Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Kindergarten Back to School Centers and a FREEBIE!

Are you ready for back to school? It'll be here before you know it! There's labels to be made, bulletin boards to get ready, and centers to be planned! That's why today's blog post is full of great Kindergarten Back to School Centers!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

It seems like June and July go by faster than any other months. It feels like just yesterday school was out. We have been super busy here at The Printable Princess headquarters. If you follow me on Instagram, you know we recently bought a house here in Wisconsin. Moving is A LOT of work, but decorating is so much fun! 

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

So now that the move is behind us, most of the boxes have been unpacked, and we are finally getting settled, I have been searching far and wide for some back to school treasures. I found these little gems in the Dollar Deals section Target. I was crazy excited to find these large, colorful dice. I will be using them with the activities in the It's All Fun and Games monthly packets. The size makes them just perfect for little hands. The quiet foam is an added bonus!

If you don't feel like snooping around to various stores looking for the same dice, you can use my affiliate link to buy your own on Amazon by clicking here

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

After I cleaned out shopped at Target, my next stop was The Dollar Tree. I love this store. It always amazes me what I can turn my dollar in to! On this particular trip I got some things to make Kindergarten back to school centers for the classroom, some glow sticks, and a Styrofoam airplane (that was my husband's purchase...not mine).

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

I bought these adorable theme cut-outs. They were one dollar. One. dollar. people. I am going to add these to my usual back-to-school centers and use them to reinforce letters and numbers. 

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

The first center I made was with the ketchup and mustard cut-outs. I'm calling this center "Letter Match Lunch".  I programmed the ketchup with uppercase letters and the mustard with lowercase letters. Send these babies through the laminate, cut 'em out...instant center!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Students will match the uppercase and lowercase letters together. They will record their matches on the recording sheet (pictured below). 

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

The next center I made was a math center. I used the scissors and glue cut-outs for this activity. I programmed the scissors with stickers (or you could draw circles on the scissors). I wrote the numbers to 10 on the glue. Students will count the stickers (or circles) on the scissors and match it to the glue bottle.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Here's a picture of the recording sheet for this activity.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Run to The Dollar Tree and pick up these cut-outs! They make such cute and easy back-to-school centers. You can pick up both of the recording sheets by clicking on the picture above or click HERE.

Here's a few pictures of some of the other centers I use in the first few weeks of kindergarten back to school centers. They are from the unit Pencils, Glue, and Centers Too. I keep centers very simple in the beginning and I always include "I Can" charts to help keep students on task and so that they know what to do.

In the Letter Match center, students match the uppercase letter cards to the lowercase letters on the mat. There's also picture cards included for students who are ready to work on beginning sounds. Mats and letter/picture cards are color coded, so there is no confusion!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Here's a picture of the beginning sounds version.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Here's the letter and word sort center. Students sort the cards using the sorting mats labeled "Letters" and "Words". They record their answers on the recording sheet.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

This is a fun center and is always a favorite of my Kinders! Students say the name of the letter on the card. They find the matching letter on their paper. Using the color that is on the card, they trace the letter on the paper.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Secret Code Letter Sounds...another class favorite! Students look at the three pictures to identify the secret beginning sound. Later in the year we spell sight words with these secret codes.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

I love write and wipe activities. In this center, students work on fine motor skills and pre-writing skills by tracing the lines.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Number order practice. I have two sets for this center. Some students work on numbers to 5, while another group works on numbers to 10.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

This center is the math version of  "The Work of Art" activity. Students find the matching number or shape on their paper. Using the color that is on the card, they trace the number/shape on the paper.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Fill in the missing number.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Students practice counting on in this center. They start counting at the number on the crayon and use the crayons on the right to count on. You can use bingo dabbers or crayons for students to record their answers.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

So that's a snapshot of our Kindergarten back to school centers for the first few weeks of school. I always keep the activities easy and the skills consistent. We focus on just a couple of skills as we get used to our new routines.

There's a total of 23 centers in the Pencils, Glue, and Centers too packet {13 math and 10 literacy}.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

You can check out all of the centers by clicking HERE or on the picture below.

Every teacher needs some go to Kindergarten back to school centers to start the beginning of the school year off right! This blog post contains some great ideas to help you teach uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers 1-10, beginning sounds, word sorts, letter recognition, letter sounds, number order, numbers, shapes, find the missing number, and MORE! Your Kinder classroom or homeschool students will love the activities included. Plus there's a great FREE download too! Click through now!

Have a wonderful school year!!!

Thanks for reading along as I shared about our Kindergarten back to school centers! 


15 comments:

  1. I was JUST @ The Dollar Tree Store yesterday and completely ignored these cut outs, choosing another set. I'm going to have to go back! Thanks for the idea. I'll modify it for my 3rd graders with synonyms or the alphabet in cursive!

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    1. What a great idea to use cursive for older students!!! So glad you are able to use them! :)
      -Melissa

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  2. I love the idea of using those cut outs to create a center! I saw them at the store and was wondering what teachers were suppose to do with them. Thank you for creating the worksheets to go with them.

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    1. They are great for centers! Once laminated, they are pretty durable. And a recording sheet is a must!! Glad you love them! :)

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    2. Hi I was just wondering if it is at all possible for you to post a clear individual picture of each cut out so it can be copied and laminated in order for us to use the worksheets. I live in Australia (and I understand these are a year old so may not be available still) but would appreciate this if possible?

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  3. Thank you SO much! These were wonderful ideas!

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    1. Aww, thank you! I'm so glad you like them. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  4. How many packages of the ketchup/mustard do you need to do the alphabet matching?

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    1. You'll need 3 packs as there are only 24 in ea. pack and you'll need 52 to make both upper and lower case letters. You'll have some blanks leftover for some other piece of goodness tho!

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    2. hi Lee Ann,
      You would need 3 packages of cut-outs (52 total pieces) to make a match for all 26 letters of the alphabet. During the first few weeks of school, I don't give my students all of the letters to match-up because that can be a lot of pieces and overwhelming for a Kinder brand new to the classroom, especially the little guys who are new to letter recognition. For the recording sheet they only need 8 matches, which is what I will give them at first so that they can be successful. A few weeks later I would give them the whole set and use the recording sheet again. Hope that helps!!
      -Melissa

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  5. The Dollar Tree centers are so cute! Thank you for sharing

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    1. You're welcome, Carmen! Thanks so much for stopping by! :)
      -Melissa

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  6. I LOVE these letter matching and number matching Dollar Tree centers you made!! What a great beginning of the year center! Time for me to head to the Dollar Tree! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Carlee Van Ness
    The Kindergarten Press

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  7. I love your centers. This is my 10th year of teaching K and I like when I find cute new ideas! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  8. Love love love your ideas! Thanks so much!

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