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A Healthy and Happy Classroom {free classroom kits}

Lysol has put together these awesome pamphlets to help your students learn how to be healthy and happy! The best part?! They're absolutely free! This is a great way to help get families involved and help hold their children accountable at home.

My Healthy Classroom Kits for teachers comes with a teacher's guide that provides ideas for teaching healthy habits in the classroom, and a class set of pamphlets to send home with your students.

The teacher's guide includes 
  • Tips for boosting the “happy” in your classroom
  • Ideas for raising money for your classroom
  • Facts about the germiest spots in your classroom (You’ll be surprised!)
  • A free, printable Healthy Habits Bingo game

The family guide shares ideas and incentives to help your students lead an active and healthy lifestyle. It includes
  • 3 tips for making homework time a happier time
  • Healthy Habits Punch Card to get kids on track with healthy habits
  • Tips on how to tackle germ “hot spots” in your home

You can sign up for your FREE classroom kits {here}.
(Kit signup ends November 30, 2018. Limit one kit per classroom per school. While supplies last.)

Morning Work Tubs for Kindergarten

If the start of your school day is as crazy as mine, I know how stressful it can be! Between parents who have questions, students who need immediate attention, or a call from the front office, it’s hard to split your attention in 5 different ways AND still be in charge of your class! That’s where Morning Work Tubs come in! 
Teach your students first thing in the morning to hang their backpacks, put their lunchbox away, and grab a morning tub! The management is up to you, whether you want to assign partners to specific tubs or let your students choose. All the skills are perfect for beginning of the year kindergarteners and they can work on everything independently, giving you time to focus your attention on other needs!

Setting up morning tubs. What do you need?
I like to place all the materials for each activity in a tub or tray. The Target Dollar Spot always has fun colorful tubs/trays that work perfectly. I like to print each activity on card stock paper so it is thicker and more durable. You will also need to laminate the activities so they can be used over and over again. 
Other helpful materials: dry-erase markers, magnet letters, Velcro dots, pom-poms, play-doh, clothespins, pipe-cleaners, and plastic buttons.

Let's take a look at what's included!

 Name writing practice 
For obvious reasons, name writing is a super important skill for your kinders, so we try anything to make it fun! This morning work tub is always a favorite!
Have your students use a dry-erase marker to practice writing their names and their classmates' names. 
You can also have them use magnet letters or other manipulatives to work on spelling their name as well!

Fine Motor Letters
Have your students practice the alphabet while strengthening their fine motor muscles! They can use mini pom-poms or play-doh to form each letter. I found these awesome plastic tweezers at the Dollar Tree, perfect for growing those teeny fine-motor finger muscles!

Letter Tracing Practice
Students will practice writing the uppercase & lowercase letters with dry-erase markers. They can use different colors to differentiate between the upper and lowercase letters.

Letter Recognition Practice
Visually discriminating uppercase & lowercase letters.

Letter Writing Practice
There are three versions of this center: writing all uppercase letters, all lowercase letters, and mixed upper & lowercase letters. They will trace the letters on the top line and practice writing them on their own on the second line.

Sight Word Writing Practice
Trace each word and write it on line below. I also encourage my students to read the words to a friend which they love to do!

Sentence Writing Practice
An introduction to sentence writing! Even if your students aren't able to read the words yet, this is great exposure to correct sentence formation. They will practice uppercase letters at the beginning of the sentence, correct spacing, and punctuation at the end!

Rhyming Words & Color Words
Velcro dots are our friend! Have your students match the picture cards on the mats. The velcro helps to keep the cards from sliding all over the place ;)

Beginning Sounds Practice
Using word family words, your students will work on identifying beginning sounds in words.

Number Tracing Practice
Using a dry-erase marker, your students will practice writing numbers 1-10 as well as writing number words.

Counting Clips
Working on one-to-one correspondence, your students will count the pictures on each card and clip the correct number. This is also great fine-motor work!

Tracing Shapes
Using a dry-erase marker, they will practice shape formation. You can also have your kids use shape blocks or manipulatives to match onto the shapes.

Fine Motor Numbers
Have your students practice number formation using pipe cleaners, mini pom-poms, or play-doh.

Glue Dots
Use mini pom-poms to work on one-to-one correspondence. 

Buttons in a Jar
Have your students add buttons to a jar to match the number on the card. Any type of "real life" manipulative is always a huge hit!

They can also count the buttons in each jar and write how many they counted in the box.

Count & Match
Identifying numbers in several ways, your students will match the picture cards onto the correct mat.

As the year progresses, so do your students' needs! This Morning Work Bundle will eventually include tubs for the middle and the end of the year. You can check it out in my TpT shop below!