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Ice Cream Number Match

Nothing says summer like ICE CREAM!! I made a number match game with an ice cream theme for my girls so we could practice numbers 1-10. I wanted to use some cute number clothespins that I found at Target, but those are completely optional. I like that they add an extra level of fine motor practice, plus justifies my Dollar Spot Purchases! Keep reading to find out how we used this game and grab your free copy.
Free ice cream themed number match is the perfect counting practice for numbers 1-10. Ideal for preschool and kindergarten!

Number Practice with Dice

I have been wanting to use these inflatable dice that I bought at Target for outdoor math practice. They were perfect for summer counting practice. I grabbed some chalk and we had some quick and easy number identification and addition practice.
With dice and chalk, you've got an easy way to practice counting and addition outside in the summer. You could use the same concept and bring it into the house or classroom in the winter.

Pineapple Themed Classroom Decor

Pineapples are all over the place right now! I love the color combo of pink and green (my wedding colors) and throw in the bright yellow of the pineapple and I'm in heaven. It makes me think of a tropical vacation and would be such a fun way to brighten up a classroom all year long. I decided to make a classroom decor set with a fun pineapple theme. This set is over 300 pages and it is editable. That means you can add names and words to personalize this set and make it work for your classroom. Take a look at what is included!
Over 300 pages of editable PINEAPPLE themed classroom decor. Includes everything you need to start decorating your classroom including nametags, calendar, banners, word walls, labels, schedules, alphabets and more! A fun elementary classroom decor theme!

Mother Mary Book Review and Craft

This post may contain affiliate links for your shopping convenience. View our full disclosure policy HEREI received this book in exchange for my honest review of the book.  All opinions are my own. 

I was so excited for the chance to read and review Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis. Pope Francis always has such a way with words - it is simplistic yet so full of meaning. Sometimes a quick 140 character tweet can say more than pages and pages of words. "For Pope Francis, Mary is an icon of wisdom, strength, courage and joyful hope. Her unconditional yes to God encourages modern believers to say yes to God’s call today." When I read that, I knew I would love this book. Mary truly is an example to us all but especially to Catholics, mothers and disciples everywhere.

A book review and FREE craft idea for the book Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis.

Scripture Rocks

I'm sharing another idea on Today's Catholic Teacher website today. Have you ever tried scripture rocks? This is a fun way to engage your students while having them look up different Bible verses. I love that this can be an outdoor activity - picture a nice, quiet courtyard with students searching for hidden rocks, then sitting with their Bibles and reading the passage on their rock. It could also be used indoors in a sensory bin, center or whole group setting. There are so many different ways to use this once you have your rocks set up.  Check out MY POST to get the list of supplies and instructions, as well as ideas for using these with your students. 
Scripture Rocks are a fun way to get students using their Bibles and looking up chapter and verse by themselves. It makes a great addition to prayer life and can be used outdoors or indoors!

Sensory Bins for the Whole Year

Sensory bins are one of my favorite activities for young learners. It is so important for them to explore different textures and work on building those muscles in their little hands. Sensory bins can be used for so many different skills: fine motor, sorting, building, imaginative play, letter practice, number practice, dumping/pouring and more. I put together a list of sensory bins that you can use throughout the year. I broke them down into seasons and then at the end added bins that could be used anytime. These are all bins I've blogged about before, but now they are in one spot for your convenience.
Ideas for using sensory bins throughout the year. Includes bins for fall, winter, spring, summer and bins you can use all year long with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarteners.

Alphabet Practice Pages

A few summers ago, I created my summer reviews for the kids I was tutoring at the time. I posted them to my TpT store shortly after. The reviews are just that - reviews of topics covered throughout the school year, not a comprehensive list of everything covered. Because of this, I only included certain letters in my alphabet practice for prek and kindergarten, just like I only included certain sight words for my first and second grade packets. I had a few people request all of the letters, so I combined all of the ABC pages that I used in my summer reviews into one big bundle of alphabet practice pages. Take a look at what is included. 
ABC printable pages make a quick and easy way to practice the alphabet. 4 different versions to make practicing upper and lowercase letter more fun!

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