Friday, July 13, 2012

Friday Friends - Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives

Hi everyone!  I'm Mary from Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives.  I am so excited to be guest blogging for Randi!  I'm an early childhood teacher and have spent the last 7 years bouncing between Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade.  I'm making the move back to kindergarten next year so...I've been blog stalking, Target shopping, and kinder talking for pretty much the entire summer break! :)  One of the things I've been thinking about this week are my favorite read alouds for the beginning of school.  I'm a huge fan of The Kissing Hand, Chrysanthemum, and Pete the Cat!  But I also LOVE reading the story of Elmer the elephant!  Who doesn't love a patchwork elephant, right?  He has always been a favorite amongst my little ones.

Isn't that Elmer plush the cutest thing ever?? Love it!

You could use this story to spark a discussion on uniqueness and why it is ok to be different, for a color unit, or simply in conjunction with the letter E.  There are also tons of adorable art projects you could make using colored construction paper squares or strips or colored tissue paper. 

I've made a simple "Patchwork Elephant" coloring activity to share with you.  There are two pages- the first is just a simple free-style coloring handout and the second is a specific color by the code with number words and color words.  Click on the image to download.

Thanks to Randi for allowing me to guest blog today.  I hope you'll stop by my blog and say hi!


  1. Thanks so much for sharing!!! I love this! I used to read Elmer and got out of the habit! I've added it back to my list!

    Kindergarten Korner

  2. Thanks Mary!! I love this! It will be a great BTS activity for my kids. The Elmer plush is just too cute too.

    First Grade and Fabulous

  3. I love the printable you shared. It works perfectly with the book. Thanks!

    Grade School Giggles

  4. Elmer is one of my all-time favs! Thank you so much for the freebie!
    First Grade is Wonderful

  5. Thanks for sharing! I love Elmer! I always introduce the letter E with him!!

    Lanier's Kindergarten Lions

  6. I love Elmer - but I always borrow it from the Library! (maybe that needs to be a summer wish list item!) Thank you for the freebie!
    Crayons and Curls

  7. Thanks for sharing! Love reading Elmer to my kindergarten class. I use it to help learn the color words. Thanks again!



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