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Pre-K Pack Prep

Welcome everyone!  I have found over my few years of putting together these Pre-K Packs, that the audience is growing to as many stay at home mom’s, as much as the homeschool community!  I for one – think that is fabulous!  My boys have loved using and playing with the Pre-K Packs!  I love that learning and practicing their academics has been a fun and positive thing for them and not a boring thing or punishment!

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As of April 2014 we currently have 25 Pre-K Packs, with 14 of the themes also having Expansion Packs!  We also have other fun learning printables, such as our Full Alphabet Identification Printables,  Aa-Zz Alphabet Flashcards, Monster Color Puzzles, Alphabet Stamping Sheets, Pre-K Chore Charts, Letter Matching Printables and Monster Counting Cards

For those of you that are new to my Pre-K Packs I wanted to quickly go through the pages, as well as explain how I prepare and store them!  

First up, I’m going to quickly list the things that I have on hand to help me prepare my packs and also the items we like when we are playing and using the packs!

PREP SUPPLIES I USE:

Scotch Laminator
Laminating Pouches – Scotch makes great ones here, but I usually order these ones  They are cheaper and I have never had a problem with them.
Paper Trimmer
Magnet Tape
Velcro Dots or Strips
Storage Folders 

OTHER ITEMS I USE:

Crayola Activity Center
Washable Dry Erase Markers or Dry Erase Crayons
Pocket Chart
Maped Koopy Kids Scissors
Baking Sheets
Cardstock and Standard Printer Paper
Do a Dot Markers 
Page Protectors

 

PRINTING:

You can choose to print on regular paper or a standard cardstock. Anything that is going to be handled a lot, I generally print on cardstock and then also laminate. 

PREPARING THE PAGES: 

The first thing I do after I print the Pre-K Pack is laminate all the pages, except the Cutting Practice Sheet.  To laminate the pages I use my Scotch Laminator and Laminating Pouches.  If it is a themed unit that I plan on using for years, then I generally just laminate everything.  The only time I don’t laminate everything is it is a theme that I don’t plan on keeping long term.  On those I just print the PreWriting Sheets and Which One is Different Sheets just on card stock and the kids use their Crayola Activity Center for those.  

If you don’t own a laminator then the Crayola Activity Center is a great investment.  That way you can just print the pages on cardstock and then just put them in the Activity Center.  That way you won’t have the print the packs over and over again.

Anything that is going to be handled a lot, I like to laminate. The pages that we print on cardstock and use in the Activity Center are the Prewriting sheets, Which one is Different and the Color pages. However, sometimes I’ll just laminate them though.  Cause it really is only like 6 or 7 more pages and I am already laminating the rest of the pack, so it doesn’t take that much more time or effort.

After I have everything laminated (minus the Cutting Practice Sheet), I get trimming and cutting the pages. I use this American Crafts Paper Trimmer and I LOVE IT!  After I cut everything, then I add velcro or magnet strips to what needs it.  

USING THE PAGES:

Now I’m just going to go through all the pages and explain how I am going to use them.   

 

The Prewriting Practice Sheets, Which One is Different and Color Page are pretty self explanatory.  If they are laminated you can write just on them straight with dry erase markers or if they are just printed on cardstock, you can use the Crayola Activity Center.

The Counting Cards and Letter & Sound Finding Cards I just laminate and leave as a sheet. If you prefer, you can cut them up into individual cards. I just like to leave them whole for storage reasons. But, once Nathan gets a little more advanced at these activities, I plan to cut them up.

 

On the What Comes Next and Sorting Pages I trim and cut out all the pieces. I then add Velcro Dots onto the pages. That way it makes it easy for the pieces to stay in place, plus it makes storing the sets in the storage envelopes easy without the pieces being loose.

 
 
 
 

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I put magnet pieces on the back of the Size Sequencing Sheet, all the puzzles and the Shadow Matching! That way they can use a Baking Sheet and the pieces stay in place good! Nathan would get so frustrated before I did this. It is a great and cheap solution!


I cut the 2-Part Vocab Cards and store them in a baggy. If you’re not sure how to use the 2-Part Vocab Cards, then head on over to Homeschool Creations, Jolanthe has done a great post on them!

After I have everything prepared I get it ready for storage. Anything that has loose pieces I put in baggies. This generally means the Puzzles, Shadow Matching Cards and 2-Part Vocab Cards.

Then, I put everything in plastic Storage Envelopes! I originally started by just having everything in File Folders, but that made it hard to take everything to the table when Nathan wanted to work on it. This way I can just grab the whole envelope and take it to the table!

DRY ERASE MARKERS:

I have tried a few kinds.  The Expo Washable Dry Erase markers are great and wash off super easy.  BUT, I haven’t been able to find them in bold colors.  Only the neon colors.  So, Nathan gets bored with the colors quickly and there are a couple colors that don’t show up that great on the Crayola Activity Center. The Crayola Dry Erase Markers are not bad.  They wash off with just a little pressure as long as you get it quickly.  I find the longer the marker sits the harder it is for me to get it off.  The Crayola Dry Erase Crayons come off super easy and are probably my favorite.  Just be sure to monitor your kids while using them.  They do not wash out of fabric or off walls very easy.  My sister had an unfortunate situation once with them.  My least favorite are my just regular Expo Dry Erase Markers.  They come in MANY colors and for that we have a couple sets.  But, they take a bit more elbow grease to get it off.  Funny enough I have found that Goo Gone 2 removes it pretty easy.  So, I generally just pull it out now if Nathan wants more colors and wants to use them.

I also wanted to make sure you knew about one of my favorite buys ever and that is the Maped Kids Scissors!  They have a switch on them that allows the scissors to spring action to help your kids learn the action of opening the scissors back up.  Then, once they get how to open them back up on their own, you can turn the switch off!  Seriously great and affordable! 

I hope that info helps!  Feel free to email me if you ever have questions or need any help! 


Pam Dana

Pam is a stay at home working mama that enjoys all phases of life! Between her 3 kids, fur baby (a beyond cute Goldendoodle), wonderful husband, friends and working, she stays pretty busy! But, she is loving every aspect of her life! Here on Over the Big Moon, she loves to share DIY's, recipes, printables, organization tips and more!

Comments (42)

  • Your pre-k packs are amazing. Thank you. I had a question on the magnets. My magnet tape doesn’t adhere very strongly to the laminate so I tried super gluing the magnet tape but that didn’t work either. Any suggestions.? Thanks.

  • do you have any of these pre-k packs for the 4th of July? My daughter will be starting Kindergarten in the fall and we will continue to study over the summer break so I thought a 4th of July theme would be fun.

    • I didn’t start doing the Pre-K Packs until last fall. My 1st pack, was Halloween. I for sure have plans on doing a 4th of July Pack. It will come out in the 2nd half of May! Thanks for the comment!

  • I have tried to print several of your Pre-K Packs…and I am really having trouble with parts of them – the letters and numbers, as well as some of the words are all scrambled and do not work with the pictures they are posted under. Is this something that I am doing wrong? Please help…these are so, so, so amazing! I really want to be able to print several for my daughters. Thanks so much!!

  • Thank you so much for all of these great resources!!! It’s so generous of you to share : ) I especially love that you have given us all of the links to supplies on how to keep them organized!!!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  • Oh I’m so HAPPY to have found your blog!!!!Going out and getting started today for my grand babies!!!They are in Africa right now and my daughter has started the 4 year old and of course the 3 year old is right there beside him.These are just great! Thanks so much for your time ,your energy and your sweet spirit!!!!!Blessings to you and yours.MEME Sandy Williams

  • Thanks so much for all your tips and techniques. I can’t wait to get started with my kids when they are old enough. I am trying to gather resources now so that I can get ahead of the game. One trick I learned when working at a school for dry erase markers is to use WD40 on it. It has amazing powers of removal. Also if you get marker on a dry erase board that you can’t get off (because it isn’t supposed to be used on the board) color over it with a dry erase marker and you should be able to erase it. Just some tips I picked up. 🙂

  • Hi! Thanks so much for your wonderful PreK packs. I wanted you to know that I have used the Valentine’s pack to make two games for our preschool’s Smartboard (patterning and #ordering puzzle). If you would like a copy please let me know and perhaps you can post them for other teachers to use!
    Love the colorful graphics and tidy layouts!

  • >Hi, thank you for the great packs. My daughter loves them. Just an FYI, when it comes to getting the Expo Dry Erase markers off of my page protectors or laminated pages, I use a little bit of hand sanitizer, and it takes it off. Then I let it dry before letting her write on it again.

  • >THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR PACKS!!! I just returned back to work after being out with my baby and I also have a four year old that is in a small church school. Being a teacher I see where my son can benefit from all these packs. i really wan to thank you because this makes it easy enough that after a busy day at work I still can come home and take out one of your packs and work with my son. You gave me a chance to still feel like I'm devoting enough time to him even though I had to go back to work and that is PRICELESS 🙂 So I THANK YOU for not only creating these AMAZING apckets but thank you for offering them for free 😀
    PS. One quick question how come some times when I print them the letters come out all jumbled? Is there a step I'm missing???
    Annie

  • MJ @ Creative Madness Mama

    >This is a great post! I think I generally had gotten the hang of all of what to do (haven't really started yet), but it's great to read through with the pictures and everything. Thumbs up!

  • >I LOVE your pre-k packs!! I teach 4K at a Christian school, and it's SO handy to have great packs that I can use. I have laminated them too- but I LOVE the big envelope idea!
    As far as the markers go, I've used hand sanitizer on them as well- it takes off all the stuff!
    Thanks for all of your hard work! I appreciate it!

    • Just as an fyi, bug repellent like deep woods off, etc, with deet with take ANY ink off of any surface, even clothes! It also takes off permanent ink! Makes you kinda scared about bug repellent!

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