Fairytale Storytelling Basket - The Imagination Tree
Create a story basket full of storytelling props to retell favourite fairy tales together in a playful way! So easy to set up with items from around the house and beneficial for so many strands of early literacy development. As part of our on-going Playful Storytelling series, co-hosted with the gorgeous blog, One Perfect Day,...Read More »
Start A Fire
My literacy centers are a core part of our kindergarten schedule. They are active literacy centers that keep us on our toes and working so that I can work with small groups. Today, let me share my kindergarten retell literacy center directions, expectations and a list of the 20 stories that make up this year-long center in our classroom. Most of the stories that I place into the retell literacy center are pretty famous (or at least well known within the world of kindergarten teachers) but…
Goldilocks Sensory Storytelling Basket - The Imagination Tree
Create a Goldilocks sensory storytelling basket using small toys for preschoolers and school aged kids to re-tell the story in their own words!
Creative Area Ideas for Early Years
Excellent ways to provide an accessible creation station for children and lots of ways to vary art inside the classroom with a variety of materials.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytelling Basket - The Imagination Tree
The very hungry caterpillar storytelling basket for hours of playful storytelling fun! This is a wonderful resource to go with a classic kids' picture book.
More Mud More Pigs
Do you know the book "Mrs Wishy Washy" by Joy Cowley? I love it. It's easy for the littlest ones to get involved recognizing the animals (can make their sounds), repeating the phrase 'wishy washy', and acting it out. This week our water table is focused on the book. I pulled up a second table beside the water table put a tub on it for the animals. The first couple of days I put sandy mud in the tub and then soapy water in the water table. Added the three animals from the story, pig, cow and…
Our Indiana Buddies!
Friend~Not only has the blog world been amazing for me but my students are so benefiting from all it has to offer:) One of their very favorite things is their new online Buddies in Indiana. We have paired up with Mrs. Lewis from Rocking Teacher Materials and her class of 2nd graders. We are just getting started but we have tons planned from virtual buddy reading to writing snail mail to each other We are just getting started and it took us 2 sessions for everyone to meet. (We only meet for…
Where the Wild Things Are Retell
We read the story "Where the Wild Things Are" today. In order to encourage the children to practice identifying the elements of the story (character, setting) and retelling the story in sequence, we turned our sand table into the book's setting! The children created the characters and setting at our art table. Experimenting with how to make tall trees. Drawing the characters. Referring to the book to double check what the characters and setting looked like. The Wild Things in their treetops…