Do you love fall as much as I do? The weather is beautiful. The pace of life just seems to take on a different rhythm. And of course there's all the hoopla around pumpkins and turkeys. Well to celebrate that wonderful bird I have a gobbley good free set of 3 activities for all of you. Check out the tracer page, the color page and the turkey feather trace.
Fall is here. Well almost.
I've just put the latest and greatest fall teaching products on my TpT Store. Here's a sneak peak and just so you know next week (9/18-9/19) I'm putting them on sale just in time for the first day of fall on September 22.
The first one (I'll get to the Bingo Game Tomorrow) is Pumpkin Patch Penmanship Practice Tracer Cards. The capital and lowercase letters are both included.
I made them so that your little learners can do them independently just by following the dots. Start at the green dot and go to the red dot. If there is more than one stroke in a letter then the first stroke will have a BIG green dot and a BIG red dot. The next stoke will have a slightly smaller green/red dot and so on until all the strokes have been traced.
The cute little pumpkins are everywhere to make this a fun fall activity to last the months of September, October and November. I love resources that can be used across multiple months.
The little learners can use dry erase or visa vias. Or.... for some fun roll a snake with play-dough and trace the letters that way. Hope you like it. Go to my store Here: Making The Basics Fun TpT Store. Or... by clicking on the image below.
Here's My Hand
Here’s my little hand to hold
when I am not with you.
I’m off to school to learn a bunch.
Each day is fun and new.
My hand will grow a bit each day
but I will always be,
Your loving child who is so glad
you let my hand go free.
Back To School means more to a teacher than anyone in the world knows. It's exciting and a little depressing too. Depressing? Well gone are all those days of looking and creating (at your leisure) "stuff" for your classroom. Now you are starting to feel the urgency that the beginning of the school year brings.
Well I have a great little activity that I made way back in 2012.
I've revised it and it is looking sharper than ever.
Simple- Copy the poem, paint the child's hand with tempera paint and place it above the poem. Let it try and TaaaaDaaaa.
Great first day activity to send home. I've actually had parents tell me they cried when they read it and that they are keeping it forever.
So here you go... Enjoy the rest of your summer break
and come back for more great stuff for your classroom. I can't wait to help you on your journey.
Ugggg. Summer is going by toooooo fast and school is just around the corner. Some of you are going back now or in just a few weeks and some of you are looking toward September. Let's get you all geared up with some resources.
I have not 5, not 6, but 7 freebies to go with my book The Blueberry Pancake Problem. And if that wasn't fantastic enough- I have a full length video that goes with the book... We all love a video.
So as promised here are those Freebies.
Just click and get.
Are you enjoying your summer? It's so great to have some time to think, plan, and dream.
Here is the last freebie for the book The Blueberry Pancake Problem. This one uses a pencil and paper clip to create a spinner.
Go to the home tab for info on how to purchase the book and/or go to the videos section to watch the full length video. Enjoy!!
Here's some tips for this freebie.
Students spin the paperclip on the tip of a pencil on the first spinner to get the first word in the compound word. Then they spin on the second spinner to get the second word. Then they decide if the compound word that they have just created is a real or nonsense word. Then they write the word in the appropriate column. They are going to come up with some pretty silly compound words so be prepared for some laughter and fun.
This Freebie was inspired by a text message that I received today from a teacher friend. She read The Blueberry Pancake Problem to her grandson and then felt the need to thank me. (Jeepers, literally brought tears to my eyes.) Her last lines, "Thank you for giving us such a great moment, and inspiring him to write." has motivated me to create this writing template for the littlest of authors.
The template has a BIG space for drawing pictures and space for writing. (-or where an adult takes down a dictation from the littler author) Take your pick on which line style your little author prefers.
This book seems to conjure up some very imaginative ideas and now you have a tool to take that teachable moment and run with it.
If you read this book to a little one I'd love to hear your story on how they interacted with the contents.
One of my favorite things to do is to read to kids. When I was young my reading skills were very poor and I always enjoyed hearing people read, even if it was from a textbook. It might be surprising to some but I get pretty nervous reading in front of others. Those old anxieties come rushing back and fill my mind with dought about my skill. But the fear soon takes a back seat as I watch my audience engage. As they start making personal connections I can see that I am taking them on a journey. The feeling is like no other.
I had the blissful privilege of reading The Blueberry Pancake Problem to a few different classrooms and I received some very positive feedback. I even received some great Thank You notes. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did. More to come.
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