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Growing in Pre K


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The Fabric U.S. Map

Posted by Eilis on November 6, 2012 at 8:50 AM

I keep getting great emails from teachers signing up for the Gingerbread Exchange.  Several of you have asked where I got the U.S. map pictured.  It is a fabric piece I purchased at JoAnn's Clothworld years ago.  It was in the area with the ready to sew baby quilts. I have also seen them on ebay and  Here is a link to one place on Amazon that has one.  I did not check shipping, etc. to find the best deal.  I do love the pictures that relate to the var...

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Thanksgiving Printables

Posted by Eilis on November 2, 2012 at 9:25 PM

The Gingerbread Exchange is off to a great start!  In one day, we already have over fifty classes participating.  I love hearing from so many of you who read this blog, but are usually very quiet.  I am so excited about how many of you are looking forward to the exchange because your students and families enjoyed it last year.

I just purchased some adorable Thanksgiving clipart from Creative Clips (the same artist who did the cute monster under the bed graphics).  I ...

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Gingerbread Exchange 2012

Posted by Eilis on November 1, 2012 at 7:55 AM

I am going to organize a Gingerbread Man Exchange again this year.  

Here's how it works:

This exchange is open to Pre-K, preschool, and kindergarten classes only.  (Homeschoolers of the same age group are welcome).

If you want your class to participate email me at [email protected] by midnight Saturday, November...

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Lakeshore Software Review and Giveaway

Posted by Eilis on October 27, 2012 at 10:55 AM

GrowinginPreK is having a Lakeshore software giveaway HERE.  Please visit!

Good Luck!

October Updates

Posted by Eilis on October 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I have had lots of emails about the Gingerbread Exchange.  Yes, I will be organizing it again this year.  I will post all the details on Thursday, November 1.  

I have also had lots of questions about the pumpkin growing project.  I am doing it in my own classroom for the third year in a row.  We have LOTS of sprouts again this year.,  I am going to try planting it in a pot this year.  I don't really have room, but I get so many questions about whether...

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Community Helpers Printables

Posted by Eilis on October 20, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Wow - the GrowinginPreK Facebook Page now has 600 Likes!  To celebrate -I have just added some FREE Community Helpers Printables to my Teachers Notebook Shop.

There is an "I have..Who has..." game

and a set of word wall cards.  I plan to use the word wall cards ...

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Who Doesn't Love Getting a Package?

Posted by Eilis on October 19, 2012 at 7:50 AM

One of my favorite Early Childhood Blogs is Mrs. Goff's Pre-K Tales.

Mrs. Goff participated in a fun Pay It Forward activity where she received a package from a blogging teacher and then Mrs. Goff "paid it forward" by sending a package to three more blogging teachers.  The packages contain books and materials relevant to the place where the sender lives.  

Lucky for me....Mrs. Goff lives in Pennsylvania. ...

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I Put the Monsters to Bed

Posted by Eilis on October 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Candy Corn Number Grab

Posted by Eilis on October 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Here's a FREE printable game to help young learners put the numbers one to twenty in the correct order.  Players take turns choosing a numbered candy corn piece and the first to fill his/her board wins.  There are two different versions of the board depending on whether your students will need to have numbers to match or not.

Just click on the pictures to take you to my Teachers N...

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Cowboy Themed Printables

Posted by Eilis on October 7, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I have added a 69 page printable file to my Teachers Notebook Shop.  It includes loads of cowboy, ranch, or rodeo themed books, songs, games, puzzles, and more to use in your classroom.  

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Loving Our Letter Vests

Posted by Eilis on October 6, 2012 at 4:00 AM

My school purchased this set of letter vests for our classroom this year.

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The Best Things in Life Are Free

Posted by Eilis on October 4, 2012 at 4:25 PM

I have been a Shutterfly junkie for years.  Each year I set up a Shutterfly classroom share site for my classroom  families to join.  They choose their own passwords to see pictures that I upload of the students in action.  I am always hearing from grateful parents who tell me that they love this glimse into their childrens' school day adventures.  So much of what we do in Pre-K (science experiments, dramatic play, construction, and on and on...) doesn'...

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Pre-K Moments

Posted by Eilis on October 1, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I used to blog about things that happened in my classroom, ideas that worked...or didn't...  It has been a while since I have written that kind of post...but today was that kind of here goes.

I tried a dice game as a "math station" today.  I found the free printable HERE and my students really enjoyed playing it.  The funny thing that happened was ...

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Rhyming Pumpkins

Posted by Eilis on September 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

Do your students love the book Rhyming Dust Bunnies as much as mine do?  My class just can't get enough of them.  

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Owl Calendar Number Printable

Posted by Eilis on September 28, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Yes, I'm cutting this a little fine....Monday is the first day of October...

I have uploaded FREE printable owl calendar numbers to my Teachers Notebook Shop.  

The owls are in three colors in an ABC pattern.

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Some Free Treats

Posted by Eilis on September 26, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Here are two free treats (a little early for Halloween):

(1)Treat is offering a free greeting card (for any occasion) to everyone today.


Whether you need a personalized card for a birthday,  anniversary, or for any of the hundreds of occasions on Treat's site...or even just to say hello, you should check out this offer.



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Who Loves Pizza?

Posted by Eilis on September 22, 2012 at 9:55 AM

I do!

Here's a new FREE printable that you can download at my Teachers Notebook Shop.  It is a bingo game to practice recognizing the numbers 1-15.  If you happen to have a 1/2 inch circle paper punch, it will be perfect for cutting out the "pepperoni" pieces. You could also just use the 1/2 inch punch on red construction paper.

Click on any of the pic...

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Five Little Owls

Posted by Eilis on September 14, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Take away stories like the "The 5 Little Owls" are such a great way to introduce children to the concept of subtraction.  They are having so much fun that they don't realize they are learning.  That's my favorite kind of teaching.... so I have made a printable emergent reader of the 5 Little Owls.  Included in the printable is a Five Frame math mat so each student can manipulate their own five owls as they listen to the story.  There is also a roll and cover dice game and ...

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Pumpkin Life Cycle

Posted by Eilis on September 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM

A couple of years ago I added a little soil to a pumpkin pie pumpkin, it sprouted, and lots of you found this website/blog through Pinterest.  Here's the original photo:

  and here are links to that project:

The Original Pumpkin Post

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Posted by Eilis on September 10, 2012 at 12:35 AM

We do the "My Family" theme early in the school year.  I have the kids bring in a photo of their families and we graph how many people there are in our families.  Drawing our families can be challenging this early in the school year.  I thought it would be fun to give them stick figures to color to represent the members of their families.  I could not find exactly the clipart I had in mind, so I created my own.  I am pretty pleased with myself right now, since my prev...

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