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Kissing Hand Activity and craft!


One of our favorite books for the first week of school is "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn.  This week I updated our Kissing Hand Unit.  



In this story, Chester, is scared to go to school.  Since many little ones may be nervous on the first day of school, this is the perfect read aloud during the first week of school.  


After reading "The Kissing Hand" by Audrey Penn, have your students discuss their feelings on the first day of school.  We used our feelings flash cards to help us.




When we finished brainstorming, we made these cute hands and shared how we felt on the first day of school.


Here are some of the extension activities we did.

















We sequenced the book and retold the story using our very own Chester puppets.



We ended our week by making homemade kissing hand cookies!


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Editable Labels

 Spruce up your classroom and stay organized this year!   One of our projects this summer was to organize our classroom supplies!  I made a set of labels to help us stay organized.   They are editable so you can edit the text size, font, and color! Click here to see them in detail!  The white bins are from the dollar tree store.  


Teacher Binder Freebie Friday



We recently updated our teacher binder cover for the 2017-2018 school year.  These are great for staying organized and planning.

Click here to grab our latest freebie!

Classroom Library Update!


One of our main tasks we wanted to accomplish over the summer was to reorganize our classroom library.  Our library is expanding and what better way to get little ones excited about reading over the summer.   



 Seeing our new library has us feeling refreshed and inspired!  To hold the books I purchased these white bins from amazon.  To help our library stay organized,  and I created these editable classroom library labels.  Click here to see them.





Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

We are linking up with Doodle Bugs this Friday to bring you a recap of the week in FIVE FOR FRIDAY!!!  Check out some ideas from  our Thanksgiving unit below!


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We practiced our sight word "the," and rhyming words using our updated poem, called Five Little Turkeys.  Great for kindergarten, and first grade!  Click the link above to grab your copy!


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We kicked off our Thanksgiving week by making Pumpkin Pie Playdough.  It was very easy to make and it smells fantastic...just like pumpkin pie!




How to Make Pumpkin Pie Playdough
 Ingredients:
1 1/2 Tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar
red and yellow food coloring
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups flour


Instructions:

 Stir above ingredients in a pot. Heat the pot over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the dough becomes thick.  Knead the dough when it is cool enough to handle.



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We used our homemade pumpkin pie playdough to help us make equal and unequal parts.



After our playdough fun, we did an equal and unequal parts sorting activity.

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T is for turkey.. turkey books that is.  


In this week's reading activity we used our "If You Give a Turkey a Tablecloth" book. After we finished reading the book, we glued the picture cutouts onto the correct pages to help us retell the story. 



 There's a lot to be thankful for this year... so we put a list together of some of the things we are thankful for.  


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Then, we used our list to make our very own turkey booklet. This was such a great art project and Thanksgiving writing activity for kids!


In preparation for Thanksgiving, for our nonfiction reading this week.. we learned all about turkeys.




I am so excited to announce I recently updated our turkeys unit and it includes all of above Thanksgiving fun! You can find it on sale in my TPT store by clicking here. 
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For a healthier take on pumpkin pie, I came up with these super easy Pumpkin Pie Cups.



How to Make Pumpkin Pie in a Cup
 Ingredients:
1/4 vanilla pudding package
1/3 cup of pumpkin pie mix
1/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
1 graham cracker
1 clear plastic cup

Instructions:
1. Crush the graham cracker in a plastic bag.
2. Mix the pudding, pumpkin mix, and yogurt in a separate bowl.
3. Add the crushed graham cracker layer in a plastic cup.
4. Add the pumpkin layer
5. Top with cool whip or whipped cream!



We turned this into a gluten-free version by substituting the graham crackers for gluten-free honey grahams.


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Markdown Monday!


Welcome to Markdown Monday, an entire week long event!  We are linking up with Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations, to bring you all some fantastic resources,ON SALE!!!  

            

I have a special deal for you all this week!  This week I am featuring one of my favorite October activities at a discount.  



For our Halloween theme, we created an original book called If You Give a Monster a Mask, inspired by the Laura Numeroff series.  In addition to the booklet, we created an original ten frame addition game, in which we built our ten frames with candy corn!Click on the images  to see more!!









Halloween Activities for Kids

We are linking up with Doodle Bugs this Friday to bring you a recap of the week in FIVE FOR FRIDAY!!!  Check out some ideas from  our Halloween unit below!

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We practiced our sight words using our TPT latest, called Halloween Sight Word Sentences.  Great for kindergarten, and first grade!  Click the link above to grab your copy!







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For a healthier take on candy corn, I came up with these super easy Candy Corn Cups.


Candy Corn Cups are such fun & easy kids snacks for Halloween! You could even make this super fun treat  anytime of year!



How to Make Candy Corn Cups

 Ingredients:
1 Mandarin Oranges package
1 Pineapple Tidbits package
mini marshmallows
1 clear plastic cup

Instructions:
1. Drain both packages of the juice.
2. Add the oranges to the bottom of the cup.
3. Add the pineapple layer.
4. Top off with marshmallows.
5. Enjoy



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This week I updated our Pumpkin Life Cycle foldable. 




We recently started a science notebook.  I really wanted to have a place to keep all of our science flip books organized and a record of what we have been up to this year.  Since the actual flip book is too large to fit into our science notebook, I reduced the paper size by printing two sheets per page so we were able to glue the flip book onto a blank page of our science notebook.     Click here to grab a copy of this FREE Pumpkin Life Cycle flip book.




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We kicked off our Halloween week by making Halloween Slime!


Let me start by saying warning, this was our first sensory bag experience.  First, we squirted an entire bottle of clear hair gel into a Ziploc plastic bag.  Next, we added  a few drops of green "neon" food coloring.  Then, added our googly eyes. Finally, we taped the top and sides with clear packed tape.



How to Make Halloween Slime 


Ingredients:
1 bottle of clear hair gel
3 drops of "neon" green food coloring
googly eyes (optional)
clear packing tape
1 clear plastic bag
Instructions:
1. Squirt the entire bottle of gel into the plastic bag.
2. Add the food coloring.
3. Add the googly eyes.
4. Tape all sides of the bag(or you could tape the bag down onto a table)
5. Explore! 




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During math centers this week we had so much fun with our Halloween ten frames.


We added the frames together with candy corn and candy pumpkins.  This activity is in my TPT store, here.





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