Sunday, April 6, 2014

Kindergarten Readiness Skills (and IDEAS to do at home to prepare!)

Kindergarten Readiness Skills for Your Child
Kindergarten is a big step for kiddos (and their parents)! It has also changed a ton since we went to kindergarten! I have poured over tons of resources and consulted with a few kindergarten teachers to make a list of skills that are beneficial for your kiddo to know before entering kindergarten. After the skills listed for each category, I have given a list of ideas and activities that you can do at home to practice these skills. 

There are two things I want you to remember when reading through this list:
The first is that kids develop develop at different rates so don't stress if they aren’t quite there yet on some of the skills– their kindergarten teacher will continue to work on these skills!
The second is that play is so important! They have many years ahead of them to be in school so when you work on the skills make it playful and fun and don't over do it!   

For a printable list go here!

Ok, now for the kindergarten readiness list of skills...

Monday, February 10, 2014

School Valentine Treasure Hunt for Kindergarten, First or Second grade classes

Here is a fun treasure hunt you can do with your class! The clues go around the school! Just cut out the hearts from the free printable and post them in the places given below. I am hiding boxes of conversation hearts as the treasure but you can do anything (Valentine’s cards, pencils, hearts, etc)! I have included a blank heart at the end of the printable if you want to write them a note about their treasure.

Save the first heart and clue #1 to give to the students. Hide Clue #2 – music room, Clue #3 – computer lab, Clue #4 – library, Clue #5 – gym, Clue #6 – office, Clue #7 – lunch room, and the
TREASURE – a trail of hearts by the classroom door to the treasure

Go HERE to print the Valentine Treasure Hunt!

On the way down the halls go quick but don’t run
The next clue is where you sing and have fun!

Go next to where you could type a Valentine
You could type I heart U or WILL U BE MINE?

Clue #3
The next clue is where you can read about V-day
Go now but remember to be quiet along the way!

You will find the next clue where you run, jump and hop
Get going my friends, please do not stop!

CLUE #5The next clue is the first stop as you enter the school
Tell the secretaries there that you think they are cool!

Good job, you are getting very close to the end
Go next to where you gobble down lunch with a friend

You have come this far because of your smarts
Go to the classroom door and follow the hearts!

More ideas…
Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Valentines Treasure Hunt!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Heart Animal Valentine Holders (Valentine's Day Party)

For Hornet’s Kindergarten class I had these paper plate valentine holders in my brain. It started because while organizing his teacher’s classroom closet (she told me I could, I promise I didn’t just dive right in) I found large stacks of paper plates (I hope they take that off the kindergarten list). I took some home to see what I could come up with. I originally thought I would do 2 of the heart paper plates back to back and thought they would stand up. They kept rolling over though and every idea I could think of to make them stand up sounded awful when I thought of duplicating it 25 times. So the paper plate hearts stapled to a brown paper bag is what I came up with. They could also be stapled to a shoe box (which is what many classes bring in to decorate for their valentine holder).

The kids in the class made cute heart animals for the front of the paper plate heart! I really loved how these turned out! The book My Heart is 
Like a Zoo by Michael Hall is perfect for this!

We had the whole morning (3 hours) for the party so we did this first. This could also be done a day or two in advance. The kids used the paper plate heart to put their crafts in and the paper bag for their valentines! It worked great! These Heart Animal Valentine Holders would work well with any elementary ages.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Marker Log (Organization)

At a children’s museum a couple years ago I saw a wood block with the marker lids glued in and thought it was a brilliant idea! Since then I have been wanting to make one because my little artist (Roly Poly) loves to draw but he also loves to chew on marker lids and often forgets to put the lids back on so they dry out. I was refusing to buy new markers to try and teach him a lesson so he was down to only pinks and purples (he really doesn't like those colors). Turns out he got some new markers in his stocking so I was forced to get making that marker block.

I drilled into a wood block but it just looked so boring. I was about to paint a salamander or alligator on it to jazz it up when the idea of using a log popped in my brain. So much easier than painting a reptile and I love the natural look!

I did go through 3 sets of markers to get it just right. Turns out that Gorilla glue and Tacky glue are bad choices, so go for the glue gun! Now that you know to use a glue gun the rest is easy. So, go out to the wood pile and grab a log to make your Marker Log!

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