Daily Calendar Math for Kinders

Before I tell you all about this new bundle of DAILY CALENDAR MATH for KINDERS, hop over to my store and grab this freebie. It is yours, free, until 1 August!

As you download each month, you will notice that you receive 3 files: 1. The DCMK file has all of the student worksheets. 2. The TLK file is a colorful Talk-To file that you can project via your Smartboard, or onto a white board and work the problems with your students. 3. The DailyLabel file has a set of Melonheadz day of the week cards (for your pocket chart calendar) and the yesterday, today, tomorrow cards for that month. These cards use direction and sequence to help teach your kinders a sense of time.

You will begin each month by introducing its essential components: how to spell the month, its abbreviation, its ordinal number, the months before and after it, its season, the year, the number of days in the month, what day of the week the month began and finally, how many months are left until your students’ birthdays.

As I mentioned before, each month has a TALK-TO file. These you can project and “fill-in” with your students. Or you can simply use them to go over the directions. These TALK-TO sheets match the ones your students will be completing:

You can use manipulatives to help your students solve the daily math problems. This month focuses on the classroom, so they will count crayons, pencils, math cubes, Cuisenaire rods, Play-doh containers, kids, bikes, their fingers and pennies. They will need a die, paperclip–to spin, scissors, glue, and a crayon or pencil to complete each sheet.

There is at least one sheet each month that has a Cuisenaire rod problem. For August, the Cuisenaire problem focuses on identifying the value of each rod. Future months will ask your students to find rods that are +1 the number they rolled; find rods that =10; color the rods and skip count the number they rolled, etc. So, it would be helpful to have these rods available to build the Cuisenaire image.

Since every problem uses dice or a spinner, you can re-use these sheets throughout the month–each time with new results. You could also have a small group MATH CHAT and discuss the unique results group of students had on the same sheet.

Finally, each month has its own set of daily labels. August focuses on direction, but subsequent months include sequence cards to teach a sense of time. Your students will use the daily labels on a few of their worksheets. But, you can use them with your pocket chart calendar. The calendar we use with DAILY CALENDAR MATH for KINDERS is called the KINDER CALENDAR and it is included in the bundle!

If you haven’t grabbed AUGUST, what are you waiting for? You are going to find this pack is not only a good teaching tool, but also a great way to assess your students’ math skills!

UNLOCK IT 1:1 Expansion Pack

If you are like me, you love Lakeshore Learning–especially when they have a sale! Last year, I grabbed my first UNLOCK IT set (Matching Numbers). It was fun…for a couple days. I found myself wishing it had more options; more ways to develop 1:1 correspondence.

Instead of just wishing, I created this expansion pack:

All you need is a little clear Velcro (just one dot per side of the lock). Cut it into quarters and place it in the corners of the lock. Do the same with the fuzzy Velcro on the backs of the 1:1 images.

Add a ticket for a bit of extra fun! Your students will work to make the most matches.

This expansion pack includes a bunch of 1:1 correspondence that you can use any day of year. Each set has images for 1 to 20, except the analog hours and dominoes.

It will be on sale this weekend. So, grab it while its 50% off!

KinderClips MORE, LESS or the SAME 0-10 Cards

Just posted a new resource to help you develop your students’ number sense!These KinderClip MORE, LESS or the SAME Cards will develop your kinders basic number sense with counting, cardinality, one-to-one correspondence, and number identification.

On each of the 32 KinderClip MORE, LESS or the SAME Cards students will count/identify the number in each square and then follow the signs (>, < or = to the target number-–identified by counting fingers in the center frame of each card) to determine if that square contains a correct answer.
Although this set of KinderClip cards covers numbers 0-10, your students will identify numbers 0-14 as numerals, objects, base ten blocks, tally marks, marks on ten frames, dominoes and dice. They will also identify numbers on a number line, as a measurement, and on bar and line graphs.

Grab it here for half-off through tomorrow!

Letter Sorts for Your Interactive Notebook {Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Recognition}

I’ve posted a compilation of all of the Letter Sorting Activities from My First A to Z Interactive Notebook. These are great for teaching letter recognition, uppercase and lowercase pairs and beginning letter sounds.

Each sheet contains all you need to practice one set of letters. And every activity is tailored to that letter’s beginning sound.

Here is a look at all of the activities:

Print the activities on your favorite Astrobright paper:

Add the letter sorts to your letter formation practice pages:

Or print them on white paper so your students can color/personalize their work:

Get these Letter Sorts for half-off through tomorrow!

SCRIPTURE I STUDY from A to Z {Interactive Notebook Edition}

Are you thinking about sending your kindergartner to a summer camp for their character development? Why not spend a few minutes each day teaching them foundational scripture instead?

We’ve transformed our Scriptures I Study from A to Z Booklet into Interactive Notebook, activity-packed FUN!

The activities included in this pack will help your children visualize the key points of each verse and apply them to their walk with Christ.

SCRIPTURES I STUDY from A to Z was created as a companion to the Harrow Family’s Sing the Word from A to Z (part of Sonlight’s Bible A memory program curriculum). But, it can be used on its own, or with your letter of the week program.

Each activity in this resource is designed to cover two-pages in a standard 7×9 composition notebook. In our notebook, we glued the uppercase letter header, scripture reference, and handwriting practice on the left-hand pages. We composed all of the activities on the right-hand pages.

For example, with letter E you will print two pages:

After building the pages and completing the activity, your notebook will look like this:

Each letter, A to Z, has:
1. The target letters (uppercase and lowercase for letter identification/recognition) that begin the scripture

2. A portion of the scripture in dashed print (the full scripture can be found on the Scripture Memorization Cards included in this set).

3. Graphics by Melonheadz that correspond with the scripture. Here your students will meet and color some of their Bible heroes and other relevant pictures. The graphics give you a chance to talk about the heroes and discuss the scripture.

4. An interactive activity designed to apply the scripture to your Kindergartener’s walk and growth in Christ. Each activity has its own instructions. Most can be completed with supplies you have on hand.

So grab a composition book, scissors, glue and crayons and starting laying a solid foundation in the Word of God for your child’s character to bloom and grow!

You can grab it on sale here through tomorrow!


Summer is full of fun…and planning for next school year! As we begin First Grade next year, we’ll be reviewing CVCs. Instead of using lots of great worksheets, we are going to start our year with CRAZY for CVC GAMES!

The best part about these CVC games is that the are ALL in black and white. No expensive colored ink needed here! So, grab your favorite Astrobright cardstock, and start printing up some learning fun!

THE BUNDLE will contain 30 games–six games for each CVC vowel group. These games can be used during the KINDERGARTEN school year in small reading groups, morning work tubs, for fast finishers, literacy stations, etc. Whatever works best in your class!

Now…for a look inside each of the games in the short A pack:

In GAME #1, playing with a partner, or alone, your students will read CVC words and mark their pictures on the game board. We like using Mathlink Cubes for this activity, but you could use whatever game pieces you have on hand. When they have found five words in a line, they win! Or, they could be like my kids, and keep reading and marking words until the whole board is full of math cubes!

GAME #2 is a word family Tetris puzzle. It is a great tool for assessing your student’s word family knowledge and critical thinking!

Using the game board from GAME #1, your students will cover the words that rhyme (that are in each word family)with the correct word family puzzle piece.

GAME #3 has four different TRACTOR RIDE game boards (#1: -ab & -ad; #2: -ag & -ax; #3: -am & -ap; #4: -an & -at). Your students will find and build the medial A CVC words on each board by drawing clue cards. Each clue card will give them a beginning or ending letter that they will use to find the word. This game can be played with a partner, or alone.

GAME #4, BOGGLE BUDS is a fun way for your students to practice their beginning reading skills. This short A pack has four different Boggle Bud boards (try saying that 5 times fast :).

Students will search for CVC words using three letters (including the medial A) that are touching each other in any way–sideways, up and down, or diagonally. The words can also be formed forward or backward.

GAME #5 is sure to be a class favorite. Who doesn’t love candy?!? It is really a fun way to practice reading and rhyming words.

I printed the rhyming boards on white and the candy on all different colors of cardstock. But you could print all the candy on one color (that matches the title page) or, if you’d like to use this activity to introduce the word families, you could print each word family’s candy in one color (a different color for each word family). Your students could then spend less time discerning the word families and more time simply reading the words.






In Game #6 your students will put all of their reading skills together by building sentences with CVC words. There are 6 different picture strips in this game. Each picture strip has a set of word cards (distinguishable by the matching picture on the word cards) associated with it. Only names are capitalized on these word cards.

Your students will read each word card and then order, and re-order them until they come up with a sentence that matches the picture strip. Next, they’ll write the sentence into their “My Little A Book” using a capital letter to begin their sentence and appropriate ending punctuation. The only sight words included in this set of sentence building cards are “is” and “the”. Your students should be very successful completing these sentences independently.

As a mom of 8, I need to be organized, or not much gets done :). So I want to share with you a couple of ideas on how you can organize the CRAZY for CVC GAMES.

The first is super simple and fairly inexpensive. Print the title pages for each game on a different color of cardstock. Paste them onto large manila envelopes and tuck all of the game pieces inside their envelopes.

If you are into IRIS containers (who doesn’t love them?!)–all of the game envelopes can be stored in one of their 11 x 13 project containers.

Another idea is to store all of the game pieces in a 4×6 IRIS container and the larger title pages and game boards in a plastic envelope (I love these by the way! They can handle daily use a lot better than their manila cousins).

Everything fits in, nice and tidy :).

So…6 simple games…low prep…lots of fun…and perfect for teaching/reinforcing CVCs with a medial A!

You can grab the short A set on sale through tomorrow. Or grab the whole bundle today! The bundle price will go up as I add each letter’s games.

YAY! The Bundle is Complete!

Letter Z has been added to this amazing set of interactive phonics activities, so this baby is complete! Yay! Grab it at half-off today!

For each letter your students will complete hands-on activities for:                                  – Correct letter formation (uppercase and lowercase writing)
– Letter recognition
– Sorting lowercase and uppercase
– Beginning sounds (including long and short sounds for each vowel as well as hard and soft sounds for C and G).
– Using high frequency vocabulary that begins with the target letter
– ABC order up to the target letter (this set can be purchased separately here)
– Word building with lowercase and uppercase letter matching
– Order and sequence
– Visual discrimination (identifying items that begin with the correct sound; are found in a particular place; are a particular size or shape; or simply do not belong).
– Using stickers to accomplish simple beginning target letter sound tasks

Are you ready for some awesome interactive learning? Check out the tutorial to see how we put our notebook together and be sure to grab your copy of Letter M.


Digital centers are so easy to use, and a fun change for your students. You are going to love trying out this set of 9 math centers!

Yep, it is FREE today–so hop on over to my store and download your copy.

Here’s a peek at the nine different activities:Skills includes: counting, number order, correct number formation

Counting tallies & marking the number they represent

Counting & deciphering the amount left to make 10

Translating a ten-frame numeral to its number and counting back (0-15).

Counting and ten-frame formation

Counting, grouping, graphing (1-10)

Counting what they see, numbering writing and counting on (0-12)

Counting by 10s; number writing and comparing to 100 (10-100)

Writing addition equations to 10; left and right

12 DIGITAL Days of CVC Christmas Centers

Whether you have a single computer in your classroom, or iPads for each student, you are going to LOVE these 12 DIGITAL DAYS of CVC CHRISTMAS CENTERS!The best thing about these centers is that there is ZERO-prep for you! They are perfect for your busy little classroom!

Simply upload the .ppsx files to Google Slides, or open them on a computer that has PowerPoint installed. Print the response sheets. Click the file you want to open and your students are ready to learn! They can advance the slides on their iPad with a swipe of their finger, or using the arrow keys on a standard computer.

To help your students work independently, a “self-check” answer key is included at the end of each activity. Directions for each of the 12 activities are included on the first slide as well as on the recording sheets.

Would you like to try the FIRST DAY of our DIGITAL CVC CHRISTMAS? You are going to LOVE how easy it is to use and how much FUN your students have learning with it.


The entire set will be half-off during TPTs CYBER SALE. Save even more on this set with the promo code: CYBER17