Monday, December 19, 2016

Sharing the Christmas Cheer!

Well I didn't think I would have time to do a post before Christmas with all the Christmas parties and celebrations going on, but I am doing this one while Miss M is still sleeping in the morning. Of course, I still cannot get my body off my school the way 5:30 am comes too early every morning!

Since I had some time this morning, I decided to look around at some Donors Choose projects and spread a little Christmas cheer by donating to some projects. Even a few dollars goes a long way to fully funding these projects. I hope you will consider giving back as well.
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I currently have a couple of projects live on the site if anyone is interested in supporting my classroom. Even a $1 helps and right now I have a dollar for dollar match offer, so every $1 that is donated is actually $2! YAH!

I am trying to get the books to along with the Rooted in Reading lessons from Amy Lemons.

I am trying to get a new and more reliable digital camera for my classroom. I am using a very old digital camera right now and when I want really good pictures bringing in my expensive personal digital camera.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Full Moon...and Christmas Break!

Well it is FINALLY Friday! This has been an extremely tiring week for this teacher. I mean there's nothing like a FULL moon during the week we get out for Christmas break!

In the midst of this CRAZY week, my class has been getting a lot accomplished...most of which has been for the fun of it. Here's a little peek into our week.

This week my kiddos worked hard to make Christmas ornaments for their families. These are a few of the ones we made.
These were some adorable GingerCuties! They came from Miss Mandy on TpT and are FREE! I shrunk the pictures down to 2 per page to make ornaments!
These reindeer came from patterns I have had since I started teaching. They trace the patters on construction paper and then cut and assemble the reindeer. They are always so adorable and every one turns out to be UNIQUE!
A teacher friend of mine came up with the idea to do these tissue paper "stained glass" ornaments this year and the kids LOVED making them. We just used a clipart ornament as the background!

We also reviewed 2 digit addition with regrouping and made these adorable Christmas trees. This Holiday Tree is a freebie on TpT from RaraDT.

I think my favorite thing we made this year was the LOVE card from Simply Kinder (I can't find the link for this one!). The kids dipped their fingerprints in different colors of paint to make the light bulbs for their card. They are absolutely precious!

I hope you enjoyed taking a little peek into my classroom. Now I am off to enjoy my Christmas break - 2 weeks! YAH!! Merry Christmas everyone!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Well it is also the most exhausting time of the year for a teacher too! Needless to say life has been busy both in school and at home for the last few weeks. Thankfully everyone in my family seems to be doing better and life has settled back down into a more routine pattern (or at least as much normal as it can be at this time of year!). I only have 2 more school days until Christmas Break! YAH! :)

I wanted to share with you what Krista Wallden is doing to celebrate this special time of year. This year she is giving back to classroom teachers during the month of December. She is giving a set of clipart FREE each week in December with the hopes that we as teachers will give back to other teachers in the form of donating to specific Donors Choose projects. You can donate as little as $1, but think of all the good $1 will do if everyone donated! I think this is a great way to give back and I absolutely LOVE Krista's amazing artistic abilities so I have been all over this one. Please click on the link below to check out all the details:
Holiday Freebie #1: Donate to a Cause {Creative Clips Clipart}

School life has been hectic as usual, but I did want to share with you a couple of pictures from last week. We took Miss M to see "Santa Land". This is a home of an older couple. They decorate their whole yard with well over 12,000 Christmas lights and LOTS of lighted Christmas objects. They also have a working mini carousel and train for kids to ride. Then they let families come and visit for FREE. It is absolutely AMAZING! M loved it and squealed the whole time we were there. Oh how I love seeing the wonder and amazement in her sweet eyes! She definitely makes Christmas magical for us!

Merry Christmas everyone!
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