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Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers

 Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers I’m not a big fan of Cupid and his arrows. I do, on the other hand, love flowers, hearts and all things sweet – conversation heart candies, chocolates, cookies, cupcakes… I love ’em all! And you have guessed right that I included all those things in my new Valentine’s Day activity packet for your preschool or kinder (prep) kiddos! PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Valentine’s Day Preschool Centers packet, please click here! My favourite activity from this packet is the sight words conversation hearts sorting activity. You can prep the activity by simply laminating and cutting all the pieces and then asking kiddos to sort the hearts to the correct jar. (Click the photo to get some sample pages.) If your kiddos are ready, you can step it up a bit and ask them to make sentences using the sight words candy hearts. Glue the hearts to the ends of small clothes pegs and clip them to the jar. Ask children to make a sentence for each word. (Click the photo to get the jars with the sentence labels. Please note: these labels are only available for download here and are not included in my Valentine’s packet.) Okie dokie. Now that I’ve shown you my favourite activity, we can move on to see what else is included. The first activity is a fine motor practice mat. (Click the photo to get the fine motor practice mat.) Then there is a Valentine mail sorting activity. Children are required to match the lower case letter on the valentine and the beginning sound picture envelope to the correct mailbox. You can prep the activity by simply laminating and cutting, or you can make it a little more interactive by cutting a slot for children to slip the envelope and valentine into the mailbox. I placed a container behind the mailbox to receive the incoming mail. (Click the photo to get letters A-F.) Next, I included a syllable counting activity. Children show their answers by clipping pegs to each heart or using counters to place on each heart. Then there is a chocolate box activity! I am sure this will be a deliciously fun activity for your kiddos! The aim here is for children to sort the chocolates to correct middle sound box. (Click the photo to get the pictured boxes.) Mmmm… valentine cookies! For this activity,... read more

Groundhog Day Preschool Centers

Groundhog Day Preschool Centers I found some cute groundhog clip art and just had to make a packet for your preschool and kinder kiddos with them! PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Groundhog Day Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos. To purchase the complete Groundhog Day Preschool Centers packet, please click here! Groundhog Fine Motor Practice First up is a fine motor activity – all you need to do is print, laminate for durability and provide your kiddos with some buttons (or any other small items) and your ready to go! Groundhog Beginning Sounds Match Next is a beginning sounds matching activity. If your kiddos are not yet ready to match pictures to beginning sounds, children can order the letters alphabetically. Or, you can print two copies and do a letter matching game or memory game. There are lots of fun literacy options with these lil’ guys! (Click the photo below to download letters A-F.) Groundhog Number Match Like the beginning sounds activity, this can be differentiated to meet the different learning stages of your kiddos. For your higher students, you could print two copies and use the groundhogs with the dots as subitizing cards. Or, you could add them together. (Click the photo below to download numbers 1-6.) Groundhog Shape Match For this activity, children match the top hat 2D shapes to the groundhog that is holding the matching shape. (Click the photo below to download the pictured shapes.) Groundhog Color Match For this activity, children match the colored top hats to the groundhog of the same color (Click the photo below to download the pictured colors.) Groundhog Shadow Match It wouldn’t be Groundhog Day if we didn’t have a shadow matching activity, right? (Click the photo below to download the pictured cards.) Groundhog Day Patterns The last activity is an AB pattern activity where children select which picture is required to complete the pattern. I hope you found the samples here useful in helping you decide whether this is something you could use with your kiddos! Click the picture below to purchase the complete unit from my TpT store. Or, if you prefer ink saving activities, click the picture below to check out my Groundhog Day Preschool Worksheets packet. Thanks for stopping... read more

Sight Words and Word Families Week 2

Sight Words and Word Families Week 2 You know what they say, “Better late than never!” I popped in today to show you what Filip and I did for Sight Words and Word Families Week 2 and to give you some free samples of what we used to help you decide whether you’d like to try these activities or worksheets in your own classroom or home. You can read about Sight Words and Word Families Week 1 here.  Week 2 sight words: can, me, the, you Focus word family: an After we took down the first week’s worksheets, I glued them into a project book. As well as displaying our sight words and word family words in the room, I glued them into the project book like so. (Click the photo to download the sight words and word family word wall. Click here to purchase the complete Pre-Primer Sight Words Word Wall packet and here for the complete Word Family Posters packet.) Many of the activities we did this week are the same as what we did during the first week, but since it’s been so long since I blogged about the first week, I know you won’t mind seeing the activities again. We started each day with a Sight Words Word Find. (Click the photo to get this week’s word find freebies.) We then moved on to doing a Sight Words Cut and Paste activity. I love these worksheets as they focus on correct letter sequence and help children to grasp the concept that letter sequence is vital when reading and writing. (Click the photo to get this week’s sight words cut and paste worksheet freebies.) Then Filip did a Sight Word Q-tip activity. Of course, this was always his favourite because he got to paint and sprinkle glitter and all that stuff we all love 😉 (Click the photo to download some q-tip sight word freebies.) We did the above sight word activities Monday – Thursday. Each day, we also read from my Sight Words Fluency Reading Homework packet. I LOVE this resource as it incorporates both sight words and CVC words. AND each page builds on the previous one, making sure that sight words learnt in the past are never forgotten! This week, I printed out all the pages and bound them into a booklet. I think I like having them like this more than putting them into plastic sleeves. (Click the photo to get the pictures pages.) Friday, I decided to test my lil’ man to see how he... read more

Winter Preschool Centers

Winter Preschool Centers Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I enjoyed some much needed time away from the computer screen to be with my family these past couple of weeks! Anyway, I popped in today to give you guys a sneak peak at what’s included in my Winter Preschool Centers. This is a resource I made earlier this year, but never got a change to blog about it, so here I am 🙂 PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Winter Preschool Centers packet. You can download the free sample pages by click on the photos in the post. To purchase the complete Winter Preschool Centers packet, please click here! Winter Write and Wipe Alphabet Tracing Cards The first activity is an upper and lower case letter tracing activity. I laminated the cards, cut them apart and then made a hole in the top corner of each card. I secured them together with a key ring. Provide kiddos with an erasable marker or crayon and they’re ready to go! (Click the photo to get letters A-F.) Hat and Mittens Letter and Beginning Sounds Match As with all my preschool packets, I included an alphabet matching activity. You could use just the mittens for upper and lower case matching or, if your kiddos are ready for the challenge, add in the the beginning sound hat. (Click the photo to get letters A-F.) Missing Snowman Letters If your kiddos have already mastered matching upper and lower case letters and are working on letter sequence, this next missing letter activity is just the thing for them! The aim of this activity is for children to identify the missing letter and to clip the correct letter in the missing spot to complete the alphabet sequence. (Click the photo to get 3 cards.) Snowflake Syllables Next up, are some syllable cards. Children can either clap their hands as they say each word or tap each snowflake, and then clip on the appropriate clothes peg to show their answer. Snow Globe CVC Words I have also included a very basic CVC word reading activity for your kiddos who are ready to begin blending sounds to read words. Kiddos read the two words on each snow globe and clip a peg on the word that matches the picture. (Click the photo to get the pictured snow globes.) Snowflake Rhyming The aim of this activity is for children to match the two pictures that rhyme. Pre-Primer Snowball Sight Words Pocket Chart Center Activity... read more

Christmas Preschool Centers

Christmas Preschool Centers I am pretty sure that I say this every year, but I LOVE Christmas. It is my most favorite time of the year. I love the pretty colors and decorations and, if I liked gingerbread cookies, I am SURE I would also love the smell of baked gingerbread cookies! There is something about ginger that just doesn’t sit well with my taste buds… Yesterday, I made a green juice and the recipe asked for ginger. So, I did what any person who doesn’t like a certain ingredient does – I halved the quantity. Well. Let me just say. I should have just left it out completely. I had to hold my nose to drink the stuff! But we are getting away from the real reason we are here today: to take a sneak peek at my Christmas Preschool Centers and to give you a few freebies to help you decide whether this is something you would like to use in your classroom or home! (Please note: This post does not contain all the pages included in my Christmas Preschool Centers, just a few sample pages! If you wish to purchase the complete Christmas Preschool Centers packet, please click here!) First up, is a Christmas tree fine motor activity. I use red and green buttons for this, but you could use any small objects: pom-poms, gems, bells, baubles, pebbles, playdough formed into balls! (Click the photo below to get the Christmas tree fine motor practice mat.) Another activity turned fine motor is the Christmas tree color sorting activity. You could sort anything to the differently colored trees (buttons, tinsel, baubles, beads, bows, to name a few), but I decided to use sequins. (Click the photo below to get colors red, orange, yellow.) I also added a Christmas ornament tracing activity for both upper and lower case letters. You could make a write and wipe tracing booklet with them by making a hole at the top of each ornament and securing them together with a key ring. It’s definitely a fun way to practice correct letter formation during the season! But, there are so many other uses for these alphabet ornaments! You could have children match upper and lower case letters, put them in alphabetical order, spell out sight words or children’s names and then display them around the room or on your Christmas tree. You could even make a “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” banner. (Click the photo below to get all upper case letters.) Next up is Santa’s sack of... read more

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