Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Activities for the Classroom

It's New Year's Eve and I am on the couch with my laptop, my husband and my beagle and the truth is...

I wouldn't have it any other way.

I won't even make it until midnight.  I'm old and boring.

I've taken a break from the Silhouette Cameo I got for Christmas because I'm about to throw it around the room I'm thinking about heading back to school next week and with that comes....

Oh my word...I actually have to write lessons and figure out what I'm going to do and....wear real clothes. 

Once I got over that whole shock, I started to think about how I will be incorporating the new year into my lessons.

A good way to ease back into the grind is with a meaningful craft.  I found lots of great ideas on Pinterest.

These idea from the blog Elemeno-P Kids are cute.  This one is my favorite:
 I'm thinking I will improvise this a bit by having my students write a goal that they have for themselves on each strip (link).
The blog Buggy and Buddy also has some great ideas for celebrating the new year.
Your students can also reflect on the page year with this freebie.
Students can also write about their goal's for the new year with this cute writing craftivity that makes a great hallway display.
I hope you have a happy and healthy New Year!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Top 3 Favorite Things

Hello everyone!!!

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Today we are throwing a big, humongous bash to celebrate YOU!
Last year we blogged about our favorite non-school related things, this year we have decided that we will share with you our favorite school things! So here we go:


My first grade students LOVE this app! It's called Sushi Monster. I am not a fan of the graphic but I do love how my students are really improving with their fact fluency! Since the app covers addition and multiplication it's great for K-3.

I have tables in my classroom instead of desks. Purchasing these large plastic bins has been the best purchase I have ever made for my classroom. 

Not only does it keep us neat and organized, it has saved us a ton on instructional time.  Students aren't walking all around gathering supplies and chatting.



I haven't been happy with my weight for a long time. 7 weeks ago I began a pretty intense diet called Ideal Protein.

I have lost 20 pounds so far and I swear by this diet.  I heard about it from a friend who has lost over 70 pounds.  I say it's intense because until I hit my goal weight it means no carbs, no sugars, no fruit, no dairy.  The diet is high in protein with lots of veggies.  4 cups a day, in fact. I like the food. Most of all, I like the results.'s definitely not for the faint of heart. It is expensive and has a lot of restrictions but I keep telling myself "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels."  So...I keep plugging away.

Once again we want to treat you all to our favorite things!!! Check out these great prizes!






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