Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Happy New Year Sale, plus a freebie!

Can you believe 2011 is just about gone.   That means almost half a school year has flown by and there is still so much to teach my little kiddos.  To help you when you return  to the hustle and bustle I have included a little freebie below. It is a sequencing activity for Squirrel's New Year's Resolution.  A sweet little book from Scholastic's December SeeSaw book club.  Just click on the picture below.

I am also running a sale on my Happy New Year Unit.  You can find it on TPT or on Teachers Notebook.  Don't miss out, it only runs through midnight tonight.  

Thank you to everyone for visiting my blog.  This is such a fun adventure and I love sharing ideas with all of my teaching friends out there.   To my new followers THANK YOU.  It is so exciting to know you are interested in my latest updates and activities.  I will try to keep up and bring you more fun things to do in your classrooms. 

Have a happy, healthy and safe New Year.  See ya in 2012. 


Saturday, December 17, 2011

My First Award

Thank you to Ms. Gruver over at First Graders and Cupcakes for giving me the Liebster Award

This award spotlights up and coming blogs with less than 200 followers.   Here's what cha do if you are given this sweet little award.
1.  Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2.  Thank the giver and link back to them.
3.  Choose your top five blogs and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.  Easy--peasy.

These are my favs

The Lemonade Stand Teachers
Love her number bond bracelets and other adorable math activities.

Jen's OT for Kids
Love, love, love.  Our little ones are asked to do so much writing, and many aren't developmentally ready.  This site gives great OT ideas for our sweet little ones.

Langston's Learners
A sweet festive blog with loads of classroom pics. 

Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade
First, love the name and how many times a day do we say crisscross applesauce.  Second the math games with playing cards freebie is awesome.  I too have the paper police at my school so I love the way she shortened this printable.

New blog by my sweet teammate and her artsy daughter.. Take a peek.

Enjoy Everybody!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Ornaments-Parent Gifts...Done!

We finished our holiday ornaments/magnets for our parents.  This is an easy project that I have done for years.  You will need mason jar lids.  I have used regular size or the large.  The large just takes more glue and glitter.  

First you will need to use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each lid.  I just purchased a hole punch with cushioned handles.  So much better.  After punching 20 holes your hand will be  TH. ROB. ING. 

Next I put on one of the sticker pictures given to us by our photographer who takes our school photos.

 Then the children paint White Elmers Glue all  over the lid.  REMEMBER do not put glue over the photo.  Where ever the glue goes so does the glitter. 

Shake, shake, shake the glitter all over the lid.
I purchased this parmesan cheese shaker from Walmart.

The tray is from Michaels.  A must for any glitter project.
Remind the kiddos...DO NOT remove the cap from the tray.  Glitter will spill all over the floor.  YES. This happened today.  My tile never looked so sparkly!

Remove the lid from the tray, let dry.  Add a ribbon and VOILA!  A beautiful ornament.  If you have children who do not have a tree just add a magnet to the back for their fridge.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Everybody!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Happy New Year...A Little Early

I know we are all in Christmas activity mode, but I wanted to be one step ahead.  Coming back from Winter Break is always a little crazy. I wanted to have a New Years Unit planned and ready to go, so that my life would be less crazy easier that first day back.  This unit includes

3 wishes at Midnight writing activity
Cinderella text to self and text to text writing activities
The clock strikes midnight math games
My New Year's Resolutions mini book
New Year's Baby Art Project
New Year's Eve Sight word game
Midnight is Here Poem
New Year Noun Sort
What's Your Word Worth ___ight word family cut and paste
Auld Lang Syne ABC Order
Midnight Madness Sentence Scramble
Tradition definition poster
Eatin Black Eyed Peas Class Graph
Traditions Bubble Map
Princess Addition Matching Game
Clock Strikes Midnight Headband/Hat

Baby New Year Art Activity

New Year's Eve Sight Word Game

  The Baby New Year project is so easy.  Just put the templates in the copy machine and copy on coordinating color construction paper.  Or you can use the templates as tracers which ever is easier for you.  Enjoy!