Friday, December 19, 2014

A Year of Awesome - Week 16 (Friday!!)


Friday - Last Day until Christmas Break!! Woo hoo! I've made it to the holidays. I've had a blast this week with my kiddos, but I am ready for some time on a tropical beach! :)
Today we continued a Beattie classroom tradition with A Muppet Christmas Carol. The kids actually really enjoyed it! This movie is my absolute favorite and I love sharing it with new generations! (Yikes, that makes me sound really old!!)

First thing in the morning I was opening gifts from the kids - they insisted on me opening so they could all see what everyone brought. I got to one gift that included Strawberry Beautifying Oil from The Body Shop. Of course, the kids all asked what it was so I told them and then said, "I'll use it on my holiday, and when I come back I'll be beautiful". Instantly one of my boys - second grade - says, "Mrs. Beattie, you're already beautiful!". Big AWWWW.... How cute is that?! Awesome!

I'm now officially on holidays which is the most AWESOME thing of all, and will be taking a vacation south with my awesome hubby. I hope that all my readers enjoy a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I'll see you around the New Year. In the meantime... please link up some awesome holiday stories of your own!


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Thursday, December 18, 2014

A Year of Awesome - Week 16 (Thursday)


Thursday - 2 Days until Christmas Break. We're finishing up the last of the parent gifts today and while putting glitter on his elf, one of my boys explains to me that he wants to use the gold glitter, "because I think gold is so bee-u-tee-ful" and that he thinks that if I made an elf it would "probably be really nice". Doesn't sound like much, but this awesome little moment, sitting one-on-one with him, made me smile.

We have also finished up most of our Santa's Friends Around the World craft ornaments. Some of the kiddos lost their patience with the coloring, but others are pretty nice. They are proud of them regardless, and in my books that is awesome!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Year of Awesome - Week 16 (Wednesday)


Wednesday - 3 Days until Christmas Break. Well, today didn't begin on such a high note... one of my little toads was sick in the classroom and had to go home. I spent a good chunk of the day repeating my new mantra, "Don't get sick, don't get sick..." as I need to be on a plane very soon.

Today we "Elfed" ourselves!! I used this great freebie from Corrina at Surfin' Through Second.
I just print the template on a bunch of different colored papers and let the kids pick and choose what they use. They are 100% created by them (except for the glitter, which I helped with so that it would go through the laminator!). I've already finished laminating and trimming them out so all we have left to finish are some pom-poms on the hats and a ribbon to hang on the tree. I think they make awesome gifts for the parents. I'd love to hear what you've done for your kiddos' parents! Link up below!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Year of Awesome - Week 16 (Tuesday)


Tuesday - 4 Days until Christmas Break. Whoooo!!! Can you say tired?! Yup, that's me. We sure had fun today, though! And would you believe that I still have the kids working? Real, honest to goodness work! You bet! Today we even worked on subtraction with regrouping! Haha!

We finished our Santas today and I'm in love! Thanks again to Leigh at The Applicious Teacher for this fun persuasive writing resource!

I also got my entire set of 2-Dimensional Geometry Guided Math centers printed, laminated and cut out!! That's math ready for January. How awesome is that?!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

A Year of Awesome - Week 16 (Monday)

I think I can, I think I can... I'll be posting each day this week rather than leaving things until Friday. That's far more awesome for this last week of fun before the holidays begin! This week's linky is live now and will be part of each post this week. I hope you'll join me by linking up some of this week's awesome stories from your own classroom!
Monday - 5 Days until Christmas Break. Students entered the building just spinning today. I actually had one student chanting, "10 days 'til Christmas! 10 days 'til Christmas!" That's not a good sign for how the day will go... They did surprise me, though, and that is awesome!

We started the day with a performance by the high school band from next door. Perfect! Singing and dancing to settle us in, and that took us nearly to recess. After our break, we worked on the good copies of our persuasive letters to Santa from The Applicious Teacher.
I love this. Tomorrow we'll be assembling these little cuties! (I'll share the final products!)

We are also learning about Christmas in other countries and completing Little Red's Santa's Friends Around the World craftivity.
This is the perfect time-consuming-while-still-worth-doing-and-lots-of-fun activity for this week's social studies periods!

Finally, as promised, here are some photos of our Gingerbread Boys and Girls from my You'll Never Catch Me Gingerbread writing package. Next year I'll use the kids' photos instead of only having them decorate, but I think they turned out great this year anyway! Click on them to take a closer look. I think they're awesome!





 
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Giving Back

Yesterday when writing some persuasive letters to Santa, one of my students asked for money so there could be more food in the house. Every day I have students access fresh fruit from our basket to supplement their own lunches. This food is provided by our local Food Sharing Project.

I am linking up with some other TpT sellers this weekend to give something back to my community. I have been so very blessed. There's nothing I need that I can't provide for myself, so I'm donating 100% of my earnings on December 14th to the Food Sharing Project so that they might continue providing students in my area with the healthy foods they need to be ready for learning.
All the sellers participating are donating part of their sales to a charity that is close to their heart. I hope you'll join us in making this wonderful day a huge success. Take a look at some of the great resources you can pick up to get you through the final days before the holidays, then please click the image above to head straight to my TpT store and start loading your cart knowing that you'll be helping a child in need.