In the Spirit!

Hi Sweet Friends!
I am so happy because report cards are out of the way and parent meetings are done! Yipppeeee! Now it's all about having some Christmas fun with my kiddies and I couldn't be happier!! I've been hard at work updating my Christmas packs from last year AND even made a new one for my older students. I CANNOT wait to get into some Christmas FUN!!!

If you already have one of these packs, be sure to download the latest version and if you haven't checked them out yet, stop on over to my TpT STORE and take a look! 

I can't wait to do this again this year! I place the reindeer profiles in an envelope and pretend they've arrived direct from the North Pole! The kiddies loved it!

This craftivity was a great big hit last year! My students cam up with the most hilarious stories about Santa being on strike and vacationing on the beach!

We did this little activity on a baking day! It was so much fun! It was a great way to incorporate math and language arts during a"fun" day!

This last one was a real crowd pleaser! We made these on Polar Express Day. The fun day included everything from wearing our pj's to watching the much loved film! 

You can also grab all these packs in my Christmas Mega Bundle Pack!

Here is my latest pack! I am so excited about this!!!!!

Can you tell I'm in the spirit! Hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving with your family and friends!
Until next time...


Gobble Up this Stuff!

Hey Friends,
Boy, does it feel good to be up and about. I tell ya, I was so sick this weekend and part of this week, I thought I'd never see the light of day again! I have never "marathoned" so many Christmas movies in one weekend. My mind was nowhere near ready for report card writing, prepping, and creating, so I took to the TV. Then, after two days of lying in bed and watching films, I GOT BORED! Still too sick, to do anything productive, I took to playing mindless seek and find games on the ipad (I actually really like those. Don't Judge!), and the best of all, I officially became PINTEREST HAPPY (well happier than usual that is)! Yep, I just about pinned every holiday baking recipe, education idea, and hair and nail tutorials the world wide web has to offer! If you're looking for a fun way to paint your nails for St Patrick's Day, I've got just what you need!

Well now that I'm feeling better, AAAAAND report cards are ALMOST behind me, I can do what I love, which is create for my kiddies and blog! So here goes!!!!!

Now I'm not sure if you are aware, but I live in Canada, where Thanksgiving falls in early October. Thus, our crafts have been made, the turkeys have been eaten, and the left overs are long gone! I have to say it is not as widely celebrated here as it is for my friends in the US, 
but I happen to LOOOOVE it!!! It's Fall, it's warm and cozy, it's family time, and it's about appreciating all that you have. I'll say it again, I LOOOOVE it! And, I also love turkey! Yummm!
So much so, that I couldn't just stick to one turkey craft, I simply needed two!!! 

This little guy is my favorite! He comes with the most entertaining activities. My kiddies loved putting the turkey word cards in the ovens!

You can check out this pack right over HERE!

My next turkey friends are hilarious! I'm so into the whole disguise bit! I love everything about it! It started off last year with this pack and I made it a whole theme at the beginning of this school year with my Students in Disguise Pack.

These guys are so much fun to make! My personal fave about this pack is the Draw a Turkey Poem! My students looooooove the poem!

You can check out this pack right over HERE!

One thing I was thankful for this year, is all my new friends in the blogging world! To show my appreciation, I have a little freebie for all of you!

My students love to put sentences in order! And of course, any chance they get to break out the markers, makes them happy, happy! 

Grab this quick little activity right over HERE!
It's a great morning work task.

Until next time...


Let's Honor and Remember

Hello Everyone,
This has been one hectic week and it shall continue to be crazy until that bell rings at 2h25, on Friday! Tomorrow my student teacher is being evaluated and we have our Remembrance Day Assembly. It was the only day we could have a veteran come in and speak to the children. Friday is the end of the first term and we all know how crazy that is!!! 

With that being said, despite all the running around, like a chicken with no head, we are managing to get in some learning and fun! My kiddies are looooooving my Let's Honor and Remember a Remembrance/Veterans Day Read Aloud and Craftivity Pack!  They love to share about how they have family members in the armed forces and are very interested in this subject. They are also very respectful and truly do want to honor our veterans.

We started off by reading the read aloud on the Smart board. I also like to make a hard copy of my read alouds so that the students can refer back to them at any given time. I usually send them off to be printed at Staples (quite cost efficient) and laminate them at home.  I even upload them to my classroom Ipads! That pdf app is sure nifty! 

We read the story together, using a pointer. I like to read the page and then have the students read altogether. This is when I model correct fluency and intonation. We discuss new vocabulary and circle capitals and periods. 

Then, we go back to our seats and read the black and white version of the read aloud. This is where the students play detective and illustrator. This time I ask a student to read the page and then we read it altogether again. This is where those fun "witchy" fingers come into play. I know we all love to stock up on those at Halloween! They just do the trick don't they?!
I also give the students a highlighter, another big motivation for them! We highlight new vocabulary words and theme words. They love it! 

These kiddies have to be the cutest artists I've ever met! I love their creativity and artwork. It's amazing!

After we are done with our read aloud, we move on to the writer's workshop and craftivity portion of our unit. First, I introduce the spelling helpers. I find it really important to go over all vocabulary words with the students before we use them. 

It's a great way to go over what they learned in the first part of this lesson, as many of the spelling helper words are introduced in the read aloud. Thus, this is the third time the students are being exposed to many of these words. 

After going over the words, we decided to create an adjective map to describe a soldier. We brainstormed on the board and the students chose the words they liked best and wrote them on their graphic organizer. This little sweetheart thinks soldiers are REALLY helpful, she wrote it twice!

Tomorrow, my sweet kiddies are going to write all about soldiers! It should look a little something like this when completed...

You can check out this pack right over HERE!

I have also prepared a little freebie for you!
It's a little taste of my pack... I tweaked it a tad as I'd like to use it with my other class, 
but the essence is there!

You can grab THIS right over HERE!

Until next time...


November Currently

Good Morning All,
Before I tell you all about my November Currently (Thanks to Farley over at Oh' Boy Fourth Grade for one of my favorite linkies!), I thought I'd set the scene for you!! 
HEHE Darn, I'm cheesy! 

Picture it: A cool Fall morning, sitting in the kitchen by the windows, typing away on your computer and sipping the "wonderfulnous" that is a good coffee as you watch and listen to the pitter patter of a light rain! 

This is just about perfection! Blogging on a quiet Saturday morning! I know my bloggie friends get it right?!?!?! I see your Friday night Instagram posts of a glass of wine and TpT creating!!! I know I'm not alone!!!

So here it is! I can't believe it's already November!

I've already told you all about what my morning is looking and sounding like! I'll say it again though, I'm loving this!!!!

Fall Fashion has to be one of my personal faves! Who's with me?!?! Cute hats, infinity scarves, ridding boots... I can go on and on!!!! Here are two outfits I wore this week!! I got the moustache sweater in London over the Summer and have been dying to wear it since! Wore it to school yesterday to mark the first day of Movember! The kids looooooooved it! 

The leggings are toooo stinken cute! I've been looking everywhere for the right pair! For some reason, they always looked like pajamas on me! Love mixing prints too!!! 

Ok, I'm a sucker for Christmas and I am starting the movie watching this weekend! I don't care if there are still Halloween candies in the kitchen!!!!! Here are some of my faves!!!

These three are my favorite "current" Christmas movies...

Then there are the classics... Oh, the classics!!!!

I also love me some kiddie movies!!! The Santa Claus brings me back to when I was a kid!!! And of course, all those cartoons that play on TV... Awwww, love them all!!

Yes!!!! I am definitely wanting some more friend time... There is no such thing as too much!!!! With report cards looming and holiday preparations.. We don't get to see each other that often! 

Oh and let's not forget the most important part (at least I think!) of this month's Currently! 

I love to BAKE, I love bite size treats, and I LOVE cheesecake!
I'm thinking that these Chocolate Cheesecake Squares might just be the best idea EVER!

Check out the recipe HERE!

Enjoy your weekend, friends, and feel free to tell me all about your favorite Christmas movies, Fall fashion, and yummy, delectable treats!

Oh, and while you're at it, go on and link up with Farley's Currently Post

Until next time...

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