What's on Your Wish List?

There's something about a sale that sends a little shiver of excitement up my spine.  Once I heard about the sale, I immediately went to update my wish list.  I'm a little embarrassed to even mention how many products were on there.  Let's just say there were multiple pages worth of great items.  Unfortunately, I am home this year with my little ones, so I don't have a great need for anything academic....believe me, I tried to justify a couple of purchases, but they will have to wait for a spring sale.

I was drawn to this linky party because not only does it focus on what I want to buy, but it gave me an excuse to make sense of my product statistics.  I went in to see which of my products were the most wish listed items in my store.  I thought I knew, but I was surprised.  Here are the top two wish listed products from my store:

This was one of my first products and one of my top sellers.  I recently updated the file to add a few more labels to the mix.  It also has editable pages so you can add your own labels to match if they aren't included in the file.

This has one of the games my students love to play all year long in it (Take 10).  It is great for practicing tens partners.  By the end of the year, most of my second graders can take it a step further and look for 3-addends to make 10, rather than just tens partners.

Clipart - does that count as one item?  Ha!  Here are some of the items I am looking at right now.  


So, what's on your wish list?  Head over to TpT on Mon, or Tues. to snag some AMAZING deals!  You can also click here to share some of your favorite December resources and win something from my store.

Holidays are Just Around the Corner....Time for a Giveaway!

'Tis the season for giving and sharing so that's what I have planned for you.  First, I will share some of my favorite December resources and freebies.  Then, I will give one lucky reader a chance to grab something from my store for FREE (details below)!

It's almost time to turn the calendar page to December.  Once Thanksgiving is over, Christmas preparations are fair game.  That means it's time to share a few resources I find helpful in December.

I think many of you know how deeply my love runs for Horrible Harry, but only because he isn't horrible at all.  2nd graders love him and the stories he tells.  There are TWO books that are great for the holiday season (book blurbs below):
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Horrible-Harry-and-the-Christmas-Surprise-Comprehension-Questions-778808  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Horrible-Harry-and-the-Holidaze-Comprehension-Questions-824356

It's Christmastime, but with Miss Mackle in the hospital, no one feels much like celebrating. Maybe Harry can think of a way to cheer up Miss Mackle and put the holiday spirit back in Room 2B.

The holiday season is here, and the kids in Room 3B are learning about all the different ways people celebrate. In addition to Christmas and Hanukkah, there’s Kwanzaa, Three Kings’ Day, Korean New Year, and more. All the talk about holidays has everyone feeling festive. Everyone, that is, except Harry. He doesn’t seem to care about the holidays, the class pet, or even the new student in class. It’s clear that something is bugging Harry—but what could it be?

Here are some of my other favorite read alouds during December, in no particular order (Titles & Authors Below):

The Polar Express (Van Allsburg)
Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? (Pallotta)
Snowmen at Christmas (Buehner)
The Jolly Christmas Postman (Ahlberg)
Santa's Stuck (Greene)
A Bad Kitty Christmas (Bruel)
A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story (Breathed)
The Twelve Dogs of Christmas (Kragen)
Santa's Book of Names (McPhail)
How Santa Got His Job (Krensky)
How Santa Lost His Job (Krensky)
Olive the Other Reindeer (Walsh)
Mooseltoe ( Palatini)
Guess Who's Coming to Santa's for Dinner? (dePaola)
Hurry, Santa! (Sykes)
Bear Stays Up for Christmas (Wilson)
Merry Un-Christmas (Reiss)
What Santa Can't Do (Wood)
Where Did They Hide My Presents (Katz)
Who Will Help Santa This Year? (Pallotta)
A New Improved Santa (Wolff)
Careful Santa (Sykes)

Most 2nd graders have the concept of even and odd mastered by this time of year, but there is always a child that sneaks by without a clear understanding.  Because December is a short month, it lends itself to a quick intervention for those students.  Two years ago I created a sorting activity for working with a small group.  It worked out well, but I felt the other students could be practicing independently on the skill while I was working with my small group.  I finally got around to sprucing up and adding some of those practice pages to the pack.  Here's a look at the newly revised product:

Here are a couple of freebies I have created, too:

Time to Trim the Tree is a matching game with times to the 5-min. interval.  Cards are for analog clocks, digital clocks, and time words (eight thirty, half past eight).

I also have a quick word search if you need a time filler:

I started using this resource last year.  I love the simple, easy-to-use format.  The best part is you can pick and choose which pieces you want to use!  Thank you Jen Ross (Teacher by the Beach)

Here's a little freebie I came across that made my kids giggle and smile as they created sentences with a partner (Thank you, Silvia Garay-Sanchez):

We also do a little Santa's Workshop where we make several crafts.  

When I was student teaching, I learned to make some cute 3-D wreaths.  I thought about doing a how-to post until a friend pinned an image from a blog called Our Small Town Idaho Life.  Phew - what a time saver!  Click the photo for a tutorial.

We also make these simple trees, though to be honest - ours are usually tipping over because the kids want to put on SO....MUCH.....GLITTER:

Then, there's the fun of making a gift for the families for the holidays.  For the past few years, we have made these super simple snowman ornaments:

This was also a favorite gift of mine from past years (photo is from an unknown source).  There's a cute little poem that goes with it, too!

What are some of  your favorite December resources?  Leave a comment below telling me and you will have a chance to snag something from my store for FREE!  I'll check back in a few days to pick a winner.

Currently, November

The little one went down for a nap so my daughter is watching an episode of The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  My favorite part of the show is watching my daughter do the hot dog dance at the end.  If you've ever seen the show, each character has their own dance and my daughter tries to copy each one.  

We went up to the property yesterday to take a peek at the progress.  They finished putting up the trusses and are now working on sheeting the roof.  My husband is not only working full time, but also helping up at the house 4-5 nights a week.  Right now he is fighting an uphill battle with the rain water in the crawl space.  My daughter is a little less enamored with the house and more fascinated with the dirt & mud.  She makes sure to step into each and every puddle and loves how the mud squishes beneath her boots (when she's not making trips to the port-a-potty every 10 minutes, that is).  

Let me be honest.  We don't get a ton of trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood.  I still buy more candy than we need so I can enjoy a little treat afterwards.  My daughter enjoyed helping to pass out the candy this year.  Each trick-or-treater got a minimum of 3 pieces this year, but most got about 5 thanks to her.  The even better part was each time she'd close the door, she'd take a piece or two out of our bucket and put it in her own bucket, just like she'd gone trick or treating at our house, too.  I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of the Reeses PB Cups - YUMMY!!
(Yes, this card is a little creepy, but sums up my feelings pretty well!)

A win would be great, but win or lose I still root for them.  Gotta love it when my daughter yells, "Go Hawks!" every time she sees a football game on t.v. no matter who is playing.

I don't go all out with decorating, but I do like to have some things out for the holidays.  I just don't like trying to find the time to put everything away.  I had to laugh when even my daughter was giving very strange looks to the Christmas decor in the grocery store this morning.  Even she knows (at 3 1/2) that we haven't had Thanksgiving yet.  By the way, I have to share a pic of the costumes this year at our house:

Most of my reading involves board books, picture books, and lift-the-flap books these days.  However, when I do have a few minutes I grab my Kindle and hide.  Right now I'm trying to finish up The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks.  The last book I read was What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman and that was pretty good, too.

Head on over to Farley's blog to see what everyone else is up to. 

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