Thursday, December 20, 2012

Parent Gift Bags: High-Flyin' Reindeer Fashion

This week is WILD with Christmas excitement!  Let me just repeat that one word... WILD!  Clip downs, clip UPS, RACK's, and a sly little guy with big ears and a red leotard is still running loose in our room!  Sound familiar to any you?  Well here is a quick peek at some of my favorite things we have accomplished so far this week!
We are reading this NEW delight-

We are writing:

Parent Christmas Cards from my old trusty 
Each child gets one of each card to make for 2 family members.

 We are crafting:
Gingie ornaments for parent gifts.  
 Sets of 12 were CHEAP from Oriental Trading!
Stick on pieces-NO GLUE!  YAY!

Our Big Bulb ornaments were inspired by
First Grade Blue Skies!  So thankful for Jennifer's great ideas!

During Thanksgiving break, I found a GEM from LIV to TEACH--  Reindeer Gift Bags, free on TPT!  Olivia, thank you so much for a great project! Now I will tell you that I could never attempt this project alone.  I hired one parent volunteer and she worked on these bags in her spare time.  When the bags returned to school, we painted faces and added red glitter for the nose!
 How cute!
All of our parent gifts, cards, and special mementos from December were nestled in the bag and stuffed with tissue paper.

My Gift to my Sweeties:
The HAPPY teacher used her bonus points from Scholastic and bought students the newest version of The Gingerbread Man!
I wrapped the books in our leftover GINGIE paper (from our hallway G-House project!)
Top off with candy canes and a Christmas letter from the teacher!
The paper is so stinkin cute!
Totally works with our Critter Cafe theme this year!
(Hobby Lobby, 24 pack)
For a copy of the teacher letter template, click on this picture!

Our last day of school is tomorrow!  YAY!
Check in then for the final wrap up of this week's adventures with Rudy, our ELF!


Friday, December 14, 2012

Elf on the Shelf: A Week of Merry Bliss!

This is my first year of adding the sugar and spice of the Elf on the Shelf in Room 102!  The Gingerbread unit is my favorite week in December but this is definitely turning out to be a happy second. 

Monday: The Special Package arrived!  Our principal brought down this special delivery~

A letter from Santa was attached:
click on the picture for source!

We voted on names!  Many wanted Rudolph but I explained to the kids that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer doesn't want a copy cat around the holidays, so we shortened it up and made it RUDY!

We then visited the Elf on the Shelf website and registered our Elf as RUDY!
Top 10 Elf Names

Tuesday:  Rudy taking a bubble bath!

A gift from Rudy!  The only catch?  Rudy wanted us to read it to him while he was relaxing in the tub!
   The note said:

The gift was:

Wednesday:  Rudy the Elf hiding in our recycled bird feeder!

with a note that said:

Thursday:  Roped around the front of our whiteboard with marker in hand; Rudy wrote us a message on the board that said, "I am practicing my handwriting.  What do you think?  Be good today.  He is WATCHING!"  
   Friday:  Rudy was found behind a FORT of good books surrounded by magical M&M's that spelled a message, 
"BE GOOD!"                  
Outside of Fort:


Later in the afternoon, we returned from Music and found that Rudy had brought us the new Pete the Cat Christmas book!  How nice!

By go-home time, he surprised us again with his fast moves, and made it over to the Critter Cafe for a ride with Turtle Tunes!

I don't know about you, 
but I can't wait to see what Rudy does next week! 
 5 days to go!  Next Friday is our last day.....
 I think I can, I think I can!!!! 

Monday, December 10, 2012

12 in 12 Linky

How could I possibly resist a sweet Christmas LINKY from a Teeny Tiny Teacher?  Hadar and Kristin are hosting their second annual holiday get together and I am very happy to join in and add some Christmas Cheer!

12.  Favorite Movie You Watched:
Twilight Series

11.  Favorite TV Series
Dallas.  Now let me say that when I was little, I wasn't allowed to watch Dallas.  After the Dukes of Hazzard aired at 8:00pm, I was rushed off to bed by 9 when Dallas started.  My Mom was a fan.  It wasn't until 7 or 8 years ago, I purchased Season 1 BOX SET and that was all she wrote!  I now own all 14 seasons!  My heart broke many times over after hearing of Larry Hagman's passing last month .  LONG LIVE JR EWING!

10.  Favorite Restaurant:
Front of the restaurant
DiBenedetto's Italian Bistro
121 S. Main Street
Bowling Green, Ohio
This was the special place where I met the LOVE of my LIFE for the very first time!
(Oh, and PS: He owns the restaurant!)

9.  Favorite NEW thing I tried:
Why BLOGGING of course!  I had to find a way to keep up with all these amazing teachers and their fabulous ideas!  I am still green thumbs but truly enjoy being apart of such a sweet blogging family!

8.  Favorite Gift You Received:
I think this year, I received many little gifts from my family and friends that truly filled my heart with joy.  Special notes, cards, and keepsakes from my loved ones telling me that I was doing a good job!

7.  Favorite Thing You Pinned:
My First Grade Art BOARD on Pinterest is HUGE!  LOVE all things ARTSY!  Especially that fabulous Christmas trees my little darlings just finished!

6.  Favorite Blog Post:
Who's New at the Critter Cafe?
I was so happy with the confirmations and assurances from fellow teachers and blogging buddies after posts like this one about my new Critter Cafe in first grade!

5. Favorite Accomplishment:
Being nominated as this year's PRESIDENT of the Toledo Area Council of the International Reading Association. We are a local affiliate of the IRA.  Our organization is non-profit and we help to promote literacy throughout out the surrounding areas by hosting events that foster a love for reading!
I am truly honored by this distinction!  
Pictured with Best-selling children's author Denise Brennan-Nelson

4.  Favorite Picture:
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!"  
I take that saying very seriously!
Ziplining in Hocking Hills, Ohio last summer!

3.  Favorite Memory:
My brother's wedding and having a wonderful celebration with my family!  
My Dad, Mom, brother Jason, and Me!

 My Mom won BEST DRESS of the evening in her HIGH Fashion Ensemble!

2. Goal for 2013
Sleep more, Complain less, Simplify, Love unconditionally.

1.  One Little Word:
"Love bears all things,
Believes all things, 
Endures all things.
Love NEVER fails."
Corinthians 13.4

Happy Holidays my dear friends!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Day 5: Cookie Case..Solved? and our December Delights!

"December Delight" 
What an easy art project to do with the kiddies!  Took about an hour and 10 minutes. I will let the pictures do the talking!

As many of you know, this is our 3rd project using these whimsical trees.  I think it's turning into a lovely first grade tradition in Room 102!   I found another google image that helped our brainstorming session.  We used Crayola Chalk on 12 x 18 blue construction paper.  Illustrate, Laminate, Decorate the Halls!  Easy Peasy!

I would also like to share some other fantastic Holiday projects popping up around our building!  Let me begin with Abby, who was inspired by Pinterest for her AMAZING door display!

Then we have our Title 1 teacher who did a marvelous job on her GINGIE-inspired door!

Our principal invited all students to help create a Christmas Tree in the hallway entrance.  Made entirely from green hand-prints and personalized ornaments!

Our third graders made these awesome Santa Clauses!

Next we have Mrs. D's 5th graders who created these holiday symbols using a technique called "Quilling."
(I had to write that down so I wouldn't forget!)

 Then outside her classroom door is this LOVELY
 Christmas College!

We will end the tour back in the first grade wing where my two teaching partners shared my joy for Gingie and had their students design these cute Gingerbread Friends!  I just LOVE the hair!

And for those of you that are still with me; 
The kiddos walked in this morning to find this huge present sitting on the chair left by our missing friend Gingie!

Gingie left us GINGERBREAD craft kits, Candy Canes, Little Debbie Christmas Gingerbread Cookies, and each student gets a paper copy of the Gingerbread Man book to take home with them!  HOORAY!
 For Science, we experimented with States of Matter using our Gingerbread cookie and marshmallows.  What will happen when the cookie gets wet?  How long before the marshmallow melts and sinks?  hehehe!  Such fun!  
Abby Mullens has the free Gingerbread Science sheet on her blog!
 Unfortunately, later in the day, the local Police Department called the Principal and reported that they were in HOT pursuit of The Gingerbread Man who was running into the local grocery store!   Aw, shucks, he got away!  Until next year...!

If you made it this far, I HEART you for it!  Thank you and have a great weekend!  I am off to a Christmas party! :)  YAY!
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