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Growing in Pre K


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New Blog

Posted by Eilis on July 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

I am no longer updating this website.

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Posted by Eilis on July 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

I recently received three sample rolls of Smart-Fab to use and review for this blog.  I did not receive any compensation for this review beyond the free sample.  I have to say that I am very excited about this new product!

 This material is like felt and paper rolled up in one....

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Ocean Fun

Posted by Eilis on June 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

I have been away from this blog for a while.  There are lots of changes in my life these days.  My youngest child graduated from high school in May and we are moving to the Dallas area this summer.  Packing up my classroom was a huge and sad job.  I had a wonderful group of students last year and it was very hard to say good bye.  Now I am busy making our house look like no one lives in it (for showings).... No small project when I have all the stuff from my classroom...

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Let's All Help Moore, OK

Posted by Eilis on May 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM


I donated my "Playing With Words" printables to this great effort.  For a donation of twenty dollars or more, you will receive an amazing amount of products donated by many talented teachers.  Check it out!  (Your printer will be VERY busy this summer.....)




Spring Stuff

Posted by Eilis on March 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM

I  have added a new file of Spring Printables to my  Teachers Pay Teachers store and my Teachers Notebook Shop. I just love working with Kate Hadfield's beautiful art .  My favorite part  of this file is an acrostic pocket chart pr...

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Free Religious Easter Printables

Posted by Eilis on March 22, 2013 at 12:25 AM

I just discovered some great religious Easter clipart and immediately made up a printable file.  This file is FREE.  I hope you find many uses for it in the days leading up to Easter.  There are Word Wall Words, small color posters, coloring sheets, and an Easter Word Search.

You can find it either at my

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Posted by Eilis on March 3, 2013 at 10:25 PM

We celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday on Friday with some Green Eggs and Ham.  I'm happy to say that we really liked them....


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Texas Time

Posted by Eilis on February 24, 2013 at 11:10 PM

It's Rodeo Time in Houston, so we are doing all things Texas in our classroom right now.


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Playing With Words

Posted by Eilis on February 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

I have finally finished my Playing With Words Printable set.

 It includes a pocket chart activity based on substituting begin...

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Pink, pink, pink!

Posted by Eilis on January 30, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Valentine Exchange 2013

Posted by Eilis on January 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Wow - it's almost February!  I am going to organize the Pre-K Valentine Exchange again this year.  I have made some changes which I hope will simplify things (for me anyway...).

If you wish for your class to participate, please email the following information to me at [email protected] by Tuesday, Janu...

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Preparing for Christmas

Posted by Eilis on December 7, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I love sharing the Christmas story with my young learners this time each year.  This week they illustrated their gifts for Baby Jesus:


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The Elf Adventure

Posted by Eilis on December 4, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Our elf arrived yesterday.  The package was very cold because it came from the North Pole.

 (This activity is helping me to feel like it is almost Christmas.  It is still hot here and doesn't feel at all like December....)

The kids are very excited and voted on the name Mario.  ( least he didn't get named Ang...

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An Elf is Visiting our Classroom

Posted by Eilis on December 2, 2012 at 4:05 PM

I purchased one of those cute little Elf on Shelf sets to use in my classroom this year.

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Candy Cane Numbers

Posted by Eilis on December 1, 2012 at 10:35 AM

It's December!  I am supposed to be outside putting up decorations....but I had to add this new FREE printable first!  

Merry Christmas!

Click on the picture to take you to

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This Pre-K Class is Headed to Space

Posted by Eilis on November 24, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I have been using the same themes for years now.  Thanks to the great ideas I find on other teacher's blogs, I have new and improved activities each year.  However, this year I am stepping out of my comfort zone and adding a new theme!  I went to a wonderful Preschool Summer Institute at Region 4 in Houston last summer.  We all went home with lots of great teaching ideas AND materials.  We were each given a

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The First Christmas Printables

Posted by Eilis on November 23, 2012 at 10:15 PM

I am very excited because I have purchased a license from Kate Hadfield Designs which allows me to offer her wonderful graphics in items for my Teachers Notebook Shop.  I discovered Kate's beautiful art while searching for some great Nativity clipart.  Let me just say that I have found it!   This printable set is $2.00.

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Gingerbread Sight Word Hunt

Posted by Eilis on November 21, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Here's a little FREE Printable for the Gingerbread Man theme.  Print out the gingerbread men.  You can either cut out the actual shapes or just cut each 8 x 11 sheet in half .  I do suggest cardstock and/or laminating for durability.  Place the gingerbread men all around the classroom. Give your students one of the two checklists.  On one, students just check off the sight words as they find them.  On the other, students write the words as they find them.  C...

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Gingerbread Exchange Lists Have Gone Out

Posted by Eilis on November 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Over 150 classes are participating in this year's Gingerbread Exchange!  If you signed up, but haven't received an email with the list of addresses....please check your spam and then contact me at [email protected] 

One teacher from a previous exchange said that her class enjoyed using the Leap Frog Tag Reader U.S. map along with this activity.  ( I can't find her name.  If it was you please take credit!). Since I already h...

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Lakeshore Software Winner

Posted by Eilis on November 10, 2012 at 10:15 AM

The Winner of the Lakeshore Software Giveaway is Barbara C.


Also, we have over 100 classes participating in the Gingerbread Man exchange.  Tonight is the deadline to sign up.


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