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Growing in Pre K


Snapshots from my classroom

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Going on a Picnic

Posted by Eilis on September 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Remember how fun it was to play "I'm going on a picnic, and I'm going to bring a..."  Little did we know that we were working on our auditory memories when we used to recite all the things that people before us had named.  I have created a set of printables (including an 8x11 color emergent reader) based on the traditional game. I print the emergent reader and put the pages in page protectors in a binder.  After reading it aloud with the class a few t...

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Posted by Eilis on September 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Weather is a theme that I have been wanting to do more with in my classroom.  I found some good weather songs on CanTeach and added some clipart from KPM Doodles and my own "creations."  Yes, I made the "sun" myself....

The printable is available to download free by clicking on this picture:

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Leap Frog Game

Posted by Eilis on September 1, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I have added a free printable game to my Teachers Notebook Shop.  You'll just need to add markers (two colors of plastic frogs would be fun)

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Posted by Eilis on August 27, 2012 at 8:25 PM

It's the second week of the school year and I am anxious to begin some "directional art,"  but the scissors skills just aren't there yet.  Today, after reading Corduroy, one of my very favorite children's books, it came to me.  

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Posted by Eilis on August 27, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I wanted to show off this welcome bulletin board outside my classroom.  I am a BIG believer in covering bulletin boards in the kids' own art, but obviously I could not do that for the first day of school.  The school had hung these new bulletin boards outside our classrooms over the summer, and mine was covered in owls - yeah!  So....I looked on Teachers Notebook and found this adorable owl welcome banner to print, cut, and hang.

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Literacy Stations

Posted by Eilis on August 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM

I firmly believe in "Free Choice Centers" in Pre-K.  I want the kids to have plenty of time to choose their activities.  However, with blocks, dramatic play, art, puppets, the sensory table, and more available, I find that the abc center, listening center, and math center are often overlooked.  Last year, I remedied the math center problem by creating a set of math tubs and sending the entire class to math tubs during "Math Tub Time."  This year, I am adding a 20-30 minute...

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Lots and Lots of Brown Bear

Posted by Eilis on August 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Yesterday, I uploaded a free Brown Bear emergent reader to my Teachers Notebook Shop.

I just love using Brown Bear, Brown Bear activities at the beginning of the school year.

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Brown Bear's Friends

Posted by Eilis on August 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM has reached 500 Facebook Likes!  THANK YOU!

To celebrate, I have added a free printable emergent reader to my Teacher's Notebook Shop.  This little book is a perfect companion to the wonderful book

Brown Bear, Brown Bear.                            

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Germs Are Not for Sharing

Posted by Eilis on August 23, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Today was our fourth day of school.  I used my favorite back to school science lesson (with a few improvements).  We read the book Germs Are Not for Sharing.

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First Day Printable

Posted by Eilis on August 19, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Here are a couple of free printables to use on the first day of school.  One is for Pre-K, the other is for preschool. Click on the picture you want to print.  The clipart is from KPMDoodles.

Have a great school year!


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Hey Diddle Diddle Printables

Posted by Eilis on August 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

I have added a set of printables for the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle to my Teacher's Notebook Shop. The wonderful clipart is from

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The set...

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Math Chart

Posted by Eilis on August 7, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I have seen a couple of great math chart ideas on Pinterest.   Guess what - Lowe's is selling them for $4.95 !

Well...they don't know that they are math charts....

Actually, they are in the section w...

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Guidecraft Giveway

Posted by Eilis on August 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Vanessa at Pre-K pages is hosting a great giveaway of a Guidecraft Bookshelf.  Check it out and enter by clicking HERE.  (Or don't...I am going to win it anyway.)

Good Luck! ...

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Ice Cream Activities

Posted by Eilis on August 5, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I am very excited about an ice cream themed set of printables that I have posted on my new Teachers Notebook store.  The clipart is from

KPM Doodles. The set includes a class book cover, a black and white class book page, a color class book page, a pocket chart graph ques...

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New ABC Centers

Posted by Eilis on August 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

I am working on turning some great "pins" into some actual ABC center activities.  I just love this idea where the kids match upper and lowercase letters on the wheels of cars.  I changed the activity a little by purchasing cute car cutouts, adding alphabet stickers to the wheels, and cutting off one wheel.  The kids will be putting the correct lowercase wheel on the car with the corresp...

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Farm it Maybe

Posted by Eilis on July 27, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Have you seen this adorable youtube video called Farm it Maybe?  Some brothers and cousins made it about their lives on a family farm.  I am looking forward to sharing it with my students when we do our farm unit this year.

What 88 cents will buy

Posted by Eilis on July 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I stopped by the Back to School aisle at Walmart today.  All I can say is WOW.  I got each of the items pictured below for 88 cents!

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We're Having Fun in Pre-K

Posted by Eilis on July 21, 2012 at 3:00 AM

I have been looking for a book to read to my students at the beginning of the school year.  I wanted something fun and simple that would touch on classroom routines and expectations in Pre-K.  I never found exactly what I wanted, so I made my own.  I used adorable clipart from KPM Doodles.

If you print this book, please leave some comment love - thanks

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Dr. Jean

Posted by Eilis on July 19, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I am one very motivated Pre-K teacher today.  Why?  Because I have just completed three great days of professional development at Region 4 in Houston.

 Dr. Jean was the speaker (ALL DAY) today!  Yes, I do know how lucky I am. (That's me in the picture with her)  I have always loved Dr. Jean's music,

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Color Mixing Bottle

Posted by Eilis on July 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Why would I spend $1.25 on one bottle of water at the grocery store?  Because it will be so cool as a discovery bottle.  The brand is VOSS and apparently the water is from Norway.  The bottle is 16.9 fl. oz. I tried it for a reusable yellow/red color mixing bottle that I saw here and wanted to make for my classroom. They used wax shavings or tempera paint.  I actually cheated and ...

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