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.
Let me show you how I use these in my classroom (sorry, but I only have pictures for my May calendar).
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…
And I wish a “fanta-bulous” 2016 for each and every one of you!