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!  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Valentine's Day Freebie

Hello everyone, it's Mandy from A Special Kind of Class.  I'm so excited to be writing for Kinderland.  I thought I would share with you a Valentine Freebie.  I have a really young kindergarten class this year and they need all the help they can get on the alphabet.  This is a simple upper and lower case matching game.  Of course you can make two copies and have the children match the lower case letters or the upper case letters.  Click on the picture below to pick it up for free.

If you get a chance, stop by my blog.  I have a giveaway going on right now.  You could win one of 20 amazing prizes.  Click on my blog button below to head over there.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Spelling and Word Work Ideas

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be posting over here at Kinderland. This is the first post for me on this collaborative blog. It has been so wonderful to be a part of this great blogging community that gave the opportunity to be a part of the kinderland collaboration. Anyway, I'm Ms. Kerri from Ms. Kerri and Her Krazy Klass. You can check out my blog (but not until you've finished over here.)

I am a k-1 looping teacher. I get my students in Kindergarten and then keep them for 2 years. There are things I love about it and then things I am not so crazy about. One of the things that is difficult is that I have to keep things fresh more often. I need to change things up so the kids don't get bored with the same activities. One of those areas that needs a little work is word work and spelling. In the fall I implemented a menu for word work and writing. I love this idea and it helps me to not micromanage the kids. So here are a few things we do already:
On Mondays, my kids take a pretest on the spelling words. Then we build each spelling word.
On Tuesdays, we play the game sparkle. (This is one of my kids favorite games. The students get into a circle. I usually start with the student of the day. I tell them a spelling word. The first student says the word, then each student afterwards says a letter until the word is spelling. Then the next student says the spelling word again and the person after that says sparkle. The student after the sparkle has to sit down.)
We also sort the words as a class on the promethean board.
Wednesdays, we do a making words activity. I love this book. 
I think this is the book I have but it has a different cover. I think mine is an old print of the book. But I can look up words by spelling patterns or by the final word I want them to make.
Thursdays, we play a game on spelling city. Have you checked out this website? My kids love playing hang mouse on it. I love it because they can do it all by themselves so it's good if I need to keep them occupied for a few minutes. 
Fridays, we take our final test. 
Meanwhile they have homework 2 night a week for spelling. I use a packet from Maggie from Maggie's Kinder Corner that is editable and I love it. It's her Editable Seasonal Word Templates for Spelling and Sight words. 
They do a variety of activities during word work time. 
  • One is the game boom. This is one that I learned from my mentoring teacher while doing my student teaching. I took a pringles can and craft sticks. I write all the sight words for the units on the craft sticks. Then I write boom on about 10-15 of them depending on how many words there are. The students pull out a stick, if they can read it they get to keep it. If they can't read it, it goes back in the can. If they pull out a boom, all their sticks go back in. 
  • Another game is the Stinky Cheese game. It's similar to the boom game but there are different action cards. This game can be found in my Words that Pop Up Units on TPT. 
  • They can use the ipods. I desperately need some new apps for these for word work. Any suggestions?
  • They can use the computer.
  • Write the room (I'm using my Wintery Mix pack on Tpt)
  • Magnetic letters - They make the spelling and sight words with magnetic letters on cookie sheets.
  • Popcorn words three ways. This is another activity from my Words that Pop Up Units. They color, stamp, trace and rainbow write the sight words.
  • Write a card
It is time to change it up a bit. So I went to trusty old pinterest and found a few new ideas to try out.
I've seen this idea floating around and I think it's time to try it out. I have several cans of shaving cream that would be perfect for an activity like this.


I think this idea has a variety of uses too. The kids could go by that word all day or play a 20 questions type game to figure out what the word is

So this post has gotten much longer than I planned on it being. But before I go, I have freebie to share with you. It's a sheet to have students rainbow write their words. I didn't put any words on it. They can choose whatever words you want.
Click here to get the file.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Stretchy the Snake Freebie

Hiya all

Shuna here

Have you heard about Stretchy the Snake?

If you are a kinder teacher I am sure that you have

These are a quick and easy center for the kiddos to practice those blending skills

Kelly from Kindergarten With Love posted about these and I fell in love with them

The kiddos place word cards inside and slide them out slowly to reveal one letter at a time and 

blend them together to make words

Come on over to my blog and pick the word cards to go inside for 

Peace out Peeps

Saturday, January 5, 2013

CVC words

Are you working on CVC words in your classroom?

Head over to  Crayons & Curls and get a freebie to help your class!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Kindergarten Craft for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

HAPPY WINTER!!! Happy New Year!

I've so happy to have the opportunity to join forces here with the Kinderland Crew! 

I'm Debbie Clement and I blog over at Rainbows Within Reach, sharing the fun that I have making my "Author-Illustrator" school visits around the country. (Yes, I've written over 100 original songs for this age group and recorded them onto 6 albums. I've gone on to turn three of my ditties into the traditional picture book format!) 

A year ago, I had the great good fortune to go to the school of Caitlin of 'Kindergarten Smiles' fame, to spend the day singing and dancing. We all had such a great time. 

photo of: DIY Instructions for Heart Weavings in Kindergarten via RainbowsWithinReach

She directed her kindergarten students to make these glorious 'dream catchers' for me as my parting gifts. I have all of the photo-instructions for you to follow along, one step at a time over in this article at my blog

I also wanted to give all of the readers here a 'heads up' that my New Year's resolution has already taken shape. It has long been my DREAM to see more collaboration between educators. To that end we (hubby + moi) have just launched a super-cyber store specific to this age group, near and dear to my heart. We are calling it the, 

You'll see many of the authors here opening their own shops under our big polka-dot umbrella over the weeks and months ahead. The more the merrier! It's fun getting this up off the ground. Come see what your peers have to share! There are already professional development books, digital products for immediate download, brain packs for parents, an eBook, Classical music for brain breaks..... well you get the idea! 

Click right here to go shopping in your jammies! 

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Are you following my Pinterest account? I now have over 83,000 who follow my preferences and pin-finds. As an old Elementary Art teacher I have a preference for images that support visual learners and excellence in education. 

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth -
I also have a brand new little store opened up at Teachers Pay Teachers -- where you can download my songs in zipped files with Mp3 versions and support materials included! Come over there to get a FREEBIE sample and get acquainted. 

So glad to have the support of my Kinderland friends!! 

-- Debbie -- 

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Digi Paper

Hiya Peepers 

Shuna here

Long time no post huh

I have been dabbling with creating digi papers

Here is my first little creation

You can pick them up for free by clicking below

Peace Out Peeps

Games for Intervention

Hi friends! 

If you have been to my blog you know that I LOVE playing games with my kids. We are really big on “Bang!” and “I have…Who has”
We play them in whole group, when we have 5 minutes before lunch, or right before we walk out of the room to go home.
Or we use them during intervention time. When we have someone who can pull kids they will grab one of my multiple games based off the groups ability and needs.
(Sorry for the apple games, don't have any new pics!)

Here are a couple of my games! My kids love it!
These are great to differentiate because you can select the level of the cards.

I have this printed out and ready for my kiddos, it is a 0-10 Bang! Game! Oh did I mention it is FREE?!
Swing by and visit me any time!