Sale today and a little fun...

Monday, December 31, 2012
Happy New Year my friends!  I hope 2013 brings lots of happiness to you and as I said on my fb page lots of Ch-Chings from your TPT store.  I'm having a sale just for today
Now for the fun...I recently had my birthday...Happy bday to me! 
So the first person to guess where I'm heading for a few days withOUT kids and with friends will get my New Years Fun Pack unit as my gift to you.  Don't forget to leave your blog address or your email. <3


Snowflake's final farewell

Friday, December 28, 2012
We had a blast with Snowflake but all good things must end I suppose.  So this was how we found her on her final day with us.
She was sitting in front of our computer with this note typed out...

We had a great time Snowflake...thanks for making our classroom super fun in December.
I know March seems very far away but --- I just posted a new unit called...
Leprechaun on the Ledge
It is a fun unit with all sorts of printables and fun pages to do in March as well as a similar idea to Elf on the Shelf.  With just weeks before Spring Break your kiddos might be getting antsy.  Why not try using the Leprechaun on the Ledge to keep them engaged?  Fun stuff you can check out here.

Happy New Year dear friends!! xoxox


It was our Elf Snowflake's Birthday TODAY!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Oh boy what a day today was in room 16.  When the kiddos entered the room there were banners and cupcakes and a big sign on our white board.
Then they found this on their desks..
Shh!  Don't tell the principal...we have a 'healthy coyotes' rule that we just might be breaking...YIKES!
Next they found Snowflake over here...

She was sitting with her cupcake and a  birthday candle right in front of her...conveniently by our birthday balloon straws.

And yes we did sing Happy Birthday to her ~~  even before we did flag salute.  Can you believe it?!?  She was right under her cute birthday banner.  What a day to remember!!!
Now yesterday though I think was my favorite ELF day yet.  She came in and changed our schedule all up.  The first thing she wanted us to do was GO HOME!  Wait, what?!?!  That's just crazy.  The kids couldn't stop laughing.  It was a crazy, mixed up sort of day.  She took over -- my favorite thing she has done to date.  Silly, naughty elf girl!
Stay tuned this weekend for more elf fun and pictures!!




Day of Silence for the precious victims and families in CT

Sunday, December 16, 2012

God have mercy on our country -- God bless our schoools and keep our babies safe.


Snowflake has been busy...

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Our little friend Snowflake has been so busy this past week.  Here are some things she has been up to...
elf on the shelf ideas

This morning we found her making snowangels on the counter in our hallway and she brought in a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree too.

She was just hanging around on Tuesday  in a stocking on our TV.

elf on the shelf ideas for the classroom

She decided to have her own learning target on Wednesday:
Smiling!  Oh, if our standards were just that easy to teach.

elf on the shelf ideas for the home or classroom

Here she was roasting marshmallows over a candle and left some marshmallow treats for the little angels in my class that moved up to Super during the week.
elf on the shelf ideas for the home or classroom

She seemed to be thirsty - her drink of choice Walmart's maple syrup.  My students couldn't figure out why she was drinking all day but the liquid didn't go down in her bottle... { wink, wink }
elf on the shelf ideas for the home or classroom

Snow ball fight!!!!  Of course she organized a game with our other friends from our class library.
I can't wait to see what she gets into next week...


Our little Elf is sooo mischievous

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Oh  my goodness I'm having so much fun with this little elf.  Who knew?!!?  The minds behind Elf on a Shelf are just BRILLANT!!!  After we met her see post { here }  we came back on Monday and she ended up all entwined in snowflake Christmas lights ~  which was actually quite appropriate since my class named her Snowflake.

Then TODAY we found her in a Hershey's Kiss Candy Sleeping Bag with little, teeny, tiny hershey kisses that were sent especially from Santa for the kiddos that move their clips up this week.  ( of course the big Hershey kisses were gone...I bet she ate them all! )
 { ** as seen on pinterest ** I can't take credit for this cute idea! }

Oh -- they are soo tiny!  Thank you Santa!  { By the way - I wrapped chocolate chips in tin foil to make these. }

The first little angel getting her reward today!  They loved this BTW!


How is it CURRENTLY for December already?!?

Sunday, December 2, 2012
Wow ~~ time is slipping through my fingers WAY too fast!  I love reading everyone's currently so I will be visiting some blogs today and I'm excited about that.  Link up with Farley for the fun!
Be sure to check back often as our new friend 'Snowflake' { the elf } will be having lots of fun adventures in Room 16.....stay tuned!!

She CAME all the way from the NORTH POLE

Saturday, December 1, 2012
 { "I just like to smile...smiling is my favorite!" }  ~~  HA!  Great movie!  Well I hope you figured it out with the clue.  Our elf on the shelf arrived yesterday!!!!!  I wrapped her up in a package and stuck it in the FREEZER all day!  The clerk came in acting all crazy and said, " Oh my goodness Mrs. Moore I hate to interrupt but you received a package from the North Pole."  I was all shocked and the return address said Santa's Workshop ~~  WOW! Can you imagine that.  The kids were beside themselves with excitement.  Of course the package was covered with Santa stickers too.
So we proceeded to open the package and this is what we found:

Elf on the Shelf ideas for the classroom
Our elf came and ~~  she was wearing a mustache!  It happened to be mustache day at my school so of course she came in the spirit.  The kids laughed so hard!  I know kids aren't suppose to touch 'elf' but I had to let them just this once because she was sooo cold from the freezer...I mean North Pole. 
Make your elf 'cold' when he/she arrives to your classroom

I had to let them feel how cold she was and they couldn't believe she came all that far and was still cold.

But then I had to be sure to read the story so they knew not to touch her again...we didn't want her to lose her magical powers.
Elf on the Shelf ideas for your home or classroom

She is just adorable and we will have soo much fun with her.  We had a great afternoon with her there 'watching' and taking notes for Santa.  I think she's going to get into the first aid kit over the weekend...SpongeBob bandaids anyone?!?  Oh we voted on our name and they picked Snowflake.  She has little snowflakes embroidered around her skirt so I think it fits.  This is so much fun - can you tell it's our first year doing it?  I'm so stinkin' excited!  I think I see a cute Elf on the Shelf Unit in my future for next year.


Who doesn't love a sale?!?

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Who doesn't love a sale/shopping right?!?  All right well maybe my husband and dad for one but...I know I do!!!!  I think I'm going to be WAY too excited to properly teach reading groups tomorrow because I will be soooo curious how my little ol' shop will be doing.  j/k~~~ I'm super excited to see my 29 little faces again tomorrow after having 9 days off so I will completely and totally be focused on them and will never  { HARDLY } ever check my stats on my user dashboard.
So here is the scoop:
Thank you Ashley for the darling button!!
I have been super busy making lots of new products so NOW is the time to grab them with this great sale going on.  I have new gingerbread units, a super sized Christmas unit and a sweet baby Jesus unit so fill those carts up and enjoy your discount.
Just another thought I had pop into my ADHD head today...Christmas is exactly 1 month from today people!!!  My hubby leaned over in church to inform me of that...
Oh my goodness this is from 'way back when' but I had to post it in honor of the gingerbread man units I made.  Aren't they the sweetest?  My sweet babies with the gingerbread man...circa 2005?
Ok friends the shameless pug plug -  (I am a pug owner by the way but this is not her ) over
{ Although you must admit this does go well with my gingerbready post I have today } :oD 

 ...have fun with whatever you buy!!!  I've got my eye on some super cute things...such TALENTED teachers over there at tpt- don't ya' think?!? 
Have a great day back to work tomorrow everyone!!



Freebie and More

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Happy Turkey Day friends!!!  It's so nice to be off this week and catch up on some stuff
{ cleaning house, making products, having fun }
I made a freebie for the holiday season for you all that I hope you enjoy!

Also I have been a busy little turkey making all sorts of fun stuff.  Here's a peek at some of it...head on over and check it out.  I made a little joke about my Gingerbread Unit on facebook:  I had a Deanna Jump moment...after I uploaded my unit - it sold within about a minute... a rarity  LOL  It felt great!

And this last one was super fun to make...if you teach at a private school give me a shout out in the comments.  I don't but use to many years ago.  I made this in honor of you guys:

Aside from products and school stuff I just want to wish all of my bloggy friends a very blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.  We have so much to be thankful for...

I'm the mom of a TEENAGER!!!  WHAT?!?  How did that happen?  My sweet girl turned 13 last week.

God is good, bless you all!


To Feast or Not to Feast

Thursday, November 15, 2012
I have 1 day until break...yep.  That's it... so we in first grade at my school DO NOT have a feast.  Although we do dress up really cute like pilgrims as you will see in the following pictures.  Does that make sense?!?! 
The kinder team has a feast so we have never had one.  We have done Johnny Cakes, made candles, carved soap, etc.  But no feast.  Do you have a feast?  I'm curious how other schools  learn /celebrate /find  a way to have another party without really having one 
 ( offically speaking I mean of course )
We dressed up and took some pics.  I spent the entire afternoon discussing pilgrims.  We did a venn diagram, watched a cute Snoppy Mayflower video ( Shh!  Don't tell the curriculum police though ), a chore sort and a note taking page.  Geesh!  Writing it down it sounds like A LOT but they did awesome!  Here are some pics of our day. 
Oh - I'm so pinning the one with this little girl in it. She told me her hat was her dad's t shirt sleeve --- she was like oh my gosh Mrs. Moore my dad didn't know what to do for a hat so he just got some scissors and cut his sleeve off his shirt just like that, can you believe it?  SOOO stinkin' cute that girl!!!!!

dressing up for a Thanksgiving/ Mayflower celebration in first grade

Check out his tin foil buckles on his belt and shoes people - how creative is that mom?!?

Here is the cutie patootie with the sleeve bonnet.
dress up like a pilgrim - thanksgiving in the classroom

Of course I had to get in on the actions too.  For those who don't know me that well - I LOVE dress up days.  I will find any reason to dress up.  For some reason I always make it in the yearbook for dress up days...go figure! LOL
first grade - Thanksgiving feast

Here's my entire get up - see told you I love dressing up..

thanksgiving fun in the clasroom

Here we are working on our Venn comparing Long Ago and Now

comparing then and now - thanksgiving in the classroom

thanksgiving lessons and ideas for the classroom I am reading a story.
Did I mention we had a BUSY day - Oh and I had a teacher in there doing observation hours too --- Whew!  Is it Friday yet?!?!  Anywho back to the original question - Do you have feasts?  Happy Turkey Day y'all!!!!!


Teacher Tip Linky

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I had to hook up with my sweet friend Hadar for this linky party.   Plus who isn't in the mood for a party I have 2 days of school left and then 9 days off - whoo! hoo!
My tip is something many of you may already do --- but you just never know so I thought I would throw it out there.  I know we make a bazillion class lists for just about everything right?!?
  Well I make several, laminate them, cut them down and have in the parent helper bucket.  That way when there is a project to do in the hallway -- and the parents are calling kids out 2 at a time they can just check off their name as they are out there.  With what seems like a million kids in my class this year --- well okay 29.  It makes life a lot easier and I don't have a lone parent  wondering around the room asking, did you paint Johnny, did you paint Sarah, etc. etc.
Here is what it looks like:

It actually comes in quite handy and you look SUPER organized to the parents!  I also have one on the back of my lanyard, one side has the sight word of the week and the other side has my class list mini form in case of emergency and I get knocked out or something LOL...someone can find all my little ducklings.

Don't forget to visit Hadar and join in on the fun too.  I'd love to hear all your tips.


Throwback Thursday / Mystery Readers

Thursday, November 8, 2012

My sweet friend Traci over at Dragonflies in First
 recently wrote a little post that gave me a chuckle and got me thinking back.  19 years of teaching are sure to bring back some fun memories!  One of my friends ( and former parent from my past ) saw my facebook post about Where the Wild Things Are and commented...I remember when my son had visits from Zero the Hero.  { Her son is now a grown adult and married by the way }  Yes, that ages me a bit. :o/
Anyway I had to do a Throwback Thursday because Traci was posting about Miss Viola Swamp.  Well in 2008 I had the HONOR of teaching my own daughter and I came in as the Mystery Reader dressed as Miss Viola Swamp.  I acted like her and had the kids really second guessing.  LOL  It was great fun.  So I had to scan a page from my sweet daugter's memory book to show you'all. 
Mystery Readers in the classroom, as the teacher be the mystery reader and dress like Miss Viola Swamp
 Do you have a Mystery Reader program?  It's the best, the kids - parents - grandparents and even my former students just love it.
If you aren't sure what it is ---- let me explain.
Tell the parents about the program at back to school night and tell them if they or a special family member want to come in to email you and keep it a SECRET!!!
They will send you 5 clues - starting out very general.  I live in ____city.  To very specific by the end.  I have a pug...or I have a son in this class, etc.
The kids guess who it might be and I call down to the office to send the guest to my room.  I lay out the RED CARPET for them and they walk in and read a story to the class.  Sweetest thing ever and my students look forward to whenever we have one.  Here are some pics of some from the past.
A little girl's grandpa was in town and read to the kids.
Our cute crossing guard came in to read to us.

My awesome dad came in - that's me with my daughter too when she was in my class a while back.   

Our mascot the Jackson Coyote came in to read with us, that was AMAZING!!!
Here is a picture showing how we literally roll out the red carpet for our mystery reader guests.

{ I was actually featured in Education World - if you click on the picture it will take you to the article about me }
Try the program it's so fun for the kids and builds great community!  P.S. How do you like my updated blog design?
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