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Round Rock, Texas, United States
I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and a Christian Kindergarten Teacher. Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy sewing, scrapbooking, quilting and creating innovative, hands on lessons for my students.

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Why teach Pre-K?

Because, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phillipians 4:13

Because, I love it and am called to it!

For my children and my husband!

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

5 Christmas Centers and a new TpT unit with a FREEBIE!

Hello All, Happy Holidays to you all! I wanted to share this week a few of my time tested Christmastime centers. I don't have pictures of all of them but I will post the ones I have. So far this year my busy little four year olds are enjoying the (1)jingle bell pick up the most. I place a bucket of small jingle bells on the table with 4 ice cube trays and 4 pair of tweezers. The children fill up the ice cube trays with the jingle bells without using their fingers. They count, make patterns, compare each others trays and sort by color. They have begged me to play this every morning this week!
(2) Candy cane counting center: I hang number cards across my cabinets on yarn. I then have them hole punched at the bottom to coorrespond with the number. The children then go along the row and hang plastic candy canes from the dollar store on each card while counting. (3) Christmas Sensory Bin: I have gathered bows, tinsel, plastic candy canes, jingle bells, small ornaments and all things Christmas (mostly from the dollar store) and have them in a bin for the children to play with. They love exploring these items with tweezers, magnifying glasses and divided trays for sorting. (4) Christmas Bow Patterns: I always shop after Christmas for 90% off supplies where there is always and abundance of bows in every color imaginable. I take out my color dot pattern cards and allow them to pattern with the bows. Once they have had a chance to play for a while I give them a long sheet of construction paper and a pattern to make (AB,ABB,etc.)They get to choose their favorite colors to pattern and adhere them to the paper to take home. For a large group activity you can count all of the bows and make patterns as long as your hallway or classroom. If you are working on counting have a bow day where you place bows everywhere around the room and the children have to find and bring them to you or count and record how many of each color they find. (5) Christmas word mix up center: I write Christmas/Holiday words on cards and then make a set of squares with each letter to coorrespond. I give the children a sheet of paper and a pencil and see how many words they can build from the Christmas words (Christmas, ornament, stocking, jingle bell, reindeer, hot chocolate, etc.) These centers are in addition to the Christmas Cookie Unit I have created which includes 14 complete centers and many more center/craftivity ideas. Christmas Cookie Math and Literacy Unit I have this unit on sale for $5.00 this week to kick off a great Christmas season so get it while it is on sale. It will go back up to $7.00 on Saturday.
Christmas Cookie Math and Literacy Unit Here is the link to the freebie I promised you all from my new Christmas Cookie Math and Literacy Unit: Christmas Cookie Freebie Till next time enjoy life! Christine

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thankful for a safe Thanksgiving!

Hello All, Sorry to neglect my blog this week but I took a much needed break with my family in Disney World! It was so nice to get away and enjoy my boys. I had evey intention of continuing to work on TpT sets and posts for my blog but little did I know that the time share did not have wifi!!!!! I think God had a plan to focus me on my famly, something I don't allow myself to do as often as I should.
So to all of my loyal followers, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your vacation was as joyful as mine, p.s. If you ever go to Disney and wonder if it is worth driving an hour to visit legoland, do it! Legoland was wonderful!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I FOUND IT!!!! Cute Class Christmas gift for cheap!

Hello All, Today while going through the dollar store for the hundreth time this year I found something I wasn't even looking for. I went to find pot holders for a school project and came across these super cute kid sized mugs.
I plan on putting a packet of hot cocoa mix and a small baggie of marshmallows inside. You could also fill with candy or a small ornament. I will probably tie a cute tag around it so there will be no need to buy bags and tissue. Besides the snowman they also had mugs decorated for santa, reindeer and snowmen holding sports balls. For a class project or parent gift they also have blank ones to decorate yourself. They come apart so you can change the picture. Oh, I should have bought some for the kiddos to make for Mom and Dad! Maybe I will be going back to the dollar store again tomorrow. It is like my second home! I know you know what I mean! My local dollar store is the Dollar Tree here in Round Rock Texas. I would think if you have one of these particular dollar stores near you that they would have the same inventory. I just know the kids will be so excited to get these and I can give a gift that I can be proud of. Do you have a trick to putting together gifts for your class without spending too much? Please leave me a comment about it, my followers and I are always looking for ways to bless our students and our families without breaking the bank. Till next time, Christine

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Newest Space Saver! Organization in small spaces on the cheap!

Hello All, In my neverending quest to fit just as much as I possibly can into my small amount of classroom storage I have found a new Favorite!!!!!!!
That's right 4x6 photo holders! Not only are they slimmer than the traditional pencil boxes but shorter and they stack nicely! I managed to fit a classic 8 set of fine tip crayola markers, a full set of crayola crayons, a few pencils, an eraser, scissors and a small gluestick. Everything my kiddos need at their desk, the only caveat is that traditional pencils are a little too long but once they are sharpened a couple of times they fit in just fine.
I can think of so many more uses: flash cards, dice games, counters storage, matching cards sets, the list goes on and on! I found these particular ones at Michaels which had them for $1.49 and 40% off plus the everyday teachers 15% discount=$.77 each!!!! Not only practical but cheap when you find them on sale. And I even bought a few extra just because I know I will find ways to use them! Till next time, Christine

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

100 TpT followers!!!!

Hello All, Sorry that I have been neglecting my blog this past week but I have been battling kidney stones and now I think I have the flu! But in all of this sickness I was so excited to check my Tpt store to find I now have 100 followers! It has been almost exactly one year since I started this blog and creating for TpT and I have to say it has made me a better teacher. I find myself planning ahead more, being more in depth in my lesson planning and being a more exciting teacher. Thanks to all of the great blogs and teacher sharing out there, I appreciate all of you!