Friday, December 30, 2011

Out of the Loop

I just got back from a wonderful 4 day getaway with my hubby and baby girls!  We had tons of fun, but had NO internet service!  My sweet hubby said, "you'll survive", but I almost didn't make it....hehe!  So, hence my blog title...I feel out of the loop.  My mini-vacation was great, but now it's back to the real world...where is all of our Christmas "stuff" gonna go?  Hmmmm...

I have had several e-mails asking about my new snowman unit...it's almost done....this time I really mean it...I hope to have it posted tomorrow or Sunday.  I hope some of you are still holding out for it...I know there are many more great ones out there too!  I promise it will be worth it!

I've also had lots of questions about which units I will be doing next...so be looking for mittens, penguins, and January intervention *hopefully*!  

I'm thinking SALE in my tpt shop until sometime tomorrow...before I head to our New Year's Eve party...visit my store here.

Last, thanks so much for visiting my blog, reading my posts, for all your sweet comments (I read them all, just aren't enough hours in the day to respond to them all), for all the kind and encouraging e-mails I get daily, and for visiting and supporting my TPT store!!  

I'll send my Snowman Unit (when it's done) to the first 3 people that comment with the word "Frosty" in their comment somewhere!

Happy New Year to everyone!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

I hope everyone had a WONDERFUL and MERRY CHRISTMAS!  I know I did!  Quality family time is so nice!  I'm thankful God sent his son into the world as an infant who later died to save me from my sins!  How awesome to know one day I will see him face to face!  

Congratulations Mrs. Sandra C. for winning the "Snow Much Fun" winter pack from Jamie Mayas!
We will be in contact with you soon!  

Thanks for ALL the participation to make this giveaway a HUGE success!  



Friday, December 23, 2011

Don't Forget...

Don't forget to sign up for our the Jamie Mayas giveaway!  She's giving away her new "Snow Much Fun" winter pack!  Click here to enter!  The giveaway ends tonight at 11:59 p.m.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

It's a Giveaway!!

I'm sure you're already following Jamie Mayas at Mrs. Mayas' Kinders, but if you aren't you MUST!  She has just opened her very own TpT store and has already added some cute things!  I am giving away her brand new "Snow Much Fun" winter pack!  

It's super easy to enter.  Just click 4 buttons and leave 4 comments:

Follow Jamie's blog HERE
Follow my blog
Follow Jamie's TpT Store HERE
Follow my TpT Store HERE

Leave separate comments for each requirement and you will be entered 4 times.  
Help spread the word on your blog and you get an additional entry, but don't forget to leave an extra comment!
(I've made it super duper easy for you to blog about this: copy and paste the message below:)

Go check out the great GIVEAWAY at Mrs. Lee's Kinderkids:
4 clicks, 4 comments and you're done!

This giveaway begins NOW and ends Friday night at 11:50 p.m. 
Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

"StoreBuster" Sale

To celebrate my last day of school until 2012, I am throwing a sale in my TPT store starting now through Sunday night (11:59 p.m.).  Everything is 20% off!  
I'm so tired I don't think I have much else to say...except...

I have a great giveaway coming up so stay tuned for that...

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

More Christmas Fun!

For any of you out there that have school next week...Bless. Your. Heart!  Oh my goodnes...I LOVE my kiddos, but I think we all need a break!  I can't wait to spend some quality time with my family.  Here is some of the fun we had this week learning and playing.  


This was so much fun!  They loved it...it's in Deanna's and my Winter Pack 

We are just starting to practice recording tally marks in centers and they did pretty good with it!


Up on the Housetop...this is always a fun and different twist on counting/adding more and they loved it!

Practicing Fractions...


I found these cute little Santa buckets at Dollar Tree last year.  This game can be found in my Christmas Unit...


I got this fun game from Mrs. Estes last year...I had these cool sticker pages with just the right things needed to shop for Santa's suit...it worked perfectly.  (This is not in the unit b/c it wasn't mine...)



This is how I "store" my reindeer chow...it's a large grocery bag folded down...inside is, goldfish, marshmallows, pretzel sticks, honeycomb cereal b/c I forgot to get Chex, and M&M's.


This Reindeer Chow activity can be found in my Christmas Unit: Deck the Halls

My Snowman Unit is *almost* finished!!  Coming up will be January Intervention and Small Groups, Mittens & Penguins
Keep Checking!
Merry CHRISTmas everyone!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Fun

Whew!  What a busy, week!  I can only imagine next week, but hey... Santa's almost here...what should we expect?!  We did a lot of fun things this week...a lot of assessing...and more next week too!  Let's skip assessment and get right to the FUN stuff!  


Both of these games are in the Winter Games for Math and Literacy from Deanna Jump and myself...


Manipulating letters to build sight words...


Now that we are segmenting sounds in words, syllables was a little confusing...so we are practicing

These 3 plus 18 other math and literacy centers are included in my new Deck the Halls Christmas unit...


I've had the reindeer fact book from Mailbox in my folder for years and finally got around to making it the way I wanted to and actually doing it...turned out so cute!  I used the same words as that one, just changed the cover a bit...



If you like it, grab the freebie below!  :)  

Look at my goodies...reindeer buckets came from Target dollar section...they may have them this year; Santa bag in the middle came from Target dollar section this year...I have objects from the Lakeshore sound tubs in it for a game; Santa buckets...Dollar Tree last year...they may have them again, not sure.  
These are in our station next week so check back for pictures.
I love games that incorporate fine motor practice...we so need it!  :)  PLUS, it's fun!


These symmetrical ornaments make our classroom look adorable!  Since school is our home away from home, it has to look "a lot like Christmas" there too!  

I saw this on a website a few years ago...littlegiraffes.com
I give all the strips to my little friends and they must put them in order from shortest to tallest before gluing them on their paper.  I check each one first.  Such great math skill practice but in a fun way!  Last, we add snow with white paint and a q-tip.

Our TLC Santa's make our door look darling!

Our class Christmas tree...love all the "kid ornaments"...

we played a rhyming rudolph color word game...LOTS of times because they kept begging to...


Enjoy your freebie below...if you snatch it up, let me know what you think.

Reindeer Fact Book Pics

Monday, December 5, 2011

Freebies, Gingerbread Update, AND my New Christmas Unit

Hi friends!
Don't forget to enter the Busy Bees giveaway...the winner gets Busy Bees Christmas Collection, my gingerbread unit, PLUS, my brand new Christmas Unit that I just finished tonight!  :)  Leave comments on the Busy Bees blog please.


Upon request, I added the entire alphabet sequence to my gingerbread unit...so if you purchased it, head on over to download the revised version if you want it.  That's the only change.  If you'd like to check it out it's HERE.


My December Intervention and Small Group Pack is also new.


Finally, I posted my new Christmas Unit if you'd like to check it out!




Here's the other gingerbread freebie I promised... Hope it works this time.  :)

Gingerbread House Word Hunt

Plus, another freebie...

December Sight Word Stamp

Thanks as always for visiting my blog!  I truly appreciate it!  Comments make me happy!

Busy Bees Giveaway!

We are having a Christmas Giveaway!  It's starting on Friday, December 2nd and will end Tuesday, December 7th at midnight.  Yes, I'm LATE!  We will announce our grand winner on Thursday in a post on our blogs.  If you are the winner, you will win my Gingerbread Unit and Busy Bees Christmas Collection.  Please be sure to Buzz on over to Busy Bees Blog to enter.  Enter THERE so we don't get confused.  Don't forget to leave your email address on your comments so that we will be able to contact you if you are the winner of our Christmas Giveaway.  Good luck~



Here are 6 ways to enter the contest.  Leave a comment for EACH of the items that you do:

Let us know that you follow Julie Lee's blog and  Busy Bee's blog.
Let us know that you follow Julie Lee's TPT store and Busy Bee's TPT store.

Let us know that both Julie Lee's blog and Busy Bee's blog are on your blog roll. 

Here's what you'll get!

PLUS, I'm throwing in my NEW Christmas Unit that's not even listed in my TPT store yet!!  
You'll probably be the first one to get it unless I get a lot done today!!  :)


Friday, December 2, 2011

Gingerbread Week & Our Five Senses

This week we learned about our five senses and had tons of fun reading "the gingerbread stories"...and comparing them.  The Gingerbread Man is one of my faves!  I didn't snap a lot of pics this week, but here are a few of the fun things we did!  The My Five Senses sheet below, Peppermint Patterns, and Flippin' for Sounds games can be found in my new Gingerbread Fun unit on tpt.  The Tastes of our Tongue isn't in there, but I'll try to get it on as a freebie soon...it was a last minute thing.

Drew pictures our five senses and wrote them

Had a taste test...
 sweet
sour
 sour
 bitter
 For fun, each day we used our sense of smell to decide which scent we would burn in our classroom...
We moved our names on the Promethean board to the one we liked best...
Lemon never won...what's wrong with lemon?  I like lemon?
 We flipped Christmas cookies and listened for the beginning sound of the picture on the back
 Still practicing patterns...
 Our cute little Gingerbread Five Senses anchor chart
 One version of our gingerbread glyphs from Kim Jordano
 We made fraction cookies, labeled them, and of course...added glitter!
Our Five Senses gingerbread man...isn't he cute?



Catch the Gingerbread Man

Catch the Gingerbread Man is played the same way as Catch the Turkey from last week's post...

And, my  December Small Groups and Intervention pack is available at my tpt store now...check it out!
 
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