Sunday, May 19, 2013

June Calendar 2013 SMART Notebook File Freebie

Hi again!  I thought I would add a little something extra to the June calendar printable sheets.  This is a copy of the calendar as a SMART Notebook file.  It will permit you to show the children the calendar in large view as they use their printable copies. 

SMART boards are a great visual tool for the teacher to use.  They are also a fantastic modeling tool!

 Provide each child a copy of the printable calendar so that all children in your class are activity engaged as you display the copy of the calendar on the SMART board.  Scroll down to yesterday's post to get the printable pages.  I've included a few markers the kids can slide into the appropriate dates when you are marking events on the calendar.  You will need to have SMART Notebook 11 software installed on your computer for the file to work properly.

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Click on the words, SMART Notebook June Calendar 2013  to get the file.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

June Calendar Skills Printables

It's June!  It's June!
Summer will be here soon!
Did I speak too soon?

We are so close to the end of the school year that I can smell it now!  How many more weeks of school do you have?  Is your last day before Memorial Day?  For some of us in the United States, school is still in session well into June.  A few fortunate folks get to have school all year through!

If you're part of the "School-In-June-Club", you might like the freebies I made to help first graders with calendar skills.   The first freebie shown is a June 2013 with the numerals printed on the calendar.  The second freebie another June 2013 calendar.  This one has most of the numerals missing.  The children can write in the missing numerals.  The final item is a mixed review of a few calendar concepts.

Calendar concepts align with the Common Core standards for the first grade math under the Measurement and Data strand:  CCSS.Math.Content1.MD.C.4

When using the June calendar with your students, the teacher can dictate information to the children.  Then have the children draw a symbol in the appropriate boxes.  Your students will need to draw small pictures as there are six rows in the June calendar I created this year.  Here are a few ideas of what you could mark on a June calendar:

*Change the word in bold italic to fit your needs.

1. Say, "Fathers' Day is on June 16th. Draw a fish on June 16th."

2. Say, "The first day of summer is June 21st.  Draw a sun on your calendar for June 21st."

3.  Say, "Our field day is scheduled for June (your date).  Draw a water balloon on June (your date)." 

4. Say, "The awards ceremony is scheduled for June (your date). Draw a star on June (your date)."

5. Say, "The last day of school is June (your date). Draw a sad face on the calendar for June (your date)."

6. Say, "The first day of summer vacation is June (your date). Draw a happy face on the calendar for June (your date)."

For additional depth and complexity, change the language of your dictation.  Here are examples of how the first two dictations could be modified:

1.  Say, "Fathers' Day is on the third Sunday in June. Draw a fish on Fathers' Day."

2.   Say, "The first day of summer is the third Friday in June. Draw a sun on your calendar for the first day of summer."

Click on the words, Calendar June 2013 to get the file.

Click on the words, June 2013 Calendar with Missing Numerals to get the file.

Click on the words June Calendar Skills to get the file.
Aren't the kids cute in the calendar?   I compressed the images above which make them appear a little blurry.  However this seems to help load the page more quickly.  I used graphics from Laura Strickland at to create the calendars. For the calendar with the missing numerals, I used a font style called, "ABC Print" from  I like this font because the appearance of the numerals are consistent with the formation taught in early grades.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Farm Animal Mother and Baby Puzzle Match-ups_Happy Mother's Day!

August 1, 2013 UPDATE:  I have revised the Farm Animal puzzle freebie listed in this post.  I believe this is an improved design.  View the directions and design after the "Happy Mother's Day" greeting from May 2013.  Enjoy!

Happy Mother's Day everyone!  Today is a perfect day to talk with our mothers and tell them how much we treasure them.  If you are an early childhood teacher, it's likely you've also been called "mom", "mum", or "mommy" by several of your students at some point during the school year. I love to see the reaction on the child's face when he realizes that he misspoke! Early childhood educators are so nurturing a breed it stands to reason that children will associate their teacher with their mother. 
Happy Mother's Day!
Let me tell you about the freebie I have a for you!  I thought it was perfect for a spring gift for early childhood teachers to give their little ones.  But . . . you don't have to be a teacher to get the file.

I've created  "Mother and Child" match-ups.  They work as puzzles for preschoolers to put together.  They're also suitable for kindergartners.  The children match the adult farm animal with the baby.  There are a total of nine puzzles but you'll have eighteen pieces in all.  You will need to print these on heavy card-stock or follow my specific lamination method at the end of the last image in this post.  Here is the method to use with heavy card-stock.  1.  Print the puzzles.  2.  Cut on the solid outer line.  3.  Then cut through the center line to create the puzzle.  IMPORTANT!  Do not re-trim as this will cause misaligned puzzle pieces. 

Print the sheets on heavy card-stock paper.

Cut on the outside colored lines.

Cut on the inside center lines.  Do not re-trim!

These puzzles are cute and perfect for Easter!  Best of all, they're FREE!  Stuff them in your child's Easter basket or give them out to your pre-kinders and kinders as a spring gift.
Happy Spring!  Happy Easter!  Happy Teacher!  Happy Kids!
Teacher Scrapbook gets the credit for the adorable farm animals in this product. She has a set of adult farm animals and another set of baby farm animals. I couldn't resist getting both sets to create some printable resources with. To see more beautiful things she creates, visit her store at: 

Get this FREEBIE by clicking on the image shown below.  Read on for the lamination method.

Lamination Method:  Follow steps 1 and 2 from above.  Then laminate.  Then follow step 2 from above again.  Finally, follow step 3.   Important!  Do not do step three until lamination is complete.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

I'm having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!  Everything at Lessons by Molly will be 20% off on Tuesday, May 7th and Wednesday, May 8th.  Use promo code TAD13 to get an additional discount.  The month of May is a perfect time to stock up on new teaching materials that can be used for years to come.  Enjoy shopping!
Graphic courtesy of Graphics From the Pond.

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