Sunday, December 25, 2016

Who Doesn’t Like a Sale?!!!

Now that the Christmas rush is over, sit back, relax, and enjoy your break!  It’s also a great time to take advantage of all the after-Christmas sales at the stores and KinderLit is joining in the fun.

All our products will be 20% off from Monday, Dec. 26 - Wednesday, Dec. 28.  No code necessary!  Shop around at our store in your PJs and slippers - no need to go out in the cold!  

Stock up on KinderLit items for second semester or check off items from your wish list.  Fill up your shopping bag and save!
Updated Product
If you have purchased our Leo Lionni KinderLit Book - His Stories and Messages, in the past, you can go to your Purchases page and upload the newest version which includes a page now for Tillie and the Wall.  

We love to do graphic organizers with our students while doing author or literature studies.  Here’s what we do for Leo Lionni.

We use a graphic organizer to help children gain a better understanding of each Leo Lionni book.  On large chart paper create the outline with enough rows for the number of books you will be studying.
Fill in the spaces for each book as you read the selection to the class.  We draw appropriate pictures for each space or copy some of the illustrations from the books.  We laminate the copies so we can use them year after year.  

For example, after reading Swimmy your chart may say:
Setting:  the sea
Characters:  Swimmy and a school of fish
Problem:  Swimmy may be eaten by the big fish.
Message:  Work together!
Have your children decide what needs to be in each space. There are no right or wrong answers and your children may surprise you with their interpretations!
January Link Up!
If you are a seller on TpT, link up three of your favorite January products below, paid or free!  January is more than New Year’s, Martin Luther King, Jr Day, and winter.  Did you know that Jan. 8 is Bubble Bath Day, the 15th is National Hat Day, and the 19th is National Popcorn Day!  Link up today!

We wish you a very Happy New Year!  
See you in 2017! 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Gift Time In Kindergarten

Easy-to-Make Snowmen
Linda:  I recently came across a site called The Frugal Navy Wife and discovered her page of Christmas crafts.  Even though I’m not in the classroom anymore, I’m always looking for projects to do with my grandchildren ages 6 &4.  So we decided to make these adorable tongue depressor snowmen for gifts to their parents.  Click on the photo to go to her page of Christmas crafts: 

I spray-painted the tongue depressors and precut the felt scarves and hats but my grandkids did the rest.  We didn’t have enough buttons but I did have plenty of sequins for our snowmen.  At first we used goggly eyes but my granddaughter wanted to draw the eyes so she could put eyelashes on hers!  Here are two of our finished products which may look like a Pinterest Failure but not so!  We had so much fun working together and they are so proud of their snowmen!  

If I were still in the classroom, I would definitely make these for parent gifts!
Lisa:  It’s been many, many years since we have had a door decorating contest at my school but this year our principal agreed to holding one!  
Each student created a snowman using a photo of themselves for the face.  I had precut white squares for them to create the snowball bodies by trimming off the corners.  They used our scrap box for all the details and put an orange “carrot” nose on their faces!  No two snowmen look the same - each has his or her own personality!  That’s another reason why we don’t give out tracers when making the collage illustrations for our KinderLit books - unique characters!  

Here are the photos.  On the two closeup pictures, you can see the thumbprint snowflakes!   

Will we win?  What do you think?  

ESGI is in the year-round business of giving teachers time through the use of their one-on-one assessment software. However, during this season of giving, they'd like to give more! ESGI will donate $25 to the charity of our choice for each new user who purchases by January 15, 2017 OR starts a trial by January 15, 2017 and purchases within 60 days using our code.  Click on this icon to begin:

Pre-Kindergarten - 1st Grade Classroom Tools
We’re thankful that ESGI invited us to give you this opportunity. Our charity is the St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. George Catholic Church in Newnan, GA.  This ministry helps those in need in our community by paying utility bills, rent, or even food.  All funds donated to our ministry are used to help those in need so that they will have a roof over their heads, food to eat, and heat to keep them warm.  
Please consider checking out ESGI by clicking above to help yourself with assessments while helping those who are not as fortunate.  
If you'd like for ESGI to donate $25 to St. Vincent de Paul, click HERE to purchase your first-year license with our promo code. You'll also save $40 off the subscription price by using our code.
ESGI and KinderLit wish you the happiest of holiday seasons! Thank you.  

Monday, November 28, 2016

And the winner is...

The winner of the $10 gift card to TpT is:
Zoe Marie A. 
Thank you to everyone who entered our very first rafflecopter contest!  Be sure to watch for more chances to win in the future! 
Cyber Monday & Tuesday Sale!

KinderLit is participating in Teacher Pay Teachers’ annual sale for Cyber Monday & Tuesday.  Everything in our store is 20% off but you can get a 28% discount by using the code: Cyber2016 at check-out.  Stock up on KinderLit books for second semester! 
Christmas Freebie
Discounts are fun but freebies are better!  Here’s a fun math chain for your students to create and take home to count down the days until Christmas!  You can start on Dec. 1 with 25 links or on Dec. 15 with 10 links.  Christmas will be here when they reach the silver one!  The product has all the directions plus the poem to put at the top and a missing number sheet for the back.  

                              Happy Shopping! 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Giveaway!

Holiday Giveaway!
And a great time to give away a $10 gift card to 
Teachers Pay Teachers! 

Just enter through this Rafflecopter form and follow our store at  

The contest ends tomorrow at midnight and the winner will be notified by email and announced shortly after here and on our FB page at  Good luck!
New Bundle!
Love saving money by purchasing bundles?  Check out our newest one for all 10 of our PreK books.  If you were to buy them individually, they would cost $44 but you can get all of them for only $35.  And if you win the gift card, you’ll only spend $25!  
Click on the photo to go to the product and from there you can view each book!  

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

And Turkey Was His Name-O

Turkey Day is almost here!  For those of you who are still in school next week, we have a fun FREE activity for you.  

Based on the song, Bingo, here is a new version for a turkey:
There was a bird 
Who said Gobble Gobble 
And turkey was his name-o. 
T  u  r  k  e  y
T  u  r  k  e  y
T  u  r  k  e  y
And turkey was his name-o.

We write the lines on 7 sentence strips and put them in a pocket chart to follow along as we sing: 
While singing the second verse, the children clap for the “T” rather than sing it.  To help them remember, we put clip art of clapping hands in the pocket in front of the “T.” 
We continue with this procedure, adding another set of clapping hands for each verse sung.
By the end, all the letters are covered and the children clap for all of them.  A great exercise in self-control! 

Need any last minute Thanksgiving projects?  Choose from our 6 products that are on sale Nov. 16 - 19.  Click on the title to read more about each one.  

The sale ends on Saturday, Nov. 19th. Be sure to follow our blog and our store for notices about future sales! 

Happy  Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

November Freebie and a Giveaway Contest!

We are joining our friends at I Teach K-2 Bloggers for great Thanksgiving freebies and a giveaway!

November is a perfect time to teach Long Ago and Present Time for your social studies curriculum.  Get our freebie with all the photos and wording you’ll need to create the following graph. Included are two sets of clip art, one a little larger for bigger chart paper.  
We talk about one area a day using the book The Pilgrims’ First Thanksgiving by Ann McGovern and Friendship’s First Thanksgiving by William Accorsi.  

On day 1 we discuss who the pilgrims were and what they wore.  On Day 2 we discuss how they traveled from England to America and how we travel now.  Day 3 brings a comparison of their houses to ours.  We joke with the children on day 4 about how the pilgrims went to the grocery store to get their food!  We have to discuss growing food since we teach in a urban area and our students are not exposed to fields of corn and wheat!  On the last day we talk about what the pilgrims did on the First Thanksgiving and what we will do on the holiday. 
Each day we let the children select the photo they think they need for Long Ago and Present Time.  Laminate the clip art first and use it year after year.
Be sure to get this freebie by clicking on this photo:
Each set of clip art also corresponds to a page in our KinderLit book, My Thanksgiving Book, so after we do our group lesson, the children collage that page in their own books. In 5 days the children have grasped the concept of Long Ago and Present Time as well as Thanksgiving! 
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Sunday, October 23, 2016

What’s New?

Linda: Time is running out before the presidential election and since I’m leaving for a 4-day quilting retreat in the morning, I wanted to let you know about our newest product, Running For President!  

This One-and-Done product contains the instructions for the project, 6 choices for the recording sheet, an emergent reader, and a ballot for your class to vote for either Mr. Trump or Mrs. Clinton.  
If you are not familiar with these one-and-done projects, they allow you to read one book one day, do one project, and you’re done!  In our regular KinderLit books we work on one page a day so a book may take you 5 - 10 days.  Perfect for a thematic unit but sometimes you just want a quick project and that’s where our One-and-Done products come in! Click here to visit the category in our store. 

Currently we have 15 projects based on pieces of literature and sell them individually or in a Growing Bundle.  This bundle will grow and the price will go up as new projects are added. So if you were to buy it now you will get the new, additional projects for free!

If you have already purchased our Growing Bundle of these projects, be sure to visit your purchases page in your TpT account to upload the new version with Running For President included in it. 

As much as I enjoyed teaching, since retiring I have found a new love in my life - quilting!  I’ve been actively quilting for the past 5 years and am so proud of my first entry in a competition, Barnegat Bay Sunset, which won a 3rd place ribbon!  
How do you relax when you aren't teaching?  

Just wanted to share something with you that’s more personal and not just KinderLit.  Keep coming back for more personal stories about Lisa and me!  

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Legos, Letters, and Halloween

Legos, Letters, and Lots of Fun!

Lisa: After a long day of work recently, my students needed a break.  During the last hour of the day I put on the ABC Song by Funtastic TV on YouTube.  We danced and sang to the song before creating letters with our Legos.
We had so much fun and the children felt so proud of their creations!  Can you tell what letters these students made?

Another idea! 
Lisa just sent me this information about Lego cards that she printed off and set out as a Lego center for reading stations.  She found them at Wildflower Ramblings and are free! There’s a set for upper case letters and a second set for lower case.  Too cute! Click on this photo to go right to them:

October Fun!
Linda: Looking for some fun Halloween projects?  Be sure to check these out by clicking on the cover!  

Halloween Link-Up Party
Link up 3 of your favorite Halloween products below and be sure to tell others to come link up!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Writing Those Pesky Numerals!

So many of our students enter our kindergarten program with no previous school experience.  Writing numerals can be very difficult for their little fingers so we spend one day each week working on a numeral at our math stations for 10 weeks.  Here’s what we do.
Whole Group
We use Math Their Way’s method for teaching numeral writing with purple and green strokes.  Here’s a sample of 4: 
Purple is always written first and then the green line is written.  We made these large posters for 0 - 9 and use them in whole group to show how to write the numeral. The children practice with air-writing and then writing on each other’s backs.  
The first time we set up these stations, we go over each one carefully making sure the children know how to form the numerals, use the materials, and what to do when they are finished. After that, we do not have to take the time to go over the directions for each one. These are quick stations that take only about 5 minutes each and it's fun listening to them say, "Purple-green" as they work!  
1. White Boards
This is one of their favorites!  The children write the numeral across their boards with dry erase markers.  Erasers can be pieces of erasers, old socks, gloves or t-shirts, cheap washcloths, small pieces of felt, or purchased erasers for small white boards.
                                2. Salt Trays
Salt is a relatively cheap material to use and is easy to color, if desired.  You can put the salt in a plastic baggie, add a few drops of food coloring, seal the bag, and mix well. Old baking trays with a small edge are perfect and can be found at yard sales or donated by parents.  It only takes about a cup of salt to cover the bottom - don’t put too much in!  After the children write the numerals, they slide the tray back and forth on the table to make the numerals disappear to start again!  Make sure they understand not to lift the trays or salt will be all over the place!

                                   3. Windows
These “window” boards are from Math Their Way and use the “purple-green” sample above each space for the students to write in.  They use a piece of copy paper or newsprint to write as many lines of the numeral as they can.  These can be made at home or you can purchase them here at Math Their Way.
                              4. Play Dough Mats

Another favorite!  We purchased ready-made mats but you can also create your own with clipart.  The students make a snake from the play dough and place it on the numeral.  From these two photos you can see the difference in the ability levels of our children!  Need a free recipe for homemade play dough that lasts for months?  Click here!

5. Number Writing Cards

These number writing cards are also from Math Their Way and can be written on with Vis-รก-Vis pens or dry erase markers.  We put them in vinyl sheet protectors and have used the same set over and over for years.  Click here if you are interested in purchasing them from Math Their Way - maybe your PTA will buy them for you!
Have fun with these numeral writing stations!

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak is one of our favorite books for October.  Recently we added a new One-and-Done project, My Wild Thing, to our store based on this book.  Every student can create his/her own wild thing! 
In the past if you have purchased our Growing Bundle of all our One-and-Done projects, be sure to go to My Purchases in your account to get the updated version that includes My Wild Thing.  

You can get all 14 One-and-Done projects for 20% off if you were to purchase them separately.  And every time we add a new project, you get to download it for free!

Happy Teaching!