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!