Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I love this day. So I'm getting myself ready for all the fun to be had at home
and at school.
Newsletters regarding Leprechaun traps went out this week. My own boys are drawing up their new trap plans and are determined that this year . . . they'll catch one.
I have my favorite St. Patty's books ready.
My latest I-Spy for word work has been kid tested by the most Irish looking of the McGuire boys.
Of course, it's differentiated and aligned. My son gave it a thumbs up! He's my best kindergarten activity critic (and a cute little leprechaun himself.)
I'm emptying out my sensory table and readying my green rice for a real and nonsense word sort. These 'gold coins' are old carnival chips that someone game me. I wrote real and nonsense words on them and my kinders search to see who can fill their response sheet first.
I realized that not everyone had a bagful of 'gold coins' laying around and some of you don't even have a sensory table (I can't believe I haven't converted you yet?) So I have a little freebie to help you out.
If you need a copy for your sensory table to literacy stations you can grab it here. Make sure you try and get your hands on a nice 'pot' to put your pieces in. (It's all in the details!)
There's a new write the room ready to be posted (upside down because I'm sure Shamus, our classroom leprechaun, will be messing with the pictures over the next few weeks). It works for beginning, medial and ending sounds, CVC, CCVC/CVCC and CVCe word work and this one includes a reading component.
My gold nuggets are ready for use as manipulatives in math and games like addition bingo.
Don't have addition bingo. Here's a freebie to get you started. I like to use this for a fun activity on St. Patrick's Day. My kinders love it. Just make sure you have lots of gold nuggets around to help with getting the correct answer.
At least Shamus is kind enough to always leave a note and some chocolate coins in both spots to make up for all he does!
So what's your plans for the big day! I'd love to hear about it so drop me a line. In the meantime, I'm honing up on my leprechaun feet-making skills. If you want the step by step instructions for making some of your own, just click on the picture below.
You can also check out the linky party from Sharing Kindergarten to get more St.Pat's ideas.