Back to School Activities and Centers for Kindergarten


Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

Back to School Printables, Activities and Centers has everything you are looking for to meet the varied levels of students entering kindergarten.  Click (here) to check it out!  All of the activities are easy to prepare and there are enough activities to fill your math and literacy centers for the month.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
One of my favorite activities to do in the beginning of the year is the name flower.  First we read the book Chrysanthemum.  Next write each child's name on a sentence strips.  Place the numbers 1-10 in a line on an empty wall or bulletin board.  Finally the boys and girls identify their name, count the total number of letters in their name and then place it under the matching number.  Then we build the name flower above.  This is definitely a keepsake for parents!

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
This unit contains a ton of name practice printables.  If children were in a preschool program prior to kindergarten they can usually identify and spell their name, however they may struggle to form the letters and place the letters in the correct order.  Having a lot of opportunities to practice writing their name is great!

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
I like to use a lot of large group activities to help students feel like a part of the classroom and to make connections with students.  During the first week we spend time discussing how we feel and how we get to school.  This is a great math activity as well-counting "how many" students under each category, and comparing numbers.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
Another way we like to help students feel comfortable, is to help them get to know their school and classroom.  Prior to the first day of school I place the printable above on a clipboard for each child.  During the first week I give them a tour of the school, a few days later to review using the scavenger hunt above.  I talk to the teachers/admin. in each room prior.  It's a great way for students to connect with all staff.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.
You are already working on book handling and parts of a books in your circle time.  Letter identification is another important skill students will need before they can read.  We work hard in the beginning of the year on individual letters to the alphabet as a whole, mastering uppercase first and then moving to lowercase.  Students with strong, low and in between skills will benefit from the variety of alphabet printables.
Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

This unit also has a ton of math printables.  The boy and girls will build their number sense, matching numbers to sets.


Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

There are also a ton of shape identification, graphing and pattern printables.

Back to School Activities and Printables for Kindergarten. Name activities, printables and math and literacy centers.

My favorite math printables are the reproducible books.  They are perfect for centers.  The boys and girls will not only learn numbers 1-10 and shapes.  They will practice writing, drawing and making connections.  Great for identification and review!

This unit will definitely help you feel prepared during a crazy time!  Here are some other resources you may like! Click on the pictures below!

                       

Back to School Cutting and Tracing Pages for Preschool and Kindergarten

Back to school time is here!  Your room is starting to come together, you feeling the excitement of a new year and you are starting to gather materials for centers, morning work, homework and finish early work.
The boys and girls entering your classroom are coming from all over the developmental spectrum.  Some of the children will have had preschool experiences, however many may not.  So where do you start with writing?
I never like to assume that all of the boys and girls are able to write.  A good place to start is with printables and activities that will help strengthen fine motor and writing skills.
Back to School Cutting and Tracing Activities will help start your kindergarten year and work for your preschool classroom throughout the entire year.

The boys and girls will love the printable above.  Not only is it eye catching it is a great place to start.  Students learn the top to bottom concept first.  First they will use their finger to trace the lines.  They will use a marker or pencil to trace the line.  The double line is a great guide for new writers.



Love the roads with this printable!  If you have little micro machine cars the boys and girls will have a blast tracing these lines.  If not have the boys and girls drive the vehicles to the matching building with their finger first and then marker or pencil.



The fall is the perfect time to help these cute worms find the apple!  First the boys and girls will trace the lines with their finger.  Then the double line will guide their pencil or marker.

The boys and girls will trace the clouds and diagonals.  This activity will help the boys and girls prepare to write letters.

Who doesn't like a birthday?  The boys and girls will have a blast "decorating" the cake with zigzag frosting!  


Spirals can be tricky.  The spirals on this page will help complete the cute little snails.


The boys and girls will love this pumpkin tracing activity.  Perfect for any fall thematic unit!



In Tracing Paths children will help the kids by tracing extended lines.

When you feel the children are ready, you can introduce shape, number and letter tracing as well as Big Book of Shapes.  Children will work on correct letter formation as well as cutting out all of the basic shapes.  Take one day or a week during your shape week to complete this activity. 

Make cutting fun with this cute cat spiral tail cutting activity!


Children are proud to come to school!  They will love sharing this cute school crown with their families-especially because they cut it out themselves!


Puzzles are great for so many reasons.  There are several puzzles included in this unit-that the boys and girls will love coloring this activity as well.

Check out the video:

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Setting up your Calendar Area for Success in Preschool

One of the most important, yet time consuming areas of the classroom to set up in preschool is the carpet time/calendar area.  This will be the main meeting area for the class throughout the year.  The children will learn to follow routines and rules, learn how to be a kind friend, listen to stories, sing and learn what school is all about.  Follow these simple steps and you will have the most amazing carpet time area.
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1.  Location is Everything 
When scoping out a location for your carpet there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • proximity to the door or cubby 

 I like to greet the children from the carpet in order to allow them to independently complete our morning routine, so I like the carpet area to be close to the entrance of the room or close to where they hang their backpacks.  That way I am able to keep an eye on them while chatting with the students on the carpet.  This will also limit the distractions.   

  • plenty of wall space for a calendar and other fun calendar time activities
 Back in the day you moved your classroom around based on the locations of the bulletin boards.  Now days there are a lot of bulletin hacks, like hanging fabrics and other easy DIY bulletin boards that you can choose a location that is the most convenient for you.

  • access to a plug in or could safely run an extension cord to a plug in from the location 
Whether you can run an extension cord will be up to your center or school, so keep this is mind when you are looking for a location!

2.  Have a Plan
This is one of my favorite areas to set up.  I put a lot of thought as to what I will place on the walls.  I use the early learning standards, district standards and what is expected at the beginning of kindergarten to plan out the concepts that I want to cover.  It is one of the easiest places to observe children so I like to include concepts that are a big part of our progress report.  
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Several items to include in your carpet area are a calendar, direction icons, alphabet and skill of the day activities.  
Calendar Ideas for preschool and Kindergarten.  Back to School Ideas.
  • Set up the calendar on the floor first.  This will help you determine how much space/paper you will need.




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  • Always cut the paper a little longer than needed.
To be on the safe side I like to place a little more paper then needed.  It is easy to cut off any extra when I have added the items.  I love this fo wood paper.  I found this at Lakeshore.

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  • Mix up patterned borders
 I love these cute forest themed borders.  Students will love looking at these cute little guys everyday!
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  • Staple the top corner over the side border
I seriously took a class for my preschool minor that had lessons on how to put up a bulletin board and this was something that the professor would dock us for...make those corners neat:)

3.  What to Include in your Calendar Area

Calendar Ideas for preschool and Kindergarten.  Back to School Ideas.

  • Calendar

One thing I always include is a calendar.  For the first few months of preschool and kindergarten we focus on one week. 
I like the boys and girls to start to recognize that there are 7 days in a week and we attend school 5 of those days.  The boys and girls take turns pointing to the calendar as we sing out "Days of the Week" songs by Dr. Jean and other youtube artists.     There are so many ways to change up calendar time to make it fun and exciting.   


Calendar Ideas for preschool and Kindergarten.  Back to School Ideas.
Our theme this year was forest animals.  I tried to make our calendar as interactive as possible.  
I used a laminated Calendar and added cute forest library pocket charts. 

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I take cute popsicle sticks and cut them in a little over a half to fit into each of the pockets.  I add the numbers 1-30 to the stickers to use for the day of the week.  During the first few weeks I put an X at the top for the days we do not have school (weekends).  We switch over to the number system by October in Kindergarten and November in Preschool.

Get the fabric patterned sticks (here) (affl)  

Each day we will flip the stick to reveal the number.  This is a simple way to make a calendar more appropriate for preschool.  

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  • Shape of the Day and or any Skill of the Day Activity

I also, like to include a concept of the day.  Shape of the Day is the skill we work on when school begins.  We will work on shapes for several weeks and then move on to Name of the Day, Number of the Day and Letter of the Day before we return back to Shape of the Day.  This unit will work in a small or large area with large and small pieces, as well as colored and black and white options.   

What I like about skills of the day activities is that you can differentiate throughout the year to meet the needs of your students.  Many preschool students have not mastered shapes and need lots of practice.  We work on one shape a week.  
Calendar Ideas for preschool and Kindergarten.  Back to School Ideas.

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The boys and girls will search and compare shapes circling the shape of the day.
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In Trace It and Draw It the boys and girls work on shape formation.

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2D Shapes is a great way for students to make shape connections from their environment.
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  • Visual Directions
I always include visual directions in our calendar area.  As I give directions to projects and activities I place the visual direction in order from 1-4.  If the children become confused they know where to go for help.

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  •  Alphabet
Repetition is key for any concept in preschool.  When a child is the calendar helper they take a turn pointing to each letter as we sing or say the alphabet song.  As the year progresses I have the students try to spell there name, look for what letter comes next and a few of the kids will look for sounds.  Depending on the levels in the classroom.  
A few other things you may want to include in this area are a greeting board or question of the day, weather chart and job chart.



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Teacher Appreciation Tag Freebie ~Thanks for Helping us Blossom


Are you looking for a cute teacher appreciation gift idea?  Any teacher would love these cute tags and gift idea.

These adorable tags come in two styles.  One with a little girl on the front and the other with a little boy.    

I attached the tags to flower cookies from our local bakery ~Carl's Cakes.  I also found cute flower gift certificates at Target and attached them to the backs of the tags. 


The tags come in two different sizes for large or small cookies.  They would also be cute on a plant or flowers!
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