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Spring Is Right around the Corner or Should be! 5 Great Ways to Spring into Learning!

The air is feeling warmer...maybe....and you begin to witness signs of spring.  Buds begin to pop their heads from under the soil, trees are beginning to show a tinge of green, the air smells a bit different, but you can't really decide on the fragrance and as a teacher, you want to open up your outdoor classroom and and feel that spring springing all around you and let the outdoor learning begin.

If you want to use those beautiful spring days for learning, here are a few indoor and outdoor ideas to add a little spring to your day!

🌷 Bring your students outside:

Grab those clipboards and take a walk outside to observe signs of spring!
Make sure you grab these sheets so your kiddos can observe spring using their senses. This Free Spring Fun Free Activities can be downloaded here:

Before you go outside have your students brainstorm and predict what they might, see, hear, smell and feel (advising not to touch nature that might not work for touching!)
Then go outside and have them write alone or with a partner their observations through their senses. At some point, stop and have everyone be silent for a minute or two( if that is possible😃) and listen for sounds they hear.  It is amazing what can be heard!

Kids love to share what they discovered so, once you come inside, set up sharing partners and small groups. Have them share their ideas from their sensory walk and then call all groups back together and share out what they discovered, check their predictions, have them share out what they liked or didn't like, their feelings about spring and anything else that might come up!  Oh and don't forget to save those clipboards for use with later ideas...actually I have one listed below!

🌷  Read outside:

Bring you class outside to read at the end of the day or anytime.  Have your students pick books at some point during the day and either read alone or read with a partner.  

Find a cozy spot outside your building, provide some beach towels or blankets and read for 15-30 minutes. if you want you can assign a focus for their reading.

Some focus examples might be...today we are focusing on ___________ be prepared to share out after reading time is completed:
  • Is your book fiction or nonfiction...how do you know?
  • Is there a problem?  If so what was the problem and how was it solved.
  • Describe how this story made you feel. Why did you feel that way.
  • Did you like this book? Why or why not?  Explain your thinking.
  • What was something you learned from  this book, chapter, story.
  • As you were reading, did you make a prediction?  If so share about the prediction you made.  Were you correct with this prediction?
  • Share about your favorite part of the story.  Why was this your favorite part.
  • Read a few sentences from your story with expression...like you are on TV.
  • What questions would you like to ask the author?
  • Name an event or something from the book that surprised you.
  • Name an event or something from the book that was interesting.
  • Quickly turn to a partner and state one sentence that happened in the beginning, middle or end.  Can you share some thing from each part...BME?
  • Which character did you like best and why? or Tell us about a fact you learned that you liked.
You get the idea...all types of questions can be integrated and you might even have a little informal assessment going on at the same time and a bit of data collection!

🌷 Write some Spring Poems:

There are a few ways to motivate your students to write some spring poems.  First of all you need to know that I LOVE writing and poems are my fave!  I am jumping up and down just thinking about sharing my ideas!

  • Okay...use the sensory walk to motivate your students to think about and describe spring or if you cannot go outside to complete the walk and you still want to write, choose a book about spring to read to your class. If you go with the book idea, have your kids lay down on the rug or sit at their seats with their eyes closed in order to visualize the story...so...make sure you choose a book that describes spring. As they visualize, you can stop reading every so often...I call this "A 3 Minute Pause" so they can share out what they saw or visualized. using the same sheet used for the Sensory Walk, have them fill in some of the sheet and then continue on in this fashion.
  • Here are some ideas for Books about Spring!

  • Now that everyone is full of spring excitement, you can begin to collect words or phrases that describe spring (adjectives).  One way to do this activity is to simply brainstorm adjectives and write them on your board and keep them up for use during poetry writing.
  • BUUTTTTT...this is the way I would do it:  Divide your class into small groups. Assign a scriber to write down the groups' ideas on large chart paper or poster board.  Then, in cooperative groups or partners, if that works better for your students, have them brainstorm their adjectives to describe spring and write them on the board. After a certain time frame, have the groups share out their ideas.
  • Now everyone is ready to write some poems...I can hear you right now..."just write a poem?"
          No...it is not that easy...simply use these resources that were created just for YOU!
          You can snatch up this freebie here.

If you are looking for something a little easier, then simply grab these ready to print and use spring poetry frames.

🌷  Snap some Pictures:

I love using photos to encourage kid's writing and I especially enjoy when I take seasonal pictures or snap photos during field trips or our day and give partnerships pictures and sticky notes and ask them to write captions.  
It is the best...to see what they write!
So...why not take a walk outside with your kiddos and ask them to help you find some signs of spring so you can snap a few pictures to capture the season.

After you develop the photos or print them out, divide your class into groups or partnerships and give a photo to each group. Don't forget a sticky note so they can write captions!

Take the notes and the photos, type the captions that belong to each photo, compile into a book and voila....you have created an "All about Spring" class book! I bet it will be a hit in your classroom...mine always were!

🌷  Snatch up some Great Spring Themed Ideas:

Of course I am going to start with some of my own resources...because...well...this is...you know...my post! 😁 No worries...I will also show you where to find lots of other spring resources!
So...drumroll please:

You might want to try out these Spring Themed Literacy Stations.

Maybe this will make your classroom acting like spring has sprung!  Spring Charades Dollar Deal

What's Included:

♥ Original Reader’s Theater Poem
♥ Original Reading Response Sheets/Frames
♥ Pick a Book from the Book Bouquet frame
♥ Writing Prompts for Beginning Spring Ideas
♥ Opinion Writing Frames for Spring Ideas
♥ Spring Words ABC Order
♥ Word Wall Spring Flower Frame to Write sight Words or Spelling Words
♥ Word Work Spring making Words
♥ Noun, Verb, adjective Sort using Spring Words.
♥ Spring Syllable Sort 1,2,3 and 4 syllable Spring words

This is a great game to play anytime you need a little action to the day.
Ideas for Use:

  • Morning Meeting Game
  • Reinforcing Verbs
  • Brain Breaks
  • Spring Party Games
  • Indoor Recess and MORE!

Some Ideas for Use:
✿These phrases can be laminated, cut and put on a ring to have partners practice during free time. 

✿ Send home for Homework practice or make one for everyone and have a Fluency Free Time where students practice and then pick a few phrases to “perform” for the class like they are on television. 
I even made a 12x18 “TV” out of cardboard to hold up in front of their faces as they read. You can also use a puppet theater for the performance.

✿ However you choose to use these phrases, your students fly into fluency and the more they practice, the more fluent they will be!

Looking for some other Spring Ideas?  Just click through to my collaborative Pinterest Boards and have a bit of fun checking out all the resources right here!

So as soon as the weather changes and you can feel that Spring has Sprung, grab those clipboards and scoot outside to enjoy learning!  ENJOY! Comments are welcome. please add your ideas in the comments!

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31 or More Ways to Practice Sight Words at Home or in School

Sight words are so important for emergent readers and I am sure, if you are like me, you are always looking for ways to practice and support sight word recognition. Well...check this out and you will LOVE all the great ideas to practice sight words. I think you will be surprised with all the ways that you as a teacher or parent can practice these very important words. I would love to hear your ideas, too!

Before we dive head first into the idea of sight words practice, I think it is  important to note the significance of sight words:

Sight Words are one important piece of the puzzle when learning to read and write! The words are called sight words because your child or student is expected the recognize there words instantly and quickly at first sight...in 2-3 seconds. The development of sight word recognition is and has been a top priority when instructing emerging and beginning readers. Sight words are extremely important for children to master because, sight words account for up to about 75% of the words used in beginning texts. There are different sight words for each grade level, which spiral throughout your child's reading experiences. Once your child learns the sight words for Kindergarten, s/he will be expected to continue to recognize those words as s/he learns the new sight words for first grade, and this spiral will continue on and on. 

It is a NEW YEAR or maybe just the end of a report period and that time of year when we are assessing sight words in our classrooms or at home.

We have done this many times before, but it is now the second semester...the scenario might go like this.

⭐We check the first set of words that our Kinders or Firsties and maybe even second graders should know or you thought they knew and you find out that the words have disappeared into thin air after winter break..."Where did they go?" you ask yourself and perhaps panic sets in and you realize that maybe some of your kiddos need a bit more practice on certain words or EVERY WORD...don't panic...you remember this post from a while ago and then you see it has been updated with even more ideas than before and you JUMP FOR JOY and realize this IS the answer you have been waiting for...!! AHHHHH YES...more ideas to try!

Calmness sets in and you sit down with a cup of JOE and read the post feeling totally saved and ready to go!

I remember when my daughter was in 1st and 2nd grade the teacher would send home spelling words and/or flashcards to review to learn the words that were expected for those grade levels.

I also remember how much my daughter hated to use these flashcards and/or review the spelling words. 

I remember her bouncing, jumping and walking around the room or house as we practiced these words.

We even wrote them with colored soap crayons in the tub!! Now that was an experience worth seeing, but she did learn those spelling words!!

However, I, on the other hand was racking my brain to come up with ideas so I did not pull out my hair practicing these word with her!!

That was about 26 years ago and before I taught full time as a first and second grade teacher. 

I had taught part time, but not everyday.  It was my daughter's reaction to practicing these words that I decided to come up with a list of ways to practice spelling and/or sight words with your child.

When I became a full time teacher, I gave this list to parents to use in place of flashcards.

They also had fun coming up with their own ideas as well, which were so creative!

In fact I even challenged parent's to be creative and share ideas that they used to practice words.

In today's world with early age sports, video games, pre-school cheerleaders, tablets, i-phones and such, it is even more important to devise ways to practice words in a hands on or kinesthetic way.

Of course there are many spelling and sight word programs that can be used on electrical devices, but not all children learn tethered to a device.

Let's remember Howard Gardner and his Multiple Intelligences.

So, I thought I would share with you some ideas I have created, over the years,  to practice words whether they are spelling words, vocabulary words or sight words or even names.

I would be crazy to think that you have never heard of these ideas and I am sure...no actually positive that you may already be using or have seen some of these posted elsewhere, but I can assure you that some of us have been recommending these strategies for years!!!

Some are not new, but, then again, some may be new to you and worth a try!

I don't know if you are like me, but I can always use a little refresher course on pretty much everything because I usually see some ideas that I completely forgot about!

Above are some ideas that can be found in my Teachers Pay Teachers shop in the packet entitled :

Sight Word, Spelling Word Work Fun Bundle for K, first and Second...it is an "oldie but a goodie!"

Along with these ideas are also worksheets to practice spelling and sight words.

Here is also a list of other tried and true ideas you might want to use:

  • Write words in shaving cream on a cookie sheet...fun for everyone!
  • Form words using Play-doh.  
  • Form the words using pipe cleaners or Wiki Sticks. 
    • Spell words using letter beads on pipe cleaners or using sticker letters on paper.

    Here my Grandkids are spelling their names with sticky letters
    • Put copies of the words around the floor and ask the child to jump onto a certain word and spell it without looking( feet covering the word).
    • Use an Etch-a-Sketch and write the words.
    • Write words on the i-pad or computer.
    • Paint the words on an easel.
    • Type the words in different fonts on the computer.  The        to      have    from   like
    • Write the words in sand in a tray or right on the beach with a shell if it is summer time.
    • Cheer the words...vowels arms up, consonants arms down...this was a favorite with my class! You can even buy or make pom-poms for spelling words or have a Brain Breaks and spell the words! if the word is  T O...it might look like this:

    It gets more fun as the words get longer and longer. For a Brain Break you can write words on the board...sight words....spelling words or even vocabulary words and have a blast cheering and spelling those words.

    • Spell the word using different voices...For example:  mouse voice, Elvis voice, old person voice, robot voice, opera voice, cowboy voice, baby voice or any other voice you can think of to use that might be a little silly. I even have some great Silly Voice Sight Word Games on TpT for the fist 100 Fry Words that would be super to play at home or school or even Homeschool and also for the second set of Fry Words: Here you go!
    • Spell the words in Cheerios, Fruit Loops, M and M's, Skittles...if the word is spelled or read correctly, eat the word!( or switch to beads or buttons and give a piece of candy as a reward so a sugar high is not created!)  I have also put copies of the word in muffin tins and kiddos toss a small candy into the tin and then read the word.  If it is correct, you get to eat the candy. If not leave it there and when you do know it the reward is more!

    • Sky write the words saying each letter as the word is written in the "sky".  We have been known to imagine and visualize that our favorite color is spraying out of our pencils or fingers when writing the word...great for handwriting practice as well!!!
    • Form the words using pasta or broken spaghetti.

    • Form the words using Unifix blocks or Legos.

    • Write Letters with sidewalk chalk.
    • Stacking Cups in another fabulous idea for all those future architects or contractors out there! I use this with alphabet letter recognition and sight words with a little kindergartener  I tutor.  He can only build the "tower" with the words he recognizes and we see how high or intricate we can make the tower with the cups!   
    This is an example with letter recognition, but it can be changed to use sight words by just writing the words students need to learn on the cups.

    • Have you tried writing sight words in the SNOW?  We have...this is with a mat underneath, but if you now it will be snowing, get out there and have some fun with your child's sight words...if you are a homeschooler...what a fun way to learn your words!!!
    • Circle or find your words in books, magazines and newspaper or online and write them in a notebook.
    • Hide the words around the house and then have your child find them and read them.
    • Stamp your words with alphabet stamps.
    • Cut letters that you need to spell your words from Magazines or type up the letters, cut them a apart and scramble them and then spell them...Look for my new Scrambled Egg Sight Word Game coming SOON!!!
    • Use letter tiles and baggies.  Put tiles in the bag to spell a word and unscramble it to spell it correctly.
    • Use a paintbrush with water and "paint" them on the sidewalk.  better be sure to read the words before the sun dries it up!!
    • Put magnetic letters for each word in a bucket filled with water and have children pull the letters out and spell the word correctly....or no water!!! A variation is that you pass the bucket and everyone chooses, without looking 3 letters and the letters accumulate see if children can make words with the letters! 
    • Use packing peanuts and put the letters or whole words into a basket with the packing foam peanuts and pull them out and read or spell the words.
    • Give each child a letter or a baggie of letters to a group of students and have them form a HUMAN Word with their letters.  
    • Snowball Fight...this is a great way to bring some winter fun into the classroom.  Write a certain number of sight words on blank white paper. So if you have 16 kiddos in your class, (wishful thinking!) you will write 16 different words on the paper. Then crumple each up into a ball or pretend snowball.  
    Give explicit rules about throwing and playing. I have been known to say the following: Toss carefully so the ball aims at knees or below, toss lightly so we are safe, and stay within this area.

    Then each child gets a "snowball" and the "fight" begins with everyone tossing for a few minutes 1 or 2 is plenty.

    Then ring your chime and everyone carefully picks up a snowball and sits on the rug. Each child reads their word as you go around the circle...then repeat as many times as needed to get a break and learn the words!  PS My kiddos LOVED this!!!

      New Ideas from Readers:
      • Here is an idea from Margo Gentile! She commented that it is a good idea to write the words you would like your children to know in places that they will see the words frequently. For example, Use lipstick and write the on the bathroom mirror...thanks for sharing this awesome idea!!

      I hope this brings a little sunshine your way on this cold winter day( if you live in a place where it is snowing or cold today)!  Please let me know if any of these strategies helped your students or children spell or learn their words!  Also comment with your tried and true ideas and link up your SIGHT WORD resources below!!!

      You might also be interested in Variations of the game BANG!  

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      Even Though Spring is Right around the Corner...Snow is in the Air! 3 Snowy and Fun Resources for Early Learners

      If you live in the Northeastern part of the United States, even though we are nearing spring,you will agree that we have had beautiful spring weather one day and a snowy blizzard the next!

      This can really confuse nature...some trees never lost all of their leaves and others show buds ready to burst open and announce that spring is here!

      So for that reason this post will focus on some snowy resources that you can use any day whether it is frosty or sunny!

      So with Punxsutawney Phil predicting 6 more weeks of winter, here are 3 Fun Snowy Resources and Ideas for your Early Learners:

      1.  Bring the Snowman inside with this fun maze worksheet. For more creative preschool activities, go to Education.com!

      At first glance you might think...this is just a simple maze, but do you all the benefits of children completing mazes and the skills involved?



      Following a maze allows emergent readers to practice tracking skills and adds to eye development.  I had a few children in my previous classes who had difficulty tracking left to right when reading and a developmental ophthalmologist suggested doing mazes!

       Hand Eye Coordination:  
      Mazes also provide support of hand and eye coordination which supports the ability to pick up, grasp and manipulate objects. As the hand moves the eyes and brain have to ready to make the turns to coordinate with the eyes.  Throwing a ball against a wall and then catching it is another idea to support this skill.

      Brain Development:
      Following mazes support developing both sides of the brain.  When brain dominance has not been developed and there is a mixed dominance, mazes help the brain to figure out a dominant side or can also develop both sides.

      Fine Motor Skills:
      Mazes also develop fine motor skills.  When you complete a maze you need to move precisely between the lines of the maze to completion. This pencil/paper skills helps children write more carefully and use movements with the wrist, hands and fingers to coordinate the fine motor movement and support coordination.

      Have I convinced you to grab up this maze for your kiddos?

      2.  Ignite your Kinders or Firsties' Imagination with this fabulous book "Snowmen at Night" by Caralyn Buehner and See Where the Creativity Goes!

        A Wonderful Youtube Video of this Story:

      A Youtube Video of Snowmen at Night set to music and the words are sung to an original tune. This is a great way to motivate your students and engage them in the story!

      ⛄ A Differentiated Snowman at Night Craft and Writing Activity:

      If you are looking for a fun, engaging way to encourage your Kinders or Firsties to write creatively, this will definitely fit the bill and can be found right here.

      Here is what is included:  

      ⛄3 different sized circles to trace and cut to make a snowman. These can be used as tracers or simply run them off onto card stock, cut and glue. 

      Various templates for hats, shirts, a tie, and bow 

      ⛄2 easy writing frames.

      ⛄1 longer writing frame for stronger writers with handwriting lines. 

      ⛄1 longer writing frame for stronger writers with only lines for writing. 

      ⛄1 planning sheet for jotting down ideas. 

      2 Beginning Middle and End frames for easier writing or just simply writing what the snowman may do for a rough draft and then writing a good copy to display. 

      ⛄I then add lots of beads, scraps, tissue, shape stickers, and all kinds of craft media materials to assist creativity. 

      ⛄An idea with an outline of directions for a lesson. 

      ⛄Sample craft. 

      3. Have some fun with Snow Dough!

      ⛄  All kids love snow or at least most of them do...

      If they have ever played in snow, they will remember the cold crackling feeling of making a snowman, snow angel or snowball.

      You can make snow dough with simply 2 ingredients...YES...I did say 2.  Baking soda and water.  All you need is one cup of Baking soda and 1/4 cup of water and you will bring that cold snow right into your classroom.  

      Here are a few ideas to use this in your classroom:

      ⛄Make it and simply let your kiddos play with it...this "snow" feels cold, which makes it even "cooler" to manipulate.  This is great for sensory needs and you can talk a little about Science!

      ⛄Create a snowman. Name the snowman and use a frame from the packet above or you own frame to write a story about your snowman.

      Create a snow scene by adding small trucks, people, cars, houses etc.

      There you have it...a few FUN WAYS TO BRING THE SNOW INTO YOUR CLASSROOM OR HOME! Don't wait too long...it will be spring before you know it!

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      100th Day of School...Let's Celebrate!

      If you celebrate or want to celebrate the 100th Day of School, you will want to take a look at this post before you start to plan. It mentions some great ideas to use with your primary students. Don't wait too long...it will be here before you know it!

      I remember it so clearly...all the classes would line up in the hallway anticipating what was yet to come...jumping with excitement, whispering and bouncing and waiting impatiently for the Kindergarten 100th Day Celebration.

      My first graders would fall into a trance and chit chat about when they, too, had marched the halls to celebrate the 100th Day of School...and then...my firsties would hear a faint beat and slight echo of the music filling the halls...there would be more tapping feet, small jumps, giggles and excitement and they knew the parade was about to emerge at the end of OUR hallway! 

      They stared intensely at the end of the hall and their whispers were focused on reminiscing about their 100th Day projects and what they did and how excited they felt!

      Now, they were big first graders and although we celebrated the 100th Day of School in first grade, somehow it was not the same...definitely not the same as Kindergarten, but tons of fun none the less!

      YES...it was always a day to remember in the halls of our school!

      I am thinking no mater what grade you teach, children love to celebrate the 100th Day of School.

      So, I thought it might be fun to share some tried and true ideas and activities to have a "FUN"tastic 100th Day of School with your kiddos.  Now...most of these ideas and activities were used in first and second grade, but I know how creative teachers are!

      I know you can adapt these ideas for other primary or even upper elementary! 

      🌟 Dress up for the Occasion:  

      On the 100th Dy of school it is a fun idea to dress up and act 100 years old...however you perceive that to be.  You can also have your students dress for the occasion.  I can tell you from experience that your class will LOVE it!      

      The last year of my career, we performed our roles so realistically that we appeared at a staff coffee in out costumes and spoke like we were at least 100 years old...asking our colleagues to repeat phrases etc. that we had everyone in an uproar...even our administration came to join in on the fun!  It was one of those great moments!

      🌟  Use some Resources Created for the 100th Day of School:

      I am sure you are already aware that Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) has a tremendous amount of resources that can be used to celebrate this special day!

      If you are looking for something easy and free for your preschoolers, Kinders or Firsties, this
      Free 100th Day Crown and Certificate will ensure your kiddos know that they are 100 Days Smarter!

      Another quick and easy resource is Let's Celebrate the 100th Day of School
      Here is what is included in this resource:

      ★ 100th Day Fun Mystery message Sheet.       

      ★ What Can you do in 100 Seconds Worksheet, which includes estimating and predicting.

      ★ 3 Writing Frames….If I had $100: I would love 100…and When I am 100 years Old I will…Plus another describing what it will be like to be 100 years old and a picture.

      ★ I can Write 100 Words.

      ★ I can read 100 Words based on the first 100 Fry Sight Words.

      ★ A worksheet to circle names for 100 and answer sheet.

      ★ An Award to give out for the day that states: You are 100 Days Smarter.

      Simply search 100th Day of School on Tpt and you will find a plethora of resources available for your grade level.

      🌟  Assign fun 100th Day Activities for Homework to Share in School:

      🌟  Create Some Fun Edtitable Snacks to Celebrate:

      There are so many sweet snacks out there, but I know my school district and others are trying to promote more healthy options...so ...with that in mind, I really like these snack ideas to celebrate!!

      🌟  Use a Fun "Old Age" app on your phone to make everyone look 100 Years old!

      I would always take a photo of each student, print them out, let them chat about how funny they look and then have them write about what it would be like to be 100 years old using this page from my resource above. Add the photo to the writing and use this as a bulletin board or hang outside the classroom.

      Here is a photo taken using the "Old Age" app on my iphone:
      UMMMMMM...I am not sure I want to post this...I think I better get a Botox treatment or maybe a few 100!

       I always enjoyed reading these frames.
      One child one year filled it in like this:

      My name is Grandpa Clark.
      I am 100 years old. I have chipped, yellow teeth and white hair.  I feel tired because I take naps all day long.
      I remember when I was a child I used to love to run.
      Now I just sit.

      I hope you have a great time celebrating 100th Day of School and perhaps you might be able to incorporate some of these ideas!!

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      7 Fun Groundbreaking Groundhog Day Ideas For K-1

      7 Fun Groundbreaking Groundhog Day Ideas For K-1

      I am not sure about you, but I always love to watch Punxsutawney Phil slowly emerge from his burrow ready to "predict" the weather.  Kids love to make weather predictions to see if we will have 6 more weeks of winter or if spring is coming early.

      Here are a few resources, activities and crafts that will motivate your young learners to write, predict and more!

      ⛅ Free Groundhog Craft and Writing Frame:  This craft is perfect  for Pre-K through 1 

                                                                                                                                                                          Everything you need is included from tracers and shapes to directions and writing.
      It is "easy peasy" and will have your students making all kinds of predictions along with explaining their thinking!

      ⛅Are you looking for something a little more challenging?                  

      You will definitely LOVE Let's get to Know Punxsutawney Phil:  It also has a craft, Facts and Opinions, Writing and so much more!   

      Maybe you need a quick morning work sheet to complete on February 2nd.  

      This is more for first grade, but you may have some kinders who are "Math Smart" and love challenges and this would work for them as well.  Here you go:      

      ⛅ Do your kiddos need something to support Counting?

      This resource especially designed for Kindergarten is a great way to reinforce counts and also informally assess your little ones in a fun and easy way! 

      ⛅ Are you a few books to add the icing to these resources? 

      Well here are a few of my faves:

      Everyone of these books can be a resource for any of the above resources...Try one or try them all. 

      ⛅ Here are some crafts and activities you might like to try:

      This cute graph can be adapted in so many ways. 

      You can use a smaller groundhog head to graph whether "Phil" will see his shadow or simply a sticky note on which each child can draw a little groundhog face and "stick" it under their heading of choice! Here is an example:

      ⛅ Check out this tasty treat to celebrate Punxsutawney Phil: 

      You can find all of these items in your local grocery store.  The brownie cups can usually be found in the Bakery Department.

      They are soooooo much easier to use than baking them...UGH! not my favorite thing to do when I am in a hurry!                     
      Oops! I almost forgot...Before you put the "Teddies" into the brownie, add a dot of the icing for the nose and you have a little groundhog peeking out of his burrow!  Well...you can pretend they are Groundhogs!!!

      So what are you waiting for?  Get started and grab up some ideas and resources to make this a "GROUNDBREAKING" Groundhog Extravaganza!

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