Friday, December 14, 2012

Prayers for Connecticut

My heart goes out to all who are affected by the loss of all the teachers and sweet babies in Connecticut. My mind cannot even fathom what is going on right now.... those poor children and teachers....

<3 Praying <3

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Update!!!

Hey friends! I miss blogging so much.... But I HAD to share some of the adorable Christmas stuff we have been doing the past few weeks before we are all on break! =)

First off... Here is one of the few good pics I have of my sisters and I... with sweet baby Sonorah! (Who am I kidding...? She's already a little lady! This chick is walking people!!! What happened to my sweet girl who would lay in my arms for hours on end? Yup... no more! She's an independent woman! Only kidding folks...) =)
This was on Thanksgiving, right after we ate before we went to see Breaking Dawn, pt. 2 (AMAAAAZING!!!!)

I've had a great start to December... every December 1st, I break out THIS baby....

Then one of my besties was an elf in the local Christmas parade.... and her parents were.... THE Santa and Mrs. Claus... needless to say- I was pretty psyched... I ran up screaming "SANTA!!! I know him! I know him!!!" (Anyone else obsessed with Elf????...)
Lisa and I before the parade

Here is the whole family dressed up--- please note how adorable Lisa's daughter is... =)

After the parade, we attempted to walk down to the river and see the Christmas lights... should have known better b/c we did not even step foot in the first light tunnel before we were stopped and a line formed to get pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It was so adorable!!!!
Lisa's mom is killin me in this one! =)
Dec. 1st was a blast! Here are a few other Christmas fun pictures....

My mom's big, beautiful tree- I put everything up except the lights and ribbon... =)
My cute little tree at my house!

My house with Christmas lights on it! (and I did it by myself! Single girl- WINS!) =)

I'm obsessed with Christmas... can you tell????
OKay- now onto the more interesting stuff!!!!
Here are some pictures of my classroom all "Christmas-fied!"

When the kids are working nicely, we turn the lights off and enjoy the Christmas lights! They love it!

One of my kinders made those snowflakes and colored them at home and brought them in for me! I loved them so much I had to hang them on the window! Now we have window decor all through the winter! You should have seen his face when he walked in the next day and saw them! Priceless! =)

Our cute little tree!

And here are the kids beautiful work!
We have been working on measurement standards: describing and comparing measurements...

And here are my sweeties working hard on their measurement trees!!! I even let them use the bottled glue and they did an AMAZING job... I had one little guy even make up "Just a dot! Not a lot!" I was so proud... =)

And now some Christmas pictures from the past that I thought you might like to see! =)

This was from my 2nd year of teaching (2 years ago)... the wrote about what they wanted for Christmas on the ornament shaped paper, and then they got to decorate a tree as a craft that Friday. Then we put them together to make a "quilt". I think I would have had them find a picture of what they wanted for Christmas and glue it under the tree to make it more relevant to their writing!

These were crafts we did during our Holidays around the World my 2nd year of teaching.... so cute! (We had not done Kwanzaa yet! I don't think I got a picture of it, sadly!)

The awesome Gingerbread comparison chart I made - I can't remember who's original idea it was... it's been floating around on pinterest though! This was NOT my original idea! =)

This was a cute way to retell--- I had sentence strips with the name and picture of each character from the story and the kids would help me retell by holding that sentence strip up as we read!

An adorable word work center found on (look under gingerbread theme!)

This was a pocket chart center we had made. The kids would read "Jingle Bells" on the chart and help to put the words back in order in the pocket chart.

Thanks for being so patient with me and sticking around! I appreciate all my new followers recently! I promise I will share some stuff when I do some really AMAZING new stuff! But for now... I'm just stealing all ya'lls ideas! =) hehehe Love my blogging buddies!

I'm sure I'll post some more during break b/c not only do I have 2 weeks off from school, but my masters as well! HOOORAY! =) Freedom! 

It's so close I can taste it!
Alright- I need to get to bed. 
(Oh, in case you're wondering why I am posting at 2 am on a school night- it's b/c my internal clock is messed up from having strep for 5 days.... It literally hit me like a brick on Saturday night out of no where! I'm talking -couldn't swallow, headache, ears hurt, light headed, running a fever of 102... and NO meds. My strep test came up negative on Monday... so I went to another doc on Tuesday afternoon and that one came up positive. So I started taking meds Tuesday night and woke up feeling amazing Wednesday! So I can't wait to see my little friends in 5 hours! =) Alright, I'm off for real now!

Hope to find ya'll doing wonderful and feeling blessed this holiday season!!!!!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gingerbread Plans

Hey all-Here is my post from last year on what I did for writing during our Gingerbread week! =)

Day 1: (Today) I baked some gingerbread cookies and brought in icing and sprinkles for the kids to decorate. I knew this would be chaotic with the whole class, so I put my kiddos in "Gingerbread Stations" this afternoon. (They were SOOOO excited when they walked in from specials. I told them it was a surprise and I gave them little hints throughout the day as to what it was! When I put on my Gingerbread apron... I think that gave most of them a good idea of what was going to happen.)

So here are the stations I used:
STATION 1: Number order puzzle
Mixed up gingerbread picture that they have to cut out and put the numbers in order to make the picture correctly. (I found this at as a FREE download!)

 STATION 2: Coloring
 just printed off some cute clipart I found online for the kids to color. I made the mistake of letting them use my markers... not even THINKING to remind them to put the caps back on. I am so glad I noticed before I went home today otherwise I would have had NO markers left to use for myself. (I LOVE that Gingerbread clipart!)

How cute is this gingerbread house coloring page?!

 STATION 3: Decorate a paper gingerbread man

I am a VERY crafty person (ONLY when it comes to kids) and I'm not afraid of using glitter and such with them. I showed them how to use a pinch of glitter INSTEAD of pouring it all over their paper. I still had a few who didn't listen... but whatevs! My floor gets vacuumed every night, sooo it's all good! =) They had a blast doing it too! I found the template HERE.

 STATION 4: Cookie decorating
Here is the cookie decorating station!

I made one... you know... for "an example"... haha (or just b/c I WANTED to!) 

 STATION 5: Computers

I came across this website through another teacher blog and was so excited b/c it has several different Gingerbread games for the kids to play... so no "I'm done" in the middle of decorating cookies! =) The website is:

I also had other ideas that I did not use...

*Read Gingerbread books
*Use playdoh and Gingerbread cookie cutters

So that's all I got done today for writing! OH! And I took a picture of each student with their cookie to use for Wednesday.

Day 2: (Tomorrow) We are going to review the 5 senses and talk about how the cookies looked/tasted/smelled/and felt. I will record their responses on a web (sorry- forgot to take a picture tonight! I'll try to remember tomorrow.)

Day 3: The kids are going to receive their own graphic web to choose 3-4 adjectives to write about their own cookie. (I'll let them use our web created as a class AND to look at their pictures so they remember what their cookie looked like.

Day 4: The kids will put their web into writing... My gingerbread cookie is ______. My gingerbread cookie has ______. etc.

And I created this adorable paper for their "Final copies"! ENJOY!

Day 5: Edit/revise as needed.