Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label christmas. Show all posts

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Whole Bunch of Christmas!

Well, I have a picture overload for you here.  We've been all kinds of busy, so I'm just going to hop right in and show you what my classroom looks like during Christmastime!   

We read the Grinch and made these little guys that were inspired by Cara Carroll.  They wrote about things that make them feel grinchy!
They add lots of fun and color to our lockers!

I gave my teammate the templates to a Grinch craft I've been doing for years.  I love how fun they look on the door!!!  Let's just say that our classroom is all Grinch-ed out for our party on Friday!
 They did this writing piece in Spanish... LOVE having both languages displayed in my classroom!

To add some more Christmas cheer I hung up my Merry Christmas banner that you can get for FREE here!
 We added a green and red chain to our Rudolph letters. I gave each students a few links.  They wrote spelling sentences on the links and we made a chain!  Easy way to add some holiday decor!
 We started our parent gifts today.  These Rudolph handprints were easy as pie to make!!!  The kids made their handprint with brown paint, then I cut the handprint out, glued it to red paper, laminated, cut out again, and hot-glued the eyes and nose!

 We also made buttoned/jeweled/shaped frames for pictures that I am taking tomorrow.  I got this idea on Instagram from Teacher Bits and Bobs.  Hers are MUCH cuter, but mine will have to do!  I was NOT supervising enough during the making of these, ha!

Oh, and our ice cream cones from my Addition with Regrouping unit are hanging up as well!  We even used Christmas colored ice cream to solve our problems!

These may not be Christmas-y, but they are still cute!  I need at least 1-2 bulletin boards that I won't have to rip down on Friday :).  These are from Ashley Reed's Peggy Parish unit!  She just gave it a HUGE overhaul, and it's even better than it was before!

And, there you have it... that's what my classroom looks like during the holiday season!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Tree Math

Some of my favorite activities are the ones that I make 2 seconds before teaching a subject.  This morning on my way to school I thought to myself... I want to do something Christmasy today!  I think I am overcompensating this year because I was out during Christmas last year.  I truly missed all of the holiday fun, so we are making up for it in 2013!  

So, I dug out an old Christmas tree that I used when I taught first grade, and thought... let's do some math with this!  My students solved addition with/without regrouping problems and made their Christmas trees.  And, they are hanging under my white board because I have zero space left :)

You can click HERE to download this activity for free :)  I also included some blank ornaments in case you want to do something other than addition.  You could use this with spelling words, parts of speech, and several ways in Math!  

Can you think of any other ways to use this activity?  Let us know by commenting below!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas with the Lemons!

Good evening, friends!  I am here to link up with Michelle from Fabulous in First for some more Christmas fun!  I'm going to answer questions about my favorite holiday traditions and show lots of pics along the way!

Hot Chocolate or Eggnog? 
Oh goodness, neither!  I don't like hot drinks, at all, AND just the thought of egg nog makes me want to gag!

Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them underneath the tree? 
This is our first Christmas with Joelle, so I haven't figured all the details yet.  However, we kinda decided that we don't want Santa to get all the credit, ha!  So, he will deliver about 3 gifts (unwrapped) on Christmas morning.  She asked him for a bike, Elmo, and baby clothes :)
Our presents are wrapped in red and white.  This year I put picture tags so that Joelle can easily help pass out presents.  She loves going through all the presents and looking at the pictures :)
Colored lights or white? 
I am a white-light kinda gal.  However, I am thankful for all the people who decorate in ways I never would because Joelle stares in amazement (and secretly wishes her parents were cool like that!)  And, this little cutie sure does look precious wrapped in her white lights!  {I got her jammies HERE}.
When do you decorate? 
Some time around Thanksgiving.  We don't host Thanksgiving at our house, so we just do it when we have free time!

Real or Fake Tree? 
Fake all the way!  I actually LOVE my tree to pieces.  I bought it at Hobby Lobby after Christmas one year, and couldn't wait to put it up!!  I love the woodsy look it has to it :)

What Tops Your Tree?
I don't even know what you call those things... twigs, sprays, IDK!

Favorite Christmas Memories or Traditions?
Christmas is HUGE in my household.  My husband starts playing Christmas music in July, literally.  He goes crazy on gifts, and that's definitely only gotten worse now that we have a child!  We always go to see ICE at the Gaylord.  It's definitely one of my favorites!
One of my new favorite Christmas traditions is opening a Christmas book every night of December.  I got this idea from Sarah Cooley last year.  I bought 25 Christmas books from Scholastic right after Christmas when they were on sale.  Then, I wrapped each of them, slapped a number on it, and stored them for ELEVEN months!  Joelle is LOVING reading a new book each night, PLUS she has to clean her room/mess before she can open one.  It's a win/win kinda thing :)
 Talk about sweet moments with your kiddo!
Oh, and the holiday shirts.  I can't get enough of them.  Joelle already has at least 5 Christmas themed outfits.  I've found them on Etsy, Very Jane, Zulilly... you name it!  I've decided that I'm going to save all of her appliqu├ęd shirts and have a quilt made out of them one day... so it doubles the investment, right?!! 

Do you remember your favorite gift as a child? 
I have so many fond memories of Christmas as a child.  I loved any and everything that revolved around American Girl Dolls.  I also remember getting a baby that skated.  I thought that was the BEST thing ever... and the water babies, oh my!  So, pretty much... I loved getting babies!

Do prefer giving or receiving? 
Most definitely giving!  I feel so awkward opening presents in front of other people.  I love shopping in general, so the months of November and December are extra fun for me!  This year we are volunteering at the IRC in Dallas to share the Christmas spirit with refugee families from Burma and Iran.  Giving back is very important to me, and I especially want to instill that in my children.  I have some sweet blogging friends that helped with the donations so that we could give even more gifts to these families!  One more reason why I LOVE blogging :)
What is your favorite Christmas song? 
HMMM, I really LOVE Christmas music.  Like, all of it.  We listen to AccuRadio in my classroom a lot around Christmas!

Candy Canes. Yuck or Yum? 
You'll never see me turn down candy.  The End.

Favorite Christmas Movie? 
I like all the cheesy Lifetime and Hallmark Christmas movies.  I'm a sucker for every last one.  

Do you shop online or at stores?
I do most of my shopping online through Amazon Prime!  Saves me time and money!

Photo Cards, Letter or Store Bought Card? 
100% Photo Cards!  Here's ours that we sent out this year!
Want to share your favorite Christmas traditions?  Link up with Michelle!!

Monday, December 9, 2013

All I Want for Christmas...

Hey, friends!  Today I'm linking up with Hope from 2nd Grade Shenanigans for a little Christmas fun!  I am to the point in life where it makes me cringe to write up a Christmas list, BUT the people in my life beg until I produce one!  So, I thought I'd share a few things I am asking for, plus some fun ideas for others!  You can click on the pictures to take you straight to my wish-list items.
I am totally *in love* with infinity scarves these days.  I'm also buying lots of these for relatives!
 I've heard that this straightener is pretty good, let's hope that's true!
 And, of course... a girl needs shoes, clothes, and jewelry, right?!!

 I just LOVE the onesies, nightgowns, etc from Fiesta Kids Boutique.  I saw these on Sarah Cooley's instagram and bought a gift for a friend right away!
 These t-shirts are the perfect gifts for your friends and relatives!
 Have you thought about getting gifts for your students yet?  I've done a lot of different things in the past... bought everyone a book, decorated clipboards, ordered personalized pencils, etc.  This year I decided to go the easier, and probably more fun route.  I saw this idea on Pinterest HERE.  Here are all of the items I picked up from Wal-Mart:
 My plan was to give each student a ball ornament with their initial on it, but it was a complete disaster.  So, I put the snowflakes inside instead!
 Took me about 10 minutes and probably 30 bucks... and I'm DONE!
 And, if you want to have a little Christmas fun with your neighbors, leave them a little gift on their doorstep!  Nothing says Merry Christmas like bottled Coke, right?!!
 You can grab the tags HERE!
Have you made your Christmas list yet?  Link up with Hope and show us your fab finds!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Letter Writing, Christmas Decor, and Regrouping!

Happy Hump Day, friends!  Today is the last warm day here in North Texas, so we are soaking up every moment.  It is supposed to drop 40 degrees overnight, and I'm just not ready for that!!!  However, there is potential ice in our future, so the chances of me being homebound for a few days is very possible!  Imagine the possibilities ;)

My kiddos have been hard at work writing letters.  We've used lots of activities from a Teacher's Clubhouse.  This unit really encompasses all you need for teaching how to write a friendly letter!

Today, we read Dear Tooth Fairy by Alan Durant.  It is a seriously precious book, and the kids just LOVE it.  Then, we wrote letters to the tooth fairy... they pretty much consisted of question after question :).  After my kiddos were done writing, they made little fairy wands and added a touch of glitter.  You would have thought I made the world go round, ha!  

I strayed from decorating for Christmas to hang these bright beauties up!!
Yesterday, my kiddos made an ornament for the locker.  This is from my Deck the Classroom unit!
Behind their ornament, we stapled a blank circle.  My students wrote about their favorite Christmas traditions!
I gave them the choice to decorate their ornament or leave it blank.  You can definitely see their personalities shine through!

In Math, we've been HARD at work doing Addition with Regrouping.  We use our math spirals A LOT during this concept because we need it for reference.  So, we've used a lot of the activities from my Double Digit Addition unit to glue into our spirals!  We learned the poem and did examples of regrouping problems.
We wrote the steps to solving a regrouping problem...
 And, we took a basic problem solving worksheet and solved it in our spirals as well!  They glued the problem down, but left the bottom half dry.  Then, after finding important numbers and key words, they solved the problem under the flap.  Their answer went on top.  This really helped my kiddos organize their work, and it kept eyes from roaming because I checked the process and answer!!
That's about it for us!  I guess I'm off to prepare for the cold weather that is coming our way.  Having food in the house is going to be important, I guess!  Things kinda shut down here in North Texas if any amount of ice sticks to the roads :)))