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Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

As I write this post, my throat is kind of sore,

and it's spreading to my ears, and I'm praying that

I don't have the flu AND/OR strep throat.

Pray with me saints, pray with me.

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

My kiddos love anything that comes in these small boxes.

They know that they are going to enjoy anything that it contains. 

Whether it be exploration boxes, or previous small box activities

that I have talked about, you name it, they LOVE it!

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

So, small box activities for medial sounds was born!

This is such an important part of phonemic awareness,

and it is something that some of my babies still struggle with. 

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

It's so easy for them to get it confused with initial sounds,

so I wanted something that was fun, yet engaging at the same time. 

Oh, and did I mention that it's easy to prep?

That is a must for any teacher, because I know that you are

just as busy as I am, and who wants to spend 40 minutes

prepping an activity? I know I don't!

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

This purposeful activity is perfect for little hands, 

and it can be used for morning work, a literacy center,

or early finisher work, etc. 

Students can cover the sound that's on the card,

or they can spin and cover sounds. 

There is also a black and white version for each activity.

When I'm low on color ink, I love to use 

that vibrant paper from Astrobrights. 

Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

Oh, and did I mention there's also spin & color?

For more info, you can click on any of these pictures,

and you can find this pack in my TPT store. 

Or, you can click here.


Medial Sounds: Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work, etc. Any type of manipulative can be used for this activity, including but not limited to counters, coins, or erasers.

Building Coins for March

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I'm back with another building pack!


After creating the Building Snowmen pack for January,

I really had no intention to create another version of it.

It turned out that my students liked it so much,

so I decided to create Building Hearts for February.


They asked if we could do these all the time,

and I know that as soon as I take down

their hearts from outside of the classroom, 

they'll be asking for more!


I love these building packs, because they review so many of

the skills that my students need to practice!

We still have our letters where we can practice

our name and sight words, etc. 

Numbers are included so that students can practice

the order, and skip counting by 10's as well. 

Students can also practice hearing the ending sounds

of a word, by way of word families. 


It also gives them a chance to practice their fine motor skills.

I will say, including a lot of fine motor practice

in my classroom has helped, because they have really been

doing an excellent job of cutting all of the pieces 

out themselves. 



Your students can put them together one of two ways.

You can just have the students to glue the pieces together,

or you can have them to glue each piece onto a little

strip of paper. 

Building Coins is an easy to prep activity that is great for St. Patrick's Day. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

I've been think about different ways to implement this

in my classroom, and I love that it can be used

as a craft, center activity, early finisher activity

that a student can work on throughout the week,

or as an alternative to morning work. 


For more information, click here or 

on any picture!

Building Coins is an easy to prep activity that is great for St. Patrick's Day. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

Black History in the Primary Classroom



Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

February came quickly, and out of nowhere!

I feel like we barely got back to school, and poof!

There went January!



February is one of my favorite months, not only because

of Valentine's Day, but also because of Black History Month!

I love to introduce topics by utilizing read alouds, and I want 

to discuss some of them with you today!



I like to begin with books that talk about how even though our skin

and hair might be different from others, we're still the same!

Before we read books that focus on people 

like Harriet Tubman, Coretta Scott King, etc.,

I like to read books that features the perspective of children. 

I've found that they relate to it more easily!


The Crayon Box that Talked is a great book that begins with a box

of crayons who do not like each other. 

By the end of the story, they realize that their diversity

is what makes that so great!

From there, we move on to our next book,

which just happens to be one of my faves!





We extend our learning from the crayon box book,

and we read The Skin You Live In.

This book talks about how all shades of skin are wonderful,

from cinnamon spice skin, all the way to lemon tart bold skin.

I love how it then keeps going, about it's not dumb skin,

or smart skin, or I'm lesser than you skin. 

It's so important that our kiddos hear this message!




The Colors of Us follows Lena as decides to paint herself 

and people in her neighborhood. She thinks that all she has to do is 

to pick the color brown, because brown is brown.

As they take a walk, Lena's mother shows her that there

are many different shades of the color,

and that they are all perfect!





I Love My Hair is all about self-acceptance.

I think that I love this book because it reminds me

of myself as a child! I HATED to have my hair done.

I kind of tolerated my mom doing my hair,

but my grandmother was RUTHLESS!!!

She didn't care if it hurt, she just got it done!

Though it does bring back fond memories!





After we talk about how we all look different on the outside,

and the shades of our skin are wonderful, we start to get

more into The Underground Railroad.

I love to introduce this movement by reading

Henry's Freedom Box.

They can't believe people used to own other people,

like a piece of clothing or toy.

They're also very interested in the fact that Henry

mails himself to freedom!

This book begins with Henry as a child, and then

follows him through adulthood.



Goin' Someplace Special tells the story of 'Tricia Ann,

a little girl growing up in the South during the 1950's,

a time when segregation was legal and enforced.

She begs her grandmother to go on a trip to Someplace Special,

all by herself. With some reluctance, her grandmother agrees.

While traveling, 'Tricia Ann is always reminded of where she can't

go, where she can't sit, and more.

Then she is remembers what her grandmother told her,

to always walk with her head held high, because she is somebody!

And then she finally arrives at Someplace Special,

the library! I love this story, because the library

was always my favorite place to go as a child, and it still is.



I'm not even sure when I ran across this book,

but once I read it, I knew that A Taste of Colored Water

had to have a place in my classroom library.

This books is slightly different, as it is from the perspective

of white children. It's all Abbey Finch's fault! Lulu and Jelly

just have to visit town, because they want to see the colored fountain!

They're imagining all the flavors, cherry, lemon,

orange, apple-you name it!

Once they arrive in town, they happen upon a protest, marching singers,

police and their dogs, and firemen.


You can find all of these books and more

by clicking on each of the pictures,

which will take you to Amazon.


Alright, so those are some of my favorite read-clouds

to begin my black history unit.

Keep reading on for more information on how I teach black history.


Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.


So, in my classroom, we begin learning about black history

by starting this KWL chart. 

It's totally ok if it's not completely full.

I've discovered that in Kindergarten their knowledge can 

be somewhat limited. 

That makes the learning that much more fun!

Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We talk about some important vocabulary, 

with primary friendly visuals.

It really helps them to understand the definition.

Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We discuss what is black history,

and people who fought for equality in their 

respective fields and areas.
Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We talk about specific events that moved 

The Civil Rights Movement forward. 
Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

Each person and even has a page in color,

and a black and white version as well. 

Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

We put all of our learning in our black history research book

and vocabulary book. 
Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.


For more information on this black history pack,

you may click here or on any of the pictures above. 



These books are some of my fave read-alouds for black history month. I love how they reinforce how wonderful we are, regardless of skin color, and how important it is to stand up for what's right.   Black History for the Primary Classroom is a great way to introduce primary students to the contributions of African-Americans in our world, and important times such as The Underground Railroad and The Civil Rights Movement. It is a great way to share with students that they are perfect and unique, no matter the color of their skin, or the texture of their hair. It's also a great way to teach about how important it is to stand up for what is right.

Building Hearts for February

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

I was so excited to share last month's version of this,

Building Snowmen, and now I'm back with a new set!

I love these activities, because they are so hands-on!!!


They are great for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or

as an alternative to morning work.

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

You can print them out and have the students to color them.

You can also print them out on colored paper. 

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

There are options for students to practice their math skills, 

including number order from 1-20, and by 10s to 100/120.

Your students can also display a chosen number several ways. 

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

Students can practice their name, sight words, building words,

and they can practice matching pictures to their medial sound. 

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.


My students absolutely love these and I'm sure your little learners

will as well!! Click on any picture for more information!

Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.   Building Hearts is an easy to prep activity that is great for the month of February. It includes literacy and math practice for the primary classroom! This activity can be used for a craft, center activity, early finisher work, or as an alternative to morning work.

Small Box Activities


Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

Today, I'm here to talk with you about.......


...yup, small box activities!

So, those who know me, know how much I

absolutely love centers!

I love to create activities for my students!

So, I have some babies who are struggling academically as the year goes on.

While some of my students are soaring, and moving on to other activities,

such as reading and building CVC words.......

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

......and place value, addition and subtraction, decomposing numbers...

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

........I still have those babies who are struggling.

They have been through all of the centers that they

are able to complete, so I decided to create some new centers,

that still focus on those critical skills that they need.

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

They still need practice with letter sounds,

but something that's also fun and engaging. 

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

They also need practice with identifying numbers,

one-to-one correspondence, and subitizing. 

Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!

So, I created these small box activities, that can really be used 

at any point of the school year. It is an easy to prep, purposeful activity,

that is perfect for little hands. It can also be used for morning work, 

literacy centers, or early finisher work, etc. 


Any type of manipulative can be used for this center. 

My fave are those erasers from the Target dollar spot!

However, use what you have, whether it be erasers,

counters, coins, teddy bears, etc. 


I hope to create more of these, to cover a range of skills. 

Talk to you later!




Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!     Small Box Activities is an easy to prep, purposeful activity, that is perfect for little hands. It can be used for morning work, a literacy center, early finisher work and more!