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DIY Puppet Theater

DIY Puppet Theater!

Are you working on retelling stories!  We are...

What better way than to let the kids use puppets to share their retelling!

This took me about 1.5 hours to complete (on a Saturday of course!)

Start by find a shelf that you can use.  I dug through "extra" furniture room!  I found one that had a short and tall side.  I liked that part of it was shorter so the kids would be able to reach it. I took it outside and painted the back with chalkboard paint!  I anticipate them adding the name of the show or the book they are retelling.

I purchased a trifold display from the Dollar Tree - Love that place!

I used the white side to face the audience.  
With a ruler I measured out a square and used a blade to cut it out.

Next I used black duct tape that I also purchased from the Dollar Tree.
I bought three roles.

I taped around the square opening so they won't scrape their hands on it. Then extend the tape lines to the top.

Using the width of the tape rolls I spaced out the lines.

All done with this part!

I decided to add fabric for a curtain but you wouldn't need to.
I stapled it across the top but the staples didn't lay completely flat so I add some duct tape over the top!  

You could just set this on a table or on the floor but I'm sure it will get knocked over.
Even with the way I did it I'm not sure it will last too long!  Good thing I only spent $4.

I forgot to take a picture of the other side.  I bent back a portion of the cardboard so I could tape it to the shelf.  I also taped all along the bottom.  The other side is not very sturdy since there is nothing to tape it to.  That's where I have some concern.  Any ideas!?

Happy Puppeteering!

Colored Salt for Letter Practice

I am so excited for the kiddos to start using my colored salt to practice their letter and number formation.

I bought the cheapest salt at Walmart!
  1. Pour the salt into a large ziplock bag.
  2. Use liquid food coloring to get the color you desire.  I made orange and aqua.  I followed the ratios on the back of the box. (I used about four servings of the ratio amount.)
  3. Seal the bag and work the color throughout the salt.  It felt really cool.  I bet the kids would love to mix the salt too.
  4. Let dry!

Place the salt in a tray or I am using a school box.  Try to find a box that doesn't have any openings or the salt can seep out and that's a mess you don't want.

Students lay a card in the lid of the box and draw the letter with their finger.  Encourage them to say the sound of the letter as they are writing it in the sand!

Kindergarten Classroom Reveal 2018

This is my first year teaching kindergarten after teaching for over 25 years!  Not sure if I'm ready for this but I think my room is.  (...are we ever ready?)

My favorite spot! The library!  On the black shelf I have all my books organized by categories such as pets, snakes, cars etc... These boxes will be off limits to the students.  I may cover them with a curtain.  Their book boxes are on the green shelf.  Every week we will book shop for new books and I will choose a few of the theme boxes at the a time.  I've always let the students use all the boxes and boy do they make a mess!  Since this is my first time with Kdg I decided less is best!  

Do you see Pete the Cat on the shelf?  Go to Kohl's and get yours!  So cute! 
$5 and the money goes toward Kohl's Cares!

Writing and Art Center

I'm still working on labeling all of these!  Time consuming but important!

Kitchen Area

Exploration Area
This includes cars, dolls, tools, puzzles, Legos and more!

Carpet Area - forgot to take a picture before Back to School Night so I have all the bags of supplies on the bench!  I guess I have some work to do!

Calendar Wall

I've been using these work displays for two years and I absolutely love them.  I had to hang them lower this year so the kindergartners are able to reach them.  That's why they are at the bottom of the board!  

Another teacher gifted me this shelf!  Isn't it the cutest!
This is my ABC center.  Right now I have my HTOs blocks on top until I can find them a permanent home for math supplies.  I'm starting to run out of room!

Word Wall and Student Books

The kiddos enjoyed adding their name to our first "Anchor" chart.  I will be using this the first week to show them how many students start with a certain letter!

Love my new caddies from Walmart!  Great price and awesome color!
Their crayons are in a ziplock small container with their name on the top.

Sensory Fillers

I am so excited to have my first sensory table this year!  Now to fill it.  I'm starting with making some rice to fill it with.

I can't believe how easy this was.  I've made colored rice before and it was very time consuming and not very vibrant.  You will want to switch to this method!!

  1. Put rice in a large ziplock bag and add a large dollop of  tempera paint!
  2. Seal and work the paint through the rice.
  3. Pour onto a pan to dry.  It didn't take very long!  What great colors! (I added a piece of wax paper onto the pan but it wasn't necessary.  It did help with picking up the rice and using it like a funnel.)

Now onto other colors!!!

Guided Reading Level Labels Freebie

I was looking for some green labels for my room and of course I wanted them for free!  I couldn't find what I was looking for so I made some.  

I like circle labels but I'm too busy (lazy) to cut those all out.

Copy these onto the cardstock and laminate if you wish. Then just cut them between each card.  
Easy Peasy and Free!!

I have small boxes so I have two of each!

Click on the pics to get yours for Free!!
Have a great year!

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