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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Penguins Party Bulletin Board and Winter Sale

Just had to show you how cute the Penguins Party bulletin board turned out.   Thanks to my granddaughter's teacher we had a huge hallway bulletin board to work with. 

As we were thinking about putting the board up, I got the idea to add a little color by putting party hats on the penguins. The kids loved dressing up their penguins for a party. The hat pattern is not in the penguin's packet (it was a last minute idea) but it is nothing more than a triangle made from scrapbook paper and a fuzzy pom.

I also made icebergs so the penguins had a place to "hang out".  It gave some visual interest in terms providing different levels for the penguins to sit.  Enough said... here's the outcome.

Also just want to let you know that I am throwing a "Winter Sale".  All my winter/New Year's themed packets and games are on sale for 20%  off.  The sale runs from 12/19/2012- 12/23/2012.  Click here to go to my TpT store. 

Have a GREAT winter break!
Granny (Cindy) 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Year's Baby Craft/Prompts and Penguin Winners.

It has been a wonderful first half of the school year.  Now on to Winter break (YEA!) and then it's the start of the New Year!   It will be time to set goals and try to get back into a routine after a few weeks off.

In honor of the New Year I created this cute little New Year's Baby Craftivity and prompts.  The packet contains:
  • What _____ Knows About the New Year
  • A, B, C, Order (New Year's words)
  • On New Year's Eve I...
  • Fix the Sentences
  • Move and Make Words
  • This Coming Year I Will...
  • My New Year's Goal is...
  • New Year's Graph
  • Patterns and Directions 
Click on picture to go to my TpT store.

Leave a comment on my New Year's Baby packet (along with your email address).  I'll be giving two of these packets away on Friday.

Thanks so much to everyone who commented on the "Penguins Party!"  pack.  The two winners are:



Enjoy the rest of your week!
Granny (Cindy)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Beautiful, Easy, Ornament and Freebie

Looking for that last minute gift for a friend or relative, or perhaps something for the kiddos to make and take?  Look no further.  My daughter made these beautiful ornaments with my three grandchildren and they are beautiful, inexpensive, and easy.  What more could you want?

Mop n GLow
Glitter (the finer the better)
Completely clear glass bulbs.  Important that they do not have a rainbow or opaque coloring to them.
Paper bowl

Steps  1:
Pull cap off blub.
Add mop and glow and coat inside REALLY well by shaking bulb up and down. (no specific amount).  Make sure the mop n glow coats the neck of the bulb as well.  We placed a paper towel over the top to catch the cleaner as we were shaking.

Step 2:
Pour out the cleaner into a bowl.
Working quickly, (before cleaner dries) use a funnel to pour in the glitter.  Using a GOOD amount of glitter (don't be stingy on the glitter, needs a lot).  Shake it up and down.  We used our finger to cover the hole, or you can use a paper towel again.

Step 3:
We let them dry a bit and then replaced the cap.
Add a pretty ribbon at the top.

Aren't these darling. They did such a great job.   My daughter is SO creative! (Sorry, I just had to brag).

Here they are all dressed up and ready to give away. 

I am attaching a freebie "How To Make An Ornament Sheet" in the event you make them with your students.
Click here to download the PDF
 Have a great week.
Granny (Cindy)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Penguins Party!

Just wanted to take a minute to share this new craftivity with you all. It's my Penguins Party Pack and it's all about kindergarten-2nd grade math Common Core Standards.

I had a blast creating it and the craftivity is SO easy that it's perfect for independent work. The 32 page packet contains the following:

*Measuring (standard and non-standard)
*Placement words
*Telling time
*Read the Room Math Facts (1-5)
*Odds and Evens Game
*First to 50 Game
*First to 0 Game
*Read the Room Money Counting
*No bake peanut butter penguin snack
*Penguin Craftivity with pictured directions
*All activities are labeled with the Common Core Standards
Click here to view it in TpT
If this is a packet you think your students might enjoy, please leave a comment.  I'll give away two copies in a random selection of people who have left a comment.  Please be sure and leave your email address. I'll draw the two names on Wednesday.

Have a great Sunday-
Granny (Cindy)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Triple Treat Time!

I love to bake. I think it's fun, creative, and a pretty yummy pursuit. So I thought I'd like to share at least one of my quick, easy, and yummy recipes with you once a month.

Another treat I love is meeting new people, sharing ideas, accomplishments, and honoring what others so generously share.

Everyday there are more new bloggers emerging with their special twists on classrooms, lessons, activities, and inspirations about teaching.

Along with the recipe, I also want to introduce two new bloggers that I think are a real "treat" to follow. I am hoping this will encourage my followers to visit them, support them in their new blogging journey.  

Sometimes, blogging and TpT have a very competitive feel to them. I'm pretty sure that's not in anyone's best interest. I've been in the field of teaching for 40 years now and I do know this... when one of us succeeds - we all succeed.  There is nothing more important that we can do than support each other. 

I hope you take a little time to visit Ms. Cranfill's Class.  She is a first year teacher and a new blogger.  I think that's amazing!  I could hardly remember my own name during my first year of teaching.  She always shows samples of her students' work so we get a nice feel for what a great job she is doing.

Ms. Cranfill has a great attitude!  She writes in a motivational Monday post:

"I am a firm believer that happiness is a choice. If I wake and decide to be happy, I will be. So I will choose to be happy because it is good for my health, especially my mental health"

I'm sure that great attitude carries over to her classroom too.   She currently has 12 followers, so please hop over, enjoy her blog, and show a little love by following.  Ms Cranfill is a "mover and shaker" that we are going to want to watch through the coming years.  Click below to be transported to her place. 

The Teacher Wife 
Ms. Thigpen is another new blogger that is pretty darn special.  She is incredibly generous.  She posts a freebie almost every time she blogs.   She has been teaching for 9 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher (as of '09).  pretty impressive.  Her blog is great fun to visit as is her TpT store with 55 products and 22 freebies... well worth a look see!  She even fits knitting into her busy schedule.   She is currently at 77 followers and I just bet if we all head over to her "place" and follow, we can help her hit her first 100 followers in the next week or so.  

My favorite freebies are  her: 
Monster  ABC and number cards
Thanksgiving number match


And last but not least, here is my sweet treat recipe.  It's so quick, easy, and deeeeeelicious, that I should be embarrassed to call it baking (but I'm not).  This fabulous Red Velvet Cake is just in time  for the holidays.  As I recall, if you stand at the kitchen sink, eat bites without serving yourself a regular piece, and wash it down with skim milk, it has no calories.
Click on the picture to download the recipe.
Have a great week.
Granny (Cindy)