Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sunshine Award and a Freebie

Happy Sunday!

I was all smiles when I saw that Jennifer over at Herding Kats in Kindergarten had given the Sunshine Award to me!  Thanks bunches, Jennifer!  If you haven't checked out her blog, you'll want to head on over to download her gingerbread alphabet matching freebie.  It's a great activity for kindergarten kiddos- but also great for those firsties needing some additional help with this foundational skill.

The "rules" for the Sunshine award are:

1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10~12 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.

  • Favorite color?  I honestly don't have a favorite - but when my firsties ask, I always say blue!
  • Favorite animal?  Dog - especially my baby girl Jetta!
  • Favorite number?  13
  • Favorite drink? Venti Nonfat Chai, please!
  • Facebook or Twitter? Facebook - blogging has sort of replaced that addiction though!
  • Your passion? Being a good mom! (And wife, teacher, friend....)
  • Giving or getting presents? I'm not gonna lie, I love to get presents...especially if it's the iPad 2 for my upcoming 40th birthday on December 16th...{hint, hint hubby-dude} but I love to give too!!!  I wish I were better at giving little "Sparkles" as my friend, Heather often does.  Just little tokens of love to let those who are special to you know you're thinking of them.  Maybe that'll be a New Year's Resolution!?!
  • Favorite day? Probably Friday - I'm more relaxed in the classroom, get my above mentioned chai, get to wear my jeans, my principal brings his dog to school, it's just more laid back. I find myself enjoying my students more than usual on Fridays.
  • Favorite flowers? Honestly, I'm not a flower kinda girl - my cat eats them, then pukes them up.  If I had to choose I guess I'd say gerber daisies or hydrangea.
Who can resist that face?!?
Now to the hard part - choosing 10 bloggers to pass this award off to.  Well, if you saw how many blogs I follow you'd know that this is darn near impossible...

Crayons & Curls
Going Nutty in Mrs. Squirrel's First Grade
Ms. Rachels Room - A Special Ed. Classroom
What's the Buzz in 1st?
First Grade Delight
Stickers, Scissors and Smiles
Rowdy in First Grade
The Resource(ful) Room!
Miss Kindergarten

So many favorites!!!!  If you haven't checked out these girls' blogs - you'll want to.  They are loaded with awesomeness, FO SHO!

I'm a koosh collector {Maybe I should have listed that as my passion}.  I don't know how it got started - but it did, and I have more koosh balls than I know what to do with.  This week, one little girl brought back the cutest ladybug koosh for our collection while in Chicago {how sweet is that, that she thought of her teacher while she was in Chi-town?}. Well, you know about the domino effect...the next day, another little girl gave me a blue elephant koosh from...the Target dollar spot!  Couple of days later, one of my cutie pies gave me a purple people eater kinda koosh.  So nice of them...but awful silly that I was using my Hallmark thank you cards...{which probably cost more than the kooshes}to thank them for their thoughtfulness.  So, I made these for any future "sparkles" my kiddos give me.  I also thought they could be used in your writing center for work on writing.  What better way to encourage writing for real purposes than writing a thank you note?!

Click on the document to download!

P.S. If anybody can help me create a signature or a blog button - or tell me where to go for a user-friendly tutorial that would be awesome!


  1. Hey Holly! Here's a tutorial on how to make a blog button - it's only a bit tricky. You can go to to upload the picture you want to use and add your writing and special effects, then save it and upload it to photobucket to use as your button. Hope that helps!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  2. Thanks Holly! You made my day! Let me know if you need help with that button. I'm not expert but I have a four hour flight coming up so I would have some time to kill!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  3. This is where I made my blog button and it wasn't too hard: gives the code and everything, pretty much just copy and paste. Good luck! :)

  4. Thanks Holly!!! You are too sweet! I sure don't feel like a big timer lol! I'm still a little person :) I love that you are getting all those koosh balls!! The school I work at has an owl mascot and bring that everyone is so big on owls now, the teachers get tons and tons of owl gifts! So fun!!

  5. I was so excited when I saw you had given me the sunshine award! Yeah!! It's the little things that give me such joy! Thank you soooo much!!!
    First Grade Delight

  6. Awww...thanks Holly! I needed some sunshine today....for sure! Today (yesterday) was a rough one... I had my pre conference today though..and I went to the dentist to pick up my Valium so I won't freak out on Wed things are looking up...and a bit foggy.....) thanks again!

  7. Holly you are definitely a ray of sunshine! Thanks for my smiles and for my sunshine! :)
    :) Cheryl
    Crayons and Curls


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