Sight Word Walk

Sight Word Walk

Every once and a while an idea is shared in the Simply Kinder Facebook group we just love and we are excited to bring you another one of those today.  Serena O'Malley shared this fun Sight Word Walk she does with her students each year and shared this fun video of her...

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Easy Classroom Greenhouse

Easy Classroom Greenhouse

Investigating plants and seeds is a perfect spring activity. Buying special equipment to start and grow seeds kept me from doing such projects for a long time. With a few simple materials (most of which you probably already have) your class can create their very own...

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Composing 2-D Shapes

Composing 2-D Shapes

Composing 2-D Shapes One of my favorite activities to do with my kinders is to have them explore with different materials and work on composing 2-D shapes.  My students quickly became good at putting two squares together to make a rectangle and using two rectangles to...

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Recycling and Word Family Craft

Recycling and Word Family Craft

This is a fun and simple recycling project that can be used to celebrate Earth Day while practicing a word family. The bright colored flowers make a lovely spring decoration and can be used to create a "recycled garden" in the classroom by making this Recycling and...

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How Long Can You Stretch a Peep? Peeps STEM for Kids

How Long Can You Stretch a Peep? Peeps STEM for Kids

How Long Can You Stretch a Peep? Peeps STEM for Kids Aren't Peeps just the most adorable things? I'll admit, I'm not a fan of eating them, but using them for kids science activities is always fun! My kids and I have microwaved Peeps, melted Peeps in liquid, and made...

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Plus 1 and Plus 2 Activity with Ten Flashing Fireflies

Plus 1 and Plus 2 Activity with Ten Flashing Fireflies

Based on the counting book Ten Flashing Fireflies, this FREE Firefly addition activity helps Kindergarten students practice adding on 1 and 2. This is a great way to start teaching Kinders simple addition strategies as they begin building math fluency. Kinders are...

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Skip Counting By 5’s – Free Printable

Skip Counting By 5’s – Free Printable

Do your students need a little extra help skip counting by 5's? This free printable skip counting by 5's game is a perfect addition to your math center rotation. Songs to help your little learners These are 2 of our favorite songs to help learn how to count by 5's....

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Sight Word Snowball Fight

Sight Word Snowball Fight

By late winter in Ohio, the cold temperatures keep us inside more than we'd like. That's why I'm always looking for ways to get the kids up and moving indoors in the winter. This sight word snowball fight is a fun way to move around inside while staying warm and...

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Free Printable Short Vowel Word Match

Free Printable Short Vowel Word Match

  Free Printable Short Vowel Word Match-Clouds and Rain Drops I love a good rainy day because it reminds me of when I was a kid and our school held indoor recess. We would sit in the hall and play with Lincoln Logs and Tinker Toys, write short stories or put together...

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Snow Days

Snow Days

Snow days are a lot of fun but they don’t mean the learning has to stop.  Here are some ways to learn when you are stuck at home and out of school due to snow. Sight Words Have your child practice writing his/her sight words in the snow.  They can use a stick they...

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Ice Fishing For Sight Words

Ice Fishing For Sight Words

Winter themed activities make the long, cold months pass in a flash. We reserve a special time in January to study cold weather animals and sports. One fun way I've found to incorporate sight word practice is with the Ice Fishing for Sight Words activity. Luckily you...

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Flexible Seating

Flexible Seating

Flexible seating?  Is it for me?  How do teachers afford it?  What if it doesn’t work?  I am here to tell you some tips and tricks for getting your feet wet with flexible seating.  There are ways to test it out without flipping your entire classroom and it will let...

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Free Printable Coupon Books For Kids To Make As Gifts

Free Printable Coupon Books For Kids To Make As Gifts

Looking for easy gift ideas that your students can make for their family? These FREE Coupon Books from kids are the perfect project! Children will be thrilled to make a special gift for their loved ones! Our Coupon Books will work for multiple holidays; from Christmas...

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Red Hat -at Word Family Craft

Red Hat -at Word Family Craft

The fun picture book, Red Hat, inspired me to do a winter themed word family project. We have fallen in love with Lita Judge's book Red Hat. Its a simple book filled with beautiful illustrations. We were lucky enough to meet Lita Judge this fall at Defiance College's...

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Free Animals in Winter Printable Worksheets

Free Animals in Winter Printable Worksheets

Free Winter Animals Printable Worksheets Brrrr! It's winter and we're learning about forest animals in the winter using this set of free worksheets! You can tie this in with a teddy bear picnic, hibernating animals, Groundhogs Day, or a simple winter learning unit....

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Pattern Writing

Pattern Writing

Pattern writing is such an important concept in kindergarten.  I had to learn to love pattern writing. I have always known that it has such great benefits for students, however, I always preferred narrative or informational writing because it allowed me to learn even...

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Easy Sticker Christmas Gift Bags

Easy Sticker Christmas Gift Bags

Can you believe that Christmas is almost here again? Doesn't it go quick! With Christmas comes the stress of deciding which Christmas crafts to set up, gifts for children to make for families and Christmas centers to plan. These easy sticker Christmas gift bags are...

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Free Snowflake Printable Winter Math Pack

Free Snowflake Printable Winter Math Pack

Free Snowflake Winter Printable Math Pack Winter is a fun time to add nature to center rotations and math units. Whether you live in an area where you don't see snow or a place that gets lots of snow, this printable winter math pack is sure to be a hit with...

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Free Fall Math Worksheets To Use With Kinders

Free Fall Math Worksheets To Use With Kinders

Keep math prep to a minimum with these FREE Fall math worksheets. We’ve included pattern work, a simple graphing exercise, and comparing two numbers. Fall has definitely arrived in our part of the world. Everywhere you look there are signs that the seasons are...

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Five Senses Nature Walk

Five Senses Nature Walk

Fall is the perfect season to go on a Five Senses Nature Walk.  The air is crisp, the trees are changing, the animals are active, and it is the perfect temperature to be outside.  I love finding opportunities where I can take our learning outside. Our Five Senses...

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Ten Turkeys Counting Activity

Ten Turkeys Counting Activity

10 Fat Turkeys is always such a fun and silly book to read with the kids this time of year. With this ten turkeys counting activity, we’re incorporating a hands-on activity and math to retell the story with these free printable turkeys. If you haven't read the book...

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FREE Halloween Creative Prompts For Young Learners

FREE Halloween Creative Prompts For Young Learners

It’s coming up to the spookiest time of year! Encourage your student’s imagination and get them telling stories with these fun Halloween creative prompts. They can be used as for writing, art classes, or even just a round of good old-fashioned storytelling. Most kids...

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Pumpkin Seed Addition

Pumpkin Seed Addition

Practicing addition number sentences becomes a fun, fall, hands-on activity with pumpkin seeds and a free printable. This is a simple activity that can be easily added to any pumpkin or fall project the class is working on. With a small cup of pumpkin seeds per...

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