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Friday, January 18, 2013

Center Fun, a couple freebies, and a new product

Wow!  What a blog post title, huh?

I feel like I've been neglecting this little blog of mine again.  How does everyone keep up with everything?  I truly don't see how to be a mommy, a wife, a teacher, create things to help my kiddos, do laundry, cook, clean,---EGADS!  There's so much stuff to do all the time.  I'm frazzled.
Do you know what I do when I get frazzled?  I BAKE!!  People this chic should not be baking unless someone is around to take it off my hands. 

THEN, we've been house hunting (Still)....what an awful process.  I don't remember it being this bad several years ago, but my family has expanded by 2 kids and some animals since the last time I went through this.  It's so stressful.  Do you know what I do when I get stressed?  Yep, I bake!!  
See---I started making small cookies...this is just a salad size plate. 

But, eventually my cookies ended up being biggins.
 Yep, same plate---triple the size. 

Baking tip....a box of instant pudding in your cookie mix---OMGosh! :)

Then, after this whole house ordeal----
They are like Hostess Cupcakes...
Now my pics aren't the greatest, but the taste---OH MY!  Then again, they could be awful and I'd still say they tasted heavenly because it's Chocolate, and I'm stressed! :)

Okay, I need to focus here.....back on track.

Can I just say how much I'm loving my new center pack? 

 This past week was one of the best  yet for my students at stations. 
 They really enjoyed all the stations I set out for them.  
 I should them how to play Catch a Snowflake during  Guided Groups last week.  They played this over and over at groups.  The variety of levels that are included kept all my learners engaged. 
 They've also enjoyed the journal prompts as most of them have them talking about winter and snow! :) 

In math, per our Envision Series, we are working on skip counting.  I used my cute graphics to whip up a few skip counting sheets.  

 There's a page for counting by 10 to 120, counting by 2s to 20, and counting by 5s to 120.  I used the counting by 10s as a quick check.  They cut them out and glued them in order to a construction paper strip.  You could also use a sentence strip.  You can click HERE to grab you a copy of the skip counting sheets.

The last thing I want to share with you is my new product. 
I am totally pleased with this packet.  I hope my kiddos enjoy learning about the landmarks.  I've included two different readers (and the black/white version to match).  
You can click HERE to check it out!!

One thing before I go.....what do you do when you get stressed/frazzled?  Do you bake, do you work out, shop?  I'm known for retail therapy too!  OY!  Such bad habits I have!


  1. I always used to bake when I got stressed. I'm super impressed with your creations! When I get stressed, I watch mindless television. :)

  2. I'm glad I'm not the only one who feels overwhelmed at times...I don't know how you do it with more than one sweetie! I'm struggling to get anything done at all when I get home {but I'm ok with that b/c she's only going to be little once}
    Hugs to you!

  3. It is so much to keep up with everything! I have been neglecting my gym time and it shows. I have to get more of a balance. It's just so hard to stay away from the computer! Your sweets look yummy as usual!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  4. Yep! I just baked a bunch of cupcakes last night. But I won't eat them all...luckily my sister in law is coming and I'm going to make her take some home. ;)


  5. I cuddle with my beagle on the couch.

  6. I am a stress shopper......which can be very, very bad!! You do twice as much as I do though.....with little ones at home and you are always creating stuff.....seriously - do you ever sleep?!?!?!

  7. Lots of fun stuff Deanne - thanks for sharing and those treats looks delish!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  8. Super cute!!! As a fellow first grade teacher (who also uses EnVision), I'm excited to use your cards!!! You have a new follower!

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  10. I love the graphics. I did not know about My Cute Graphics. Thanks for sharing. I bake too....homemade apple sauce this weekend!
    I Dream of First Grade


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