Free Parent News Sign for a Classroom

Here is another freebie and a new category on the blog.  If you are trying to post information for parents, this might come in handy.  Post this on a bulletin board, over your sign in sheets or anywhere you communicate with parents.  Print out on card stock and laminate.  This will listed under “Center Signs” in the category listings.


Free Resources to Teach Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a classic children’s book for teaching the alphabet.  Here is part of the review/description from Publishers Weekly-
In this bright and lively rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: “Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!

There are some great early childhood resources out there for this delightful children’s book. Most of them are FREE! 

Train Up a Child Has 30+ Activities

Hubbards Cupboard has an incredible FREE unit on their website

DLTK Crafts has coloring pages and two levels of paper crafts

Little Giraffes has a cute water bottle craft and more

Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten has a Unit on the book on TPT-Here is a preview of many activities on her website

There are many versions of Chicka Chicka Boom being read or sung on You Tube, some good, some not so good….
So watch out for those falling letters!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 7.99 Paperback
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 1.99 in the Kindle store

Easter Crafts and Stories

Just a few things to help in planning Easter in your classroom.

 Funny Bunny Hat from Busy Bee Kid’s Crafts
Coffee Filter Eggs from the Chocolate Muffin Tree

COLORING SHEETS Easter Coloring Sheets
Blank Eggs to Print and Decorate from DLTK


One spring morning, the Easter Bunny skips merrily along to deliver his colorful, hand-painted eggs. But the children tell him that it’s Mother’s Day, which can only mean one thing: HE SLEPT THROUGH EASTER! Nobody wants eggs on Mother’s Day, or on the Fourth of July — and especially not on Halloween. Children will sympathize with the little bunny’s plight and cheer when Santa finds the perfect gift to help!
Originally published in 1957, The Easter Bunny that Overslept now returns with a fresh look, promising to delight new generations of children. What a wonderful tale to share at Easter, Mother’s Day, Christmas … or at any time at all!

In this charming Easter story, Peter Rabbit and his friends are looking for ducklings. Classic Beatrix Potter characters combine with beautiful, contemporary styling to make this little board book (with a 3-D Peter Rabbit applique!) a must for every child’s Easter!

St Patricks Day Stories and Crafts

Need a good picture book for St. Patrick’s Day?  Here are few that be purchased on Amazon or searched for at your public library.

On St. Parick’s Day, come dance a jig with the students in the classroom ALA Booklist calls “a lively place.”
Today in Mrs. Madoff’s class we all wore something green to school. Kate played the fiddle and we danced to Irish music. Then we learned about St. Patrick and many Irish tales and traditions. Now we know why there are no snakes in Ireland. Not every-one in school is all Irish like me, but we all can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together!

Natasha Wing puts an Irish twist on a Christmas classic. It’s the night before St. Patrick’s Day, and Tim and Maureen are wide awake setting traps to catch a leprechaun! When they wake the next morning to the sound of their dad playing the bagpipes and the smell of their mom cooking green eggs, they’re shocked to find that they’ve actually caught a leprechaun. But will they be able to find his pot of gold?

Many St Patrick’s Day Crafts from DLTK
Shamrock Hat from a Paper Plate (and other holidays as well!)

Shamrock and Hat

Teaching the Picture Book: Tumford the Terrible

If you are working on the concept of saying “sorry” after a behavioral incident, then the book Tumford the Terrible is a delightful way to demonstrate to your children the positive aspects of apologizing.
In the story, the little cat Tumford gets into all kinds of trouble but has a hard time apologizing.  Because he can’t face it, he runs off and hides.  Tumford, of course, comes to the realization that maybe he wouldn’t be so miserable if he would just try to apologize for his actions.  This is a funny and entertaining book that would be suitable for 3′s, 4′s, Pre-K and Kindergarten.
Here are some ways to reinforce this book.

Bulletin Board-Put cat paws all over your bulletin board and then ask your class things they might say sorry for doing–spilling milk, not picking up toys, not listening to the teacher, hitting someone, etc.  Write this list on a piece of construction paper and put it up in the center of the cat paws.  Suggested title the bulletin board- Saying You’re Sorry Is A Big Kid Thing!

Cat With Fish Coloring Page

Letter C Cat-Trace the Word and Color the Cat

I Can Say I’m Sorry File Folder Game from Sugar Doodles

Manners Games and Activities from Childfun


Teaching With The Picture Book: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse  by Eric Carle was named one of the best picture books of 2011 for many reasons.  I like it because it teaches colors and reinforces creativity in preschoolers.  The book doesn’t follow the traditional color patterns making a horse brown and a crocodile green.  This enables children to see the color first and then the animal.  It’s also a lot fun, especially when the kids get to tell you how wrong you are!
Here are some coloring sheets to go along with this book.
Here is a link to the book on Amazon


Teaching the Letter L

Lovely L Activities!

Crafts for the Letter L

Paper Bag Lion Puppet from DLTK Crafts
Lamb Handprint Craft from DLTK Crafts
Hearts Ladybug Craft from First School

Put a giant paper L on your wall and have the kids cut out and glue pictures of words beginning with L.

Coloring Pages for L
Apple for the Teacher-Lion, Lamb, Ladder, and more

Online Story for L
The Lion and the Mouse-Animated Online Story from PBS Kids

Letter L Songs
London Bridge from Kididdles
Looby Loo from Kididdles
Both of these songs are great for movement on rainy days!

Practice Worksheets
L Handwriting Worksheets

Online Exercises for “L”
See the letter drawn at Kat’s ABC’s Just For Me

Books With “L” Characters

Leaves Are Falling: Crafts and Books

Leaves are falling!  Here are some books and crafts for you to put together your own little leaf unit in your classroom.

Review From School Library Journal

With a body made of fallen leaves and acorns for eyes, Leaf Man takes off from a backyard and flutters away on the breeze, meandering past animals, over fields of fall vegetables, above waterways, and across prairie meadows.

Craft:  Foliage Friends.  You may want to draw a little man on a piece of paper and copy it off.  Then have the kids glue fall leaves to make their own leaf man.
Here is a project from Family Fun that would go along nicely with Leaf Man.

Review From School Library Journal

It is autumn and Mouse, accompanied by Minka, a larger rodent wearing a pink jacket, go out to play. As they enjoy the day, Mouse learns about leaves, their colors and shapes, and the fun that comes from piling them up and jumping in them.

Craft:  Make Your Own Mouse Picture

Here is a mouse coloring page to print out. from
He is already jumping around so add a few colorful leaves to the picture to go along with Mouse’s First Fall.

Crafts With Oatmeal Containers

Have kids who need craft projects but very little money to spend on them?  Artists Helping Children has a great page full of craft ideas to use with cylindrical oatmeal containers.  Here are some of the ideas they have for economical craft projects. 

Toy Fish Tank    
Marching Drum
Knitting Yarn Holder
Flower Garden
Wind Sock
Valentine’s Box
Rolling Noise Toy
Babydoll Cradle
Toy Tote
Bird Bank
Bug Hotel
Easter Basket
Crayon Box
And more 
Click Here to see the page of oatmeal container projects