This Winter Brings New Plans for Maggie’s Kinder Corner!
This winter brought new challenges. For nearly 32 years, I have taught various grade levels with most of them being in Kindergarten. This year will mark a huge change for me personally, as well as professionally. I am eligible to retire (actually have been for a few years), so I have made the monumental decision to move on to the next chapter in life. Because of my love of teaching, I have many days that are met with mixed feelings about this decision. However, there are numerous ways to still be involved in education, so I am excited to get started!
I have a wonderful little group of kindergarten students who need a teacher who is all in when it comes to their education! The winter season is full of opportunities to help minds grow. So, we begin in January with a review of numbers 1-20, and begin our addition and subtraction standards. There are so many useful tools for adding and subtracting.
Winter Math Fun!
In January, we focus a lot on winter themed activities that match our standards. One fun activity that only takes a bit of planning is to put 10 frame templates and winter finger puppets in a basket with number cards for counting out groups from 1-20. Students can simply write the number they made on a dry-erase board and keep going! These are the manipulatives I use in January for that activity.
Click on the picture for a FREE 10 Frame Set to use with these cuties for January-February. Just have students to use the cards as a card deck face down. Draw the top card, make the number, write on a dry erase board, and continue. It can be a game with up to 3 or 4 students taking turns. Just put the cards back on the bottom of the deck. The addition and subtraction cards are self explanatory.
Winter Reading Fun!
It is so much fun to learn about arctic animals during January. We love to do directed drawing and writing of animals such as the cute tutorials on http://artforkidshub.com Love this family that shares their love of art with the world.
After drawing our picture, we go to our seats to color and confer with the teacher about what we will be writing about. So much fun!
We also read about arctic animals. Here is a free reader from
Need emergent readers to explain the seasons?