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Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Time (and a Freebie!)

I just LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas time.  
The lights, the smells, the sounds--THE BAKING! 
I love how everyone is generally in happy spirits and with such giving attitudes.
(Then again, I do most of my shopping online! HAHA) ;)

But really though, I wish the Christmas feeling could last all year round.
I try to instill the giving (and not receiving) to my kids, but one is 7.  He likes to receive, of course---we all do.  This year we tried really hard to do some caring acts.  I don't want to call them "random", but we made sure we donated to clothing drives, food banks, and food drives that the schools were having. We will donate to our local animal shelter.  The kids are using their money for the bell ringers, and make sure their pockets are full when we go out and about.  They are getting the hang of it, but I don't want them to forget this feeling when Christmas is over.  

I saw the perfect quote today and I just love it and have to share!

If you've been following me through the years, you know that I love sharing.  I love giveaways.  
I love collaborating with my "friends" on Facebook. :)

And I have a few freebies to share with you today.
A couple years ago,  I made a Christmas story reader. 
(Old post HERE)

I thought that this would be a fun little story for my kiddos to do next week in reading groups. 
Since I'm still out (and may be until after break), I thought that this would be easy for the sub to do with my kiddos.  But I wasn't loving the look of the old freebie...soooo...

 I've since recreated it into this:

Included in this 45 page FREEBIE, I've included a colored reader that I plan on having projected on the board for the sub to read.  Then there are 3 versions of a black/white reader to match.  One story is the same as the projected book.  One reader is the students matching words to picture clues.  The last reader students will read and draw their own pictures to match.  

(Ohh and you can click HERE to grab this freebie if you'd like!)

Also around the same time frame as the above reader, I created journal prompts.
You can see the old post HERE for a freebie!

When I originally wrote those prompts, I just projected a prompt on the board and had the students write in their journals to respond.  This past year I started making Journal Prompts that were ready to print, and I thought I'd make one for the holidays too.  This is going to help me plan for next week too.  I am loving the graphics I have in this pack.  The prompts are very similar to the original freebies, I just added a few graphics to the pages and added two versions of writing lines. I also included picture cards for a pocket chart to assist in spelling some holiday words.
 Now they are much easier for me--and great for planning purposes! :)

 This version of the prompts is in my store.  
You can see it HERE!

Next week, I also planning on a day all about Splat!


I think they will really enjoy the graphics in this set...and I really like the Splat craft.  
I think he turned out pretty cute!

I am also LOVING the Morning Bell Ringers for the Holiday!
They have been a lifesaver for me the past week for planning!  
The kids have enjoyed them too!!!

You can click HERE to see them on TpT.

Now I need to plan centers for next week---and I'm going to make some 2nd grade centers to use with Connor while we're home! :)  
AND LOOK at the great graphics Nikki from Melonheadz made for me! 

I'm LOVING Them!!! 

Now, I'm going to go be a mommy--and a baker!!  
OHH, but that reminds me--- look what I made yesterday!
Not the best pic---but they were yummy nonetheless!
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies! :)

Have a great weekend friends! :)


  1. Thank you for the great Reader. I'll be using it next week!

  2. Thank you for the reader! I found some other goodies in your store too! I shop almost completely online too soooo much easier! Happy Holidays!

  3. DeAnne, every time I read your post I'm just blown away by your productivity and creativity. I really need to be a fly on the wall to see how you get it all done. When I finished reading this post on of the suggested reads was from Oct 2011. You had made a goal of getting to 100 followers, can you believe it, just a little more than 2 years later you are at 1300+ followers. You're one of the best!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  4. I, too, can't wait for next week to share your creative reader with the kids. We are very appreciative of your generosity and sharing spirit.


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