Christmas Spirit

I haven’t been much for blogging this month.  But I swear I have a good excuse.  I spent the first week of December putting the finishing touches on my presentations for the North Carolina Kindergarten Conference.  I had 4 in one day and I may or may not have underestimated the amount of work it would take to prep and pack. Let’s just say that I definitely put the PRO in procrastinate.

On top of that, I had to get sub plans ready for two full days.  I’d SO much rather be at school than EVER have to take a personal day…there’s just way too much work involved for that!  I know you feel me. 

I’ve never really traveled alone before…other than quick 1 way flights to see my girls.  I actually had to catch connecting flights both going and coming and that was about enough to make me crazy.  My first flight ended up being delayed and I missed my connecting flight in ATL…the MOST CONFUSING airport in America.  I was so stressed out about getting to NC that I managed to get my very first cold sore ever.  {TMI?!?!}  What a nice way to make a first impression :)


I had the BEST time in NC.  Everyone was SO sweet and so welcoming.  It was a long day for sure, but I got such great ideas from some of the girls and I can’t wait to put ‘em in action in the classroom!! 

Me & a few of the sweet girls I met in NC…I **borrowed** their pics from IG and FB :) {Shannon, Heather, & Cristy}

christmas1b copychristmas5christmas1c copy

After it was all said and done, I was SO happy to be back home with my sweet boys.  However, I managed to get sick in the meantime {praise the Lord for Vitamin C, Emergen-C, and throat lozenges}  and  I think I’m *finally* getting over it all!  Ain’t nobody got time to be sick in December!!!! 

Instead of going into great detail about all the craziness going on in Room 206, I’ll spare you too much detail. 

Have y’all ever read this book??


It’s precious and definitely a MUST read during the holiday season. I especially loved it because it tied in perfectly with our Writer’s Workshop minilessons on adding speech bubbles to our writing/illustrations.  I was able to quick whip up a little readers response from the perspective of an animal and the kids had to write what they wanted for Christmas inside the little speech bubble…just like the book. 

christmas1 christmas2

Scrapbook paper strip candy canes.  You might remember when we did something similar with pumpkins back in October.


Found this precious little mailbox at Dollar General and gave it a home in our classroom.  The kids got to use the mailbox to write letters to Santa in the writing station last week.  This week I’m putting all the **best** work inside and sending it straight to Santa.  You’d better believe that the kids are working extra hard to get their work put inside!  HA!


The holiday season isn’t the same without our four-legged reindeer friends.  We made the reindeer heads in response to reading and the little green paper backed reindeer were made in art class.  The kids seriously get so giddy when their work goes up on our walls!


We made a little tree map all about Santa and the kids got to use that to guide their “All About Santa” writing.  They even got to make their own Santa heads with a little tear paper action.  I LOVE how different they all turned out!  


We also did this little Reindeer simile writing activity you might remember from last year.christmas5

This is always such a relatable activity for the kids because they know SO many things that are red and they LOVE to share that knowledge during the brainstorm part of the activity.  Their writing tends to go a bit smoother also because they know EXACTLY what to write!



Grinch Day was last Friday and that’s when I was really starting to get pretty sick-y…not a picture one. SAD.  However, I’m loving scrolling through Instagram to see all the Grinch goodness that’s going on in your classrooms this year!  I’m taking notes!!!

Tomorrow we have our “Traditions Around the World” scheduled for the day…then it’s a full day on Wednesday…Polar Express Day on Thursday {half day for the kids!!!} and our Christmas Party on Friday {another half day}.  We’re almost there!!  WE CAN MAKE IT!!!!!


  1. Only another teacher understands the pace at which you are running! Well done, amazing and inspiring stuff.
    We also totally get the ' rather come to work sick than have to prep for a casual teacher'!!
    Merry Christmas from Australia
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  2. I picked up one of the mailboxes from Dollar General, too! :) So cute!

  3. So many great things going on in your classroom. What did you present at the conference?

  4. Would love the All About Santa template as it fits in nicely with our All About Books in writing.

  5. I LOVE the mailbox!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. :)
    Merry Christmas!

    Mrs. Beattie's Classroom

  6. kumaha atuh nya hoyong kahiji iyeu blog abi ameh seur format
    obat diabetes
    obat maag

  7. I'm sure you were amazing at your presentations!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Fun In First

  8. Has anything ever bothered you in life? Do you
    have any problem you need to solve? A pending
    court case you want to resolve in your favor?
    Health, relationship and finance. Welcome to
    the world of miracles and wonders, there are
    supernatural treasure and power to liberate
    mankind from all afflictions. Why cant you live a
    life of your dream? Why must you work so hard
    and yet earn so little? Why cant you be happy
    with the one you love and desire or why cant the
    one you love reciprocate and appreciate that
    love? Why would the doctor tell you there is no
    solution or cure to your problems? Why would
    your lawyer say you stand no chance, that your
    case is hopeless? Have you been cheated by
    anyone or those owing you money refuse to pay
    back? Do you need a rapid job promotion in
    your place of work? You want to venture into
    politics? Now I understand certain things are
    hard to believe and comprehend, but all I ask
    from you is only 3 days and if you will follow my
    instructions and use the items you will receive, I
    promise your life will never be the same
    again.If you find no relevance in the help I offer
    I solemnly appeals do not be vindictive and go
    in peace. And if your intentions are to take
    advantage of the powerful nature of our items
    for the purpose of evil, I will not have any
    business with you please be advised. May
    angels guide you. All inquiries should be
    directed to the Priest Abija email below Email: or
    you can sent a text message to this number:(518) 303-6207!

  9. Thank you for sharing great ideas! I get really inspired when reading your blog! I would love it if you could share what kind of fonts you use, and if they also include the norwegian letters æ ø å.
    Merry Christmas from Mie (Norway)