I had a wonderful Christmas!  How about you????  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and I am looking forward to the new year.  I was also surprised to see how many followers I have gotten while I was away on vacation.  I am excited and plan on doing something fun when I reach 100 followers.  I wanted to share with you from my last post the snowflakes we made for Sandy Hook.  We ended up sending 24 snowflakes and then had another class jump in with snowflakes of their own to send as a package to the school.  The children had so much fun making these snowflakes.  Here is what we did. 

I hot glued some regular popsicle sticks at home prior to the activity.  It was quick and easy to do. 

Next I added some yarn to the back so they could be hung and displayed. 

Then the children were given some sparkling gems easily found at a craft store of various colors.  The kids glued them down using regular glue.

And once they were done they turned out really sparkly.  The kids had a blast making them .  These little snowflakes would make a great decoration for your classroom in January too! 

Also I would like to welcome my newest  followers and let you know I am having a 20% off sale at my Teachers Pay Teacher store starting 12/30-12/31.
I just saw this and wanted to share it with you.  The National PTA is looking for people to send snowflakes made to send to the children of Sandy Hook.  Their plan is to decorate the new building for the students in a winter wonderland theme.  I am including the link so you can read more about it.  I plan on getting my students to create snowflakes and send them in a package to show support to the students of Sandy Hook.  Just thought you would like to hear about this opportunity to show support from all over!  I will post what our snowflakes look like after we complete them. 


I think this is a wonderful idea to make their welcome back to school as positive as possible.  Go check the website out.  
My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who was affected by this tragedy. 

As I was blog hopping through all of those great blogs out there I ran across Miss Kindergarten and Teeny Tiny Teachers linky party and thought I would link up.  I love the idea of this linky to reflect on the year!  Go check out these ladies blogs!  They are great! 

So here is my 12 in 12!

12. Favorite movie you watched:   O.k. I am a huge romantic comedy person and any chance I get to go see a movie with the hubby I jump at the chance.  One of the ones we both enjoyed this year after I dragged him to it...ha ha was the Five Year Engagement.  We both had a good laugh. 
11. Favorite TV series:   I don't watch a whole lot of t.v. or follow a particular TV series.  I love watching HGTV and Food Network while I am cooking.  On nights I cook I watch Paula Deen.  I just love her! 
10. Favorite restaurant:  O.k. this one is hard because I ate at two restaurants this year that I absolutely love.  The first one is California Dreaming and I also got to eat at Paula Deen's restaurant this year!  It was a treat to travel to those restaurants and eat there.  :) 
9. Favorite new thing you tried:  If I knew by the end of this year I would have created a blog and a store at Teachers Pay Teachers I would have said you are crazy but I sure did this year!  And let me tell you I am hooked.  Each time I get a new follower on my blog or store I am THRILLED
8. Favorite gift you got:  A laminator for home.  I can not tell you how much I love my laminator and how useful it is! 
7. Favorite thing you pinned:  I found my favorite pin just recently and share it with all of you in my last post.  I love this snowman tree and scored a deal on a snowman head for $9.00. 
6. Favorite blog post:  My favorite blog post was when I did my very first rafflecopter giveaway.  I was SOOO nervous I might mess it up but it went great and was thrilled with the outcome! 
5. Best accomplishment:  We had a problem in our community this year and if the project was approved it would have impacted our school.  So with much fear and some encouragement, I stood in front of the mayor and city council to speak in support of our school.  That was my biggest achievement and it felt good!  And we won! 
4. Favorite picture:  We recently became proud owners of baby chickens.  My hubby was so excited we were permitted to have them so I have to say this is my favorite picture this year! 
3. Favorite memory:  So many great memories this year so choosing one is hard.  If I had to pick a favorite it would be traveling through Savannah, Georgia.  It was such a beautiful place and a great place to visit.  I love to travel. 
2. Goal for 2013:  Learn how to say No!  :) 
1. One Little Word:  Inspire
It has been a great year and not quite over yet.  Still some time to make some more great memories!

O.k. can I just say I LOVE PINTEREST!  This week I discovered the cutest snowman tree that I think would be the cutest addition to any or my own classroom.  I had to share it with you.  I think the children would enjoy having this tree in the classroom but on a smaller scale.  I need to find a smaller size white tree.  This also sparked a little writing activity that we could use to decorate the tree. I am going to have the kids write down their wintery wishes and cut out the snowflakes and decorate our classroom tree.   I am sharing this freebie with you!  Enjoy. 

I wanted to share with you a fun and interactive unit for simple machines.  Before I moved down to kindergarten my first two years of teaching experience was a classroom of third graders.  And let me tell you what a culture shock it was to go from third to kindergarten.  I love teaching kindergarten though!  But that is a story for another time!  :)  Anyway the great teachers I worked with in third grade put me in charge of making plans for science.  I was hesitant at first but I am SOOO glad they asked me to do it.  I LOVE teaching science.  One of our units was simple machines that is a skill taught in third grade for us.   I pulled together some of my resources and put them all into this packet for unit with a pirate friendly theme. These are some of the sample pages from my unit.  This packet is great for an interactive notebook and includes a science experiment using levers.  Go check it out it was a lot of fun to make!   

Just a note to let everyone know to go check out Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) new holiday books.  They are free to download and I was THRILLED to be a part of it.  My page is featured in the first and second grade book.  My page is shown above.   I could not believe that my page was chosen and with this being my first year on TpT I didn't think I had a chance.  I was honored to be a part of it.  They also have books for grades 3-5 and 7-12.  Each book is designed with you in mind to show all of the freebies that each store has to offer for the holidays and a craft idea for you to do with your class.  Have fun!

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