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Building Snowmen

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

All of the presents are open, the Christmas decorations are down,

and now it's time to be thinking about what I'm going to do when 

we get back to school!

Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.

You guessed it, we're going to be talking about snow and snowmen!

Over my teaching career, I've done several versions of these snowmen.

I've even shown some over on Instagram

We've done counting from 10 to 100, and putting the numbers in order.

Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.

And we've also completed snowmen with our names.

Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.

Gotta make sure that we put everything in the right order!


I've also done some number work where students would do a 

sketch, expanded form, ten frame, etc.


After years of doing this activity, I wanted to clean it

up a bit, and add more to it. 

Every year, my students may not need to work on the same

area, and it allows for differentiation if necessary. 

So one year we may do names, another year we may practice

skip counting to 100, or we may do some number work.

If I have students who need to work on different things,

then they can complete different snowmen!

Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.     Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.    Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.

If you have a student that does not need to work on their name,

they could also work on sight words!

If students are working on their numeracy skills,

the awesome things is that there are several options to choose from!

Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.       Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.


I wanted something quick, and easy to prep, 

to complete the first day when we come back.

To find out more information, click on any of the pictures.

Enjoy the rest of your break!


Building Snowmen allows students to complete a craft and to practice their literacy and numeracy skills.






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Christmas Freebies for the Primary Classroom

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?



Today I want to share with you some awesome freebies that I

have for you, some are oldies but goodies,

and some are brand spankin' new!


 First up we have a quick and easy center for ending sounds. 

It can be used in a pocket chart (which is what I do),

or it can be used in a tabletop center. 

Listening for the ending sounds in words is an important phonemic awareness skill that students need to learn. This center provides extra practice, and can be used in small group and then moved to a center for independent practice. Recording sheets are included!

Listening for the ending sounds in words is an important phonemic awareness skill that students need to learn. This center provides extra practice, and can be used in small group and then moved to a center for independent practice. Recording sheets are included!


Next up is a math freebie, ways to make 10!

There are two different activities that students can participate in.

With the first option, students will get a strip of elves.

Each strip has a different combination of boy and girl elves.

They would color each picture, cut and paste them to the sheet,

and determine how many of each they have to make the number 10.

There are two different versions of the recording sheet,

one with and one without the addition sign. 

Do your students need more practice in ways to make the number 10? Santa’s Helpers provide holiday themed practice for your students. There are two activities that students can utilize to practice this skill.

This option is a game that can be placed in a center.

The students will have 10 circles with boy elves on one side,

and girl elves on the other. They will shake them up, and then

dump them out, see how many they have of each,

and record them on their recording sheet. 

Do your students need more practice in ways to make the number 10? Santa’s Helpers provide holiday themed practice for your students. There are two activities that students can utilize to practice this skill.

Do your students need more practice in ways to make the number 10? Santa’s Helpers provide holiday themed practice for your students. There are two activities that students can utilize to practice this skill.

Next up is an emergent reader (I love them) that

can be used anytime this month!

Not only does it give students a chance to practice their fluency

and sight words, they can practice counting as well!
This freebie Christmas themed emergent reader is great for students to practice their fluency, sight word skills, and counting at the same time!
This freebie Christmas themed emergent reader is great for students to practice their fluency, sight word skills, and counting at the same time!



Last but certainly not least, this is something new that I just finished!

I know I'm not the only one in love with the tiny erasers from Target!!

We use them for centers and during small group!


So I wanted something that could have multiple uses. 

These activities could be used for math centers,

an alternative to morning work, an exploration box,

or something for early finishers to do. 

Annnnnddddd....I needed something to go in these tiny

photo boxes that are just too cute!!

(I have my other exploration boxes in these cases as well.)


First up is spin and cover. 

There is an option for numbers 1-5 and 6-10. 


This holiday math center freebie provides students practice in those early numeracy skills that they desperately need. This freebie includes 3 centers that focus on the numbers 1-10.

This holiday math center freebie provides students practice in those early numeracy skills that they desperately need. This freebie includes 3 centers that focus on the numbers 1-10.


Then we have roll and build. I found these tiny dice at the local teacher store.

You can also use the spinners that are included for spin and build.

This holiday math center freebie provides students practice in those early numeracy skills that they desperately need. This freebie includes 3 centers that focus on the numbers 1-10.

There is also an option for students who need to 

just practice building numbers. 

This holiday math center freebie provides students practice in those early numeracy skills that they desperately need. This freebie includes 3 centers that focus on the numbers 1-10.

This holiday math center freebie provides students practice in those early numeracy skills that they desperately need. This freebie includes 3 centers that focus on the numbers 1-10.

This holiday math center freebie provides students practice in those early numeracy skills that they desperately need. This freebie includes 3 centers that focus on the numbers 1-10.


Now, if you can't find the candy cane or Santa erasers,

have no fear, you can use any manipulative with these!

Click on any of the pictures above to be

taken to each activity. 

For other activities that we do in the month of 

December, check out my blog post here

Talk to you guys later!!!




The month of December can be a hectic time in the classroom. This post is full of Christmas math and Christmas literacy fun and freebies! This holiday math center freebie provides students practice in those early numeracy skills that they desperately need. This freebie includes 3 centers that focus on the numbers 1-10.
Listening for the ending sounds in words is an important phonemic awareness skill that students need to learn. This center provides extra practice, and can be used in small group and then moved to a center for independent practice. Recording sheets are included!
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Classroom Delivery from Oriental Trading


Hop on over an fill out your wishlist over at Oriental Trading! You can also share your wishlist with friends, family and parents!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

We're rocking and a rolling, and the beginning of the 

school year seems to bring all kinds of goodies to my doorstep!


Every time I get an Oriental Trading magazine in my 

mailbox, I immediately park myself on my couch

and see what new goodies they have that I want!

I end up with folded pages marking my faves

all over the place.


 Luckily, Oriental Trading has created the

perfect thing to help us keep track of everything we want!

I love it!!! This way I can add all the things, and keep up with it all!



Hop on over an fill out your wishlist over at Oriental Trading! You can also share your wishlist with friends, family and parents!

Even better, I can share this wishlist with anyone, including parents!

It's a digital wishlist that they can always refer to throughout the year!

However often you feel the need to update the list,

it's there at the tip of their fingertips!

You can check out my wishlist right here!



Since my classroom theme is all about the carnival,

my first order contains a lot of items to go with that theme!

So at the top of my list was a large and in charge carnival sign.

Luckily, I have a room that has its on little corner,

and I knew that this was just where I wanted to go!

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For Meet the Teacher night, my students eyes just lit up when they

realized that they would be coming to my classroom!

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Next up was a Carnival ceiling decoration, 

that I placed over my entryway and computer center! Love!

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I also chose the Jumbo Lacing Beads, to place in my 

fine motor tubs. This is definitely one of their favorite tubs!

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I also had out some photo booth props for Meet the Teacher night,

which the parents really got a kick out of! I had to pry them 

from taking pictures so they could complete the paperwork!

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Next up are these awesome finger lights, but they are in the shape

of cars! I love to use these for small group,

it helps to keep it exciting, because they never know what I will

pull out of my goody drawer to use during that time. 

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I'm also the stamp queen. I stamp EVERYTHING 

and I have various ink pads all around. These circus themed self-inking stamps

are just perfect for my students papers when they are finished!

They never know which one I'm going to pick!

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This medal assortment is a great companion to

our data notebooks. I plan to use these for when students reach 

those tough milestones that they have been working on!


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Last, but not least, those of you who know me,

know that I am obsessed with notebooks.

However, you might not know that I am also obsessed with bags as well!

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I plan to use these awesome bags for their book buddies at their desk,

and also for different centers such as listening centers with the iPods. 


I hope that you have enjoyed taking a peek at my Oriental Trading

wishlist, so go on and head over to set yours up!

Come back and share it with me, I can't wait to see what you choose!




(I was provided these products from Oriental Trading for my honest review.
All opinions are my own.)














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6 Fave Books for August

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

We all have our favorite read aloud books

that we love to share with our students every month. 

Today, I want to share with you 6 of my favorite books

to read during the month of August!6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!


Alright, let's jump right in!


The Night Before Kindergarten

6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing is at the top of 

my fave books for August, especially the first day of school!

Not only does this book rhyme (bonus!), it is extremely

descriptive about preparing for the first day of school. 

It's also a great conversation starter, and gets your kids

talking about what they did to prepare for school.

We also begin to practice speaking and listening skills,

and taking turns!


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!

I must admit, when the Pete the Cat craze started to overtake

all primary classrooms, I had no idea what everyone was talking about!

This was the first book that I bought in that series, and I was hooked

every since! I love to read this book the second week of school,

because it is a great introduction to a lot of colors and color words,

and our first sight words are the words 'red' and 'blue',

so it's a win-win situation for me!


If You Take A Mouse To School
6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!


We all know what happens if we take a mouse to school!

My students love to see the antics that the mouse gets into when 

he hitches a ride to school. We read through the book,

it's a great way to slide in a discussion about reality and fantasy,

and we also try to think about what the mouse will do next!

Extraordinary Jane
6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!

Now, this book just may be my absolute fave book to read in August.

I chose this book, because I wanted a great circus themed book

to match my classroom theme. 

Once I actually read it, I fell in love with it!

Jane and her family and friends are in the circus.

She thinks that she's just extra ordinary, 

meanwhile, her family is extraordinary!

Throughout the book, she realizes that she's just Jane,

and that there is nothing wrong with that!

I also love this book, because there aren't a lot of words,

so you can focus more on the pictures. 

This is the first book that we take a picture walk through!


Have You Filled A Bucket Today?
6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!

My school is a Leader in Me school, and a bucket-filling school,

because they go hand in hand. 

It's amazing that after years and years of trying to explain

how important it is to treat others like we want to be treated,

along comes a book, and I thought it was a long book,

but amazingly, they get it!

They truly get what it means to dip from someone's bucket,

and to pour into someone's bucket. 


Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker
6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!

Whew!! Talkers!!! If you see them, point them out!!!

No, don't, I'm just kidding!

This is a great book to read when you notice who your 

Chatty Kathy's are, especially when they're influencing some other students!

Lacey ends up talking so much in this story, that she misses some

very important things!

A great lesson for littles on there being a time to talk,

and a time to listen!




These are only 6 of my fave read aloud for August, 

I have several more that I read, but you would be reading for days!

What are your favorite read aloud for the month of August?




6 great books to read for the month of August. These books cover everything from colors and sight words to character education, classroom management and comprehension!

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Integrating Sensory Tables into your Kindergarten Classroom


Hey everyone, how's it going?

I finally went up to my classroom to get it together

for the upcoming year, and I came across 

all of my sensory table materials. 

So I decided that I wanted have a chat about how I 

integrated sensory tables into my center rotations. 


If you missed the post on how I begin centers in general,

you can check it out here!

Before we talk about how to integrate them into your center rotations,

I want to talk about why. 

Why sensory tables?

Sensory tables are something that I have wanted to do

for several years now, and it took me a while to do some 

research, and to think about how it would go in my classroom. 


I wanted to be armed with research, because I wanted to know the 'why'

behind what we were gong to do, and I wanted to be able to explain it

if someone higher up wanted to ask me about it.

Sensory play is anything that engages the five senses,

touch, taste, seeing, hearing, and feeling. 

Children learn best when more of their senses are engaged,

and this is enhanced if these experiences are hands-on. 

Sensory tables reach students who are tactile learners, as well as

those who are visual learners. 

They also remember more of what they learn with their senses. 

Great ideas for integrating DIY sensory tables into a kindergarten classroom! This is great for teaching all learners through their senses, helping them to define their physical, social & emotional, cognitive, language & creative development.

While your students are exploring and having fun,

they are also learning in many different ways. 

Let's take a look at some of them!


Creative Development

First and foremost, there is room for creative development. Sometimes the

curriculum that we follow seems to not provide an opportunity for this.

As primary teachers, we know that this is extremely important!

At this age, children learn through play!! Yes!!

I know, you already know this, we just need to keep telling everyone else!


Language Development

Each time a student comes to the sensory table, they will use

all of the materials there in a different way. 

If students in a group don't have a shared background story,

it gives them some common ground to stand on. 

I was amazed at the conversations that I would overhear

from the sensory table!

Great ideas for integrating DIY sensory tables into a kindergarten classroom! This is great for teaching all learners through their senses, helping them to define their physical, social & emotional, cognitive, language & creative development.

Physical Development

Sensory tables are a great center in which students can

manipulate the materials and practice their fine motor skills!

They learn control over their motor skills, which is so 

important for zipping zippers, tying shoes, handwriting, etc.


Social & Emotional Development

This is another piece of early childhood that current

curriculum trends tend to ignore. 

They learn to cooperate with their peers and they learn to

listen to someone else's point of view, even if they don't agree with it.

It is during this type of learning that self-discovery occurs. 

They become able to express themselves, 

and share what they have learned. 


Cognitive Development

Last, but certainly not least, is cognitive development. 

Students are able to make decisions, and feel good about them.

They are able to problem solve, and begin to analyze different things. 


Great ideas for integrating DIY sensory tables into a kindergarten classroom! This is great for teaching all learners through their senses, helping them to define their physical, social & emotional, cognitive, language & creative development.

So, you've said yes to a sensory table! Congratulations!

Now how do you go about integrating it into your center rotation?

It's definitely not a decision to be taken lightly, because if it's 

implemented quickly or haphazardly, then disaster is coming!


I definitely do not begin with teaching this center.

I begin by teaching the basic centers first. 

When I feel that they're ready, then I move towards this center. 

I decided for our first foray into sensory tables, I wanted to begin 

with something that would be super easy to clean up. 

So that means no rice. Let me repeat myself......

Do NOT begin sensory tables with rice!

It will get everywhere, and it will encourage you to abandon

sensory tables altogether. Don't do it!


I like to begin with noodles! They're pretty big, and they're

super easy to clean up. And we stick with the noodles during what 

I like to call the training phase. 

Just as you have to be extremely diligent when teaching center

routines and procedures, you have to do the same thing,

even more so, when you're teaching this center. 


We talk about how the materials don't belong in our mouths,

even though some of it is real food, we can't eat it!

We talk about how the sensory materials are pretty,

but they also do not belong in our pockets, we cannot

take them home, as much as we want to!

Great ideas for integrating DIY sensory tables into a kindergarten classroom! This is great for teaching all learners through their senses, helping them to define their physical, social & emotional, cognitive, language & creative development.

 Once we have the routines and procedures down, and we're past the

stage of wanting to them in our mouths, and we're picking

up material from the floor, then I begin switching out materials. 

Now, don't worry if you don't have enough sensory materials

for the entire year. Neither did I. Whenever I didn't have themed

sensory materials, I pulled the noodles back out. 

My goal this year is to fill in what I didn't have the year before. 
Great ideas for integrating DIY sensory tables into a kindergarten classroom! This is great for teaching all learners through their senses, helping them to define their physical, social & emotional, cognitive, language & creative development.

What I also love about sensory tables in Kindergarten, is that you

can use center materials that you were already using!

No reinventing the wheel!

My fave things to use in this center is anything that is a mat

from my friend Vickie Plant

This includes her phonics mats, and her ABC Visual Discrimination Mats!! 

Great ideas for integrating DIY sensory tables into a kindergarten classroom! This is great for teaching all learners through their senses, helping them to define their physical, social & emotional, cognitive, language & creative development.

I also have blog posts about dyeing sensory materials,


I hope that your endeavor into sensory tables turn out great!

Great ideas for integrating DIY sensory tables into a kindergarten classroom! This is great for teaching all learners through their senses, helping them to define their physical, social & emotional, cognitive, language & creative development.





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