Saturday, December 8, 2012

Snow in CA, freebie, and giveaway

I think 2 weeks may be the longest I've ever gone between blog posts. Sorry friends, once December hits I start feeling overwhelmed. In addition to all the holiday stuff, I have gotten 2 new students so I've been a busy elf.

New girl is sweet, QUIET, and follows every rule. She does shake her head like she understands even when she doesn't so there is that but clay I can mold.

New boy on the other hand is a lot of work. Apparently in his last school it was acceptable to yell, "Teacher, I need help" across the room and talk nonstop.  And steal supplies from your partner when you are too lazy to look for yours. And to constantly get up for a new pencil and then break them ON PURPOSE!  I was pretty understanding at first knowing he has had a change in home situation as well as school but he seems to be pushing the limits so I started cracking down. Which is necessary but exhausting, as you know. He was out sick Thursday and Friday. I'm sorry he is sick but I have to admit it was nice to have a little break.

I finally got on the Elf on the Shelf bandwagon. We named him Jingles and it is fun to say, "Jingles, are you watching to see who is following directions quickly?" Gold, I tell you!
Perched front and center to watch the first day.
Making friends with our snakes.
Hanging upside down from the projection screen

Reading a book.
Emailing Santa.
 My middle school son found a website to email Santa so he started filling it out from Jingles and set him in front of the keyboard. When the kids came in the screen saver was on so they started guessing that Jingles was playing Angry Birds Space, etc. So I said, "Let's see..." and moved the mouse to wake it up. The kids were so excited to see the email. A little chaotic but fun. :-)

This week we read Santa's Stuck and did the same project as last year that I originally got from Cara at The First Grade Parade. She used cotton as the snow and I changed it to glue/shaving cream for a 3D look.
The kids favorite part is adding the snow. I perfected my "snow" recipe this year. Instead of half glue and half shaving cream I used less glue and it stayed fluffy and almost feels like styrofoam when it dries! So cool! I tried to get a close-up for you.
We also completed a story map which you can download by clicking {HERE.} The cute Christmas frame is from Corinna at Surfin' Through Second.

There are antonyms written on the Christmas bulbs. This ideas was adapted from Precious Perks.

Me on the Map is coming up in our reading series and as I pulled out my templates to get everything copied I realized I posted that I got the packet up but I forgot to give a copy away like I usually do. I am so sorry my faithful followers! Thank you to the many of you who bought it already!!!
To make amends I will give away 2 copies!! Just enter below and I will pick the winners next weekend. To check this unit out click {HERE} or on the picture.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you all are doing well at this crazy time of year.



  1. Thank you for the freebie and the Santa's are too cute.

  2. I love the shaving cream/glue idea, I never knew! Your work is adorable Jenn!!

  3. Oh, new boy!!!!! UGH!! I know you'll whip him into shape, but I feel your pain!!!!
    Love your Jingles. Love the email. LOVE!! I haven't jumped on the bandwagon yet . . .
    Your snow idea is awesome - I have to try that!

  4. Feeling exhausted for you with your new guy. Sooo hard to shape a newbie into already resisting routines...but an...extra energetic one is even more of a challenge.

    Your Jingles ideas are adorable!! We're not allowed to jump on that bandwagon.

    Smiles - Lisa
    Growing Firsties is having a giveaway!

  5. I definitely feel your pain. We have gotten 4, yes FOUR new firsties in the last week and a half. Great thing for us is that we are departmentalized so I only see them for 90 minutes, but that 90 can feel like all day! :) Hang in there! Christmas is around the corner and I'm sure Santa will reward your efforts. :)


  6. The Santa is so cute. I wonder if I can fit it in this week.

    The First Grade Princess

  7. We're doing Santa's Stuck this week! I just posted my brick chimney template today. I love the glue/shaving cream idea!!! I've been so nervous to try this but I've got a great group of kiddos that would be a great test-group.

    You Might Be a First Grader...

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love Jingles! Too cute!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

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