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?  

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