Hope this post finds you doing well and relishing in sweet memories shared with family and friends over Christmas. We are all doing well and I am definitely enjoying some rest and relaxation from school although once again I did what I said I wouldn't do and went up to school this morning to do a little work in my classroom. :) Of course, I didn't get everything done that I need to but I got a good start on things so that I won't be too behind when we start back Jan. 7. This morning I printed off activities from Alessia Albanese's adorable units The Mitten and her new one Frosty and Friends for my reading and math centers. Be sure and check them out at tpt and/or at her blog www.missalbaneseclass.blogspot.com now I just need to get back to school to laminate them...
Our family is doing well. We had a really nice Christmas and everyone was happy with their Santa gifts. Kali is 10 this year and Santa and her elf on the shelf are very REAL to her so don't say you don't believe at our house or you will get a scolding from her. :) Kirk and Kara have been busy with their part time jobs -Kirk at IMart and Kara at babysitting. Kali enjoyed a sleep over at her bff's house last night. Tonight the 5 of us are going to see a movie-woo hoo! We will probably go to The Ritz at Milan, TN. We really like going there and we like the family who own and operate it plus Marty always wins free tickets for there since he calls in to our local radio station 100.9 The Farm and answers their trivia questions in the morning. Don't get me wrong we love our local court theatre but it's nice to be able to go see a movie during the week especially on Christmas break.
Our school Christmas party went off great! We did gift bags for the kids and each student brought in small Christmas items such as individually wrapped candies, plastic santa and snowman cups, pencils, holiday novelties, ornaments, gloves, anything the parents could think of and be creative with to fill our gift bag. I made pillowcases for the students -well, I wrote on them-all the popcorn words we are learning this year. I got this idea from Shari Sloane several years back when I met her at my first SDE conference. She has them printed up for her students but I just freehand mine and they turn out fine. I order the pillowcases online and they average less than a $1.00 per pillowcase. You can find info on the sight word pillowcases and the poem that goes with them at Shari's website www.kidscount1234.com and if you don't have her cd's you are MISSING OUT big time! They are two of my favorite must have cd's. I also gave each child a copy of the book The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever. Next year, I think I will give the boys a copy of The Gingerbread Boy and the girls a copy of The Gingerbread Girl. :) Never to early to think ahead!
When I went up to the school this morning, I noticed the green and white ribbon on our flagpole in memory of the Sandy Hook victims. I usually enter from the Kindergarten wing so I don't always go by the front of our building. This was such a tragedy and I know that it affected everyone especially teachers. Even though the stresses are greater now than ever I still cannot imagine not being a teacher. I feel that the Lord called me to be a teacher and I have never doubted it for once. Someone once said if you love your job, you'll never have to work a day in your life. Well, we all know teaching is A LOT OF WORK and much of the preparation goes on after hours even on our school breaks but we are truly blessed to have this high calling from the Lord to teach. I pray that you too feel as blessed with your job as I do and that we will all strive to continue to foster our classroom as a place of security, a place of wonder, a place of learning and a place of love for our students. Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year and God Bless!