It's a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Sale

Hello Friends!

I am joining my friends at Blog Hoppin for a New Year's Eve and New Year's Day sale! You can find my store by clicking the image below:

 AND.....  you can find more stores on sale by clicking the Blog Hoppin image....

Until next time! Have a wonderful ending to 2014 and an awesome beginning to 2015!


Snow Day Fun! Winter and Snow Packs

Hello Friends!

Well... it's time to get back to reality, but I am still dragging my feet to begin. It has been so wonderful to relax, read some great books, and enjoy easy time with my family. I know that I should be working on New Year's resolutions, but so far, I have not.... soon, hopefully! 

I thought I would share with you a few Snow resources that I will be using when we return to school on Monday. 

I totally revised this product and if you purchased it, you should go to your My Purchases page and re-download it.

If you follow my blog, you know that we do a BIG Polar Regions unit. We will, once again, do this unit. This is a Make-a-Book resource and I absolutely love how this book comes out when my kiddos are finished!

We also do a short unit on Animals in the Winter and once again, my kiddos create a booklet to showcase what they have learned.
In Math, we do a big Measurement unit. We certainly have been measuring, but the activities included in this packet are all Winter based, so it's fun to do when we are learning about our other Winter themes.

So..... that is it for now, my Friends...... I am off to spend some quality time with my daughter!

Until next time!


A Day that Did not Involve Planning, Laminating, or Printing..... and a Repeat of Baker Tens Frames freebie

Hello Friends,

I absolutely love my profession, but it is soooo nice for it to be a Sunday night and I am not worrying about lesson plans, laminating, or making copies! Instead, I cooked and baked....... 
put finishing touches on our Christmas tree......

and decorated the fireplace......

It was very relaxing to do and think about things that did not involve planning the days for my 15 sweeties!

I am sure that many of you are at the place I am at now; finishing up last minute holiday tasks and thoughts of activities for your kiddos are pushed down for a well deserved break.... but if you ARE like me, you also file away ideas for next year or for something that can be adapted for when we return in January.

So.... even though I shared this craftivity last year, I thought I would recycle the idea and share it again. I do it at Christmas time, but it can easily be adapted for any time that you wish to do it. Simply change the background paper to a color that is not related to Christmas. We actually take 2 days to do this activity. On the first day, my kids make the baker and then on the second day, they do the ten frames. I attach a post-it to their poster before they do their ten frames because I give them sticker dots to add to the second frame and they LOVE sticker dots! I write a number between 3 and 10 on the post-it to let them know how many extra cookies their baker baked. If I did not do this, they ALL would add TEN sticker dots to their ten frames and that defeats the learning when they are shared! :)

 Click the image below to take you to the Baker Tens Frame freebie in my store....

This pairs up nicely with my HOW SWEET IT IS Math Subitizing Games which has a cookie theme. My kiddos love these games. In fact, these games are out for Math Choice time and they are a common favorite for many kiddos.

So, that's it for now, my friends..... I plan to take a few days spending time with my family and enjoying this wonderful season with the loves of my life. I wish you all a blessed Christmas!

Until next time!


Easy Tissue Paper Stained Glass Christmas Ornaments Using a Laminator

Hello Friends,

I wrote a post on Blog Hoppin about how to create these tissue paper stained glass ornaments using a laminator. Click the image above to take you there!

Peace and blessings,

Advent wreaths, elves, generosity bulletin board, and Please......... Mr. Sun - Return to Central Illinois!

Hello Friends,
Doesn't December just fly by? I cannot believe that we only have 2 weeks before Christmas break! Besides the busy things to do at school, there are also many things to do at home! Whew - My co-teacher and I keep telling each other... "One thing at a time. Don't get stressed. It will all get done..... " So... anyway, here are a few things going on in my classroom.......

1.  I LOVE this bulletin board! It is in our main hallway and is so welcoming as we walk into the school. In our school, each grade level takes a month and does this bulletin board. Kindergarten had December. All our kinders colored a gift and added a paper heart to it. There's something about kindergarten work...... no matter what they do, it always adorable! The gifts are from Graphics From the Pond. You can find them HERE.

 2.  Do you make Advent wreaths with your students or your kids? I have been making them with my kiddos for years. This year, my kids used a glue wash to add tissue paper to paper cups turned upside down and hot glued to the top of a Chinette paper plate. Before attaching the cups, my kinders painted the plate. They used green tissue paper to add to the outside edge. The pictures do not really show how cute they turned out!

 3.  We visited the Netherlands on our Christmas Around the World trip! These little wooden shoes turned out cute! 

4.  Our Kindness Elves arrived yesterday! I can't wait for them to visit our classroom next week. My kiddos definitely need a jolt of kindness! I am using Erica Bohrer's kindness notes. You can find them HERE

5.  Finally....... An Open Letter to the Sun...... Dear Mr. Sun, I miss you.... When are you going to return to Central Illinois? I am a happy person when you are around... Please return, Mr. Sun..... These cloudy days are not fun!

Until next time! 


Let Me Show You What I Bought!

Hello Friends!

I love sales on TPT! I ALWAYS, always find something that I need and it is so much fun to purchase things that I can implement the next day if I want to - hurray!

So let me share with you some of the things I bought...... (I am sure that I will be adding to this today when I get home after school!)

Let me start with clip art! Cannot WAIT to use these cute, cute packages!
I love The Printable Princess resources! Here is the one I purchased yesterday....

And finally, I can never go wrong with resources from Deanna........

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Until next time!


First Day of Christmas Around the World and our Cookie Math Tub Games

Hello Friends,

We started our Christmas Around the World unit today and I just had to share these really cute suitcase pages that my kiddos did....... We discussed the things that we need to pack when we take a trip. We talked about what we NEED compared to what we WANT. We discussed why we USUALLY do not have to bring our dishes or food with us; although, many of my kinders insisted that food was important because their Mommies usually bring snacks in their bags when they are traveling! So, I told them that we would focus on what goes in the SUITCASE; not the travel bag!
I gave my kinders the choice as to whether they used a pattern to trace around to make their clothes or use their own ideas. Most of them chose to use a tracer..... Even though I usually do not give many patterns, I did for this one because clothes actually are hard to draw....

Tomorrow, we talk about passports and hopefully, head off to the Netherlands!

Here is what we are doing for Math tubs this week... I have 4 groups and my kids are grouped into partners within their group. Each partner pair plays the Math game inside the tub and then they are allowed to choose a Math By Myself box....

1.  What is that number? My kiddos sorted cookie cards printed with different ways to write a number (tally marks, tens/ones, ten frames, dot on dice) into their proper cookie jars.

 2.  Cookie Bump - An oldie, but goodie favorite with a cookie theme!

3.  Cookies and Milk, Yum, yum, yum...... My kiddos collect cookie tokens as they use a spinner that shows various ways to read numbers from 1 - 5.

 4.  This is another oldie, but goodie.... 5 in a Row Wins! These cards show numbers in various styles and my kiddos toss a die to look for numbers on their card. 

 Hope you had a good day back after Thanksgiving break! My kiddos were amazing today!

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Until next time!