Wednesday, December 31, 2014

I {Heart} Instagram: Top 10 of the Year!

I know, I know, I've been a terrible blogger.
New Year's Resolution: DO BETTER AT BLOGGING!! :)

But, rather than waste your time talking about my problems, let's take a look back at the year....IG style!  While I haven't been the best at blogging, I do love me some Instagram!  I'm linking up with Natalie at Teachery Tidbits to highlight my favorites pics from 2014....

This was one of my favorite activities I did with my kiddos last year. They loved making 100 Day Cupcakes, and they turned our so stinkin' cute. I should warn you, though...these things take forever! 

This is a two-for-one special! We worked really hard on our opinion writing with What if You Had Animals Hair and What if You Had Animal Teeth. The kids absolutely loved the, their writing blew me away!! I call that a win-win! :)

Noun Trains! If you can't tell - I love me some craftivities! I know there are some people that don't think there's time to do crafts anymore in first grade, but I am a firm believer that children learn by play and by doing....and by doing crafts that incorporate what we are learning, I think they are better able to remember what we have learned. 
Just my opinion. Rant over. :)

You can't study nouns without working on adjectives, too! 
My first graders had so much fun creating their own monsters...and I had so much fun reading their descriptions!

If you haven't heard or used the song "Sneaky e is a ninja" from the Electric Company, go now to YouTube, and search it.  It's okay... I'll wait.

Yep, now it's in YOUR head, too!  I've been singing it for weeks!

One of my favorite activities of the year! Using "tent cards" (notecards folded in half) & a looooong piece of string tied to  both ends of the room, the kids put the numbers 0-120 in order. 
It was mass chaos, yes....but super fun...and educational, too! :)

 I'm in awe sometimes of how much our little ones are expected to learn...
but, this activity was a fun one and  I do LOVE a sticky note!

Volcano Day....still referred to by some of my first graders as the "BEST DAY EVER!".
Yes, it was THAT fun!

I really loved my "back to school" door this year.
And, for the record, the balloons DID stay inflated...for several weeks! :)

And my favorite one...
This has been kind of a rough year.. I won't lie. But, things like this are what keep me going.
They kids were at their Working with Words station, and when they finished with spelling words, they made me this.
It made my heart smile :)

So, that's it for me, friends. If you don't follow me on IG yet, click the little picture logo at the top of my blog and follow I can follow you, too!!

As always, thanks for stopping by and.... Happy New Year!!!!!
(this looks like my kind of year right here!!!)

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

All I Want for Christmas.... is a TpT Gift Card! {Giveaway}

Hi Friends!
  I don't know about you, but Christmas is coming way toooooo fast! I've got so much to do, and so little time to get it done.  One of those things left on the list is to finishing buying gifts.

   For my teacher friends, I can't think of anything better than a TpT gift certificate.  I could spend a fortune every day on amazing resources that leave me with less to do and some easy planning!  TpT has given their gift certificates a little makeover, and not only are they the most practical gift out there, but they are super cute, too!  They really do make a perfect gift for your teacher buddies, or your child's teacher.  You can check them out by clicking the picture below.  {Make sure you are logged in to TpT!}

   I'm teaming up with some other fantabulous blogger friends to give away a $10 TpT gift certificate.

   To enter, just follow the Rafflecopter rules below, and then check out the other amazing bloggers who are also giving away $10 to TpT. Just click on the links below to head to their blogs!
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 I hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and are able to rest & relax with those most important to you. Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!!!  

Don't forget to check your email on the 24th to see if you've won! Good luck!:)

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Differentiation Tips & a Currently Freebie!

Hi Friends!
  I don't know about y'all, but I could really use a slow down right about now. This month is flying by, and November is just a blur. How is it that Christmas is almost here?  I need more days...of the weekend kind, to be specific.  Do you think I could ask Santa for that??

   In the haste of the season, I have neglected my sweet little blog.  However, I am so fortunate to be guest blogging over at Laura Candler's Corkboard Connections today. She is absolutely AH-Mazing, and I am so excited to be on her blog!!  It's a post all about an easy way to differentiate centers in your classroom.  Click the picture below if you want to check that out.....but come back... I have a FREEBIE for ya!!

 If you're still with me here, I always hate to miss an opportunity to link up with Farley & the Currently.  So, while I'm super late to this party, I still wanted to join. Consider it being fashionably late...or something like that. Christmas music. It's my fave, and I always have it on when the season rolls around. It just makes me happy :)

Loving.... that it's finally cooling off down here in the dirty south. This past week, it was in the mid 70's and kids were wearing shorts to school!  This weekend has brought us a little bit of a cool down, and I'm loving jeans, boots and sweaters. It's so hard to Christmas shop while your sweating!

Thinking... that, speaking of Christmas shopping, I really need to get on it. I'm almost done, but have a few more to go. It's always those last ones that are so hard for me. Then, there's stocking stuffers.  While I LOVE getting them, it's such a struggle to come up with good ones for others.  Yep, got Christmas on the brain for sure!

Wanting...everything I see.  Why is it that in the months leading up to Christmas, I can't come up with a single thing I want, then when I'm shopping for others, I want every . single. thing!  The struggle is real, y'all.... the struggle is real!

Needing... absolutely nothing. I am truly blessed.  Ok, ok, I could go for a nice massage or a winning lottery ticket, but truth is, I'm happy :)

Giving... this Rudolph! Rudolph! Freebie!  My kids love doing this little book every year, and it's a cute way to review, practice and assess color words and rhyming words, too! The kids fill in the rhyming color word, and then color Rudolph's nose to match. :)  Just click the picture to grab it!

So, that's it for me, friends. As always, thanks for stopping by & I wish you the SMOOTHEST of days as the holiday approaches :)

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