Dreidel FREEBIE, Hanukkah is Dec. 24th-Jan.1st

Hello Fun Followers!

   We will bring the January FREEBIE back but for now….Hanukkah begins the evening of Saturday, December 24th and ends the evening of Sunday, January 1st. Here is a FREEBIE for you today. Teach your students to play a dreidel game and use it in your Math Center! Great way to practice math. OR send it home for students to play over the holidays. They will be practicing math on their vacation! A WIN-WIN for everyone in my book. Just click on the picture, download and enjoy. (It would be nice if you would leave feedback if you like it.) Thanks in advance.

 Enjoy! Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!
Take a look at some of our Christmas resources while you are there.


Morning Work and a January Freebie!

We needed something to get our kids started off in the right direction everyday.  Something they could do independently but still practice all those math and literacy skills we have been working on.  My kids love to cut and paste, but the administration at my school wants those activities to be purposeful – not just enjoyable or FUN. With that in mind we tried our best to come up with “purposeful fun“.

The thing I like best about this monthly morning work is the organization.  We made five days worth of each of five different skills for a total of 25 pages a month – more than enough.  By organizing them this way, they become familiar with the directions and procedures quickly. If we don’t get to one of the pages, I put them in a workstation (center) or send them home for “homework”.

I also like the flexibility these pages offer me as the teacher.  We can work on the same skill everyday for a week or work on a different skill each day – however I decide to do it.
Day 1
 Day 2
Day 3
 Day 4
Day 5
Since these packets are monthly we tried to include various holiday and special days too.
You can get 1 week of the January packet free by clicking the picture below.

To see the other monthly packets click here.
Thanks for visiting The Fun Factory where we have “purposeful FUN”!!

Thanksgiving FUN FREEBIE

     We all love Thanksgiving! Our students are having so much fun with pumpkins, turkeys, Pilgrims, etc. It’s so nice to see them have FUN while learning. That’s what it’s all about, friends! Here are some pictures to show some of the activities they are begging to do!!

Here, they read sight words and color.
 Next, the cut the puzzle pieces out.
 Then they assemble the puzzle! 
 Multiple skills worked on!
Clip-It Cards for Counting

 Word Work Center
Color the word.
 Make the word.
Write the word.

And THANKfully, here is your FREEBIE!! Just click on the picture below.

Veterans Day Hero, Thank a Veteran November 11th is Veterans Day!

My HERO, my DAD!

My dad, brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law and son-in-law are all veterans. Everyone is touched by a veteran in some way. This is a time when we should reach out and thank them.

No matter what your political views are, these men and women have sacrificed something to help protect ME (us). All have stories to tell but most won’t share those stories.

Growing up I did not understand nor appreciate what all my dad sacrificed. I didn’t understand (and still don’t) what he buried deep inside (psychologically) or the physical pain he endured but never complained about.

Let’s teach our children. Reach out and thank a veteran this week, this month, this year. So……..to all the veterans in my life, thank-you! But my biggest thank-you goes to my HERO, my DAD! Thank-you. I love and miss you!

Do you have a special veteran in your life? Tell us about them! We will give one lucky person your choice of one of our American History resources! Meanwhile, click on the picture below for a simple, FREE coloring page for your students

While there, check out our Veterans Day resource.

Dramatic Play

We just love the Dramatic Play center in our room.    The kids actually argue about who gets to go to this center.  It is very popular!

We put tons of  reading and writing in each theme.  The kids think they are just playing, but they are actually playing with words encoding or decoding.

Here are a few pictures of the dramatic play center with some tips about what we include.  As you can see the regular kitchen furniture is used for each theme.  We just add a table here or there for a desk as needed. Click on any of the pictures to see it in our store.

The Restaurant

We include the usual dishes and table and chairs for the restaurant.  Some other things we have are:

  • the menu (inside an 8×10 acrylic stand up picture frame from Dollar Tree)
  • paper and pencil to write their orders
  • a cash register and play money to pay the bill  (and leave a tip!)  We also have play checks and pretend credit cards.
  • a receipt  for the customer
  • the customer’s bill for their meal
  • an open and closed sign
  • list of daily specials
  • a telephone for making reservations
The Vet

Of course you need patients for the vet’s office so we let students bring in old stuffed animals.
In addition we have:

  • a doctor’s kit from the dollar store
  • gauze wrap and bandages  from the dollar store
  • empty vitamin bottles for the medicine
  • a telephone to make appointments
  • a form to record appointments
  • books about different pets
  • a cash register, play money, checks and credit cards
  • forms for pet information ( we have a clipboard for this form)
  • prescription forms
  • Dr.’s name tag 
Our Home
Our boys love this center, too!
For home living  we include all of the equipment that comes with the kitchen set.  In addition we have:

  • a vacuum
  • an ironing board
  • aprons (a vocabulary word on our yearly assessments!)
  • magazines
  • shopping list paper
  • telephone
  • keyboard and a pretend computer (a box decorated to look like a monitor)
  • recipe book and recipe cards
  • play money, checks, credit cards and BILLS TO PAY!!
  • a calendar
  • envelopes and “stamps”

Our kids help us plan each theme and we send home a note if we need any items. Parents have been very helpful so we don’t have to buy every single thing ourselves.  We also hit up local businesses like a local vet for old x-rays or bandages and restaurants for menus. Another place we like to go is to resale shops.

The children seem to enjoy reading and writing on their own while at the center.  We post thematic word cards in the center so they have a picture with the word to refer to for reading and writing.

Happy Halloween!!

Happy Halloween, FUN Followers!
   Halloween is and always has been one of our favorite holidays!  Susan loves to dress up in costumes!  She does not need a holiday though!  Here she is as Mother Goose reading to our classes.

The children loved it, but I think she loved it more!

SEEING the cute costumes is not the only thing I like about Halloween!  I also like going through my own kids goodie bags and picking out as much chocolate as I think I can talk them out of.

In our classroom we also have fun  at Halloween time.  One thing our kids like to do during center time is Scrambled Sentences.

Each sentence has a different picture that goes with the sentence.

They work together to make the words make sense.

When they finish manipulating the cards they get a Build a Sentence worksheet.
There are still words to manipulate by cutting and pasting them in the right order then writing the sentence on the writing lines.
This is just one of the fun  things we have planned for Halloween!
To see the Scrambled Sentences and Build a Sentence packet, click on the picture below.