Alphabet Sensory Tub FREEBIE!

Saturday, October 21, 2017 No comments
So when I made the move to kindergarten, my teammate was getting rid of her sensory table and looking for something smaller. Since I had literally no furniture and was starting from scratch, I snagged it! I immediately knew I wanted to fill it with sand for a letter activity. Ran to the local hardware store, snagged 3 bags of sand, and rushed back to school.

Cue problem... the bags of sand I bought had been sitting outside, so the sand was wet. There was a little puddle in my car, but I didn't think much of it. Got to school, plopped them on a dolly, and started pushing them down to my room.... when I noticed the giant trail of sandy water following behind the dolly. Those dang bags were leaking EVERYWHERE!! I got them to the room, begged the custodian for forgiveness, and emptied the sand into the table, hoping that with a little ceiling fan action, the sand would dry out in a few days.

Well, it didn't. A week went by and that sand was still soaked.

Cue Plan B.

I called Home Depot, asked if they had play sand, AND where it is stored. It was kept inside, so I knew it would work. I dragged the sensory table down the hallway, and pitched all the wet sand.

*Sidenote*
Sand is really heavy. Especially when it's wet. This was quite an exhausting process.

Once I put the new sand in, however... voila!
I used magnetic letters from the Target Dollar Spot. One set of uppercase, and one set of lowercase letters. The shovels, buckets, and toys are from the local grocery store... snagged them at the end of the summer, so they were 50% off. Whipped up a cute little recording sheet, which you can find on my FREEBIE TAB.
Do you have a sensory table in your room? I'm thinking I'll leave this set up for a few more weeks, and I'm looking for some fun ideas for what to do next!

-Andrew

Exploration Station

Monday, September 25, 2017 No comments
Oh my gosh, I'm pretty excited about my latest TPT product! I've had this one on my mind for years, and finally figured out how to make it work! Introducing... Exploration Station! 
Your students will LOVE reinforcing their math skills with this fun and engaging digital resource! Exploration Station is a self-checking digital activity that will allow your students to practice a variety of math skills, gain immediate feedback, and have fun!
When a question is answered, it immediately tells the student if the answer is right or wrong, and allows them to try again if needed.
These activities can easily be used on your interactive whiteboard, iPad, or laptop! Directions on how to use are included. Check them out on TPT!! There's a growing bundle available to help you save!

-Andrew


Lesson Plans

Sunday, September 10, 2017 No comments
I posted a picture of my lesson plans on Instagram recently, and some of you asked for me to share my template! I just uploaded a blank copy to my freebie tab, with directions on how to edit and use it in your classroom... It's super easy to use, and can be customized to fit your needs!

I create my plans in PowerPoint 1 week at a time, so each file has a slide for Monday-Friday. I also keep a blank template file on my desktop so it's easy to start fresh each week. Feel free to snag it, edit it, add your own clipart... the possibilities are endless!

Click the picture to download from my Google Drive.
Enjoy, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!!

Number Sense Freebie

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 No comments
Hey hey! I'm chugging through the first topic in our math series, and wanted to give my kinders something a little more fun today! I whipped up this quick and easy little board game and just added it to the freebie tab on the blog!


Just print this bad boy on legal size paper, grab a number cube and some game markers, and have fun! My littles played this for about 20 minutes today and stayed on task the whole time! They had so much fun doing something a little different.

Enjoy!