Amazing Way To Help Sandy Hook!

I came across something today on "Peace, Love, and Learning" that is absolutely amazing. Donna and a close friend of hers, Karen, have organized an easy and thoughtful way to reach out and help the Sandy Hook teachers transition back to school with as little stress as possible. If you have a TPT store, then you can help! All you do is sign up through a quick form that you can access from Peace, Love, and Learning and they will connect you with a Sandy Hook teacher. That teacher will email you 5 things that they would like from your store and you can email it straight to them. I hope that you will join them in their efforts to help these teachers in their time of need.
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Thanks so much and Happy New Year everyone!


Groundhog Day a Bit Early & Random Freebie

Yes, I know, Groundhog Day is not until February! But hey, it will be here before we know it. It is almost January already for crying out loud (can someone please make time slow down?!)  I was a busy bee today finishing up my unit and posting it on TPT! I hope you'll check it out and see if you think it could useful for your kiddies :)
And on a totally unrelated note, I've had kids running up to me lately with books that have little tears or rips that I need to fix. We've had long talks about how if a book is feeling very sick and needs to get better, they need to bring it to me so I can fix it, instead of leaving it in our library to be destroyed ha!  I found an adorable idea on Pinterest for a Book Hospital.(I have no idea who originally came up with the idea. Please leave me a comment if you know who it is so I can give them credit!) Basically you just set up a bin near the classroom library with a label on it and your kid will put books that are less than perfect inside for you to fix! Click below to grab your FREE copy of my bin label :)
Hope everyone is having a good ol' time eating, sleeping, watching, and BLOGGING like me! Happy New Year sweet friends!


Farewell 2012 Sale! JOIN ME & Add Your Link!

Out with the old and in with the new, they always say! In order to celebrate the end of 2012 and the beginning of the fabulous 2013

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Let's celebrate in style :) Happy New Year everyone!

New Year, New Fun!!

Hello my fellow teachers! I hope everyone is having a break as RELAXING as mine is! I am so enjoying having some down time. I literally have not stopped eating cookies & treats, but it's the holidays, so everything has 0 calories! Woo hoo! I've been working hard on adding some fun things to my TeachersPayTeachers store as well and thought I would share my fun new additions :)

First up is a New Year's activity called "New Year Cheer Mix"! It is a creative way to get your kids excited about the New Year. Click the picture below to take you there!


The 100th day of school is coming up quickly!! To prepare myself (while I have the time) I created a super cute snack mat and snack mix bag topper. If you would like to make 100th day snack mix with your class, click the picture below!

The Calendar Pal is one of my FAVORITE things that I have ever posted. I use this every single day with my class and it has been one of the most amazing things I have done as a teacher so far. It is unreal what my kids are able to do at this point in the year compared to years before. The repetition really helps them recall the important information. I hope you'll check it out! Click below for details.

And now (drumroll please) onto a very exciting venture that I have recently begun. I am officially making clip art! YAY! I've wanted to do it for so long and am thrilled to have had this break time to get the ball rolling. Here are the two sets that I have for sale at the moment. The first set - the gingerbread cuties - is a bit late, but better late than never! The second set - Pump Up the Party - is wonderful for your 100th day or New Years activities! I hope you will take a moment to stop by and see them, I'm so proud to have them done!

 So that's what I've been up to lately :) I plan to have a few more things added before the end of break. I am so thankful for all 17 of my followers - maybe one day I'll have hundreds (ha!), but for now I am just proud to have any. Thanks for reading and have a Fabulous Friday friends!


I Truly Believe! {Fun Freebies}

Is everyone enjoying their break as much as I am?! This is the life :) I love having time to think, breathe, and totally veg out. Right now I am surrounded by: puppies, blankets, cheez doodles, and sweet tea! I do miss my little angels though, we had such a good time on our last week together celebrating the Polar Express. On Monday, the kids wrapped their gifts for their parents that we FINALLY got finished with. They took a loooong time, but the outcome was completely adorable. I bought an awesome Handprint Calendar kit from Katie Mense on TPT. The calendar pages and headings were fantastic and I was so thankful to have that work already done for me. Getting everything printed in color and having all the handprints done before break was a serious challenge though. It was such a relief to have them done! Here's how they turned out:
The kids brought them home with them on Monday to put under their trees until Christmas day. On Tuesday, Sprinkles had a super special surprise waiting for the kids when they got to school. He had a letter from Santa and golden container labeled "Reindeer Food".
We read the cute rhyming letter from Santa together. It explained that Rudolph was worried that they might not find everyone's home on Christmas Eve, so he devised a plan. By sending our class the magical ingredients, they would be able to make a special batch of reindeer food that will lead Santa's sleigh straight to their house.
 The kids pulled all of the ingredients out of the jar. Inside they found magic glitter, oats, and sprinkles. 
 They scooped a bit of each into their own baggies to take home with them. After they had all the ingredients mixed up in their bag, I stapled a bag topper on each one. The back of the bag topper has another little poem to remind them what to do when they get home.

 To get a copy of the adorable letter from Santa and the bag toppers with the little poem, click on the picture below. It is on sale 20% off until the 26th! It's a great snag for next year.
And now let's talk about the POLAR EXPRESS!! This year I went a little crazy, I must say. But it was totally worth it because the kids had a total blast. We started by reading the story, of course! I turned out all the lights and read it using a lantern that I had from my 'hurricane kit' at home. It looked just like the train headlight :) The kids were completely engrossed in the story. The next day we re-read the book and discussed our favorite memories from the book. We created a graph to see what the most popular part was. With this graph, the students were able to retell the story and create a graph that represents their favorite part! Each student got a printed mug with their name on the front. They then added marshmallows to the top to represent the number of letters in their name. I also created story retell cards to help the kids understand which part of the story the pictures represented. After completing their mug and listening to the story retell cards, they glued their mug on the graph above their favorite part of the story!
How cute is she with her little pinky up?! Ha!

You can purchase the graph parts and story retell cards from my TPT store while they are on SALE by clicking the picture below!
The next day was our Polar Express Pajama Party!Woo hoo! I sent home a cute invitation to remind the parents about the pajamas. Click the picture below to grab your FREEBIE! I printed it on goldish colored paper to make it look more like a ticket.

Don't they all look so cute in their pajamas? I set up the train tracks leading into our room where the big train was set up! It took me foooooorever to get that train finished. I had to work a little Christmas magic just to get it to stand up.

As the kids boarded the train, I passed out a ticket to each of them. I hole punched the tickets on one side, just like the conductor in the movie!
To grab your ticket FREEBIE click on the picture below!
I set up a hot cocoa and snack bar and as the kids watched the movie on the train, they came up to get some goodies! They looooved adding the toppings to the hot cocoa all by themselves. They added about a million different toppings too! HA!

After the movie was over, there was a knock on our door. A package had been delivered from the North Pole to our class! It was from Santa himself and it was still ice cold from the snow. (I kept the box in the freezer overnight to be sure it would be extra icy! Even the bells were frigid when we opened it) The kids ripped open the package and found the first gift of Christmas for them - magical bells! I found the adorable little boxes at Walmart for only $2 for 6. I added some polyfill for the snow and attached a sweet poem to remind kids what the bell represents. If you would like to use the poem with your kids next year, you can get a copy by clicking the picture below while it is on sale!

 The kids left the room absolutely ecstatic. They had soooo much fun and all the hard work was worth it. I could never get tired of the Polar Express.
And that was it - Christmas Break time - yay!!
This was probably the longest post ever, but I have more time on my hands then usual, being that it's Christmas break and all!