February 9, 2019

Valentine's Day Lesson Plan

      Valentine's Day is this week and I thought I'd share what I planned for my kiddos in community.  We're reading There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro.  We're also practicing matching letter to initial sounds and rhyming words:

      Next we will do some color matching:


a Big/Little Sort:
We will also talk about how 12= 1 dozen.  We will count out 1-12 roses (silk) into labeled plastic cups (vases).  Labels are included FREE in the lesson plan.

We'll follow up with a #12 I Spy page:

Download the FREE Lesson Plan here:
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February 3, 2019

Valentine Monster

      I am just popping in to share with you some of the fun activities that I have planned for this week in community.  I am still following the picture schedule that I've shared in previous posts.  We're reading Love Monster by Rachel Bright which is a cute little story about a lonely monster who finally found love.  We follow up with a monster themed color matching file folder game.  We're also going to practice letter to initial sounds matching with a monster love letter themed ELA center.  For our numbers activity we will practice counting out up to 20 objects using Valentine Monster 10 frames and Valentine Monster erasers.  Finally, we will use bingo markers to paint a Valentine Monster coloring page which is included in this lesson plan for FREE.  Here are photos.  Click on any of the photos to find the item in my TpT store:

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post and thanks for stopping by!  Happy Teaching!

September 22, 2018

Wheels on the Bus

      Thanks for popping in!  I would like to take a moment to share about our week in community!  This week we read Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort.  It was a fun and silly spin on Wheels on the Bus.  The kids loved it!
      If you've been following my blog posts; you know that this year I am itinerant.  I plan for 1 hour which is how much time I get with each student in the community.  Here is the picture schedule that I use to help with time management and keep things on track:
      After reading Seals on the Bus, we continued the bus theme with this school bus color matching file folder game:
      We followed that up with this cute and simple school bus craft.  You can download it for FREE in my TpT store.  Just click on the photo:

      Continuing with the bus theme; we learned about the letter B.  I chose 2 different activities to meet the different needs of my students.  We worked on the letter and initial sound with this phonics matching activity:
      We also read "My Little Book About B," which features the sight words:  "see" & "the."  You can download the letter A version of this book for FREE in my "A- Letter of the Week Packet."

      For our counting activity we did this "Kids on the Bus" number to quantity matching activity:

            There's no way for me to do all that I would like in 1 hour; but for you I've included additional activities that you can use in the classroom with this lesson.  I hope you enjoyed my post!  You can access the resources shown by clicking on the photos.  Download the FREE LESSON PLAN here.  Finally, I've also included affiliate links for Seals on the Bus and toy buses for your convenience.   Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post!  And thanks for stopping by!

September 15, 2018

Community Helpers

Hi There!
      Thanks so much for joining me this week!  It's been another great week in community!  This week we learned about Community Helpers!

      If you are new to my blog you should know that I am an itinerant Early Interventionist.  My students range from 3-5 years old.

      The book that I used to teach about community helpers was this cute lift a flap board book entitled, "Trucks."  This book proved to be a BIG HIT with my students from the youngest to the oldest and highest to the most challenged.

      The book features several different types of trucks.  For each truck I posed the question, "Who drives this type of truck?"  I presented the student with 2 cards one of which contained the correct answer for them to choose from.  Even students who were non-verbal were able to match all or most of the helpers with the trucks.  

      If you are unable to use this book with students individually, I would suggest using an Elmo or small group and have the students take turns choosing the correct answer.  There was quite a bit of text on the page for some of my students so I only read the main component of the text which I circled in red in the 2nd photo.

      One of our follow-up activities to this story included a Community Helper File Folder Matching Game.  It was simply matching the Community Helpers.  I used this to determine visual discrimination, discuss vocabulary, and to find out what the students knew about the community helpers.  Here is a photo:

      We practiced letter to initial sound matching with these clip cards:

      We practiced tracing the names of our favorite community helpers:

      We practiced counting from 1-10 and 1-20:

      And finally, during free choice a few of the items I offered the kids were Fisher Price Little People Community Helpers and Magna Blocks.  My little ones were very creative.  Here is what one of them made:

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post; and thanks for stopping by!  You can click on the pictures of any of the resources to find them in my TpT store.  You can download the LESSON PLAN here.  I've also included affiliate links below to the other items that we used for your convenience.  

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September 1, 2018

Button Lesson Plan


      I hope that this post finds you well!  In case you missed last week's post, I have challenged myself this year to document everything that we are doing in community!  I am full time itinerant this year so all of these activities I pack & carry from place to place.  I would love for you to "travel with me" each week as I share what we've been doing!  I will be sure to include links to resources and any affiliate links in case you're interested in doing any of these activities.  I will also include a FREE LESSON PLAN with each post which will include some type of FREEBIE!

      It's been a fun week in community!  This week's theme was BUTTONS!  We read "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons," by Eric Litwin.  The kids really enjoyed this story!

      My schedule is pretty much set in stone because it fills my hour nicely but I made one small change from last week to fit in a new skill.  Here's the schedule I used:

Portable Picture Schedule

      I will walk you through our schedule beginning with the file folder game.  If you are interested in my Name activities; which I will be using weekly, you can click here to see last week's post. 

      This week we had 2 options for the File Folder Game.  Color Matching for students who are still learning their colors.  And shape matching for students who have already mastered their colors.

Button Color Matching File Folder Game
Button Shape Matching File Folder Game


Next we did a craft.  My crafts in community are easy and simple due to time constraints and the fact that all of these resources have to fit into my bag!  I pre-cut and hole punched card stock buttons.  I let students choose their favorite color to color their button.  Last we laced the holes with chenille sticks.  This pattern with instructions is included in the FREE LESSON PLAN download.  Here is what they looked like:

Button Lacing Craft

      For the ABC/Words portion; I had 2 activities for differentiation.  The 1st was Button themed alphabet clip cards.  I had the students practice matching uppercase to lowercase and letter to picture.  

Button Alphabet Clip Cards:  Uppercase to Lowercase & Letter to Picture

      For my students who have already mastered those skills, I made a Rainbow Button Emergent Reader with Centers.  We used the Sentence Scrambler cards 1st to practice the sight words; then read the emergent reader.  They took the readers home with the task of reading to a family member.

Rainbow Buttons Emergent Reader & Centers

      Next we did Button Sorting using attribute buttons!  I found this tray from Dollar Tree for $1!  I got the buttons from Amazon.  These buttons are great because you can sort them by color, shape, and size!  Then you can sort them even further by how many holes!  Most sorted by 1 attribute which was color; but some kids were able to sort by 3 attributes!  I was really proud! 

Attribute Buttons:  Sort by Color, Shape, Size, & 2 or 4 Holes!

      Finally, no lesson would be complete without a little counting practice.  I made these Button themed 10 frames and we used the small buttons as counters.  The kids had the best time manipulating the buttons!

Button 10 Frames 1-20

Button 10 Frames 1-20 (Filled & Empty; Includes "Show Your Work Pages!")
      That's it!  The remainder of my hour is Free Play (this is when I write my data from the session), Conscious Discipline's Baby Doll Circle, and a Goodbye song!  And of course a treat!  

      I hope you enjoyed it.  You can click here for the FREE LESSON PLAN.  You can purchase the resources shown in my store by clicking on the photos.  The attribute buttons, book, & doll can be found using the affiliate links below.  

      Thanks for taking the time to read!  And thanks for stopping by!

August 25, 2018

Back to School Lesson Plans


      I hope this post finds you well and I hope that your year is off to a great start!  I've been back at work for a couple of weeks now.  So far so good!  I am so excited to share with you what we did this week!  FYI I am itinerant so my plans cover a 1 hour block.  Another FYI; this post contains affiliate links.  So here goes!

      First let me talk about my schedule.  I have 1 hour with each kid so I need to really make it count!  I like to call it my "Hour of Power!"  I try to squeeze as much as I can into this 1 hour while keeping it developmentally appropriate for my 3-5 year old students.  Here is the picture schedule that I use to guide my hour.  I've included it in the FREE Lesson Plan Download!

My Itinerant Picture Schedule
           This week we read Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin.  I thought this story would be perfect for my new students in the community because it talks about having a positive attitude in a fun way!

      Here are some of my name activities.  I plan to use these as a part of my weekly routine.

            I followed up the story with a color matching activity which was a file folder game.  It's nice and easy for my younger students who have not had any experience with school or for just tending to a task for any amount of time. It also serves as somewhat of an ice breaker to prepare the student for work.  

      We do a little craft before we dig in to the big stuff!  I have to alternate fun with work to keep my little ones interested.  I keep it simple because I only have an hour so here is what we did:


      For the ABC/Words portion of my schedule; we matched UPPERCASE to lowercase letters and letters to initial sounds pictures:

      I keep the activities moving quickly to keep the kids engaged but also to fit it all in! ;0D  So as soon as the student is done with the ELA portion we go straight into math.

      I found these SUPER CUTE shoe erasers to go with some 10 frames that I made.  I've included the link to the erasers in case you're interested.

Shoe 10 Frames 1-20 Filled & Unfilled for Differentiation!

      For the FREE CHOICE portion of my schedule I bring toys for my students to choose from.  I let them play for a bit while I finish up any anecdotal notes or consult with parents.  To close we do Conscious Discipline's Baby Doll Circle Time and then a Good-bye song.  I also carry treats in my bag to give to my students as I am walking out the door!

     That's it!  I've walked you through my entire "Hour of Power!"  I hope you enjoyed it!  This is my school day; just wash, rinse and repeat!  4  stops per day 18 kids!  There's never a dull moment! =0p

      Below you can download the FREE LESSON PLAN, picture schedule, and coloring page!  Thanks for taking the time to read my post and thanks for stopping by!

Here's the link to the shoe erasers:

Also, if you don't already have one, here's a link to a copy of the book:
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