Monthly Archives: December 2012

More Community Helpers

I wanted to create something that my kids could do at our Writer’s Work Station before they free write.Β  I also needed it to tie into our Community Helper theme, so I made this set of sheets where they could practice reading and writing real and nonsense words, tied in the community helpers. Each sheet relates to a short vowel (a, e, i, o, u) and has a picture of a community helper, something they wear, or something that they help or use to do their job.

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I’ve got a few more items to finish before my Winter Break is over, so be sure to click on the red star on my TPT store to follow me.Β  Each time I add a new product, you will get an e-mail telling you I’ve added something new.

What would you like to see in my store?Β  Leave me a comment and I’ll pick one to win my Community Helper Real/Nonsense word pack for free. πŸ™‚


Happy New Year!

Kristen πŸ™‚

Community Helpers

One last new thing today and then I’m going to bed! πŸ™‚Β  When we return from Winter Break, we will begin a 6 week long unit about community helpers and government (talking about how we organize ourselves in different ways) as part of our upcoming IB unit.Β  I decided to create some new community helper cards that can be used in at least 5 different ways:

1)After printing out, laminate for durability and then cut each picture card in Β½ left to right.Β  The children can match the top half of the community helper to the bottom half. Additionally, you can add small pieces of magnet to the back of the ½’s and the children can match the pictures on a magnetic surface.
2)Again, print out the pictures and laminate for durability.Β  The children can match the community helper to their vehicle (note: the teacher and the doctor do not have vehicles).Β  You could also do this in a pocket chart or place magnets on the back and the children can use them on a magnetic surface.
3)These cards can also be used for children to vote for their favorite community helper or vehicle.
4)Puzzles can be created out of each picture and the children can put the pieces back together to create a whole picture.
5)Use the vehicle pictures to start a discussion as to why each community helper has a specific kind of vehicle.
Here is a sample of what the cards look like:
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Click the picture above to get your own set! πŸ™‚
Kristen πŸ™‚

Winter Addition Practice

Today, I sat down to do my plans for January and after looking over my math data, I discovered that we need some more work with addition.Β  I created these winter themed math mats so my kiddos could practice seeing the number sentences and practice writing them.Β  When you use them, you will want to laminate them or place them in a sheet protector so your kiddos can use them over and over to practice.Β  Just use a dry erase marker and a sock (to erase) and you’re all set!

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Click on the picture above (the blue one) to go to my Teacher’s Pay Teacher’s store to get them for your class! πŸ™‚

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow

I’ve just finished creating a set of retelling cards for one of my favorite winter stories, The Jacket I Wear in the Snow.Β  We will be reading this story our first week back after vacation and although I already have some retelling cards, I wanted to update them (and fix the peeling laminating film!).Β  You can find these cards on my Teacher’s Pay Teachers site. πŸ™‚


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You can click the blue picture above to go to my Tpt store or click here. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Kinderland Collaborative!

If you love Pinterest as much as I do, you’ve got to follow this board called Kinderland Collaborative!Β  A bunch of my blogging friends have teamed up to bring you the best Kindergarten and 1st grade pins!Β  We already have 440,000 followers, so click below to go there and start following us! πŸ™‚


Kristen πŸ™‚

The Gingerbread Man

We are finally finished with our Gingerbread Man unit. πŸ™‚ My school was just named an IB world school, so as many of you know, everything we do needs to have an international or more worldly take on it.
Our Gingerbread Man unit is no exception–the GBM travels from country to country to learn about customs and celebrations from around the world. We are careful to stay away from holidays that we traditionally think of and focus more on traditions that happen in each of the countries we visit.

In Mexico, we learned about the art of tin work and we made our own “tin” art (using aluminum foil and permanent markers).




Many of the kids made Monarch Butterflies on their tin because we studied them earlier in the year. πŸ™‚

When we visited Israel, the children learned about mosaics and how they have been made in Israel for thousands of years.




You can visit my Teacher’s Pay Teachers store to purchase the unit for yourself. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Checking in…

I’m still here, I promise!Β  We’ve been busy practicing for our “The Tale of the Gingerbread Man” production (from Heidi Songs) that will happen on Thursday night and haven’t had a second to do much else!Β  I’ll get back to blogging again regularly probably next week, but I wanted you to know where I was!


Tomorrow brings a day of creating gingerbread houses for 130 Kindergarten students = LOTS of graham crackers, icing, and candy!!Β  We will auction them off on Thursday evening during our performance to benefit a local homeless shelter.Β  Last year, we raised over $600 for our local Habitat for Humanity, so we are hoping to raise more this year! πŸ™‚

I’ll take some pictures of the houses we create as we make them tomorrow and post those asap. πŸ™‚


Kristen πŸ™‚

A freebie!

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I’ve linked up with some of my other kindergarten blogging friends and we are sharing 12 days of Christmas freebies with you!Β  Today, I’m sharing a freebie that will help your students practice saying and writing sight words:

Click below to get your copy! πŸ™‚

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Also, TOMORROW,Β  click below to continue your 12 days of Christmas blog hopping and visit my friends at:

Mrs. Lirette’s Learning Detectives:

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Herding Cats in Kindergarten:

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and Color Me Kinder:

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A winner!

Kelly Brown…you are the winner of my “The Gingerbread Man: Customs and Celebrations from around the world!” pack!

Please e-mail me by Tuesday evening to claim your prize. πŸ™‚ You can e-mail me at

Thanks to everyone for entering!Β  I’ll have another giveaway soon! πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚

Gingerbread Addition Workmats

I’ve just created some gingerbread addition workmats to use during the gingerbread season! πŸ™‚Β  Included are 14 pages of manipulatives, a gingerbread house workmat, and 40 addition problem cards that your children can use to act addition problems on their workmat.Β  These would be awesome in a Math Work Station or for use in whole, small, or individual groups. πŸ™‚

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Click the picture above to learn more. πŸ™‚

Kristen πŸ™‚


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