Showing posts from December, 2012

Common Core Literacy Centers: Phonics Spoons!

I have been working on creating a presentation that includes Common Core State Standard aligned independent literacy center activities for a while now, and I thought it would be fun to share some of them with you starting today and continuing on for the next couple of posts.  I hope you enjoy them!  I would love to know about your favorite kinds of learning centers, too!  So if you have blog posts or pins to share, please let me know with a comment below. Phonics Spoons I adapted this little idea from one that I saw on Pinterest a while ago.   ( Click here to see the original idea from the blog called The Organized Jewish Home . )  I repinned it from Vanessa Levin’s Pre-K Pages Alphabet Ideas Pinterest Board .   Anyway, one good idea leads to another!  I loved the idea of using a solid color spoon together with a clear spoon to match things up, so as I thought about it a bit more, (and prayed about it, too!), another idea came to me for making word families with the spoons! 

A Tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School Students and Staff

Twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38, When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate. Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air, They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there! They were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say. They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day. "Where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.  "This is heaven." declared a small boy. "We're spending Christmas at God's house." When what to their wondering eyes did appear,  But Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near. He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.  Then He opened His arms and He called them by name. And in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring! Those children all flew into the arms of their King! And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,  One small girl turned and looked at Jesus' f

North Pole, South Pole Guided Drawing

Last week, I had the pleasure of doing guided drawing with my class on Friday morning!  I LOVE doing guided drawing, and teaching children to draw holiday themes is always so much fun!  So I was especially glad that I got to teach on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last week after I got back from presenting at SDE's Michigan Conference for Kindergarten Teachers.   (I usually job share my Kindergarten class with a wonderful teacher named Mrs. Paez, and she usually does the end of the week, while I usually do the beginning of it.  But last week, we swapped days so that I could travel and present.) Fridays are the prefect day to do guided drawing for us, because we would have to stop our rotation in the middle of it anyway to go to to the library, so we normally just do whole group activities such as guided drawing on on Fridays. My kids have been learning about Holidays Traditions Around the World , and of course Santa keeps coming up. So we drew a picture of

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Freebies and Book Review!

Hello, and and happy holidays!  Here is my latest holiday offering for all of you fans of Pete the Cat.  I have THREE FREE DOWNLOADS for you! These include a color by number worksheet that is printable in two different levels, a word family worksheet, and a little “Pete’s Christmas” easy reader, too!  I hope you enjoy them, because they took some time to create. If you have not yet read this newest book in the Pete the Cat series, you will not be disappointed!  However, it’s not the usual Pete the Cat fare offered up by the author, Eric Litwin.  In my opinion, the previous Pete the Cat books were popular with young children probably for their simplicity, repetitive patterns, surprise endings, up-beat messages, and fun illustrations.  This Pete the Cat book is different, but equally good. The text of the book is written to mimic the Night Before Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore.  It includes only one short repetitive refrain in which the children are reminded that