Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mother's Day RoundUP of Ideas

Are you beginning to plan now for Mother's Day? 

photo of: Mother's Day RoundUP of Resources: Bloghop + LInkie at RainbowsWithinReach

I created a RoundUP of all of the ideas that I saw last year into one article. Then I invited others to share their links and I've incorporated those into the article and then I made it a bloghop! There are a TON of ideas: gifts, cards, mementos, poems to include with your gift..... the whole nine yards! 

Those little photo magnet baubles are a big hit with my readers and would be very inexpensive to make for an entire class. Click right here for all of those ideas. If you're a blogger, please add your links to the hop!

I just recently had my GOLDEN anniversary of articles related to Fine Motor Development.  There are literally 50 articles FILLED with ideas, if you're looking for support in that category. 

photo of: 50 Editions of Fine Motor Meets Fine Arts at RainbowsWithinReach

Yesterday I posted the CUTEST giraffe idea EVER! 
If you need a follow-up activity for your zoo visit, 
or it would make an awesome gift for a special teacher! 

"You are as unique as the spots on a giraffe!"

 -- Debbie -- 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring Break Freebie!

Hi friends,

This is Laura from Teacher Laura. I'm hanging out on my highly anticipated Spring Break! Before I run off to the Oregon Coast I thought I'd share my little freebie for those of  you who are going back to school this week or next. It's a Spring Break writing activity. Maybe you want your kiddies to stay busy while you gather your thoughts about being back to school, or maybe you want them to respond to the prompts instead of ambushing you with their stories. Either way, hopefully you'll find this useful. You can hop on over to my TPT store to grab it there.

Thanks, and have a happy break!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Pow! Measure That

Here peepers

Shuna here from Pocket Full of Kinders


Can you measure?

I seriously asked my kiddos this and they looked at me like I had a third head growing!

Kinders are so much fun

I told the kinder hearts that we were going to practice measuring using mustaches 

The boys were super excited but the girls were all like ewww

Mustaches are for boys

Come on over and check out our 


Click the stache to pick up a couple of seriously cute freebies and check out my class having some measuring fun

See you there

Put on your stache and hop over

Sunday, March 3, 2013

What the Heck?! Marshmallows For Reals

Hiya Peepers

Shuna here from Pocket Full of Kinders

I just finished up a super fun unit

One of my favorite units to teach

Can you guess what it is?

Here is a clue

Hop on over to see what we did with these puppies 

and pick up a ton

and I mean ton

of freebies to use with centers

See ya there

Peace Out Peepers

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ready to Roll

Hiya there peeps

Shuna here from Pocket Full of Kinders

Are you ready to roll?

Need a quick way to practice addition

Come over and check out this freebie to help your littles review addition skills

See you there 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Book Forms? {Freebie}

Hiya Peepers

Shuna here

Long time no post huh?!

Sorry about that

I am counting down till the summer so I can finally have some free time

It is so hard to try to keep up with everything


Do you use Scholastic Book Order forms?

Do you always have a bunch of them laying around

and have no real use for them?

Hop on over to my blog and see how I use them in my classroom

Click the pic to take you there

Now before I post this

I must say it is not the cutest 

It is actually one of the first things that I created and could use some serious updating

It still gets the job done and its F.R.E.E

So I can get a pass right?!

Why thank you for that

Moving on

Peace Out Peepers

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Math Center: DIY

Hi there! It's Michelle from Apples and ABC's.  I want to share an easy DIY math center that you can make for you kids!  We are learning how to count numbers 1-30 right now in my Kinder class.  I drew some 30 frames inside a heart and wrote a number at the bottom of each page.  Then I bound about 6 different sheets together so they could flip through and practice different numbers.  On each page the students place that many objects in the 10 frame boxes.  Here are the materials:
-mini objects {I used Valentine's erasers from the Target dollar bin}
-fine motor tweezers {they can just use their hands}
-30 frame sheets

I placed this at a center for math time and the kids had a blast!  I don't always have them use the tweezers, but when we do use them they get to excited.  I stress how these make their hands stronger so they can become better writers.  

I hope this is helpful for some of you!  Come by and say hi, anytime! :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

February Fun! Snow Globes + Penguin Art

photo of: February Fun in Kindergarten: Snow Globe, Penguin, President's Day

Hope you're having an awesome weekend! Debbie Clement here, rainbow-lady.

As I type, I'm in Ohio looking out the window at an ever mounting pile of snow. At this very minute its just the type of snow that lingers in a snow globe. 

photo of: Snow Globe Snowmen Winter Art Project via RainbowsWithinReach

I saw these awesome snow globes on a bulletin board display a couple weeks back on one of my Author/Illustrator school visits in Florida. There are several things that I LUV LUV LUV about this project. 

  • The back drop of 'snow' is created in an open-ended/process manner -- where every student will be successful. Run the marble thru the white paint across the blue paper and VOILA: instant delight! Cause and effect + science!
  • The teachers have allowed the students to create their own projects independently -- as evidenced by the snowmen slightly askew and individualized. 
  • The final 'presentation' of the work is truly worthy of posterity. 
Sharing the very same bulletin board were these Perky Penguins, which would be absolutely perfect for a Valentine focus of hearts tied to your winter-animals unit. 

photo of: Penguin Valentine Project via RainbowsWithinReach

Tomorrow is the big SUPER sale over at Teachers Pay Teachers. 
This will be my first Super-sale, as I'm still just getting my feet wet. 

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I have a LOT to learn about connecting all of the dots to get the word out about my work at TpT! Every additional pin, tweet and + is a step in the right direction and I'm ever so grateful for your help in the social networking arena. 

photo of: President's Day Anchor Chart via RainbowsWithinReach

Are you using the Project Based Learning Approach in your classroom? I just had a return visit to one of my fav-o-rite kindergartens and they used a PBL approach that centered around my newest picture book, 
"Red, White and Blue" 
which would be a perfect addition to your President's Day observations. I do have a digital version of the song, that includes the sign language and music notation in a zipped file at TpT. You simply must come to my blog, RainbowsWithinReach, to see the many facets of their patriotic PBL -- that culminated in their performing my music for the Veteran's of their community and then my visit in their midst. 

I will be joining many in "Kinderland" in putting my projects on sale tomorrow. TpT will add an additional 10% in savings if you use the promo code: SUPER at check out. 

Happy shopping! 

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Something Exciting!

Tomorrow there is something exciting going on over at Teachers Pay Teachers!

Kinderland Sellers are having a sale too!! Go start filling up your cart now!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Game Time! Get your CCSS freebie! :)

Is your room filled with football chatter these days? Mine sure is!

In preparation of the upcoming big game on Sunday, I put together a pack of 10 math station activities to help my kiddos practice some of those important CCSS math skills.

You can download the FREE PREVIEW FILE (red button) to check out the preview and snag one of the activities for free! :)
Enjoy the game! :)

Friday, January 25, 2013

Snowman Freebies!

Hi friends! I'm Mrs. M from Color Me Kinder!

I am so excited to be contributing to this blog!

Today I'm going to share with you some last minute Winter FUN! If you've already wrapped up your winter theme, then I surely hope you can use these ideas next year :)

We made this cute snowman craft I found on pinterest. I couldn't locate the original source because the pin was "dead" (invalid). So if you know where this idea came from please let me know so I can give proper credit. 

I had them write each letter in their name on the circles- hence, the reason I had to white it out. You can also have them write numbers 1-10, or numbers for skip counting 5-50, or 10- 100. The ideas are endless! We used a q-tip with white paint for the "snow". If you don't have q-tips handy you can use the eraser of the pencil instead.

We also worked on this melted snowman craft. We traced and cut 4 circles and overlapped them. I also pre- cut buttons using a 1.5" circle puncher. 

They both forgot the word "in". YIKES. 

Love this one! It was "hot, hot hot!". 

I also found this poem online. If you'd like to grab it click on the picture to download. 

And if you'd like to grab the melted snowman freebie here you go: 

And if you're still in need of more fun ideas, make sure to check out our Kinderland Collaborative Pinboard on


Have a great day!! :)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentine CVC Freebie

Hi everyone!  This is Julie from Make, Take & Teach.  I'm so happy to be one of the educational bloggers contributing to KinderLand.  We have so many creative kindergarten teachers (and those who love kindergarten), willing to share ideas and activities with literally the whole world!  My little niche is developing activities for small group instruction and intervention.  So, in the spirit of Valentine's Day, I'd like to share with you an activity that I made for helping our beginning readers decode consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words.  This activity is great for use during your small group intervention or it can be used as an activity within your literacy centers.
Click HERE or on the pic to download the Valentine Lotto activity.  

Hope you enjoy the activity and I hope you enjoy your visit to KinderLand!  Come back and visit soon.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Numbers to Sets

Happy Martin Luther King Day.  I had the day off but haven't accomplished much.  I did manage to upload this freebie for all of you.

Although it is almost February, I still have a few friends who are struggling with the one-ton-one correspondence and matching numbers to sets.  I know I can't be be the only kindergarten teacher who is having this issue.  Here is a little activity I used as an assessment to see just where they are.

I had my kids cut everything out and then match numbers to set, in order before they could glue it down.  It's quick, easy and very telling of which one of your little friends is still struggling.  Just click the picture to download a copy.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine's Letter Hunt

Hello Kinderland!  I am Michelle from Apples and ABC's and I am so excited to share my first post with you!

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and I am always looking for different manipulatives to add to my language arts and math bins.  Each month I do some sort of "letter hunt" activity where the students look for letters and write the ones they find.  Let me show you what I mean...

My FAVORITE place to shop for manipulatives is the dollar section at Target.  They always have seasonal goodies for the best price!  I found these puffy heart stickers last week...

I took an empty paint cup and filled it with the heart stickers.  I added some small blocks with letters printed on the sides.  The students can read the letters though the clear plastic and write them down.

The students used a white board to record the letters that they saw thorough the cup.  You don't have to use blocks, you can write letters on card stock or anything that can withstand a "gentle" kinder shake.  :)  I also switch it up write numbers or sight words on the blocks too!  The options are endless!

I hope you enjoyed this short post, and I look forward to sharing more ideas soon!