Saturday, March 26, 2016

Robots and Sales!


Lisa: Our spring break is over and we only have 41 more days of school but who’s counting!  We like to spend these last two months in kindergarten working on some thematic units.  

One of our favorites is Space and Space Travel.  We involve the parents by having the students and their parents make robots from “household junk.”   We have had tiny robots, child-sized ones, robots that light up, and some that even move their arms!  We display them in our classrooms and let the other grade levels walk through to admire them.  Here are a few from the past: 


Linda: Get a copy of the letter we send home to the parents by clicking here!  Before printing it off for your class, be sure to write in a due date on the line. 

And be sure to click here to receive our latest free product, Robot Song Sheet.  

This set has two pages that are printed off on legal-sized paper.  One page is the song sheet and one contains the sets and numerals that the children cut apart to glue onto the song sheet.  The children work on many of these song sheets during the school year but in the beginning, we cut apart the sets from the numerals to make it easier for the children. 

The song sheet will reinforce the numbers 1 - 10 or 10 - 1.  
Once the children are done cutting and gluing the numbers and sets in place, we use the song sheet to sing,
"One little, two little, three little robots.
Four little, five little, six little robots.
Seven little, eight little, nine little robots. 
Ten little _______ robots!" 

On the last line, have the children brainstorm an action word such as “jumping.”  Then sing the song acting out the action!

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KinderLit is participating in a special “Eggstravaganza” sale on Sunday, March 27 and Monday, March 28.  Everything in our store will be 20% off!  Be sure to check out our Out Of This World thematic unit for even more space and space travel ideas as well as our Countdown book.  Regular price is $8.00 but if you purchase it during the sale, you’ll pay only $6.40.

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

HOMEMADE EASTER BASKETS


HOMEMADE EASTER BASKETS
Here’s a project from many years ago!  The photos here are from last week as I worked with my grandchildren on these Easter baskets but I have made them with an entire kindergarten class!

It does take some time but these Easter baskets are very unique and beautiful.  Each basket took a child about 10 minutes to make and a mother helper or parapro could help 3 or 4 children at a time.   

Materials: 
9” balloons
liquid starch 
paint brush
crepe paper cut into 2-3” pieces
string for hanging the balloons up to dry  

Procedure:
  • Place a blown-up balloon in a small bowl or bucket with the tied end down. 
  • Pour liquid starch into a container (we used soup cans) to about a 2” depth.   

  • The child selects 2 or 3 colors of crepe paper.  If they use more, they blend into brown! 
  • Using two pieces of the same color paper, the child glues it to the balloon with the crepe paper.  (We used only one piece and the baskets aren’t as sturdy as when I had used two pieces at a time.)
  • After most of the balloon is covered, an adult ties a string to the knotted end and hangs it to dry someplace where the extra liquid starch can drip off.  In my classroom, I had hung them on a drying rack but here at home I hung them in my laundry room closet from the rod with paper underneath to catch the drips!
  • The balloons will be completely dry in 2 or 3 days so plan plenty of time for this project.  In my kindergarten class, we would make them on a Friday to let them dry over the weekend.  
  • The children can cut the knot off and watch the balloon deflate, leaving the colored shell of crepe paper!  
  • An adult cuts around the balloon in a zig zag line to make it look like a cracked egg. 
  • A handle can be fashioned, using the pieces left over.  
  • Fill the baskets with Easter grass and plastic eggs.  Did you know that you can purchase edible grass at Target?  
What are your favorite Easter projects or springtime products?  Link up blog posts and/or products below! 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

TIME FOR MAKING BOOKS


NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR MAKING KINDERLIT BOOKS?
We have exhibited at many conferences over the years and have heard many teachers lament that they just don’t have the time to complete our KinderLit books anymore.  Sometimes we don’t either!

Here’s how we adapted our Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? book to save time.  Rather than have the children collage the illustrations, we modeled the drawing of each animal for the pages using basic shapes along with some background.
  
By reducing the amount of time each page took to complete, the children were able to work in their books at a reading station.  Our children rotate through four stations each day, staying at each one for about 15 minutes, plenty of time to finish the writing and the drawing.  Check these out!  
Love the expression on this frog!

No two animals ever come out the same!

Fat ducks, skinny ducks, fair ones too!

Showing off their purple cats!
The benefits of using KinderLit books remain the same whether the children are collaging or drawing.  They must still plan, think, and problem-solve while trying to create an animal with appropriate background, sizing, and spacing.  They are so proud of their books and love reading them over and over!
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ANOTHER JOB BOARD FREEBIE! 
If you have been following our blog posts, you know that we explained our Morning Job Board and described several of the jobs on it.  Here’s another freebie that our students love to do every morning! 

Our students love to reach the job, Mysterious Word Hunt, on the Morning Job Board.  Here's a free sample of 12 half-sheets for you to try with your students: What's the Word?   They must figure out what the sight word is using the alphabet code on each sheet.  We also offer 3 complete sets of these sheets with different sight words in each one of the Mysterious Word Hunt sets. Add your own sight words and student names!  
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March 1, 2016 Super Tuesday Sale! 
Today is Super Tuesday for the 2016 Presidential Election, the second day of a Super Leap Sale.  But it’s also a SUPER day on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Do a search for #superleap to find out which stores are participating.  

Of course KinderLit is!!!  Our entire store is 20% off but 4 of our items are 29% off to celebrate Leap Day.  Be sure to check these out:
Spring is right around the corner so start planning for your planting unit!  Includes a collage book and a student journal.  29% off for today, March 1, only! Regularly $6.50 -  on sale for $4.61!
Another collage book and a student journal just right for an ocean unit.  29% off for today, March 1, only  Regularly $6.50 - on sale for $4.61!

Blast off to space with this thematic unit which includes our Countdown book!  29% off today, March 1, only.  Regularly $8.00 - on sale for $5.68
Don’t have time for a complete KinderLit collage book?  Try our One-and-Done projects.  Read one book one day, do one project, and you’re done!  This is a growing collection of 12 projects which would be $18 if sold separately.  You’ll be able to upload any new additional projects for free in My Purchases in your account.  29% off today, March 1, only! 
Regularly $18 - on sale for $12.78! 

Happy Teaching!