Snowman Countdown Craft

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Happy Wait for it Wednesday friends!
This week we are talking about a fun countdown craft you can do with your students:

Ready or not....Christmas is coming!  So we are less than a month from Christmas and I'm not feeling so ready this year.  But earlier this week we made the CUTEST Snowman countdown in my classroom and the kids LOVED it.  I had lots of parents compliment how cute they were too.  I have a little guy that doesn't celebrate Christmas ~ not a problem!  The beauty of this craft is that it has options.  So, we decided we would just countdown until Winter Break.  He loved that it wasn't too Christmasy and he could participate in it.
* I added a strip of scrapbook paper to make it more personal near the brim of his hat.  **

This snowman countdown craftivity is so fun and perfect for December.  Your students will love moving the carrot nose to countdown until Christmas or any special occasion they have planned.  If you want to try this you can grab it here

The nose is added on with a brad so it's movable and ready to use.  Grab it while you can my friends!  Only a few more weeks and we have another break.  Enjoy your time with your precious students.


5 Holiday Craft Ideas to try this year

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

5 holiday crafts for December

Welcome friends old and new...I'm excited to share another 

with you this week.  I have some fun craft ideas that are my must haves for December:

I love the holidays ~ Christmas lights, holiday music, cool weather in Southern all makes me so happy!  I have 5 MUST HAVE craft ideas for December that you will be happy you tried.

This Snowman countdown is perfect for any age really:  If you teach preschool it would work with a small group and lots of direction.  Preschoolers on up would love this countdown...I'm doing it with my 3rd graders this year even.  It's a fairly simple craft and all they have to do is move the carrot nose to countdown the days until Santa comes...if they celebrate a different holiday - NO WORRIES.  They can countdown to anything special that they celebrate in December.

snowman countdown craft

grab it ( here )

Reindeer Craftivity

This has been a big hit for the last few years in my classroom and hallway.  It's a fun craft that the kids can make unique by embellishing it.  I use scrapbook paper for the skirt and bow for the girls, the hanging legs are just fun and it makes a darling display.

reindeer craftivity

grab it ( here )

My parents in my class FLIPPED over this holiday card...I only wish I would've taken a picture of the card itself but you get the idea.  I put up wrapping paper as a backdrop and strung lights around them ( that were plugged in ).  The lights lit up and so did they....this made a fun little Christmas card for the parents.  You can also place this picture on a piece of wood and mod podge over it to make a fun holiday decoration for years to come.

christmas idea for parent christmas gift from kids

Having a Polar Express Party at home or school is always a favorite of kids!  Have your kids come to the party or school wearing their The Polar Express and serve hot chocolate or chocolate milk if you are worried it will be too hot for little hands.  Then work on this fun craft to finish off the night { boy and girl versions available }

polar express craftivity

grab it ( here )

I made these for my parent helpers one year as a thank you gift at was a huge hit.  I used baby booty socks for the little hat.  I purchased white glittery ornament balls and painted a snowman face on them, hot glue the baby sock hat and add ribbon.  It makes a fun, unique gift - several comments and liked that I added the year and parent helper on it.  I think it made it extra special and served as a memento of them helping out that year.

snowman parent gift ornament with baby socks

I hope these ideas are new and something that you can try out this holiday season.  If you decide to try it out let me know below or if you have any further questions ask in the comments and I'd be glad to help you.  Happy crafting! xo


election 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Hi teacher friends welcome to a very late edition of 

~ ~ it's been a BUSY couple of weeks.  Conferences, Halloween on a Monday { seriously }, and the elections are just around the corner.  I'm so curious how you handle the election process or elections in general in your classroom.  It's even a bit trickier to handle when the elections are surrounded by so much drama controversy.  
My team teacher has always taught about the election process - in fact she has had permission every election for the last 4 of them to bring her class into the election room ( which is done on our campus as we are a polling site ) and her students sit quietly and observe voters.  Her adult daughter will be there voting and we will watch her throughout the process.  After that the polling people for lack of a better name give all of our students I voted stickers.  But first....they need to vote.
After teaching them about the process and a little about our government including the 2 main parties - but NOT their platforms.  We keep this very UN political so we don't upset parents.  So we teach the animal that represents each party and general information about how the parties started etc.  We also teach about the process of voting: registering to vote, providing an I.D., having the vote be 'secret', etc.  Then after we have them 'register' the FRIDAY before voting they must have their I.D. that we provided with their picture to vote on the Tuesday.  We set up several voting boots with privacy partitions and even a ballot box for them to turn their ballots into.  
Later we count the votes and announce who won at our grade level.  We teach them GENERAL information about the candidates like: where they went to college, when and where they were born etc.  We make sure to not put our opinion into it and try not to get their opinions ( or really their parent's opinions ) in it either.  We definitely do NOT talk about their stances on issues as that is not appropriate and too deep for them at this age.
We keep it light and give parents a heads up that we will be doing this in a very light, informative manner.  
I will post pics on my facebook page of the kids voting next week.  If you want a little election pack to do something for next week you can grab it ( here ).  It includes a poem and close reading, etc. if you don't want to have a mock election but still want to tie the election into your lesson plans.

Don't forget to go out and vote ~ and if you are someone of faith be praying for our country and our leaders. <3  Happy Hump Day! XO,