A Very Merry After Christmas Sale!

All the presents are open and I hope you and your family had a lovely Christmas Day.  To celebrate the season the girls over at the Primary Chalkboard are throwing sales in each of their stores from today until the 29th!  The Primary Punch Store is all 20% off starting now!   Get a jumpstart on those January lesson plans while you're still basking in the after Christmas glow (and your kiddos are busy playing with those new toys)!  Click on the image below to check out some other great stores that are throwing sales!! Happy Holidays!!

Peace, Joy and Soap!

We have a winner from the Christmas Giveaway!!  Congratulations Margaret, an e-mail is coming your way!  

I just finished up some colleague holiday gifts and wanted to share them with you all in case you're looking for a quick and easy gift.  I have seen MANY variations of soap gift tags on Pinterest but decided to make my own tag.  I LOVE how they turned out and can't wait to hand them out tomorrow!


I just uploaded the Peace, Joy and Soap gift tags as a freebie to TPT which you can download now by clicking on the picture below! All you need are the soap bottles (I used Tis the Season by Bath and Body Works), ribbon and the gift tags.  Unfortunately, due to copyright restrictions (the file must be a secured PDF) with the super cute clip art I used, the pack is not editable so you would have to write your name on the tag after printing. 

Happy Holidays!

A Christmas Giveaway!

We only have 4 and a half days left until Christmas Break here in NC and on Tuesday, hubby and I find out whether we're on team pink or team blue!  I can't wait!!  We are planning a gender reveal with our families over the holidays! 
My sweet husband and I are sitting here watching our favorite Christmas movie (Christmas Vacation!!) by the light of our Christmas tree and I realized I hadn't popped in to say much lately.  Since I don't have my own class this year, I haven't been able to do a lot of fun Christmasy/Holiday things to write about.  So, I figured why not have a quick Christmas giveaway before we're all enjoying Christmas Break?! 

There are several ways to enter and the winner will get a HUGE bundle of all my Christmas games, centers and activities! Most of the centers are geared toward 2nd or 3rd grade and my new Holly Jolly Math is for 4th graders.  So, there is a wide mix of activities, great to differentiate for your kiddos! Enter using the Rafflecopter below.  Good Luck and Merry Christmas!

Holly Jolly Math

Hi friends!  If you're one of the lucky few to have a snow day tomorrow I am very jealous!!  We've had nothing but cold rain here in NC! I spent the rainy day finishing up a new 4th grade math packet that was by request from the 4th grade teachers at my school.  I have to say that I just love the clip art in this pack!  I can't wait to play these games with my Title I kiddos too.  You can click on either picture below to check it out on TPT!

Only 10 more school days before Christmas break (but who's counting??)!!

Take Me Back Tuesday Wednesday

I know it's technically Wednesday but I was looking through some older posts and came across this gem.  This is a REALLY old post (November 2011!) but I was just starting the handprint calendars with my kiddos and we had just made our Christmas Chain countdowns.  I know we're already 4 days into December but it's not too late to make a countdown! A few of the links are a little outdated.  Here's the Little Giraffee information about the Handprint calendars. I didn't do mine exactly like theirs but pretty close.  You can read more about our previous calendars HERE. For some reason I didn't take many pictures of the calendars last year, this was all I could find.

I laminate the front cover and then bind all the pages using an ancient comb binder.  I also then have all the kids wrap their calendar and fill out a name tag for whoever they want to give it to.  The calendars are a ton of work (and messy!) but I always had such nice feedback from parents.  I am sad that I won't be able to make them this year since I don't technically have a "class".

 Unfortunately, I couldn't find a 2014 Calendar template but, in years past I have printed a large horizontal monthly calendar and simply put the handprints at the top without the poems. 


Originally Posted 11/22/11
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How difficult is it to teach before a holiday?  We had 2 1/2 days this week which isn't really long enough to teach new objectives so, we did some fun things.  (shh...don't tell anyone) My kiddos had review Thanksgiving themed centers to work on because if I don't give them a center contract they get mad.  I tried this once, you know to shake things up and they were seriously upset.  I guess they just love the routine, so I gave them "fun" centers that focused on thanksgiving themed activities but still put them on their literacy contract so it looked like normal but really I snuck in some fun things.  Aren't I so sneaky : )

Well we also started some Christmas things just to get a head start.  The three weeks after Thanksgiving break just FLY by so, I wanted to make sure our christmas chains and calendars were done or at least started.  We started our handprint calendars that I mentioned before.  I am pretty excited that I am up to April already!!  (minus the kids that were absent and need to catch up when they return) Here are some pictures of what we have done so far, please keep in mind that this is times 20 and I have no assistant (to be fair I do have one but she is only with me once a week and has not been able to join in on the painting fun) or aid or volunteer parent.  Just me, painting ALOT.  They really are just so stinkin' cute which makes it worth it.  Plus they get so excited when we wrap them up and they get to take them home to put under the tree.  The easiest part of this project is that all of the pages are available for FREE download from The Little Giraffes.  You can download the calendar pages by clicking, here!




 We also cut and stapled our Christmas chains to start the countdown on December 1st.  The kiddos all cut their own strips. When I taught kinder and 1st I pre-cut the strips but my 2nd graders had no problem cutting strips.  Some were just a bit skinny or fat but they worked out in the end. I gave them each a piece of red and a piece of green paper.  They each cut 12 red strips and 12 green strips.  I did have to staple all of them which is a tad time consuming but I made some then took a break and then made some more.  You can see them hanging in the hallways ready for December 1st below!

 We stapled the bell to the last loop at the top.  This bell is from the oldest workbook ever.  I'm talking it had purple copy edges like from a rizzo machine when they copied in purple (anyone remember those or still have those at your school??) So, I made a new bell with the poem and you can download it for FREE by clicking on the link under the picture.  Thanksgiving break is so close,  I can't wait for 4 days of sleeping in!

Cyber Monday (and Tuesday!)

There is a HUGE sale happening on TPT for Cyber Monday!  The sale will be both Monday and Tuesday, my store will be 20% off and you can get an extra 8% off by using the code: CYBER at checkout! Thanks Jen Jones for the cute image below!

Don't miss a great deal on ALL my holiday themed packets! I just completed a huge update to my Merry Math pack!


My 2nd graders also LOVE these other fun holiday themed activities!