Easy Spider Craft for Fall

Easy Spider Craft for Fall

Easy Spider Craft for Fall Can you believe fall is in the air? My kids are headed back to school which means I'll have a little more time to plan crafts. I know that their backpacks will be full of cute art projects themed after the fall months. Apples, leaves and...

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Bobbing For Words: Apple Activity and Free Printable

Bobbing For Words: Apple Activity and Free Printable

  Who doesn’t love bobbing for apples? It's a fun way to add a fall festive activity to the classroom. My kids love dipping their hands into a bowl filled with apples and cold water and trying to create words with what they grabbed. I put the activity out on a...

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Fall Color Process Art

Fall Color Process Art

Fall Color Process Art - Exploring Fall Colors In Kindergarten Fall is a great time to get creative with the children, and the beautiful Fall colors are the inspiration for these three process art activities. While it's great to do crafts, process art allows the...

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Monthly Journal Writing Prompts for the School Year

Monthly Journal Writing Prompts for the School Year

Monthly Writing Prompts for the School Year Start the school year with a monthly writing journal for kids. Each month from September to June gives kids the opportunity to draw or color a picture and write short sentences. The prompts are easy for kids to understand...

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Apple Alphabet Match

Apple Alphabet Match

Back to School and apples go hand in hand. Why not start the year off right with this Apple Alphabet Match printable. Apple Alphabet Match comes with 26 different match-up cards, for every letter of the alphabet. Getting Apple Alphabet Match Ready After printing on...

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Back to School Apple Tree Classroom Decoration

Back to School Apple Tree Classroom Decoration

Back to School Apple Tree Decoration We recently had a fun contest at my son's school that included decorating the classroom door for the teachers. My son is a Kindergartner and I was in charge of decorating the door with my fellow room-mom. We did an apple tree theme...

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Fall Sensory Play Sight Words

Fall Sensory Play Sight Words

Fall Sensory Play Sight Words I love using colored rice with my kinders and you will often find it as part of my centers. This fall sensory play sight words center is one that I like to have ready for back to school.  The rice will last for a really long time if you...

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Wind Vane Weather Investigation

Wind Vane Weather Investigation

Fall is a great time to focus science lessons around weather and severe weather.  In many areas, fall is the high time for severe weather such as tornadoes, floods, lightning, and hurricanes. The national weather service has put together dates for severe weather...

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Veterans Day in Kindergarten

Veterans Day in Kindergarten

It's Veterans Day in Kindergarten. It is so important to honor our veterans and teach kids about them.  And so here are some ideas to use with your little learners to help them understand Veterans Day. We always start with some good books and this topic is a little...

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Thankful Tree Free Printable

Thankful Tree Free Printable

Children having gratitude ranks high up on my list.  And so this Thankful Tree is a great activity to do with your students during your Thanksgiving lessons. We start off by reading two of my most favorite books about being...

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Bat & Spider Videos for Kids

Bat & Spider Videos for Kids

It’s that time of year again! Many of us are teaching about bats and spiders in our classrooms. Your students are going to LOVE these (mostly non-fiction) Teacher Approved Bat & Spider Videos for kids. They are packed with incredible pictures and videos of real...

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Pumpkin Videos

Pumpkin Videos

Here is a teacher approved list of pumpkin videos for you and your classrooms.  This list includes videos that are filled with information as well as rhymes and stories that will get your kids excited about reading and science. The Pumpkin Lifecycle for Kids by Tim...

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Election Day Activities for Kindergarten

Election Day Activities for Kindergarten

Kindergarten students are usually very aware of what is going on in the world and Presidential election time is no exception.  But how you talk about election day in kindergarten without getting all political and opening up the door to hearing what five-year-olds have...

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Halloween Books for Kinder

Halloween Books for Kinder

Every theme we teach has a set of books that you personally love and so this is my must read Halloween Books for Kinder.  We store our books in a big black cauldron like bucket I picked up at a Halloween store.  The kids thinks it's fun to have them be separate from...

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Counting Pumpkin Seeds

Counting Pumpkin Seeds

Counting Pumpkin Seeds alway sounds like a great idea but it actually is a very daunting task for kindergarteners.  And so here's an idea to help your kiddos use those slippery seeds to reinforce some number sense. Counting Pumpkin Seeds Teacher Hack:  Use a hundreds...

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Thankful Turkey Color Matching Activity

Thankful Turkey Color Matching Activity

    Thankful Turkey Color Matching Activity Today we are doing this Color Matching Turkey Activity to teach gratitude and simple color matching. My kindergartener knows what it means to be thankful, but expressing gratitude about everyday things is new to...

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Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy

Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy

October is one of my most favorite months of the year in the classroom. We study bats, spiders and pumpkins. In our Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group, the teachers have been all excited this over Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy from Jennifer over at Kinder Drama.  This...

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Halloween Costume Story

Halloween Costume Story

Here is a free Halloween Costume Story page the kids can write about what they will be for Halloween.  You can easily use cutouts from magazines or have your students draw what they will be before they write about it. If you plan on having your students just draw for...

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Halloween Counting Activity

Halloween Counting Activity

Every year I see these fun little containers around Halloween and think... those would make a great Halloween Counting Activity for centers.  But I have never really known how to pull it together - how do I assign a number value to each bucket ruining the cute little...

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Apple Science and Stem Activities

Apple Science and Stem Activities

Apple week is really one of the first times you get really do a good thematic unit for the new school year and so it is a favorite amongst teachers everywhere.   And Apple Science is one of my favorite parts to Apple Week and so I wanted to share with you some of the...

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Free Johnny Appleseed Hat & More

Free Johnny Appleseed Hat & More

Simply Kinder loves hats and so we could not pass up the time of year for a Free Johnny Appleseed Hat! The hat comes with several options.  First option is for both hats and that is to allow the kids to color or print the pieces onto color paper.  I give you the...

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Teacher Approved Apple Videos

Teacher Approved Apple Videos

  It does not really feel like Fall unit you have taught apple week in your classroom.  Apples are such a fun topic because it really is the first time for the school year you get to do a fun thematic unit where the kids get to integrate science and do some taste...

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Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

My most favorite field trip that we take as a class each year is to the pumpkin patch. There’s just nothing like Fall.  The kids just get the biggest kick out of getting to choose a pumpkin from the patch to bring home and we always learn so much about the fruits and...

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