Monday, December 17, 2012

Thankful for my kiddos!

I was so happy to see my kiddos this morning.  They walked in all smiling and happy.....thankfully oblivious to all of the pain and heartache happening in the world around them.  Bless their little hearts!!!

Today was a good day.  

I gave my kids a few more hugs today.  I gave a few more chances.  I listened to a few more stories.  I let them ask a few more questions.  I let them linger at my desk for a few extra minutes.   I really tried to enjoy every second with them, not taking anything for granted.  It was a good day and I am thankful for my kids.  

Our afternoon was all FUN.  We made silly Santa faces!  
I'm pretty sure we didn't cover a single Common Core standard.  LOL  

First, did our best to cut out circles for faces...and triangles for hats!  Wait...maybe we did hit on a standard or two!!

Next we drew 
Santa's eyes, nose, and mouth.  

Then, we started adding the cotton to trim Santa's hat and beard!

Take a look at how cute they turned out!!  

I hope you and your students had a good day too!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Manic Monday Freebie at Classroom Freebies

I am linking up with Classroom Freebies for the Manic Monday fun!  
You can head over there and check out all the other great freebies that have been listed too!

My newest forever freebie is a Christmas Graph the Room activity!  My kids love writing the I combined writing the room with reading a graph and came up with "Graph the Room!"  LOL  I know it's a little late, what with Christmas right around the corner, but hopefully you can use it in your classroom before the break!  

Click the picture below to grab it FREE!

All you have to do is laminate, cut out, and place the graph cards around your room.  
Each card has a letter in the corner that corresponds to a letter on the response sheet. 

The students will read the graph, count the objects, and write the correct number.  

There are 2 sets of graph cards.  Each set has 6 graphs in it.  
The recording sheet can be used with both sets of graphs.  
That way you can use this activity for more than one day!

Hope it's something you and your kiddos enjoy!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Holiday Card Excitement!

Have you ever visited Jennifer Wagner's site called Projects by Jen?  If you haven't, you need to head on over and check it out!  Jennifer hosts numerous online projects throughout the year, designed for K-6 classrooms.  Check out some of her upcoming projects {here}.  
She's got some really neat ideas!

This year I signed my class up to participate in her Holiday Card Exchange project.  Here's how it works.....After signing up everyone is placed into a group--there ended up being 39 groups!!!  Each group has 29 other participants in it, so my class created 30 holiday cards to send out to other classrooms. (one will go to a local children's hospital)  My kids were so excited to learn that their cards were going to be sent all over the US, and even some to Canada and Australia.   These same classrooms will also be making cards and sending one to us.  In the end, my class should receive 29 holiday cards from other classrooms!  How cool is that???

My kiddos loved making 
our cards.  I had kids begging 
to make more than one.   

I even had kids asking to 
make another card during 
free choice/center time.  

The theme of this years exchange is "snow globes" so our cards had a snow globe on the front that my kids could color.  They wrote 'Merry Christmas' on the front of the card.  On the inside they wrote 'from Ms. Burton's class' and drew Christmas trees, snowmen, or some other holiday picture.  I am definitely thinking I need to add a 'card making' option to my writing center.  Something tells me my kiddos would love that!

Here are some of the cards that my kids made!  They really turned out great!

We are excited to start receiving our holiday cards in the mail!  
Who doesn't love getting mail, right!?!?

Monday, December 3, 2012

December Currently

It's so hard to believe that it's already December!  Here in Middle Tennessee our high today was that makes it REALLY hard to believe that it's almost Christmas time!   All of us teachers are hoping that the unseasonably warm weather right now......... means that we are going to have an unseasonably cold (and snowy) winter.  Not that we're doing any snow dances or anything.  Yet.  

I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for her December currently.  
Head on over and let everyone know what you're up to right now!