New Year Resolution FREEBIE

It is hard to believe that 2015 is coming to an end and 2016 is just around the corner. Most of us are just fully  emerged in winter break and can barely think about anything except making sure our alarm clocks are turned off! 

However, some of us are planners! Me.. Me...Me!!! In preparation for the New Year, I created and prepped these resolution crafts for my kiddos to complete the first week we are back from break.

All the templates are included to create a boy or girl New Year's Resolution booklet.

All you have to do is copy the templates on white paper. Next, choose if you want your students to write a personal resolution or a school resolution. I am going to make an anchor chart  and have a discussion with my class, so they have ideas about what resolutions are and what they mean. Finally, cut and staple the pages together to make your booklets.

You can grab this activity with all the templates for your class too! Just click on the picture below and grab your FREE copy! 
Happy New Year everyone!

A Few Of My Favorite Things: Giveaway & Blog Hop

Hello everyone!!!

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Today we are throwing  a big, humongous bash to celebrate YOU!
Last year we blogged about our favorite non-school related things, this year we have decided that we will share with you our favorite school things! So here we go:


The website I use and love the most in my classroom is IXL for Math!!! Hands down my kids LOVE this site. Let me tell you why:
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1. My students get instant feedback. It has been proven that immediate feedback is the most meaningful information to improve a student's learning. There is no need to wait for me to grade their papers. Students find out what they are doing right or wrong instantly. If they get a problem wrong, IXL shows the correct way to solve the problem, so they don't practice the skill incorrectly over and over.

2. I love it because, as the teacher, I can instantly monitor my students progress. I can assign specific skills and standards I want them to work on, watch their progress live, and adjust as needed. This is differentiation for my students at its finest. Can't get much better than that! My students test scores in math have sky rocketed and become more consistent. 

People who know me, know that I am an organizational freak at school. Binder Queen is my nickname.
My favorite projects and ideas are organized by seasonal quarters. I put all the masters, pictures, and examples of projects in plastic sleeves, so I can flip through when I am planning and easily take out what I need to copy.

My literacy centers, writing projects, math units etc are also organized the same way. It saves me time during the planning process and I can easily move ideas around to different times of the year if I need to.


My most favorite teaching item in my classroom is my personal laminator!
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I don't know about you guys, but our school laminator is never working when I need something laminated. It is either out of film or broken and never being fixed. I love having the ability to have high quality laminating film at my figure tips. It makes everything last long and protects it like nobody's business. I could not live without it!!!! My Scotch lamintor is the best one I have ever used (and I have been through a few). If you don't have one, run, don't walk to pick one up. It is a game changer!

Once again, we want to treat you all to our favorite things!!! Check out these great prizes!






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Come and visit my other teacher friends' blogs for their favorite websites, organization tips and much more!

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Holiday Classroom Traditions

I am excited to be joining some of my blogging friends to share everything HOLIDAYS with you!
December is in full swing and I have been packing in the holiday projects like nobody's business this week. First up....

 1. Reindeer Portraits

I LOVE making these directed drawings with my students each year! Every single one of them is a success! They add a TON of festive cheer to our room and the kids are proud of themselves.
I HATE, let me repeat....I HATE paint, painting or anything that has to do with paint and kids in my classroom. HOWEVER, for some unknown reason, I love when the kids paint these reindeer. I pull them up in groups of 5. They have their own little station with watercolors. water, and their picture. We go over the painting rules together and for the most part the kids ROCK it!
You can find the step by step directions for this project at Artventurous: Reindeer Portraits.

  2. Snowman Ornaments
 I am always looking for memorable gifts my students can give to their families for the holidays. These adorable salt and flour snowman ornament were loved by all my families. I had my mom come in and help the students form the noses and round faces. She took the snowman home and baked them to dry them quicker. The next day, the kids painted them. We let them dry and we added ribbon.

3. Christmas Tree Math
This math craft is always a favorite of mine and a big hit with the kids. It is from Amy Lemon's blog. I created different ornaments to go with the math skill of regrouping, so my kids could get extra practice. But really you could use the idea in so many different way to work in your classroom.

What are some of your favorite traditions? I would love to hear your ideas! Link up with us and leave a comment below. I can't wait to read all about them.