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…… 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.

Practice Those Sight Words With FREE Sampler!

   I don’t know about your class but mine needs all of the sight word practice they can get.  Of course it has to be “FUN” and not just flashcards.  Sooooo….. we made these practice books that they can take home when they are finished with cutting, pasting and writing those pesky words.  We wanted something that forced our kiddos to look at the individual letters that make up the word. We also wanted them to recognize the word when it’s surrounded by other words.  I will say they have been a big hit.  The kids enjoy taking home books that they can read to their parent.  (An extra perk is it also lets mom know what to help with!)

Students cut the letters on the bottom of the page and glue them in the boxes, then trace and circle the word in the sentence.

Each booklet has about 20 words.  The booklets are organized by the Dolch word lists.  We wanted a way to keep track of the words they know so we added a page to record that data in each booklet.  See below.
You can download list 3 booklet for free by clicking on the picture below.
To see the bundle of lists 1-5 click this picture.
To see the bundle of lists 6-11 click this picture.
We hope you have as much FUN with these sight words as we do!

Kindergartners Learning to Write Their Names!

      New school year is here and I am forever looking for authentic ways for my kinders to write their names. One way is by writing their name on our daily/weekly graphs. Look at the pictures and you will see those who can write, those who don’t have a clue and those who write completely backwards. This is primarily due to the new Kindergarten Daily Writing activities. I am able to print the exact pages each child needs which makes differentiation a breeze! Some students are still working on fine motor skills while others are ready to write on lines. Just take a look! Click on pictures to see the resources.
     Until next time…

Graph Prompt Cards
Graphing Prompt Cards

Graphing Prompt Cards

 Kindergarten Writing
Pages from the September writing.
 Sept. Kindergarten Writing

STAAR Testing

If you live in Texas and have to administer the STAAR test you can probably appreciate this!!
For those of you who don’t….yes we really do have to bubble in how long it takes kids to go to the bathroom!!

If you don’t give the STAAR, do you have to bubble this in on YOUR state test???

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

Hello Fun Followers!

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.
Enjoy and Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!

While you are in our store, check this out! Lots of holiday products to enjoy.
Celebrations Around the World {Informational Text, Crafts

Homework Calendars

Do you have trouble coming up with authentic homework for your Preschoolers? Looking for ways to involve parents without sending home tons of worksheets? Take a look at this FREE calendar. Calendars are posted for you every month.
Enjoy and we are thankful for our FUN followers!
December Homework Calendar ~ Pk/K