Christmas Wrap-Up and a New Year Sale!

Happy New Year's Eve!

First, I'm having a sale in my TpT store through Thursday. Everything is 20% off so snag
some goodies now for when your break is over!

I'd recommend.....
{click on pics to learn more}






These past couple of weeks were a whirlwind, but a wonderful

I took a few weeks off of blogging but I'm back and wanted to share a
few pics from our holiday season.

I was thrilled to get to go to Lainey's Christmas party at her preschool! I usually
can't go to these functions because I'm usually having a party in my own classroom
at the same time. This year it worked out and it was so nice to just pop in and surprise her. :)

 We had a playdate with Lainey's best friend, Maddie, and the girls made cookies.
Don't they look cute in their anthropologie aprons?!

This print might be my favorite thing I added to our Christmas decor this year.
I found it through Jane.com and loved it so much I bought one for my mom and sister, too.

 We found out in early December that baby #2 is a girl! Lainey picked out a sweet little ornament
for our tree after the sonogram.

 Speaking of decor, I found this little tree that used to be mine when I was little.
Someone was thrilled to inherit it and put it up in her room this year. :)

Lainey got the Calico Critters dollhouse that she asked Santa for. I love that it is all about
little animal families....and not Barbie dolls. Although, I'm sure that day will come.

Baby girl got some swaddling blankets for Christmas!
Everyone I know raves about these. I guess we'll find out soon enough how good they are.

My sister got me a couple of mugs I'd been eyeing from anthropologie. As soon as I saw
the original initial mug was in gold, I knew I wanted it!

 White Christmas! :)

I truly hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a fun New Year's, too!


Visual Plans! {reindeer, predictions, and more!}

It's been a LONG time since I made visual plans and linked up with
Deedee, so since I had some extra down time today....here we go!
This week is going to be jam-packed with some new skills for my
first graders, so hopefully they are ready!
Of course, I've got some holiday stuff thrown in the mix, too. :)

Here are links to all of the products I'm using this week:

And just for the fun of it, you can get the products I made
that I'm using this week for 20% off until midnight!
Click the pics below!



Don't forget to check out Deedee's link up here!




HOLIDAY sticky note pack and the SALE!

Wow! The past five days have flown by...where did my break go?!?!

I did manage to barely complete a project I had been working on just
in time for the big Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale.

It's no secret that I love using sticky notes in the classroom, so naturally I wanted
to create a product I could use with all of my favorite holiday books!
We have just under 3 weeks until winter break, so I'm starting off tomorrow reading
one of my favorites, The Legend of the Poinsettia, so I can fit them all in.
Of course, I also had to stock up on holiday colored sticky notes!


I'm so stinkin' excited to use these with my 1st graders! They just love
using sticky notes and I usually get greater quality of work when we use them. :)

You can grab yourself a copy here!

My store will be 20% off and use the code CYBER to get an additional 8% off
your purchases Monday and Tuesday.

Here are some of my products you may be interested in...







I'm going to finalize my wishlist now!
Click the button below to head to my store.



How I Progress Monitor for Math...

I thought I'd share a little bit about how I progress monitor for math
in my classroom. It's really nothing too complicated and my district
provides us with a program to do our math progress monitoring.
However, I found that I needed some "practice" tests for these
progress monitoring tests.
Not that we want to only teach these tests, but students needs
practice seeing and experiencing these quick, timed tests.
I also would have parents asking for extra copies to practice
at home with, but I couldn't send home the program the district used.
I also wanted to progress monitor some of my kids more than every other week,
so I just simply needed more tests to use.

Last year I made a set of Number Identification and Quantity Discrimination,
but never got around to making the Missing Number set.
These three kinds of data are typical for Kindergarten and 1st grade and are used to
screen for missing skills in math.

I finally made the Missing Number set and updated the look on the other two
as well. Now that I have all three made, I also bundled them to save you some money
if you are interested in purchasing all three.

Like I said before, I like to progress monitor my struggling learners every week
during math workshop, just to get more data!
So I use my district's program every other week, and my pages
in between those weeks as "practice".

I keep all of my copies that I will need in a file crate near my small group table.
This way, I can progress monitor whenever I get a free second, but usually during
math workshop on Fridays.
Each type of test has it's own file folder and I paper clip together the copies
of each version of that test.
{In each product, there are 20 probes for #'s 0-10 and 20 probes for #'s 0-20}

I also keep my reading progress monitoring materials in this same tub
to keep it all together!

It's pretty simple but just thought I would share how I do it!
Check out my math progress monitoing products by clicking on any of the pics







So I've had friends ask me if I have a "feeling" whether we are having
a boy or girl.
It's an easy answer for me....no.
I don't get wrapped up into guessing that much because I know it will be
one or the other so I don't really spend too much time trying to figure it out!
We did go for our mid-pregnancy sonogram and tried to find out the sex.
Of course, baby was in a difficult position to tell, so we go back in a few weeks.
Our daughter did the same thing to us 5 years ago, so I guess we shouldn't have
been surprised to walk away without an answer that day, but I couldn't believe it happened again!

So, we still don't know, but I've finally started thinking about the nursery and looking
for inspiration on pinterest. These are some of my favorite pictures I've found and
I love the more gender neutral idea even though we plan to find out.
I'm just more drawn to those color palettes this time rather than pink for girl and
blue for boy.

Neutral Nursery

This is my favorite. I love the sage and turqouise. I'm leaning this way for a boy
or girl. And I think I might have the hubby on board with this one.

via Pinterest

 I love this one too...the cream and peach colors are so peaceful.

via Pinterest

I'm loving the deer/antler/arrow pieces that are everywhere these days.
The hubs is a avid hunter so he loves it too.

Psalm 139 print

Love this verse. :)

Colorful Arrow changing pad cover

I think I might do a solid color crib sheet, so this would be a pop of pattern in the room.

White Deer print

Hello Lovely print

Follow my nursery board or all of my boards on pinterest,
click the pic below!