Center Time


Math!  Make the numbers 1 to 10 with snap blocks.IMG_1931Art!  Free draw a mouse.
For our Hickory, Dickory clocks. Paint, glue, sharpies, scissors… there’s no better way to do an art project!

IMG_1928Playdough numbers: 1 – 10IMG_1923Phonics: 4 Square!

phonics freebie

Click here to get the 4 square for free!

Make 10 with Ten Frames {Free}

make 10 with ten frames

Just made this up for our math center next week.

Students will use math chips to find the different combinations of ten and record their answers.

During Daily math we’ll be using this package:
make 10 title

These pages include ways of making ten with ten frames, our fingers, chips, drawings, and more.  It will hopefully give my kids the extra  and repeated practice they need to master the concept!

We are all the Same and Different


We’ve begun our Children around the World unit.  This year we are incorporating gingerbread men, learning about traditions in different countries as they run around the world.  I’m working on the packet as we go.  Most of the around the world packets I see out there focus on Christmas traditions, which I’m trying to get away from.  Instead, I’m looking for kinder friendly folktales and children’s books, that teach a moral or lesson.

Here is a free report you can use with your students.

children around the world title

We enjoyed making our life-sized portraits.  It’s a lot of work for the teacher, but the kids love it and it is such a great learning experience for the kids.  We have great conversations as we try to match our hair and eye color, clothes, and skin.  There are many good books out there to support the theme of same and different.  My favorite by far is…

same and different

Apples! {Math, Science, and Literacy Activities}

New and Improved! Teach math and literacy while engaging your students in high interest science activities.   There are over 60 pages included.  We are currently working on this unit in class and the kids are so excited!   Your … Continue reading

Center Time

We’ve started center rotations!


Center 1

Color, Cut, and Sort: Capitals and Lowercase


Center 2

 Play-dough Mats


Center 3

 Bead a Number


Center 4

Match and Color: Magnetic Letters

We are practicing our rotations, learning where to go, what to do, and how to work during centers.  So far, so good!  The kids have been fabulous.  Hardworking, artistic, focused… I love it!  I’ve had the kids working quietly during center time because eventually, I will be pulling small reading groups during this time.  I want them to be focused and on task, so that I can focus all my attention on my reading group.  Lots of positive reinforcement going on right now!  We use a clip-up chart and I was able to clip everyone up and off the chart today!

I’m working on a Chicka Chicka packet with the letter sort activity, but here is the magnetic letter match page.  It’s free!

mag letter alpha match

A Little Pick-Me-Up

emerson quote

This card came to me in the mail today.  Such an unexpected surprise.  I think I’ll frame it and find a place for it in the classroom.  Words to live by and keep us all going, especially when the days are long.

Build a City {Addition Fluency & Strategies}


Teach addition facts and fluency strategies with this fun game.  To play you will need a hundreds chart, unifix cubes, dice, and number cards with dots.

Chose the type of dice you want to use based upon the skill level of the students you are working with.


Today, I chose a die that goes to twenty and two dice that go to 9, no dots on the dice because I wanted the children to use and become familiar with counting-up on the actual numbers using dot addition.

For this problem, the child touched the yellow die as she said 16, then count-up as she touched each dot and circle on the 8 and 7 to get to the answer of 31.  Then the player put a cube on the number 31 on the hundreds chart.


Now it is the next players turn.

Divide up the same color cubes equally.  That takes the competition out of the game.  Instead, you are building a city on the hundreds chart together.

Using a hundreds chart increases familiarity with the placement of numbers and the patterns on the hundreds chart because you end up discussing and finding patterns as you play.

You can also use comparative language as you play… the number 17 has 1 more cube than 18.  It creates a graph before your eyes!

Plus, manipulating the cubes is fun for the kids.  It keeps them engaged in the game.


This of course is an advanced level of play because of the dice we used today.  When working with young students, start with two regular, dotted dice and first work on finding the biggest number to count-up.

Stick with the dotted dice for a while.  Add more dice as the skill level grows.  When you get 3 or more dice going in a game, it is fun to start teaching your students to look for doubles and tens.  It is a way to teach the double and tens facts as you reinforce them.

Slowly switch out the dotted dice for numbered dice and dice with higher numbers as the skill level grows!