The Legend of Spookley The Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano is definitely a favorite read in the fall!  It is a great book to use when teaching about tolerance and kindness!

This year I decided to have the kiddos create their own little Spookleys!

The students began by gluing the orange squares onto the big white square of construction paper.  First time using white glue this year, and they did GREAT!!!

I had them draw their own eyes and mouth (I cut them out), and then they glued them onto the pumpkin.  Then they finished Spookley with a rectangle of brown paper and a green leaf.

I absolutely love them!  Each one is unique!
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Alphabet Posters

Well, after 9 years in Kindergarten, I was given the opportunity to move down to Pre-K (ETK in our district). I jumped at the chance and I am spending much of the summer preparing for my new classroom!

First on my to-do list was a fun, colorful set of Alphabet Posters! Our school adopted Benchmark Advance last year (K-5th) and I wanted to keep with the program for consistency. I created these posters with similar graphics (frieze pictures). They have a simple black border and a kid-friendly font.

You can pick them up in my TpT Store {HERE}

Can't wait to hang them in my classroom!
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Making Spaceman Sticks

Every year I like to make a set of these spaceman sticks for my students.  It is a great help when teaching your class how to make spaces between words!  It is an essential writing tool in my classroom!

Simply print the spacemen onto labels (or you can use paper).  Then cut the labels to the desired size - I like to cut off some of the white area.  Put the stickers onto jumbo craft sticks and secure with a piece of clear packing tape.  I also like to add each students name on the bottom of the stick with a permanent marker.

Click below to get the labels.

Space Man Stick Labels FREE Kay Sommer

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Constitution Day!

We had fun learning about the Constitution today!  I found these ideas on Pinterest!

We began by making tricorn hats with "powdered" hair.  I prepped the materials by cutting blue construction paper into the hat shape, and by cutting white construction paper into strips.

 I stapled 2 sides of the hat together.

 The students curled the white paper strips and then glued them onto the hat.

Finally I put the hat around the student's head and stapled it in front to fit.

Then I got the "marker quills" ready!  I simply taped a large feather to a few markers.  I purchased the feathers at Michaels.  I saw this idea from A Place Called Kindergarten.

I wrote our classroom constitution on some chart paper after ripping the edges.  After reading our constitution and talking a bit about the US Constitution, we all put on our hats and began signing, just like James Madison and George Washington!

And here is our finished classroom constitution!  I modeled my version after one that I found at Howywood Kindergarten.

This was so exciting for the kids!  Who knew that learning about the Constitution could be such fun?!?!
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Tops and Bottoms

We are reading one of my favorite books this week - Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens.  We just love how Hare tricked the lazy Bear!

After reading the book, we charted out the different vegetables that Hare got - the bottoms (beets, carrots, and radishes), the tops (broccoli, lettuce, and celery), and the middles (corn).
We recalled the events of the story and my students helped to glue the pictures on the chart.

Then everyone got to complete their own cut and glue worksheet.

Give this book a read.  I'm sure that everyone will love it!
You can find this in my TpT store.

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The Science of Coconuts in Your Kindergarten Classroom

Explore coconut seeds with your Kindergarteners!  

Kids are innately interested in nature and the world around them.  Investigate coconuts and learn what they are all about!

We have been busy learning about all kinds of seeds.  Large seeds, small seeds, fruit seeds, vegetable seeds, and flower seeds. 

The science of coconut seeds. Exploring and investigating coconuts in Kindergarten.

Today we spent the last part of the day exploring coconut seeds.  I brought in a coconut, some bottled coconut water, and lots of tools to crack the coconut open and to cut up the coconut meat.

We began by passing around the coconut.  We touched it and shook it. Then we drew a picture of what the outside of the coconut looked like.

Then we predicted what the coconut would do when it was put in a container of water.  Would it sink or float?  Next, we headed outside to see what would happen.

Yes, it floated!!!  We recorded the results.

Then I poked a hole in the coconut and drained out the coconut water. Since the water that I drained out of the coconut was full of bits of the coconut shell, we tasted the bottle coconut water instead.

Then I hit and hit and hit the coconut with a hammer.  Finally, it cracked open.  Then we drew a picture of what the inside of the coconut looked like.

Last we tasted a small piece of coconut meat!  Everyone really enjoyed exploring coconuts!

I just added the Coconut Science sheet to my freebies. 

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It's A TpT Cyber Sale Gift Card Giveaway!

It's that time again!  That's right - it is time for the Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Sale!  The sale begins tomorrow, and runs for 2 days, Monday 11/28 and Tuesday 11/29!  And I am giving away a $10 TpT gift card to one lucky winner!!!

But I'm not the only one!  If you continue through the blog hop, you have a chance to win over $250 in TpT gift cards!!!

Simply enter the Rafflecopter entry below and then continue through the blog hop to enter each of the giveaways!

My giveaway ends on Monday 11/28 at midnight and the winner will be announced on Tuesday morning 11/29.

Here are a few of my top Holiday / Winter resources that get lots of use in my classroom!  And they are all on SALE during the TPT Cyber Sale!

CVC Words Match (Snowflake)

 Students match the cvc word with the correct picture and then write the word on the recording sheet.

I like to put this in a sensory bin, but you can also just use in your regular center container.

Kindergarten Math Centers (Christmas themed)

This product includes tons of math center activities for December.  I have included counting numbers 1-10 and 11-20 (scattered configuration and ten frames), skip counting (2's, 5's, and 10's), comparing numbers, addition (make 5, make 10, and a cover up dice game).  Includes color and b/w options for most centers.
Count the Ice Cubes (numbers 1-10)

Count the Presents (numbers 11-20)

  Seashell Ten Frames (numbers 1-10 and 11-20)

Skip Counting by 5's

I would love for you to visit my store to see all of my products - and remember they are all on SALE!

**The giveaway has ended.  Thanks to everyone who entered!**

Good luck!

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