Sunday, December 30, 2012

Celebrating a NEW YEAR

We hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas break and holiday season with you friends and family.  We have both spent time with our families, traveled and simply taken some time to relax. 

We’ve also been working on a new set of mitten themed cut and paste worksheets that are aligned with the Common Core Standards.  Hopefully we will have them ready to go VERY SOON!!!  We know all of you will be starting all of your fun winter themes when you return to school.


We would like to thank all of you for your support this past year and for all of the kind comments and emails we have received.  We absolutely LOVE hearing from each and every one of you.  We wish all of you a safe and healthy end to 2012 and an amazing year in 2013.



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Word of the Day {Freebie}

We hope all of you are surviving the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  We have spent the past two weeks enjoying some holiday themed fun with all of our gingerbread man activities.  The kids have absolutely LOVED it . . . and each day they have been eager to hear a different version of the popular story.

We wanted to pass along a little Christmas Word of the Day freebie as a thank you for all of your support this year.  We continue to be absolutely amazed and inspired by the online community that we have become a part of.  Hopefully you will be able to use some of these worksheets & posters with your kiddos as you introduce Christmas vocabulary.  We’ve added a few additional words so if you grabbed this last year make sure you download the updated copy.



Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful and Cyber Monday and Tuesday

We were both SO thankful to have 5 days off to spend with our families and to regroup before the mad rush of Gingerbread Fun begins in our classrooms! We are also so thankful for all the wonderful ideas out in blog land and for all the support you have given us!

We hope you all enjoyed your holiday break and you are not too tired from Black Friday shopping! If you  are wanting to do some more shopping-Monday and Tuesday our store is 20% off and you can save another 10% by using the code CMT12 You can view our store by clicking on the picture below.

TpT cyber sale 

We only have 3 weeks before our Christmas break. We are planning to do our Gingerbread Fun unit and Holly Jolly Centers before break, but believe it or not we worked at school Sunday organizing our January things! Here are a few of our favorite units to get you thinking ahead! Happy Shopping!

Freezin Season Math and Literacy Centers


Smitten With Mittens Math and Literacy Centers



Penguins on Parade Math and Literacy Centers


Long Vowel Fun



Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday SALE


Get ready for December with a few of our favorite sets of holiday activities . . .

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Winner, Winner {TURKEY Dinner}!

Thank you so much to everyone that participated in our giveaway. 

We are happy to announce the names of our three lucky winners. 



Sunday, November 4, 2012

November Center Giveaway

Over the next 12 days of school we will be using our Turkey Time Math & Literacy Centers and our Thanksgiving Math & Literacy Centers to reinforce many of the important skills we have been working so hard on in 1st grade.

Here’s a {sneak} peek at the activities we will be doing . . .

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We would LOVE to give away three complete sets of these activities to a few of our online/blogger friends.

Just leave a comment telling us what you are thankful for this November and include your email address so we can contact you if you win.  We will randomly choose our three winners on Wednesday, November 7th.

Best of luck to everyone!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

A Week of Sweet Treats!


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All our students have on their minds right now is Trick or Treating! Our kiddos keep coming in every day and telling us how many days until Halloween and then there is a loud chatter of “I am going to be a cheerleader!” “I am going to be a scary monster!” So we pulled out our Sweet Treat activities this past week. Here is a look at what we did.

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To reward them for doing such a great job at centers this past week we finished Friday with one of our favorite Halloween stories- Harriet’s Halloween Candy. We found out that there is a lot more to do with candy than just eating it! (Although that is our favorite!)

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The Candy Corn centers and Harriet’s Halloween pack are in our TpT store if you wanting some sweet treats to do this week. We hope you are all ready for Wednesday’s fun at school-costumes, treats, and high energy! We are going to have a SWEET TREAT SALE until midnight Halloween! Enjoy!!


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Short Vowel Review

This past week we have been VERY busy in first grade reviewing the short vowel sounds. We took a week off from our Houghton Mifflin reading series to do a few fun activities.

We made this little short vowel flip book . . . which is always one of favorite activities!!!clip_image008

This is something you could easily recreate using any worksheet you already have that has short vowel pictures. To make the flipbook all you need to do is fold a piece of construction paper in half and cut 5 slits. We usually already have this done for our kids before we begin. Then di-cut each of the vowels to decorate the front of each flap.

We also used our reading books and magnifying glasses to be short vowel detectives. Students had to find 10 (of each) short vowel words from all of the stories we’ve read throughout themes 1 & 2 and record them and their page number on a worksheet.  They had a blast doing this and with the help of the magnifying glasses stayed completely engaged!!! 

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click {here} to download this worksheet

We also made our own short vowel rhyming books by matching sets of basic CVC rhyming words and using the two words to write a complete sentence.

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Since we had some extra time during the week we also began learning more about nouns (naming words) and verbs (action words).  We used several of the activities from our sentence structure unit . . .


If your kiddos are learning about verbs too, click {here} to listen to the Verb Rap . . . they will LOVE it!!!Have Fun Teaching

Also make sure and check out the great noun and verb videos available on Brain Pop Jr. if you have a membership.