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26 Jul 2016 2 Comments
I LOVE DJ Inkers clipart and fonts! When I was teaching I was often known as the Queen of clipart! I loved to use different fonts and add fun clipart to everything I printed. All of the clipart in this post – in fact most of the clipart I have used in my whole blog has been from DJ Inkers. I also have an embarrassing amount of fun fonts, and my favorites are from DJ Inkers!
DJ Inkers has a brand new website with LOTS of fun smiles for Back to School! Here is a link so you can check it out! http://www.djinkers.com
I have been having fun with one of their most popular clipart sets – Kidllywinks – and I have made a few things for the beginning of the school year. The BEST part is that DJ Inkers is going to let me GIVE AWAY this amazing clipart set to one of my readers! So exciting!
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The winner will be chosen on August 2, 2016!
I am so excited to be able to share this chance with you, I hope you all take the time to check out DJ Inkers and subscribe to their newsletter. They have FREEBIES every month!
This is a sample Kindergarten schedule. Parents often ask for a general idea of how the day will go, and it’s a lot cuter with the clipart!
I used to ask the children to draw a self portrait on the first day of school.
You are probably familiar with this beehive rhyme. I made this easy, fun project using Kidillywinks clipart too! I like this simple project because although it is very easy, it gives you a chance to observe the children’s cutting skills and they can practice counting forward and backward. In my classes the kids always had a wide range of previous experience and expertise in academic stuff. I also liked doing some fun, simple projects to help the children relax and gain confidence in those first long days of school.
I just printed out the beehive and bees, then I taped a fold and tuck baggie onto the back of the beehive.
Just for fun I cut the door so it would open and you can see the bees inside the beehive.
Here is the master
I used to make a lot of simple board games for the children to play at centers. Playing games is such a good way to encourage taking turns and cooperating. Moving a game piece requires one to one correspondence, using dice or spinners gives practice recognizing numerals or standard configuration of dots. It always made me smile that I could give the kids the exact same game with different clipart on it and it seemed like a new game! Here is a sample of a simple board I liked to use.
Here is it with some Kidillywinks back to school clipart added.
This game reinforces naming shapes.
Adding Kidillywinks fall clipart makes it fun to name letters!
I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer!
Good luck on the raffle!
17 Jul 2016 Leave a comment
Brown Bear, Brown Bear was a fun way to start our bear week. I found these wonderful pictures on pinterest – check out the site to download them if you’d like! I put magnets on the back and had Nora and Max put them up on the board as we read the story. We reread it all week!
I reduced the pictures and printed them off in a strip. The kids cut them apart and helped put a small magnet on the back of each of their pictures.
Another fun idea from Pinterest – on the site they glued a strip of velcro along the length of a paint stir stick, I only had sew-on velcro so I used magnets instead.
I think I will be able to reuse this stick to retell other stories too! They loved having their own small version.
I copied these images onto cardstock and we played Memory. I colored mine but if you want the children to concentrate more on the shapes than just colors you could use them in black and white. Or it might be fun to ask the children to remember what color each animal was in the story.
Goldilocks and the 3 Bears!
I read a couple of versions of the 3 Bears story, and used these pictures to retell it on the magnet board. I taught the children a simple song that told the highlights of the story too.
Song – 3 Bears – tune of 3 Blind Mice
3 Brown Bears
3 Brown Bears
See all the beds
See all the chairs
The mama cooked in a big round pot
The papa’s porridge was much too hot
The baby bear always cried a lot,
3 Brown Bears
After singing it all week I made a book for the children using this song and the pictures from the magnet board.
Because they had been singing it with the pictures they could turn the pages and “read” it too. Nora was even pointing to some of the words.
I made a Goldilocks pointer for each of them by gluing her onto a popsicle stick.
We had fun playing 5 Bears in the Bed too.
I enlarged these a little for my magnet board, and copied these for the children to color. Nora cut her own.
You probably know this song (chant)
5 bears in the bed and the little one said
I’m crowded, roll over
So they all rolled over and one fell out
4 bears in the bed …
1 bear in the bed and the little one said
We sang it with hand motions and took the bears off the bed as we sang it every day too.
Of course we had to do it with Teddy Grahams too!
We used our new table for pudding paint. The kids helped me mix up some instant chocolate pudding. I put a few spoonfuls on the tray and let them play – and then lick their fingers!
When they had had enough fun we made a print of the pudding by laying this bear shape onto the pudding and gently pressing it down.
I wanted to cut out the bear shape but decided I liked the words at the top too!
It was a Bear-y fun week! (sorry)
08 Jul 2016 2 Comments
My Grandchildren were going on vacation, and traveling by car, so I decided to collect a few things to help keep them busy on the trip. My first stop was a Dollar Tree store where I found these wonderful magnetic word, letter and picture cards.
I loved how there was a picture for each alphabet letter in the first set. Color words, shape words, and images of shapes in the second set. The third set contains many of the sight words the girls have been learning and the last set had compound words and pictures that matched. I also bought a small metal rectangular cookie sheet for each of them. They could use these cookie sheets for the magnets or as a small hard surface to draw and write on.
Along with these I also gave the children these logos and action pictures, as well as pictures of people in the family. All of these were printed on cardstock and cut apart, then I put a small magnet on the back so they could create sentences on their cookie sheets.
Dollar Tree also had these very sturdy plastic pockets. I made a few games for the children to play with wipe off markers, and I also gave them a blank page so they could just draw or write on the plastic and wipe it off with a small piece of felt or half a magic eraser sponge.
This was one of the pages that would slip into the plastic pocket. The game is really Hang Man but when I started playing with Owen he seemed so young I hated to have him drawing a hangman – so instead we just added body parts and built a man. Guess it sounds a bit silly, but I liked this version better! The kids could play this with each other as long as they stuck with the sight words or family names that they all know how to spell.
I made tic tac toe boards that would go into the plastic sleeves. I also printed off some pages that had a simple clipart picture that the children could practice stretching out the sounds to write the word.
These were the covers of alphabet journals I made for each child. They had a half page for each letter of the alphabet. I asked the girls to draw and label something that began with each letter. I asked Owen to draw things and write a sentence about things he saw for each letter.
I printed off this USA map for the children to color in as they saw license plates from different states.
I found a simple scavenger hunt for the children to check off as they saw things on their travels. There are many choices on Pinterest.
My grandchildren love Mo Willems books and I found these step by step drawings of Pigeon, Piggy and Elephant. They could use the wipe off sleeves or paper.
They like these step by step drawing so I included a few more.
My favorite thing that I included was a stamped envelope that I labeled with my own address, so the children could write me a note or send me pictures. Later I heard that they wrote the notes and sealed the envelopes without even mentioning it to their parents – they just asked them to mail the letters!
They had a wonderful vacation!
15 Mar 2016 Leave a comment
I have been having so much fun volunteering in my grandson’s First Grade classroom this year. I get to work with small groups of children during Reader’s Workshop, and I love it. Over the last few weeks I noticed that several groups of children have trouble identifying the main idea of a text. This week I spent some time researching on Pinterest and other wonderful sites for helpful ideas. I found that many of the lessons available to teach Main Idea deal with informational text. There are wonderful posts if you are working on this, but I was trying to help these students find the main idea in stories.
I found lots of examples of this fun idea!
Collect a few objects that all relate to one idea and put them into a bag. Take them out one at a time and ask the children to figure out the main idea of the bag.
The main idea might be a farm:
Or the main idea might be school tools
Or it could be baking cookies:
I would take out the least obvious thing first, building up to the thing that will give the children the biggest clue. For example, with the farm idea I would start with the fence, and save the farmer for the last item I showed the children. For the school bag I would pull out a crayon or pencil first, and save the school bus for the very last thing.
I think this activity would be helpful by giving the children practice in thinking about what all the items have in common. The items in the bag are the details that all go together to tell the main idea.
When the students get the idea of this activity I might add a writing component.
I printed these 2 on a sheet to save paper! It is pretty straight forward and simple. The children would list a few of the items and the main idea of the bag. For the final sentence I would expect the children to write something like “all these things belong on a farm,” or “you use all these things to bake cookies.” Part of the reason I like this activity is because it does make it seem very simple to figure out the main idea – it kind of takes the mystery out of it, although of course it gets a bit more tricky when they are looking for the main idea of a story.
Here are a few more ideas for Main Idea Bags:
A similar idea that could be used to introduce Main Idea is to show the children an illustration and asking “What is the most important thing going on in this picture?”
For this illustration the children might say “the animals are at a circus,” or “the animals are in the circus.” Then you could ask what they see that gives them that idea. This gives them practice determining the main idea and identifying supporting details.
And also show them some pictures that they will need to think a bit – I love this illustration from Lorinda Bryan Cauley’s book Clap Your Hands, where the characters are all whispering secrets!
Of course you would need to be clear that you are only talking about the main idea of that picture, and for the main idea of a book you have to look at the whole book.
It might be helpful to use photographs – even photos taken in your classroom.
Here is a writing activity that could be used with looking at illustrations to find the main idea.
I intentionally did not crop this photo. I would expect the children to see that the main idea is the children driving vehicles down the ramp. They might talk about things they see like the Christmas stockings, the Dad sitting on the floor and the edge of the Frozen Castle. This would be great practice in talking about how to figure out what is the most important part. There are often details that are not important and the children need to be able to figure that out. I would discuss which details support the main idea. If I used the writing activity with this photograph I would explain that the details they list should be things that help them know the most important part of the picture.
I came across another idea that I thought might help children think about the main idea. The basic idea of this strategy is to challenge the children to tell a story using 2 words. For example, they might say “fell-playground,” and the story they are telling would be about an accident at recess. “Bike-park” might be about riding their bike at a park. “Grandma-cookies” might be about baking with their grandmother. I would discuss how the 2 words they chose tell the main idea of their story.
One teacher asked her children to write a 2 word story about what they did over the weekend. You could have them write on small pieces of paper, then collect them and draw one out at a time and ask the children to tell the details of their story.
You could also have the children share their 2 word story with a partner, first reading their 2 words, then adding the details.
Tomorrow is my day to volunteer in Owen’s room! Maybe I’ll get a chance to try out a few of these ideas!
23 Apr 2015 7 Comments
One of my favorite things to do for Earth Week and Spring was to plant seeds and watch them grow. Large lima beans work great for this, and before planting I always soaked beans in a small amount of water for a few hours, and allowed the children to investigate and explore them. When the beans are softened it is easy to remove the seed coat, and to open them up and see the roots and shoots inside. Here is a great recording sheet I found on Pinterest for the children to label the parts of a bean.
And of course studying beans leads so nicely into the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk! I found another great idea on Pinterest that combines Jack and the Beanstalk and planting beans!
Here is a page of castles – the children could color them, add cotton balls or fiberfill clouds, then tape them onto pencils or straws and push them into the cup where they planted bean seeds.
Fairy tales are a wonderful way to encourage children to retell stories. It’s always fun to read lots of different versions, and then compare and contrast them, but I love just telling fairy tales first. It is always great to have pictures to use on a magnet or flannel board.
Thanks to pre-kpages and Scrappin Doodles for these images!
Here is a link to a simplified version of Jack and the Beanstalk that I liked to tell.
I also love to have the children act out stories, here are some pictures of the characters you could use for headbands or necklaces.
Here are some pictures that could be used for sequencing or retelling the story too.
My grandson in Kindergarten this year has been learning about persuasive writing. I thought it would be fun for the children to discuss and write about whether Jack was right or wrong to take the hen and magic harp from the giant.
Here are some giant footprints. They could be copied onto construction paper or cardstock and tied onto the children’s feet to retell the story, or they could just be cut out and used to measure things or distances in the classroom.
I hope you have a great time celebrating Spring and loving the earth!
15 Mar 2015 1 Comment
A friend blessed me with a wonderful new picture book by an author who was unfamiliar to me. Shh! We Have A Plan by Chris Haughton is an adorable simple story with remarkable illustrations. Right away I started to think about how I would have used this book in Kindergarten.
The basic story is how 4 friends were walking in the woods, trying to catch a bird, and each character had a different plan. This is a wonderful picture book for young children to “read” to themselves because the pictures easily portray the story. There are only a few words on each page, many of them common sight words, and there are repetitive phrases throughout the story.
Because of the simple text and repetitive phrases I thought this would be a fun story for the children to act out. Here are some simple pictures of the characters that could be stapled on headbands, mounted on a dowel, or worn on a string around the children’s necks.
The 3 largest friends say “LOOK! A bird!” The smallest guy says “hello birdie”
Then the larger 3 people say “shh SHH! We have a plan.
ready one, ready two, ready three… GO!
These phrases are repeated through the book. There are also simple motions: tiptoe slowly, climbing slowly, paddling slowly; that the children could act out.
This book would be great for teaching simple inferences – what time of day do you think it is? What do you think he plans to do? The plans concocted by the characters are shown by the illustrations, not by the text. They can tell why the characters are holding nets. In general the text does not tell what is going on, the reader relies on pictures.
This book also encourages children to draw on their prior knowledge – they can identify the bird cage, ladder and log that are used, but not named, to try to capture the bird. They will recognize that the character holding up an open palm is gesturing the others to stop.
Another way to retell this story would be a simple cut and paste activity that focuses on beginning, middle and end – or problem, events and resolution.
There are 2 sets of pictures on this page, each child only needs one of each item.
The fun ending of this book lends itself to the idea of a circle story, or coming up with new plans!
My favorite part of this book is that the smallest friend had the best idea – he kept repeating it, did not get involved in the other characters plans, and in the end his plan worked very well. I think this could lead to some great discussions about how everyone has important ideas, and listening to each person, and valuing their contribution is important. We might discuss that although that character appeared younger and smaller than his friends, he still had the best plan.
On his website Chris Haughton provides some coloring pages and activities as well.
I especially like this page full of bird parts. Children can choose different pieces to put together and design their own beautiful bird – or they could just draw or cut and paste their own creation!
My grandchildren loved hearing the story – we had to read it 3 times right away! I hope you love it too! Can’t wait to read the other books by Chris Haughton.