Summer Printables Getting Ready for Kindergarten

Summer Printables are perfect for children leaving preschool and heading to kindergarten. Summer is a fun theme that students would enjoy during the late spring, throughout the summer and when school begins in August/September.  All of the centers below are included in Summer Printables Getting Ready for Kindergarten  ABC Practice Pages (Uppercase Letters) is also included with this unit.
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.

This is a great unit to send home over summer break or summer school.  You can use the cover below when creating the packet.
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.
The activities will help students maintain and build upon skills.
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.
Some of the activities will be review and some may be introductory.
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.
Students will love all of the fun graphics and unique activities.
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.
The printables will not only help them build ELA and math skills, the pictures and graphics will help them build their summer vocabulary.
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.
Check out a few free samples (here).
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.Enjoy this freebie! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Printables-Getting-Ready-for-Kindergarten-Freebie-2546265.
All of the activities align to the common core and are appropriate for students that are entering kindergarten.
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.
Check out a few free samples  (here).
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.Enjoy this freebie! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Printables-Getting-Ready-for-Kindergarten-Freebie-2546265.

Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.Enjoy this freebie! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Printables-Getting-Ready-for-Kindergarten-Freebie-2546265.

Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom.
This unit includes all of the printables above and so much more.  Click on the picture below to check it out!
Summer Printables will help you child or students work on the skills and concepts desired at the beginning of kindergarten. Students will love the fun summer ELA and Math activities. This unit is perfect for summer school and summer themes in your kindergarten classroom. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Summer-Printables-Getting-Ready-for-Kindergarten-Bundle-1842267.
Check out this free sample below!


Keep Your Child Reading All Summer Long!

Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.

Summer can be such a great time for parents and their children.  We all know that our children are ready for a break after a long school year, however we also want to make sure that they don't lose any of the skills that they have learned throughout the year.
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
That is what I love about our teepee reading corner!   I choose a teepee, because my children are familiar with tents, but have never spent time in teepee.
Now if your house is like ours, this teepee could easily go from a peaceful sanctuary to a crazy house very easily.  So it is important, that before you allow your child to enter the teepee you let them know the rules of the teepee.  I kept mine very simple:

1.  The teepee is for reading only.
2.  Stuffed animals, books and story props are the only things allowed in the tepee.
3.  Friends are welcome as long as they are reading.
4.  Are bodies are calm in the teepee
5.  NO FOOD allowed in the teepee.

Setting the rules before the entered the teepee really helped, but we also review them often.

Set Up Materials Needed

Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
A teepee of course:)  I purchased this teepee from amazon.  For those of you that are crafty I found this link for a no-sew tepee on youtube-you may want to check it out:  (teepee link).
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
Next, I purchased these cloth bins from Target.  I thought they were the perfect size for book bins.  If your book bins are too large, they will be unorganized in a week...or less.

Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
I also purchased soft blankets from the children's bedding section in Target.  I wanted to have something new that was soft and cozy.

Quick Set-Up

Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
After putting the teepee together, I placed a bean bag towards the back of the tent.
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
Then I tucked the soft blanket over the top.  I was worried that the kids would lay against the back of the teepee and tip it over, so the bean bag will act as a chair or pillow.



Book Area

Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.


First, print off the free labels below (find them here).
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
Laminate the labels for durability.  
Add velcro to the center of the bins and to the back of the labels.  
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
This will allow you to rotate the books and labels on a regular basis.  I would recommend every two weeks.

Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.


Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
Choose 6-8 topics that you think would really intrigue your child and get them hooked.  Also, consider the books you have on hand.  You may want to save certain themes until you get a chance to run to the library.
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
I have a two-year-old and a six-year-old.  When I chose books for the farm bin, I kept both of them in mind.  Blake is reading at around an E, so I made sure to include books at that level and just above.  I also choose farm books that I knew an adult would have to read for extra cuddle time.  I think it is important that my husband and I still read to him as well.  You will notice quite a few board books as well for Miss Violet.
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.
The bins and labels make the book area warm and inviting.  I have noticed that kids take pride in this area and have done a great job keeping it tidy.  After lots of modeling the two year old will even try to match the themes.
Are you looking for a fun idea to keep your child reading all summer long?  Your child will love a teepee reading corner.  This article will show you everything you will need along with free book label printables.  Prevent your child from the backward summer slide.


My kids love their reading buddies.  If you are like our family you have a million stuffed animals.  Put those animals to good use and have them join your book area.  I choose animals that matched the book themes, and plan to rotate them when I rotate the books.  You can also add story props to encourage your child to act out or role-play parts of the stories.

My kids have loved their teepee corner.  I love to listen to my six-year-old read book after book to my two-year-old.  I have heard that a child only needs to read three books over the summer to maintain their current level, so I am certain that Blake will achieve this!



Going Buggy with Toddlers

I love to do thematic-season related activities with my children.  My son is in kindergarten and usually gets to do all of the fun projects with mommy, because I work with students his age.  However, if any of you have toddlers, you know how jealous they can get if they do not feel included.  So I will be posting fun activities that you can do with your 2-3 year-old at home.
I have a big pet peeve when it comes to working with small children, it drives me crazy when academics are heavily pushed.  Shapes, colors, numbers and letters can all be entertwined at this age, there is no need for separate units.  However, when they are four and five and you still have students/children struggling with the concepts, a more black and white approach is appropriate.  

I like to start with a book.  It helps provide vocabulary and a focus for our activities.  We may read this book several times and have her retell it using the pictures.  
Day 1:  Today we read the The Hungry Little Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  It was my favorite as a child and I am sure my children will agree.
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After we read the story, Violet helps me retell the story using a story box.  She loves to talk about the food in the story(this could be taught using a paper bag and pictures of food or play food from the kitchen).  If you are working with more than one child, each child could have one of the food items and bring it to the box when it is called (think of all of the vocabulary words they are learning).  
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Violet's favorite thing to do is paint.  So I try to incorporate it into projects as often as I can.  Violet was hyper-focused on caterpillars, so I decided to have her create the classic egg carton caterpillar and of course she loved it.
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She like to help put the paint in the dish and this is a good time to talk about the different colors.
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In our house mixing is okay.  She enjoys seeing the colors change as she paints, our caterpillar usually ends up brown:) 
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I poked holes at the top of the caterpillar for the antennas and she puts paint on the googly eyes and places them on the caterpillar.  
This activity may seem simple, but my daughter loved it and we talked about caterpillars and the book for the rest of the week!
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On the second day of our bug theme, we read the story, There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.  I love the different textures in Kate Toms version.  
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After we read the book Violet helped to place the animals on the little old lady as we re-told the story by looking at the pictures.  She loved talking about the different animals (Little Old Lady Prop).
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Violet continues to work on color identification.  For our project, she "squashed" bugs using dabbers.  Ahead of time I colored the flies different colors.  During the project, I told Violet to "squish the yellow bugs" and so on.  You could add letters or numbers to the flies as well.  To download a free copy of "bug splat"  click here.
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On Day 3 we read the book  Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni.  We walked around measuring how many steps it would take us to get to the different places in our house.  First I would ask her how many steps it would take to get the front door and her usual guess was 2.  Then we counted then we walked to the door and counted the actual steps.  For our project Violet took hard clay and rolled the clay into little inch worms.  She decided to connect hers to make a giant worm.
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I think by far her favorite story was Miss. Spider's Tea Party, on Day 4.  We read the story and then sorted rubber bugs by colors.  Then Violet hosted her very first tea party just like Miss Spider.  We first placed a fancy sheet of fabric over our table.  Next, Violet choose what she would like to decorate the table with (of course she choose the Easter egg bouquet).  Then, We placed out name cards for her friends.  She enjoyed using cute tulip paper plates for our banana bread.  Finally no tea party would be complete without crowns and dress up clothes.  She had so much fun she is still playing tea party.
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We also had fun stamping with bugs (click here to order bug stamps).
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Violet enjoyed sorting the bugs by color.  We also talked about the three different bug sizes (small, medium and large) click here to order Size and Bug Counters.
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Pond Life

Topics and centers that revolve around nature and the child's environment are always the most popular in the classroom.  The Pond unit is by far one of my favorite.  During the spring months, students are counting down the days until the end of the year and it can be hard to gain their attention.  However,  when you teach topics that involve frogs, turtles and insects, they easily come around!


For those of you new to teaching or if you are just short on time, I have included a sample lesson plan for 6 days for easy usage of this unit.

To start, I always check for prior knowledge.  I like students to make as many connections as possible in each unit I teach.  
Then, I like to make things more black and white.  I start by introducing animals that live in or around the pond.  First, I place a "Pond Life" sorting label in a pocket chart.  Then, I show the boys and girls pictures of animals and ask them to identify and name each animal.
(Photos are from istock.com)

After all of the animals are listed the boys and girls can pick four of their favorite pond animals and write their names in the boxes.  Then, they can draw pictures of the animals in or near the pond.


Kids love facts.  It doesn't matter the age!  When you use big words like species and mammals it is sure to catch their attention.  I like the students to know that you can sort animals into different species.  Prior, to sorting, I read five different anchor charts to the students to introduce five animal species that live near or in a pond.  

As I name the species the boys and girls can try to name animals that would fit the description.  Then, they will help me sort animals.

The students will pick two of each species and write their name below the matching label.  This will help them clarify the new information.

Labeling is a great activity for students and it helps reinforce what we have already learned.  The boys and girls LOVE to label the pond.

You can use the anchor chart above when you are first introducing the pond.  There is also a copy where students will tape the words to a blank chart for a large group activity.


Then, students can labels the animals on the recording sheet.

Students can choose a pond animal and glue it to the pond.  Then, they can write the name of the animal on the line to complete this interactive emergent reader.
Students are so proud to share this fun craftivity with their family and friends.  This would make a cute bulletin board!

If I miss talking about the parts of a fish in my ocean unit (which I usually do) I like to revisit in during the pond unit.  This can be a fascinating topic to students!
They love this fish labeling craftivity.  I also like to have the students paint bubble wrap and then press the bubble wrap over the fish for added fun!


At the end of the unit we discuss the life cycle of a frog.  We visited life cycle when we worked on our farm unit, so some students already have an idea of what this mean.  You could also bring up the word metamorphosis for vocabulary building.
 On the first day we discuss the life cycle of a frog I like to use the anchor chart.  We discuss each of the stages.  Then, students complete the cute life cycle craftivity.
On the second day, I have students rebuild the life cycle on the white board using the labels below.



Then, the students label the life cycle on a recording sheet.


If you are lucky enough to know someone that can bring tadpoles in that would be a great bonus science activity!

All of the activities above can be found in Pond Life (and so much more).  Click on any of the pictures above to find the unit on TPT!


Math and Literacy Centers for the Year

Math and literacy centers can be time consuming.  My goal is that students can independently work at centers when I am working with small groups.   Math and Literacy for the Year {Bundle} is packed full of activities and centers that I have used and tested in my classroom throughout the year.  Those of you that have purchased centers from me in the past, know that I am constantly updating and tweaking my units.  I wouldn't sell anything that wasn't working in my classroom.  If something does not seem to fit, or students struggle to be independent, I will swap the activity out for a new one.
Each year is different in kindergarten.  Some years I feel that students are really high and others they are quite low.  These centers are full of developmentally appropriate centers that will grow with your students throughout the school year.  There are many options for differentiation (Click any picture below to check out the unit).


All of the centers are aligned to the kindergarten common core for easy referencing.  As you are planning your lessons each week you can pick and choose which centers you will used based on the curricular areas you hope to target.
Most of the centers come with a teacher information page (all will by September 1, 2016).  This will help you quickly understand the directions of the activity to determine if this lesson is what you are looking for in your centers.  This page, will also let you know what you will need for the lesson and the prep involved.
Most of the units come with visual directions for students.  When you are working in small groups, students will be able to refer to this page if they are not sure what to do.
 I am a big believer in visual directions.  Most of the unit (all by September 2016) come with center labels.  I place the label on the front white board under my literacy or math center labels.  If students are confused about which center to visit, they learn in the beginning of the year where to look for redirection.  I purchased the cute magnetic figures from Lakeshore Learning, but a clothespin works just as well!
As I stated above, I work hard to foster independence in my students.  If you have math or literacy bins, that students choose to work from each day, you will love the smaller labels.  I use these labels to mark the basket that I keep the center materials are in.  Any adult or child knows where to find the centers.  This has worked well for unexpected subs and to help check off my prep list.  I fill the centers on Friday of each week.

Another problem that I have always had as a teacher is how to store all of the amazing materials that you find throughout the year.  I spend a lot of time searching for my favorites and the next thing I know my prep is over.  I have used bins and file folders, but bins are expensive and take up too much space and file folders do not hold center cards very well and they tend to fall out or get lost.  That is when I discovered binders.

All of the units will contain center covers and spine labels.
Each unit comes with easy ways to store recording sheets and center labels.


 Each month you can fill your centers with fun, motivating activities that are sure to engage your students.  Each activity ties into the common core and build throughout the year to keep students challenged.  




 From CVC word building to blends and vowel sounds, your students will love these centers!






Click on each month below to see what is included.