Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Liebster Award - TWICE!




To win an award once is amazing but to be given it twice? I am so honored and blessed to have such great bloggy friends! Thank you to Louanne @ My Kindergarten Kids

and Cheryl over at Crayons & Curls


You ladies are amazing!

The goal of this award is to spotlight up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers.

The rules are:

1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver and link back to them.
3. Reveal your top 5 picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.
4. Hope that your followers will spread the love to other bloggers!!

To Spread the Love, I am giving this award to:

http://thekinderkid.blogspot.com

http://classroominthecorner.blogspot.com

http://climbingthemonkeybars.blogspot.com/
http://tebeest.blogspot.com
http://internteachertales.blogspot.com/


Monday, December 26, 2011

Holly Bloggy Christmas

I participated in the Holly Bloggy Christmas Secret Santa Exchange this year. I had so much fun trying to figure out what to do for Caitlin over at Kindergarten Smiles. With not ever meeting her, I had no clue what to give her. I stalked her blog, her pinterest and even wrote a secret email to her teaching BFF Lauren to see if she could give me some ideas. I had already made a picture frame for her but wanted to send a little something extra so found out she has this slight obsession with sprinkles so sent her a few containers of them! I hope she liked what I sent her! This is the picture frame I made for Caitlin.




Thank you to Caitlin over at Ms. Preppy and Sarah over at Kentucky Kindergarten Korner for putting this together and organizing everything!

Although my secret santa gift arrived broken (insert very sad face here), I still appreciate the thought. Thank you Sandi! (I don't know if she has a blog?) Your enclosed card was very sweet. Thank you for thinking of me and hope your holiday was wonderful!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas to All and to All a Goodnight!

Wow, where did the time go? It has been forever since I have had time to post on this little ol' blog. I had to work up until Friday, December 23, went to Disneyland the weekend of the 17th (so my son could propose to his girlfriend), and then on top of all this, I came down with a HORRIBLE cold/Sinus infection and placed on antibiotics. UGH! I am so looking forward to my 2 weeks off. We don't go back until the 9th of January. (Insert VERY HAPPY DANCE here!). It has been a hectic 2 weeks that is for sure.

I hope each and everyone of you had a wonderful Christmas.

Jeannie

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

2nd Post for Kindergarten Smiles Give-Away

Yes, I love Caitlin's blog and she is having a give away that I REALLY would LOVE to win!!! So this is hard for me to do, having to tell everyone to go over to her blog and enter the give away! (less chances for me to win, WOW, that sounds so selfish! :-) But seriously, go to her blog and start following her. She has FANTASTIC ideas and GREAT units to purchase in her TPT store.

Here is her blog button:

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Kindergarten Smiles Give-away!

Yes, I love Caitlin's blog and she is having a give away that I REALLY would LOVE to win!!! So this is hard for me to do, having to tell everyone to go over to her blog and enter the give away! (less chances for me to win, WOW, that sounds so selfish! :-) But seriously, go to her blog and start following her. She has FANTASTIC ideas and GREAT units to purchase in her TPT store.

Here is her blog button:

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

More Sparkles Sightings

Just a quick update on our special "ELF". The kids are absolutely loving him. I can't wait for tomorrow when they see him having a "Tea Party" with the baby doll.



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

SPARKLES HAS ARRIVED!

On Monday I introduced my kiddos to "Elf On A Shelf." All I can say is if you don't have an Elf on the Shelf, run to your nearest Target and get one! The best $30 bucks I ever spent. Ok, plus the $10 for the DVD so I guess the best $40 bucks I ever spent on my classroom. Wonder if I could submit my receipt to the district office for "supplemental curriculum material"? Ummm.. probably not!

I started out the morning as usual but "delivered" a package from the North Pole to the office before the kiddos arrived. Then after school had started, I asked our office manager if she could page my room and say over the speaker that I had a "special" delivery that needed to be picked up right away and it was from the North Pole. I wish I had my camera on and taken a picture of my little guys faces. They were SO EXCITED. We all marched down to the office to pick up our package and they could hardly wait to get back to our room so we could open it. I have never had a straighter line or a quicker one at that! We sat at the table and opened our letter from Santa instructing us what to do. I read the story and my students could hardly contain themselves. They were already trying to shout out names (4 of my students are speech and language delayed but the were certainly throwing out sounds!) I loved it. We narrowed our list down to 4 names. One of my non-language kiddos actually said "apple" clear as day. I felt like a very proud momma! We had Sparrow, Sparkles and Jax to choose from. After voting, our little magical elf was named Sparkles. And what a character this little guy is. I think we are going to be cleaning up a lot of messes!!! :-)

After he was named and placed on my desk (he wasn't even there for 10 seconds, he was already touched. OH MY GOSH! You would have thought the roof fell in. Two of my students faces turned so ashen I thought they were going to pass out. They yelled and I mean "yelled" at Owen for touching him. Telling him he will be "freezin" (I think they meant Frozen) and will not be able to tell Santa what they want. Okay... here is where Mrs. H comes to the rescue.... I told them that first of all, let's have a quiet voice and to please tell Owen you are sorry for yelling at him (only I can do that).. just kidding, and we might be okay because we need to have our "North Pole Breakfast" first to celebrate Sparkles coming to our class. I told them that we will leave Sparkles a snowball (frosted doughnut) and if he ate it before we got back from recess then we will know he is not "freezin" (frozen)! Whew... quick thinking payed off on that one!

So here are just a few pictures of our little Sparkles "hanging" on the pocket chart and sitting in our tree, which he will have lights wrapped around him tomorrow! He is going to be quite the little trouble maker I think! I am truly having so much fun with this and the kids have talked to him everyday already. And I mean "talk" to him. They are sitting in front of him telling him what they "NEED" for Christmas. I love it. Even my non-speakers are sitting there uttering sounds. I think I will come up with a new visitor every month just to hear my guys "talk"!