Monday, December 28, 2015

Showing Some Love for My Birthday!

I am a planner. I say that to tell you I promise I'm NOT pushing through holidays with this. But I am a planner. Plus I really wanted to show some love to my readers for my birthday today! I might just have hit a new decade .

So... looking forward to a holiday that needs some planning at school I thought we could have a little giveaway to enjoy. I will send 1 lucky winner these goodies below. All you have to do is enter (share if you want an extra entry)!

Plus my store is set on sale for today and tomorrow. Go ahead and start shopping for back to school next week. It'll help you gain that goal of being prepared and ready in the new year!!

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

I love being on Christmas vacation. I also love my teaching job. But by December we are ALL worn out and need to have a relaxing week or two at home. My kids and I have loved this past week of baking and relaxing. My husband joins us this next week since his company has a shut-down week. It'll be great to have fun all together!

We had an awesome Christmas with family and am completely  blessed. I do have to share that I am super excited about what my husband got me for Christmas:

I am so with this fabulous machine! I liked the Cricut that I have but I hated having to buy more cartridges for it.. which is why I only have 2 and 1 I borrowed from my sister-in-law. I'm much more of a computer girl!

My first project was to label the box I'm going to put my vinyl and supplies in. It was practice, simple, and taught me a lot :)

I'm thinking this will be a new pencil jar when I get back to school next week. If you have gotten a Cameo for Christmas- jump in! It is SO much fun!!

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Need an adorable and easy gift?

My coworkers are fantastic!! I love them dearly... *no pun intended* so I wanted them to know how much!! They each L-O-V-E Coke as their daily pick-me-up.. which made these extra cute :)

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Rudolph? Is that you?

It has been such a fun week so far!! I am really looking forward to the break but man am I loving the fun activities this week. My students have learned SO much so far!

Monday and Tuesday I spent at the Conference for Georgia Kindergarten teachers. There were a ton of fabulous presenters there including Deedee Wills, Deanna Jump, Mary Amoson, and Jayne Gammons.

Then I came back to school and... WOW. 2 days of subs.. in December.. in Kindergarten. Let's just say our elf Elsa delivered a message to us on Thursday:

The lesson was learned and the whole class was so much better today! We had a great time reviewing what they learned about with the sub. I had left parts of this great Reindeer pack by Amanda Richardson:

I found this great book to go with it to help with facts as well:

They created the interactive book with the sub and we used it as a jumping point for today's writing:

The facts sorting made their writing SO much easier! Many of my students are great writer's and used it just as a reminder of what they had learned about. I put up several special words for them to help out their writing.

Their pieces turned out fantastically!

Add in an adorable reindeer creativity....

It makes for a great wall outside of our door!!

Tomorrow will be all about creating more adorable activities to practice motor skills *wink* *wink* *nudge*nudge*

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Sunday, December 6, 2015


Merry Christmas to me from my AMAZING husband!!

I can not WAIT to share everything I learn with you guys this week!! I am SO seriously excited!!!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Goody, goody, goody- Christmas Giveaway!!

My good friend Zippy of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah has been hosting an AH-mazing giveaway lately! All those lucky people have been celebrating the first 12 Days of Christmas with some MAJOR goodies!

I am so, so very excited to join in on this great giveaway! It was a ton of fun last year. Check out these awesome goods:

These stores are full of awesome resources! Zippy's clip art is in just about every single product I have ever made. Make sure to start checking out each store and making your list! Check them out here:

1. Jennifer Drake - $5 TpT Store Credit:
2. Kindergarten Smorgasboard, LLC - $5 TpT Store Credit:
3. Teaching with Grace - $5 TpT Store Credit:
4. ZipADeeDooDah Designs - $5 TpT Store Credit:

To win these fabulous prizes, just enter below!

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Gingerbread Week: Where do I start?

In December, I love to pick a theme a week. I am NOT a theme kind of girl. But I try my best to do a theme a week in December because it's SO much fun!!

This year I am signed up for an exchange of adorable gingerbread men and I can't wait to have my students make them! We are going to be making gingerbread, reading about gingerbread, and even having a chase around the school this week! I'm starting off with sharing just today's activities:

It all started with the tree... doesn't it always? The kids L-O-V-E-D having their own tree in our room! I can't wait to see how excited they get with all the plans I have for these trees!!!

I decided to go with a GIANT anchor chart for gingerbread week. Each day we read a different story and then use this to compare/contrast the books all week long. It's a great visual for the students!

We used Jennifer Kadar's template to make gingerbread ornaments for our exchange partners. I can't wait to get them in the mail!

I totally hit up Hobby Lobby and Michael's last week for some great holiday accents for our projects. My students were very excited about picking out their gingerbread decorations.

We also used them (and green triangles) to create our tree puzzle for our classroom door.

Now in reality.. we all know that classrooms are not perfect... which is why my math tubs are totally still Thanksgiving themed..... and that's a-ok. :D

All of these are from the amazing Deanna Jump!! Love her things!! These activities are PERFECT for this time of year: easy prep, engaging, meaningful, and cover the standards. 

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Resource Round Up (7 New Freebies!)

We can do this... 15 days... we can do this!! To make it a little bit easier, here are some great freebies that I have found for this month:

My printer is getting a work out and my students are going to love every last item from this list!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

My Favorite Anchors (right now...)

Yesterday I looked around my room and though, "Man, I love these anchor charts I have going on!" Sometimes my anchor charts could be actual charts and sometimes they might be mentor papers or 'charts' from activities that we did and have been left up.

The first was our first word family 'chart' from an activity earlier this week. We had magnetic letters that we used to fill in the blank next to at. We talked about if it was an -at word, not a word, or a word that wasn't an -at word (i.e. oat).

This is the most useful chart in our room! Once we really mastered sounding out, writing, and using the word wall for sight words, we needed to have a chart of ideas. Each day we focused on a different topic and generated a list. My students honestly use this chart daily in their writing.

This week in reading lessons has been all about retelling. We started the week off with just B/M/E. This was our chart for 'The Three Little Pigs' (in pink) and 'Owl Moon' (in purple).

Our bat finally got filled in last week with our learning from books. Plus we added ears to the bat so he looked more like a bat. The kids love looking at him and talking about our learning :)

Retelling! I found this image and printed it poster size. On the opposite side is the Non-Fiction retelling hand. The kids love that I have this suspended from the light right over my head.

Modeled writing is the best! Our topic of the week is lost items. Lots of Corduroy books being read this week. I modeled to the class and then we went back and underlined ALL the sight words that could come from our wall. Light bulbs went off all over the classroom after this modeled piece! 3 sentence writing was everywhere in my room this week!

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Friday, October 30, 2015

5 for Friday: Halloween Week!!

Halloween week. Red ribbons week. Full Moon..... Someone up there is mad at teachers. BUT we made it through! Woot! Here are just a few great things from this week that I am excited to share!

This is definitely my favorite thing from this week. Yuck soup! A brand new tradition for my students. It was a blast!!! 

Arts and crafts galore! My students made the most adorable pumpkins today. I love it when my kiddos faces are focused and concentrating. They loved every second!

I won't lie. We totally made it through this week by 'practicing our motor skills'. We made bats and frankensteins. Love how these bats turned out!!

Torn paper pumpkins, Frankensteins, and bats... OH MY! What a great line up in our hallway to celebrate the Halloween Season.

I decided to tackle the 'elephant' head on by talking Monday morning about what we were going to be for Halloween during math. It was perfect!!

Don't forget to check out all the others linking up with Doddle Bugs!

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