Sunday, December 30, 2012

Penguins and January Word Work Words!

I have been LOVING winter break! I had a wonderful Christmas with my family and now I have been relaxing up in the mountains of North Carolina! I am a total fan of cold weather (maybe because I don't live in it...I'm not sure), but I have been so happy up here!!
Here is some of my family that is up here. Two of my sisters weren't able to come :( One has work and the other will be going into labor any day now!! I will be an Aunt for the first time!!

I also just finished my penguin unit! This one took me awhile, but I am so excited about it! Here is a preview of some of the items included...

I will leave the unit on sale until Monday!! I hope ya'll enjoy it as much as me!!

I also finished up my January Word Work Cards! Just click on the picture below, re-download the cards, and the January words will be on the last page!! 


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Elf Update!

We have been having a blast with Snow, our elf!! The children really look forward to seeing her everyday and she definitely is great to have around to help me out with behavior!!

Last Tuesday Snow was fishing for some gold fish...

On Wednesday we had our first field trip of the year. We went to see a wonderful play. Snow left me some paper to write down a naughty and nice list ;)

But, unfortunately one of the students touched Snow! So on Thursday she was not feeling great! Luckily, Santa sent some magical recovery dust (I downloaded it HERE for free). The kids had a blast sprinkling the magic dust on her...

and it worked! Because Friday she was all better. But, we couldn't figure out why she was holding a marker?  

It took a while for someone to finally go to the bathroom and see this....

Snow was cheering us on for FIELD DAY!!! Woo-Hoo!!

After the weekend, we arrived to school and found this...

Eeks! I can't believe she saw a mouse!! haha ;) 

I hope your students have been enjoying their Elf as much as we have!! I just love ours!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silence for Sandy Hook

Today, Teachers Pay Teachers has announced that 10% of sales will be going to Sandy Hook Elementary School. If you would like to donate, you can by sending donations to:

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
c/o Newtown Savings Bank
39 Main St.
Newtown, CT 06470 

You or your students can send kind words to:

Sandy Hook Elementary
12 Dickenson Drive
Newtown, CT 06482

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12-12-12!! Woohoo!!

I am joining a wonderful blogger, Stacy, from Simpson's Superstars for the 12-12-12 linky party!! 

1. Never too old for an advent calendar, right? LOVE getting my piece of chocolate every morning!
2. and another advent calendar...Christmas is definitely my favorite holiday!!
3. Look at where our elf, Snow, landed today! She was feeling quite brave stacking those blocks and having faith that the children wouldn't knock them over today ;)
4. Our whole group Label It! The children did their own 'label it' during centers, they came out adorable!!
5. Pocket chart center time! One of my favorites! I love watching the kids build and read sentences.
6. OHHH REALLY? Look what I caught my kids using the iPad for today!! 

7. More centers! Loved this simple addition center today. The kids did great adding with unifix cubes.
8. Nail time! I actually got a mani and pedi today...that never happens! I love 12-12-12 ;)
9. Time for some Christmas shopping at the mall!
10. Some of the damage...
11. Starving! What a busy day...stopped for my favorite sandwich, a BLT from Jimmy Johns! (ignore me in this photo...I am exhausted!)
12. and its tivo time! Is it really only Wednesday?

I would love to hear all about your day!! Link up by heading over to Simpson's Superstars!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Look Who's Here!! The Elf on the Shelf!

I am OBSESSED with the Elf on the Shelf! I just can't help it! I LOVE it!! I know a lot of people think he is creepy...I just don't see that haha ;)

This year I have a couple students in my class with special needs. I know a couple of them don't do well with change. So, on Thursday I wanted to make sure to give them a little 'heads up'. I told the students that I had written a letter to Santa asking him for an Elf to come to our classroom. I told them I wasn't sure if Santa was going to be able to send the Elf because there aren't enough for all the classrooms and homes. But, if we did get one then we are super lucky!! Of course they had a million questions and I answered them tall is he? Why is he coming? Does he talk? Can he play with us? ....

On Friday the students ran in looking for the elf, but he wasn't there. I told them that I didn't think the mailman came yet, but maybe he wasn't coming.  Then, before school was out, a special package was delivered to our class! It was freezing (came right out of the freezer) because it was a speedy delivery straight from the North Pole!! The kids couldn't believe it!! They thought they were touching snow! (we are in Florida so any kind of frost can be considered 'snow'). We read the book and quickly gave our Elf a name...Snow!! Santa also delivered the Elf on the Shelf DVD so we watched it before we went home. The DVD is totally a MUST! It really explains the Elf and even shows Santa packaging the Elf in the box that they come in.

This morning the kids were so excited to come inside and see where Snow landed!

She was 'bored' over the weekend without us, so she decided to make us little Christmas and Hanukkah countdowns! 

I can't wait for the students to see where she lands tomorrow...this is such an exciting and fun way to get ready for the holidays!! 

I found some ideas for the Elf and have them on my Pinterest board HERE if you need any :)

You can also read more about the Elf in other classrooms over at Mel's linky party!!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Word Work: December Words

I can't seem to get myself going on this Sunday morning! I am still sitting on the couch, watching some Teen Mom on tivo! haha I need to go grab a diet coke and start my Christmas shopping! 

I did update my Writing and Word Work Cards for December. I know my students continue to use these cards daily at their word work center and they really love them! In the past, I had trouble keeping students on task during the word work....more specifically when they were using the white boards. They would tend to start to draw pictures instead of writing words.  These cards have been so helpful! Now, they have to write their words, and if they write the word, they can draw the matching picture--they are loving it!

Head on over to TPT by clicking on the picture below to re-download the cards. The December words will be on the last page. Enjoy!!