Fun End-of-Year Adventure: Kindergarten Field Trip Extravaganza!

Looking for fun end-of-year ideas?

Well, hold onto your hats because our kindergarten team cooked up a fantastic final hurrah: a trip to the park packed with five super fun stations—one for each of our five awesome classes!

Bright and early one sunny morning, we gathered our little explorers and set off for a nearby park. Our mission? To have a blast and make lasting memories. Each station had its own charm and activities, ensuring every child had a whirlwind of fun. All parents were invited. They walked with us to the park and helped their child during each activity, as needed.

Station 1: Parachute Palooza

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First up was the Parachute Station. As soon as the kids caught sight of that colorful canopy, their eyes lit up like fireworks! Parents and children gathered ’round as we made waves with the parachute, giggling as it puffed up and down in the breeze. Then came the thrill of running under it in a countdown frenzy—first the boys, then the girls, then the parents, and even a game of cat and mouse that had everyone in stitches. By the end, we all flopped down on the parachute, catching our breath and soaking in the joy of the moment.

Station 2: Playground Paradise

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Next, it was off to the Playground Station, a constant favorite. The playground was a hive of activity with slides, swings, and climbing frames galore. Kids dashed around, their imaginations soaring as they explored new challenges and honed their motor skills. From solving playground puzzles to collaborating on swings, this station was a hub of playful learning.

Station 3: Hula Hoops and Jump Rope Jamboree

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At the Hula Hoops and Jump Rope Station, borrowed from our school’s gym, the laughter continued. Kids twirled hula hoops around their waists and jumped rope with enthusiasm, mastering the art of timing their jumps to the rope’s rhythmic swings. Simple yet effective, these activities kept them active and taught valuable lessons in sharing, taking turns, and cheering on their friends.

Station 4: Chalk-a-licious

           

The Chalk Station was a riot of color and creativity. Kids sprawled on the ground, creating vibrant masterpieces, writing their names in bold letters, and inventing intricate hopscotch courses. It was amazing to see how their drawing and writing skills had blossomed throughout the year, all while fostering teamwork and sparking imaginative collaborations.

Station 5: Sack Race Showdown

Last but certainly not least, the Sack Races Station brought out the competitive spirit in everyone. With sacks borrowed from one of our adventurous teachers, kids lined up eagerly. First, with parents at the other end to guide them, the girls hopped and giggled their way to the finish line, showcasing their expert jumping skills. Then it was the boys’ turn, with laughter echoing as they tackled the challenge with enthusiasm, some tumbling but all having a blast.

Mission Accomplished!

After a whirlwind of laughter, challenges, and creativity at all five stations, we packed up our memories and headed back to school. Exhausted but brimming with excitement, the kids eagerly shared stories of their escapades with parents and friends. It was a perfect end-of-year celebration—one that blended fun, learning, and unforgettable moments.

So, if you’re planning your own end-of-year bash, take a cue from our adventure-packed day. Whether it’s parachutes, playgrounds, hula hoops, chalk, or sack races, these activities are guaranteed to bring smiles and create memories that will last a lifetime. Here’s to the joy of childhood and the magic of kindergarten adventures!

Children’s Books about Winter

Looking for books for your Winter thematic unit? These are some of my favorite books for my winter theme in January.

Here’s a list of books about Winter

Some of the books included are:

  • Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Bear Stays Up by Karma Wilson
  • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
  • The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll
  • Clifford’s First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell
  • The Hat by Jan Brett
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
  • Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
  • The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg
  • The Quilt Story by Tony Johnson
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Here’s a list of Spanish books about Winter (Libros acerca del invierno)

  • El mitón por Jan Brett
  • Froggy se viste por Jonathan London
  • El gorro de lana por Jan Brett
  • ¡Una señora con frío se tragó un poco de nieve! por Lucille Colandro
  • Un día de nieve por Ezra Jack Keats
  • La primera nevada de Clifford por Norman Bridwell
  • The tortilla quilt por Jane Tenorio-Coscarelli
  • Adivina cuanto te quiero en invierno por Sam McBratney
  • Oso polar, oso polar, ¿que es ese ruido? por Bill Martin Jr./ Eric Carle
  • Elmer en la nieve por David McKee
  • Nieve
  • Oso no para de roncar por Karma Wilson

Free End of Year Poems

Here are some FREE End of Year poems in English and SPANISH. It includes 2 popular end of year poems and a song.


There are three versions of “I’ve Been Going to Kindergarten”


1. First one has this line: I’ve been going to KindergartenAll the whole year long!

2. Second one has this line: I’ve been going to KindergartenAnd learned from home too!

3. Third one has this line:I’ve been going to KindergartenAnd virtual classes too!
Enjoy!

 

Kindergarten Home Learning

Our spring break is over and it is time to get back into learning mode. With so much going on with the coronavirus and school closures, this can be a little difficult. I have created this home learning packet that can be used during distance learning.

This packet has three weeks of learning for kindergarten. It includes math, phonics, sight words and writing activities. Check it out below and see if this is something that you might be able to use.

Note: A FREE Spanish version is also included in this download.

Preview of Week 1 of Kindergarten distance learning activities.

Preview of Week 2 of Kindergarten distance learning activities.

Preview of Week 3 of Kindergarten distance learning activities.

I hope that you find these activities useful.

Happy teaching!

-Lidia

How to Wash Your Hands

Many children do not realize that they are not washing their hands when they need to do so. They go to the restroom, they touch dirty objects, they cough and sneeze, but sometimes forget to wash their hands.

With our current situation with coronavirus, washing our hands is very important to help us stay healthy. I found a video for kids that explains what coronavirus is and how important it is to wash our hands. I have also included a poster and a reader that explains how to wash our hands step by step. But first, here are the videos.

Here’s a video in Spanish. ¿Qué es el coronavirus?

How to Wash Your Hands

Here is a Free Wash Your Hands poster with step by step directions on how to wash our hands. You can place it in the bathroom or by any sink in the home or school. The Spanish version “Lava tus manos” is also included.

I also have a simple reader for step by step instructions on how to wash your hands. There’s also a poster reminder of when to wash your hands.

You can find these Wash Your Hands reader and posters here.

Wash Your Hands Song

Here’s a song for kids about washing our hands.

Free Alphabet Chart

This is a FREE alphabet chart that you can use at home. The student will name the picture two times and say the beginning sound three times. Do this for each letter.

Spanish Alphabet Chart (Los Sonidos Iniciales)

Here is a FREE alphabet chart in Spanish for bilingual and dual language learners.

The students will name the picture two times and the initial sound three times. Do this for each sound. (Los estudiantes van a decir el nombre del objeto una vez después su sonido tres veces. Haga esto para cada sonido del cartel.)

Enjoy!

Lidia

Free Websites to Learn from Home

Hi parents. Are you wondering which websites to use at home during distance learning? The good thing is that your child has already been using technology in the classroom every day. The best thing to do is to use the same websites that the classroom teacher has already introduced. This will help students navigate through a familiar website and find what they need without confusion or frustration. However, one consideration to make could be your internet. If you have multiple people trying to access and download from the internet then it could become taxing on your bandwidth. You might want to contact your current provider if this was an issue, or you could look for alternative companies either similar to viasat internet or ones in your local area to try and find a provider who can accommodate your new requirements. As well as this, you may also wish to have a think about your internet security, especially given that your device is likely to see more and more usage during this time. A good place to start with this could be reading something like these norton vpn reviews to learn about the benefits a VPN can offer you, and potentially help you decide whether this is something you would like to add to your security setup. For now, when it comes to the actual learning your child will be doing, here are some websites that you can try.

Starfall

One website that your child can start with is STARFALL.COM. It is free and easy to navigate. The main page looks like this:

Just click the Kindergarten picture to get started. You will find many activities on this site. As you can see on the picture below, there are opportunities for practicing letter names, letter sounds, word families, stories that you can read or listen to and so much more.

Literacy Center

Another website is literacycenter.net. This website is available in English, Spanish, French and German. Simply click the language that you prefer and get started. Students can practice uppercase and lowercase letters, shapes, writing, spelling and more.

Storyline Online

Storyline Online is a website that has many books that are read by authors and celebrities that your child might recognize. Simply choose a book and a video will show up of someone reading the story to you.

BrainPop

BrainPop is FREE during school closures.

GoNoodle

GoNoodle provides videos to engage students in movement and mindfulness. It’s a great tool that we use every day in the classroom.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Cosmic Kids Yoga is another Yoga and mindfulness program that your student can use at home.

Enjoy!

Lidia

New Year’s Eve Clock for Kids

Help kids countdown to New Year’s Eve with this simple clock idea.

Materials:

  • Paper Plate
  • Brad for arrows
  • Tape
  • Numbers and Arrows Printable
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  • Download and print the numbers printable. It includes several pages with different options for you. I chose the small numbers in black and white for this sample.
  • Cut the number squares and arrows.
  • Tape the numbers to the plate.
  • Poke a hole in the center of the plate.
  • Push the brad into the hour and minutes hands and then through the center of the plate.

That’s it! Now, you can enjoy the countdown to New Year’s Eve with the kids. If they keep changing the time on this clock, they will either stay up until midnight or fall asleep before then. If they are not awake at midnight, the kids will be able to go back in the morning to see the last time posted on the clock before they fell asleep.

DOWNLOAD THE CLOCK NUMBERS AND ARROWS HERE.

Have Fun!

Cinco de Mayo Taco Craft

Here’s a fun build-a-taco craft for Cinco de Mayo. Just print on colored paper or let students color them in. I have included eyes for fun but your students can add different mouth expressions. These would look very cute on your bulletin board. You can teach them the Spanish words of each ingredient.

Taco is taco.

Meat is carne.

Lettuce is lechuga.

Cheese is queso.

Tomato is tomate.

Tortilla is tortilla.

Hope you like it! Here’s a sample video of this craft.

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Thematic Reader

We have added easy thematic readers for Cinco de Mayo. Here’s a sample of one booklet. The download includes this featured Cinco de Mayo reader. The other titles included are Piñata Fun and The Mexican Flag. You will also find FREE Spanish copies in this packet.

Here’s a video to sample one of the books.

Find the Cinco de Mayo printables here.

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