Friday, November 23, 2012

Cyber Monday Sale on TPT

I know, I know...

Here I am, ranting about Black Friday this morning and how I'm just not cut out for all that madness, and now I'm squawking about Cyber Monday? 

Well, I want to promote the BIG sale going on at Teachers Pay Teachers Monday and Tuesday of next week. Even though I don't have a TON of stuff in my store, I'd like to participate!

Check it out!

Will you be shopping the TPT sale? As much as I will try to resist...I know that I'll be there, too!

Freebie Black Friday!

Did you head out early to get some great deals?

I keep toying with the idea of going Black Friday shopping, but in the end, I worry that the "Oh no, you DIDN'T" person in me will end up elbowing someone who pushes me or grabs something out of my hand. 

Hey, I'm a peaceful girl! I guess I'd rather pay a little more to shop in the daytime hours, usually as soon as the stores open, on a weekday if possible. My Mom & I are always a great Christmas shopping team!

In the spirit of numbers- saving money, keeping track of deals & prices...I have created a FREE Color-by-number words activity. 

Stop on over to my TPT Store and PICK IT UP!

Happy Black-Friday'ing! Have a GREAT Thanksgiving break!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Christmas Field Trip & Christmas Literacy Pack!

I've tried to resist it and just enjoy the last weeks of fall...but it's inevitable....Christmas is coming!

Yesterday my class took a field trip less than a mile away to learn about the Dicken's Victorian Village that has overtaken our downtown.  It is really neat. Mannequin displays portray scenes from the Victorian era in which Charles Dickens lived and became inspired to write "A Christmas Carol". Read the story of the Dicken's Victorian Village here.

 What's really cool is that beginning this year, local students have been invited to tour this charming village and learn about the history of the world in the times of Charles Dickens.

Dickens representatives brought us a bag of books, lesson plans, activity sheets, a movie, and a CD of Christmas music to be used in the weeks before our trip. There were 2 pop-up  books that were very exciting to my first-graders. We learned about jobs such as town crier and a chimney sweep. I was so proud of them when they could answer our guide's questions!

After our walking tour, we gathered together to learn about the games, songs, and toys that kept Victorian era children entertained. After we returned back to school I saw students playing "London Bridge" on the playground! We also learned about how these displays are put together. 

The display keeps growing each year and our little downtown is really thriving in the commerce! Not to mention that is really IS a charming place to be during the holidays! 

 We also have another holiday attraction...a musical, light-up courthouse show! It's great! You can listen to the music through your car stereo or get our and enjoy the show directly from the courthouse lawn. It's not uncommon to see little kids dancing to their favorite Christmas songs! 

Check out the light show HERE I said...whether I want to face it or not...Christmas is coming...and I may as well greet it with a smile! I've been working on my Christmas Literacy Activities Pack and finally finished it this morning!

Stop by Teachers Pay Teachers and pick it up!

Are you getting into the spirit of the season yet? 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Freebie Friday: Color by Number

Good Friday Morning!

This week I created some Thanksgiving-themed color by codes and I'm sharing one for Freebie Friday!

Grab this trotting turkey to keep your kiddos busy next week! We have lots of activities planned for the 3 days that we are in school next week and I plan to use this for those "early finishers" who are always looking for something to do while others are working.

Grab yours HERE

If you'd like more of these, check out my Thanksgiving Color by Code pack on TPT.

Enjoy your Friday! My class is heading on a field trip this morning...wish us luck!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Giving Thanks

Social media, as annoying and ridiculous as it sometimes is, can be kind of neat, too.

I'm really liking all of these "I'm thankful for..." posts I've been seeing. Maybe I'm just glad that they're not yet-another passive-aggressive rant or political statement. Maybe I'm feeling extra-thankful myself.

This post isn't about a cool recipe I've found (even though I AM working on a post for that!). It's not about a new item I've created for TPT (although I AM working on some of those, too!). It's simply to express a few things I'm very thankful for, today, and every day.
My family

 We are usually loud & crazy and all over the place. Whether I'm with family from my Mom or Dad's side- we are always laughing. I can definitely say that I got my sense of humor from my family!

I was so fortunate to have had both of my Grandfathers until my mid-twenties. The memories I have of both of these extraordinary men are precious and plentiful. My Grandpa G taught me how to fish, hunt for arrowheads, tend a garden, and fix things.  My Grandpa Bob was one of the sweetest, kindest, gentlemen you could ever know. A man strong in his convictions, he taught me to always do what was right and just. He always wore a wool cap and smelled of Aramis.

My Grandmothers are amazing, as well. My Mom's Mom is the family historian..she has kept a journal since she was 14 and has every one! If anyone in the family has a question about a date or event, they go to my Grandma Beck. My Dad's mother is the busiest 85 year-old I know! She is glamorous, driven, and always so happy to see everyone! Any fanciness I had growing up is from her. My cousins and I used to joke that she would chase us around only to put bows in our hair!

"A child needs a grandparent, anybody's grandparent, to grow a little more securely into an unfamiliar world" ~Charles and Ann Morse

My Job

I am so thankful to be able to do what I do. Teaching children is a joy. Seeing the progress they make over the span of a year is so gratifying and my 22 first-graders make me laugh every single day. They are eager to hear me explain things like place value and adjectives. They want to impress me with their writing and reading. I do my best to fill their days with love, learning, and laughter. I'm so lucky to be able to do this for a living. I truly believe it is what I was meant to do.

What are YOU thankful for? Meditate on that thought for a few minutes. It makes my heart smile.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Literacy Unit

I just finished my first TPT pack! Last week I bought a TON of clip art from Scrappin Doodles and couldn't wait to make something fun! My goal is to make things for TPT that I will actually use in my classroom. I definitely think this project fits the bill! I made each item in color and black and white, too!

This literacy pack includes:
16 Thanksgiving-themed word wall cards
3 Thanksgiving acrostic poem frames
(color and b&w)
3 Thanksgiving writing prompts
(color, b&w, and no-graphics versions)
6 Thanksgiving-themed writing papers
(color and b&W)
3 Thanksgiving Venn diagrams
2 Thanksgiving are-have-can graphic organizers (color and b&W)
Thanksgiving Word Scramble
The next couple of weeks of school are super crazy for us and I think these activities will be a great way to practice writing, sentence building, and organizing information. 

ALSO: The folks over at Blog Hoppin are having a sweet giveaway!

Check it out for your chance to win some sweet  Thanksgiving stuff!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Freebie Friday! Thanksgiving acrostic poem frame

Oh.Yes! Today is Friday!

Has anyone else had some NUTSO weeks at school here, lately? I am SO thankful for a couple of long weekends coming up! The weather is supposed to be gorgeous this weekend and I plan to take advantage!

I bought some new clip art this week & have been excited to make some stuff! Here's a Thanksgiving Friday Freebie- an acrostic poem frame! My students are learning about adjectives and this is a fun way to brainstorm a big list of words that remind them of thanksgiving and being thankful. I"m also in the process of creating a Thanksgiving Literacy unit. I hope to have it finished by the beginning of next week- which is probably when I will start using it in my room!

Get it HERE

Grab your freebie and go out & enjoy the weekend!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November "Currently"

It's November?!? What?!?

Time is a flyin' and I'm hanging on for the ride! We just had our first set of parent-teacher conferences this past week and I'm glad to say that they went very well! It's nice to be able to tell my students' parents about all the fantastic things they are doing! I made a point to be super-positive for these conferences and I'm so glad I did! Parents were thrilled and hopefully went home and told their kids how proud they were!

Sweet Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade has just released her November "Currently" template and it's so cute! I've begun to look forward to these every month!
Participating in these has been a fun way to meet fellow bloggers & check out their pages! 
There is so much great stuff out there!

Here's to a great November!