Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Year...Freebie

Vacation time is slipping by!  Thank goodness I am planned for when I return.
Going to start with these items.
 Week One Happy New Year.
It has informational text and a number of great activities. Click here
Goes perfect with the freebie for you! Click Here
From there we are going to move into some Arctic and Antarctic research.
Again stressing informational text and research writing.
Each packet meets many Common Core Standards.  I hope soon to mark these. Click here

Then you cannot forget Martin Luther King.  This is a favorite using a special story called the Crayon Box that Talked. Click here
And then for each of my stations and morning eye openers I have my SNOWY DAY Bundle.  
This is filled with word work, writing, mathematics, and common core daily review.  There is also literature and comprehension activities to accompany the stories. Worth every penny I am charging.  This is my first year using it and I am so excited. Click here

Let's enjoy those last few days of vacation.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays to all!

Wishing you each a Happy Holiday!
I DO have people who listen and read.
Just finished sending out over $400 worth of free products.
I hope you all enjoy them and that they brighten your classroom and curriculum in the new year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

'Twas the last day of school...

If this works for you and your kiddos please feel free to use!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa's Workshop

Four days and counting!  The kiddos are lively and we still have presents to make. you...this is for the kiddos...popcorn, sock from the dollar bin, white tissue wrap and some buttons.

Gift bags for parent gifts...white bag, sponge painting snowflakes or stars, fill with tissues, punch and tie with blue and green ribbon.

Parent gift...each kiddo signs name and date, chooses color and buttons.  Glue stick puts it all together.

OMG, my favorites for our classroom and then for the kiddos to take home.  I have children who still have these from years ago.  I use to use "tube" socks but I can no longer find them but I have a feeling these socks will look perfect.
All socks are purchased at dollar store.
All ribbon is buy one get one free.
Buttons are so cute and a bit expensive for buttons but I couldn't resist.
Socks for snowman were buy a pack get a pack free.
That really helps with the price of things.
Bags for wrapping were donated.
As we work on these I will get pictures out.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Just a thought..

While out shopping today I ran across this wonderful sign...
I absolutely had to purchase this because I believe it is so true.
Those of us that love going to work everyday and teach with excitement and a passion pass that on to their students.  In final year of teaching...I hope people will think this was true about me!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

"Snow" much fun...freebie!

I needed a little something for my word work center and here is what I came up with.  Thought I would share it with you in appreciation of your support!!  I am on vacation count down...8 more days!!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Hello From Near and Far...

I feel like this title is perfect as I am on the airplane now to return to Ohio.  Just spent and amazing 4 days celebrating my Mother in Law's 90th birthday.  She looks great and is still independently living in Florida.  While there I was also able to visit with my parents so the trip was perfect.  Having been gone for Thanksgiving the week before and then missing the 2 Gingerbread days last week I feel...hmmm frazzled????!!!
Tomorrow I will begin with my class Winter Holiday Lights which focuses on Holidays celebrated around the world.  We cover one holiday each day.  A follower wrote and asked if I had anything to enrich this unit so it could be used to meet more Social Studies standards.  The results...Hello From Near and Far.  Each of the holidays covered also has a part in the Hello From Near and Far packet.  I'm thinking I will now truly be covering all I need to about children around the world while connecting to geography, families, languages, food, and so much more.
To check it out there is a freebie on Israel.
This is a sample from the packet on Australia.  

Here is one of the Anchor Charts but this information is also in mini booklet form.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Gingerbread fun!

Today was The Gingerbread Baby!  I just love this story and best of all are the creations we take time to complete.  We cut out gingerbread cookies and baked them.  Using milk cartons we hot glued graham crackers on. The best part of course is the decorating.  I then take pillow fluff and put around each house.  If you look down at the bottom you will see more creations on SMILEbox.  Tomorrow we read Gingerbread Friends.  Another neat activity will accompany that story.  Happy December all!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

and next it will be...

The Night Before Christmas!
I so enjoyed the Night Before Thanksgiving that I decided to take a similar try with this long time favorite.
It is free for all of you!
Also tomorrow is another big site sale.  Hope you will stop by and purchase some goodies to get you through December and January.
This next week I am doing Gingerbread with my class!  Keep an eye open for pictures and stories.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Snow Day Activities to keep your class engaged during the winter months.

Here are three packets to keep your kiddos engaged during the long winter months.
This first one is a favorite of mine as it includes all my "flakey friend" stories.  Six stories that include word work, writing, and comprehension.  

I created these to review and provide practice for many of the math concepts we have covered to this point.  Many are dice games that I plan to use during the long winter months of indoor recess.

And I love beginning each day while lunch count is taken, notes are collected, and all buses arrive with these review activities titled "snowy day WARM UPS"!
So much fun and so valuable.

Finally a little freebie for you!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
See you when we return.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brrrrrr...It's cold here!

So that means lots of indoor recess!
I am sharing today a winter themed activity and some "blustery" crafts.
The making word templates are FREE and I think perfect as a learning tool and vocabulary enhancer.
Click here.

These are just some adorable winter crafts with a "snowy" theme!!

These little guys and gals can stay up all winter long!! 
Who would have thought we'd be thinking about snow in November???!!!

I will get patterns out soon for you to use but those of you who are crafty can probably just figure it out yourselves.  Bundle Up!  It's cold out there.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Freebie!

I hope you will each enjoy this little freebie I created.  It is a favorite story of mine and I am anxious to use these activities with the kiddos in my class. There is no craft with this but I bet we all have enough turkey patterns.  There is word work, writing, and story recall included as well as vocabulary for posting.