Thursday, September 29, 2011

Number One!

Number one pic

Here are the Number One pages I created for our “I Can” series. On the first page, kids can rainbow write the letter, stamp the letter and create a little craft (there’s a little rhyme that goes along with it). There is also a little “Number 1” book……similar to my “Little Letter Books” but I made this one to staple right onto the page.

On the second page, kids can trace the number, the word, color one picture and draw one picture. If you’d like a copy, click on the picture above.

Over the weekend, I posted “My Printables” page…..I hope you didn’t miss it but I posted all 26 of the “Little Letter” books……..

We’ve had a rather busy week with two new kids enter out home and another two make rather dramatic exits…’s been tough! I’m definite;y looking forward to this weekend (we’re off AND it’s our anniversary!!!!)!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

My Printables

I am terribly sorry but I have had to remove all freebies due to some copyright issues. You can find most of my things at my TPT store.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wonderland Pre K/Kindergarten Pack!

I LOVED working on this unit! Not only did I LOVE Alice in Wonderland growing up but these graphics were too cute and I knew I had to make something with them :-)
Here's what you'll find in this unit:
See,Trace and Make cards
Beginning Sounds Cards
Counting Cards
Find the Missing Number
Upper/Lower Case Match
Cheeky Cheshire
Tic, Tac, Toe
Size Sort
Tea Cup Stack
Number Clip Cards
Number Words
2's, 3's, 5's and 10's counting cards
Missing Alphabet Letters
Alphabet Writing
Number Writing
What's the Time Mr. Rabbit?
Making Words

To be honest, I could have kept going and going on this one. I hope you'll be able to use some of the things in the pack. If you'd like a copy, Please click Here to go to my Teachers Notebook Store….I’ll be selling it for only $2.00!

The absolutely GORGEOUS graphics all come from Scrappin Doodles.. Thank you so much, Denyse!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Outrageous Apple Fun!


We had an absolute BLAST with our apple fun day yesterday! Check it out….there are FREE downloads at the end :-)
Felt apples
A few weeks ago, I made the cute little felt apples (24 of them). They were super easy to make and we used them for so many things! To make one, all you need is colored felt (apple color, off white, brown and green), thread and some pins to hold it together while you sew. Cut 2 apple shapes, a middle white shape and the stem and leaf. Sew the middle part onto one apple colored piece. Now put the back apple colored piece on (putting the stem and leaf up the top of the apple)….hold it all together with pins while you sew around it. It really didn’t take me long to make at all…….you could always use colored paper cut into apple shapes if you don’t like to sew :-) Here’s what we used our apples for :
Seed coutning and patterns
We counted apple seeds and made apple patterns (I made red, yellow, light green and dark green apples so there was opportunity for LOTS of different patterns).
Channing was able to make an apple graph (by himself) and do some addition (using two apples and some “seeds” – dried black beans).
Counting and Winslow
These pictures turned out REALLY small (and here I was thinking they’d be REALLY big!)……so I know you can’t see it well but the top picture shows Channing using an apple basket counting mat (available in the download), some mega big pom poms and tongs……the mat is included in the download for you :-)
The bottom picture was Channing’s favorite activity of the day….”Where’s Winslow?”…..Winslow is a worm who kids behind apple numbers. In the download I have included the numbers to 20 but Channing and I just played with the numbers up to 10. Spread the numbers out, hide Winslow behind one and give your child 3 guesses to find him (they must say the number name before turning the card over)……we played this for AGES!!!
Printing and measuring
We made some apple prints (for a craft you’ll see further down the page) and then measured how tall we were with apple (we made a guess first).

Appleseed pic
We read “Johnny Appleseed” by Jodie Shepherd (a hit) and them made these adorable pot hats. These took all of 5 minutes to make and Channing LOVED it (he wore it most of the da…..Sully’s on the other hand lasted all of 2 minutes before it was torn off). All I used was black construction paper….cut it length ways and stapled it to fit his head. I then added the handle. We cut out apple shapes, glued them on our hat and added a name plate……..SIMPLE!!! I added little black lines around the apple shapes to make them look a little cuter too.
We also completed these  crafts (included in the download). The apple one goes along with a poem (that you can also download).
Graphing and Adding
Channing was able to make a graph out of the apples (by himself) and then we did some apple addition (using two apples and “seeds” – dried back beans).
Apple snack
After all that, it was time for a snack…..and a delicious one at that! How cute are these mini caramel apples!?! Again, these were sooooo easy to make! I put a dob of caramel in the bottom of a mini cupcake liner. Next I  used a melon baller to make a “mini” apple. I stuck a candy stick in the apple and them squished it in the caramel. You could be adventurous and add M&M’s etc. but with Sully’s peanut allergy, all of that is out in our house! We did drizzle some chocolate syrup on t5hem though…….They were delicious (and just  the right size for a sweet snack).
Apple wreath
The apple wreath was my favorite part of the day!!! I saw this idea here  and LOVED it! We printed out apples earlier in the day so they would dry. I cut out a large circle out of brown scrapbooking card (you could use a cut out paper plate) and we glued our apples on. We added a stem (we used colored paper but you could use a stick or pipe cleaners) and a green heart leaf (you could paint this when you do the apples if you wanted). We them added some raffia bow and some apple “seeds” (dried beans). This will be hanging in the service porch of our student home tonight :-)
Mini unit pic
This mini unit will soon be listed in my TPT store.

You’ll find the apple counting mat, a pattern recording paper. an addition paper, the Johnny Appleseed craft, the apple poem craft, Where’s Winslow? game and a fun apple paper  (which I didn’t include in any of the pictures above).
Poem pictures
Click on the picture above to download the apple poem cards. My aim with these cards is to print, laminate and then stick them on a ring clip so that by the end of the year I’ll have a bunch of poems at my fingertips!
I hope you’ll use and enjoy these activities. If you do download them, I’d love a comment (it always makes me happy to know that other people can use what I create).
Happy Apple season everyone!

Shape Book

This will sopon be available in my TPT store.

Thank you DJInkers for the great clip art!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Crescent Shape Book

If you would like a copy of my Crescent Shape Book, it will soon be listed in my TPT store.

Thank you DJInkers for the wonderful clip art.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Heart Shape Book

If you would like a copy of my Heart Shape Book, it will soon be listed in my TPT store.

Thank you DJInkers for the greta clip art!

Monday, September 19, 2011

I Can.........Letter A and A Reality Check!

OK, here's the deal with my "I Can" series..........I was planning to post a letter each week (with a letter post, math post, poetry post, science post and a fun post).........but have come to realize that with my CRAZY life (having a full time job, living with 14 boys and running after my own little ones), that is NEVER going to happen! Just to get the pictures and links up for this post took a few hours!
My aim in doing this was to have fun with Channing and not be tied to the computer.....sooooooo, in order to take the pressure off me (and not feel like I'm disappointing people).....I will post each letter as we do it but will provide you with SOME of the resources now.
I have already done the Little Letter Books for every letter.........I'll be posting 1 per day so you can use them with your kiddos whenever you do that letter! I will also post the vocab cards (Which are also See trace and Make cards) for each letter at the same time (you can see the uses for them below)..............
The other letter activities - math printables, poetry science and fun will be posted as we do them.
Anyway, I'm sharing this with you in hope that some things I use may help you out too. Use whatever you find helpful......and I'd love a comment if you do use something :-)

The pocket chart printables include the "starts with" words, the capital letter that goes at the top of the pocket chart and the little letters that go at the end of the sentence. You will find the picture cards (vocab cards) a little bit further down the page.

My color books were such a huge success that I decided to make one for each letter of the alphabet. The vocab cards and pocket chart printables can be used to make the same book but in a pocket chart (and color) version. You can find these in my TPT store.

See, Trace and Make is till here! It's a favorite of Channing's, so I kept it.....with a bit of a difference. There is a LOT of printing involved in this whole series, so I tried to make multi use things wherever I could. The vocab cards that now go with the See, Trace and Make cards are re-useable............use them on the See, Trace and Make mats, use them in the pocket chart, use them for the Letter Splat Mat and use them for Write The Room.

Here are the Letter Splat Mats.........(sorry about the "rasin" spelling error!). You can see we used the vocab cards to make a word at the bottom of the page. I am selling the Splat Mats at my TPT store. You can purchase them by clicking on the picture above.

Here is the Write The Room page. I won't be doing this with Channing this year but the goal is to use the vocab words (stick them all around the room on walls etc) and your child goes around, finds them and writes them on the re-useable (laminated) Write The Room page with a dry erase marker.

"This Is Me" Winners!

Congratulations to Lori, Mara and Lori!! You will be hearning from me soon. Thank you to everyone that entered and left such lovely comments......I hope you'll check my book out at my TPT store :-)

Rectangle Shape Book

If you would like to download my Rectangle Shape Book, it will soon be available in my TPT store.

Thank you DJInkers for the clip art.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

This Is Me - a NEW keepsake book giveaway!!

Are you doing and "All About Me" or "I am special" unit? My new book "This Is Me" would be PERFECT to along with it! If you liked my Fall Book, you'll LOVE this one :-) It has 10 pages all about "ME".....includes physical attributes as well as some emotional ones too.........5's all there :-)

Each page of this book could also be used as a stand alone project to use with a writing assignment or to go along with another unit (like 5 senses). The materials needed to make each page are not hard to find - you probably already have them at home (markers, colored paper, white glue, google eyes and black paint pretty much sums it up)............I really hope you'll check it out! I know parents would LOVE it.

Due to the fact that I'm so excited about it.........I am (once again) going to give 3 of these books away........all you have to do is leave me a comment below and let me know you'd like one! I'm also going to throw in my new TPT PreK/Kinder Circus Fun unit!! You have until midnight tonight (Sunday 18th) to enter and I will announce the winners tomorrow. Please leave an email address in your comment so I can contact you if you win!

This unit is 119 pages of PreK/Kindergarten Circus FUN (I also have a K/1st grade pack on TPT - the ONLY thing the same in the packs is the 3-part cards! Everything else is DIFFERENT!).

If you can't wait to see if you're a winner, you can check out the "This Is Me" book here and the PreK/K circus fun pack here.

Good luck everyone :-)

Star Shape Book

 If you are interested, this will soon be available in my TPT store,

Thank you DJInkers for the cute clip art!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Diamond Shape Book

 The diamond and rhombus version of this book will soon be available in my TPT store.

Thank you DJInkers for the wonderful Clip art.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Triangle Mini Shape Book

 The Triangle Mini Shape book will soon be available in my TPT store.
Thank you DJInkers for the beautiful clip art.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Oval Mini Book

 The Oval Mini Book and the Ellipse version will soon be available in my TPT store.

Thank you so much DJInkers for the beautiful clip art!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Square Mini Shape Book

This will soon be available in my TPT store.

Thanks you so much DJInkers for the beautiful clip art!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mini Shape Books

I have ten Mini Shape Books that I'll be sharing with you over the next few days. The first one is the mini CIRCLE book.
If you would like a copy, click on the picture to download it.

Thank you to DJ Inkers for the beautiful clip art!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Apples For The Teacher!

Tomorrow is Channing's first day of preschool for the year (he goes for 2 hours on Tuesday and Thursday morning). Here is the little gift basket I made for each of his teachers. You can't really see it but inside is:

Apple Bread Mix

Cute apple loaf pan (that I got for $1).

Apple candle

Apple cookies that I made

An apple desk decoration

and a special note from Channing :-)
I hope they like it!

By the way, due to all the flooding we had last week and having to have all 14 boys home full time for 5 days, I am a little behind in my posting. I was all set to post the beginning of my "I Can" series but it's going to have to wait until next Monday.....sorry to make you wait....I'll have some little shape books for you to download between now and then........and I'm going to keep my Letter and Number Splat Mats on Sale until next Monday.

Thank you Scrappin Doodles for the cute papers I used in my picture!