What We're Reading Wednesday-Reindeer

I know many of you are already out for the holidays! We have a half day of school tomorrow and then we're home until January 7th! Hip! Hip! I do love Christmas Break!

Do your students love animals? One of my students' favorites topics each year is learning about animals, all kinds. In December, however, they ADORE learning about reindeer! We read fiction and nonfiction books about these fascinating animals, and the kiddos eat them up!! 

Here are some of our favorites!

Obviously, we love Jan Brett's The Wild Christmas Reindeer!  Need I say more? A wonderful story!

Are you familiar with this next book?
It's a precious story of a family who find an injured reindeer. Such a sweet story!

I love using this book in the classroom because
most of my kiddoodles can read this one by themselves.

 How about some nonfiction books?
The next two books are loaded with fun and interesting facts about reindeer!
They are also full of beautiful pics!

Remarkable Reindeer is easy-to-read  and fun! This particular book is great for use with informational text features.
It has an easy to read table of contents, glossary, etc.
 I love these Science Vocabulary Readers.

 Maybe it's Rudolph, but there is certainly something magical about reindeer!
Whatever it is, we've had a blast learning about them this week!!

Prayers for Sandy Hook

Join us tomorrow as we remember those lost this week at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

Silence for Sandy Hook-December 16

Sending prayers of comfort and peace to those who have lost.

"Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of all comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all those who mourn, that casting every care on you we may know the consolation of your love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. May their souls and the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

The Book of Common Prayer

What We're Reading Wednesday-Gingerbread

I love children's literature and I bet you do, too!!
Today, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite books to use in the classroom.
So...why not do a  What We're Reading Wednesday post??!
 Here are our favorite books from last week!
We're all about the holidays right now, and my kiddos love Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby! We also love her Gingerbread Friends. I truly don't think you can go wrong with Jan Brett!
Click the books to see what I mean!

Another Gingerbread book we love is The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth. I wasn't sure how the kiddos would like this one because it "looks" old, but it's become one of our favorites! Great story!
More Gingerbread fun! Have you seen this cute one??

Seriously, there are so many great gingerbread versions now! My pirate lovers adore this one! 

 Since I seem to be on a gingerbread roll, no pun intended...
Here's one more gingerbread book my kiddos love!

Have a sweet week, friends!
If you're like me, you are going to need plenty of chocolate to survive the next several days!
Good luck!


12 in 12

Happy Sunday, friends!
This week, I'm joining Hadar and Kristin for their end of year 12 in 12 party.

Click the pics for sources!

My 12 in 12

12) Favorite movie: The Fighter        
Just loved it! That's all!
It may have something to do with this guy, but I don't know...

11) Favorite TV series: Hands down, Downton Abbey! 
If you haven't seen it, you must!

10) Favorite Restaurant: Table 100
We have a local restaurant with the best shrimp and grits ever!
     Love some Table 100!!!

9) Favorite new thing I tried: Definitely blogging! 
Who knew about this crazy cyberworld of awesome educators and new friends?? Love it!

8) Favorite gift I received: New pajamas...always!

7) Favorite thing I pinned: 
This one makes me laugh because it happens to me so often at school!

6) Favorite blog post: Has to be my scrunchy border post. 
It's been such a conversation starter! 

5) Best Accomplishment: Creating materials for my kiddos and opening stores on TpT and TN.

4) Favorite Picture: My Mother and Daddy on their 50th wedding anniversary! How cute are they?!
3) Favorite Memory: My parents' 50th wedding anniversary! Love them!

2) Goal for 2013: Order...just that...restore order!

1) One Little Word: Simplify

What are your 12 in 12?? Link up with Hadar and Kristin!


I realize tomorrow is Thanksgiving,
but I have truly lacked in the sharing photos department.
So...for your viewing pleasure...our Science filled Halloween party!
These kiddos had so much fun!

We made Witches' Brew!

We made goopy slime!

And we did a little mummy wrapping.
Okay, not really Science related, but fun!
This guy is slowly turning into a snowman.
We do what we can, you know!
Happy Thanksgiving to you all!!

Teachers for Teresa

 One of our sweet TpT friends is in need of our help!
Teresa Williams, one of the most supportive teachers on TpT,
was hospitalized this past week with complications from pulmonary hypertension. 
Please help us as we lift Teresa and her family in prayer.
To read her story and see how you can help financially,
click Cynthia's 2nd Grade Pad blog button.
If you would like to leave well wishes for Teresa, click her button below.
Her family is reading the comments left on her blog.

Thanksgiving Gets Cute!

When I create a packet, the most important thing to me is meeting CCSS!
But...I am also a sucker for CUTE!
And let's be honest, CCSS and CUTE are a super combination!
My kiddos practice standards and enjoy the graphics at the same time! Win-Win!

 Well, this year I had so much fun searching for Thanksgiving clipart!
For some reason, Thanksgiving gets the shaft when it comes to cuteness!
Well, not this time! Thanksgiving just got cute!
Take a look at this adorable stuff! 

I could not resist these festive owls and kittens from Peach Popsicles!
They make me smile!
I knew my kiddos would love these animal friends in their Math Tubs.
Common Core, of course!
Click the cover to go to my TpT store!

Kirsten at KPM Doodles already had some precious art!
I put hers to use in my GOBBLE Sight word game!
My kiddos loved playing BOO, so I knew they would eat this one up, too!
Here it is:

For those who prefer black and white, She's got you covered, also!

If the clipart bug has bitten you and you need a Thanksgiving fix,
check out these cute sets I found after I completed my packs...
Click on the pics to see for yourself!

From Ashley at The School Supply Addict

From Krista at Creative Clips

 From Nikki at Melonheadz

From  Jessica at JW Illustrations

How cute are they??? Hmmm...I guess there's always next year! 

Check out my facebook page to see some useful products I found this week on TpT!
Happy Sunday, friends!

BOO! and A Little Bit More

First Off-
To all my friends in the path of Sandy, my prayers are with you!
Waiting out the storm is an all too familiar feeling down here.
I wish you peace and safety over the next several days!

Next-I've Been BOOed!!
My friend, Barb, at Grade ONEderful BOOed me!
SO now I get to share some fun Halloween books and activities,
 AND BOO a few other bloggy friends!

So here goes! 

Here are some of my favorite books to read during the Halloween season:
 1) The Hallo-weiner
This is absolutely my favorite Halloween story!
Laugh-out-loud funny and such a sweet message!! The kids love it, too!
2) Mercy Watson-Princess in Disguise
My kiddos and I read the first 3 Mercy Watson books and couldn't wait for this one!
It's number 4 and all about Halloween!!
Super funny and eccentric Characters in this story!

Since we're talking about BOOing...
My kiddos are loving this BOO! Sight Word game.
Today, they asked me if we had to put it away after Halloween.
Thank goodness, I can get out the Thanksgiving game!!

  It comes in blackline, too!
I'm one of those girls who likes to include everyone, so...
If you have not been BOOed yet, consider yourself BOOed!!

 Coming Attractions: 
1) What We've Been Up To
 2) 500 Follower Giveaway 
3) Learning Resources Hear-All Giveaway! 

In the meantime, look what's hanging out in town this week...
Oh, yes! It's the Weiner Mobile!
Or, should I say the "Hallo-weiner" Mobile?? Ha!!
Perfect timing!!
I would love to go Trick or Treating in that thing!!!

Have a Spooky Week, my friends!


I have not been a very good blogger lately! Life sure happens quickly!
I'm going to try to do better...
Let's just move on, shall we??

Book Boxes on Parade

 Most of the classroom shots we see on blogs are "best behavior" photos. So, I ask you...
Does you classroom ever look like this??
This picture was taken after Daily 5 one day. Seriously, what were they thinking??
Look at the one out there in the middle of the room. Really?? 
We have all been assigned our classroom jobs now, and two little pumpkins are in charge of this area. Whew! Thank goodness!
 Signs of Fall
We are all about scarecrows in first grade right now.
Together, we labeled this little guy.

Then we created our own scarecrows and wrote about fall.
I love it when the kiddos have no patterns and just create.
Look at these sweet friends!


This smiling friend was made by tracing and cutting a pumpkin pattern, then cutting the pumpkin into strips and gluing onto paper. We added the face and stem last. So cute!
Paper strip jack-o-lanterns -love these fall crafts!  
 There's something about fall and kiddo's art work that makes me smile!
Just uploaded: My Fall Sight Word Pack in blackline.
Click the cover to take you there.

 It includes BOO! A Spooky Sight Word Game, GOBBLE! A Juicy Sight Word Game, and ELFED! A Jolly Sight Word Game. All 3 come with recording sheets for Musical Words.

Happy Sunday, y'all!