Monday, December 12, 2011

i'M aLl OvEr ThE pLaCe! *Snowman Freebie*

Oh Girls,

I don't know up from down these days..I can't decide if I'm happy we still have two weeks before break {Because I still have a whole SLEW of stuff to get done} or if I'm freaking out because we ONLY have two more weeks before break {Because I have a whole SLEW of stuff to get done}...not to mention my Christmas shopping isn't done, I have piles of laundry just screaming "We can't stand our own stank - please wash us"...which makes me feel like break is TOO far away.  Seriously, I have issues - don't I?

In spite of the hustle and bustle in Room 8 - there's a lot of fun and cuteness to be had too!

We did "tear" art which is so great for those "finger muscles" {you must pronounce the "c" in musCles when talking about fine motor skills}.  They turned out ADORABLE {not one item was drawn or cut - well, we did color in the snow at the bottom}.

After we made our snowman creations we used them to help guide us in a "how-to" writing exercise where we explained how to build a snowman.  I love the linear thinking and planning of ideas that has to take place in order to write a how-to.  One of my kiddos even noticed the words we use when retelling are the same words we used when writing our "How to Build a Snowman".  Love when they make those connections!

Here's a cuter snowman paper than what I used...

Snowman digistamp is from Cre8tive Hands - go check her out!

I've seen an abundance of Gingerbread ________ {fill in the character} floating around our blogs.  Here's an awesome CD that I know you'll love.  There are lots of fairy tale favorites put to bee-boppin' beats.  I can't even tell you how many requests I've had for the Gingerbread Man. {Click on the picture to take you to the website}

And... I can't stop eating these...

Back to business...

Today in guided reading groups we focused on comprehension -  "gameshow" style.  The kids had an absolute blast "buzzing in" to answer a variety of questions about their stories.

They make them wireless now too!
{click on the picture to take you to one site where you can purchase it}.
Have I lost you yet?  I told you I'm all over the place! 

I also wanted to say thanks to my bloggy friends at Fun for First, A Cupcake for the Teacher, First Grade Magic, and Apples and Papers who passed along the Liebster Award! 

This award is for "new" bloggers, and its goal is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers  If awarded, you must:

Copy and paste the award on your blog
Thank the giver and link back to them
Reveal YOUR top five picks and leave a comment letting them know
Hope your followers will share the love with them :) {I just know you will!}

If you're looking for some blogs to add to your daily addiction I hope you'll check those girls out.  They have such great ideas to share!!!!  Mrs. Cupcake is giving away a $10 gift card to Target {woo hoo} click HERE to find out more! {Better move quick - you've only got until December 14th!}

Here are my top five picks for girls who are knocking my socks off {And would love to knock yours off too - so go check 'em out!!!!}

{Peterson's Pad is having a $20 Amazon gift card giveaway in celebration of her "new look" - only NINE have entered.  Better move quick - you only have until December 14th!}

There you have it!

Oh, by the way - the cute little letter you saw{here} - you know, the TOELIT one?  That was my OWN son who wrote that! Yeah, it was a proud mom moment, let me tell you. Not sure if I'm more proud of the rock in the toelit or him charging a dollar to get into his recess Lego club {We got a call from the principal for that one too}.  Yup, that little bugger keeps us on our toes!
See the tears? Those are the crybaby letters - get it?

Now go out and buy yourself some wasabi peas...seriously.


  1. I thought I was the only one with the screaming laundry!!!! LOL

    Live Laugh and Love to Learn

  2. Very cute! And don't feel bad about the whole laundry thing....I ran out of underwear and instead of doing laundry just went and bought some more. Isn't that terrible?!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  3. I know you were nominated for this award already, but I'm giving you the LIEBSTER BLOG AWARD, too!!! Your blog rocks! Come take a look on my blog!
    Teaching First

  4. WOW! Holly, thanks for the award!

  5. I like those crybaby tears! :)
    Thanks for the tip on the giveaway - I'm dying to win a $20 Amazon card so I can buy more Kindle books for my 3 week break!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  6. Omg I love your game show idea! I have never seen one of those! I will have to check them out! Congrats on your award!

  7. Dude, I'm giving you the Liebster award too. I love your blog!

    1st in Maine

  8. Thanks for my award! You KNOW I love your blog! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  9. Thanks for using my images :)
    Cre8tive Hands


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