Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Poem In Your Pocket!

Hey Kinder Friends,
We have been working on poetry writing for a couple of weeks. We started out by reading poetry and discussing some of the elements of the poems we liked. The ultimate goal was for the children to be able to write their own short poems. We spent a lot of time reading poetry and creating short poems together. Within a few weeks, we were well on our way to writing short poems independently. And even when this writing focus had ended children would come up to me with a new one they had created.
As A Poem In Your Pocket Day began to approach in my school, I remembered that I had these on hand from a few years ago. For this mini school celebration we color our pockets and write a short poem on the back. When the actual day arrives, the children wear them on their shirts and if someone stops them in the hallway they read their poem. The kids are always excited to wear them because if they are asked to recite their poem they earn a snack pass.
I was so thankful to have these ready and on hand as the day approached. I didn't have time to search or create anything else. Sometimes it is the simplest of things that get the job done and do the trick. In the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week, I am sharing this with you so that you have them saved and ready to go next April for Poetry Month.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Yep, It's Free!

Hey Kinder Friends,
With Teacher Appreciation time fast approaching I wanted to give back something to all the great teachers that inspire and help me. I was thinking a lot of getting ready for the back to school season just as the year is winding up. I was copying and laminating some ABC cards and it made me think of a number card. I have searched forever to find what I was looking for and just never found it. So I decided to finally sit down and create on for myself. I finally have what I have wanted and needed for a long time. I can't wait to print these and laminate them and put them up for next year. I know when I see them next year I will be glad I finally took the time to make it. I can already think of a few uses for it. These would be great copied on cardstock and laminated and stored in math folders. Staple one on the math wall. Copy and laminate a few to be stored in independent math boxes. And a simple black and white copy for take home folders.
And as I was working on the number card my mind was also thinking of one more simple thing I wish I had for a long time. For so many different reasons I have needed a resource for letter and number formation that the font was large enough to see the proper path of motion that the children could use with dry erase markers. I decided to sit down and create it while I was on a roll and get it ready for the back to school season. Just getting the basics ready and prepared helps to ease the pain of the stress of a new school year. The font in this product would be considered large and perfect for independent math and literacy stations or centers. And what I love is that it is simply...
Handwriting Practice Print and Go!
I just love that. And if I have a few kids that need practice with a certain letter or number I can send one home in a bag and a dry erase. Lots of possibilities for such a simple resource and the best part is that it is ready to go! Wishing you a great end of the year and looking forward to the next!


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