Tuesday, July 9, 2013


My Kinder Kids love to work with a partner.
I love setting it up because  
I know a secret.

I tried many ways of organizing partners 

because I know there is 
Power In Partners.
It was always a bit sticky until...
I found the BEST solution.
Are you hungry to know the secret 
to making partner time work?

It is as simple as making a 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.
They know all about PB&J sandwiches
And that makes it a SNAP!

When I told my kinder kids we were going to have 
Peanut Butter & Jelly Partners...
they smiled.
When I showed the PB&J cards...
 their smiles grew.
When I slapped the PB&J cards together 
and said they would 
"stick together like a PB&J Sandwich"...
 they laughed out loud.
It was magic.  
It was FUN!
It was wonderful and it lasted all year.

It took very little explaining because they 
understood how to "stick together" 
as Peanut Butter & Jelly Partners.
Over the years I have tried partners in many ways
but it never worked without lots of explaining.
PB&J Partners made it easy and FUN.
I used Peanut Butter & Jelly Partners for 
reading and math and more.

You can do partners however you wish but I love
Peanut Butter & Jelly Partners! 
They make it more productive and FUN
and I love FUN.

Click & Print PB&J Cards.
Hint: print on cardstock and laminate.

Freebie Thanks To HeartsalaCarte.com

I will share an example from my classroom.

We started our day with 
Peanut Butter & Jelly Partner Reading.
I would put the PB&J Cards on the white board.
A star magnet was beside the Peanut Butter Card
to show Peanut Butter had the first turn.
The Peanut Butter Partner would read a book 
from their reading folder first.

Next Jelly would read a book. 
Partners read their way through 5 books each.
That's ten books. YES!
The next day the Jelly Partner read first.
It went so smooth, as smooth as...
well...creamy peanut butter. 
(wink, wink) 

I decided to assign the PB&J partners.
 I also assigned who was Peanut Butter 
and who was Jelly.
I did not let them choose.  
(They have opportunities for free choices 
at other times in the day.)

I looked at the reading data for my students.

To make it easy I will say I had 20 students.
(That would be nice.)
Using the reading data, I ranked the scores
from highest (1) to lowest (20).
Then 1(Peanut Butter) partnered with 11(Jelly)
2-12, 3-13, 4-14, 5-15, until 10-20.
It was not a hard and fast rule.  
It is a guideline and I shifted where 
and when I needed to.

I loved having my kinder kids work in partners 
through out the day.
Remember Partners Are Powerful.
Make It FUN And Enjoy!

Let me know what works for your partner time.
I would be thrilled to hear from you.
Come join me and 
Enjoy Making Education FUN 4 Kids!

Thanks for stopping by.
Wherever U are, in our
 Wide Wonderful World,
I'm Wishing...
Sunshine And
Sunny Daz 4 U