Monday, April 17, 2017

Toddler/Preschool Games on a Budget

Whether you are an Early Childhood Educator or a parent of a little one, here are some fun, educational games that can be made on a budget. They can be made with things that you have around your house and/or items that you can find at your local Dollar Tree store.


                     Alphabet Soup:  Building words with magnetic letters & a cookie Sheet. 

Sorting letters/colors using a plastic relish tray.

 ABC Memory Game--using fun paper plates

ABC Order-write letters on fun paper plates and have little ones put them in ABC order across the floor.

 Work fine motor skills by using small plastic tongs to find colored letters and pom poms in a bowl.

Womens shaving cream is fun to use to for handwriting practice.

                          Soft foam cubes are perfect to use for all kinds of dice games .

                           For this fine motor game, I just took a coffee can, cut some slots on the top, hot glued some tiles and wala!! Children can work their fine motor and practice color I.D as they drop the tile into the matching slot. This will work with any manipulatives (cereal, beans, dinosaurs...)

 The Dollar Tree has some fun little frogs that can be used to "flip" into this baby-wipe box. I cut a picture from the frog-game package and hot glued it on the box just to jazz it up a bit. Little ones get to have fun flipping their frogs into the whole

This little sorting game is made out of a used frosting can. I simply cut a hole in the top and hot-glued some pom poms around the sides just for fun. Your little one can use a small pair of plastic tongs to work on their small motor skills and color identification.
I hope these activities have sparked your interest and creativity!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

CCA's District-Wide Family Activity Night

Friday, April 7th was Crossroads Charter Academy's first District-Wide Family Activity Night.
We had a great turnout and received a lot of possitive feedback from students, parents and teachers. Click into the link to view a quick movie with memories from the event.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Learning Games perfect for home use...

I'm being optomistic when I say that "spring is on the way". I'm actually thinking of the MIAEYC  Early Childhood Conference that is being held April 20-22 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. I will be a Presenter again this year with Family Nights and Parent Engagement as my main focus.
I will introduce educators to the idea of Family Nights and show them how to create a successful program, step-by-step. I will also present other parent/child engagment activities, specifically Book Buddy Bags and hands on activities that can be played in the home.

One of the new game packets I've created is this Early Childhood Literacy Activities. These games focus on letter sound and ID, emergent sight words and word family words.

Visit my Teacher Pay Teacher store to purchase ($2.50), download, laminate (or put in page protectors) and have fun!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Early Literacy--Letter ID & Sound

Early childhood education is such a rewarding level to work with. Those little minds are like a sponge as they soak up everything that is offered to them in their day to day classroom life. If one were to stand on the side and watch the busyness in a preschool, kindergarten or even a 1st grade classroom, they would be astonished at the amount of learning that really goes on...when at a first glace it might seem as the children are just "playing".
From the minute they walk into the room, learning begins. From  the table activities that are waiting for them in the morning to keep their hands and minds busy while the teacher scurries around his/her classroom completing  morning tasks, to the carpet-time routines where they learn songs, poems and many social skills...those little people soak all that up and their educational foundation grows.
When I was an EC teacher, I loved to have lots of activities available for my students. They needed to be hands-on, provide opportunity to learn new skills and most of all FUN! I also sent "Book Bags" home with my students with some of these same type of learning games that they could play with their family members and always with a special picture book---fostering the love of reading is so important!
Two of the emergent literacy skills that are taught in EC classrooms are learning letter names and sounds. The cards below are fun to use as a memory game.
I've just posted this activity as a FREE download (for a short time) at my TeacherspayTeachers store. Feel free to click on the link, download and print off to use in your classroom or or play at home in your living room with your own child.

Happy teaching!


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine Early Literacy Games

Below is a bundle of Valentines Early Childhood Literacy Games that can be found at my TeachersPayTeachers store. Just Click the link, purchase, download and print and all of these fun games can be ready to play in your classroom or living room immediately. These games are focused on Letter ID & Sound, Rhyming, and Sounds-in-Words all of which are connected to Kindergarten & 1st grade Common Core Standards. $2.50
You can find many great games and activities along with FREE downloads.




Saturday, June 25, 2016

Preschool -Summer Book Pics recommended by Really Good Stuff

10 Summer Books for Preschoolers:

  1. We Like Vegetables by Tess Samson
Introducing sight words and picture words, We Like Vegetables, engages early learners through brightly colored photography and comprehension activities. Repetitive words and illustrations in this book help children to become more fluent and confident in their reading skills, while educating them about delicious vegetables.

  1. Beach Day by Karen Roosa
Playful illustrations make this picture book a favorite for children. Rhyming text keeps early learners interested and engaged as they enjoy a perfect day at the beach building sandcastles and skiing on the water. What a great way to present a day trip to the beach!

  1. At the Shore by Tammy Jones
Make discoveries at the shore with this interactive sight book. With picture words like clam, crab, and starfish, early learners may want to partake in a real life scavenger hunt. Finding these common beach critters can bring this book to life!

  1. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Turning a struggling garden into beautiful green landscape is the core of this illustrated book. It introduces environmental awareness to preschoolers and may inspire children turn to make changes in their own neighborhood. A wonderful story of how a little bit of love can make the world beautiful.

  1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
This rhyming book about the letters of the alphabet is sure to attract the minds of young learners. The curiosity of the lowercase letters gets them into a dilemma until the uppercase letters come to the rescue. Through colorful pictures and simple narration, learning the alphabet is as easy as ABC.

  1. The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Watermelon is the favorite food of this silly crocodile; until, one day, he swallows a seed.   Terrified of what the seed will do to him, the crocodile struggles to not eat watermelon ever again. Early childhood learners will be captivated by the playful illustrations and humorous storyline of this fun summer read.

  1. Bathtime for Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Trying to get Biscuit the pup clean proves to be a challenging task as he avoids bath time at all costs. With simple vocabulary and funny pictures, this book will help children build their confidence as readers. Take preschoolers on many adventures with Biscuit in the Biscuit series.

  1. Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
Telling the daily tales of a small worm living in a big world, this book is a must have for early childhood learners. Describing the ups and downs of being a worm, such as having no arms or being able to eat their homework, readers will enjoy seeing life from a worms’ perspective.

  1. Nest by Jorey Hurley
Discover the natural world through a story about a robin’s first year of life. Experience the different seasons and what they bring from spring flower buds to winters naked branches. Enjoy the companionship of father robin and comfort that family brings in hard times. Celebrate life and the beauty of nature in this heartwarming illustration book.

  1. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Help an apple tree change with the seasons. As early learners shake it, tap it, and jiggle it, the magical world of Mother Nature comes to life. The interactive concept of this book engages children in the natural life cycle process and keeps them interested through movement and color. Preschoolers won’t be able to get enough!

Teacher Pay Teacher Educational Games Now Available

Hi there Friends!

I have many games and activities on my Teacher Pay Teacher store that are always available. I now have many of those available in hard copy. They are printed in color on tag board and are ready to be laminated. Quick, easy and affordable.If you are interested in literacy or math check them out on my TpT store and contact me for the premade copies.