Markdown Monday Linky Party! (December 28th to January 1st)

I am excited to say that I just uploaded a new 2D Shapes unit to my TPT STORE! To celebrate its launch, I am offering it at 50% off its regular price from now until January 1st. To get the word out, I am linking up to Kelly and Kim’s Kindergarten Kreations MARKDOWN MONDAY linky party:

Mark Down Monday

Get my 2D Shapes Unit HERE:


50% off through Jan 1st!

Sorry, this sale is now over!! Come back to my page to see more sales!

Each shape has its own practice/assessment page:


Fun worksheets!


Craftivities that promote your students’ creativity as well as shape recognition!



So come on over and check out the package!

And I wish all of you a Happy New Year and hope the best for you in 2016!!


Say Goodbye to 2015! FREEBIE

Wow, I can’t believe 2015 is almost over! It has been a fantastic year. My oldest son graduated college and came home (I don’t mind a bit…he’s taking a year before he enters law school, so he has a plan). I visited England for the first time (I am a die-hard Anglophile) and saw Bath, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle. I began my TPT store and have come a l-o-o-ng way from that first packet I put together. I cringe sometimes when I see the very first clipart I ever drew…yikes!

On a side note, did you know that Key to Kinders (ahem, meaning myself) draws the majority of its clipart designs? I love doing it and like to have the flexibility to change the design to fit the need. And I get the satisfaction of knowing that my curriculum is one of a kind.

To help me celebrate the closing of such an incredible year, download this JANUARY CALENDAR SET from my TPT STORE!


Let me show you how I use these in my classroom (sorry, but I only have pictures for my May calendar).

Here’s my calendar area:MayCalendarBlog

January calendar set includes two complete sets for patterning – one with blue snowflakes and one with pink snowflakes.

In order to teach the class their “Count by 5” numbers, I make a pattern consisting of 5 – here you can see I made it: bee, bee, bee, bee, ladybug. They are responsible for writing the calendar number as well as drawing the picture in each individual box on their fill-in calendar. (Sometimes, they just color the box the appropriate color for that day)

Every calendar set has both medium and large medallions of each clipart. The class knows that when we reach the ladybug, not only do we begin the pattern again, but they get to “close the gate” (slanted picket) on our tally sheet AND sing our close the gate song..



I also use the larger medallions to highlight sight words we are learning.


I’m sure you can come up with other ways to use these cards. How about in Math Centers? But that’s for another post…

So, come on over to my TPT Store and download this FREEBIE!

And I wish a “fanta-bulous” 2016 for each and every one of you!



A Quick Christmas Tree Craft

Do you have a full class and not much time to help them make a Christmas craft? Here’s a quick and colorful craft they can finish (mostly) on their own!

Today our class made covers for our Christmas Show programs. I came up with this idea using a Christmas tree stencil.


First, I drew a Christmas tree on construction paper and cut it out (from the middle of the paper). Next, I cut strips of different colored tissue paper (about 3/4 to 1 inch wide and about 7 inches long). From clear Contac paper, I cut a piece large enough to cover the tree, then unpeeled the protective layer to reveal the sticky side.


My students laid different strips of tissue paper across the sticky side (I trimmed the ragged ends on either side of their paper afterwards). They then glued (glue stick or school glue, your choice) their Christmas tree cutout on top of the tissue side of the Contac paper. On top of the tree, they glued a star punched out from old Christmas wrapping. On the bottom they added a rectangle piece of brown tissue paper. Et voila! A quick Christmas tree craft, both colorful and seasonal!