Do you use fairy tales to teach (review) math and literacy skills in your classroom too? Fairy tales are so easy to incorporate into our lessons because most kids already know the characters and the plot. Here is a preview of our Goldilocks and the Three Bears unit.
Hello Fun Followers!
We will bring the January FREEBIE back after the holidays. Until then….Hanukkah begins the evening of Saturday, December 24th and ends the evening of Sunday, January 1st. Here is a FREEBIE for you. 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.
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.
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”.
To see the other monthly packets click here.
Thanks for visiting The Fun Factory where we have “purposeful FUN”!!
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!!
And THANKfully, here is your FREEBIE!! Just click on the picture below.
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!
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.
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
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 boys love this center, too!|
- a vacuum
- an ironing board
- aprons (a vocabulary word on our yearly assessments!)
- shopping list paper
- 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, 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.
They work together to make the words make sense.
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.
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|
|Pages from the September writing.|