A Pete the Cat FREEBIE!

Today I am excited to share a brand new Pete the Cat Match Sets freebie, and also to tell you about the Wiggles book, “Wiggles’ First Day of School.”   We have been working hard all summer with one of our wonderful illustrators, Laurel Lane, trying to get this new book just right, and I love the way it came out!  And the Pete the Cat freebie is a good one!  More details to follow below.

Pete the Cat FREEBIE!

And look at this CUTE first day of school frame!!

Me and my old job share partner!  (She made the frame from this idea here!)

“Wiggles’ First Day at School”


Remember the first Wiggles story that we published in August, 2011?  It was called Wiggles Learns the Rules at School, and the purpose of that story was to help the class learn some basic school rules.  (Check my blog entry here for more on this one!)  The second story was called, Wiggles Learns to Pay Attention, which was to help teach children the habits that help them pay attention and learn. (Check my blog entry here for more info.)  Now this third story, “Wiggles’ First Day of School,” was designed to help introduce children to the general procedures in most classrooms, such as:

*  Putting their own things away rather than leaving them laying on the floor.
*  Using just a small amount of glue.
*  Replacing caps on markers.
*  How to use scissors.
*  Using words like “please” and “thank you.”
*  Using quiet voices inside, and saving the loud voices for outside playtime.
*  Knowing what a “tattle tale” is.
*  Asking to use the restroom before it’s “too late.”
*  Freezing when the bell rings.
*  Lining up without running or pushing.
*  Asking questions about a topic rather than telling stories, etc.

Classroom Management

And there is even more in this book than the above list- I just tried to include as many different topics and/or scenarios as I could possibly fit into the book.  The best part is, it follows my Classroom Management collection so the songs reinforce the concepts in the story using Wiggles as the “new kid”. And of course, in the usual fashion, Wiggles gets everything wrong that he possibly can, and the children all call out, “No, no, Wiggles,” and then recite the correct procedure back.  So, when Wiggles uses too much glue, the children all say, “No, no, Wiggles!  Just a dot, not a lot!”  And so it goes.  I will plan on reading and acting out the story with my dog puppet, as I usually do!  It’s always lots of fun, and a very friendly way to present the rules and procedures in the classroom.
Here are some screen shots from the book to help you get an idea of what it looks like.


Pete the Cat Match Sets Freebie


I thought of this project a few weeks ago as I was looking at my Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons book.  I have been trying to stretch my imagination to think of new ideas, and this is one that I am really excited about!  I haven’t tried it yet with the kids, but I think it will be great.


All you need to do is just print out all of the pages, laminate it, and then put on some velcro as shown.  Once that is finished, then you just need to round up plenty of nice, big, bright buttons!  Put some velcro on the backs of the buttons, and you are all set to go!


I hope that you enjoy this project!  I enjoyed putting it together for you.  And I didn’t even have to buy any buttons!  I just went through my button sorting box at school and pulled out some pretty ones!  You do need quite a lot of them, though, so watch out for that!  You can download this project here.

Pete the Cat Match Sets Buttons Composite

Calendar Book Updates
Back by popular request, I have updated my “Write the Date” pages for those of you that do the calendar book!  My district now has so many required programs that I could never hope to find the instructional time for something quite this educational, LOL!  So I’ll have to shelve this idea for another year when more freedom is again granted.  But it was very little trouble to change the dates to 2015-2016, so here you go! You can download the Calendar Book Pages here. Here are the Write the Date pages!


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About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.

  2. Awww, that Pete the Cat activity makes me wish I was still teaching Kinders. So cute! I wonder if the JK/K teachers at my school might want to use that. Velcro is a marvelous invention. :). And… How nice that you will get to travel more this year without worrying *so*much about teaching! ( I didn't realize teaching could involve job sharing.)

  3. I am confused…who is Jerry Garcia that you are giving credit for with your Pete the Cat button game? why not the author and illustrator of the book? Looks like a fun game for the kiddos though.

  4. I love the frame! I made the same one for my class this year and the pictures turned out so cute! I don't have any Pete the cat books, so I think I need to get some. I keep hearing a lot about them. I really like the button counting game.

  5. I love everything you have shared and taught me!! I have searched and searched — wasn't there a first week of homework sheet somewhere in your blog/? I really really liked it, but now I don't know where it is. Help!

  6. I absolutely LOVE the Pete the Cat button activity! Just finished reading the books with my 3 year old daughter and she LOVED them- plus we listened to them on Harperscollins.com But it is hard to find a free activity to use with the books. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! They are great!!!!!

  7. I love the Pete the Cat button activity. It's a great idea. My class will love it. I already have buttons and velcro that I use for other activities. Now I have printed out the Pete the Cat cards. Thank you for this freebie. I really appreciate it.

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  9. My class and I love Pete and your button game is fantastic! Have you seen Pete’s early readers? There are a couple more coming out this fall, too. Pete rocks!Thanks for including the series in your plans.

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  12. Hello,
    I am trying to download the Pate the Cat button activity but it takes me to a page that says it’s playing hide n’ go seek. I would really like your adorable download. Can you please fix this:) Thanks!

    • Hi Tara!!
      We are in the process of switching over to a new website, (Today was day 1! Whew!), so some of the links/downloads on my blogs are still being switched over!! Give us just a few days and it should be working again! Sorry for the inconvenience! I appreciate your patience! 🙂

  13. I have been teaching K for about foutlrteen years and I love some of your fun new ideas! How can I order the complete set of, “Wiggles” books and the plush toy to go with it!

  14. Is it possible for you to update your Write The date pages to be 2016-2017. I love these. Thank you for making it a freebie every little helps. Many Blessings.

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