Friday, December 27, 2013

Christmas Lights 2013

Hello Friends!
I can't believe Christmas is really over... I absolutely
LOVE the holiday season!
When I was younger my mom and I would drive around
our little town with hot chocolate and caramel popcorn
to see all of the Christmas lights. My fiancé
and I have continued the tradition! This year
we ventured out of our neighborhood and headed to Arvada, CO.
Just as we were getting ready to head out for the night
we saw a house with beautiful Christmas lights highlighted on the news.
So, we quickly mapped out a new route and headed northwest!
Some of the pictures below do not do the houses justice, but
I wanted to share them anyhow because they were
so beautiful in person!
 B. E. A. utiful! I love how the lights outline every inch of this home.
I absolutely loved how these homeowners made snow ice from lights
and fluffy cotton in the front yard! 
These lights had a lot of movement! There was a
train that circled the entire house, a Ferris Wheel (to the left),
and a ski lift that lifted stuffed animal bears from the ground
to the roof of the house.
 These lights were set to music!
This was the house we saw on the news! This picture does
not do it justice, so we decided to take a video of the house as we drove past.
It was absolutely stunning!
Last, we got our dog Bentley a Candy Cane Bone for Christmas!
He wasn't quite sure what to do with it at first. Now we
have to take it away from him so he will go to bed!
Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Parent Volunteer Gifts

Hello Friends!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
I apologize for being MIA recently. The month of December has to be
one of the busiest months of the school year for me.
Everyday it seems as if I cross one thing off of my to do list
and add three more!
Anyhow, I now have a few moments of free time to blog. I might add
that I am multi-tasking as I am blogging
while watching the Denver Bronco game!
Below are some pictures of the parent volunteer
gift I made for my wonderful and amazing
parents I have this year!
Do you notice how many baggies there are?!
I have LOTS of parent volunteers this year!  
{The Elf hat and Elf feet are from Krista Wallden... ADORABLE!}
Candy Cane Popcorn
Click Here for the recipe!
I typed the recipe and added a little color and a cute border.
Then I printed the recipe on cardstock paper and laminated it. I put the recipe
card along with a little baggie of the candy cane popcorn
in a decorative snowman or penguin gift bag
I got from Target.
Next, I attached a cute little "Thanks for "Popping" in!" tag.
{I saw this idea on Pinterest awhile ago, but I can't seem to find the original pin.}
Finally, I attached the tag to each baggie with fun holiday ribbon.

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Winter Break is Here!
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Five for Friday {Linky Party} December 6th

Hello Friends!
 Hope you had a great Friday. This week absolutely flew by for me.
I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for the weekly Five for Friday.
1. Conference Week Survival Kit
This gift is from a teacher parent of mine! I think it is
ABSOLUTELY adorable!
I have the MOST amazing parents of my students this year!
My kindergarten families have been so supportive.
I have amazing parent volunteers, as well as, parents that
send little gifts to me on regular school days just to say Thank you!
I really appreciate the family involvement and support
my kindergarten students receive at home.

2. Scholastic Book Club
I love books and it just makes my day when the new
scholastic catalogs arrive!
I recently had a parent offer a gift for the classroom and I think
this simple gesture is so kind!
It makes me smile and the students LOVE reading new books!

3. Pentatonix: Little Drummer Boy
If you have any sort of social media I'm almost positive you have
already seen this video, but I love it so SO MUCH
that I had to share it with all of you!

Here is another great song maybe you haven't heard them sing yet!
Pentatonix - Royals (Lorde Cover)  

O.M.G. I am obsessed! ;)
We Are Young - Pentatonix (Fun Cover)

 4. Teachers Pay Teachers {Cyber Monday Sale}
Here is a shout out to Teachers Pay Teachers!
This past Monday was the annual Cyber Monday and Tuesday Sale.
I have some amazing followers that came out in huge support of my store.
To say thank you is not merely enough.
My life truly has changed since joining TpT. I know there are those haters
out there who simply don't understand it yet, but I hope
they too someday will understand the greatness behind the whole idea of TpT.
I bought my first product from TpT two years ago from the
Top Seller herself the inspirational Deanna Jump.
After purchasing this packet I was hooked!
A year later my full time teaching job was cut to part-time. We had
just recently purchased our first home
and I didn't know how we were going to
make ends meet with my small teaching salary now being cut in half.
It was then that I decided I needed to just TRY!
I became a premium seller and haven't looked back since.
This is the first FREEBIE I posted on Teachers Pay Teachers.
This seems a bit silly to me now, but it does offer a variety!

This is my first paid product I posted on TpT.
This packet has since been one of my top ten selling items.
How Teachers Pay Teachers has changed my life!
Not only has TpT provided me with financial security.
TeachersPayTeachers has...
1. Inspired me
2. Made me a BETTER Teacher
3. Challenged me to do more for the students in my classroom.
4. Given me a creative outlet
5. Allowed me to connect with teachers around the world.

I am so THANKFUL for Tpt!

5. Sorting Long Vowels
We are reviewing long vowels this week during our reading instruction.
Here is a LONG Aa Vowel Sort FREEBIE!


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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Winter Writing and Phonetic Spelling

Hello Friends!
Yesterday we had a pretty good snow storm that
we woke up to. The kindergarteners
were CRAZY excited, so I decided to veer from the
lesson plan just a teeny, tiny little bit!
In writing we are really working hard on stretching words
and spelling words phonetically.
I gave the students a blank piece of white paper
and they could draw anything they
think of as a winter day!
The final step was the students needed to label their picture
by stretching the words slowly and writing
the sounds they hear.
Here are a few examples of the finished products!
I think they turned out pretty cute myself!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

TpT Winter Holiday Book and a FREEBIE!

The Teachers Pay Teachers Winter Holiday
Grades Pre-K and Kindergarten 
Tips and Freebies Book is here!
Click HERE to grab up this goodie!
This packet is jammed pack with lots of winter tips
for the classroom, as well as, just as many FREEBIES!
Here is my freebie that is included in the packet.
My students love LOVE playing the
Spin, Read, Color! Sight Word Game
Click HERE to grab this FREEBIE!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving Birthday and Husker Football!

Hello Friends!
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving!

I spent it with may family in my very small hometown in Nebraska.
Yes, we are HUGE Husker fans! GO BIG RED!
This year my birthday landed on the big Husker game the day
after Thanksgiving. While the game turned out to be somewhat of  a
disaster.... YIKES! My family and I still managed
to have a great time celebrating with a
red and white Husker theme!

We were all decked out in Husker gear as well!
A teacher parent of mine got me a Husker cup
similar to the one below.
My fiance got me a Husker Hat!
This was not easy for him being that
he is a HUGE CU fan.
Now it's time for Christmas!
 Our Christmas Tree and decorations are up
and the Christmas music has begun!
Happy Holidays!
 Graphics by SPC
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Freebie

Happy Veterans Day
to all of the men and women in our armed forces!
Thank you for fighting for our freedom!
Click on the picture to save this freebie.
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Monday, November 4, 2013

Happy Monday :) Diwali Activities, Veterans Day and a FREEBIE!

Hello Friends!
Here's to a happy Monday!
Let's get this week started off on the right foot!
Iced Coffee
This is sure to satisfy my morning coffee craving!
Happy Diwali!
This packet is perfect for teaching your young learners about
the traditions of Diwali, The Festival of Lights.
CLICK HERE to get this packet!
Veterans Day is almost here!
I have a packet that is perfect for supplementing your
Veterans Day Social Studies unit.
CLICK HERE to get this packet!
CLICK HERE to grab a November freebie!
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Five for Friday {Linky Party!} Halloween

Hello Friends!
Hope you had a very Happy Halloween!
1. Christmas has ALWAYS been my absolute FAVORITE holiday,
but I must admit Halloween is quickly becoming
my second favorite holiday! This year we hung candy corn lights,
replaced our outside garage lights with ORANGE bulbs,
and we carved two LARGE pumpkins! {Not Pictured}
2. With the last few days of my Fall Break coming to an end
I am trying to squeeze in EVERY MINUTE
to check things off of my TO DO LIST!
As I had everything spread out on  my living room floor
my pretty kitty Maddie became SO interested
in what I was doing!

3. My adorable little puppy absolutely LOVES
playing with, chasing, and chewing plastic containers!
He gets VERY UPSET if you try and take it away!
He sounds scary, but he is completely harmless!
4. I haven't made this dip in so long, but it's a favorite of mine!
So easy to make. It's a twist on the traditional
7 Layer Mexican dip
Chili Powder
Red Pepper Flakes
Hot Sauce
Shredded Cheese
Turkey Meat
Green Chilies
Whipped Cream Cheese
5. Jack-O-Lantern Pizza is a tradition now!
We had some left over Halloween candy this year and I can't
decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing.
I guess it depends how you look at it right?!
{I do love LOVE chocolate!}
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

All Treats Halloween FREEBIE!

Happy Halloween Friends!
I have a special ALL TREATS {NO Tricks}
freebie promotion for today only!
This is a sight word packet that I use all year in my classroom
as a Literacy Center Work Station!
My students absolutely love the two activities in this packet.

 After downloading the packet I ask that you
please leave honest feedback and rate this packet.
Thanks so much!
Have a safe and Happy Halloween!
CLICK HERE to grab this limited freebie!
October 31st, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Flash Friday SALE!

Happy Friday!
It's Fall, Friday, and I'm having a FLASH Sale
Some items are up to 50% OFF!
CLICK HERE to find Fall and Halloween packets!
Have a great Friday and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Five for Friday {Linky Party} Monsters!

Hello Friends!
Yesterday was our last day before fall break and the kiddos
have been squirming with fall break fever
for the past TWO weeks. :)
(Not to mention that it snowed again Friday. Then
began melting... SOOO
we weren't able to go outside for recess. YIKES!)
However, the students were very excited and engaged with our
1. Go Away BIG green Monster activity!
This activity incorporated
Reading, Writing, Sentence Structure, Color Words
Retelling, Multi-Step Directions
and Fine Motor exercises.
 2. Here are the final products!


3. Do you see all of the teeny, tiny pieces of paper?!
Times that by ONE HUNDRED and you will have a small
idea of what our classroom looked like
after we finished cutting!
Our classroom was a DISASTER!
If you know me very well you know that I have
CRAZY OCD! And that and being a kindergarten teacher
doesn't always make things easy... Therefore,
I have learned to let go and be okay
with making complete disasters through the learning process
for the sake of the students' kindergarten experience!
I then teach the kiddos how to be responsible and respectful
of our classroom and the importance of
cleaning up our messes!
A common quote of mine...
"Oh my goodness! Our room is a disaster!!"
4. And we ended with a group picture!
5. Fall Break
My fall break is officially here!
Our school is on a transitional calendar which means our school
year is divided into three trimesters.
Our breaks don't exactly line up with the end of each trimester,
but we are fortunate to have a two week fall break,
two week winter break, and a two week spring break!
It's the perfect calendar!
I celebrated last night with warm Apple Cider...
and fell asleep on the couch around 8:00 p.m.!
CLICK HERE for cider recipes!

I have linked up again with Doodle Bugs!

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