Preschool Valentine Printables!

Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it!  Here are some fun printables that I created last year for Valentine’s Day that you might enjoy with your little ones!  Feel free to download and use as desired.

candy heart patterning - Page 001Download the Candy Heart Patterns worksheet

heart ordering 1-14 bw - Page 001Download the Heart Ordering Page here

heart sorting - Page 001Download the Candy Heart Sorting Page Here

I hope these come in handy with the upcoming Valentine holiday!

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Feed the Penguin Game

Hi all!  I hope you are enjoying Winter.  It was downright cold here in Colorado for about 4-5 days (like a high of 15) and now we’re going to have a week in the 50’s.  Oh how I love Colorado weather!  Anyways, this week at Preschool is letter “Pp” week.  We are of course learning about Penguins and played a super fun counting game.feed penguin cover

I printed out the game cards numbered 1-12.  I told the kids that the penguins were hungry and needed to be fed the correct amount of fish.  We used Swedish fish, but you could also use Goldfish or pictures of fish.feed penguin 1

I hope you and your little ones enjoy this counting game as much as we did!feed penguin 2

You can download the JPEG of each number to manipulate the size as desired here:

1    2    3    4     6   7   8   9   10   11   12

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Snowflake Stamping

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  I hope you are having a great New Year!  Here is a fun paintin’ and countin’ project.  (This is supposed to make you think of sippin’ and paintin’.  Ha!)  snow paint cover

Months ago I pinned a cute idea using a set of pine needles to create snowflake stamps.  It’s from Family Fun magazine I believe, but the link is no longer working.  I’m sure you can find it on their page with a little digging.  Anyways I couldn’t just leave it as a cute art project but wanted to extend it to include learning.snowflake

Right now we’re reviewing numbers 1-5 with my Preschool class before we move on to harder numbers.  I decided to incorporate the cute idea above with some Math.  I created a simple printable for students to put the correct amount of snowflake stamps in each section.  Unfortunately after attempting the above craft I had a hard time finding a tree that had the needles going in a circle.  Our sample stamps turned out terrible.  Maybe you can find some in your neck of the woods, so we used these fluffy pom pom balls. snow paint 1  They turned out a little more like snowballs than snowflakes, but they were fun none the less.

You can get a PDF of the SNOWFLAKE PRINTABLE by clicking on the link.  The kids really enjoyed this and it added a winter-scape to our walls, all while using our Math skills!

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Home School Space

I can’t wait to show you the adorable home school space that I created for my daughter.  Ready???  Here it is!   Ally desk coverIt’s Thursday now and I have nearly completed my daughter’s first week of home school in conjunction with running my Preschool.  Whew!  It’s actually been really good and she has enjoyed helping out in the Preschool class.  Besides that she’s practicing lots of life skills, like reading aloud to kids, engaging them in meaningful conversation and guiding them without giving answers.Ally desk 3

Prior to the start of our week I created a special work space in my office for her.  I just love all of the cubbies for her various classes and supplies and the color scheme is simply delicious!  I was pretty lucky that I had everything already in my house except for the desk and the cubbies.  I got those without breaking the bank at IKEA.  Wahoo!Ally desk 2Of course I had to leave lots of space for her to display work, pictures of her family and reference sheets.   You’ll see that even on day ONE we’ve already put up art work and projects.Ally desk 1

This space is going to get LOTS of use, but is reserved for SCHOOL ONLY.  She has her own “fun desk” space upstairs in our loft.  This space is located in the basement right next to my desk.  It has worked out perfectly so far!  I hope God continues to bless this endeavor over the next 6 months!  How about you?  Do you home school or have you ever thought of doing it?

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2012 Top 5 Posts

Hey all!  I hope you had a blessed Christmas and are looking forward to a promising 2013!  Our family didn’t write out “resolutions” but we made goals for 2013 in the areas of: relational goals, physical goals, educational goals and most importantly spiritual goals.  My goals may not be exciting to others, but I love looking forward with continued hope and anticipation of what God is going to do in our lives.  Here are a few of my 2013 Goals…2013 goals

I just bought and opened Photoshop Elements 11 for the FIRST TIME EVER two days ago.  I created the above in about 10 minutes.  Not bad for a beginner… now to learn even more!

My first year blogging was fun and exciting!   And now for the TOP 5 Posts of 2012…

  Preschool Farm Pack optimized cover

 Clothespin Games & Printables

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 Let’s Get Buggy Pack FREE Bug Pack Cover

 Simple Pig Craft pig 3 - Page 001

 Farm Number Match-up Game

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I hope you are looking forward to a great 2013!

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Christmas Trivet

Yup, I’m here again with a post-Christmas, Christmas project.  {Sigh, again}  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Pin this idea for Christmas next year.  I love having my preschool students create a gift for their family that can be saved and used at Christmas year after year.  This year we created Christmas Trivets.  trivet cover - Page 001

Don’t know what a trivet is?  Well, it’s that thing you put on your wood table to protect it when you have a hot dish to serve.trivet 1 - Page 001

We started with a 6×6 white tile from Home Depot.  I think they were $0.48 each.  I purchased cork contact paper to stick to the back to keep it from scratching that table you are trying to protect.trivet 2 - Page 001

I had all of the kids paint a Christmas tree.  I helped them with the tree part and they added their own ornaments and tree trunk.trivet 3 - Page 001

Allow them to dry overnight.  Next, use a protective clear coat of spray paint to protect their beautiful artwork.  We painted giant pieces of paper and wrapped them up with a bow.  Simple, but oh so cute!trivet 4 - Page 001

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Glass Ornaments

Merry Christmas!  What? It’s nearly a week after Christmas?  {sigh}  We’ve been so busy with family fun that I’m not posting until a week after Christmas.  Oh well, pin this idea for next year!  🙂glass ornament cover - Page 001

Each year I make a dated glass ball ornament with my Preschool students.  You can usually get the plain glass ball ornaments at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby 50% off which makes them affordable. glass ornament 3 - Page 001

Each year I do something different.  One year we made glass balls with their handprint in a bright color like yellow, red or green.glass ornament 2 - Page 001

In my Pre-K class we made white handprints.  I turned their little fingers into cute little snowmen.glass ornament 5 - Page 001

Another fun option is to do a white handprint.  Then open the top of the ornament and pour in 2-4 acrylic paint colors.  You’ll need a lot of paint.  Swirl the paint around to make sure the whole ball is covered inside.

Turn the ornament over onto a cup to drain.glass ornament 6 - Page 001

Expect a lot of paint to drain out.glass ornament 8 - Page 001

Which one will you make {next year}?  I love them all!  They create great keepsakes for the families to keep for years to come.glass ornament cover - Page 001

Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!

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Whoa… big changes are ahead!

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Hi everyone!  Our family is going through some major changes right now.  My daughter is currently attending a local charter school that is 2 minutes from our house.  On top of that my hubby teaches there.  Recently we were faced with a big dilemma ..  My daughter’s third grade teacher has decided that she would go to Louisiana for the rest of the year to teach at another school within the charter school company.

Needless to say my little Third grade Princess will have a Long-term substitute for the rest of year.  Considering my hubby and I are both licensed teachers we started praying about what to do for our daughter.  We just want the best for her.

We have decided to homeschool her from January to May.  It will surely be an interesting adventure.  Pray for us!!!

I finally had both kids in school full-time and a little “me time”.  Now, suddenly I will have another kid home all the time and not only that, I don’t get to hang out with her, I actually have to prepare and plan lessons to make sure she’s learning PLUS run by preschool business.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited but also a little nervous.  I’m excited to be able to focus in on some gaps that we’re noticing in her education like math facts, writing skills, computer typing and art history.  I’m excited to be able to truly bring “learning to life” through real life experiences and for our relationship to grow.  My hubby (who currently teaches 5th grade and specializes in Math) is going to “own” her math education which takes a little off my plate.

I just love my beautiful girl!!!

Be patient with me as blogging will be hit or miss, but I hope to post as much as possible of the fun things that I’m doing with my Preschool lovelies and maybe some BONUS items for older kids!

 

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