This year I have found myself teaching art to two kindergarten classrooms. When I was asked to teach art I thought “sure, why not! I love crafts.” However, that it has not been the case. I have found out quickly that when you only have students once a week for 40 minutes it is almost impossible to do all the kindergarten crafts you did when you were a full time teacher
This week for Christmas we did her reindeer directed drawing from her resource and they turned out incredible! We used oil pastels and colored construction paper. I am surprised how well these students do in art for only being 5 and 6!
Here is a great resources from Two Pease in a Primary Pond. These are great quick print papers for your class. Students write about what presents they would like the most. There is also a picture sorting worksheet with one boy and one girl.
This resources comes from ABCs and IEPs. There are 12 ready to print cards for your students to decorate for the holidays. You can also use these as a writing activity to practice letter writing.
This next freebie comes from Unforgettable First Grade. This is a great recourse to help students practice matching CVC words with cute stockings!
I know my kindergarten students love any and all write the room centers! This one is free from Elizabeth Kallert. Visit her store for this great center.
My kindergarten students have a tricky time with Alphabetical order so this is a great product for them! Students build Christmas puzzles by alphabetizing Christmas vocabulary. Grab this freebie from Miss Beck.
My students finished up their Away in the Manger Crafts this week in art. This is one of my favorite craftivitities with the kinders. It is a simple and quick prep lesson for anyone who works in a christian based school.
The following are pictures from last years class when I was a full time kindergarten teacher
In these pictures I was able to work in mall groups during centers and more time (hence the glitter.)
Look at those little sneaky photo bombs! Top right and bottom left
Away in the Manger Craft – Free
These pictures are from this year.
In these pictures I had to organize the craftivity to do as a whole group since I am only with each kindergarten class for 45 minutes a week. You can see the difference between the art work. The current kindergarten teacher is planning on adding glitter during their center time.
You can download this craft for free with my Nativity Freebie
Hibernation is one of my favorite units in kindergarten. Here are some NEW and FREE resources from new sellers that will fit perfectly in your classroom!
This first resource comes from Spoonful of Love and Learning. In my opinion, we always need more brain breaks! Especially in the winter when recess can be foiled by the weather. Help your students relax and unwind with fun yoga poses with hibernating animals.
This next resources comes from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Shop. This is a great way to learn hibernating facts with a fun toss game. I will be passing this resource on to my higher grade friends. This product would be perfect for 2nd or 3rd grade.
I am currently teaching kindergarten art and P.E. thi year. This video will be used this winter in my art class for sure! I think I enjoy teaching hibernation because bears are one of my favorite animals. This video is fromPatty Fernandez Artist. This store is filled with great directed drawing videos!
This resources is for all those ECE teachers out there! I love puppet stories and play time with those 4 and 5 year olds! This is a great lesson from Suzette’s Puppets. She is new to the TpT community, make sure to show her some love with positive feedback on this freebie!
This last resource fits perfectly with the new NGSS standards on animal adaptations. The NGSS standard i’m speaking of is for 3rd grade (NGSS.3-LS4-3) Thanks, Cara Baldree for this awesome free resource!
If you are looking for a kindergarten-first grade friendly unit with printables and great centers check out one of my best selling units on Hibernation! My mentees will use all of these resources this year and I am excited to see how they will adapt the crafts and centers to this new group of kindergarteners!
Here is a list of my favorite books to read to my class for Thanksgiving.
1) The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz
This is one of my all time favorite stories to read to my kindergarten class. This is a wonderful story that you can read between Halloween and Thanksgiving. It is about the troubles an ugly “pumpkin” come across when no one wants him for Halloween. This book is great for social emotional conversations about feelings and acceptance. My students also love the ending and are repeating it all week.
2) The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing
This is also a class favorite. The book is written in the perspective of a little boy named Gavin and his cousin Rhonda trying to escape all the obstacles you find at a family Thanksgiving to get to the swing set outdoors.
3) Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedmen
Join Percy Isaac Gifford (P.I.G.) as he explains the rules to have a successful thanksgiving for loved ones. This story is cute and funny; one of my classes favorites!
4) Thanksgiving Is… by Gail Gibbons
All of Gail Gibbons books are amazing! I always include one of them in every unit. Thanksgiving Is.. is a wonderful book filled with facts and information on all everything Thanksgiving from the Pilgrims and Native Americans to todays traditions.
5) Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
This book is always on my list to read to students around Thanksgiving. This book helps students understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving… giving thanks! This book has simple text and colorful illustrations portraying a family that gathers together to share in a Thanksgiving meal
What are your favorite Thanksgiving books to read in your classroom?