Saturday, December 31, 2011

Party Hardy!!!! {Or just stay in your pj's and grab this *freebie*}

Happy New Year!!!!!!

I know you all have really, really big plans so that's why I'm quickly squeezing in this blog post so you can read it, download and move on to your big party plans.


If you're like me, you can wait 'til Dick Clark's Rockin' Eve, and download then - just be careful you don't get any queso dip on the keyboard.  That'd be mighty tricky to clean out...

I've been thinking about my New Years Resolution post and decided I want a redo. If you're a person who thinks like wonder why you would make resolutions when all you do is break them or conveniently forget about them.  OR you decide "I'm not going to make resolutions I'm going to make lifestyle changes....that way they'll stick with me for the rest of my life".  I've tried to change my lifestyle and it works, for a little while, but never really should read Farley's post One Little Word

I love when I read or hear about something that so clearly make sense to me.  It's one of those moments where you wonder where this or that has been...why it didn't jump out at you earlier in your life. 

So, I've been mulling over which word will be my OLW for the year.  When I find it, I'll know it.  I'm not going to rush it.  I'm going to marinate a few and see what I think. Once I figure it out I'm going to use some cute scrapbook paper and display my word at home, school and in the car. What I like about finding OLW is that, for me, if chosen carefully and thoughtfully it can emcompass SO much. 

I'll keep thinking - and if you're interested, read Farley's blog, and then report back to me if you find the perfect word for you or you can keep it secret until the January Currently...

One activity I plan on doing our first week back comes from Cara Carroll over at The First Grade Parade

In the hat I plan on having them write their One Little Word and will have them write their "school goal" on the form below.  I made another form just in case you'd rather have them write their resolutions on their hat and do their one little word on the form. I like either one.  I'm an "on a whim" kinda teacher sometimes so I could very well change my mind...I thought I would have them also write their One Little Word on a desk tag and adhere that to their desks as a little reminder.  I plan on sharing my One Little Word with the class and show them how I plan on making it cute, and placing it in various places: school, home, car, etc. 

New Year School Goal

Frame from Tracee Orman

Here's the One Little Word Version

And the One Little Word Desk Tags

Thanks so much blog friends for breathing life into my teaching, thank you for helping me end 2011 on such a sweet, sweet note.  I look foward to sharing ideas in 2012!!!

Happy, Happy New Year!!!!

ETA: My pal, Kelley, over at Buggy For Second Grade is giving away the cutest wreath ever {that she made}.  You'll want to check it out, follow and enter!!!!



  1. Great idea! Thanks for sharing. My word word would have to be "honor."

  2. One too many "words" in that previous comment. Anyway, I'm already thinking of things I want to do with my class. Thanks again.

  3. I had to laugh when I read the directions at the bottom that said to cut on the dotted line. I have one little boy in my class that cuts every single dotted line on his paper (it doesn't matter what it is!!!) I'm trying to picture what this would look like when he gets done. lol
    First Grade Delight

  4. I think I've got mine!!!
    I'm loving this project...Tuesday it is!

  5. Holly!! I HEART are so funny and I love what you made. I really needed an idea to get me through Monday. is going to be SUCH a rough Monday.

    Happy New Year!

    2nd Grade Paradise

  6. Love your blog! Thanks for the note on mine. So excited to follow you. I LOVE the new years activity! I will definitely be downloading it. =)

  7. Holly thanks for the shout out!! I am truly grateful! I can't wait to do this activity with my kids!

  8. I am literally laughing out loud about the queso! You are too funny! I've never seen that post by Farley so I'll have to check it out! My lifestyle changes are lifestyle changes for about a week, but hopefully this year will be different! I'm looking forward to maybe also choosing OLW. Hope you have a great new year!

    Living A Wonderful Life

  9. I love, love, love this idea! I am going to do this with my kids! I hope the ones that really need to work on "being kind" or "not tattling" will really take it to heart! Thanks so much for sharing. It helps get me motivated for tomorrow!

  10. Thanks Holly for following me! I am sort of a new follower of your blog too! I love your ideas. I hope to be a tiny bit as creative as you are. You are awesome, thanks again!

  11. Thanks so much! I am your newest follower, so maybe you have inched a little closer! Happy New Year!

    Faithful in First

  12. yes! please do because I am going insane checking for the 1000th...ha ha are so adorable!
    Thank you for taking care of me!!!

  13. Holly!
    ha ha ha ha ha!
    That's so cool! :) Tell your friend thank you!
    and email me!
    I have something for ya!

  14. OH MY GOSH... I am so happy you guys (family) have picked words...YAY.... I am so happy that my little OLE blog inspired you!!! YAY happy 2012!!! thanks for the shout out!!!

  15. Love this idea! I am going to really think on it! What a great idea! Thanks for the freebies! :)
    Crayons and Curls

  16. Greta idea Holly. I hadn't thought of taking this into the classroom, but it makes perfect sense.

    Grade ONEderful

  17. Oops, obviously I mean "great". Ha ha.

  18. This is perfect! I'll have you know that I read this on my Google Reader on the way home (17 hour long (painful trip) from Oklahoma. I couldn't download it from my phone and FORGOT where I read it...geesh. So, I searched and searched because I KNEW I wanted to use this tomorrow.

    You ROCK!



    Fun in Room 4B

  19. Hello again new Followee! Due to your fabulous-ness, I had to blog about your idea. Come check it out!

    OLW + Portfolio= Perfection

    Happy New Year!

  20. OLW was a hit today! Some of my students are still mulling it over tonight before committing to a word. How cool is that?

    Fun in Room 4B

  21. You have such cute ideas. Here was our take on the OLW!

  22. I love the OLW idea! So precious! I also love the fact that we're blog twins. We have great taste. :)

    ♥ Samantha
    Learning with a Happy Heart


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