Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Abraham Lincoln

Let’s Celebrate President’s Day!

February is a great month to be a TEACHER of young children!  First, it begins with a great legend about a GROUNDHOG.

Next, it has the least amount of teaching days than any other month, and includes a Monday holiday for a bonus! If that were not enough, Valentine’s Day and the 100th Day of School are February treasures too! Needless to say, it is also a busy month!

A Calendar to take home is a "Beary Good" way to begin the month!

Counting hearts and celebrating friends!

Zero the Hero flies in for the 100th Day of School!

George Washington makes a great February Bulletin Board!

In my TPT store, there are materials for Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, 100th Day of School, and George Washington. 


Recently, I found the time to create an Abraham Lincoln craft and little book for my kids. I am so excited to share it with you! This item is similar to my Washington Unit. 


There are information pages, writing prompts, a craft, and a Little Book about Abe in color as well as B&W.

There is even an Abe Lincoln "Read the Room"!
I'm hoping that your February is extra special! 

Warmly, Susie

Monday, February 5, 2018

Celebrate The 100th Day of School

The Big Day is finally here and it’s time to CELEBRATE! 

Over the past 3 decades, my 100th Day of School celebration has morphed into a well organized and fabulous time for my kids!  I’m excited to share how to orchestrate this day with YOU!

My class has 30 students, so I ask six parents to help with the day.  Obviously, if you have less students, you will need less adult help.  If I don’t have enough parents then I ask 6th grade students to help with the day. The success and ease of this day depends on having TEAMS that stay together for the ENTIRE celebration. 

I create 6 teams with 5 students. I have 6 activities for the day but you can have less or more to fit your schedule.

6. 100TH DAY HATS 

The children always stay at the same table with the same parent helper. Important note: The teacher does not have a team. I am always FREE to take pictures or help with any issues.  

Each TEAM completes activity one, then waits until I give the signal to begin activity two.  By not having rotations, I can control the allotted time for each activity by observing the teams. If an activity is taking too long, I tell the parent helper to speed up the team, or if the activity is going too fast, I help the parent helper to slow down the team.

When all the students have finished an activity, we sing and dance, “The 100th Day of School” song, and then begin the next activity.

Points are given to the teams throughout the day for ANYTHING! I want them to feel like a TEAM and earning points is always a good motivator! I make tally marks on the board so everyone can see the points throughout the day.

I also lay colored butcher paper on each table according to the team’s color. If a child should complete a task early, she/he may draw a picture on the butcher paper.

There are lots of wonderful 100th Day of School books to choose from, but my all time favorite is: Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes, by Jan Fearnley. 
 100th Day of School

The 100th Day of School is my favorite day of the year and one that my kids always remember too! You can look at all of these activities and detailed instructions of my 100th Day of School celebration at my TPT store. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-100th-Day-of-School-1620675

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August and September Homework for Emergent Readers

My NEW monthly HOMEWORK packets for EMERGENT READERS in kindergarten and First Grade encourage reading! My newest packet, for AUGUST and SEPTEMBER, emphasizes Letter & Sound recognition, as well as beginning sight words. August covers letters A-M and September covers N-Z. There are 3 pages that correspond to each letter. 

It may seem obvious, but Kindergarten and First Grade students need to READ to be READERS!  Homework that encourages reading is PRICELESS. 
The content on each page provides NOVELTY and encourages THINKING, READING & VOCABULARY GROWTH! At the top of each paper is a place for a parent’s signature. These pages are also perfect for MORNING WORK or CENTERS. Your students complete the pages in class and take them home to READ! Mom and dad send them back with a signature.
There are 82 pages in the full packet.

Thank you for stopping by Kindergarten with Susie. Creating materials for young children is my life-long passion and I hope to make a difference for you and your little ones.

Warmly, Susie

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

ABC Find Your Match FREEBIE

This activity is the newest game to accompany my ABC program. The SAME pictures are utilized in All my ABC products, and this newest product continues the tradition. Many teachers provide a variety of ABC pictures to teach the sounds to their children during the first months of school. I believe that by providing my students with only ONE picture per letter in the first few weeks of school, it accelerates the learning of letters/sounds. In a few weeks, after concepts have been grasped, multiple pictures are introduced.

My kids love to play this game because they are familiar with the pictures and of course they walk around to find their match! I have lots of different versions of “Find Your Match”, but this one is their favorite! 

It’s perfect to play during the first month of school as you introduce and reinforce recognition of letters and sounds both with capital and lowercase letters.

After you pass out the cards, each child walks to a “private place” to peek at his/her card, then QUICKLY and QUIETLY bustles around the room to find his match. When the match is found, the team “ZOOMS” to the pocket chart to grab a number. These are included too! The students line up in number order in front of the room and wait until all the matches have been found. When all teams have taken a number from the pocket chart the game is over!

Your kids will ask to play this over and over again!

There are cards for all 26 uppercase and lowercase letters as well as the ABC matching pictures from my ABC program. If you only have 20 kids, choose 10 letter cards and 10 pictures to play the game. Rotate the cards each time you play.

This is a perfect game that provides a break from sitting on bottoms for too long! I believe young children learn BEST when engaged in an activity. I try to keep paper work at a minimum for the first few months of school.  I want to hear laughter, conversations, and new vocabulary echo off the walls of our classroom! 

ABC Find Your Match gets kids moving and laughing and I would like to share it with your little ones too. It will be FREE FOR THE NEXT 2 DAYS: September 7 and 8. Please go to my Kindergarten with Susie store on TPT and download it for free.

Your feedback and comments would be so appreciated! Creating materials for young children is my life-long passion and I hope to make a difference for you and your kids. Please share your thoughts with me.

Warmly, Susie

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

First Day of Kindergarten .. Soar!

The first day of school will be here soon, and it conjures up mixed emotions for many of us!  On one hand we dread the thought of the early mornings, the late afternoons, the exhaustion, and the stress of getting everything ready on time.  On the other end of the spectrum, we feel the excitement, the thrill of the first day, and our first peek at our new student’s names.

My First Bulletin Board! On day 1 the hearts are blank. On day 2 the pics are up!
At my school, on the first day of kindergarten the parents stay for the first hour. The parents and kids rotate through centers, making a raccoon hat together, a red painted hand-print, writing a note to their children, filling out a quick and easy information card, and touring the room and bathrooms. It culminates with everyone gathering around as I read the Kissing Hand story.  After all the parents have left the room, the kids and I have a chocolate KISS together!

A “daddy” helping to color a Raccoon Hat! I love watching the interactions between the child and the parent during this first hour.
Time to smile! Daddy and you did a great job! It’s a huge advantage having the parents stay and help!

There are 30 children in my kindergarten classes on most years, and yet this hour goes incredibly smooth considering there are usually 70 or more individuals in the room that morning. Each parent is given a clip board with this Letter.

It culminates with everyone gathering around as I read the Kissing Hand story.  After all the parents have left the room, the kids and I have a chocolate KISS together!

This is me reading the second book of the morning after the parents have left. It’s called Lizard’s Song. You can see the Chester Raccoon puppet, a red dish filled with chocolate kisses, The First Day of Kinder sign, and my beloved Mrs. Wishy Washy Big Book.


At the end of the day, the children proudly wear their Raccoon Hats and Badges as they are greeted by family! The First Day of School is exhausting but always a great success!

To see more ideas for the first day, check out my

Monday, May 2, 2016

Earth Day

EARTH DAY has come and gone, but I wanted to share this FREEBIE with you for next year! You can think of me as being a few days LATE or you can consider me a year EARLY!

Todd Parr’s, The Earth Book, is a non-fiction, and easy text, that elicits lots of questions and thinking with young children. It is printed in paperback and hard cover. If you don’t own this book, it is a good one to have in your collection. 

After reading and discussing the importance of Earth Day, we brainstorm a list of ways that we can make a difference. In addition, I place the following text in my pocket chart.
Earth is home for me and you.
There are mountains, lakes, and rivers too.
The planet needs us all to care.
Let’s keep earth safe for all to share. 

As an easy classroom activity that can be sent home that day, I created the mini book, “Planet Earth.” You can download it for FREE at my TPT store. After our discussion, every child “FOLDS” the Earth Day Book, colors it, reads it to three friends, and takes it home to share with family. I’ve included a color version of the Little Book as well as the black & white version. I’ve also included the FOLDING DIRECTIONS. The folding may seem tricky at first, but my kindergarten kids have been learning it for years. However, if you want a no hassle activity, you may want to fold the books the night before. I hope you enjoy this activity! Will you let me know?

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Homework

Does anyone struggle with finding homework that contains reading opportunities for young students, encourages the parent and child to work together, and provides a glimpse of our monthly study topics? 

I’ve always wanted to send home assignments that encourage communication between the family and the child. My desire is to REQUIRE (in a non-threatening way) that the parent actually work with his/her child!  Is this too much to ask?
To achieve this endeavor, I created my first monthly homework packet in September of this year and and the result was overwhelmingly positive!  Since then, I’ve designed a new packet for every month based on new suggestions and ideas from parents and teachers.

February’s HOMEWORK packet is my favorite of them all!  My students read & copy words and sentences, as well as sequence and write numbers. At the top of each paper is a place for a parent’s signature and a box to write the number of times the child reads the words and sentences. The pictures are fairly large and “simple,” making them easy and fun to color.
The content/format of each paper varies to provide NOVELTY and encourage THINKING!  February is filled with the Presidents, Groundhogs, and Valentine’s Day. To give you a glimpse of the format, I'd like to share these 7 sample pages with you. You can download them free at my Kindergarten with Susie store.

It is my hope that you, your students, and their parents enjoy these sample pages.  Creating materials for young children is my life-long passion and I hope to make a difference for you and your kids. Please share your thoughts with me.