January 2018 - Miss Kindergarten

A Fun Toddler Coloring Book

My 18 month old daughter, Ruby, LOVES arts & crafts {no surprise there I guess :)} so we were both really excited to test out My First Toddler Coloring Book! Ruby loves to color using all different types of medium and was really excited when her new coloring book came in the mail. She ran straight to it after I set it on her table and started to color!
 Disclosure: I received compensation and/or products in exchange for writing this review, however all opinions are my own.

 Coloring is such an important skill for little learners as it teaches them so much. They are practicing fine-motor skills exercising those teeny-tiny finger muscles and also working on their hand-eye coordination. They can also practice naming and identifying colors, as well as learning patience as they hone in on their coloring skills.

My First Toddler Coloring Book is great in that it includes simple, yet rich pages throughout the book! As Ruby was coloring her favorite letter ;) we talked about the name of the letter, how rocket ship starts with the letter sound, and she even pointed out the star and started singing "Twinkle, Twinkle". SO much learning on one little page!

The coloring book is divided into five sections which introduce numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and animals. 

The great thing about the illustrations in this book is it reinforces what your toddler learns in preschool, daycare, or what they see when reading children's books! Repetition and practice is key when toddlers are learning to name and identify letters, numbers, shapes, and colors.

This coloring book is also a great way to make learning basic concepts for young toddlers FUN! And if you ask me, that's what early learning should really be about :)

You can find My First Toddler Coloring Book on Amazon! Save $1 on your order if purchased by 2/5/18. Simply apply the coupon code 1COLOR to your payment method after adding the coloring book to your cart.

Happy coloring!


See & Write {literacy & math centers}

A few years ago, I created some easy-to-prep, ready-to-go centers for my literacy and math time called See & Stamp Centers. They included 4 literacy centers and 4 math centers for each month that covered skills my kinders could complete independently! They loved using the stamps and I loved that they were practicing important skills.

It wasn't until a few days ago that I realized I could just make ONE little change to these centers and they would serve a whole NEW purpose! I simply switched out the word "stamp" for the word "write" and bam! Now these centers can be used throughout the year, NO STAMPS NEEDED!! 

These centers are super easy to prep! Just straight lines across the cards to cut them apart and of course laminate them for long lasting durability ;) I used my new Fiskars guillotine paper cutter, it is SO nice! {that's my affiliate link up there in case you want to try it out :)}

They are also easy to keep organized. Each center piece and recording sheet has matching clip art so you know which cards go with which paper! To save on paper, make copies for the students visiting each center and slide the recording sheets into sheet protectors. The kiddos can use dry-erase marker to record their answers, have their work checked, and then erase the recording sheet for the next group of kids!

Here's a look at the literacy centers included for January:
Sight word reading and writing practice {I've also included an editable page for the words since we all teach different ones at different times of the year :)}

CVC practice

Ending sounds

Magic e words

Here are the math centers included:
Counting on from a given number

Addition to 6

Teen numbers

Making a ten using ten frames

I included the See & Write Centers in the same file as the See & Stamp Centers so you can decide how you would like to use them :)

You can find these centers in my Year Long Bundle as well!