Monday, December 31, 2012

A Happy New Year Sale and Linky Party

I'm having a SALE and linking up with The Teachers Cauldron for a New Year's Resolution Linky Party.  Everything in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and my Teachers Notebook store is 20% today and tomorrow!!!!

For my PERSONAL resolutions
1.  I plan to spend as much time with my family as possible. 
2.  Walk, Walk, Walk. 
I just got a new treadmill and plan to use it at least 3 times a week.
3.  More family dinners at home. 
The everybody sit down at the table together kind, not watching tv
     at different times of the evening kind. 
For my BLOGGING resolutions.
1.  Post more. 
I have neglected my little ol blog and plan to post much more in 2013.
2.  Leave more comments on newer blogs.
I know how much I like receiving comments so I will be stopping by more
to leave a little love.
3.  Finish all those activities I have sitting on my jump drive. 
Not only do I need them for my little ones, but I love sharing them with all of you.
Thank you for taking the time to stop by. I would love to hear from you.  Remember my stores are on sale and include A HAPPY NEW YEAR UNIT.
Wishing you a safe, healthy, happy 2013. 


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Counting our Blessings.

I didn't have to think hard about this one.  Now doing it is another thing.  I'm linking up with Amy at Step Into Second Grade.  Today's post is about downtime in the new year.  Downtime? Really?  This is what I think I should do with downtime... clean my house, paint walls, comment more on blogs, work on all of the unfinished TPT projects sitting on my jump drive, document all of the data for my little firsties .  Now for the things I like to do....

Many of the days in the pictures are spent on days off from school.  Who has down time during the school year?  With a teenager in high school, a 5th grader with tons of homework, and a hubby who owns his own business, our evenings are very full.  However, with our parents getting older, a recent health scare with my dad, a dear friend's husband surviving a major accident we are MAKING time in our busy days to enjoy all of the people in our life.  The power of prayer gave us happy news with my dad and more prayers continue help our friend improve everyday.   We are truly blessed and enjoy every minute of our crazy life. 
I hope you take the time to enjoy the downtime in your life.  As teachers we pack so much into a day (can you say multitasking) that we forget about our own families.   Our families are the reason we are able to be such dedicated teachers.  Take time to tell them how much they mean to you.   Blessings.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Year's Unit Linky Party

Hey everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  I am linking up at Teaching is a gift blog with my Happy New Year Unit and my FREE Squirrel's New Year's Resolution activity.  You can click the pictures below to take you there.

Teachers Pay Teachers Store


Teachers Notebook Store
Squirrel's New Years Resolution

Have a great night.


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reindeer Ornaments and Free Poem

My dear friend who is a kindergarten teacher at our school is on leave this year.  I have her precious little guy in my room.  She found this idea on pinterest and asked if she could come in and do them with the class.  Of course I said yes.  They turned out so cute.  The biggest problem was finding plastic ornaments.  I have the glass snowman handprint ornament she had made with my daughter in kindergarten.  I am always so afraid I am going to break such a precious keepsake so plastic was a must for this project.  We mainly used the silver, but I have several students who have divorced parents so we used clear for those children to make two ornaments. 

She also created this sweet little poem to go with it.  You can find it here.
Every year I also make these mason jar lid ornaments using the kid's pictures with glitter.  You can see that post here.
Take Care.  I hope everyone is enjoying their much needed break.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Thoughts and Prayers

Today I went on a field trip with my daughters class. I had planned on sharing photos. We had such a happy day and then after returning to the bus we heard the horrific news about Sandy Hook Elementary.  I have watched the news... cried, prayed and cried more for these families.  As a mom and teacher I can't imagine this happening.  My thoughts and prayers go out to the families tonight.  May God watch over them and help ease their pain at this time.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Math Wall and Birthday Display

The bulletin boards in our classrooms are from ceiling to floor.  We have 4.   That sounds wonderful but you lose a lot of space when you have a table pushed up against it.  Sooo, I decided to make my own.  I went to the dollar store and purchased 4 sheets of foam board.  Taped them together and covered it in the fadeless paper from Lakeshore.  I bought the big roll and had a lot left over after doing the 4 bulletin boards.  This is how it turned out.  The dot posters are from Creative Teaching Press.  $11.99.   They were handing out the paper flowers at our fall festival, so I added it to fill the space. The Addition Strategy Posters on the tall bulletin board are available for FREE in my TPT store.  I also have FREE Subtraction Strategy Posters too.

Remember in August when Walmart had all of those 88cent goodies.  This is what I did with my cupcakes set.  I have a small area near my door where they fit perfectly.  I bought the ribbon at Walmart and laminated the cupcakes.  I used a Vis-A-Vis marker so that I can use them over again.

Have a great night.