Friday, January 04, 2013

Winterlicious Fun and Freebies!

I have less than 72 hours left of Christmas Break. Really? Where did the days go? So I'm going to make the most of it. This weekend I plan on spending time with family and friends, taking the kids to watch a movie and maybe ordering pizza for dinner tonight....hmmmm...that sounds good.

If you are already back at work or are heading back on Monday (like I am), I have some things that might help ease you into the new year.

My themes for January this year are Winter, Snowmen and a book study on The Mitten by Jan Brett. Last year we also learned about Penguins but since we are on a 2-year rotation with our themes, it will have to wait until next January.

Here are a few ***FREEBIES*** I posted last year but thought you might like them. Click on the pictures to take you to the link. 
Yes, they are all FREE!!!!


These are the units and activities we will be working on for the month of January.
Click on the pictures to take you to each item.









And my best selling item last winter...

Have you ever tried Write the Room as one of your Literacy Centers?  I use it every day with my Kinders and they LOVE it!  They always want me to choose their group to go and do the activity.  I hide theme-based words around the room and they search for them and record the words they find using a clipboard.  I have a variety of worksheets so I tailor them for individual student needs.
I have 2 different theme-based ones you can use in January.


Phew!  That's all of it (for now).  I think that will get you through winter and into spring.  HA!  I'm busy with some more fun things up my sleeve!  In the meantime, I hit 1000 blog followers last weekend during my big New Year's Eve giveaway!  I'm sorry I haven't celebrated until now so.....I think this calls for a quick giveaway!!!

The first 3 people to comment below on their favourite winter activity can choose any winter item from my store!  That's it - easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy (sorry, my 4-year old has been saying that lately!  It's kind of stuck in my head!).

Enjoy the weekend (I know I sure will!)!!!!!

14 comments:

  1. My favorite winter activity is drinking hot cocoa, for sure- with lots of marshmallows!

    I would love your unit on The Mitten! I love all of your write the room units!

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  2. I love Jan Brett too! The Mitten and The Hat are fun stories to have the students act out. Each child makes a puppet to represent one of the animals and then they present a "reader's theatre".

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  3. Love all your stuff! So creative! From a fellow Canadian teacher!

    Leah
    leahterry@shaw.ca

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  4. Hot cocoa for sure! I love winter themes in kindergarten!

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  5. I'm not one of the first 3 but I do have a question. Do you have your theme topics for the year set already? I'm curious what others do.
    Thanks!!
    Connie in FL

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    1. Yes, we do! We are required to have long-range plans for the year. Since the JK (Pre-K) and SK (K) teachers run the same program with different expectations, we have a 2 year-plan for themes so that the JKs don't repeat what they learned when they get to SK the following year. Hmmm...good idea....I'll post my themes and my 2-year long range plans in the next few weeks. :)
      ~Alessia

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  6. I would love to see your Long range plans. I look forward to that. Do the first and second grade do this as well?
    Thanks for the info and for sharing your ideas!
    Jana
    Jprowell11@gmail.com

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  7. I LOVE write the room activities. In fact, I am working on a pack of year round write the room activities. My students LOVE that literacy station.

    I tried to click on the image for the hot cocoa, but it says I do not have permission to view it. Is anyone else having the same trouble with the link?

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

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  8. My goodness girl, you have been busy!!! They ALL look amazing! Take a break and enjoy your last couple of days. I go back on the 7th too :(

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  9. Love the snowmen and penguins. Will be trying the marshmallow game. Great idea. Happy New Year!
    Sara

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  10. I just got back from the store with 4 bags of mini-marshmallows. Now I just have to not get into them and eat them before Monday. I have your units on my wish list.

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  11. we go back Monday too so like you I'm trying to enjoy the down time this weekend with the family! your write the room and pocket chart centers are two of my centers every single day that we do centers. THEY LOVE THEM AND SO DO I-it has made my center time so much better using them this year! I HOPE MONDAY GOES WELL FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDDOS! Leigh Ann :)

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  12. Thanks for all the freebies!!! Cant wait to use them!!!

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  13. Thank you for the freebies!!! Can't wait to play the marshmallow game. I think my munchkins will love it! :)

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