollar Tree.  A few days ago, I stopped by for some dice, but came home with a lot more....

These two counting posters ($1 for the pair) match my classroom perfectly!  The kids and I both love the Count by 2's one.  It gives such a good visual to go along with this skill.  The count to 100 poster can also be used as a game.  I plan to use it this way during our 100th day of school activities.  (Sorry about the  shine, but I had laminated these before I got around to taking pictures...)
I do still have a traditional 100 chart poster for counting left to right and counting by tens, but the new one adds some variety.

I also picked up these two puzzles.

This game offers directions for two players and fun exposure to color words.

And for frosting on the cake...
Foam sight word dice (a little bigger than a one inch cube) and a two minute timer. I will be making some center games for these this week :).

There are just a few days left to sign up for the  Valentine Exchange!