Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Interactive Re-telling Book Is Finally Here!

After 2 Years, I FINALLY Created My Most Requested Product!

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Teachers have been asking me for over two years where they can buy the interactive Very Hungry Caterpillar book they have seen at my presentation. Well, I finally created it in both color and in black & white!


If you copy the color version, it is perfect for the teacher to use to re-create the story of the The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. It will also make a wonderful addition to your classroom library.

(Be sure to cut out the white circles so your puppet or stuffed caterpillar can pass through the opening.)

But it is the black & white copy that will have the most value. 

Here is how it works:
-Introduce the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle and discuss the various parts of the book as well as the life cycle of butterflies.
-Create a caterpillar sock puppet (or use a stuffed caterpillar or a commercially sold caterpillar puppet) and re-tell the story using the color version of my interactive Hungry Caterpillar book. Make sure to cut out the holes on pages 3-9. Allow your caterpillar puppet to slip through the holes on the pages as you re-tell the story.

-Use the link included in the directions, and have your students make caterpillar sock puppets. 

I had students bring in socks from The Dollar Store. Only half of the students needed to bring in socks for the entire class to have one. 
-Using the butterfly template in the set, have your students use crayons and watercolor paints to create a crayon resist design on the butterfly. Allow the butterflies to dry and have your students cut along the square surrounding the butterfly. Have them fold their butterfly several times and place it inside their caterpillar sock puppet. 

-Copy the black & white version of the interactive re-telling book on white cardstock or white construction paper for each student and have them color the illustrations.

-Students should partner read (or buddy up with a partner class) to share their interactive re-telling books along, with their sock puppets, with a partner. They should allow their sock puppets to slide through the holes on pages 3-9 and they should remove the hidden butterfly from their sock puppet at the end of the story to reveal its beautiful colors. 

Science Link:  You can also have your students cut out the images of the butterfly's life cycle and glue them onto the correct spaces on the worksheet provided in the set. 

Your students will LOVE re-telling this familiar story, they will develop oral language skills, reinforce skills such as sequence of events, speaking in complete sentences, and re-telling familiar stories.And they will look forward to taking home their interactive re-telling book and sock puppets to share the story with their families. 

Don't you LOVE the graphics? They are all from DJ Inkers and Creative Clips. 
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You can get 15% off at DJ Inkers by using my code: KFUN. The code is good through March 2018. Here is my affiliate link:

You can grab your copy of The Hungry Caterpillar Re-telling Book by CLICKING HERE

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Do You Know Who Stedman Graham Is? Find out here & Grab a FREEBIE.

I'm So Excited That He Will Be At SPLASH!

Frog Street just announced that Stedman Graham is bringing his powerful message of identity and self-leadership to Splash 2018
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Stedman is an internationally renowned speaker, best-selling author, and entrepreneur with a commitment to education and lifelong learning. 

He'll share the principals of his "Identity Leadership" program and the philosophy that individuals hold the power to their personal and professional success. It begins with the understanding that to lead others, you must first be able to lead your SELF! Early childhood educators: this message will speak to you! You don't want to miss this event.

Treat yourself to a 3 days of FUN, Learning, & Inspiration!
The pre-conference and conference runs from July 25-27 in Grapevine, Texas. 

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And, did I mention that the price for the conference will be going up at the end of March? So you will want to register today and lock in your price. 

And I will be presenting "From Re-telling Stories to Writing, Instant Success!" at SPLASH too! Educators from Pre-K to Kindergarten will be able to "Make & Take" along with me as I introduce how to create "Re-telling Books" which prompt & support oral language and writing! 
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We will explore creative ways to dig deeper into familiar stories like The Three Bears, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and my newest favorite, Harriet Can Carry It, by Kirk J. Mueller, which is a great book to read and share at the end of the school year. It's summertime theme and ever-expanding story line will captivate your students and get them talking and writing about social/emotional development, story sequence, and consideration. 
Click the image above to grab your FREE template.

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And here is a link that takes you to loads of curriculum ideas to go along with this cute story. Scroll down to get your
FREE Harriet & Joey
so your students can create a "re-telling" project too.
CLICK HERE for the curriculum link & kangaroos.
All of the story parts come with a circle around them so your students don't have to cut out any tiny pieces or, you can use the first template located above inside the orange polk-a-dot frame.

Let me know if you are planning to be there!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Let's Motivate, Engage, & Make Learning Fun With Palma, Heidi, & Drew!

And Get Your "P, H, D

from Palma, Heidi, & Drew!

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is excited to gather this talented team of California educators 
for an engaging day 
filled with interactive workshops 
designed for 
Pre-K, TK, & Kindergarten educators! 

Discover strategies and techniques 
that will change the way 
you approach the next school year 
and earn up to 3 graduate-level semester units! 

When:  Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10 AM to  
           3:30 PM.

Where:  University Village 
            Community Center Gymnasium 
            1123 Jackson Street
            Albany, California 94706 

How:    CLICK HERE to register online.
            CLICK HERE to download a   
         registration form.

Attendees will receive:
*coffee/morning snacks
*a comprehensive handout from each presenter
*a boxed lunch and soft drink                                              
*classroom-proven, developmentally   
 appropriate strategies and easy- to-    
 implement ideas to help motivate                   
 student engagement & make learning fun.
Our Schedule & Topics:

10:00             Registration/breakfast  

10:15-10:20 Intros & announcements

10:20 - 11:05   Keeping the FUN in ELA & Math
11:05 - 11:50 Learning the Alphabet Through  

11:50-12:35       Increasing Language & Literacy   
                      Through Sign Language

12:35 - 1:05       Lunch  (included)

1:05 - 1:50       Hands-On Science

1:50 - 2:35       Numbers & Numeracy Through Music

2:35 - 3:20       Less Stress With Mindfulness &  

3:20 - 3:30 Closing & Prizes

Did I mention there will be prizes?
From a morning snack to a boxed lunch and soft drink, you will have a fun-filled, inspiring day. (Lunch options will be provided.)
And our sessions include everything from fun, hands-on learning, to teaching through music & movement, all the way to learning with sign language and reducing stress with mindfulness & yoga! 

Meet our CA Team:  PHD!

Discover fun, engaging, research-based, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices for  Emergent Reading, Writing, Math, and Science with        Palma Lindsay. Palma taught in CA for 37 years. Most of those years were in Kindergarten. Currently, she presents “Make & Take” Professional Development for teachers internationally. 

Get up and move as you sing and learn songs that teach the alphabet, numbers, and numeracy  with 
Heidi Butkus. Heidi has taught in CA since 1985. 
She combines brain research with practical 
experience to develop engaging teaching techniques. She is currently teaching TK and  presents workshops for teachers across the country. 

Bring mindfulness, American Sign Language, &     Yoga  into your classroom with Drew Giles. Drew  has taught ECE and Kindergarten, including low-income, in the U.S. and South Korea. He co-authored a book with Dr. Jean Feldman and is currently the Director of Quality Enhancement and Professional Development for Oakland Unified School District. 

Register soon as seating is limited.
Use #CKA2018PHD
We will see you there!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Have You Experienced The Frog Street SPLASH Conference?

It's July 25-27 in Grapevine, Texas!

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Have you been to the SPLASH Conference before?
Well, you are missing out! It is one of the biggest celebrations ever!
The evening gala is the BEST!

Here is what you need to know:

This conference is designed for:
Early Childhood Educators, 1st grade, Kindergarten, Pre-K, Pre-School, Toddler, Infant, Special Ed, Teachers, Directors, Administrators, Caregivers, etc. 
Did I mention the shopping?

It is held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.
(That is an experience you won't want to miss!)
You will want to attend a pre-conference event too!

The Pre-Conference is Wednesday, July 25, 2018. 
(It's amazing!)

The Opening Celebration is Wed. evening, July 25. 
(It's more amazing!)

The Closing Ceremony is Friday afternoon, July 27.
(You'll be glad you attended!)

Registration (Jan 1-March 31) is $399
After March 31 it's $449
Check out the Make & Take session below.

Pre-Conference Fees: 
Professional Learning Institute (PLI), Full Day:  $249 
Curriculum Training Morning Session, Half Day:  $79
Make & Take Afternoon Session, Half Day:  $99 (My favorite!)
You will learn so much while having FUN!

I hope I see you there!