Merry Christmas Wishes to All

20131224-213510.jpgI hope your Christmas is happy and jolly!

All the best,

Sarah

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New Look Coming Soon, Happy Holidays and Kids being Kids

Hi Everyone,

I hope by now you have gotten some rest away from the classroom.  Those last couple of days were doozies….Enough said. I know you know this but we teachers contribute to the craziness all in the name of a little holiday fun. I mean school is supposed to be fun..right?? Even with all the mandates I still maintain the littles need time to be kids and they really need to see that their teachers love them as kids.  Here is some of our last day before the break.

We did Gingerbread Theme Rotations with the First Grade Level on the last day. My wonderful teacher assistant and I created this big Gingerbread House in the Hallway for the kids to decorate as our part of the rotation.

Really Big Gingerbread House

Really Big Gingerbread House

As each group came to our class, they got to color some candy to go on the house.  The next picture is after the house is full of candy. They loved it!  We also danced to Harry Kindergartens Gingerbread Man Song.

Lots of Candy

Lots of Candy

After we decorated the house and had a snack we got ready to go home.  We got ready early on this day because we had parent gifts to pack and our recess is the last 30 minutes of the day.  I know…gasp..we have adjusted but it wasn’t any fun in the beginning.

As the days have progressed our tables have gotten very dirty (oh my what you can find under a name tag-scary!!!) so it was time to break out the shaving cream.  We had a blast cleaning our tables before heading outside.  It was a great way to end a fun day. Kids being kids and having fun.  I don’t know about you but some days I just don’t want to hear about time on task and maximizing instructional time and neither so the children.  So we enjoyed every minute of this small and gross motor development task so there now.  It was fun, fun, fun!!!

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

Lots and Lots of Shaving Cream

NEWS!!! NEWS!!  I am getting a new blog design and making a move to a more responsive host and site.  I am so happy and I love working with my designer. I can’t wait to share it with you all. My address will still be the same so please come visit.  I’m so excited to share it with everyone.

Love you all!!! Enjoy!!

Sarah

 

 

Gingerbread Fun, Art, Music, and Video Fun

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We have been super busy at school! We have survived the full moon without much disruption but the holiday crazies have truly taken over! I’m so glad that there is not any rain in the forecast. These Gingerbread Men are one of the fun crafts we have done in class.  I love the checker board pattern and all of the dollar store goodies they are decorated with.  I have created a giant Gingerbread house outside of my classroom. All of the first grade classes are going to decorate it tomorrow.  Our class has also enjoyed this song.

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We also watched this video.  The children enjoyed this version of the Gingerbread Man.  It is a sweet retelling of the story.  The children were very calm as they watched.  It was wonderful. It may have been the quietest moments of the day. I kept thinking…we will make it…we will make it…I also had a constant loop of I Will Survive playing in my head.  I love those kiddos!! They will be back in January ready for more learning.  We teachers have to be made of tough stuff.

 

Newtown Another Perspective~from a Reader and Resident

A reader asked me to post this perspective of Newtown, Conn.  It is a town the residents love and cherish.  A town that is working through finding an identity that links the past and the present with grace. This will be my last post on the Sandy Hook Anniversary.

 

Hectic Crazy Days What about you?

It seems that everyone has the holiday crazies right now and if you have looked up into the same night sky we all share something else is about to happen…a full moon. Just about every teacher and everyone who works in a hospital can tell you what happens during a full moon. Why even my student teacher said “I don’t even have to look at the sky to know when the moon is full!” Smart girl…she catches on quick. Lord help and let’s hope the creek don’t rise (means hoping things don’t get much worse) What could be worse you say?? Rain!! There better not be any triple plays here in North Carolina!!! How are things where you are?? Is that Elf on the Shelf working for you? Are the holiday crazies wearing you out? My bucket of chicken I picked up sure made me feel better this evening and so did that hug I got right at the end of the school day. Little things can make a big difference!!
Cheers,
Sarah

Sandy Hook Evil Did Not Win~ Words from Emilie’s Mom

The first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting is December 14th.  I think this video is worth sharing.  It is sad but in Emilie’s Mom’s own words, “Evil did not win.”  I think we all need to remember that children are dying everyday from gun violence in our country. Children are dying on street corners and in their own strollers.  We need to take a stand against gun violence.  I also remember the teachers who gave their lives that day to protect children. We have the power to keep evil from winning~let’s make sure that we protect all children and those that love them.

 

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop Holiday Extravaganza

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One of my favorite new books for winter is Mice on Ice by the father and daughter team of Rebecca and Ed Emberley.  It is part of their  “I Like to Read” series.  There are not that many words in the text and some phrases are a little short without much meat but I love , love the illustrations!!  It knocks out the winter blahs with bright colorful illustrations that are fun to look at.  The cat is absolutely fun in this book.  I can see teachers planning so many fun literature and art connections with this book.  The beautiful oranges and yellows make the cat fun not menacing at all toward the skating mice.  The mice sketch the cat in the ice before it springs up.  This could bring in a connection to the Winter Olympic Games with figure skating.  A cat and mice figure skating together well that is unexpected harmony in any setting.  Much like the Olympics!!  You will love this book for the illustrations if nothing else about it appeals to you.  Young children will enjoy the  mice, the cat and the colors not to mention the rhymes in the book.  My kinders and first graders continually ring out “that rhymes” when I am reading a book!  Please enter the giveaway to win your free paperback copy of Mice on Ice and a Target Gift Card.

This blog hop is sponsored by Kit Lit Review and Mother Daughter Book Reviews.  Be sure to visit the linky for more reviews and prizes!  Click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway below to enter to win Mice on Ice and a 10.00 Target Gift Card.

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Sarah

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