Saturday, December 31, 2011

There are only a few hours left in my giveaway.  If you haven't left your comments, do so by Midnight EST.  You can get to the original post by clicking here.  I will announce the winner tomorrow, January 1st.

Thursday, December 29, 2011


It's hard to believe that it is Thursday and that I have only been out of the house one time since Saturday.  I hosted both Christmas breakfast and lunch at my house, so I haven't had to get out.  I have really enjoyed just being lazy and reading blogs, watching tv, playing with my little one and having good conversations with my big boy...he would die if he knew that is what I called him.  We have been book shopping online for this upcoming semesters book is going to cost $200.  Has anyone ever rented college text books?  That seems to be the big thing the schools are promoting.

I have posted two different units, February Literacy Work Stations and More February Literacy Stations, on my TpT store.  Here is a freebie that is one of the units.

I am trying to decide what to work on next.  I really need to start planning for the first week back at school - I just can't seem to bring myself to that yet.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


My friend Courtney over at Swimming into Second is having a giveaway for reaching 400 followers.  Go over and leave a comment to have a chance - she is giving away a $25 gift certificate to TpT!  

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for reaching 50 followers.  Go here to get a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Target.

Hope you are enjoying your time off from school!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas and a GIVEAWAY

I would like to say that I hope each of you have a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing winter break!

I am so excited that I have reached 50 followers.  Time for a GIVEAWAY!!!  I am going to give away a $10 gift card to Target.  You will have three chances to win.  
1.  Follow my blog and leave a comment.
2.  Follow my TpT store and leave a comment about something 
you would like to see offered in my store.
3.  Blog about my giveaway and leave me a comment.

The deadline for entering is December 31st at midnight.  I will announce the winner on January 1, 2012!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


First, I would like to start off by saying that I am blessed to be a part of such a loving, dedicated group of teachers!  THANKS Leslie for making a wonderful blog button!  I love it!  If you haven't visited her blog, its a must!

Now, I am one of those teachers who is still stuck in school this week.  I want to scream at the top of my lungs because this first half of the year has been very difficult on me!  Toughest group I have ever had.

My students decorated tiles for their parents this year.  We also made a few Christmas Tree decorations.  So, today we took the time and made these cute reindeer bags to take the presents home in.  The kids loved this.  We also made a calendar for 2012 for their parents.  The kids decorated every page inside of the calendar.

Today we also had Grinch Day in our class.  We all wore green, worked on the Grinch Unit by Mrs.  Jump.  We compared the book to the movie, we drank Grinch Punch, and at the end of the day, the Grinch had came by while the kids were out of the class and left them a note with a green candy cane.  We had a great day doing things we normally don't do.

There are a few "Grinch" items we need to finish in the morning and then we are moving on to begin our short Polar Express Unit.  We also have our class party tomorrow afternoon.  We have a nutrition guideline that we are suppose to go by, but I couldn't help making some things that I found on Pinterst.  I will post pictures tomorrow.  Then on Thursday we will have PJ Day and watch the Polar Express.  

Please wake me when its all over!  I'm ready for a break!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Meet Ben Franklin

I have uploaded the 1st Grade Treasures Unit 4, Week 4 (Meet Ben Franklin) to TpT.  Below are a few pictures from the unit.  If you would like to purchase it, click on the first picture.

I do not get out for Christmas Break until Thursday, which is a half-day for us.  The kids have been really wild and I am REALLY dreading this week!  I have a lot of things planned because we do not have a story in reading this week.  I am planning on doing Gingerbread activities and stories on Monday, having Grinch Day in my room on Tuesday, and reading Polar Express and doing activities with it on Wednesday.  Our class party is Wednesday afternoon.  On Thursday, the students get to wear their pajamas to school and we will be watching Polar Express.

I am ready for a BREAK!  This year has been really difficult...

I hope everyone is enjoying their time off!  I plan on working on some freebies on my break - so be on the look out!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

TpT and Christmas Activities

I have now uploaded my 1st Grade Treasures Reading Unit 4 - Week 3 (Stormy Weather) to TpT.  Below are a few pages of it.  If you would like it, just click on the picture.

I have also put some Jeopardy Games on TpT for some of the 2nd Grade Treasures Stories.  There is one for The Moon, Stirring Up Memories, Officer Buckle and Gloria and Music of the Stone Age. 

We have been busy in my classroom.  Below are a few of the activities we have been working on.

Christmas Trees made out of upside down hearts and buttons

After completing an activity on summarizing the story Mooseltoe, my students drew their own version of him.

We have been working on fossils and this dinosaur activity from Deanna Jump is great!

Another idea from Deanna Jump.  I read half of the poem My Neighbor's Dog is Purple and had my students illustrate what they thought at first.  After finishing the poem, they had to draw their mental image again.  Read about the idea on Mrs. Jump's blog here.

I love doing these reindeer every year to hand on the Christmas Tree.
There are so many more things that I want to accomplish before we leave for Christmas Break.  Our last day isn't until December 22nd, so I am hoping to get most of them done.

I hope everyone had a terrific Tuesday - let's have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, December 5, 2011


There are so many different things going on at school that I keep meaning to take pictures of to post - I took the pictures today, but then left my camera at school.  Maybe I can show things off tomorrow.

I made a few pages of writing paper to share with you.  I am sure you have so many different ones, but what are a few more?  Just click on the picture to get to them.

I am planning on posting the 1st Grade Treasures Unit 4 - Week 3:  Stormy Weather tomorrow on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I know that this is ahead of what most (if not all) Treasure users are on, but I wanted to go ahead and post it.

I hope I make it to 50 followers by the end of the week....I really want to host a giveaway!

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend Was Too Short

Here it is, Sunday night, and I am trying to get my lesson plans finished up for this week.  There was not a lot of school stuff happening at my house this weekend. 

Yesterday I was woke up by roofers tearing off my neighbors roof at 7:30 a.m.  This morning - on Sunday - the roofers knocked on my door at 8:30 asking if they could start tearing off our roof.  Yikes - I wished I would have had a little warning!  Needless to say, I wasn't home much this weekend because of all the noise and mess.

I did manage to do one thing that I wanted to get done this weekend.  I LOVE is what I accomplished this evening (instead of lesson planning).....

I have 41 followers.  Remember, when I reach 50 I will have a giveaway!  I hope it happens before the end of the week :)

Have a great Monday!