Lisa: I introduced our guided reading books from our Harcourt Reading Series recently and now have an independent reading station most days. To keep the children interested and on task, they use finger pointers, star reader hats (visors), and crazy sunglasses!
The visors are cheap plastic ones we bought at craft stores such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. A little paint, markers, and glitter make fun visors for the children to wear! We wrote #1 READER and STAR READER across the front on many of them.
The fake fingers and crazy sunglasses can be found at discount dollar stores or at Really Good Stuff. Before the children rotate to the next station, one in the group is responsible for counting the items just in case one happened to fall into someone’s pocket!
We also use our KinderLit books for partner and whole group reading. This is our Goldilocks and the Three Bears book in which the children use the puppets to track the print while reading to each other. Before we send the books home, we always sit together and read them one more time!
Linda: Just had to share this very clever idea for transporting cupcakes for parties (though maybe some of you already know this!). I took my grandson to the preschool program last week at the library and a mom brought these “owl” cupcakes for snack. Each one was in a plastic cup which was wrapped in cellophane and tied at the top.
Aren't these cute owls?
Here's the best part! All their trash and napkins can be placed in the empty cup to easy cleanup!