Catch-Up & I've Been Tagged!

January 30, 2012

It's been a few days since my last post...I was so excited to spend this past weekend just relaxing and catching up on some units and laminating. Yeah, that's definitely not my ideal weekend, but it was desperately needed! Then, late Friday night a stomach bug/virus hit big time. Ugh, I haven't felt so sick in a long time. I'm not back to myself 100% yet, but I am feeling better thankfully. Needless to say very little unit planning and laminating was accomplished, but before the bug hit, I did get around to printing and laminating these money posters from my President's Day Unit. You can also get them here separately.

Valentine ABC Order Center Freebie

January 25, 2012

Here's a fun Valentine's Day-themed ABC Order Center!

President's Day

January 24, 2012

Confession time. President's Day is one of my favorite times of the year. Now that may sound a little odd, but I'm a history lover at heart. Sometimes I think I would love to be a history teacher. In primary classes there's not a lot of focus on history. We're responsible for getting the social studies ball rolling by teaching communities and citizenship, which is fun but doesn't include much facts-based history. So, when the chance to teach some real history happens, I jump at the opportunity! I LOVE to share all sorts of random knowledge with my little kiddos, so President's Day has always been a BIG deal in my classroom.

After reading 'If I Were President' by Catherine Stier, we make these President Portraits. My students draw a portrait of themselves as President and on the back write what they would do if they were President. I attach yarn to these (to look like hanging portraits) and display them in the hallway.

Valentine's Day

January 17, 2012

With January halfway over, February is on its way, which means it will soon be time to pass out Valentine lists! Last year I found these adorable Valentine mailboxes at Target for around $2 each. I had a small class, so they worked really well for holding Valentines. I had separate boxes for the girls and the boys. I'm not sure if they're selling them again this year, but if you have a larger class, they would be great for centers or other writing activities!

Flat Stanley Project Guide

January 03, 2012

I've mentioned before what a fan I am of the Flat Stanley series, especially the original book. It's such a fun series, and every class I have done the books with adores them as much as I do. For the past day or so I've worked on updating my Flat Stanley packet and am happy to say it is finished!

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