Sock Donuts Tutorial

Hello friends,

As I prepare for the transformation of our dramatic play area into a bakery I decided to make some of the props myself. After several days of research, the few no-sew versions were complicated.....and sewing was involved ;) I finally found a version I liked - and here's my interpretation!

First of all you need to gather your materials - which you'd probably have around the house. I purchased a few pair of men socks at my local dollar store. Don't be afraid of using patterns, it makes the donuts colorful and interesting! You will also need colorful felt pieces, a hot glue gun, and fabric paint.

The first step is to cut along the toes part.

Flip the sock outside in, and begin rolling starting from the toes. 
By the heel part, you may want to pull a little bit to make it smoother.

Hot glue the very end of the sock. 
Don't worry about the glue part, the felt will be covering it.

Cut the icing part of the donut and a hole in the middle. 
Hot glue to the glue part of the sock.

Mix and match patterns, colors, textures, and have fun decorating! 
The cookie sheet was also from the dollar store. 

Keep learning and creating!


Shapes and Estimation

Good morning PKP fans!

This past week we had tons of fun in our classroom! One of the week's highlights was the expiration of shapes, its different sizes, and estimation.

Using painters' tape we drew circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles on the carpet. We estimated how many students would be able to stand on the tape. The students proceeded to go to the different shapes until there was no more space.

We also compared shapes by its sizes, sides, and capacity. 

Our activity began like this:

"If you are a boy wearing shorts, please go to the largest square." 

Given these instructions, the children were engaged in the activity and were paying close attention to my descriptions to be able to "be a part" of  a shape.

Keep learning,


5 Things I Love in the Classroom

Happy Valentine's Day!

Because today is Valentine's Day, I've decided to made a list of the five things I love in my classroom.
This list was difficult to come up with. I can honestly say I am very pleased and happy in this school placement and with my team!

Here some of the things I love and are my favorites in the classroom:

Thanks to the good people who donated through Donors Choose we have Boogie Boards writing tables in our classroom, and we LOVE them! 
We've been using Boogie Boards for writing our names, letters, numbers, drawing shapes, writing sight words, and much more!

I've been discussing this wonderful assessment collection application with some fellow PreK teachers on social media, Learning Genie. This system allows you to collect, organize and grade the data you've collected, involve parents and go paperless......wonderful, isn't it?!

As I am in my post assessment period, it has been a truly life sand time saving for me and some of my district's PreK teachers as well. If you teach at a day care facility, preschool, or PreK , don't miss the opportunity to check it out!

I can't stress enough how versatile and useful these instructional cubes have been in my classroom. I use these for music and movement (one cube for child-appropriate exercises such as jumping jacks, hops, etc and another one with numbers), sight words, numbers and words, and another two-thousand activities! 

Chart holders! I LOVE chart holders! I have several in different sizes. There were very easy to prepare and very inexpensive - using PVC pipes and connectors.
I regularly use them for two-column classification, reading predictive sentences, and more!

This one is not directly related to my classroom but it makes my heart happy. My little blog PreK Partner. I feel so humble for all our my readers' support and words of encouragement. It is amazing how almost three years ago I began this blog as a way to record my teaching experiences and adventures and never though it could be as powerful as it is for me and followers.

Thank you!!!

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Happy Valentine's Day!


Five for Friday {{2/12/2016}}

YAY for Friday....a holiday-Friday!

I bring you this Five for Friday in the comfort of my couch...and still in my pajamas lounge wear and enjoying the beginning of my 4-day weekend!

Click on the image to join the fun with the wonderful Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching!


After reading Cupig's Shuffle and Pete the Cat Valentine's Day is Cool! My students came up with words and phrases they can say to their friends to show how much they are loved and appreciated! Fantastic job guys!

This was the highlight our our week - breaking the piñata!
Each week we introduce a letter. This week we were pirates wearing patches and got to break a piñata, how awesome was that?!

It's assessment period again :) and I am using Learning Genie. This assessment wonder is helping me organize all of my data and prepare to more accurately assess my students!

These cuties were able to have their first Girl Scouts cookie booth. As a troop we have sold 700+ cookies. Awesome job Troop 6007!!!

I'm watching a new Netflix show, and this quote was one of the first ones I saw.....LOVE IT!

Keep learning!