Monday, February 27, 2012

Leaping Leprechauns

Leaping Leprechauns March is almost here.  Here are some that I have planed for the week before March 17.

Leprechaun Paper Plate Masks

Rainbow Math using Gold Nuggets

Picture, Letter and Word Sorting

 Green Hats Made from News Paper

  Leprechaun Path Game

You can get all of these ideas and more in the lesson plan packet It's a Clover of a Day

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Leap Year Sale

I am having a leap year sale on my Teachers Pay Teachers.  I am giving a 20% discount but if you enclude the promo code from below you will get an addition 8% off.  This sale will run on Wednesday February 29th.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Work Planner

Have you ever seen a computer with sticky notes stuck all the way around it and sticky notes on top of sticky notes?  OK so I like sticky notes.  Well that is what my computer use to look like until I started the clutter-free classroom.  So what do I now do you ask?  OK you did not ask but I want to share it with you anyway.  I now place those sticky notes in a spiral notepad. 

When it is opened up it looks like this.  On the top of each page it reads February Must Do and February Work In Progress.  By the end of the month my must do side needs to be empty and Work In Progress side gets moved to the new month or it says right where it is.  If is stays it is something that I wanted to get done based on that theme or holiday that is always done during the same month every year.  I do this so that I can refer back to this month to see what my ideas were and if I would still like to do them or discard them.  Why rack the brain and think about it all over again when it could be right there at my finger tips.

Why do I choose to use sticky notes for this?  I like the idea of them because I can make my list or add to my list through out the month and the biggest reason when I have finished something from the list it feels great to pull it off, crumple it up and toss it into the trash can.  I do not have to look at it again. 

With a traditional list you make it, scratch on it and them have to keep rewriting it as you go along.  To Much Work!

Original Idea came from a picture on pinterest.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Mixing Slime

Discovering the world around you!
Young children’s innate curiosity about investigating their world makes them natural scientists.
Young children are born scientists, whose boundless curiosity and developing skills give them the motivation and capability to investigate and better understand their world.
When we teach preschool children science we are teaching the skills children will need throughout their lives to think about a problem and to explore its possible answers.
Mixing Slime
Children will develop chemistry skills as they combine materials.

We have all provided pre-made slime, but wouldn’t it be more beneficial to let the children mix it themselves.  Understanding that combining the materials and watching the transformation is the most intriguing aspect of the early childhood sensory experience.
Provide the children with a large art tray.  On the tray have a small container for mixing, a cup with spoon and white glue.  Have a container of liquid starch on each tray along with different colors of liquid watercolors with droppers.  If you do not have liquid watercolors use food coloring.  

Sunday, February 19, 2012

St. Patrick’s Day Freebie

Building Math Skills with Pocket Charts Cover Set

Pocket charts are a sure way to engage children in learning about numbers and patterns. These pocket chart printed number cards with a pattern sequence are an interactive way to teach children about number order and pattern 1 through 30. With these pocket chart cards children can practice putting numbers in order and as they master putting the numbers in order they will discover that they are also creating patterns with the cards. These fun illustrated number cards are sure to make learning about numbers fun.

All images for my free product came from KPM Doodles

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

It’s a Clover of a Day

It’s a Clover of a Day Mini Unit for St. Patrick’s Day
This is a 67 page lesson plan packet that is packed full of ideas for your learning centers and they are all geared around St. Patrick’s Day.  In this packet you will find math center workstations, language and literacy workstations, writing workstation and art/craft workstation.   

Here is what you will find in this packet

Clover Picture, Letter and Word Sorting
Clover Letter Stamp and Letter Writing Sheets
Green Dance Jig Can Game
St. Patrick’s Writing Center Workstation (Prompt sheets, letter practice sheets and Vocabulary and Word Writing Cards)
Number Recognition and Order Numbers
Find the Pot of Gold Path Game
Rainbow Math
Dice Game Worksheets
Shape Memory Game with a worksheet
3 Hands on Art/Craft Projects

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Transportation and Community Helper Writing Center Workstation

Spice up your writing center with this transportation writing center workstation packet.

This is a writer’s work station packet filled with transportation and community helper themed papers and prompts that included, 10 story writing prompt sheets, and 34 vocabulary and word writing cards for your students to practice writing with.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Heart Number Bingo Game Freebie

My students just love bingo games and this one they just can’t get enough of.  It might be because we play it with candy heart and when they have finished the game they get to eat them.  For your free copy of the Heart Number Bingo Game click one of the links below.

You can get the whole heart unit for $5.75

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Clutter-Free Classroom Project Week 5

My favorite type of storage…
      Baskets (they give a natural look)
·         Plastic Bins in all sizes
·         Zip Lock Bags (to hold all the pieces)
·         Dish Pans for children’s area (durable)
·         Large Mailing Envelopes
·         Anything Free or for a Dollar

Large Mailing Envelopes
I use these for my workstations projects/Games.  You are able to tape the instructions and what is inside the envelop to the outside front.  Once I have all of my workstations figured out and put together I place them in a plastic bin upright so that I can thumb through the easily and grab what is needed in a snap. 

Plastic Bins

Plastic bins are great for storing and organizing all of my paper work.  This tub shelf in near my desk each tub has its own job.  (Current  Communication Folder packets clipped together my week, Next Month Communication Folder, Extra Communication folders that are ready to go for new students, Sub Teacher which is placed on my desk at the end of the day Idea from Clutter Free Classroom Project, Parent Orientation Packets for new parents and, Extra Stock of office supplies) 
This is a new system that I started after working on the Clutter Free Classroom Project and I have to say I love it.  I always know where to place and find things.  This has saved me some valuable time. 

My desk now looks like this…

It did look like this…

Large Plastic Bins 

Store everything that is needed for a unit into one bin.  Our curriculum goes by one theme a month, but we add to each unit depending on the month and season.  So every thing for that month is in that unit box.

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