Monday, May 14, 2018


When I see something cute on Pinterest and give it a try, my end results look nothing like the original!  But this time I did it!!!
My preschool grandson and I made this cute cloth bag for his mom last week.  I purchased the bag and fabric paint at Michael’s along with some plastic forks at the grocery store.  Here’s what we did: 
First, he drew a vase along the bottom half of the bag and painted stems for his flowers with a brush.  Next he dipped the back of a fork into the paint, making sure to cover the “bowl” part of the fork too.  Then he laid the bowl part down on the stem and rolled the fork up to the tips before lifting it off.   

Rather than paint the vase, he wrote a message to his mom! 

We experimented with the plastic forks first on scrap fabric and realized the tines were too thick and far apart.  My dinner forks were too big but the dessert forks were just right!  

Fabric paint really sticks to your hands so we had to use a nail brush to scrub up! But the finished product was so worth it!  
Although Mother's Day is over, there must be a way to use this technique for Father's Day!  Any ideas???
Off to try another Pinterest craft...

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Create a Bubble Map with a Painting!

Thinking Maps®
Most of our students enter kindergarten with no preschool experience and very few academic skills.  One aspect of our program is to help them organize their thinking and we use Thinking Maps® to create visual representations of ideas and thoughts.  

Here’s a fun way to connect art with Thinking Maps® in your classroom.  During our desert unit, we had the children paint a sahuaro cactus.  The next day, the children used construction paper to transform their cactus into a person.  In this picture you can see a sample of a cactus police officer! Can you see the badge, hat, and belt?   
And on the third day, each student created a bubble map about the cactus person.  We modeled the map in a whole group setting and then the children did their own at a literacy station.  
Just what is a bubble map? It’s a diagram of adjectives that describe an item and consists of a large center circle for the name of the item.  Smaller circles extend outwards connected with lines to the center circle and contain the adjectives that describe the item.  Here’s a sample we did for the police officer:   
For more information and to learn about the remaining thinking maps, click here: Thinking Maps®
If you study the desert, this is a great time to purchase our Desert Animals & Plants product (formerly known as Who Lives in the Desert?)  This Tuesday and Wednesday we are participating in TpT’s Teacher Appreciation Sale.  Here are the details: 
When: May 8th and 9th, 2018
What: 25% off everything in our store! 
How:   by entering the code THANKYOU18 at checkout
Where: in the KinderLit store! 

Stock up for the rest of the school year!

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, April 15, 2018


Our students are getting very proficient with adding with our addition stations.  The child above was so proud of his recording sheet!  Here are a few more photos of what we do:

If you’re looking for 8 fun activities, be sure to check out Watch Me Add! in our store.
Just in time for Earth Day!  
Our newest One-and-Done project is now in our store.  There are recording sheets for creating mini books or for using just one at the bottom of their collage. 

We have inserted this new project into the growing bundle.  If you have purchased our Growing Bundle of One-and-Done Projects, go to the My Purchases page in your account on TpT and upload it again!  

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Easter Eggs for Word Work

Easter Eggs for Word Work
Recently I visited JoAnn Fabrics and found this bag of Easter eggs.  These are great for working with words, especially the sports eggs that will draw the interest of your boys in your class!  
We have purchased them in the past at various discount stores this time of the year - even a jelly bean egg!  Here are a few more samples of the ones we have used in our classrooms:  

Our students love to crack open the eggs and figure out what words are hiding inside!  They can record their findings to read to friends or to family for homework.  

You can find a set of letters for CVC words and Sight words here in Crack The Egg!  There are 6 sets of CVC words (6 different words in each set) and 14 sets of Sight words along with the recording sheets for all.  
What a fun activity for stations during the spring! 

Monday, February 12, 2018



Join us for this sweet deal!  Everything in our KinderLit store will be 20% off on Wednesday, Feb. 14 and Thursday, Feb. 15.  And if you use the code XOXO at checkout, you’ll receive another 5% discount for a total of 25%!  Save even more when you purchase any of our bundle sets which are already discounted 20%!
We were practicing our Tricky Teens this week and put out some counting boards and manipulatives.  Here are some photos of our students working on counting out buttons, shells, and nuts & bolts with number tiles.  The boys are very motivated to use the nuts & bolts! 

Our students love to use our math manipulatives in more unique ways when given time to play.  Yes, we said PLAY!  Kindergartners still need time to explore and create beyond the worksheets and skill drills.  Look what our students can do!  

Happy Shopping & Teaching!

Linda & Lisa

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Oh, Those Tricky Teens!

Lisa:  My class is working on place value with the tricky teens and today we all used manipulatives to represent the number 12.  By using objects to demonstrate place values before using worksheets, the children have a clearer understanding of the concept.  They loved this activity as you can see in these photos! 


As a whole class, we are making an anchor chart using portions of Book 1 in the  KinderLit book, Tricky Teens.  Notice that we use different colored markers for each number and different equations to represent the number.

Linda:  Our Tricky Teens book is actually 3 workbooks in one.  The first book has 10 frames for the teen number at the top of the page and the students draw that many objects or shapes in the frames.  The second book has black dots in the 10 frames for the children to count and write the correct tricky teen for each.  In the third book the students write the equation sentence for the 10 frames.  You get all three books in one!  



Your students can receive a gold medal with our newest One-and-Done project, My Gold Medal.  As so many of our collage books and one-and-done projects, this is based on a piece of literature called Olympig! by Victoria Jamieson. Students love to give themselves a gold medal for something they have accomplished such as counting to 100 or naming all those tricky teens!  Everyone has something to brag about, even if they aren’t star athletes!  

If you have purchased our Growing Bundle of One-and-Done Projects in the past, be sure to head over to your My Purchases page and upload it again to receive this new one!

Sunday, November 26, 2017



It’s finally here!  The BIGGEST sale of the year!  
Get up to 25% off everything in our store when you use the code: CYBER17 at check-out on Monday, Nov. 27 & Tuesday, Nov. 28! 

Get ready for Christmas and Winter with these suggestions.  Just click on the title to read more about each one:  

Shop in your PJs, avoid the stores, and save lots of $$$$$.