Itzy Bitzy Spider: An Interactive Reader

October 5, 2011 § 4 Comments

  Dear friend,

I have a fun new printable to share with you!  Ever since we had this visit McGilly and I have been doing activities that have to do with her favorite song, Itzy Bitzy Spider.  Today I want to share with you a reader I made for her and tomorrow I will share an link gathering of the other fun ideas we have tried.

All you have to do is print the reader below-it prints two to a page.  Cut the pages in half and use this link to bind them or just print the binding cuff and staple.  Then attach a spider ring to the book with a piece of string and Ta Dah–a fun interactive book!

I just finished another reader today that is especially for Halloween-I can’t wait to share.  The only unexpected thing that McGilly and I had when reading it for the first time is the spider gives her the heebee geebies…hopefully she get used to it– but, she loves the song and the story.  I hope you like it too!

Here are the downloads-

{Reader pages}

{Binding cuff}

I hope you have a great day and enjoy!






Thankful for Music Part 4

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

While I was posting the music collection today I thought of this fun Rock and Rattle Band I made in an Elementary Education class in college and these kiddie projects on my pinterest board-they fit perfectly with the groove for Thankful Thursday.  Click the pictures and be swept away to Mini Eco and U Create with Kids for the fun tutorials then make sure to check out the tutorial tomorrow for the Rock and Rattle Band.


Now I am going to jog, wish me luck!  Day no. 4, two days until my first milestone.

Have a good night!



Thankful for Music Part 3

September 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

Here is the 3rd of 4 posts for Thankful Thursday and they are all about music with the kiddies.  This post is to share a set of music cards I illustrated for a presentation at an Early Childhood Conference.  You can print them out on card stock and color or watercolor them{as I prefer}.  Then you can place them in slipcovers and into a binder. This will give you, on hand, a collection of cue cards to make practicing or singing songs alot of fun.  These are perfect for Primary, youth groups, school classrooms, or just at home for a simple music activity.

Here are some of the pages included:

The idea is that you can pick out a card and that card will tell who or how you get to sing the song next.  There are 33 pages of different options to change up and make practicing or singing those songs fun.  Another great way to get the children excited about practicing the song is to create a die {using a box covered with wrapping paper} and then paste these options on the six sides.  Have a child roll and then the group has to practice the song doing whatever was facing up on the dice.  These are for personal use only but do share with us how you used them and what fun you had.
Download the file here {Music Cards}
Warning: If you do not have LD Elementary downloaded from the text will substitute for another text and may look different.  To remedy this just download the font first by following the Dafonts link and downloading LD Elementary Font.
Enjoy and thanks for visiting!

Okay Another New Favorite Blog-Lucky me.

August 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear friend,

Tak a look at this blog–beautiful, practical, and smart.  A triple threat as far as blogs go.  Aesthetic and informative, high usability and significant (in the words of my friend and current book Daniel Pink).  I am guilty of taking one glance at a blog and shutting the window.  I am extremely aesthetic or does that make me shallow–who knows but I do know a blog, for it to be on my must read has to be beautifully designed and Kinderpendent has it all…go take a look.

I found this tutorial there–psst–can you keep a secret–I am making a set for me too, take the time out of picking an outfit–perfect!

Thanks Alexandra!


My new favorite blog.

August 24, 2011 § 2 Comments

Dear friend,

If a blog is a window into the life and loves of it’s owner…I think I want to be Rachelle from TinkerLab’s best friend.  Her blog is good as gold.  It speaks to my heart and says, “This is good.”  She shares some of the most unique, lovely and imaginative ideas to share with your little ones but also feeds your brain as the parent.  It’s not just fun or cute it is incredibly intelligent.  Go on over and take a look.


I have spent about two hours tonight when I should have been in bed exploring this post and I have bookmarked a bunch to come back to-Creative Thinkers to follow.

Happy Wednesday!





As School Begins…

August 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Dear reader,

I have big plans for Tuesday’s, I want to get my school files organized and I thought what a better way than to share with others through this blog.  When I was a teacher I sought out the best ideas and then designed my own printables to go with them.  I was picky about how my worksheets and printables looked.  I wanted everything to be aesthetic and that usually meant redoing a lot.  I also liked to personalize activities to suit my students levels and needs.  Needless to say I have alot on my back up drive that has been created by me and I want to organize and share.  The biggest thing is just the time to gather it all together so I am going to try each week to at add a few of the ideas and printables that my classroom would be using.  Here is the first one and hopefully the beginning of many others to come.

This one is a placemat that each of my students would receive at the beginning of the year.  I would print one for each student and laminate it.  It was a marker for the students to know where to sit and would be on their table to greet them each morning. As you can see it is also a reference sheet for the students to use in their work also.  We spent a couple of activity times playing games to familiarize the students with the helpful parts of their mats.  It was also a reward tracker, when students were done with their morning work they would raise their hand and I would come and take a look at it if they had done their best and it was correct I would cross off a number with a Vis a Vis marker and when they got to 10 they could get a prize or work to get all the number words marked off and get a bigger prize.  Then I would erase it and they would begin again.  On the back is a game we would play as morning jobs once we had a vocabulary of sight words memorized.  Students would pick a sight word card and lay it in the first column.  Then they would say it {second column}, and make it in the third column with letter tiles, and then write it using a dry-erase marker in the fourth column.

I made one for McGilly because she is interested in the pictures and she can point out the dog and the cat when I ask her, she also likes drawing on the back and then erasing her marks.  I think it would be a great homework help for kids at home for parents to provide.  It’s also great in the classroom because developmentally students in kindergarten have a difficult time seeing reference charts around the room and transfering that information to what they are working on.  Having it right in front of them helps them be more successful.

  1. First, download this font if you don’t have it already {LD Traditional Print} for 1$.  It was free when I made this.  If you don’t have it you can substitute a font it just might look a little off.
  2. And then download the files {here} and print them back to back on 11X17 cardstock or send the files to your local copy shop and have them print them for you.
  3. Color the color words and laminate.  Enjoy!

Please do let me know if you use anything on the site, of course it is all for personal use only but I love to hear if you have enjoyed it.

Have a great day!


P.S.  A special thank you to Marie Mitchell, a kindergarten teacher that so willingly shared this idea with me as well as many others as I was beginning my first year of teaching!

Teacher Tuesday: Pinterest list of art projects

August 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Dear friend,

I took the plunge and acquainted myself with Pinterest and Facebook over the last week or so.  I have to say Pinterest is fantastic and Facebook has possibility.  I love things that save me time and Pinterest does just that besides it is absolutely inspiring.  I want to share with you one of my boards–this is my Projects for the Kiddies Board and it is a little overwhelming.  So many projects, so little time, but if you are on the lookout for some fun activities to share with your little ones you have to check it out.

{just click on the picture and you will be swept away to my board}

I have already accomplished one on the list and it is the dixie cup chandelier.  I made it for McGilly’s playroom…take a look.

Go on and create something!


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