Counting from 1-10 is an important skill for my pre-k students.  I am currently trying to give my pre-k students lots of counting opportunities so that they become confident with their counting.  These Counting Pumpkin mats are a fun way to practice counting from 1-10.  They are hands on and provide students the chance to trace the number.  They are perfect for fall.

To prepare this activity I first printed the download, found below, on white cardstock.  Also included in the download is a black and white version of the mats that could be printed on orange cardstock for a pop of color.  

Then I used my paper trimmer to cut down the middle of the cardstock.  There is a Counting Pumpkins cover for the mats if you wanted to hole punch them and put them on a ring.  You can also just keep the cards separate.  

I ran the mats through my laminator because we would be tracing the numbers on the mats.  

I grabbed some pumpkin mini erasers that I found in the Target Dollar Spot and we were ready for some Counting Pumpkins fun!  

To begin, students first picked a pumpkin mat.  They could look at the number to see how many to count out.  If students are still working on number recognition, the pumpkin ten frame is provided on each card so that students can have a visual representation of how many to count out.  

In the example below, the student picked a mat with the number 1 and a ten frame showing one pumpkin.  

The student counted out 1 pumpkin eraser on the mat.  Then they used their dry erase marker to trace the number 1.

In the example below, the student picked a mat with the number 4.  The student checked to make sure it was 4, by using one-to-one counting skills to count the pumpkins on the ten frame - 1, 2, 3, 4.

Then the student counted out four pumpkins on the mat.

Students continued to pick a mat, count out that many pumpkin erasers, and trace the number until all mats had been completed.

If you do not have pumpkin mini erasers, playdough is also another fun, hands-on way to use these mats.  We just grabbed some orange playdough and rolled them into balls for pumpkins.

Ready for some Counting Pumpkins fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!
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We have been busy talking about the roles of family members in pre-k!  This "Family" poem was perfect for my students because of the repetitive text and picture clues.  We added it to our reading folders at the end of the week.  
Included in your free download, found below, is a "Family" little book and one page poem.  We used the poem for a shared reading experience.  If you aren't familiar with shared reading, the students all have a copy of the same text and the teacher also has a copy.  The teacher can model reading strategies within the shared reading and students also have the opportunity to mark up on their copy of the text.  
We worked to use highlighters to find the word "a" throughout the poem.  Then I had my students use their highlighter as a pointer to read the poem while pointing to the words.  
I was really proud of them for working to find the word "a" in the poem.  They did a great job!
This would also be something you could have out at a dramatic play center for your students to read.  Students can read the poem while pretending to be different family members at the center.
Ready to grab your FREE Family Book and Poem download?!  Just click the image below to grab your freebie!
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Will it be the backpack, books, bus, or pencil that reaches the top of the graph first?!  This School Spin and Graph is a fun way for students to practice graphing, counting, and comparing all in one simple activity.  It's perfect to use for back to school time at a math station.  

To prepare this activity I first printed the School Spin and Graph mat (download found below) on white cardstock.  There is also a black and white version included in the download that could be printed on colored cardstock.  I grabbed a pencil and paper clip for the spinner and some blue gems.  The gems can be found at the Dollar Tree.  You could use any manipulative of choice for this mat.  I have used pom poms and tweezers, unifix cubes, etc.  Playdough balls would be fun and great fine motor practice as well.  We were then ready for some School Spin and Graph fun!

To begin students first spun the spinner.  There is a backpack, books, bus, and pencil image on the spinner that matches the images on the graph.  In the example below the spinner landed on the backpack.  

The student marked a backpack with a gem on the graph.

The student then spun the spinner again, this time landing on the pencil.  

The student used a blue gem to mark the pencil on the graph.  The student noticed that there was one blue gem on the backpack and one blue gem on the pencil.  

Students continued spinning the spinner and graphing.

Once one of the pictures from the spinner reached the top first, the game was finished.  The students then compared the different amounts on the graph noticing comparisons such as...

"There are more for the bus than the books." 
"There are less for the pencil than the backpack."
"The bus has 6 blue gems"

This is a fun independent or partner game to play.  Once students are familiar with the game, it could be added to a math station for more practice.  

Looking for more Back to School themed resources?!  Check out the links below to some more fun Back to School themed resources!

School Spin and Graph // Recipe for Teaching
Back to School Transportation Graph // The Simplified Classroom
Taco Bout a Great Class Book // Literacy with the Littles
All About Me Writing Craft // Fairy Poppins

Click the image below to download your FREE School Spin and Graph mat!

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I love giving my students a little gift at the beginning of the year.  Usually I give them their gift during Back to School Night or Open House Night.  Oriental Trading has the CUTEST Camp Adventure Backpacks and camping pencils that I knew would be perfect for back to school gifts!

These adorable Camp Adventure Backpacks come in three different designs.  There is an owl, bear, and raccoon design included within the dozen you get.  

These types of backpacks are perfect for coloring books, toys, overnight trips, etc.!

Since I will be teaching pre-k this year, I made a little tag that says, "I can't wait for our pre-k adventure!"

I am so excited to give these to my new group of pre-k students!  I think they will love them!  

Your FREE Back to School Student Gift Tags (found below) includes tags for grades pre-k - 5th grade.  

To grab your FREE download, just click the image below!

*I received these items from Oriental Trading, however thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Hearing rhyming sounds is an important skill for early readers.  These Campfire Rhyming Cards are a fun way for young learners to practice with rhyming sounds.  Students will be matching the two halves of the campfire together to make a matching rhyme.  It's perfect for a reading center, small group work, or to use at home with your own kids.

There are 7 pages of rhyming cards included and 4 cards to each page.  Your FREE download (found below) includes 28 rhyming cards.  

To prepare this activity, I first printed the campfire rhyming cards on white cardstock. I love the durability of cardstock.  I would recommend laminating the cards.

Then I cut the cards out using my paper trimmer.  After that, I cut down the middle of each card along the black line.  

We were ready for some Campfire Rhyming Card fun!!

I like to keep all of the cards in a basket.  I find this keeps materials a lot more organized in my classroom.  

To begin, students first started looking for rhyming picture cards.  They would say the pictures to check the rhyming words.  

In the example below students said, "Dog, log...they rhyme!"  

In this example, the student recognized that "ring" and "king" are rhyming words.

Students continued matching rhyming cards until all rhymes had been matched.  

This is a great activity to use with your students at a reading center or in small groups.  You could lessen the amount of rhyming cards used if you only wanted to focus on a few rhymes at a time.

My blogging friends and I have teamed up to share some FREE rhyming activities with you!  Check out the links below to grab some fun rhyming resources!
Campfire Rhyming Cards // Recipe for Teaching
Robot Rhyming Mats // Teach Me Mommy
Turtle Rhyming Puzzles // Fairy Poppins
Rhyming CVC Words // Playdough to Plato

To grab your FREE Campfire Rhyming Cards, just click the image below!
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I love camping!  It is one of our favorite things to do on the weekends.  While we are camping a campfire and roasting marshmallows is a must!  These Campfire CVC Mats are a fun way to have your students sort words by short vowel sounds.  They are sure to be "Happy Campers" while doing this fun sort!

To prepare this activity, I first printed the short vowel campfire mats and the marshmallow picture cards.  There are five campfire sorting mats and 6 marshmallow picture cards for each mat.  I printed everything on white cardstock.  I recommend laminating for extra durability.  I then used my paper cutter to cut the marshmallow picture cards out.  We were then ready for some Campfire CVC fun!

For this activity students spread out the 5 short vowel mats.  They made a pile of the marshmallow picture cards and placed them face down.  They turned over a marshmallow card and said the picture on the card aloud.  Then they sorted the card onto the correct short vowel mat to match the middle sound in the word.

Picture cards for the short a mat: bat, cat, hat, sad, bag, map

Picture cards for the short e mat: net, vet, leg, web, bed, pen

Picture cards for the short i mat: pig, pin, bib, six, sit, fin

Picture cards for the short o mat: pot, cob, dog, cop, fox, mop

Picture cards for the short u mat: hug, sun, tub, gum, cup, bus
This is a fun activity for small groups or a reading station.  
I'm so excited because my blogging friends and I have teamed up to share some FREE camping themed activities with you.  Check out the links below!
Camping Counting Mats // Fairy Poppins
Campfire CVC Mats // Recipe for Teaching
Camping Alphabet Posters // Literacy with the Littles
Camping Puzzles // Teach Me Mommy

Ready for some Campfire CVC fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE download!
After some Campfire CVC Mat fun, be sure to grab this Marshmallow Coverall game!  Just click the image below to grab it!
You also might be interested in this Camping Math pack.  Click the image below to check it out!
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