Friday, August 16, 2013

Crochet for the Classroom: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!

Welcome back to "Crochet for the Classroom"! This week I am featuring one of my favorite crochet projects so far- my coconut tree! I found this adorable pattern on Moogly Blog and fell in love. I knew it would be perfect to go along with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

 Although Moogly Blog uses this tree to store her adorable finger puppets, I have another idea for it. I am planning on putting some bottle caps with letters written on them inside this bottle. I can either put one of each letter in there to encourage the children to put them in order or I can put one capital and one lower-case of each letter for matching or even two of each letter in capital or lower-case for simpler matching.  There are many possibilities!

This is another one of my favorite books so I have a ton of resources for you to check out (and more to come!):
My Pinterest Board
Chicka Chicka Snack and Bulletin Board Idea
Chicka Chicka Head Bands

Friday, August 9, 2013

Crochet for the Classroom: Ice Cream!

Welcome to the second installment of "Crochet for the Classroom"! Today I am sharing some ice cream! My assistant teacher and I are planning to add a new ice cream theme to our schedule this year so I thought this would make a fun addition. I found the little ice cream dish at the Dollar Tree. I don't have a book to go with this set (yet) but I thought of a cute Math game/song:

Have small pom-poms and a dish for each child playing and sing the following song:

Ice cream, Ice cream, in a dish
How many scoops do you wish?

The child then states how many scoops he or she would like and you count out that number of pom poms into his or her dish.

Here is the pattern for creating this adorable crocheted ice cream set:

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Crochet for the Classroom: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Hello! I promised that I would be more active on this blog and to prove it, I am posting this series of crochet items that I have made for the classroom using free patterns found on the internet. Each week I am going to feature another free pattern and show you how it will be used in the classroom. If you don't know how to crochet, grab a crochet hook and some yarn, and look up some Youtube videos! All of the patterns I have used thus far have been fairly easy and I know that you will learn how to crochet like a pro in no time!

The first pattern is from my favorite children's book of all, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I was originally planning to make this caterpillar (and I may still make it later) but opted instead to make the hand puppet. I made a few changes and here is the finished product:

Here are a few links to more Very Hungry Caterpillar ideas for the classroom:
My Pinterest Board (over 130 pins!!)
My Resource Round-Up

Check back next week for another free pattern and idea for your classroom!


Monday, July 15, 2013

Youtube in the classroom!

Since Summer is in full swing and quickly winding down, I am finally getting some energy to start really preparing for next school year. As a Head Start teacher, I always say I'm going to be more prepared "next year" but next year always brings surprises and I always seem to find newer and cooler things to add to my classroom throughout the school year.

Last year was the first year I really used Youtube videos to my advantage and the children learned SO MUCH from them that I could not teach them from a book or photos. I try not to use videos as babysitters or to teach things that I can teach hands-on but the children get very engaged when I pull up a video of something new and interesting. Here is a list of my top ten Youtube videos for my classroom (please share your favorites in the comments so I can check them out and pin them!):

Songs for Circle Time:

 Hip Hop Humpty- The children love this song and especially love trying to imitate the hand movements

Goodbye song- we would sing this everyday before going home. They loved it with or without the video


Pout Pout Fish Puppet Show- we didn't have a copy of the book and I just happened to show this video when we were discussing ocean animals and it became one of the most requested videos in our class!

Firetruck- Not sure if I should list this as a song or book but it is SO CUTE! I was singing it throughout the day along with the children! It has a catchy tune and is also informative.


Caterpillar to Butterfly- Hosted by two little boys and shows the complete metamorphosis process

BBC Hermit Crab- Another gem we found while learning about the ocean. The children loved watching the little crabs running around in the ocean.

These videos are neat because even our young three year olds learned how to spell the words after learning the songs on these videos

How a pumpkin grows


These just dance clips are great for indoor recess and using during center time for movement. Our class especially liked the Mario one!

Nocturnal Animal Noises- our children loved identifying animals by sound!

Oh, and I have a preschool Youtube video pinterest board too! Click over and check out all 168 of them!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


It has been forever since I posted on this blog! I had huge plans to post everything from last school year as it happened and slacked off quite a bit. This year I am beginning with new resolve! I am hoping to have everything planned better so that I can easily share all of the fun stuff we do on this blog!

Well, since it is summer, I've started looking around for some materials to use next school year. After contacting about 20 companies, I realized that they are not going to help me so instead I turned to thrift shopping! I wanted to hit yard sales but we found out my dad has cancer and now he's in the hospital so I've been busy helping my mom with all that.

Today I went with my mom to a thrift store on the other side of town. I hadn't been there in a while and didn't realize that she has much more merchandise than last time I was there! It was mind-boggling! Anyway, I bought $15 worth of stuff there, some to go together and some to go with books I already owned. Here are some pictures of what I matched up:

This is everything I bought today for $15- My favorite is that viewmaster projector in the back! I can't wait to use it in the classroom!

Little Feet Like... (Giggle and Grow) (Giggle & Grow)
 and Looney Tunes 12" Tweety plush Doll
 I thought tweety looked like the little bird on the cover!

vhs "The Fabulous Safety Game and Rhyme in Time" and The Care Bears Book of ABC's
 and a mini plush and Funshine Bear Board Book

Barney's Five Senses and I Love You Barney Plush

 and The Very Lonely Firefly[ THE VERY LONELY FIREFLY ] by Carle, Eric (Author) Jun-01-95[ Hardcover ]

Bear Plush
 and Don't Worry Bear
What do you think? I am trying to match all of my theme books with a corresponding plush. I think these turned out pretty good. What do you do to connect literacy with your young students?

All links in this post are affiliate links to help me afford to buy all these cool toys and activities for my students!