Digging Through the Snow

After looking through my Facebook feed, I think it’s safe to say that MANY of you are digging your way through the snow this week!  Well aren’t you lucky?!  I was chipping away at the frost on my windshield this morning, but then it warmed up to the high 50’s and all was *almost* right in the world :)  I’ve been a little MIA this week because we’re testing our Kbabies!  Have I told y’all how much I LOVE mid-year testing?!?!  Because I honestly really DO!!  I LOVE seeing all the progress my kids are making!!!  Sure…it’s definitely time consuming…but I LOVE the results!  I’m SO unbelievably proud of my kids!!!  They just BLOW me away!!! 

Speaking of digging, did I tell y’all we got a new dog?!?!  After Nutella was taken, we were so very, VERY sad.  Then we decided to get a German Shepard {oh how I LOVE Germans!}  We decided we’d wait ‘til the summer to get a puppy so we’d have time to train him.  Well…God had a different plan for us and we were introduced to a rescue group here in Houston…PugHearts.  Y’all remember our old dog, Griffin?!?!  The world’s sweetest, fattest pug?!?!  Well, after he passed in March, we said that *one day* we’d love to add another pug to the mix.  PugHearts is this great rescue organization here in the Houston area and they had a little guy we just fell for….hook, line, and sinker.  And after we had to sign away our first born child {not really, but ohmiword…the rescue adoption process is NO joke!!!!}, we have ourselves a new member of the family.  Meet Lloyd…our sweet little 6-year-old rescue!  We LOVE him!!!! 


Okay…sorry about that.  Just a proud *mommy moment*.  Back to business.  Let’s talk math…again..shall we?!

We played another “make 10” game this week, only this time, we practiced using a number line. This is pretty much the same idea as the snowman/tens frame game I posted about HERE.  I made a giant number line out of butcher paper and took out one of my 10 cent snowflakes as a marker.


Then I hid some **snowballs*** {aka: paper circles} in the **snow** {crinkle paper}.  Each *snowball* had a number {1-10} written on it.  The kids had to reach into the snow and dig for a snowball.

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Once they pulled out a snowball, we marked the number on the number line using our giant snowflake. Then we moved the snowflake to 10 and counted the number of spaces we moved along the way.

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After we counted the spaces, we created number sentences to match.  They’re getting SO good at creating number sentences!!  And I love that they’re starting to understand how to *add on*!!    We recorded our number sentences on a little recording sheet in my newest math packet.  This is actually a large life size version of the activity in the packet….my kids are begging to do it again!!!  You can click the pic below if you need a few more math tub activities for winter!


TGIF{tomorrow}!!!  Happy 3-day weekend to you!!!!


  1. Your passion for teaching math is inspiring, I'm still working my way there :)

    Congrats on adopting your puppy! We are in the process now of rescuing a lab and the paperwork is seriously nothing to mess with. Happy weekend to you!

    1. No kidding!!! The paperwork is nuts!!! Congrats on your new baby :)

  2. Oh, Lloyd is precious! And he certainly poses for pictures! Love his blue eyes and coloring.

    As a first grade teacher I am so impressed with your math for K's! They are certainly getting a great foundation from a teacher who LOVES math!

    Nutella was taken? I must have missed the blog about that. SADsville!

    1. Yes...Nutella was taken!!!! SO sad!!! We had him for 3 weeks and Mr. spouse was playing with him in the front yard. This young guy walked up and asked him if Nutella was ours and then proceeded to tell him it was his dig. Long story short, it was his owner and he took him away :(. We cried about it for days!!!

  3. Hi!
    I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog... your posts and passion for teaching inspire me so much! ...I am 20 and actually in my second year of college to get my teaching degree to teach 1st and kindergarten. I actually found your blog randomly before I made a decision to go into teaching, and you influenced me a lot.

    p.s. Lloyd looks like such a sweetie :)

    1. Aww..good luck Jazzmin! You won't regret your decision :). Good luck!

  4. You just always have the best ideas! I look forward to every post to see what genius idea you come up with next!

    Your new dog is so cute! Lloyd seems like the perfect name for him!


    1. You are too sweet! Thank you! We love the name Lloyd! Fits him to a T! Ha!

  5. I put your newest unit in my cart...I never have enough time to do ALL the fun stuff I want to but at least I have it! It's like shoes...you can never have too many!!!!!! HA!

    First Grade Fanatic!

  6. Hahaha!! You can NEVER have too many shoes!!! So true!!

  7. Lloyd is adorable! We have a black pug and we are obsessed with him.

    I love this new unit. I needed some number line activities for a couple of my kids. Thanks for all the ideas!

  8. I love all of your products! I almost wish I was teaching Kindergarten so I could use more of your products!


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  9. Your Lloyd is so cute, congratulations on your new family member!!! I love all your activities, thanks a lot for working so hard and letting us have sneak peeks of your happenings :)

    Sweet Blessings & Learning Treats

  10. Your positive attitude inspires me everytime I read your post. Thank you!!!!

  11. Your new dog is adorable!!! And...I'm very jealous of your 50 degree weather yesterday. I'm so over the cold!

    Fun In First

  12. Awww, your new dog is so precious! I love seeing animals who need homes get adopted :) I live in Houston too; the weather has been so crazy! Back to being warm next week it looks like!

    Ladybugs Lounge

  13. My Goodness that all of these images are looking mind blowing thanks for the sharing.

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  14. Love the number line idea! Thanks! I have a question - do you know where your mom got her dress for your sisters wedding? My sister and I both have sons getting married in spring and summer - her dress was beautiful.

    1. Diane...yes! She will be so excited you said that :). We thought the dress was stunning :). She got it at Dillard's!!!! Hope this helps!!!

  15. I love your ideas. I refer to you by first name at my school. It's like calling a movie star by only their first name! Off subject question, has your episode of house Hunters ever been on. We love that show and would love to see your episode.

  16. Oh my gosh, Lloyd is just precious!!! Congrats to you and your family!

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  18. Oh. My. Goodness. Lloyd is presh. Also, all of your ideas inspire me to no end. I think you help me be a better teacher every day. Thank you, Cara!

    First Grade Wolves

  19. Hi and Congrats! Llyod is super cute!! We adopted a rescue dog last September. My kids and hubby were all totally on board but I was not sure about adding a puppy to our already busy lives! Boy, was I wrong! I fell in love instantly and our family is so lucky to have Dewey! Who really rescues who?? :)

    I love your blog! I subbed for years before going back to school to get my master's in education. I have been dreaming about being a teacher since I began substitute teaching! When I was in graduate school I found your blog and have been inspired by you with each of your posts! I'm in my 3rd year teaching full time now and have decided to enter the blogging world as a contributor! Anyway, thanks for all the inspiration and motivation!!
    Laura ~ First Grade Spies

  20. As always, your math game is adorable, simple and fun!

    Lloyd is BEYOND cute. I bet he isn't spoiled at all?! ;P

    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  21. Lloyd is so cute Cara. I know your boys love him to pieces. Pets are so precious and special.

    You always have such great ideas....I keep comparing how clean your frog rug looks compared to mine!!! I have a hard time focusing on anything else! Lol! =)

    Your kiddos are going to ROCK 1st grade next year. I bet it really helps because you know where they need to be at the end of the year to be ready to be awesome Firsties!

    Blessings to you sweet friend!

    Heather's Heart

  22. I so enjoyed seeing your picture of Lloyd. He's so handsome. I have two adorable pugs {Meg and Emma}, and I'm a total pug lover. Congratulations on the new addition to your family.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  23. Loving these math tubs! Your work is amazing and Lloyd is pretty handsome too!

    Amanda Bryant
    A Traveled Teacher