Good morning, everyone!
Are you geared up for the New Year?
Who is planning on staying up until midnight?  Staying home or going out?
As you may now, we live in Vegas, so we always opt to stay in.  Crazy, huh?  People come from all over the world to be in Vegas on New Year's and we don't even go out and participate!  
Well, wherever you are and whatever you do, I hope that 2013 is a good year for you and your loved ones!

So...anyone feel like sharing their resolutions?  I'd love to hear them, because I am 
always looking for better ones!

The first one I always make is
 to get back into shape.
Today I am saying year I don't want to be!
Of course, I've been out of shape so long that I forgot what my original shape even was!
Last year we did The Biggest Loser at school and I did really well.  I need to find that focus and drive again and make it work for me like it did before.

I also love to choose
spend more time with family.
See this adorable boy?  
Love him to the moon and back.  
Continuing to work on turning him into an amazing adult and lovin' him every chance he'll let me...
"Mom, pah-lease...I'm in middle school now and my friends might see!"
Did I mention how much I love him?????
Oh, wow!  Just found this pic of him on his VERY FIRST New Year's Eve and had to share!  
(Sure hope none of his middle school friends read my blog!  Hahahaha!)

Definitely have to 
put more kindness in the world.
LOVE the way it makes us feel and definitely think there can never be enough kindness in this world!
Our school is a Be Kind school.  Have you heard of  
Be sure to check them'll be so happy that you did!
And finally, because I always pick one for work,
but not in the way you think. 
Anyone else already in full swing with these babies?
This is year two, full implementation for us.
Who else feels like they've taken all of the components of this, the pacing calendar, Discovery Testing, standards based assessing and a new gradebook and thrown them in the blender and just passed on whatever came out?  I have GOT to get my head wrapped around all of this to make it make more sense for know...organize my thinking a bit...OK, a lot!

So, there it you think they're attainable?  
So now it's your turn...what do you hope to accomplish in 2013?

Oh, and I almost forgot, to start the year out right, I'm having a 20% off sale.  
That means most of the games are as low at $.80!
You can check that out here:
But be quick!  The sale ends January 2.

I love these banners that have been popping up everywhere!  So I just had to make some.  Here is a freebie one for you, my wonderful followers!  How cute will it look when your little ones pop back to school in the new year?  Enjoy!!  

So what are YOU doing for New Year's Eve????  I would love to hear everyone's plans.  AND if you're hanging out at home, this is perfect to print and hang up at home.

Don't you just love ThistleGirl's graphics?

These are the writing non-negotiables that our grade level created last year.

A fun little review game.

I don't know about you, but my kiddos could always use a punctuation review.

This is a great activity if you use a Word Work center.

Great for sticking in the lunchbox of your favorite little ones.

This really helped my kiddos!

This game requires a little thinking.  Your kiddos have to match the person to the tool that they use.

Excellent for Common Core!

This is one of my top selling items!

Well, get them while they're free!!!  

Between the horrific events in Sandy Hook, the loss of a former student, and events and occasions in my own life, I have been severely slacking with my giveaways.  So....right now we are getting ready to take my sweet son to the dentist and run to the grocery store, but I PROMISE that as soon as I get back I will post all of the missing freebies and they will be free until New Year's Day.  Again, my sincerest apologies!

BUT, now for the BIG NEWS!!!!!

The winner of the $75 worth of merchandise from my TPT store is....

Kristin Dammacco


Kristin, I have sent you an email, so check your SPAM folder.  
Let me know which materials you would like to have sent to you!!!

Here is yesterday's freebie and today's freebie.
When we all went to work today, we could never even begin to imagine the horror that would take over this day.  Our school is reeling from the loss of our own little one this week and now the loss of so many other innocent lives in Connecticut.  My heart is heavy, as I know all of yours are as well.  If you don't mind, I would like today's post to be in memory of the lives lost this week.  

Were any of you celebrating today?  I had completely forgotten that I had set this obnoxious alarm to go off at 12:12 today.  It nearly scared the pants off of all of us.  We had a ton of fun though, and I hope my kids will always remember exactly where they were at 12:12 on 12/12/12.  

And now on to other things... if you're "gearing up for math", here's the perfect game for 
you and your students!

Get it here:

Freebie of the day is right here:

I just made this game last week.  I know a lot of people do a baking theme, so I thought I would create this game for fun!  You can check it out here:

As a side note, if you have children you love in your life, please give them an extra hug tonight.  
A third grader from our school passed away over the weekend.
Ivan, you and your "I'm not trying to be funny self" will be dearly missed.
My kids are cracking me up!  Every day they wait in anticipation to see if the date will read 12-12-12.  They know it's coming, but haven't stopped to figure out exactly when it will be!  I know tomorrow (Monday) they'll be waiting to see if it will be 12-12-12!  Almost!  So, are you doing anything special?  

Here is a fun game to play, just, well, for the fun of it!

Let me know if you play it and if your kids like it!

...and it will only be around until tomorrow morning, so grab yours quick!  

It is a set of editable scheduling cards!

You can get yours right here:

These are great, because you change the font, change the words, etc.

They feature those adorable ThistleGirl Graphics, too!


So...are you a Packers fan?  a Colts fan?  a Broncos fan? 
Whichever fan you are (if you like football), I hope you and your students enjoy this freebie!

OK...really I was working on something for school and didn't get on here to post, so here are 
today and tomorrow's freebies! 

Are you ready for another FREEBIE?
Today's freebie is a set of Christmas pattern cards.  My kids LOVE working with these!  
I hope yours do, too!

You can find them right here in my store.  

Here is Tuesday's FREEBIE!

So I know, that you know that the holidays can definitely put a drain on the wallet.  And if you know me at all, you know I can never pass up a good bargain, so.... it's time to provide some relief!  Check in here each day to find a limited-time-only FREEBIE!  The first day was the Racing with Santa Fact Families game.  Down below are FREEBIES for today and tomorrow. {Since Mondays are ALWAYS crazy, I thought I'd post early.}  Hurry up and download them, because they will only be available for a limited time!
{And no, they won't all be Christmassy.}


One lucky follower will win $75 to my TPT store!!!!

So start making your wish list now!  It could be you!  I will pull the winner on the morning on December 26 {after I am all done bargain shopping!!  Did I mention I love a bargain????}. 


If you want to increase your chances, tell your friends to follow my blog.  For each new friend that joins, either you or they leave a comment on this post telling me you sent them, and then 
get an extra entry!  
So HURRY!  Go tell all of your friends!  

Just added it all up!  You will receive $55 in items if you download all of the FREEBIES!!!!

Hello Everyone!  Has this just been the craziest of weeks?  Or is it just because we had a full week of school.  Whew!  Thanksgiving, followed by bargain shopping, followed by report cards...I am so ready for this about you?

Anyway, thought I'd stop by and post a FREEBIE!  A couple of my kiddos are having a hard time with fact families.  I have a couple of games I've made for fact families, but thought I'd make one with Santa and his flashy new sleigh!  (Aren't these the cutest Santa graphics?  You can pick up a set at Scrappin Doodles...and the traffic light is part of the new Speed Racer set at Just So Scrappy Too.

 You can find the freebie in my store right here:

Have an amazing Saturday!

Good morning!  I hope you're snuggly and warm and getting ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this week.  I wanted to be one of the first to tell you that it's time for one of the very best sales that Teachers Pay Teachers throws.  YEP!  CYBER MONDAY!!!  Many, many sellers will be celebrating next Monday by offering 20% off of their items.  TPT then adds another 10% off on top of that, bringing your savings up to 28%!!  Time to unload that wish list!  I can't wait to do some shopping myself!

Here is the info that you need:

I am extending my sale until the 29th, so if you want to visit me, you can find me here:

Be sure to tell your friends!  I am working on some FREEBIES in conjunction with this sale.

If I don't chat with you before, enjoy your Thanksgiving!  And for those of you brave enough to go shopping the day after, I hope your bargains are plentiful!
Brrrrr!  How is the weather where you are?  I can't believe I wore capris to school a week ago and now I'm thinking layers and boots!  FALL at last!  (Unless you're in my classroom where the temp hangs right around 85 degrees, but that's another story for another time!)

This sudden turn to colder weather inspired me to get to work on a new unit...Hot Chocolate Love!  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!  I could drink hot chocolate anytime, anywhere!  How about you?  The last time we went to the Apple Store at the Fashion Show Mall I noticed a little place called Serendipity!  YEP!  THAT one!  It's at Caesar's Palace.  Going to HAVE to check that one out for sure!  I am sure that I can force my sweet son to go, too.  He LOVES hot chocolate more than I do...if that's possible!

Anyway, on to the reason for this post.  I spent part of this 3 day weekend (I hope you got today off, too!) working on Hot Chocolate Love and wanted to share a freebie with you!

If you'd like to check out the FREEBIE for Plus or Minus 10 Marshmallows, follow this link:
Hot Chocolate Love FREEBIE!

So, just how do YOU like your hot chocolate?  marshmallows?  whip cream?  peppermint?
Or maybe some other way?

Would you please take a moment and hop on over to the 2nd Grade Pad and check out her recent post?  There is an amazing bargain that you can purchase to help a fellow teacher, Teresa, from 2nd Grade Pig Pen.  She is having some medical issues and could really use our help.  Please purchase if you can, spread to word if you would, and pin if you're a pinner.  Thank you!!

You can find all of the information out here:
Well, today we got an extra day off in observance of Nevada Day.  Can I just say, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!"?  After a week of conferences, not only my own, but 2 with my son's teachers, it was a much appreciated break.  Soooooooo...I spent the day organizing my kitchen, cooking and freezing meals, painting my bathroom napping, catching up on the DVR, reading I, Michael Bennett...and, I admit I did do just a wee bit of cleaning, but not any more than I had to do!  LOL!

So next week will be our "Halloween" party.  We used to be really spoiled and have the day of or at least the day after Halloween off, but then the voters took that away and now they hook it to a weekend.  Which is why, when I saw this on Pinterest, I had to share.  Have you seen it, too????  Do you feel the same way?

So, I want to know what you do on October 31st.   Are you on Fall Break?  Do your kids dress up?  Do you not celebrate it at all?  Tell me, tell me, tell me!

As for us, we are doing a pajama party.  I've got my Packer jammies all ready to go.  So while I may not be thrilled about Halloween being right plop in the middle of the week, wearing my jammies to school on a Wednesday, does seem just a bit sinful!  LOL!
Have you ever heard "Looking for Dracula" by Charlotte Diamond?  My students have loved that song for years!  So..........I decided the time had come to create some activities to coordinate with this cute, cute song.  I exchanged several emails with the very kind Harry Diamond and he even offered to have Charlotte call me and talk to me!  WOW!  However, we were able to take care of everything via email. So finally the unit is complete.  I am including something that I think you can really use as a FREEBIE!  

All you have to do is follow the link to here:

If you want the whole unit, it is on sale through Monday for 20% off!  

You can follow the link for the whole unit here:

Good Sunday morning, everyone!  I don't know about you but I am definitely a sucker for a freebie.  In fact, it's so bad that my son goes into shock when I don't have a coupon, a Groupon, or some sort of deal.  Ha!  But, today it's your turn to cash in!

I love giving my kiddos little treats and what-not for the holidays.  Here are some simple tags that you can attach if you'd like to give your kiddos a Halloween treat.  You know, just to cute it up a little.  I hope you can use them and please feel free to share this freebie with your friends!

Here is a picture of one of the pages of tags.

You can get the entire set for FREE right here at my TPT store:

Good Saturday morning everyone!  Going to be heading over to my dear sweet mom's house in a little while to celebrate her birthday, but before I go, I wanted to share what we have been 
working on in class this week.'s our good ol' friends greater than, less than and equal to.  
I found some really good videos on YouTube and put them into a PowerPoint for our kids.  They really loved them, especially this one that has 2 sets of pictures on a large variety of slides.  I had the students hold up their hand in the direction that the alligator would go to munch on the numbers.  There wasn't a peep in the room because they were so engaged!

I also found some fabulous resources from Pinterest....gotta love Pinterest!

Here is a fabulous poster that we used.

You can find it right here at Teacher Bits & Bobs: 

We also used this A-MAZING work station that goes along with this standard.
You can find it here at The Littlest Scholars blog:
A-MAZING Work Station for Greater Than and Less Than

I also created this game a while ago and pulled it out for a center activity for my kiddos...AND it's on sale for 85 cents!!  What a bargain!!

My <, >, = Game

Have an amazing Saturday...and Happy Birthday, MOM!

Congrats to Jill Steeley!  She has won all three units AND congrats to Dive into Learning!  You also won by sending over new followers from your FB page!  If you sent someone over and they became a follower, let me know.
We did go from 6 to 10 followers, so that worked pretty well!
Stay tuned!  I've got some more good stuff ahead!

Jill and Dive into Learning, let me know where you'd like your units sent, and CONGRATS!

Woot!  We are up to 6 followers, but I am greedy, I want more!!!  LOL!  So...anyone who goes and gets someone else to follow my blog, will automatically win all 3 of the units I was giving away.  If your friend joins before tomorrow at midnight, they will be entered to win the original giveaway, which is also a set of the three units.  Just leave a comment after your friend joins telling me who your 
friend is and where you want your units sent!  
I hope that is as clear as mud!!
Since the 8th is my birthday, that's when the giveaway will be held, so you have to become a follower on my page by noon PST on the 8th!
So since as of this writing, I have 0 (yep, the big fat goose egg) followers, I am having a contest!  Everyone who signs up to follow my blog will be eligible to receive ALL 3 of these new COMMON CORE units are available in my TPT store for FREE!  S is for Spider, P is for Pumpkin and C is for Candy are 3 different units just in time for Halloween!  (Of course, ask any first grader and Halloween is here the 
second you flip the calendar to October!)

Well, let's give this one more try!  I feel like I've been trying to find the perfect pair of know, cute, but comfortable, fun and maybe a little bit sassy practical!  I have started a couple of blogs, thought I'd found my perfect one, but it's just not been the right one.  This one is it! 

I am absolutely amazed at all of the creativity out there in Teacherland!  I am hoping to tap into some of that creativity hidden deep inside myself and share not only teaching ideas, but ideas to help with life as a teacher.  You know, things such as the age old question...What shall I pack for lunch?...or maybe where to actually find those cute, but comfortable shoes.  Oh, and a must for me...GOTTA have some deals, bargains and freebies!!

So, I'm glad you're here!!!!  Pull up your comfy chair and let's see just where this takes us!
Enjoy!!  ...and thank you for visiting!!
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