Ocean Preschool Centers

Ocean Preschool Centers Let’s dive right into it and take a sneak peek at what’s included in my Ocean Preschool Centers packet. But first, let me say this: I apologize for the terrible colors in some of these photos; I had such bad lighting and I rushed with the editing so I could publish this for you all today. So please keep in mind that the actual colors are much nicer than what’s showing up here 😉 PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Spring Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Ocean Preschool Centers packet, please click here! First up, an octopus fine motor practice mat to help strengthen those little finger muscles. I used buttons, but you can use pom-poms, gems, beads, beans or any other small objects that will fit inside the circles. (Click the picture below to get the activity.) The next activity is an oyster and pearls beginning sounds match. The aim of this activity is for children to match the lower case letter and beginning sound picture on the pearls to the oyster that displays the matching upper case letter. If some of your kiddos aren’t working on beginning sounds just yet, you can ask them to only match the lower case letter to the upper case letter. (Click the picture below to get letters A-F.) Next up, I included some syllable practice cards. The aim of this activity is for children to identify the number of syllables in each picture and represent their findings by covering the corresponding number on the card. I used shells to show my answers. (Click the picture below to get some cards.) Then, there is a school of fish word family sorting activity. (Click the picture below to get the AG word family.) Even though word families are basically rhyming words, I I also included some harder rhymes; that is, rhymes that are not necessarily CVC/CCVC words. (Click the picture below to get the pictured cards.) For sight words, I made up a cute crab and pincers matching activity. I glued small pegs to the back of each pincer and voila! (Click the picture below to get some cards.) I also included an octopus and tentacles color matching activity. I glued the tentacles onto some small pegs and clipped them on to the matching octopus. (Click the picture below to get the pictured colors.) Next up is an ocean and... read more

Teacher Appreciation Sale & Freebie 2017

Teachers. Whether you’re a professional with a degree or a dedicated parent, you have undoubtedly spent countless hours planning what you are going to teach your kids this year. And not just “educational” stuff. You have taught them things that really matter too: like how to be kind, how to accept those who are different, proper hygiene… and the list goes on and on. More importantly, you have shown your kids that you love them and have let them know that they matter. And THAT is by far the best thing any kid could learn. For all that you do, THANK YOU! I wanted to join TpT in expressing our thanks to teachers everywhere by hosting a sale on May 9th and 10th. My entire store will be 28% off during these two days and I hope that you will be able to scoop up some bargains to help you finish off the year if you’re in the US or continue strong, if you’re in Australia. *** I have a sample freebie for you at the end of this post 🙂 *** Click the link below to head on over to my store! I also have some really special deals that I wouldn’t want you to miss out on. Click the images to take you to the resource in my TpT store or Facebook page so that you can enter the giveaways! DOLLAR DEAL RESOURCES: Beginning Sounds: Sight Words Cut and Paste: Colors Flip Books: TWO DOLLAR DEAL RESOURCES Preschool Summer Review: Kindergarten Summer Review: Oh! And I almost forgot! I have bundled the cute preschool centers I have been blogging about into one huge packet, and it’s available at a super low introductory price during the sale only. Click below to check it out! Or, if you like to try before you buy, be sure to try the FREE SAMPLE PAGES below: Happy Teacher Appreciation... read more

Spring Preschool Centers

Spring Preschool Centers When I think of spring, my memories take me back to when I was in Grade 3 or 4. I remember waking up to the sound of Australian birds chirping in our gum tree and Banksia bushes. I remember the warmth of the morning sun as its rays peeked in between the tall trees. The air smelled of divine freshness as I walked to school with my older brother and younger sister. I remember touching every bush and flower and breathing in their scent as we walked along. Ah… to be young again! Not that I’m that old now… But, for some reason, the older I have become, the harder it is to find time to enjoy those little things now! Strange, isn’t it!? Alrighty! Enough with the reminiscing! Time to get to the reason we are here: to give you all a sneak peak at what’s included in my Spring Preschool Centers. PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Spring Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Spring Preschool Centers packet, please click here! I am a firm believer that correct letter formation cannot be reinforced enough, and so I included alphabet tracing cards in this packet too. I laminated my cards and made a hole with a hole punch in the top left corner and secured the cards together with a keyring. (If you’re staring at the lower case “d” and thinking, “This lady is nuts; that is not the correct way to write a d,” I have good news for you – I have corrected the error! I amaze myself by the things that slip by when I check my work!) (Click the photo below to get letters A-F.) Next, there is a letter and beginning sounds matching activity. After laminating and cutting our the flowers, I stuck them on to some coloured Popsicle / icy-pole sticks and voila! You could put them into some pots with a label on the front and ask children to put the flowers into the correct pots. (Click the photo below or above to get letters A-E.) If your kiddos are confident with alphabet order, they will definitely love this next activity! They have to clip the missing letter in the correct spot to complete the alphabet sequence. You could attach Velcro dots on the back of each frog and empty spot, but I am not really a big fan of that; I prefer using clothes pegs because little... read more

St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers

         St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers Rainbows… Pretty, bright, colourful rainbows! Who doesn’t love rainbows?! I know I do! Pretty colours always cheer me up! I included a couple of rainbow activities in my St. Patrick’s Day packet for preschool and kindergarten kiddos, but I am certain at some point in time, I will make a packet with all things rainbow! PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Centers packet, please click here! My favourite activity from this packet is the fine motor practice mat. Why? Because it’s so perfectly bright and cheerful, of course! This mat is also ideal if you’re teaching your kiddos ROYGBIV to help them remember the rainbow colours! (Click the photo to get the fine motor practice mat.) I included a pot of gold and gold coin alphabet and beginning sounds sorting activity. This activity can easily be differentiated and you can have your kiddos match upper case letters only, upper and lower case letters, or letters and beginning sounds. (Click the photo to get letters A-E.) Next, I included a syllable counting activity. Children show their answers by clipping pegs to each clover. Next up is another super fun rainbow activity! Children are required to match the different cards to the correct word family cloud. You can attach small pegs or velcro dots to keep the pieces intact, or you can use this activity in a pocket chart center. (Click the photo to get the pictured word families.) I also included a complete pre-primer sight words activity. Children are required to match the shamrocks to the correct hats. (Please click the photo to get some sample pages of the activity.) For the next activity, I glued the coloured strips to the cloud and, while I didn’t do this, it would be ideal to attach velcro dots to the back of each circle to keep them circles moving around and frustrating your little dears. The aim of this activity is to sort the circles with various coloured objects to the matching colour strip. (Click the photo to get red and orange.) The next activity can also be differentiated: you can have children match only one coin with your desired number representation to the correct pots of gold, or all three coins. (Click the photo to get numbers 1-5.) Next, is a very simple shape sorting... read more

Sunday School Noah Gets Ready to Board the Ark

Sunday School Lesson 10: Noah Gets Ready to board the Ark This is the second of three lessons about Noah. You can view the first lesson in the series here! We started the lesson by asking, “What did God tell Noah to do?” This got our kiddos thinking about what we had learnt last week and, sure enough, they remembered that God had told Noah that He will send a great flood over the world and that Noah needs to build an ark to save himself, his family and many animals. We talked about how some of Noah’s friends and neighbours teased him and thought he was very silly for building such a big boat. However, Noah didn’t listen to them and continued to trust in God; Noah knew it was much more important to listen to God than to listen to what people say. That is why he didn’t let the words of his neighbours and friends upset him and he continued to build the ark. We emphasised how important it is to always trust God, even when the people around us think we are silly. When the ark was finally finished, Noah and his family hard to prepare for the many days that they were going to spend inside. We related Noah’s journey inside the ark to a long car trip. When you leave home to go somewhere for a long time, you need to get ready: you pack some food, clothes, toothbrush, hairbrush and other things necessary for the journey. In the same way, Noah had to get things ready for him and his family. He had to pack clothes, plates, things to cook food in, such as pots and pans, and plenty of food for him and his family. We placed pictures of the different things Noah might have needed on the whiteboard and discussed why he needed those things. Our dear loved calling out of turn, “I have that at home!” Bless their hearts 🙂 Because there were going to be many animals on the ark, Noah had to gather the different types of food each animal ate. We gave each child a picture of an animal and we placed a food item on the board. The child who had the picture of the animal who ate that food had to come to the board and place it next to to food. The kids had a lot of fun with this activity. Once Noah had finished getting everything... read more

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