pre-k & kinder

Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable book, poem cards and pumpkin counters from waddleeahchaa.com

I know just about everyone knows a version of the Five Little Pumpkins poem. Well, it’s that time of year again and I know everyone is ready for some fun . . . I’ve put together a Five Little Pumpkins FREE printable package for you and your children. Five Little Pumpkins book, Miss Enigma, age […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Handiest Things in the World by Andrew Clements Why we love this book: Last week, I walked into Ms. Trisha’s preschool classroom and immediately had to run and get my camera. Above all I believe preschool education must be safe, nurturing and hands-on! Children need time to move and […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Me I Am by Jack Prelutsky Why we love this book: In celebration of all preschoolers and their unique selves, we like to begin the school year with an All About Me unit. It’s a wonderful way to highlight how we are all alike and all different and how each […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes Why we love this book: Kevin Henkes’ dreamy pictures take us through the seasons with Old Bear. Old Bear falls asleep in winter and dreams his way through a pastel spring, a bright green summer, an autumn covered in shades of yellow and orange and […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Lion’s Lunch by Fiona Tierney Why we love this book: In Lion’s Lunch?, little Sarah uses her gift of drawing to charm an angry, grumpy, bossy, old lion. Seeing a drawing of his “Great Big Angry” self, the lion decides he would like to change his attitude and the way […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Starry Safari by Linda Ashman Why we love this book: The main character takes us on safari racing in her sturdy jeep. Beep! Beep! Beep! This safari jeep ride brings back memories of my own amazing safari ride. I love how the author uses action words and adjectives to bring […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: ABC Animal Jamboree by Giles Andreae Why we love this book: I’m back from South Africa and I’m trying to wrap my brain around everything I experienced. I’m busy sorting through the hundreds of pictures I took and I’m putting together my thought for some upcoming posts on my adventure! […]

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 Dig a Tunnel Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Dig a Tunnel by Ryan Ann Hunter Why we love this book: First, I love this book because it is a book that little boys love! Second, I am a big proponent of including books in all learning centers. Yes, even the block center! But what kind of books do […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Swimmy by Leo Lionni Why we love this book: Can you believe it? Summer is just around the corner! We’re looking forward to the sun, sand and water with much anticipation! There’s just none better than Swimmy to take us on a tour through the deep wet world of the […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn Why we love this book: More than anything children want to know that they are loved and they are safe. The story of The Kissing Hand assures children that no matter where they go or what they do, “‘Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.” […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Just One Quiet Pine Tree by Chris Butterworth Why we love this book: In honor of April as Earth Month and Arbor Day this Friday, we’re celebrating our earth. Something we actually like to do all year long. Just One Quiet Pine Tree is a ” Nature Map Book” that […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: 10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle Why we love this book: At the beginning of the book is the news article that inspired Eric Carle to write the story of the 10 Little Rubber Ducks, ” . . . a shipment of 29,000 rubber bathtub toys, including ducks . […]

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As part of our Life Cycle Theme Study, we’re giving away the simply wonderful book First The Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. First The Egg tackles the age-old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Ms Trisha’s class is tackling the question: What is an Oviparous Animal? (Try saying that three times!) Oviparous […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barett Puddles by Jonathan London Water’s Way by Lisa Westberg Peters Why we love these books: Joyce has once again dipped into her library books and selected a Weather Book Pack GIVEAWAY. Since April Showers bring May Flowers, it seems only appropriate […]

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I learned something new this week. The sign language symbol for “I love You.” Ms Annie traced the hands of the children in her class and created this loving board for all of the parents. I know that Jeannine’s children are busy stitching homemade Valentine cards for friends and family. I thought this would be […]

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What Will the Weather Be Like Today by Paul Rogers is the perfect winter weather book to read here in the Hill Country of South Texas. Once in a blue moon we experience a snow day like last year but on the other hand, we often enjoy sunny warm weather in January. It might get […]

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How do you ring in the New Year with three and four-year-old preschoolers? Supplies construction paper glue sticks / glue bottles scraps of everything and anything! curly ribbon rick-rack pipe-cleaners pom-poms marshmallows feathers junk! Lesson Preparation cut out construction paper triangles prior to lesson But you know we believe in low-maintenance for the teacher and […]

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Handiest Things in the World by Andrew Clements Photographs by Raquel Jaramillo Why we love this book: We’re often asked how we select the books we GIVE AWAY at waddlee-ah-chaa. It’s quite simple, we love books and we’re always on the look out for books. There’s no method to […]

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This book is my personal copy of The Gingerbread Man from when I was a little girl. Everyday after lunch, my sister Jennifer and I would crawl into bed with our Mama. She would read us two story books and then it was afternoon nap time. The Gingerbread Man was one of my favorites. Fast […]

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Book of the Week: Pig’s Egg by Katherine Sully, illustrated by Sam Chaffey Why we love this book: Pig’s Egg is a delightful book that immediately draws you in through it’s pen and ink with water color illustrations. Sam Chaffey’s illustrations capture each farm animal’s character as they each care for their individual eggs. Pig […]

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Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner Why we love this book: We love this book because the kids love this book! If you’re looking for a great little book packed full of learning then Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner is a must have. This book full of rhyme, rhythm and repetitive text […]

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