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Welcome Summer!!!

Hello friends,

Today is the day that we welcome our 2013 summer season. In the classroom we prepare ourselves for the end of the school year, final grades and some will have to start packing up all of our belongings to move into a new classroom or school...our job never ends.

In most classrooms, the activities are focused on reviewing concepts or making fun, summer-inspired activities...and here's one!

These BINGO games will enhance letter recognition as well math concepts.

These BINGO activities will promote letter recognition and phonemic awareness. On the left card, the teacher will  show a card with a specific letter and the student will have to locate the picture that begins with that letter. On the right side card, the teacher will show a picture of an object and the students will have to identify the beginning letter on the BINGO card.

These BINGO cards will reinforce color names and color recognition. On the left side card, the students will have  to locate a specific color on the card. On the right-side card, the teacher will show the students a color card and the students will have to locate the name of the color.

A concept that we are constantly reinforcing: numbers and quantities.  The teacher will show a specific number and the students will have to identify the correct amount of fish on the left side card. The BINGO card on the right side is for the teacher to show a picture with several items for the students to locate the correct number on the card.

I hope this summer-inspired game helps you during your last days of school! Only 9 more days for me!!!

Be well!


Hi friends,

As my 11-year-old daughter used tons of dominoes to builds her science Rube Goldberg project, I was thinking about ideas on how enhance numbers and amount identification in a fun way and thought about dominoes, hint, hint!

These dominoes can be used for number identification and to match the number with the correct amount.

Here's how I did it!

Materials needed: 10 8 by 7 card stock or construction papers, cutout numbers 1 through 10, dots, circles, or stickers, and a marker. 

I drew a black line along the middle of the paper and glued the numbers on the top half.

I added the dots on the bottom half. I began with the card with the number-one and put two dots, number-two card and put three dots, and so on.

This is the final product....doesn't it look cute!?
For more durability, you may want to laminate the cards (which I will do tomorrow).

Play time!

As soon as I finished, Gigi, my three-year-old began putting them together and counting the dots and finding the number that would go with he dots, without explaining how to use girl!

Let me know what you think and how did it go!

Be well!


Activity Folders

Hi friends:

Activity folders is an amazing way to create a portable learning center as well very helpful for assessments. These folders can also be used for students who wake up early from their nap and you do not want them to disturb the rest of the class. I have designed and created some activity folders for preschool age students.

This activity folder is designed for letter recognition. The way I use this activity is to provide  a basket full of items to be  placed on the correct letter. I like to have my students paired and work together on this activity.

This activity is just like the first one, the only difference is that in this one, the students need to place the letter on the correct picture. A variation of this activity would be to use grocery store ads and use numbers to match or do simple addition and subtraction.

This activity folder is one of my favorites! Lots of skills are being  practiced, such as fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, left to right progression as well color identification and recognition. I like to add chopsticks to pick up the pom-pom to enhance those fine motor skills - you can always disregard the chopsticks.
This cute frogs and lily pads activity promotes numbers and quantities recognition. The students will have to place the correct amount of pebbles (bottle caps, rocks, manipulatives, or anything else available) on each lily pad.
These cute monkeys are also to practice numbers ans amounts skills.  The students will work to place the correct number on the monkey that has the correct amount of dots on his belly.

This is another activity folder that can promote varied skills such as collaboration with others, left to right progression (if items are placed on the left side of the folder). I personally like to provide them with an old magazine and the students will have to look for pictures that match the shape on the folder. Working with a partner facilitate problem solving-skills as well.
The Crayola books are great. Eight pages filled with a variety of pictures to identify that specific color.  These books are great to play "I spy"- to find something that begins with a specific letter, a texture, a shape, etc.

Activity folders can bring lots of possibilities into the classroom. They can be designed to match the theme of the week, a holiday, or any other skill you need to provide activities and opportunities for enhancement.

Hope you can copy these or create your own! Let me know how did it go!

Be well,