Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Best Time of the Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!!!
I've been so bad about blogging the last few weeks.
Sooo here's a little recap. :)
This is my FAVORITE time of the year!!!

We made these adorable little reindeer!
My kids had so much fun making them. 
They really loved adding snowflakes. :)

We had a gingerbread man day!
How much candy can you fit on your gingerbread man??? ;)

Our class elf made us these stockings.
Have you seen the fireplace videos on YouTube?!
My kids were warming up their hands haha.
I love them. <3
(I also think the fire kept them calm that day.....you should try it!!)

We spread lots of holiday cheer!

These were our parent gifts.
They're super easy to make!

To wrap them, we used Krista's little winter toppers!!!!
SO easy and adorable!

Then came Christmas!
We've had three Christmases so far.....one more to go! :)

Here's Christmas at my mom's!

I love these three!! :)

Then we had Christmas at my dad and stepmom's!!

(in 3 days.......I can say we're getting married THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!)
<3 <3 <3 <3

 I know you've been waiting for this one......
Merry Christmas from Moo!

I hope your Christmas was filled with family, friends, and lots of love & smiles!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Needs & Wants Stockings!

Happy Tuesday!!!
We've been learning about needs and wants over the last few weeks.  
To wrap up our unit, the kids made these little Needs and Wants Stockings!!

A few of them tried to say they need toys and candy. ;)

It was a fun little review, plus they look nice and festive in our classroom! :)

After we made the stockings, we wrote about things that we NEED and WANT.
A few said they needed me because I teach them. <3 <3 <3 <3
I love them! :)

How many days do you have until break?

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Freestyle Santa {freebie!}

Are you counting down the days until winter break?!
I have a super fun project your kids will love!
This is my all-time FAVORITE project!
I get so many compliments on it each year!
Check out these adorable little Santas!

They look a little complicated to make, but I promise it's not as hard as it looks!
I always start by modeling how to make Santa using basic shapes.

Then the kids go for it!

I just LOVE how they each come out so different and unique!
This year, we wrote letters to Santa to go with them.

Here are some step-by-step instructions so your kids can make them too. :)

 I hope your kids love them!!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Elf on the Shelf: Ideas for the Classroom!

Our classroom elf is coming tomorrow!
Do you have an elf?
I love thinking of silly things for him to do!
Sometimes thinking of something new everyday can be tricky.
These are some of the things I did last year!

The elf decorated our classroom with lights!
We didn't have any snow, so he brought us some icicles. :)

Jingle added his name to the word wall.

One day he was reading a story. 
Someone asked why he was still on the same page.
One little boy said he must be stuck on a word.
So he read him the whole page. <3
I seriously love first grade!!!!!!!
(The little boy must've been right because after lunch, he had turned the page. ;) )

This day the elf moved during lunch.
I guess he thought the kids weren't being very well behaved.......
But his little note helped a lot! :) 

Elf and Elmer were pretty good friends throughout December.
Here they are practicing math facts!

Roasting marshmallows was lots of fun!
He even shared some with the kids.

The morning before we made gingerbread houses, he got into our graham crackers and candy!
He made us a cute little example!
What a nice elf!

 Elf donuts!
(Cheerios with frosting)
This was one of my favorite days.
Thanks to my friend Melissa at Smile for Success for sharing this one!

 The next day he was nice enough to bring us human-sized donuts. ;)

On Grinch Day, our elf dressed up like the Grinch!

Even an elf needs a bath!!!!
When we made stockings, he hung himself up in one.
After we made our stockings, he hung them up for us!
He even made a fireplace on our Eno board!

Here he got into the sugar and made a snow angel.
Silly elf!

On his last day, he left us all kinds of goodies.
We got new books and Elephant and Piggie stuffed animals.
He left bells and a Nice and Naughty list.

The kids sure missed him when he went back to the North Pole!!
I hope I gave you some new ideas!
Have fun with your elf!!!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Weekend Warriors: Holiday Gift Ideas!

I hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving with the people you love!

The Weekend Warriors are back!!!
This month we're sharing holiday gift ideas.
We'd love for you to link up and share your ideas too!

These are some of my favorite gifts for parents!!

Five Little Snowmen!
They are always a hit. :)

Here's how to make them!

I also attach this little poem.
It's editable so you can change the font, color, and size!

We made these little snowman cuties the last few years!
I think we'll be making them this year too. :)

They're pretty simple to make!

My kids saw this reindeer and begged me to make them!
We may be making more than one gift this year. ;)

They're super easy to make!!!

We'd love for you to link up and share your gift ideas!!!