Thursday, December 15, 2011

Parent Gift and Liebster Blog Award

I realize that it is probably too late for y'all to use this for 2011, but you can file it away for next year if you like it! I found this card here: . I love this website! It has so many fun craft / gift ideas. Below is a pic of how ours turned out:

I glue a poem on the inside left of the card, and on the right I glue a picture of the kiddos in Santa's lap. You can click here to download the poem. What do you do for parent gifts?

On to my new blog award...
Thank you so much to Cindy at For the Love of Kindergarten, for nominating me for the Liebster Blog Award! The ideas that I get from your blog are AMAZING and I am honored that you thought to give me this award.

What does Liebster Blog mean? The origin of this award is obscure, but it's probably German as the phrase "Liebster Blog" translates into "most favorite blog". The award is given to blogs that have less than 200 followers and deserve more recognition and encouragement.There are some guidelines that have to be followed while giving or receiving the Award.

The rules for receiving the award:
  1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you.
  2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
  3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
  4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favorite bloggers and keep it going!

Here are my top 5 picks:

Ms. Emily Shell
Kindergarten Khronicles
Love For Kindergarten
It's Elementary My Dear Teacher
C.E. Kindergarten Kids!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Okay. I have three things to blog about tonight. First, I wanted to share this awesomely easy DIY ornament that we made today.

The ingredients:

Yes, that is floor cleaner. I got it at Wal-Mart. You will also need clear glass ornaments and...GLITTER!!! I love all things glitter, don't you?

Follow this link to see how to make them:

Here is a pic of how ours turned out. We used "chunky kid glitter" and I think they turned out just fine. My kiddos and I are in love with our ornaments!

On to #2...
I purchased a license from so I can share things with you guys that I make with their clipart. To celebrate, I made a graphing activity to go along with There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell. I included an "I Can" chart so you can use it in a Math Station. Just click the pic below to grab it :) Please leave me a comment if you download it!

 On to #3...
I was surprised to find this little treat in my Inbox from Emily Shell at Ms. Emily Shell a few days ago...


The Sunshine Award rules are...
1. Thank the person who gave this award and write a post about it.
2. Answer the following questions below.
3. And pass the award to 10 fabulous bloggers, link their blogs and let them know you awarded them.

* Favorite Color? Green
* Favorite Animal?  Dogs. I have a Terrier mix, Bentley, that we rescued from a local shelter earlier this year. I couldn't resist sharing a pic of him with y'all...
* Favorite Number? 7
* Favorite Drink? Mountain Dew (it wakes me up every morning)
* Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
* Your Passion? God, my family & friends, and of course...TEACHING!!!
* Giving or Getting Presents? Both
* Favorite day? Friday. I love knowing that Saturday is right around the corner :)
* Favorite flowers? Roses (not red ones)
Here are the blogs I am passing the award on to:

Thanks again Emily!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

There Was An Old Lady...

This is one of my favorite books to read in December! I was just about to search for some clipart to use for retelling the story when I realized that someone had probably already done this. Why re-invent the wheel, right? So, I searched and...voila! Here is the link to the site I found with all kinds of cute literacy activities to go with the story: .

I am going to use these activities tomorrow. I will take some pics and post them this weekend!

This pic is of the retelling activity that I got from the Making Learning Fun website. My kiddos really enjoyed making these, and loved putting the pictures in the old lady's "stomach" while they retold the story.