Category Archives: Valentines

A Valentine Freebie

I’ve been out of my classroom from Tuesday-Friday last week, so I’m behind on getting some things to share with you, so I thought I would give you a freebie instead. 🙂

First I want to show you a new product I’ve added to my Teachers Pay Teachers store:

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I created a half sheet book for the -at family.  The children “read” the sentences and then using the last page, the children cut out and glue in the correct beginning sound.  They then can practice writing all the -at words they completed in the book.


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What other word families would you like to see?  I plan to make more of these, but I need to know which one’s you’d like> 🙂

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Okay, now for the freebie. 🙂

This is a quick Valentine themed subtraction freebie.  I took the “Way up high in the apple tree” poem and changed it up a bit to fit for Valentine’s day.  You can get it by clicking here.  I’ve also included the “Way up high in the apple tree” poem in addition to the Valentine’s poem. 🙂

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Kristen 🙂

Dollar Tree Finds/Target Dollar Spot

You know how I love the Dollar Store and Target’s Dollar Spot!  (Who doesn’t??).  I found these great table scatter hearts at the Dollar Tree along with the glittery hearts.  I’m going to use them along with my I Love Math! pack to pattern and compose numbers on the ten frames.

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The hearts are thick plastic and there are 60 or so in each pack, plenty enough to split them up for at least two different activities.  I put them in one of my old Olive Garden plastic containers (LOVE them!!) and the kids will be able to pick out the hearts they need. 🙂

I can also use the glitter hearts with the pack and I like that they can use either type of hearts. 🙂

I also found these cute conversation hearts in the Dollar Spot at Target. Sorry that the picture is sideways. 🙂

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I put a patterning activity in my I Love Math pack as well and these will be great!  They are stickers, so I think I might just not say anything to my kids about that and see what happens, but I might also mount them on paper and cut them out. 🙂  100 hearts are PLENTY for a few kiddos to pattern with and to work on my “How Many More to 10?” game.  I might go get some more of these so we can decorate our Valentine’s Day bags. 🙂

What else could you use these cute hearts for?

Kristen 🙂

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

This week, we have been reading If You Give A Mouse A Cookie:



We used it to make our Predictable Chart:


Monday, we took a picture walk through the story and then I read it aloud.  We had 1/2 of the class finish the sentence on the Chart.  

Tuesday, we retold the story and then Choral Read it aloud.  The second 1/2 of the class finished their sentence.

Wednesday, we used props to tell the story and then touch read the sentences aloud.

Thursday, we echo read the story and then did cut up sentences.

Friday, we read the story one last time, acted it out and then we made a class book using the sentences from our Predictable Chart.


We’ve also been learning about Abraham Lincoln and celebrated his 200th birthday.  We looked a the 4 new pennies that are being released in honor of the day and read a book about pennies (see below).  We also read a book called Honest Abe (see below) and the children had a good discussion about honesty.  Pictured below are the books that we have been reading this week (a few will be next week!)














This is my favorite book about Money–in pictures it shows the process of how coins are made–very cool! 🙂



This is my MOST favorite book about Abraham Lincoln–it’s written for a young child’s level (I usually leave out some of the details about how he died from the story though), but has just the right amount of details and the pictures are interesting to look at (they’re all paintings).


Monday, I introduced my students to the wonderful world of Sudoku.  We started with a 4×4 puzzle and have worked our way to a 6×6 puzzle and the children did a great job! 🙂  Tuesday, I gave them a blank 4×4 puzzle and they were able to finish 2 on their own.  I got several Sudoku books at Books-A-Million and also at Borders and Barnes & Noble in the kids section.  I also found one last year at BAM called “Sum-doku”.  The children have to add while filling in the boxes in the puzzle, so the sums have to add up across and down–way to hard for most Kinder. kids, but I had several students a few years ago who LOVED them! 🙂  Some days I put them on the overhead, ELMO or I just hand them a copy.  We are all addicted now! 🙂

Tuesday, we did another Sudoku puzzle and then finished our pattern block heart (found on the PDF page under “P” or do a search on my site for “Pattern Blocks” and it will come up.  

Wednesday, we completed the graph that went along with the heart.

Thursday, we sorted, counted, added, and graphed our candy hearts. Those pages can be found in my last post (below this one):



Friday, we also did our Roll-A-Valentine (see 2 posts below for the sheet we used).


I also introduced a new Literacy Work Station called Playdough Station.  We were having trouble keeping Name Work Station organized, so we substituted this one in it’s place:





I explained to the children that this station is meant to help develop their fine motor skills (we talked about what that means) and help them become better readers and writers in the process.  There are laminated file folders with numbers, shapes, and squiggles, as well as rings of upper and lower case letters and sight words for them to form with playdough as well. 

Next week, we will be reading Silly Sally! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

Graphing/Sorting Candy Hearts

Here are two sheets I used today with my students to sort and graph candy hearts.  I also have them pattern with the hearts and find other ways to sort than by color (phrase, icon, etc.)  Click on them once and then when that image pops up, click again to make it actual size.


Kristen 🙂



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