Mother's Day Crafts + FREE Download!



Kindergarten students always love making crafts for their loved ones.  There's something so special about working hard on a special gift to take home.  And because not all of our kindergarten friends have moms or grandmas, both of these crafts can be used for ALL loved ones!

My "You're a gem" Mother's Day Craft is so universal it can be used for a large variety of purposes: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, birthdays, or a fun just-because craft!  It's also really easy to cut out and can be done in one sitting.  I even had someone mention they want to use it for Pirate's Week in their classroom--so fun!

CLICK HERE for my Gem Mother's Day Craft!

And if you already downloaded my Koala Valentine Craft, re-download or revisit the resource in your Google Drive because it got an update!  It now has hearts to say "You are a koala-ty mom!", "You are a koala-ty, dad!" and "You are a koala-ty loved one!"  

CLICK HERE to access my Build-a-Koala Loved One Craft for FREE!


Happy crafting!


Literacy Centers in the Classroom + FREE Download!



Now that half of my kindergarten students are back in the classroom, I have rediscovered my love for hands-on literacy centers.  Even though I LOVE Boom Cards™ and Google Slides™, there just isn't anything like the experience of a literacy center in kindergarten.


We have about 15-20 minutes every morning for drop-off.  This is a huge chunk of time that I needed my students to work independently.  So as my students come in, they choose a literacy center and get started.  I love this routine because it also allows me to target specific skills for students.

My literacy centers range from letter matching (for letter recognition and fluency) to CVC segmenting.  I'll also be adding more this summer and next year to the growing bundle.

And I wanted to give all of you a FREE download!  Now that we have a solid foundation of letter sounds and blending and segmenting CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words, I wanted to teach my students a trickier literacy skill: digraphs.  Consonant digraphs are two letters that together make one sound.  I often teach my students digraphs during writer's workshop and guided reading, as the need comes up.  But this year we are more than ready to all tackle these sounds.  And if you're in need of a digital center, click here for my Beginning Digraph Boom Cards™!

CLICK HERE for a beginning digraph literacy center download for FREE!


And click the image below to find out more about my Kindergarten Literacy Centers Bundle:



Happy {literacy} centering!


Unicorn Day Activities + FREE Download



April 9th is National Unicorn Day.  Who knew?!  But random days like this are just so fun in kindergarten, so I'm here for it.


Just like most activities and special days, I love to begin with picture books.  There are so many fun unicorn books to read to celebrate the occasion.  My absolute favorite is Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima, which is a book about being yourself, no matter how you look on the outside.  I love this one so much that it was one of my first interactive read alouds that I posted to my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  A couple more good ones are Unicorn Day: A Magical Kindness Book for Children by Diana Murray (another about acceptance and being yourself) and How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace (perfect for any expository/how-to writing units).

And to make National Unicorn Day even more special, we'll be writing about what makes us unique, how-to catch unicorns, and making unicorn crowns to wear (crowns are always a classroom fave of ours).  

CLICK HERE to download the Unicorn Day Activities for FREE!

Happy Unicorn Day!  :)