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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Wednesday Linky Party and a Chuckle

My first grade intervention students are just darling.  After all, first grade is my sweet spot.  I noticed one of my little gals is seriously lacking phonemic awareness.  My vow was to mix a little bit in each day this group and I meet.  I found these goodbye phrases years ago either on Pinterest or TPT.  The author unfortunately did not put his/her name on them and after searching for them again, I gave up.  But I'm sure you have seen tags just like them.  They say things like "Be Sweet Parakeet" and "Take Care Polar Bear".  When I told them goodbye using a few of the phrases, there were smiles all around and on the way down the hall, we repeated these over and over.  We said goodbye at their individual doors, everyone with smiles on their faces, which marks a good day together.  The previously mentioned little girl gets to her door and looks at me and says "Bye bye Snowflake". And she was so proud of her "accomplishment".  Hence the reason why we are adding in some phonemic awareness to our time together.  Her honest attempt and her quirky expression on her face, just made me smile.  She didn't get it but I know she will!

Don't forget to use the hashtag #8daysofchristmas to get a fabulous Dollar Deal in my TPT store and many others as well.  Here are some of the products that I am featuring this week so be sure to pick some up at a great savings!

And Many More! 

Below check out these great products that are just perfect for this time of year.  My TPT friends will be leaving you a variety throughout the week so stop back and check them out often.

My best wishes for you to have a wonderful end of the school semester and a Happy Holiday.  I will be taking off for the next few weeks here on my blog. I will catch up with you in the new year.

Until Next Time,

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday- Car Karaoke Songs of the Week

I'm thinking Car Karaoke should be on Fridays.  So I've decided I'm going to announce my favorite morning and afternoon commute songs on my blog right on time for Friday mornings.  While I liked many songs on the road this week, I've decided to go with these two.  Let me know what you think...

 Frankly, I forgot about "Working Day and Night" but it's so very Michael.  And then Paul Simon always reminds me of college and who doesn't love "Me and Julio Down By The School Yard" ?What songs did you hear this week?  Let me know below or let me know how geeky you think my selections are! :)  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Wednesday Linky- And Some More Sunshine

I told you back in September that I was in charge of our school "Sunshine Committee" and that we had a Staff Restroom Decorating Contest.  I wasn't sure how it would go over, thought some people would think it was a ridiculous idea, but I have to say, our first grade team and their support staff have kept up with the decorating ever since the original contest.  Each month since, the restroom has been decorated with lights and seasonal decorations and you can't help but have a smile on your face when you are in there.  (That could be a sign of either the cute decor or the moment of silence you are having...that is to be determined!)

Now I'm up to having some more fun.  Let me explain.  When I was a kid there were plate decorating kits that we used to use. I can't remember what company made them but you decorated a paper template, sent the template off, and your drawing was transferred onto a non-breakable plate, which was then shipped to you.  You could have service for 10, decorated by every member of your family if you wished.  I thought it would be fun to make a "Kindness Plate" similar to those kits from a long time ago. The plate could be given to individual staff members, by another staff members as a way to recognize the hard work, talent, or the help that person has shown. Then that person will pay it forward and do the same for another staff member.  I let my fingers do the walking and came up with the current way to do this...ZAZZLE!

I set out to decorate a plate the updated way, on my computer and this is the design I came up with , even with the "Sunshine" theme happening. Take a peek at how cute it is! It was so adorable that  I ordered two so they would circulate twice as fast and spread the love faster.

I can not wait to see how my fellow staff members show their appreciation to one another by using this plate. I envision bringing a great lunch to a colleague, a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies, a tray full of post it notes or office supplies, or I know someone will just wow me with their creativity. I will definitely report back to you.

In the meantime, it is the holiday season.  How do you encourage your students or staff members to show kindness, spread the love, and perhaps even a little bit of sunshine?  I would love to hear how you do it in your school so kindly post below a great idea.

And as for my fellow Teacher Authors, check out their great products below that either help spread sunshine, kindness, or perhaps even some holiday cheer.  To all my readers, this will be the last post before the holiday break. But I will be back after the new year to let you know what I've been up to and I will be sure to have some great pics to share too.

Best wishes for a happy, safe, and joyous holiday season for both you and your families.

Until Next Time,