Back to school time is here! It is always exciting and very, very busy! There is never a dull moment when it comes to preparing your classroom for students.
Whether you teach Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary, or Homeschool – there is a lot to do to get ready for a successful year!
My friends and I at The Elementary Entourage are excited to be a part of the back to school excitement by bringing you lesson, tips, ideas, and great freebies!
Back to School Tip
I teach Kindergarten, and we spend a lot of time working hard on developing our early reading and writing skills. Learning to write is much more than holding a pencil. You want to build up the strength in those writing muscles in all sorts of fun ways!
Play with playdough, stamps, use tweezers in sensory bins – anything that gets students using those writing muscles and forming that grip. One of my favorite ways to incorporate this into our daily activities is to use clothespin cards. Opening and closing a clothespin is a great thing for little hands to do to build up fine motor. Plus – they love them!
Free Ten Frame Clip Cards
These apple themed ten frame clip cards are perfect for the back to school season!
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Using the Clip Cards
First, I printed the cards and laminated them so that they would be sturdy for repeated use.
To set them up, I put clothespins and the cards in a basket out in the math center.
The students pick up a card, identify the number shown in the ten frame, and clip the correct number. Learning to recognize quantity in a ten frame quickly is also an important math skill, and this game is great for practicing that in a fun way!
Download the Cards
You can grab your own set of these FREE ten frame cards by clicking the yellow button below.
Looking for more clothespin cards? A set of 147 cards for August/September is available HERE.
More Back to School Fun
The fun doesn’t stop here! For more ideas and great freebies, visit the rest of The Elementary Entourage blogs below, then hop over and grab free back to school printables and an apple patterns game! Happy Back to School!
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