DIY Alphabet Wall Charts

A couple of years ago I spotted some child made alphabet charts in the classroom of one of my favourite educators and have wanted to make my own ever since. For me, these alphabet wall charts made with images hand drawn by the students in the class were perfect. Finally, I get to make some with my own class to display in the classroom.


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Add meaning to your classroom - make your own alphabet wall charts for display or turn the hand-drawn artwork into an alphabet book to share. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com


2D Shape Pattern Block Challenge Cards

Last month I shared a lesson from my classroom which focused on 2D shapes. You can read that post by clicking here. I love using blocks in class and these wooden pattern blocks (you can also find them on Amazon - affiliate links) have been a firm favourite since I was a child playing in my own mother's classroom. I think many of you would agree - pattern blocks are irresistible but I wanted to extend the type of play I was seeing while creating an opportunity for children to read independently and problem solve too. With that in mind, I created these printable 2D shape challenge cards to go with our pattern blocks.

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Free Printable 2D Shape Challenge Cards - perfect for use with wooden pattern blocks. Visit www.youclevermonkey.com for more


Literacy Centre Ideas

This year I'm back in the classroom and literacy centres are part of our weekly timetable once again. A couple of years ago I did a round-up of some of the literacy-based activities I was using during our centres and thought it time to share some of the resources I'm now using with my current class who are aged between 4-6 years.

In the first term at school we focused a lot on rhyme, syllables, initial letter sounds and name recognition/writing along with co-operative play and developing vocabulary. Later in the term we started to look at beginning sounds, short CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant) and sight words.

More literacy centre ideas to try in your classroom! You Clever Monkey shares more literacy-based activities perfect for 4-7 year olds. For more visit www.youclevermonkey.com

Teaching 2D Shapes - Away We Go!

In class we're been exploring 2D shapes. Frequent readers here will know how much I love incorporating good picture books into classroom activities so today I'm sharing one such activity. I first saw the book Away We Go!: A Shape and Seek Book(affiliate link) at a book fair and immediately saw a matching book-based activity perfect for young children. 
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Explore 2D shapes using this book-based activity from the picture book 'Away We Go!' Perfect mix of maths and art for preschool and elementary grades. See more at www.youclevermonkey.com

Make Your Own Art Space + The New Playroom

A couple of summers ago we took part in The Art Pantry's 30 Day Invitation to Create Challenge. You can see all of our invitations here and here. So it was much excitement that I saw that Megan from The Art Pantry was going to be sharing her tips for setting an art space for kids in a new ebook!

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Use 'The New Playroom' to help inspire, design, plan and make your own inviting art space at home for your children! Get your copy now! Visit www.youclevermonkey.com



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