Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Hot Ideas

My name is Anita, and I am a teaching blog addict. 
OK, maybe not an addict, but thanks to Pinterest I've come across so many great Kindergarten blogs, and so many great teaching ideas, that I found myself rushing out to the nearest Dollarama to purchase the supplies needed to make every single one of these student activities.
Do I need them all for September? Addict...maybe.

Here are some things my students can look forward to doing this year:

(for tactile printing)
I used large Ziploc bags and filled them with hair gel, food colouring, and glitter. I found this idea here.

(for tracking print)
Dollarama has their Halloween items out (already!) and I picked up some groovy fingers that have long, glittery fingernails. Students can use these beauties to track print as they read.

Using "Hickory Dickory Dock" as a springboard, students will be introduced to clocks & time to the hour. In this activity, students will piece together clocks by putting the numbers in the right spaces. I used Velcro to make the numbers stick and for easy removal. The clock can be downloaded here from Mrs. Williamson's Kinders.


I made a set of mats for Numbers, Shapes, the Alphabet, and Counting.
For the counting mats, students put playdough cut-outs onto the corresponding number.
Organizing tip: Binder clips are a great way to keep the mats together for storage!

Inside the Power Tower tube are words printed on Dixie cups. Students stack the words they can read and see how high their tower can grow. My cups have the students' names on them for September, and I will be gradually adding sight words as they are introduced. This idea is from
 The Power Tower label can be downloaded here.


I tweaked an idea from here to create CVC word mats, using clip art from here and diet soda lids for the letters.
Students will place vowels on the words, using the picture cues to figure out the word.


Students use clothespin letters to make words. I found the idea here.
This activity is for our Bug Unit in June...Yes, June :)

I hope you find some of these ideas useful for your class too!


Alice Ortiz said...

Love this!

Anonymous said...

Hi Anita, Thanks for all the ground work. Love all these ideas. Easter school holidays just finished, such a pity i didn't come across your site sooner. Guess you know what i'll be doing next couple of weekends! Again thanks so much!!

Mut said...

This is absolutely awesome, I found you through my new addiction (pintrest) and I'm so glad, thank you so much

Patricia said...

Love the pointy finger pointers, also where can I get a copy of the sentence practice sheets? I looked on your tpt with no luck :)

Anita said...

Hi Patricia, Thanks for stopping by! The pages can be downloaded from here:

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