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Friday, December 2, 2016

How to make Christmas Trees





I love these Christmas trees.  They are so easy to make, require very little skills and are fun to do.  They also allow for a lot of artistic expression.  Children can decorate them with anything you have on hand.  String, stickers, sparkles, glitter, beads, sequins etc.  Put out a variety of items and see what they do.








Sunday, November 27, 2016

Wishlist linky and Giveaway

I'm so excited for the Cyber Sale starting on Monday.
I have I so many items on my wishlist list and I'm looking forward to emptying it (if I don't keep adding to it first LOL)

I decided to join up with some fellow sellers to highlight items from my store that seem to still be on a lot of people's wishlists.

My number one wishlisted item is my Calendar Book.  It's also one of my bestsellers. 


My next top wishlisted item is my No Prep Polar Express Math Pack.  I also have an alphabet version and a bundled version.


My last wistlisted item is my Rudolph Interactive Books.  These are my favourite interactive books just before the holidays.


You can find more wishlists by clicking on the button below.


I'm also joining up with follow sellers for a gift card giveaway.


Enter my giveaway below and comment on this post with what's on your wishlist.




Then click on the button below to head on over to the next blog.
Follow the loop and enter all the giveaways to increase your chances at winning a Gift card.




Sunday, November 13, 2016

Math Manipulative Monday - Snap Cubes


Snap cubes are a staple in our class.  We use them for everything.  Great for fine motor skills, they can be used in both math and literacy activities.

The one thing that I really like about snap cubes for children with disabilities is that you can feel the circle on each one.  This is important for children with visual disabilities because they can clearly feel the difference between each one.

Close your eyes and touch each one.  Can you feel them?


When measuring, I use the snap cubes for children who need to "feel" the different cubes to help them count.  Putting their finger in each hole as they count, helps some children differentiate between them.


Sorting can easily be done with snap cubes.  The various colours make them easy to see and the chunky shape is easy to handle.


I like to use them for our hundreds chart.  We make rows of 10 and because there are 10 different colours they are perfect for counting by 10's to 100.  Because they snap together, they won't fall apart when you are working with them.


The snap cubes snap together in different directions.  This makes them perfect for joining together to make numbers and letters.  This is ideal for children who need to "feel" what they are doing and it's a very "hand-on" way to make number and letters.


I've used the cubes as counters during math work station activities.


They are great for working on one-to-one counting.  Once the children have placed one cube on each item, I have them move them off the card and count them.


 I like patterning with snap cubes because they stay together.  They are sometimes hard for little hands to push together but with some practice most of my kids have been able to do it.


In my math work stations I have patterning cards.  I sometimes have children that have a hard time picking them up, so I taped a snap cube on the back of each one.  I put one colour on the bears and one colour on the skunks.


Now they stand up nicely.



When you turn them around, there is still a pattern.  This is great for self checking their answers.



How do you use snap cubes?  
I hope I've given you a bit of inspiration to "think outside the box" and see what else you can do with them.


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

Have a safe and happy Halloween today.


Monday, October 24, 2016

5 Little Pumpkins - Hands on


Halloween is fast approaching and I'm squeezing in some last minute activities.  I wanted to do the poem "5 Little Pumpkins" with the kids and I wanted it to be more hands-on than felt or paper pieces.  My lower kiddos really need the hands-on, "real" practice.

My original intention was to get some mini pumpkins for the kids to use but I couldn't find them in the grocery store this year.  I went to the farmer's market but I couldn't justify the price they wanted for the little ones.

Instead I ended up using a bag of clementines.  It was only about $4 for a bag and I got a couple of sets of Jack-o-lanterns out of it.  This way I could have a couple of children doing the poem at the same time.

Use a sharpie to add a face to the clementines.  Tip: Do this when they are warm.  The marker doesn't write well on cold clementines.  

I used a piece of wood for the "gate".  A large block from the block center would work too.



As I read the poem I had the children pick up each of the "Jack-o-Lanterns" in order.

5 little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said "oh my it's getting late"
The second one said "there are witches in the air"



The third one said "but we don't care"
The forth one said "we are ready for some fun"
The fifth one said "let's run and run and run"


So ooooow went the wind and out went the lights.
And the 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

At this point I push all the pumpkins off of the gate and have them roll on the ground.



After a few adult readings I found the children were able to do the poem on their own.  I placed all the materials in an accessible location for them to go to and act out. 



Sunday, October 16, 2016

Free Pumpkin Counting Mat

Do you have children who need to work on their fine motor skills as well as counting and one-to-one correspondence?  Then this is the perfect activity for you.


Print out the colour version and laminate.  I printed out a few of them and ran a group activity.


I used play-dough and had the children roll ten small balls before we got started.  If you don't have play-dough, don't worry.  Use blocks, counters, or poker chips. 

I had each child roll a dice and then put that many balls on their pumpkin.  The first child to fill their pumpkin is the winner.



I also included a black and white version.  This one is great for putting letters, shapes or numbers on. Use a bingo dabber or crayons and dice that you can put what you want on them.

Click on the picture below to grab it for free.





Sunday, October 9, 2016

Free Kindergarten Halloween Alphabet Match


Halloween is just around the corner and we are working on the alphabet.




We have been putting the alphabet in order.

Uppercase



And lowercase


We have been matching the uppercase to the lowercase.


We have also been playing a matching game.  Depending on the level the children are working at, we have done this with matching lowercase to lowercase, uppercase to uppercase and uppercase to lowercase.


You can pick this up for free by clicking on the picture below.