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Sunday, December 30, 2012

A Day Full of Martin Luther King Jr.

 Krista Wallden created the cutest clip art for Martin Luther King Jr. so I HAD to update my file. It includes a bit of writing, word family, vocabulary, money, was/had/wanted organizer, student foldable book with colorful teacher version in larger scale, a fun crayon craftivity to go along with literature and a list of fun picture books for use for the special day. 

1st Grade Daily Math Term 3 Posted

1st Graders... 3rd Term Daily Math is ready and posted...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

There Was An Old Lady BUNDLE for All Seasons


3 Day Week for New Years

Do you head back to school in the middle of the week too?
What to do with a couple of days...

Celebrate the new year with a fun review of past skills.  
This file includes an 18 page student booklet that students can complete individually or while rotating through centers. I have included materials and cards needed for centers to be up and running quickly and easily.
Activities include:
sums of 13 (2013)
telling time
greater than, less than
friendly letters
goal writing
making words
parts of a story
patterned art and more.
The entire file is available in black and white or color.


Friday, December 28, 2012

There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow

I began my birthday at the spa this morning for 3 hours... foot soak, 80 minute massage, 50 facial, pedicure... it was fabulous...  I spent the afternoon at the doctor's office... STREP... I spent the rest of the evening laying on the couch with There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow.
I'd love to share this packet with the first friend to leave their email!! 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy New Year Activities

UPDATED for 2013... black and white or colored versions are available.
If you purchased and enjoyed the 2012 version... be sure to download the newer file for 2013!!
Hands on centers and student booklet.

Celebrate the new year with a fun review of past skills.  This file includes an 18 page student booklet that students can complete individually or while rotating through centers. I have included materials and cards needed for centers to be up and running quickly and easily.
Activities include:
sums of 12
telling time
greater than, less than
friendly letters
goal writing
making words
parts of a story

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas!!

The Creekside Annual Christmas Sing-a-long...
What a way to end the week!
Hope your Christmas ROCKS!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Money, Money, Money

I know at this time of year... we have ALL spent a ton of money...
however, the past couple of weeks, I have been teaching my kiddos about COUNTING MONEY.  It has been exciting to see them catch on so quickly.  They are so proud that they are able to do something that mom and dad do everyday!!!  Last week I received notes on homework pages of how much money mom had in her wallet... dad had in his pocket... were inside the couch ;).  They are counting coins everywhere... just what we want them to do, right?  I updated my money file this year... I use the "hair and legs" concept in my classroom to help my students realize that if they can skip count by 5s they can skip count quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies.  Even my at risk students are finding success.  If you have already purchased this unit on TpT... be sure to download the newer version with many  more pages.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Prayers to Sandy Hook

twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.

their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air.

they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled wit
h such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and i heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Day of Silence for Sandy Hook

Sending my prayers to Sandy Hook today.
Thank you Erica and Michele for sharing your graphics.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Freebies and Joy


Be sure to check the past 12 days for freebies to use in your classrooms!!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Fa! La! LA! Day 12 Winner!!!

 Congratulations Mandy!! You are our 12th winner for the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!
I want to thank you all for celebrating this beautiful time of year with me. 
I am so grateful for inspirational, generous blogging friends who jumped on board to spread the joy this season.
Thank you for commenting and sharing your traditions and holiday 'favorites'.  I sincerely enjoyed reading your comments and thoughts each day. I LOVE this blogville... I love that it allows so many of us to support, share and encourage each other in our daily journey of teaching the little ones.
Merry Christmas!!

We are working on money right now... I kept this "Christmas free" as I knew that we'd be working on it for awhile.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Day 12

Tomorrow my family starts one of our favorite Christmas traditions... the 12 Days of Christmas to a neighbor.  My kids begin asking in the summer who we will deliver gifts to, ring the doorbell and 'run'.  With our new home and new  neighborhood we have many families to choose from.  We bought our gifts and got each gift ready so we can begin the fun tomorrow night after school.
  What traditions do you enjoy?  Be sure to leave your email!!

11th Day Winner!!! and FREEBIE

Congratulations Krystal!!! You are our Day 11 winner!!

I loved reading your comments about your sweet gifts.  I used the word memorable because sometimes the ones we don't forget aren't the 'favorite' or 'most beautiful' or 'most valuable'   they just bring a memory to your heart.
I must say my memory isn't even mine... It's my dearest friend next door.  We've been teaching together for 14+ years and she's like my sister.  I absolutely love her.  Years ago she walked into my room about minutes after the school day ended.  I was going through my gifts and reading cards at my desk.  I will never forget the confused look on her face as she walked in and stopped a few feet into my classroom with a small, gold jewelry box in her hand.  All she said is, "You've got to see this!"  I slowly opening the box expecting to see something shiny and sparkly... maybe to go around her wrist... NO... it was a box of googly eyes and one old, wrinkled mint !  Yep!  That's right.  We both dropped to the floor laughing.  The random-ness along with pure exhaustion we were both feeling that day hit us like a ton of bricks.  She still keeps that gift it in her drawer.  On days, when one of the team is feeling low... she'll pull it out and share the joy.
It truly isn't the 'gift' but the amazing memories that stand behind them.

Thanks for sharing your memories today.  I've attached a Happy Holiday banner that requires very little craftiness... ribbon and a stapler... if you are in need of a bit of holiday cheer for the next few days... I'd love to share it with you!!
One more day... don't give up... It might be you tomorrow!!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 11 - 12 Day of Christmas Giveaway

What is the most memorable student gift you received?
                                         Be sure to leave your email!!

Winner! Winner! Day 10 & FREEBIE

 Congratulations Suzy Q!!!
You are the winner of tonight's drawing.
Your comment made me giggle... "My KRYPTONITE is TWIX!!"
Whatever is stored in our top drawer, across the room, under the storage unit, next door in our co-workers cabinet... is a definite "NEED" not want for teachers everywhere!!!
Thanks for participating today!!
Be sure to play with us again tomorrow!!!