Phonics and Patterning Fun

The first few weeks of school have been spectacular! I always forget how difficult different the beginning of kindergarten is from the rest of the year, but we are finally getting in the groove and I have the greatest bunch of learners! I wanted to share a couple of fun things we did last week!

So I'm kind of obsessed with #teachersfollowteachers on Instagram. As I was obsessively checking it last week, I stumbled across the cutest homeschooler mom, and this adorable fall poem that focuses on letter sounds. I knew I had to make it for my class.

As I suspected, they ate it right up ;) 

I introduced the game during guided reading in a small group. Every kiddo had multiple opportunities to pick an apple from the basket and figure out the sound the letter made. I have seen SO much improvement in their abilities since the first day of school! So proud of my littles :) After we picked out all the apples, we worked together to identify each letter and put the apples in alphabetical order. So many skills in one little activity!

We had a little time at the end of the day after packing up and my kiddos begged me to play the apple game! #dontmindifwedo

They pulled an apple out of the basket, held it up for their classmates to see, and everyone had to say the sound the letter made. They loved it, I loved it, smiles all around!

I also thought it would be fun to make a set with pumpkins so we can continue using this activity throughout the next few months. If you'd like to use this in your classroom, you can download the file for free in my TpT shop!


During math, we practiced using our manipuatives as tools {not toys ;)} and reviewed patterning. We sat in a circle on the carpet and passed the tub of bears around. Each kiddo picked out a patterning card and created the pattern with the bears. As a class, we "read" the patterns and figured out the name of each pattern.
Then we went to our table seats and applied our patterning knowledge. Each student got 4 patterning cards and recorded the pattern on their paper.
They all did really well with it and were excited to be able to take them home! I think they're tired of me keeping their work to "decorate" our classroom ;)

You can grab this fun little patterning center {here}
{cute clip art from DJ Inkers!}

Oh! One last thing! To celebrate the start of fall, I'm throwing a little sale in my TpT store! Save 20% off all my products Sunday and Monday!


  1. Thank you so much for the freebies. They're adorable and just what I needed! I'm off to check out your TPT store!

  2. Oh my goodness! What perfect and adorable freebies! Thank you so much for your generosity--you're so very kind to share! I'll be doing some printing this afternoon! ;)

  3. These are wonderful resources. Thank you for sharing your time and talent!

  4. Thanks for the cute freebies! We did the apple sounds last week too, and I also thought it would be fun to do with pumpkins! #greatmindsthinkalike Plus, I was just looking for some teddy bear pattern cards, so thank you! You are the best!

    One Sharp Bunch

  5. LOVE these! We just used them in class today and it was fun.

    And an idea......make these with numbers 1-20 on them also for numeral recognition......or make a themed set for each season with alphabet/numbers! I would happily pay for such a useful resource in your store.
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love, love the apple, pumpkin beginning sounds game. Thank you so much!

  7. I love these activities and can't wait to try them! However, when I clicked on the bear link I only saw the recording sheet and not the cards. Where can I find the cute bear cards?

    Thanks so much for your help and the freebie :)

    1. Hey Kris! They're included in the downloaded, just take a second to load! Try again when you get a chance :)

  8. Love all of your things, I just bought your October morning work, thank you so much for the freebie!

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  10. Both of these activities fit into my plans this week. Great timing-thanks for such cute freebies. Love your ideas.