My goodness. It has been over 10 days since I have blogged. I am slacking for sure. BUT -- I have a perfectly good excuse I feel like. Nothing, not college, or even veteran teachers, could prepare you enough for teaching December. Especially Kindergarten. My kids are still awesome, but wild! They are all about Christmas and Santa, and our elf, Elmer. Nothing else really.. Thankfully I teach where I can celebrate the holidays and my kiddos can actually enjoy it. I am forever thankful for that. 
We have this week and then we are off until January 7. I am very excited to go home for the holidays, but I will definitely miss my kiddos. I will be so excited to hear about Santa when they get back. 
So this week consists of meetings, movie with the kiddos and admin, Christmas program, Christmas party, early release, secret santa, PTO luncheon, and then road trip with my wonderful husband.
My newsletter looks like this for week:  

No I can statements on this weeks newsletter. I will have them up on the board, but with how crazy it will be we are covering all over the board what certain kids need more help with! I also am going to cause quite the mischief with Elmer. I will definitely check back in hopefully by Friday and share the details on this week! 
Have to get busy on more products for TpT. When we get back we have a lot of new areas to cover and I have to make it super fun for my babies! 
Merry Christmas folks!
Mrs. Thomas 
 
 
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I have finally been able to participate in Elf on the Shelf!!! This year we have a boy elf, and his name is ELMER! <-- Too cute! 
I introduced him yesterday, and also read a note from Santa. The kiddos were super excited. They LOVED the story as well as the whole idea. I had a few kids who were skeptic. So I thought today was the time to introduce "ornery Elmer." The kiddos went to PE, and Elmer wasn't very happy with the talking meter from morning message. He previously showed up on the flag, and made streamers to get to the Christmas tree. On his way he poured out every tables crayons all over the table and then on his way back he got snow all over the tree and decided to tell them love Elmer. 
Let me tell you, the kids were ECSTATIC. If they didn't believe in Elmer before, they sure do now. Some were freaked and seriously watching every move they make. They now have begun to tell each other to follow the rules because Elmer gets upset. I was laughing. I felt so evil, but it was so funny. :) 
So then I had recess duty and I had another Kindergarten teacher go in to the room and cause some mischief. She wrote on the board I am watching you and flipped over all the chairs and put some on the tables. It's definitely making a difference in our room. They have worked harder on any work in one day than they ever have! 
I LOVE CHRISTMAS AND CHRISTMAS SPIRIT! Makes me so happy. 
I hope the elves are going well in everyone else's room! It is super fun for me!

Mrs. Thomas 

 
 
I hate hate hate missing work. Especially after a 5 day break. That's even worse. This morning I woke up at 3 am with the worst head pain I've had in my life, throwing up, couldn't go back to sleep. Couldn't even lift my head. It was horrible. I ended up sleeping until this afternoon after 1. I NEVER DO THAT. I broke my fever around that time, so I'm hoping this dang bug is gone!!!!! I have to many fun things and to much to do this month with my kiddos and they missed a day with their elf =( 
Now that I'm done complaining ;) --

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Well, there's a look into our week :) 
Hope y'all have a blessed December!
Mrs. Thomas 
 
 

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all! :)

Hope you all have wonderful food and great family time!

Check out my TpT store for a few new uploads in the next couple of days!! Have to work on it when husband isn't around, I can tell he's getting annoyed, but it really is addicting :)

Have a great day!!!

Mrs. Thomas

 
 
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Well, I've finally done it. Created a document I feel happy about and uploaded it to TpT!!!!

I'm so excited. It is definitely hard work, but I can't wait to print it out and laminate it for my kiddos next week!! :) Check out my store and hopefully I will have a lot more items in the next few days!!! 


 
 
It's finally here! A 5 day break! 

Yet, here I am, working on stuff on my laptop. It definitely has become addicting. 
Last week was pretty busy, we had so much fun in the classroom! We used Miss Kindergarten's November Centers for the last week and half. My kiddos had a blast, and it definitely inspired me to continue the creation of my own products/games for my kiddos to learn. They were asking questions about Thanksgiving just from the clip art even. That totally blew my mind, but made me a super happy teacher.
On Tuesday, we didn't have a "feast" we just made pumpkin-pie in a bag! I will say, it looks like legit poop when you squeeze it into the cup, the kids made sure and told me. BUT - they all ate it, every last drop!! So much fun. 

So, now I am trying to gather up some money to purchase these 5 things in my basket on TpT as well as start my own store!! 
 
 
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I have never been so excited!!!! 
I was informed this morning that I won Krazy About Teaching's awesome 10,000 view giveaway!  THANK YOU! I can not wait!!!!!! Everybody check out her blog! :) 

I will post later about this past week and this next two day week for Thanksgiving Break! Hope everyone across the country is staying warm! :) 

Mrs. Thomas

 
 
I have officially created my first "document" --- AHHHHHHHH. 
:) I should have known the holidays would get me in the spirit! 
Thank you to Fun Classroom Creations
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Alright folks, I am not sure if you have ever read/seen this story, Giraffes Can't Dance, by Giles Andreae. BUT -- let me tell you about my morning with this story. 

It is the sweetest story, and I brought Gerald the Giraffe in so the kids could discuss Gerald and his problem. The book is so heartwarming and teaches such a beautiful lesson the child were empathetic with Gerald, they laughed for Gerald, and then they clapped with happiness for Gerald at the end of the story. It was truly such a breathtaking moment with my little people. They sure show you how important the little things in life are, and how unimportant the bias and judgement is in the world. :) 

ANYWAYSSSS--- off my soap box 

I have to say I am absolutely loving all of these activities I am finding off TpT and blogs for my kiddos. I can hear and see them growing and learning daily in front of me. It's beautiful. It's definitely time for me to start creating my own activities. We've been having a blast and I am so proud. 

I have also learned, the language (words and body language) that you use in front of your children will reflect to these kiddos. They see you, they love you, they thrive off of your every word (usually.) So, with that said, don't talk to them like they are babies because they are but they aren't. They're little people, they're mini-adults. They honestly see this world in a better view than we do, in my opinion, and they love life. Learn from them. In return, teach them by being yourself. If you're grumpy with a bad attitude, it is DEFINITELY going to reflect in their behavior. Have fun with these kids and believe me, I have learned that if you have fun, goof off with these kids, play with them; that in return, they will learn and enjoy being around y

 
 
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Here is my newsletter for the next week. 

I have finished this for today, and printed out two 50+ page documents from TpT for the next two weeks for Thanksgiving activities/centers. 

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So this is the beginning of my "trying" to create my own documents and eventually learn to sell on TpT. I made puzzles of word families/rhyming words for a center/morning work bin activity and then I made the letter play dough mats for the two letters we're working on this week, Gg and Oo. So hopefully I can start working towards all these beautiful documents I see other teachers make and sell. It's definitely a whole new learning process! 
Hope everyone had a great weekend! It's back to the grind tomorrow --- We have our zoo field trip on Thursday and I am SO EXCITED :) 

Mrs. Thomas