Thursday, December 31, 2015

New at Below & Beyond 5's  at TpT

10 Little Snowmen and Snowflakes - 11 pages of counting, number recognition, and writing activities. No prep -just print and use. Ideal for math centers, individual practice of developing math skills, small groups and morning work or for early finishers.  All numbers 1- 10 available for $0 .95 each number 

Preview of pages included  in Little Snowmen and Snowflakes numbers 1-10.

 It is a bundle!  Snowflakes and Snowmen Math Activities contains 110 pages of counting, number recognition, number name matching and writing activities. Numbers included are 1-10.  If purchased individually the cost would be $9.50.... Buy the bundle for $ 6.25

Upper Case & Lower Case Mitten Match
A matching game of lower case and upper case letters. Children taken turns drawing mittens from pile and matching to the correct letter. Available for $2.50 at 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

I am thankful for... (Preschool Activity)

Thanksgiving...a time for FAMILY,FRIENDS, FESTIVITIES, TRADITIONS and GIVING. In the preschool room one of our traditions is to make a paper quilt wall hanging, showing off who the little one's hold near and dear to their hearts. Of course it takes encouragement, a few class discussions, and research on the teacher's part to find out the correct spellings of family members names.

I try to begin the project right around the first of November. I start by re-aloud books on families. I draw my family (as best as I can) and encourage the children to do the same. During several small group times, the children draw their families on colorful construction paper. I choose red, yellow and orange as it seems appropriate for fall.

At the top of the page I write ______________ is thankful for... This allows children an opportunity to write their names. I also put the month and year at the bottom.

I assemble the quilt by taping border to the wall forming squares. Then place the finished family portrait in the square. Doing the border and placing art work on top seems to be the easiest method. Once it is complete and hanging it is time for show and tell. I direct all parents to the quilt and point out their child's masterpiece.  They all LOVE IT !

During the week of Thanksgiving be certain to send home the finished pieces so the family can display the piece at their gatherings. By being dated the piece is a treasured keepsake..

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Something New at Miss Vicki's Bookkits/ Below & Beyond 5's

It is hard to believe that Christmas is six weeks away- roughly... That means that it is time to change up my Teachers pay Teachers site. In preparation of the holidays I have added new products and have brought back some oldies but goodies...
One of my favorites is a FREEBIE....
I can Bundle Up Myself sequencing cards
I can Bundle Up Myself- Sequencing CardsI can unbundle myself- sequencing game
Both sets provide the order in which a child should dress and undress themselves in winter gear. Both sets contain colorful pictures for those children that need the visual aspect in their learning to be successful. These items are great for early learners, early elementary and homeschoolers.

In addition to these must have items I have added a math pack that includes 50+ pages of math practice- numbers, counting, comparisions and number ordering. Great for math centers, individual practice and small group activities. This item can be found at the following link:

All 50+ pages available for $6.00
Christmas Math Pack

Upper Case & Lower Case Mitten Matching
A super fun matching game for reinforcing letter recogniton and matching of lower case to upper case letters. This item requires minimal prep- just print, laminate and cut. Ideal for writing centers, individual and small group activities. Available for the next 72 hours at $1.25- thats 1/2 off at the following location;

Upper Case & Lower Case Mitten Match

Spread the word- all newly added products will be 1/2 off for the first 72 hours after being posted to Miss Vicki's Bookkits/ Below & Beyond 5's

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Fall Sensory Table

 Fall is HERE! 
This is an exciting time of the year as nature has provided us (Teachers) with an abundance of learning opportunities...To stimulate the senses in my activity room, which on any given day contains 15-20 young minds I added this to my sensory table...

What is it ?  It is 25 pounds of CRITTER FOOD (corn and sunflower seeds - MINUS the PEANUTS) plus crystal acorns, pumpkins gourds and fabric leaves....  
Activities using Critter Food can include:
All the senses (except tasting)- visual, smelling, touching, hearing
Math Activities- counting, patterning, measuring & comparing qauantity 
Science Activities- sorting, ordering, seriation (big, bigger, biggest or small, smaller, smallest), simularities and differences
Art Actiivties- collages (gluing), painting, making rainsticks and shakers (using the corn and sunflower seeds
Fine Motor Skills- filling, dumping

For more Fall suggestions keep checking back!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Natures Bounty Collection


 Nature’s Bounty Collection 1
 Acorns in the Classroom

It will not be long before we are tripping over, stepping on, cracking, throwing and trying to get rid of all these acorns… Nature has provided us with an abundance of countable, sort-able, collectible, and observable and multiple usage items when it gave us the ACORN…

This packet includes more than 50 pages of tips and uses for the acorn. 
Included are:
Tips for gathering & collecting 
Using Senses for Discovery Pages
Math Activities- Counting 1-25
Steps for drying and storing 
Songs and finger plays about 
Sorting by Attributes (color, size)
Sensory Table ideas
Counting charts
Classroom Graphs/ Individual Graphing Exercises
Classroom Observation book cover and pages
Lesson Plans for:

Pre-K/ Kindergarten: Language Arts, Science and Math
1st Grade: Language Arts, Science and Math
2nd Grade: Language Arts, Science and Math

All Lesson Plans have a list of Indiana Academic Standards that the activities meet for each lesson plan.

Math for Pre-k/ Kindergarten: Number Sense, Computation and Algebraic Thinking, Geometry, Measurement and Data Analysis.

Math for 1st Grade: Number Sense, Computation and Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data Analysis

Math for 2nd Grade: Number Sense, computation and Algebraic Thinking and Measurement

Science for Pre-K/ Kindergarten: Physical and Life Science (K.1.1) (K.3.1) (K.3.3)
Science for 1st Grade: Physical and Life Science (1.1.1) ( 1.1.2) (1.3.1) (1.3.3) 
Science for 2nd Grade: Life Science (2.3.1) (2.3.2)

Language Arts for Pre-K/ Kindergarten: Print Concepts, Phonics, Key Ideas and Textual Support, Handwriting, Discussion and Collaboration

Language Arts for 1st Grade: Print Concepts, Phonics, Key Ideas and Textual Support, Handwriting, Discussion and Collaboration

Language Arts for 2nd Grade: Print Concepts, Phonics, Key Ideas and Textual Support, Handwriting, Discussion and Collaboration
Lesson Plans also are Common Core Aligned
All pages are printable- just make copies and distribute. Ideal for math centers, writing centers, sensory play and discovery, science centers!!! Materials (acorns) are free for gathering

Available at: