Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Questionnaire

I love Christmas time :) So I'm joining up with Fabulous in First for this fun Christmas linky!

1. When do you decorate?
I decorate the day after Thanksgiving, or the the weekend after. I think it's important to enjoy one holiday at a time :) 
This is the first year I've done a ribbon on the tree. 

2. Elf or no Elf?
Well, I don't have my own kids, and I teach high no elf. But I fully plan on having one when I have my own kiddos! :)

3. Christmas Cookies or No Baking for You?
I LOVE baking!!!! I am both gluten and dairy free, so I'm always looking for good recipes. I want to try this new gluten free/dairy free gingerbread loaf...yummy!!!

4. Favorite Holiday Tradition?
My family used to always make banana bread for the neighbors for Christmas. Once I got back from college, I forced my mom to do it again ;) And then I carried it on myself. I plan to do that for as long as I can!

5. Favorite Christmas Movie?
Uhhhh, duh! Elf!!! "He's an angry elf!" hahahahahahahahaa

6. Snow or no Snow?
I live in San Diego......barely rain, let alone snow. However, this year I will be celebrating Christmas in maybe snow!!!!!!!! I'm meeting the parents for Christmas and am hoping it snows :)

7. Favorite Christmas Song?
I have always loved Christmas music. I love Mary Did You Know, and even sang it once at church for Christmas Eve Service. But I just ran across this new version and I am OBSESSED!!!!

8. Favorite Gifts to Give and Get?
Honestly, unless I REALLY want something, I love gift cards to places like Target, MAC [make-up], and Sprouts [like Whole Foods], and of course, Starbucks. This year at a gift exchange I got some movie tickets so that was really cool! So we'll be going to the movies over Christmas break I think ;)

Have fun and join up with the linky too!! It's nice to get some ideas too ;) Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Renaissance Faire...come rain or shine!

Every semester we have our Renaissance Faire to prepare for the Shakespeare unit. The students do research, dress up, make/play games, bake, and have fun. I've done this for a few years now, Fall Semester and then again Spring Semester with my new set of kids-never once has it rained. So we have the faire outside and there's room and it's fun.

This year, it rained. It only rained one day in like 2 weeks, and it was on the day of the faire. So like any teacher, I adapted. I emptied out my classroom and that became the space for our faire. [The rec room was being used for our Holiday concert assembly, so I couldn't reserve it :/]

Anyway, it was still fun...smelly and hot, but still fun :) And 3 or 4 teachers each period brought their students over to be faire-goers, so that was really cool for the my students because they had lots of people to play their games, eat their food, and so on.

I only had time to take a few pics this year:
Teaching students how to play Quoits. My students are the ones dressed up ;)

Drinks at the far end, meats and cheeses, desserts, and Hot Cross Buns! :)

We all had a good time, and in the end, the rain didn't stop us!

If you're interested in holding a Renaissance Faire for your kids, head on over to my TPT Store and download the Renaissance Faire Unit and enjoy!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Winter Wonderland Mad Lib-FREEBIE

Can you tell I love Mad Libs?!?! I think I have a problem :) But they're so fun and easy to use in the classroom. I gave my 10th graders the Thanksgiving Mad Lib I made right before we left for Thanksgiving break, and the LOVED it! Seriously...they said it was the "funnest" thing we'd done. [That shocks me, but ok]

So I've come up with a Winer-themed Mad Lib for you all, and it's FREE! This Mad Lib is not related to a specific holiday, so it's friendly to all and VERY school appropriate :)


Thursday, December 4, 2014

December Currently...a few days late

December snuck right up on me! This also explains why I'm a few days behind. I had so much to do the week of Thanksgiving and the weekend after, that Monday, December 1st came too quickly! But I LOVE Farley's Currently every month, so I'm still doing it, just a few days late :)

So here we go...the last Currently of 2014!

Giving: I will be giving my TAs Christmas gifts before break. They do the work for credit, but I think it's nice to let them know that I appreciate the work too. 

Happy December everyone!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cyber Monday Sale!

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. That means it is officially the Christmas season. TPT is throwing a HUGE Cyber Sale on December 1st and 2nd...and I'm participating of course! My store will be 20% off on Monday and Tuesday, plus, if you use the code, there's more discounts!!!

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So dash on over to my TPT Store and enjoy all the savings! Why not start the new year with great new lesson plans and activities, right?!
Happy holiday season everyone!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Classroom Thanksgiving FREEBIE

Where has the time gone?! First of all, can't believe I've only done two posts in November so far...that was not the plan :/ Things have been a bit crazy, but I'm here to remind you all of one of my freebies.

Thanksgiving Mad Lib!!! How fun is this? I'm going to give it to my 10th graders this Friday before break...they love getting to do fun little things like this.

So have a wonderful last week before Thanksgiving break, and enjoy this little freebie to hand out to your kids as a little treat :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is the day to stop and remember all those that serve and have served our country. My grandfather fought in WWII for the Army, and my boyfriend currently serves in the Corps. With so much senseless violence out there, we should thank those that protect our freedoms daily.

On Friday at school, we had our annual Veteran's Day assembly. We always have a guest speaker that is either in, or has been in, the military. We play the National Anthem and then we also play all the medleys for the different branches. If the students know someone in the military [relative usually] we ask them to stand during that branch's medley. It's pretty cool to see how the military reaches all of us in some way. We then end with the playing of Taps, and the students leave the assembly quietly. It's a nice assembly.

I'm not sure where the tradition started with having a sale...I'm hoping it was to give Veterans a break as a 'thank you'.  So since that's what I'm hoping it's for...I'm throwing a Veteran's Day sale as well on my TPT Store. All paid products will be 15% off :) The sale will run Monday the 10th [the Marine Corps' 239th birthday] and Tuesday the 11th [Veteran's Day]. 

Enjoy and thank someone in the military!