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