Behavior Idea for the Winter Months



Hello Friends and thanks for stopping by!  Tonight I  am excited to share a fun idea I came up with to help with behavior during the winter months, when distractions are high and focus is low.  Build a classroom snowman is a fun way to reward positive behavior.  

Each day your class has a great day use the clip art pieces provided to build the parts of your snowman.


After your snowman is built have your students choose a name for it.


Once the Snowman is built during the night it can use its magic to become 3D and move around the room.  



To create my 3D snowman I raided the aisles of Michael's to grab the necessary supplies.  

3D Snowman Supplies: 
1. Styrofoam balls in various sizes.  
2. Googly eyes
3. Pipe cleaners (nose and arms)
4. Small black pom poms for the smile
5. Red large sequin for the buttons
6. Blue ribbons for the scarf
7. Black felt for the hat and plaid ribbon for the strip on the hat 


To assembly the snowman I used a hot glue gun and stuck the pipe cleaners directly into the Styrofoam.  

You can stage your class snowman to do different scenes.  Your students will be so excited to walk in and see what their snowman did.  They can write about the nightly shenanigans and predict what it might do next. 

If your class continues to show positive behavior the snowman will continue to move each night.  If your class has a rough day the snowman can start to "melt" (take a piece off your 3D snowman).  That night your class snowman will turn back into the 2D clip art version and not move.  

Another fun idea to do with this activity is to spotlight individual behavior by passing out I "Snowed" Great Behavior reward certificates to individual students.



I took a trip to my local Target (what would a teacher do without Target?!) and gathered a bunch of prizes from the dollar bin section and plan to have the student who is spotlighted for great behavior pick a prize from the Snowman Treasure Chest.  

You can grab the snowman reward certificate here: 

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope this idea helps you keep your sanity during the exciting winter months and introduce a fresh spin on your behavior plan in your classroom.

My Snowman in the Classroom packet can be found in my TpT Store: 


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Number Monster- A Number Recognition Activity

Hello Friends! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I wanted to stop in for a moment and share a fun way to practice numbers with your kiddos.

The beginning of the year is so important especially in Kindergarten and our little cuties need as much number id practice they can get to help build that solid number sense foundation. This activity is a fun way to practice that!


Have your students repeat this rhyming poem and then have them use the number cards listed below to feed the number monster. 


The numbers cards included are 1-100. 

Different ways to play:

Start with number cards 1-20 then add more cards as students master them.

Have students sequence the numbers first then feed the monster or have students feed the monster with the numbers all mixed up. 

Have students feed the number that is larger or the number that is smaller.

Students can feed the monster lowest to highest or highest to lowest


The inspiration for this number activity started when I was doing one of my random Target trips and spotted this adorable monster pencil case on clearance in the school supply section. Not only is it a fun way for students to "feed" the monster, but it also serves as storage for the number cards.


Click the picture above to grab the Monster number poem and number cards for free!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Happy Counting! 



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"Donut" Worry I Have a Fun Idea for You

Hello Friends! We are all in back to school mode and I wanted to take a few minutes to share a quick and easy way to display a classroom wish list as you start to have parent nights.


I am a sucker when it comes to creative phrasing and wording and I couldn't resist creating this classroom wish list packet when I stumbled upon Glitter Meets Glue adorable glittery doughnut clipart packet! Everything is better with glitter, isn't it?! 



I thought about the wish list items I would love to have donated in my classroom and created twenty four doughnuts with the items listed in the middle. There are also blank doughnuts to tailor your wish list to fit your needs.

All you need to do is recycle a doughnut box (gives yourself an excuse to treat yourself to some doughnuts, although do we ever need an excuse for doughnuts?!) and replace the real doughnuts with your wish listed items! 

I also included thank you notes for you to use to express your gratitude for the donations received.


Thank you for stopping by! I hope you can find this idea useful and have a wonderful start to your school year!





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Makenzie Marie

Hello Friends!  I'm getting personal on the blog, I hope you don't mind.  As I sit and wrap my head around the fact that eight weeks have come and gone with our sweet baby girl, I thought it was time for me to sit down and get her birth story recorded so that I wouldn't forget any details. 


Before I get to the best day, the day we welcomed our little girl into the world I want to back up and tell the story from the beginning.  If you follow me on Instagram you may have started to get the drift that becoming parents was not the easiest for us.  I have alluded to this fact through hashtags or different captions, but have not necessarily come out and screamed it from the rooftops.  We struggled with infertility.  I feel comfortable sharing this information because the more I talk to people the more common I am realizing it is.  Many couples struggle with infertility and need a little assistance to get to the end goal of parenthood.  As we tried to get pregnant it was so hard for me! I have always wanted to be pregnant and be a Mommy! So needless to say when it wasn't happening as soon as I wanted I took it pretty hard. 

To help with all my feelings I started another private blog to get my feelings out, it was cathartic! I also started this blog and my TpT journey! I must admit deciding to join TpT was the best decision I have made because I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing teachers turned friends. I am honored to be a part of The Primary Punchbowl, a group of ladies who support each other through the happy and sad times and everywhere in between! 


That Amy Poehler is one smart gal and she couldn't be more right! This journey has changed my life and instead of coming home and focusing on our struggle I could channel my energy on creating, blogging, or connecting with friends! 

As I stated above, the more I talked to people the more I began to realize I wasn't alone in this struggle, nor should I be afraid to talk!


By sharing our story, I hope that I will inspire someone who reads it to know that you are NOT alone!

After about a year or so of trying my husband and I decided that it was time to seek some guidance.  I spoke with my doctor and she referred me to a fertility doctor.  We scheduled an appointment and met with him to discuss our options.  He told us the routine of scheduling a panel of tests to see where we were at and then explained that he would have a better idea of what path we needed to take. 

After our initial screening we decided that our best option was IVF.  After our decision was made we got the truckload of medicine and began the process.  The egg retrieval was successful and we were able to implant one embryo.  After nine days I had to go in for a blood test to see if I was pregnant, (talk about the longest nine days of our lives)  The weekend before the blood test we were busy packing because we were in the process of moving into a new house. (Because this was the best and least stressful time to do this of course ;)) When I woke up that Saturday I was feeling pretty icky, and in the back of my mind wondered if I could possibly be pregnant.  I had one pregnancy test left in the back of my drawer, but told myself that I wanted to wait until we got a positive blood test because I wanted to finally see what a positive test looked like.  I couldn't take the suspense any longer and as my husband was packing I snuck up to our bathroom to bite the bullet and take the test. I didn't even have to wait the designated time because it immediately started to show positive! I started jumping up and down and although I told myself I would keep it to myself and surprise my husband I couldn't keep this secret to myself. I raced down the stairs crying and screaming and scared my husband half to death because he thought something was wrong! I waved the test in front of his face and we both just smiled and stared at it! 

Our dreams were coming true! 

Now we knew we had to be caustiously optimistic because the test could have been a false positive, but for that weekend I was giddy because I knew in my heart of hearts that I was pregnant! That night we went to the Sox game with my husband's family and it was so exciting to have this secret between the two of us! 


We also moved into our house and it was so exciting knowing we were soon to be a family of three!

Luckily my pregnancy was easy and I loved being pregnant! I loved watching my bump grow, I loved feeling the movement of our sweet baby, I loved how everyone was so excited to share our joy! 





The doctor's decided that they wanted to induce me due to some unrelated medical problems. I went in on Thursday, June 9th to start the process. After I was checked in and hooked up to about five different machines the nurse told me to get some rest (oh ok ;))



My water broke naturally at five in the morning on Friday and my labor started. I unfortunately had back labor which I hear is the most painful. Going in I wasn't sold on an epidural, however after laboring for four hours and only progressing to two centimeters I quickly changed my mind and asked for the good stuff.

For two hours I was able to relax and rest for a bit, but little did I know that an epidural wears off and after two hours I was back to the painful contractions. After about four more hours my best friend the anesthesiologist came back to give me the good stuff and I had a few more hours of relief. At around two the doctor told me I was at six centimeters and unfortunately at six I was still at six centimeters. At nine o'clock and still at six centimeters after sixteen hours of labor they decided it would be best to do a c-section and at 9:31 p.m. our little girl was born.

We didn't know if we were having a boy or girl and to have my husband stand up in the operating room and tell me it was a girl with lots of hair was the most surreal and magical moment. To hear her first cry was breathtaking! 



These past eight weeks have been nothing short of amazing! I feel so lucky to be this sweet little girl's Mom! Every day is such a gift!




For anyone out there reading this who dreams of one day being a Mommy, is working towards becoming a Mommy, or has to jump a few hurdles to be a Mommy hang in there and know...



Thank you for taking the time to read this and letting me share with you one of the happiest days of my life!

My dream has come true since I was a little girl, I am a Mommy!




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Tell all Tuesday 2.0: Kindness Roundup

Hello Friends!  It's Tell all Tuesday and this week as we start to wrap our heads around a brand new school year, Jayme from TeachTalkInspire and I thought it would be fun to talk about Kindness in and out of the classroom.  


I feel now more than ever it is so important to teach and model kindness in our classroom.  It can be a scary place outside the four walls of our classroom and I believe we have to give our students the tools they need to persevere and show kindness.  They have to see us being kind to them as well as us being kind to the adults we interact with.  We have to try hard to try to swing the pendulum the other way so that our kids can live in a place where kindness truly does matter.  




In the past the way I have inspired kindness in the classroom is by establishing a welcoming classroom community.  From the start my students know that I love them and care for them and want what is best for them.  I also expect them to care for each other.  I try to establish that we are a classroom family for the year and even if we are not the best of friends, we have to be respectful of one another, it's a life lesson that they need to understand. 

We read books to talk about kindness

The Jungle Bully by Steven Kroll
Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully by Audrey Penn
The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace 
How Full is your Bucket by Tom Rath
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems


We have classroom meetings and we practice different scenarios, role play, and talk about how to be kind all year long. 


In addition to the classroom meetings, this year I want to try something new.  My classroom theme is SuperKids so on my back bulletin board I want to draw a light similar to the Batman light, except instead of a Batman symbol I want to have the letter K for Kindness.  When a student is spotted being kind to a peer they will be spotlighted and celebrated in the classroom and also take home a note that celebrates their random act of kindness.  This idea of mine is in the beginning stages.  Once I have it designed and up in my classroom I will write another post to share my thoughts and ideas. 


This online teacher community is pretty amazing.  I have fallen into such a supportive and welcoming environment that has put a pep in my step and inspired me to be a better teacher.  I love it!  I am constantly inspired as I scroll through my Instagram feed. 


In particular I would have to say the biggest inspiration to me is my blogging buddy, Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire.  From the moment we started talking I knew that we would be good friends because we had so much in common.  She supports me daily and is always there to lend a listening ear, both professionally and personally.  I feel lucky to have found her and hope that one day we will be able to meet in person. :)


Sarah Barnett from Mrs. B's First Grade is another inspiration to me.  She has great ideas for in and out of the classroom and I am so glad that we were finally able to meet up in person and talk about our profession and personal lives.  





The ladies from The Primary Punchbowl are another group that inspires me daily.  I love these ladies and I am so glad to be apart of the group.  We are there to inspire, laugh, support, and lift each other up.  I don't know what I would do if I didn't have them to count on for help, support, and laughs.  I hope that one day we will also be able to meet up.  :)

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This is one of my favorite inspirational quotes and I carry it close to my heart both professionally and personally.  Professionally I had to fight to be where I am today.  I wasn't one of the lucky ones who graduated from college and got a job teaching.  I was a teaching assistant, long term substitute, and interviewed for many positions.  It wasn't until two years after graduation that I finally got my own classroom.   Although the road was bumpy, I am grateful for the journey because it made the teacher I am today.  I believed in myself and finally did it! 



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Tell all Tuesday: Summer Recharge


Happy Tuesday! 

I don't know about you, but I really feel like these weeks are cruising by at a rapid speed.  It's hard to believe we are already to the end of July and as I looked on my calendar today I realized that I will be back in my classroom soon setting up for my next group of kiddos. 

Before the summer completely sails away, Jayme from TeachTalkInspire and I thought it would be fun to talk about Summertime Recharge.  During the school year we go, go, go, from back to school prep, to curriculum night, to conferences, to grade level events.  Once the school year starts it's full steam ahead.  With that being said we thought it would be fun to find out:  How do teachers relax and recharge their batteries for the next school year during the summer?!

Personally, I like to...


Summertime is the perfect time for me to read a few books on the list I collect all year. There is nothing better than a relaxing morning of escaping with a must read!

I'm not going to lie I'm addicted to Netflix. A few of my go tos have got to be The Office, Friends, Gilmore Girls, Parenthood, and currently my Hubby and I are binge watching Shameless. If you have any suggestions send them my way... :)

Target Trips are simply the best way to de-stress. There is nothing better than wandering the aisles and finding new treasures. The dollar section is an added bonus!

I love to create materials for my classroom and summertime is a great time to tackle the ideas I have throughout the year!

Now it's your turn...
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This week is: Summertime Recharge!
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Thanks for stopping by and I can't wait to hear how you recharge and relax over the summer!




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Tell all Tuesday 2.0: Summer Snapshot!

Happy Tuesday Everyone!  I had so much fun reading everyone's post last week.  Thank you for linking up with us.  It feels so good to be back on the blogging bandwagon.  I love how summer time is such a great time for teachers to recharge their batteries and work on activities that sometimes get pushed to the side with all the other tasks that need to get done throughout the year.  



This week we are sharing some fun summer memories and our post is called Summer Snapshot.  Where is a fun place you have gone, activity you have done, or something special that has happened this summer? 



Here is my Summer Snapshot!


If you follow me on Instagram I think you probably already know my Summer Snapshot, but the best memory I have had so far this summer is definitely welcoming our sweet baby, Makenzie into the world this past June.

My husband and I definitely longed for this moment for some time now and we couldn't feel more blessed to finally have her in our arms.  

  From the moment the doctor announced "It's a Girl!" it has been a surreal experience and I wouldn't trade it for the world.  She has the best facial expressions, makes the best little noises, and a smile that just melts our heart. We are definitely blessed and I feel so lucky.  

I feel like summer always flies by, but this summer is on fast forward mode.  I'm trying to just soak in all my time with my sweet baby girl and enjoy every minute with her. 

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This week is: Summer Snapshot!
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Tell all Tuesday 2.0: Two Truths and a Lie

It's back!  Last summer my sweet friend, Jayme from TeachTalkInspire and I had so much fun with our weekly summer linky party, Tell all Tuesday.  It was a great way to blog and meet new friends.  Now that summer is in full gear we have decided to bring back the linky party and continue the fun.  

  I have been so neglectful of my blog the past few months I am excited to dust off the keyboard and give some attention to it.  


This week our topic is: Two Truths and a Lie!


Let's get to know each other by playing "Two Truths and Lie!" In your blog post tell us three "facts" about yourself.  Make two of them true and one a lie.  In the comment section your readers will guess which ones are true and which ones are not.  After three days, come back and tell us which one was the lie! We can't wait to play along with you and learn something new about our readers and fellow bloggers. 

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This week is: Two Truths and a Lie: All About Me!
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Two Truths and a Lie: All About Me

1. When I was in Brownie's we went to Bozo buckets and I was chosen to be a contestant for the Grand Prize game.
2. I taught one year of third and have been in Kindergarten ever since.
3. For my honeymoon we went to Hawaii and one of my favorite memories was going on the door-less helicopter tour of the island.

Now is your turn to try to guess my Two Truths and a Lie. Write your thoughts in the comment section and I will share the answer in three days. 

Join in on the fun and link up with us.  Tells us your "Two Truths and a Lie".

Thanks for stopping by!



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May Currently

Once again another month has come and gone and I'm excited to link up with Oh Boy It's Farley for her last (sniff, sniff) Currently link up.  

Farley, I have so enjoyed this link up and have met so many blogging buddies through it.  Thank you for your monthly link up!  I can't wait to see what you do next. 


Listening: I've done my Sunday errands and now I plan to spend some quality time with the couch and Netflix.  My favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Loving: That it is May.  I love this time of year.  My kiddos are moving and grooving and becoming so independent, it is fun to watch.  It is always bittersweet to say good bye, I always miss them, but it's always fun to watch as they continue to grow and meet the next group of Kindergarten kiddos.  

Thinking: With the end of the year quickly approaching there are so many little things to get through and do that it can definitely get a little stressful.  I always try to remind myself to stay calm and just stick to the daily list and try to get through what I can.  It's amazing how fast everything goes, and one way or another everything always manages to get done.  

Wanting: We had one of our baby showers last weekend and everyone was so generous.  Baby Schuda is so loved.  We have been busy setting up and organizing the nursery.  My hubby says I've officially entered the nesting phase.  I also want to start to get my hospital bag ready just so I am prepared.  :)

Needing: With the warmer weather approaching my toes definitely need some TLC. 

Truth: I can't wait to meet our sweet Baby Schuda, but I'm also starting to realize that childbirth is quickly approaching and the unknown is definitely starting to freak me out.  I keep reminding myself that millions of woman do this over and over, and I too will get through it.  I'm also trying to concentrate on the end result of meeting our daughter or son.  I can't believe how fast time has gone. I have loved being pregnant and feeling those sweet kicks. I'm also looking forward to the next part.  Eek, it will be here soon. 

Well, that wraps up my May Currently.  
Thanks for stopping by!

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One Year Blogiversary Celebration




I'm excited to be celebrating my 1st Blogiversary/TpT anniversary.  Wow, it's hard to believe that one year has already flown by.  Last February I was in somewhat of a rut and needed an outlet to channel my creative energy into.  I started to dabble in the social media side of teaching and was amazed at all the love and support that was out there.  That is when I decided to take the plunge and start my own blog and TpT store and I've never looked back.  I am thankful each and every day for the connections and friendships I have formed from this adventure.  Teaching is hard, and it's nice to be able to reach out to people who understand what you do and just get it.  Not to mention, I have learned so many valuable ideas and lessons to use in my classroom.  I am a better teacher because of this adventure.   This teaching community it pretty amazing and I feel honored to be apart of it. 

One of the biggest blessings of this whole adventure has been finding my #bloggingbestie.  Jayme from TeachTalkInspire is such an inspiration and a wonderful person inside and out.  She has been a supportive and caring friend, both professionally and personally.  My one wish would be that we lived closer so we could actually hang out in person.  

When we realized that we were celebrating our one year anniversary around the same time we decided to join forces to combine the celebration.  Be sure to enter the rafflecopters below for a chance to win some great prizes.  Let the celebrating begin.

Prize #1


Who doesn't love a Target gift card?!  Meandering down the aisles of Target is one of my favorite things to do and I know I'm not alone.  This gift card will definitely come in handy especially towards the end of the school year. 
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Prize #2


Christina Van Dyk from Just Like Van Dyk generously offered to donate a spa package from  RODAN + FIELDS to a very special reader.  All of these goodies will definitely come in handy as a way to treat yourself and relax as we wind down the school year. 

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Prize #3



When Jayme and I started talking about our celebration we threw out the idea of asking fellow teacher friends to help us celebrate.  We were BLOWN away by the love and support and all the responses.  A BIG thank you goes to all these wonderful bloggers/TPT creators for generously donating a product for our giveaway.  We have over 40 TpT products from talented teachers bundled together for you.

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Thanks for stopping by and helping us celebrate.  Cheers to a great first year and many more to come. 
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March Currently

I feel like every start of the month I start with the same line, but I really can't believe it is a new month already.  Time is flying and I wouldn't mind if it slowed down just a smidge. 

Unfortunately I have no control over that, and nonetheless I am excited it is the first of the month and time for one of my favorite link ups with Oh Boy It's Farly.  Last month got away from me and I never had a chance to link up for February so I didn't have a chance to gush about how much I love her new blog design.  If you haven't seen it be sure to click the link and check it out, I love it!


Listening: As I type my post I have Vanderpump Rules on in the background.  It is one of my guilty pleasures.  I can't help but get sucked into the drama and after a long day at work it's fun to kick my feet up and watch away.  Definitely a hot mess express!

Loving: Just within the past few weeks I have been feeling Baby Schuda kick and it is the best feeling in the world.  I can't get enough.  The road to Baby Schuda was a bit bumpy and I feel so blessed to finally be able to feel his or hers sweet little kicks.  It just makes my heart happy.  Unfortunately my Hubby is starting to get a complex because whenever the Baby is moving and he puts his hand on my belly he/she tends to stop.  I'm hoping he will be able to feel it more and more as the weeks go on.  :)

Thinking: It has been awhile since I wandered the aisles of Target and I think a trip is in my  near future.  I can't wait to see all the spring things. 

Wanting: March is one of my favorite months. I love everything green, I love St. Patrick's Day, I love that spring is near.  One of my many traditions of March is having one several shamrock shakes. 

Needing: I feel like I need some Vitamin D.  The Hubby and I are tossing around a few ideas for spring break for a Baby Moon and I'm really hoping that we go where there are palm trees and sunshine.  

Polling Site: I'm lucky that my polling site is at our Village Hall.  The school I teach at is a polling place and when we have students in school it always makes me nervous.  Luckily they try to schedule our School Improvement Days on the same day as voting day to eliminate the stranger danger threat.  

Well, that wraps up my March Currently.  

Thanks for stopping by. 

I hope your month is great and everyone has a wonderful and much needed restful spring break!

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Five for Friday


Happy Friday!  I'm excited to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky.  It's been too long since I've attended this party.  I feel like the weeks are just flying by and I can hardly believe we already into February.  Well  enough rambling, lets get this party started...



It's a new month so that means new literacy centers. My kiddos have had so much fun using these this week.  Any time they have the chance to use their dry erase markers they are happy campers. 

These activities are part of my Falling for Literacy Centers






We did a little groundhog predicting on Monday and were excited to find out that Mr. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow.  We will gladly take an early spring.  




Speaking of spring, I just love when tulips are in season.  Having these beauties in the house certainly makes me feel like spring is on its way!



                                 


                                             


On Wednesday we celebrated our 100th day of school and I had a room full of Grannies and Grandpas.  We had so much fun celebrating and loved all the activities included in Kindergarten Squared 100 day packet.  




Well, that wraps up our week of fun.  Happy Friday and remember, you got this, and before you know it the weekend will be here.  :)

Have a great day!




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