Saturday, December 7, 2013

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Can I just say-I LOVE Christmas! All of the lights, trees, songs-okay not so much ALL the songs…it's okay to play SOME songs that aren't Christmas! :)

But for real-I LOVE Christmas! This past week we went to our local college for "Christmas on the Hill" and I must say-it was so fun! They had real reindeer, Santa, a blow up pool of fake snow (remember we are in Georgia and RARELY see snow!)!! I also have to tell you that this is the FIRST year that Emma Lou has wanted to see Santa. She actually walked up to him BY HERSELF and sat in his lap!

Here are pictures of Christmas Past:                                             

Here is this year's picture:

I mean look at the difference! Is it bad that I am a little sad she didn't cry this year?!?! And my little wild man Ezra wasn't so sure about Santa.

This is the pool of fake snow! I know-it looks so weird-I almost was afraid to let them in to play. But I must say-they had a BLAST and didn't want to leave!

By the way-I promise Ezra does smile!! :)

Speaking of Christmas and the LOVE I have for it-I just posted my Polar Express Unit! My sister, Kathryn Willis at The Tales of a Working Mom, and I worked together on this product and it is perfect for your holiday Polar Express Celebration! My unit is more for grades 1-2 and Katie's is more for grades 3-5.  I am going to put my unit for free until Sunday night! Merry Christmas and Enjoy!! 

There are spelling and vocabulary words, math activities and pages, literacy activity and pages, PLUS a Train Craftivity! 

I have also posted a super fun Letter to Santa and craftivity! My students have had the BEST time doing this. My sweet kiddos have a very difficult time knowing how to organize their thoughts to put them on paper. And paragraphs? Don't even get me started on that! It is so hard for them to understand!  Using the prewriting sheet in this activity is a great way to show the concept of putting a paragraph together. 

Before I sign off for the night, I need to tell you that I have just finished the first Georgia Historical Figures from my Second Grade Georgia Historical Figures Unit and my kids have LOVED it! And I need to give a HUGE shootout to Lauren Thompson and her AWESOME clip art skills!! I cannot begin to tell you how much of her clip art I use for my products-she is incredible!! 

Well that is it for tonight! Thank you for stopping by!!! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Happy Late Thanksgiving & TPT Cyber Sale!

Happy Thanksgiving- or should I say-Happy Late Thanksgiving! We had so much fun with family over the break! Recently, my sister-in-law and her family moved to Tennessee and it was so wonderful being able to spend some time with them-We miss them so much! We also had a fantastic time with my brother and his wife who currently live in Jacksonville, Fl. We try to spend lots of time with them because they will  soon be MOVING to Haiti to start All Things New orphanage! Rusty and I will be going to see all their kids over our Christmas break and we cannot wait to meet them all!!

In case you haven't heard-TPT is having a HUGE Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale! All of my items will be on sale and you can click here to see them all!
My most recent product is Christmas Unit. I cannot wait to start using these activities with my students this week. This Christmas Unit is perfect to celebrate the Holiday season and REVIEW with all of your little elves! :) The following activities are included:
ABC Order
Cause & Effect
3 Writing Prompts (Narrative, Opinion, and Informational)
Skip Counting Task Cards or SCOOT
Addition & Subtraction Task Cards or SCOOT
Word Problem Task Cards or SCOOT OR Word Problem of the Day
3 Graphing Activities

I also have to give a HUGE shout out to my fabulous sister, Kathryn Willis! She started TPT long before I did and makes the BEST products! She is more geared towards 3rd-5th grade. Her latest and GREATEST product is 5th Grade Spelling and Vocabulary Common Core Complete is FANTASTIC!!