Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What I've been up to and some FREEBIES!

As most of you know, I have not been released to go back to work yet {ya know... ever since the brain surgery}.  So, I wanted to tell you what I've been up to here at the homestead.

Remember when I told you I have nowhere to wear my new clothes, well we took care of that this weekend.  I actually bathed, fixed the hair, and wore REAL clothes :)  And, it felt good!

Well, that fun came to an end with the Mr. went back to work on Monday.  I still CAN'T drive, so I'm pretty much stuck in the house.  I decided that I needed to get busy making my winter literacy centers for my kiddos.  I may not be physically at work, but I still want don't want my class to miss out on ANYTHING!  So, I got to work and started laminating like crazy...
PTL for personal laminators!
Then, I cut cut cut cut until my little hands could cut no longer.  
Now, my Polar Pals Literacy Centers are all ready to go!  I'm sending them to the school ASAP!
You can get these wintry centers on TpT {HERE}
And, since I love you guys so much, I have 2 FREE winter math centers for you!  You can click on the pics to download :)









I hope you have gotten off to a great start after the break!  I know I sure do miss being in the classroom,  but am thankful for the time I have off to recover!

52 comments:

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for the freebies Amy! I just love all of your centers. Off to go add more things to my TPT cart!

Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing these! I have that exact laminator! I don't know what I would do without it. (especially we have a very stingy limit on laminating at work)

Sarah
teachingiscolorful.blogspot.com

Amy Seiber said...

This looks awesome Amy. Your kiddos are lucky to have you...even when you're not there! We just finished our final drafts and did your winter friends craft today. They turned out sooo darn cute and the kids worked so hard on their writing and had a blast making their people! I will post pics on my blog soon.
mrsseiber.blogspot.com
Amy

luckeyfrog said...

Thanks for the freebies! I'm glad you're getting to get out and about for a bit- I imagine the rest is good for you, but it's probably hard not to be a little stir-crazy.

So glad that (at least for now) you seem to be blessed with great health following brain surgery. It's a beautiful thing :)

Jenny
Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

tallmorleys said...

Thanks for these great ideas! They're just what I needed for this week in our little homeschool over here. Sending the hubby out for printer ink STAT!

Michelle Hudgeons said...

Love the freebies! Thank you!!!
Michelle @ Smitten With First

Susan DuBois said...

Amy, you are so creative. I just love your units!!! Thank you for the freebies.

Karen F. said...

I wish I had just an ounce of your creativity!! these centers are just to darn cute :-) Thanks for the freebies, they are awaiting laminating ;-). Although the school I work in this year doesn't do centers I will stash them away to use one day :-)
Karen
tommysmom0206@yahoo.com
ps I need to come work at your school where you can do fun stuff .. lol

Holly said...
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Holly said...

Thank you for the freebies! So glad that you were able to get out and about! When do you go back to the doctor to get cleared?

Holly
journeytomrscaudle.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the freebies!! I bought the Polar unit last week and have it all ready for next week! Thanks again and so good to hear that you are doing so well! Praise the Lord!
Wendy McLeod

amy.lemons said...

Holly... I go back to the doctor next week, but it's not to get cleared! Not a clue how long I'll be out!

Caitlin Spurry said...

I think I just died and went to heaven seeing that personal laminator! That is going to have to be my next purchase...there is nothing worse than creating and printing and having to wait until the next day to laminate! Love the freebies and pray you get back to work soon!

-Cait http://alwayssunnyinawindowlessclassroom.blogspot.com/

Wendy said...

What great freebies - and I am practically salivating with envy over your personal laminator. It's at the top of my wishlist for teacher things

Sydney Cohn said...

Amy, thanks so much for the freebies. We are doing money these nine weeks and just finished time before winter break so it is great review. I really appreciate you being so generous. I am glad to see you are feeling good.
- sydney

Mrs. Sheehan said...

I love how you are still a huge part of the classroom even when you are not there :) Thanks for the freebies:) I also have a personal laminator and I don't know how I survived without it!

Learning In Wonderland

Faith Wheeler said...

Your centers are adorable! I had to cut out a ton of centers today, too. One thing that I learned last year is it's much faster if you put money into a good paper cutter. It still takes time, but makes it a little faster. Glad you got to show off your new clothes :)

Kelli said...

I always love your work! :)

Thank you for the great freebie! I'm right there with you on the personal laminator, I love mine! :)

Kelli
Surviving The Little People

Anonymous said...

Amy, I love your creations! You are always my "go-to" blog when I'm looking for new activities for my class.

I can't wait to use your freebies in our stations! I can't believe your generous spirit - making centers and giving them for freebies after all you've been through.

Thanks for always sharing!
Lindsey

Across the Hall said...

Thanks for the freebies! Glad to hear you got out of the house for a little while! You look adorable!

Your and your little family are in my prayers, like always!

Halle
Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

Erica Bohrer said...

Only you could look fab after brain surgery!


I gasped when I saw that you cut after you laminated. Does it peel? I always cut, laminate, and then cut again. I never thought to do it the other way.

Mandy said...

These are fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

I can't believe how quickly ( I am sure it doesn't feel that way to you) it seems you have bounced back from BRAIN surgery. Modern medicine is amazing!

I hope you’re the rest recovery is quick and easy!

Mandy

Tami said...

You are awesome! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Glad to hear that you are recovering well!

Suzy K said...

Thanks for the freebies and fun activities! I am on such a limited budget they are a real such an exciting treat! You are so sweet!I was given a personal laminator last year from my class...they are awesome!
Suzy

Cheryl LaMontagne said...

Hello cute Amy! I was wondering if you have some wonderful awesome professional printer that you use! Your creations are always so colorful and bright!

Jane said...

Thanks for the freebies! Can you give me information on your laminator? Does it handle up to 7 mil laminating pouches? I'm looking for one...

Kristin said...

So glad you got to go out and wear some of your new clothes! Thanks for the freebies!

Cherrie McCain said...

Oh thank you Amy. I'm in the midst of putting together the Polar Pals packet of activities. Your work is always so cute. I wanted to ask you how you created the glow-effect around your titles. I seem to recall a past post about this, but I wasn't certain that it came from you. If you did post this tutorial earlier, could you let me know? Thanks so much.
cmccain@ricecisd.org

Anonymous said...

Love it. And how did you know? We just started money and I was looking for a money activity for my kids. They will love it!

Shannon Kirby said...

I'm so glad that you are doing well. Praise God!! Thank you so much for the freebies. Love them!!

Shannon
Sweet n Sassy in 2nd

Nicole said...

You are so creative! Thank you for being so generous! I do not know you but have this amazing feeling that you will be an incredible mom. Congrats!

heather said...

Purchased the Winter Themed Literacy Centers! AWESOME...THANKS for the freebies, also!
;-)

Ashley Reed said...

Thanks for the freebies! Your unit looks amazing as always. I knew you'd be pumping things out left and right during your "sabatical!" LOL. Praying for Baby J to be here soon...I can't wait to see her whole face!!

Awnash said...

I love it!! I am happy things are going well with your surgery. Do you have anything for the 100th day for second grade that can go with the common core? Ours is in two weeks and we have to plan and make sure we can connect them to the common core. Thanks.

Shelly Sitz said...

Thanks for the great freebie! Glad to hear all is going well for you. I am sure your students miss you.

Shelly
Smiling and Shining in Second Grade

susanlulu said...

I LOVE the freebies - so colorful and just what I need! Thanks! I have been praying for you.
Susan in NC
susanlulu@yahoo.com

Amy Seiber said...

Pics of your Winter Friends Craftivity are up on my blog...so cute! Thanks!
Amy
mrsseiber.blogspot.com

stephf54 said...

OMG I would cry me a river if I cut then laminated! Besides cutting twice the feeding all the cut pieces in would make me boo hoo.

Ruby Brown said...

Thank you so much for the FREEBIES! You are super! Praying for you as you recover! Question: How cost effective is that laminator?

Thanks!
Ruby
a bloggerwannabe! :(

Karen Gordenier said...

Amy,

I am praying that you feel stronger every day! Thank you so much for your generous sharing! I love your stuff and so do my students!

Amy Mello said...

You are who I always go to first on my blog list. Thank you for being such an inspiration. Even though I don't know you, I pray for your healing daily.

Blessings,
Amy

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better and thanks for the freebies! I use your freebies and many things I have purchased from your TPT store all the time. Is there any chance you could make a the Catching Coins cards with Canadian coins? You have many followers north of the border! Thanks and take care

Northside Shining Stars said...

So glad to hear you are feeling better!

I had to laugh when I saw Erica's post. I also cut first and then laminate because they peel.

Thanks a bunch for the freebie!!

Jennie
Northside Shining Stars

Justyna said...

Hey Amy, I love your work uplifting attitude toward what we do...teach. I printed the freebie and used it in my class this week. The kiddos found that card C has 66cents on it and not 61 like it's match indicates. It has an extra nickel. Just wanted to let you know. :)

Elizabeth said...

I just saw your blog and started reading it and had to go back to re-read that you just had brain surgery!? Girl....hope you have a quick recovery! Your blog is very cute and I might have to look in to one of those laminators!
Thanks for sharing!
Elizabeth
Kickin' it in Kindergarten

Loving Life in Second Grade said...

Thank you for another wonderful freebie! You are so creative - I always love your ideas!
I'm glad your surgery went well and you're getting out a bit.

Heidi Harrell said...

Thanks for these cute freebies Amy. I love that you are a Texas teacher too - we are always doing the same thing at the same time! Are you in a c-scope district?

Jennifer said...

You're such a dedicated teacher. Your students are luck to have you as their teacher. Hopefully you'll be able to get out of the house sometime soon. :-)

Jennifer
Darling Little Learners

Rachel said...

I am a student teacher from Canada (12 weeks away from full certification!) and am using this literacy center package a little differently with one of my favourite little tutoring clients. Together, we are exploring some basic writing and literacy skills using your fun and hands-on activities. Thanks so much for making and sharing these! Your blog is such an inspiration, all the way up in Vancouver, BC!

Mrs. L said...

Thank you for sharing.
Life with Mrs. L

Michelle said...

I love all of these activities! Particularly the coin matching and the simple sentence stretcher. I can't wait to use these with my kids! Thanks, Amy!

Bcarroll said...

Hi Amy,

Thanks so much for these freebies! I used "Catching Coins" with my class today and they loved it. We found an error for box C, and wanted to let you know in case you want to fix it. Box C equals 66 cents. Thanks again! I love all of your units!