100th Day Free Download

 


The 100th day of school is such a fun milestone in kindergarten.  It's a day to celebrate all we have accomplished in the school year, to count to 100, and to have fun.


I don't do too many special projects or centers during the day, but I do have a few favorite crafts I like to do.  My three favorites are my 100th Day Poster, 100th Day Crown, and my 100th Day LanternYou can get them all in the bundle HERE.


This year, we are still learning remotely, so I created some 100th Day Digital Slides with high hopes that I would remember to send them to my families.  I wanted my students to take pictures, draw, or show off a collection of 100 things.  But of course, I forgot to send them.  Maybe next year.


CLICK HERE to download my 100th Day Poster for FREE!

Google Slides™ Literacy Center Free Download

 

I love Google Slides™ for a few reasons: they're free, easily accessible, and easily customizable for most teachers.  During distance learning, I have learned so much about Google Slides™; how I can use them for distance learning, and how my students can use them independently.  They have really changed the way my distance learning curriculum has gone, and I'll never look back.


I have worked on a few Google Slides™ bundles: 

  • Back-to-School Digital bundle where you can find a digital calendar, Zoom expectations, digital rewards classroom management, and more
  • Digital Literacy Bundle where you can find letter formation slides, letter sound slides, a digital version of my Personal Word wall, and literacy centers
  • Digital Literacy Centers Bundle where you can find a matching set of adorable crayon-themed centers for essential skills: sight words, CVC words, letter matching, letter sounds, rhyming words, beginning sounds, middle sounds, and ending sounds

 

And if you haven't seen how Google Slides™ can work for your kindergarten classroom (or kindergarten student at home), I encourage you to do so!  Most of these slides have audio, and when played in Present mode, the audio plays automatically!  The below link will take you to a full freebie of one of my new crayon literacy centers.

 

CLICK HERE to try my Crayon Letter Match Google Slides for FREE!

New Year's Activities for Kindergarten

 

 
The first day we come back from winter break, I always spend some time talking about new year's resolutions.  In kindergarten, many students don't understand what a resolution is and what it means.  I love to do an interactive read aloud of "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" by Pat Miller to help with this.  It's such a great story about helping friends; a trait we are always talking about in school.


This year, as we come back from break while still in distance learning, I created Google Slides™ for all of us to complete.  After reading "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution", we will quickly brainstorm more ideas on what we would like to resolve to do in the new year; both in school and at home.  I anticipate a lot of my students saying their resolutions are to "help friends" and "help family", and that is just fine.  I love getting more creative, but making a resolution as a five-year-old is a tricky task.  


I anticipate it will take us a few days to complete a slide for all of us.  I'll screen share my slides and type in what they would like to say.  I love when my students share their ideas and goals with each other, they really are the best.  


Click here for my New Year's Resolutions Google Slides™!  Happy New Year, friends!

Winter Writing and Craftivity Free Download


 

My students always LOVE learning about animals and reading non-fiction.  They absolutely devour our National Geographic readers in the classroom.  After reading about animals, they love to teach each other about the facts they learn.  And I love how this just creates a bigger thirst for knowledge and reading. 

 

So last year, I decided to tap into their interest of non-fiction during our expository writing unit.  We read, wrote, and crafted six different winter animals: penguins, arctic foxes, snowy owls, snow leopards, polar bears, and walruses.  The writing and animals turned out SO cute.  And they made the best bulletin board.


Although I'm printing most everything for my students every month, I decided to make my Winter Animals Crafts and Writing into Google Slides™ for distance learning.  You can print or easily share these activities digitally! 

 

Now all six animals include a fast facts page, three different writing pages, and a two-page craft.  Both color and black-and-white versions included for the facts and writing pages.  Get the full unit here in my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

 

 

And now you can get the full emperor penguin craft and writing for F R E E !  Simply click this link and add your email.  You'll also gain access to exclusive freebies and sales from my email list.

 

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Distance Learning in December

As the months go on during distance learning, I am often asked about my monthly curriculum: what I send home with my students, what I do during Zooms, and what they work on asynchronously.  

 

 

When my district decided to begin the year fully remote, I knew it was important to me to have my students writing on paper with pencils, just as they would in the classroom.  There is just no "digital" substitute to the process of writing.  So the first thing I created was my Personal Word Wall.  I wanted a "one-stop" stop for my students when writing: alphabet charts, word banks, sight words, and an easy-to-use writing rubric.  I printed and bound these for my students in August.  And every other month or so, I am printing and hole punching more word bank pages for them to add to their books.

 

Most often with emergent writers, coming up with writing ideas can be the trickiest part.  So in September I began creating my Build-a-Story bundles.  In these units, I have word banks, clip art for characters and "things" to cut and paste, backgrounds to color and use as settings, and various writing pages.  My students use these to create their own stories, and what I have seen is unbelievable.  They are not only loving writing stories, but they are writing more than I have ever seen in the fall of kindergarten.  This month, I printed a Holidays Around the World set for them.

 

And to round out my writing for the month, we will be beginning our expository "how-to" writing next week.  I have made Winter How-to readers for my students to read and write.  Specifically, I prepped the "How-to Make a Gingerbread Man" and "How-to Make Hot Chocolate" books for them to color and write.  We will be using the Google Slides™ readers as a model before writing our own books.

 

In addition to writing, it is important to me that my students have projects at home to color, cut, glue, and create.  I printed my Wish Wreath Craft and my Snow Globe Name Crafts on cardstock and sent home.  I also just added student and parent-friendly instructions so they are all extra clear on the directions.  My students absolutely love sharing their crafts on our Zooms.  And I especially can't wait to see how their wreaths and snow globes turn out.

 

And to top off my December curriculum, I added six new holiday Boom Card™ decks to my rotation.  These are math and literacy decks that my students use to practice new skills and work on fluency of essential skills.  And I'll be adding SIX new decks for the months of January through May, so this growing bundle is an amazing deal right now.

 

December is such a fun month to spend with littles in the classroom, and I'm hoping to bring some of the holiday magic into my virtual classroom!  As always, email me at missmskindergarten@gmail.com or DM me on Instagram if you have any questions or want to see more!

 

Happy learning!

FREE Back-to-School Resources for Distance Learning


The reality of beginning kindergarten with distance learning has set in and I am working on more resources to support teachers and parents with the task.  It is more important than ever to have a strong home-school connection and to provide parents with all they need to be successful at home.  The below resources will help with beginning the year with distance learning.  And check out my full library of free resources on Teachers Pay Teachers, click here.

To begin, I will be emailing this home to families before school begins.  Many of these tips are common sense to teachers, but families beginning school for the first time have no idea how to create a usable workspace and to keep focused.

Handwriting Alphabet Charts
Letter formation and path-of-motion is new to most students and families.  These alphabet charts can be sent electronically and printed double-sided to use as an anchor for writing at home.  I will also be linking them in my daily schedule so parents have easy electronic access.

I absolutely love these handwriting pages from my Letter Friends phonics resource bundle.  All letters have a "letter friend" animal to represent the letter sound.  Each page has clear instructions and is clear of extra clip art or wording.  I will be beginning with these pages then moving onto the Letter Friends Lowercase Handwriting pack when they're ready.

I love to give my students reading logs from the beginning of the year.  Before they can read, I have them use their logs for shared reading.  These "I Can Read 100 Books" are so fun for students because it gives them a clear goal, sets positive reading habits and routines, and gives them a reason to celebrate when they have finished "reading" 100 books.

I first created these labels when I thought I was going to be starting the year in the classroom.  All shared supplies need to be re-imagined, so I found plastic crayon boxes at Michaels and made these labels to attach to the lid.  They are fully editable in Google Slides and look great when printed in color.

Whether you are heading back into the classroom, or are beginning your year remotely, I hope these freebies help to make your transition a bit easier!  Be sure to follow my Teachers Pay Teachers store for more freebies, sales, and new products:

Making a Felt Board with My Cricut Explore Air 2



This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cricut. All opinions are 100% mine.

Who knew you could easily DIY a homemade felt board with (mostly) materials you already have at home?  I say easily because I still consider myself a novice Cricut creator, and the entire project took me about two hours from start to finish (including the design in Cricut Design Space!).  For this project, I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and my Cricut StrongGrip mat.

Weeks ago, I found an old poster-sized frame that I have kept for nearly two decades.  In my teens, I bought it to display a poster of Johnny Depp.  Since then, it's had a few coats of paint and seen a few different pieces of art in a few different homes.  But this one is by far my fave.  Sorry, Johnny.

To start the project, I took apart the frame and spray painted it satin black.  It just needed two quick coats and was quick to dry.  I then recycled the glass to make the frame lighter.  For the felt backing, I used black (black is usually my go-to for bulletin boards and display areas) to make the letters really pop.  I found a yard of black acrylic felt on Amazon for relatively cheap.  For the backing, you really can use any felt of any color or material.  I cut the felt to-size right on the frame backing then attached it all together.  I love the monotone of the frame and the felt.

For the letters, I have read that certain felt works best to cut on a Cricut.  Of course, Cricut sells some made for the machines that would be best.  Second to Cricut, I've read that wool felt works well.  I bought a rainbow (duh) pack of wool felt from Amazon from Benzie Designs (also available on their website and Etsy).  I then cut the pieces in half, as I wouldn't be needing the entire sheet of felt for this project.

I designed this project in groups of four to five letters at a time to easily use different colors.  Although Cricut has a FabricGrip mat made specifically for fabric, I just used the StrongGrip mat and it worked fine (although the felt stuck to it, so I'm not sure how many more projects I'll be able to use it for).   To cut just one group of letters at a time (this would only be needed if you want to do rainbow colors), I hid the other groups as I cut (to the right in Design Space--click the eyes open or closed by each cut group).  I set the machine settings one notch beyond the "Bonded Fabric" setting and just used the blade already in my machine.  To my surprise, it all came out super easy and I did not need to use scissors or a knife to get any letters apart.

To finish, I lined up all of my letters in the center of the board using the hearts (included in the design) to off-set the groups with less or more letters. 

If you are wanting to make an alphabet felt board of your own, but don't have a poster-sized frame, simply edit the design in Design Space to make the letters and hearts smaller.  You can also use any felt board you already have or make a bulletin board out of felt directly on the wall.

I absolutely LOVE the way this project turned out and think it will make an amazing addition to any classroom, playroom, or home.  If you make one of your own, I would love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram @missmskindergarten.

Happy crafting!

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