A New Year Freebie & Some Resolutions

So…let me just go ahead and say that I LOVE New Year’s :)  Not because I’m partyin’ it up on NYE…unless you consider sparkling cider, my sofa, and MTV a party…but I love it because it gives us a chance to start all over.  Such a great time to reflect and make resolutions and ohmiword…I’ve got a few!  I thought I’d go ahead and share those with y’all and then share a *little* freebie :)

This has been one of those years.  I’m sure you can tell by the lack of my blogging :)  Between my very spirited class, my even more spirited boys, a husband that works nights, and domestic duties, this little blog has been pushed aside.  I’m sure it doesn’t help that I’m also trying to maintain my personal blog AND my domestic blog, too.  My personal blog is my journal…the random stories of our little life…and I don’t want to slack on that one, so I’ll be keeping up with that one a lot more often!   But I also LOVE this little blog.  I love all the opportunities it’s thrown my way and all the WONDERFULLY TALENTED, AMAZING teachers/friends I’ve met through it.  And keeping up with it has really helped me stay on track in my own classroom, too!

I’ve been SO blessed by so many of you in SO many different ways.  Your comments, your emails, your posts, your ideas, your funny stories, your creativity, your sharhing hearts, your vulnerability…everything!!  I’ve loved meeting some of y’all in real life and feeling like I’ve known you since forever.  I’ve loved meeting some of y’all just through comments/emails and feeling the same way.  This little blog…and ALL of you…have been such a blessing to me :) 

 

In 2012, I plan on…

*Commenting more.  I have a little over 100{ish} teaching related blogs I read through Google Reader every day.  I catch up on my phone mostly…while I’m sitting in traffic, cooking dinner, bathing my boys, etc.  The bad thing about Google Reader is that it’s made me terribly lazy.  I haven’t visited blogs in a LONG time, so I’ve been slacking in the comment department.  BUT, I’m changing that in 2012.  I’m always so appreciative and grateful when y’all comment on my blog and I definitely want y’all to know that I’m lovin’ reading what you’re posting, too!  So…I’m definitely going to get better at that.  Will somebody hold me accountable, please?!  Rachelle?!?!  Where are you?!?!  HA!

*Returning emails.  I’m not even gonna get into this because my email is a sad, sad place.  So unattended.  I’m so overwhelmed by emails that I’ve been behind for a long time now.  If you’ve emailed me and haven’t heard back, I’m sorry…for real.  As you can tell, I’m extremely long winded and way to wordy, so those are the kind of emails I want to send back when you write.  If I can’t sit down and send you a “talkative” email, I keep putting it off until I can.  Now I’ve dug myself into a hole and can’t get out. I’m wiping the slate clean and starting from scratch. I just can’t get to them all, so I’m deleting my inbox.  If you email me again…starting now…I promise I’ll get back to you right away :)

*Updating my sidebar.   Like I said, I haven’t visited blogs in forever…mine included.  I’ve been meaning to update my sidebar with links to more blogs and I’ve just been so dang lazy.

*Being more consistent with my Wandering Wednesday posts.  Darnit!  I started off so great, but then I just got so busy!!!  This year has been wild, but I’m determined to get back on track!

*Post more freebies.  Starting now…

Here’s a little {42 page} freebie just for you :)  I’ll need something to keep my kids busy when they come barreling through my door on the 3rd, so here are a few activities I’m using to keep them on task.  You can click the picture to download it or head on over to my TpT shop and pick it up there {for free}.  Hope this helps get your new year off to a great start!!!

HappyNewYear

For those of you that have asked about my Winter Math & Literacy center packs, those will be uploaded this weekend!!  I’m still visiting with my in-laws up north, so I’m knee deep in family time and trying to savor every minute of this WAY too short vacation.  Hope y’all are having a very BLESSED holiday and I’ll see y’all next year :) HA!  Couldn’t resist ;)

114 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for sharing all of these awesome activities!!

    Marvelous Multiagers!

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  2. you are THE best, so generous to share such a huge and FUN freebie! i've emailed you a couple of times and you've always responded and so sweetly too, feel like I'm talking to a good friend, so I can't imagine how overwhelming an inbox full can be! thanks again and happy new year!

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  3. Your blog makes me wish I taught the littler ones! I do love my 6th graders though!

    Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher

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  4. This is a great packet to make the transition back to school a little easier (and fun)! Thanks for all of your hard work and for sharing this, Cara!

    Visit Primary Junction

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  5. OMG! I'm so excited about this freebie! I have downloaded several different things this past week...anticipating my first week of school. I can't thank you enough for providing so many skills that my kiddos need and now I have what I need to provide it for them. Thanks for being so generous with your talent!
    First Grade Delight
    imgoingfirst@gmail.com

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  6. I just love you!!! :)

    And your freebie.....can I just say WOW!!! This is JUST what I needed!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. You are a saint! I'm diligently trying to finish up all of my January plans before going back (HA!) and this packet is a God-send. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  8. Cara - thanks so much for the freebie! It's all great stuff! Enjoy the rest of your break!

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  9. LOVE! Can't wait to use it when my darlings come back!

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  10. Thank you SO much! My second graders (and I) will love this review! What a great packet, you're the best!

    Lauren
    Notes from Miss Dennis

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  11. Thank you so much!!!! You are definitely generous to share this freebie.

    I've been stalking your blog from last January and getting ready to use a lot of your ideas--again!

    Happy New Year!

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  12. Thank you so much! I'm excited to go back and add these to my centers!

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  13. I hear ya bout having a spirited class! Thank you so much for this freebie :)
    ☼Libby
    Dual Kinder Teacher

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  14. You are so kind...thank you for all of your hard work and for sharing so often!

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  15. Oh Cara you sweet, sweet thing. Love it! I'm such a sucker for those scrappin doodles kids!

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  16. Wowzaa!! What a fantastic freebie, thank you ! Isn't it amazing how things get backlogged when life gets in the way? ;)

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  17. Thanks for the freebie!

    Awesome resolutions too :)

    Color Me Kinder

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  18. One of my resolutions is to comment more too! Since last spring I have been following some AMAZING bloggers, but was a little clueless how to go about the whole process and was in dire need of a new computer (is ten + years a little too old for a computer :)? Christmas came and now I can't be silent anymore! I wrote in my brand new blog(also a resolution) today how all of you fabulous blogger ladies made me "cutesy with a cause" and are helping me to make my students learning more memorable. I've been inspired and am loving it! What a blessing you have been!

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  19. It's a good thing I made a run for ink and paper earlier! Your freebie is AWESOME and has kept my printer humming. Love, love, love your blog! I'm gonna have to start following your others too.

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  20. So sweet! I definitely agree with you on some of the 2012 bloggin' plans! I SO need to do the same! Hope you have a happy 2012!!
    Much love!
    Morgan
    firstgradefresh.blogspot.com

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  21. You are awesome, Cara... and a little too hard on yourself. Just focus on staying healthy and happy... the rest will fall into place.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Dragonflies in First

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  22. Thank you so much for the freebie. You are too sweet. Happy New Year to you!

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  23. I always love reading your blogs! Thanks so much for the freebie! It's great! :)

    I can definitely relate with checking google reader on my phone and not checking out the actual blogs. Something I need to work on too!

    Happy New Year!

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  24. WOW, WOW, WOW!! Thank you so much! You are to sweet to share this much of your time and effort with us. Happy New Year!
    Barbara
    meadowt@msn.com

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  25. Cara you are so stinkin' sweet to share this! Thanks so much for sharing this amazing freebie!!!!! Enjoy what's left of the break sweet girl! :) Happy New Year!


    Elisabeth
    www.missdelk.blogspot.com

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  26. This is an amazing freebie!! Thank you for sharing it. Your blog was one of the first ones I have came across and love all your ideas and reading your post!! It's awesome!!


    Apples and Papers

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  27. Cara you are an awesome lady! Thank you for your inspiration and wonderful activities. You have taught an old dog some new tricks.

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  28. Awesome freebie! Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to use this with my class.

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  29. You are amazing. This freebie is perfect. I can relate on some of your blog goals! Enjoy your family and Happy New Year.
    Robynn

    BusyBees

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  30. Thank you so much for sharing these free activities! You are so generous and I look forward to your all too cure posts! You have really inspired me as a teacher! Happy New Year!

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  31. You are too kind!! Thank you so much for sharing!! And I absolutely LOVE the picture of your boys in front of your tree!! Happy NEw Year!!

    Ali
    alischepis(at)gmail.com

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  32. You are, of course, awesome!! Your resolutions are great and something I'd like to work on as well.

    Jodi
    fun-in-first.blogspot.com

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  33. Thanks for the awesome freebie! I am sure Rachelle will not let you forget. I am amazed at how she reads everything. Good luck with the resolutions. I am going to try for the reading and commenting one, too.
    Erica Bohrer's First Grade

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  34. Wow that is soo generous of you! Hope 2012 brings nothing but the best to you and your fam!
    Gracie
    www.livinglargeinfirst.blogspot.com

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  35. Thanks for the darling pack...I'm expecially excited to use the making words!
    Happy New Year!

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  36. First of all thank you for the freebie. That was very generous of you. I love your work-you are such a dedicated teacher. Don't be too hard on yourself about blogging-you still update and family always should come first! Hope you enjoy your last few days of break! Happy New Year!
    Rambling About Reading

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  37. Your freebie is awesome! And so generous. I did so many of your wonderful Christmas craftivities. Your blog has helped me be more creative and added the fun back into my classroom. Happy New Year!

    Leslie
    (a fellow Texas Teacher)

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  38. This looks fantastic! You've hit the mark right on with these activities and they will definitely get used next week. So cute! Thanks a bunch!

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  39. thanks for the new years freebie :o)

    i am a terrible commenter too because i read on the go.. and those extra steps it takes to comment are hard to fit in :o(

    I too, feel bad about not letting people know that I read, download, or even appreciate their posts!!

    I need to do better in 2012!

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  40. WOW! This is an amazing gift. Thank you

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  41. I love this thank you for sharing this wonderful resource.

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  42. Thank you for the fabulous unit! My kids will love it when we get back to work. I'm almost sad (almost, not really!) that we don't got back to work yet. Thanks for sharing!

    Kristen

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  43. Thanks a million! Your stuff is awesome as ALWAYS!! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  44. So excited about the New Year's Freebie! Thanks for blessing us! :)

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  45. Thank you for your freebie-it looks amazing!

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  46. Thanks for sharing. You are awesome!!

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  47. I found you on Pinterest and am SO glad I did. I am now a follower. Hope you will visit me, too.

    Pitner's Potpourri

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  48. Thank you for the freebie! I've been sick and dreading going into work to get plans ready for when we go back! This is a life saver! <3

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  49. This is incredible Cara! I hope you had an amazing Christmas & New Year! Is it already almost over? Savor every last minute! Thanks for the HUGE freebie, heading out to get more ink- ha ha! Such good stuff!

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  50. Hey is it ok if I use this picture of the packet on my blog to link back to you to tell everyone about this freebie - its so incredible!!!!???? If its not ok, I will take it down!

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  51. Your resolutions are inspiring! Thank you so much for the freebie!
    Cindy

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  52. This is so wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing these awesome activities and helping ALL of us start the new year off better.

    I have lots of penguin and snowmen *freebies* if you want to come grab them! =)

    Heather
    Heather's Heart

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  53. THANK YOU for sharing your wonderful ideas!

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  54. Thank you for the fabulous freebie! I can use this!
    Happy New Year!

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  55. Thank you so much for sharing! You are AMAZING!
    Happy New Year :)

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  56. Happy New Year Cara! :)

    Thanks so much for this adorable little center! It will be perfect for the upcoming week back! I have inservice all day tomorrow can you believe it? Oh well, enjoy the rest of your break!

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  57. Wow - this is wonderful. Thank you so much for making it that much easier to get back in the swing of things after a long break! Glad to be your newest follower.

    Sarah
    A KinderGarden In Bloom

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  58. Thank you so much for this unit, I am going to use it this week when I get back to work!!! It ia absolutely fantastic!

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  59. Love the freebie! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  60. So cute! Love all the fun things. This will be great at centers this week.

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  61. Wow! That is incredible!! And I'm with you...regular postings can be difficult at times. I almost need to schedule it like a meeting to be sure and block out the time! Thanks for the fab unit and have a great 2012! :)

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten

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  62. Wow! What a generous freebie! I love your blog so much but I totally understand how hard it is to balance. I have 2 boys as well, but only one blog. I can't imagine having 3 blogs! That's pretty impressive. I always appreciate your posts. They are always filled with so many amazing ideas. You are definitely one of my favorites. Have a fabulous 2012!
    ~Sarah
    If you want some freebies, come visit my blog (I'd love to share some things with you since I've used so many of your wonderful ideas and freebies):

    snippetsbysarah@blogspot.com

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  63. Thank you so much!! This is such a treat! I can also relate... 2 boys.. military life overseas. If only we didn't need sleep! :) Happy New Year and thanks again!

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  64. How wonderfully generous! Thanks a bunch, and happy new year!

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  65. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I needed a little something to help get me back into the swing of things. Your free packet has done just that. I am now excited and will be ready to see my kidos when they enter the classroom on Wednesday. Seriously, you are my life savor!

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  67. Love This! Thanks :)

    todayinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  68. Happy New Year, thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas.
    clporter24@hotmail.com

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  69. Hey Cara,
    Thank you for your freebie!!! I'm also giving away a New Year's Freebie on my blog as well if you want to stop by and grab it :)

    http://thelandof2ndgrade.blogspot.com/2011/12/new-years-unit-come-and-get-it.html

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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  70. I teach 3rd grade, but I can still use some of these activities! Thanks!

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  71. Thanks so much for all these awesome activities! I will definitely be using them!
    Kristy
    www.cozartsclass.blogspot.com

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  72. WOWWIE WOW WOW! Thanks a ton for your awesome packet! Will be printing it to use on Wednesday :( *tear*

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  73. Love learning new ideas and reading new blogs...great idea!

    tbraunscheidel@gmail.com

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  74. I LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing! I mentioned your wonderful freebie on my blog:
    http://mrsliretteslearningdetectives.blogspot.com

    Mary

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  75. Wow! These activities are PERFECT! Thanks for sharing. Your products are wonderful!!
    ~Fredia
    Frogs in First

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  76. Thanks so much for this! I needed something for Wednesday I have been teaching 4th grade and now I am teaching my first grade sweeties. This will be great for when they show up at the door!

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  77. Thanks for the freebie! Can't wait to try it out with my class!

    Nicole
    http://teaching-with-style.blogspot.com

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  78. Thank you so much for sharing! Happy New Year to you as well!!

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  79. Thanks for sharing! All of your activities/centers are adorable. I purchased diagraph kids and will be using them this week! Can't wait!!!
    I'm a texas teacher and FOR SURE want to attend the next meet up!!!
    Happy New Year:)

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  80. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! You literally made my day back at school today much better than it would have been otherwise (because of this freebie)! This is a FANTASTIC packet and has so many cute ideas! And..it is contains exactly what I am teaching right now! My class worked on making words from Happy New Year today, and I copied many other items for later this week and next. Thanks so much, & Happy New Year! :)

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  81. Thank you so much for this! I put the making words in my Words Center... and my kids loved it (even the ones who made words like nar, re, and more! Goofballs! Love it!

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  82. Thank you so much. This made a wonderful start to my New Year!!!

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  83. Thanks so much for sharing, I can't wait to use this!

    Shawna

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  85. Thanks a million for the freebie! I've using it this week with my kids, and they love it! It's been a great transition back into the school routine!

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  86. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas! :) Happy New Year! We've been using your freebie this week!! kristiwebler@gmail.com

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  87. Wow! I can't believe this is a FREEBIE! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  88. I follow your blog and tpt store! Thanks for the awesome products!
    Tam
    gtcase@hotmail.com

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  89. I have been following your blog for about three months now....downloading freebies, purchasing things from TPT that you have created....etc. I just love your sight and it has really helped me make the change to first grade. I have taught second for 9 years and fourth for 3 years. It's been a bit of an adjustment. Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to education. Your creations are amazing! I love the New Year packet. I just wish I had looked at your blog last night. I made an analog and digital clock game but yours is so much cuter. I already printed it out and will be making it tonight! Love it!

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  90. Oops - forgot email....first.grade.newbie@gmail.com

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  91. I too am a bit useless on commenting.... I read my blogs on reader too and then pin all the stuff I like to pinterest or star the blogpost.. and then forget to comment... so this too will be my new year blog resolution - along with making sure I blog more often!! (: U and ur blog make me smile, all the way here in NZ.

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  92. Thank you so much! It's precious and just what I needed :)

    www.newadventuresinfirstgrade.blogspot.com

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  93. I love this packet! I can't wait to have my kiddos work on it. I am on maternity leave so they might be celebrating the new year in Feb. HAHA!

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  94. Thank you so much for this free unit! I made the transition back to school so much easier!

    ♥ Samantha
    Learning with a Happy Heart

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  95. Wow!! That was an awesome freebie!!! Thank you so much! (Plus, I can't remember if I commented on your last post, but your Christmas pictures are adorable! That silhouette photo with the Christmas tree is the best!) Thanks again! ~Heidi V.

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  96. LOVE! this freebie. SO cute and I am totally using it. Thank you and happy new year!!

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  97. They're so cute! I wish i can have some. Thanks and sending my warmest New year wishes for you and your family. have a great holiday!

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  98. This plan is such a nice and great... I will apply this plan on this new year 2013... so I am wising you all happy new year and only for you new year messages

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  99. Great resolutions and a great freebie. I think you are amazing! Happy New Year!

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  101. Thank you so much for this freebie! There are many activities I can use for centers as we come back from break:)

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  102. Like you, a number of people make some new year resolutions in the starting of the year. It is much better if we could stayed on these oaths. Some people who wanna share new year wishes 2017 can include their promises for the upcoming year.

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