Introducing “Wipe It!”

White board markers…  we have a love hate relationship.  I love their ease but man, when they come home on my sons khaki uniform pants I just cringe.  I have yet to find anything wonderful to remove the marker.  Grr!  Regardless of my love hate relationship with them my students love using them!!

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Every week when we are working on letter formation we use wipe off sheets to practice the letters.  Simply laminate the sheets or easier then that, put them in a sheet protector. {That’s what this teacher does}

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The top section is to learn letter formation based on the numerical directions and to practice that.  The middle section is to trace, once again using the correct order of steps.  The bottom section is to try it on their own and lastly they get to “WIPE IT!”.  Just for fun we use really big (like 3 inch) pom pom balls as their erasers.  The kids think that’s pretty fun.

You can purchase the entire set – 26 upper case and 26 lower case “Wipe It!” pages at my shop or just click HERE.

Good luck with letter formation with your Pre-K and Kindergarten kiddos.

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{Around the Web} Chick Art

I love seeing all the wonderful and creative crafts posted on the web!  So much information is at our fingertips and I’m so thankful.  Below is a collection of my VERY FAVORITE chicks that I found on the web and believe me, I combed through a lot of sites.  🙂

Chick by Fun Hand print and Foot Print Art

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Paper Plate Easter Chick by Simple as That

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I like this one for it’s pure simplicity.  Paper plate chick by Crafts for Preschool Kids

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And if you are ever wondering what to do with all that scrapbooking paper you never use… here’s an idea!  So cute!  Hey Chick – MadebyMolliesMom

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And one of my favorites is a chick made of pom poms by me!!  It’s in a washed out eggshell and so cute!  You can do traditional yellow or branch out.

Spring Craft Baby Bird by Creative Preschool Resources

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Happy crafting with your little ones!

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Need more rainbows?

Need more rainbow ideas?  Here are a few that I found on-line, but for this DIYer I think the google page is actually even better than pinterest.  Sometimes I just need to see an idea and I can make it my own without clicking through to a website.  Hope you enjoy these ideas.

Google Image Page

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Cloud Craft from Live, Learn, Love

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Rainbow Paper Strips by The Nerd’s Wife

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Happy rainbow crafting and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

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Snowman Glyph

Do you wanna build a snowman???  (Sing along, I’m sure you know the tune)  I sang that line over and over during this project with my kiddos.

If you’ve never heard of a glyph before you’ve got to check this out.  This is a super cute snowman project, but the best part is that each one will look unique and different based on each child’s preferences.  snowman glyph pic

Each child will answer various questions about winter and class favorites.

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They then each build a fun and unique snowman.  My students just loved this project!snowman1

Oh my goodness they look so cute hanging up in our classroom.snowman2

Who wants to make some?  Download the printable here.snowman3

Happy snowman building!

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Joseph’s Colored Coat

Oh my goodness! I simply loved this project and the kids did too!! To enhance the story of Joseph and his coat we decided that we just had to make our very own coats.Joseph bag coat final

We used large paper grocery bags from our local grocery store. Before cutting or trimming them we asked the kids to color them with LOTS of colors just like Joseph’s richly ornamented robe.Joseph bag coat 2

Aren’t they just so cute? The kids loved modeling their coats after we trimmed them and added arm holes.  The kids were able to act out the beginning of the story of Joseph.Joseph bag coat 3

Have fun!!

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Valentine Journal Writing

I love hearing from kids about what 3 and 4 year olds love.  The silly answers like, “my doggy”, “chocolate” or “playing at the park” make my heart smile.  I use these simple journal printables to take a PEEK into their little brains and see what they are thinking.  I made two versions depending on the writing skills of those that you work with.vday journal blank small

vday journal I love smallDownload the printable FREEBIES below.

Tracing I love writing PDF

Blank love writing PDF

Happy journaling!!
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Heart Pattern Match

Sometimes it is difficult for young ones to recognize patterns.  You can use these printables to not only discuss different patterns on hearts, but also have children practice matching patterns on hearts.  Print out the freebies below and use with the little ones in your care!small heart match bwsmall heart match color

Download the Freebies below!!
Color Printable
B/W Printable

Have a great day!

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Thankful Book

I just love making a thankful book each year with my Pre-K students.  turkey I have a FREE printable that you can use for a cover and writing pages inside.  The cover is flexible.  What do you want to put on the front?  We’re making pasta turkeys but you could make handprint turkeys or simply a photo of the child.example

Download the PDF version of the cover and writing pages.

 

Enjoy & Happy Thanksgiving!

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COLORS

I know I promised you more apple stuff, and I promise, it’s coming.  This year I’m managing three different Preschool classes and two separate curriculums.  It’s fun, but surely keeping me on my toes.

In the beginning of the year we like to do LOTS of color related activities.  Often the students know their colors when they begin Preschool, but that’s not always the case so we incorporate it into all that we do to make sure it’s learned.

One of  my favorite things is COLOR DAY at school.  All of the students are asked to wear something that is a specific color.  In addition they get to bring something for “sharing time” that is the color.  It’s so cute to see them all together matching.  Don’t you love a great Preschool picture where half of the kids aren’t looking.  Ha!  What a crew.  Not bad for the second week of school.Wear Colors

We like to do lots of painting and that naturally includes colors.  They are not only asking fellow students to pass specific colors but having to match paint brush colors to paint cup colors to make sure they go back in the right color.  It’s great practice!  I highly recommend these cups from Discount School Supply.Paint with colors

The students just adore sorting activities.  Just for fun we use kid sized tweezers and it adds a great fine motor component to the color recognition and math skill of sorting.  We started the week sorting colors plastic bugs and moved on to pom pom balls of all sizes.  The tiny ones were tricky!Color Sort

I also love having the kids use sticky glue.  Sometimes I’m surprised how many of them have never used it at home!  We make lots of collages including favorite color collages or collages of items that are our color of the week.  Below the Pre-K kids complete their “favorite color” collage.  I provide lots of tactile colored materials and they get to glue on anything that is their favorite color.fav color collage

Hopefully this adds to your already long (I’m sure) list of color related activities.

Enjoy!

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