New Year New Tools Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone! My friends and I over at SeeMamaTeach are linking up for a fun New Years blog hop!

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We’re sharing ideas and freebies to help you ease back into January and I’m stop number 1!stop 1

Here’s my freebie that I find is a great way to start the new year in January! (Click the picture below to grab it from my tpt shop).

New Year Letter FreebieThis friendly letter freebie is a great, new spin on having your students write new years resolutions! It comes with a few different versions and will work for kindergarten to second or third grade!

I also want to share a little, simple tip. Take some time the first day back to really go back over your classroom routines and procedures. Their little brains are likely to forget a ton over break, so I like to treat the first period or two like the first day of school- reviewing, practicing, and remember our procedures.

I hope you have a great first week back!

Now keep on hopping through to grab some more tips and freebies, and to enter to win a $50 stitchfix.com gift card & a bunch of great teaching resources!

Here’s the resource you could win from my TpT shop!

enter to winMy Short Vowel and Long Vowel Interactive Notebook & Game packs are no prep, low cutting, and tons of fun, and you can win both of them at the end of the blog hop! Just keep hopping through and enter to win at the end! :)

Click the button below to hop on to the next blog!next stop

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5 Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Christmas Ornaments

Since Christmas is about a week and a half away, and you’re probably getting close to the last day of school, I’m sure you’ve already got parent gifts handled, right? No? Never fear! Here are 5 quick, easy, and cheap kid-friendly ornament crafts that are sure to bring a smile to parents faces!

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All of these crafts use supplies you most likely already have on hand, with 1 or 2 exceptions.

Christmas Tree Ornament

You’ll need:

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Make a triangle with the popsicle sticks by gluing each corner.

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Use some glitter glue (or glitter & glue if you’re feeling daring) to decorate!

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Tie a ribbon on the top, and boom! Done and done! Have students right their name & date on the back.

Snowflake Ornament

You will need:

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Make 2 narrow X’s with your popsicle sticks, and glue in place.

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Place one X on top of the other to create a snowflake shape.

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Add a ribbon to hang.

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Decorate with glitter glue and you’re done! Check out when I made these with my first graders last year here.

Star Ornament

You will need:

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Create 2 triangles by gluing corners.

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Place glue on one triangle approximately where the triangles will line up. (You can easily wipe off any excess.) Then, add a ribbon to the top.

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Place the triangle on top, and press down.

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Decorate with glitter glue and allow to dry!

Reindeer Ornament

You will need:

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Paint your popsicle sticks brown, or just start with brown popsicle sticks.

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Make a triangle with the popsicle sticks, but slide the stop stick down a bit for antlers.

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Glue on googly eyes & a pom pom for the nose. (Red for Rudolph, black for regular)

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Add a ribbon so it can hang. Again, you can add name and date on the back.

Thumbprint Snowman Ornament

You will need:

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Stuff the shredded paper into the ornament. (I got a back of 12 ornaments at Target for about 8 bucks).

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I recommend doing the rest of the steps one-on-one for younger kids. Have students use their thumbs in black paint to make eyes for the snowman.

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Use an orange sharpie to draw on a carrot nose and a black sharpie to draw on a mouth.

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Add a ribbon to the top to hang. You can write the date on the bottom and the students name on the back.

I hope those were helpful! For another bonus ornament that takes a little more time/effort, check out how to make this cute snowman hanging ornament by clicking the picture below!

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10 Ways Teaching Prepared Me For Motherhood

I’m SO excited to announce that I’m part of an amazing new collaborative blog!Header

I just posted my first post over there, and it’s all about 10 Ways Teaching Prepared me for Motherhood!

Teaching is a tough job. Rewarding, of course, but tough for sure. Being a mom is an equally tough job, and of course it’s crazy rewarding. People often make comments to me about how being a first grade teacher probably prepared me for being a mom, and you know what? They’re so right. So, let’s count down the top 10 ways that teaching prepared me for motherhood.
Number 10:
You can deal with gross things like puke, boogers, and other bodily fluids.

 Let’s keep it real, as a teacher, we see it all, and it’s not always pretty. However, when you have 2 students start throwing up simultaneously during lunch in your classroom (I *may* be speaking from experience), it takes a lot to gross you out, which is a very handy skill when you become a mom and your reality is poop, spit up, pee, and a little more poop for good measure. 😉

Number 9: You can multitask.

Holding my 2 month old and giving my classroom storage a facelift.
 Most women of great multitaskers, but teachers are especially. How many times are you greeting students, checking homework, tying shoes, breaking up disagreements, giving hugs, putting in attendance, and fielding questions from parents all at once? And that’s just in the first 5 minutes of the day. As a mom, espcially a mom with multiple kiddos, this skill is invaluable. Because when you’re trying to make dinner, the baby needs to be held, and your toddler wants to ready a book, you make it work, and then later you feel like superwoman… or at least you breathe a sigh of relief that you made it until daddy gets home.
Number 8: You can turn anything into a song.

In my classroom, I always sang everything. I mean everything. Let’s take out our notebooks! (To the tune of take me out to the ball game), To the left to the left, put your name on the paper to the left, and  a rap about whatever math fact we were learning could always be heard a few classrooms down the hall (sorry!). And now? Did you poop? Did you poop? Yes you did! Yes you did! (to the tune of where is thumpkin) and many more of my greatest hits. Kids love music and it helps you keep your sanity, or at least helps you smile while you’re loosing it. 😉
Number 7: You can turn anything into a game.

Are you teaching the most boring, most difficult topic ever? As a teacher, what can you do to make it fun? Come up with some ridiculous game, of course! Learning time? Let’s put two clocks at the front of the room, have two students stand at the back of the room, yell out a time and have them race to the front, show the time, and hold it up! (Because it always WAY more fun when your teacher lets you run in the classroom). And now that I have a very curious, antsy, active toddler? Who wants to play stack the salt and pepper packets? How about a rousing game of find the balls (anything round) in the grocery store?
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Want to read the rest of the count down? Just head on over to See Mama Teach! While you’re there, enter our giveaway to win a $50 target and $25 TpT gift card!
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Barnyard Shapes: Peek-a-Boo!

Hi friends!

About a week ago, I posted this picture on my Facebook & Instagram accounts.

Peek a boo Book

My daughter is currently obsessed with farm animals, and I wanted to start teaching her about shapes and colors, so I made this little lift the flap book for her.

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If you’d like to grab it for your little one or students, just click the cover below OR head over to my Facebook page and enter to win one for free!

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Enjoy!

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DIY Tear Away Reward Coupons Freebie

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Hi Friends!

I wanted to share a cute idea and a freebie to go along with it today! Using rewards that don’t cost money is definitely ideal, especially when teachers are already spending so much money on their classroom. So, reward coupons have become pretty popular. Well, today I’m going to share how you can make your own coupon book for your reward coupons.

You’ll need:

  • coupons
  • scissors or paper cutter
  • wood glue
  • rubber band

Step One:

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Carefully cut out your coupons. Be careful to cut them evenly.

Step Two:

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Step Three:

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Step Four:

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Step Five:

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That’s it! You’re Done!

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Click any picture in this post to grab my coupons for free!

What coupons do your students flip for?

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