Learning names is a big deal for our little ones! At a young age, kids easily connect with concepts when it applies to themselves. At our house and in our classroom, we start with learning the first letters in names of people who are in our families and in our class. I always know things are starting to click if a child sees a letter and shouts with excitement, "Hey! That's ____'s letter!"
We read "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" during the first week of school. This cute little story introduces the letters of the alphabet in an engaging way as letters climb up a coconut tree. We practice comprehension skills and make connections to text by creating our personalized crafts! As always, there's just a few materials needed and a few steps to take to get started with our easy crafts for kids!
We had some letter stickers at home that happened to work well with this craft, but your child could also write with markers. In the past, we have also used foam letter stickers. I cut the pieces out for this three-year-old, but using the glue stick takes coordination for him, and he's also practicing visual spatial skills.
I love the concentration and excitement you see here! Also, do you know how tricky it is for little ones to get stickers off of a page? This activity is PERFECT for fine motor practice! Can you tell that I've had some AMAZING occupational therapists in my life?! They have taught me so much, and I've been fortunate to have them all to myself (okay, and my students have been there, too) for weekly lessons!
Okay, so are you ready to get started with your name activity? Here's a link to get them engaged with the topic:
If you have the book available, read it next. Read slowly, touching each letter and asking children to point to letters, too. I promise they'll be SO proud of what they know!
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So here's the thing... name crafts are NOT just for the beginning of the school year! We create name crafts all year long! What's fun is that you can easily differentiate name crafts to keep kiddos challenged. We start with first names, but as the year progresses, we do last names. Some friends even want to try middle names! At the beginning of the year, I write letters for most students, but they write letters themselves later on in the school year. There are just so many skills these activities offer!
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In our classroom, we are truly KrAzY for crafting across the curriculum! The kids are just so engaged with the hands-on opportunities, and I truly enjoy creating easy crafts for them that align with our educational content. What I love even more is being able to tie in books and songs! Crafts also encourage students to practice following directions, along with fine motor and spatial awareness skills.
Chicka Chicka 123 is an awesome book for introducing numbers! I typically like to hook the kids with a song to start our activities. I kind of look at it like a little advertisement for our lesson! :)
In September, once we've been working with calendar routines for just a bit, I introduce counting by tens. We always count the days of school by ones, and once we hit 20 days of school, we start counting by tens. This Chicka Chicka apple tree craft ties in perfectly since Johnny Appleseed's birthday is on the 26th!
Step 1: Check out this cute little Chicka Chicka 123 song, found on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIze4BVZblU
Step 2: I personally prefer reading to students myself, making extra silly voices and stopping to ask questions and practice comprehension skills as we read together. If you don't own the book, however, here's a link to the story, read online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hen5TlP87m0
Step 3: Once students have heard the song and read the book, they have a clear connection to the craft! In today's craft, we are putting apples on the Chicka Chicka 123 tree in number order as we counted by 10s. Kids get so excited about creating elements of a story, and they don't even realize they are practicing math skills as they create! Although counting by tens is a fairly new task for this three year old, he was able to hunt for the numbers I asked him to find by looking at the tens place. He also learned that those are not letter Oo's all over his tree, but instead zeros. He found out that if the "circle" was next to other numbers, it was a number and not a letter..and not a shape, either. This craft also includes an opportunity for name practice!
Count By Tens with Chicka Chicka 123 Trees in 3 Simple Steps! Print. Cut. Glue.
We use Astrobrights paper to print at home, and I just love how the colors pop!
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If your students are like mine, they will simply love creating during math class! That's why we've created a Math Bundle, where students put numbers in order in a variety of crafts for the entire school year! For a limited amount of time, our bundle is deeply discounted in our store! If crafts are purchased individually, this product is priced at $73.50. Right now, it is DEEPLY DISCOUNTED at just $20! We really hope we can provide some math time fun for you and the kids at an affordable price. If you're doing distance learning, your families will LOVE to have an opportunity to do some educational crafts at home! (During the school building closure in the Spring, I sent home learning bags that included crafts. In the parent surveys, parents asked for more easy crafts, telling me how much their kids loved them! :) :) ) Check it out here:
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Have some fun for yourselves! Try out this fun little number order craft as you count by tens with your kiddos!
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My mission for each school year to have each child in the class identify all 26 letters and sounds. Singing, dancing, and crafting happen to be my favorite ways to teach, and I admit that I get REALLY excited when I have students who enjoy learning with those same elements. Luckily for me, singing, dancing, and crafting to learn information applies well with most kids. :) :) :) For this reason, I have found silly kid songs to go along with each letter of the alphabet!
This letter craft pack that we use every week in our classroom contains an easy craft for each letter of the alphabet. The craft connects directly to a silly song (or on occasion, a learning activity). There is a fill-in and a drawing space on each craft that allows for differentiation. The cutting involved with this packet also allows for growth in the area of fine motor throughout the your learning.
As we complete our weekly letter study each day, we sing the kids’ song of the week and build an anchor chart with pictures that start with our special letter. On Friday, we create the correlating craft from this pack. Children refer to the anchor chart to complete the fill-ins on the crafts. They look forward to finding out what our letter craft of the week will be, and they love to copy from the anchor chart! The project is completed in just a few simple steps:
For example. with the letter Aa, we sing, "The Ants Go Marching" every day of the week. This year's group had predicted we'd be making ants for our Fun Friday craft, and they were right! :)
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It is always such a shock to see those shiny school supplies staring me in the face for the first time every "Back to School" season. There they were, though, looking right at me, while on vacation, mind you, while doing a Target run (something I hadn't done in months, due to COVID). Once I arrived back at home from vacay, I realized it was time to hit the ground running. It's time to prep for another school year!
This year, I am SOOO excited to implement something that's been in the making for far too long! After years of teaching preschool/kindergarten, I have finally created a letter learning resource to best fit the needs of my kids. We have followed a variety of routines in the past, but nothing that quite flowed the way that I wanted it to. I compiled years of teaching one of my biggest passions into one file, and I'm so excited to share it with you! The handwriting sheets are just right for the progression of developing the formation of the letters throughout a week of learning. Suggested activities provide SO much fun while learning each letter, and the kids are excited to find out what each day of school has in store!
Oooooo, What's All Included?!
Contents for Each Letter:
Page 1: Handwriting Directions with suggested youtube links provided
AND Suggestions for:
-youtube song that correlates with the letter poster
-animal research topic
-fine motor practice
-creating the letters
Page 2, 3: Letter Poster (color and black and white version)
Hang these posters in your classroom for students to refer to throughout the year. With both the Zaner Bloser letters on lines and the pictures that are in the shape of letters, letter identification skills stick! Here's how the the colored version looks in our classroom:
Page 4: Letter Poem (Day 1)
Each letter has a silly poem to go along with the poster. Student creates a color code and finds the uppercase and lowercase letters. Student counts how many letters s/he found, and writes numbers on the lines. Practice the poem of the week daily to learn letter sounds. I recommend using the letter sign language with the last line of each poem. (Note that you are to say the letter first in the sentence and the sound last.) As you learn each letter, read the poems that go along with each one daily. Be sure to act them out for fun and engagement!
Page 5: Uppercase Letter and Lowercase Letter (Day 2)
Student traces letters, and write letters in spaces below. You might use crayons or markers for a extra fun.
Page 6: Uppercase Letter (Day 3)
Student traces, writes, and draws a picture that corresponds with the uppercase letter on the poster.
Page 7: Lowercase Letter (Day 4)
Student traces, writes, and draws a picture that corresponds with the lowercase letter on the poster.
Page 8: Uppercase and Lowercase Letters (Day 5)
Student traces, writes, and draws pictures or writes words that begin with the letter.
Catch a glimpse of one week of worksheets here:
Another component of the file includes an overall letter learning record sheet...kids LOVE this!!
Students keep this sheet, which is copied on card stock, in their folders. Every fun Friday, we color the letter (with markers...ooooo!) we have studied all week because we are now EXPERTS! During their free time, students are encouraged to go back and say the poem for each letter they have learned. This folder travels back and forth between school and home, so families get to practice with their children at home, too.
Full color and black and white posters are available for each letter. We have our letter line hanging in our classroom for daily review of the poems that we have learned. I admit...the letter poems are my favorite! It's such a fun way to interact and connect with the kids in a silly way, all while learning letters and sounds!
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This year's summer vacation may be a little different, but there are always things to do in nature. Has your family been on a road trip yet this summer? Where did you go? What did you do? If you haven't ventured out quite yet, what has been your favorite family get-away from the past? Reminisce with your child as you share the details of your adventure with our FREEBIES FOR FAMILIES Vacation Craft and Writing for Kids! You only need a few supplies to get started!
cIn just a few simple steps, you're on your way to creating an easy craft and sharing memories with your child! View our quick tutorial here:
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Explore the weather and seasons with this craft pack, which also includes addition and name practice!
Share zoo memories with this super fun Zoo Puppet Pack! Kids have the option of writing about animals on the back of each of the puppets.
Beach memories are THE best! Explore some summer fun with this Beach Craft Pack!
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Ready to see the kids giggle? Celebrate the Fourth of July with some funny little Uncle Sam hats!
Cut a long strip of paper or staple a few pieces of paper together, and wrap the strip around your little one's head. Then you're ready to print, cut, glue, and go, with our festive hat!
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The craft bundle below includes the Capitol Building and putting numbers in order 1-10, an eagle craft and writing, an addition flag craft, and a star name craft! Let the learning begin!
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Did you and your family plant a garden this year? Taking care of plants can be such a fun job for kids! Our little guy insists on watering with me every morning. To help him understand the process of what is happening, we made connections with this week's FREEBIES for Families craft... the tomato life cycle! In just three simple steps, give your child the gift of exploring science together!
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Innocence. When I talk with little ones about differences among peers, it’s always so surprising for them to see. Among our discussion, they sort each other based on eye colors and hair colors. They giggle at how they are alike and how they are different than their friends. They giggle because it’s something they have never noticed before. 🥰
When I read the book, “The Colors of Us” by Karen Katz, the kids energetically look around the room, searching for friends with the shades of skin that are referenced in the book. Shades include “chocolate brown, like cupcakes” and “coconuts and coffee toffee.” The kids are so excited to compare their own skin shades to something beautiful or delicious. ☺️
In the next part of our discussion, they all put their hands together, and they compare their shades of skin. The kids are thrilled to see skin shades are different, shouting out, “Ooo, ___’s skin is like an Oreo!” “___’s skin is like milk!” They’ve never noticed it before! They are different. All of them. So what?! They are friends. It means nothing to them to see differences among themselves because they love the people who are inside of the differences. ❣️
To conclude our lesson, we compare two eggs, one brown and one white. I ask them if the eggs are different, and they notice the colors. Then I break the eggs. The kids see they are the same inside, just like themselves in comparison to their friends. All the same. Yet all different. 💕
Especially now, this is what our children need to be taught. They’re seeing bits of news and hearing parts of our conversations with other adults. Read to your kids. Inform them. Talk to them. Let them ask questions. Let peace begin with you. 📚
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Hi, and welcome to Krazy for Kindyland! I'm a mom of three and a primary teacher since 2006. We are on a mission to reach all little learners, providing them with engaging, hands-on learning opportunities to practice spatial awareness skills while learning across the curriculum. Here on the blog, we share differentiated lesson ideas that allow for teacher choice while incorporating crafting and writing into math, letter learning, science, social studies, character education, and reading comprehension. Our crafts include consistent layouts and are easy for students to understand and follow directions. They are low prep, saving the precious time you need with your kids! Fun fact: our customers often note that our products are GREAT for subs! They focus directly on learning content and are easy crafts for kids!
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