Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Are YOU a HELPER ELF?

It's the 
MOST, WONDERFUL 
TIME OF THE YEAR!



I do not own this video. This video belongs to SantaKlaws67 http://www.youtube.com/user/SantaKlaws67

SANTA  CLAUS  IS COMIN' TO TOWN!

I work at a low socioeconomic, Title 1 school.
This time of year can be very hard for some kids.
Some families DON'T celebrate Christmas.
Some families can't afford gifts.
Some are VERY proud and won't accept donations.
So...Santa doesn't come to EVERY house.


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So today..we had  
THE TALK.

THE talk about what December, Christmas, and Santa
are REALLY  about.

GIVING & HELPING!

Today...we  became
HELPER  ELVES!



We talked about 
HOW we can HELP at HOME, 
at SCHOOL, 
and help our FRIENDS!

We talked about giving from the "heart".
Our class meeting was SO enlightening!
My kids were SO engaged.
It was NOT about "ME..ME..ME".
It was about "What can I do for OTHERS!"

Sniff..sniff..made tears of joy come to my eyes!

IT WAS AWESOME!

And so..

Santa, you can come to ROOM 3.
(I have a feeling...he will)

But for now..

WE WILL BE HELPING YOU,SANTA!

WE ARE HELPER ELVES!




To help YOU out..

I have some 
CHRISTMAS Goodies
for the classroom
in my TPT store.



Here is a FREEBIE
from my store!


MERRY CHRISTMAS, 
Helper ELVES!



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Saturday, November 25, 2017

2 $50 TpT GIFTCARDS... GIVEAWAY

IT'S ALMOST HERE!

CYBER MONDAY

My FAVORITE shopping day of the YEAR!

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To celebrate...

An amazing group of teachers and I have joined together to help you win some extra money to spend while you are shopping the TPT Cyber Sale!



TWO winners will be chosen to win a $50 TPT Gift Card!



2 WINNERS get $50  EACH!

Who wants one? 
ME! ME! ME!
( hands UP) :)

The giveaway ends Monday, November 27 at midnight.
 Good luck!





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Friday, November 24, 2017

THANKS! Win a $100 TPT Card

I love THANKSGIVING!

Everyone is happy, 
full from ALL of the wonderful food, 
and ready to SHOP!



As we are SO thankful to you, myself and a team of amazing teachers have grouped together to gift an awesome teacher with a TPT gift card to show them how appreciative we are!


Giveaway  begins :
Friday, November 24
and ends Friday, December 1



PRIZES INCLUDE 1 x $100 TPT Giftcard

REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

Raffle CLOSES: Friday 1st December 2017 12am

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

DJ INKERS GIVEAWAY..and FREEBIE

The elves are working.
No.
 Not just "working "...
                     
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THEY  ARE  WORKING!

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During the RUSH..everyone is putting in
OVERTIME!

My friends at DJ INKERS are helping with the holiday rush!

Mark your calendars for DJ Inkers’ annual 12 Holly Daze celebration!!  Get ready for 12 full days of fabulous flash sales, darling daily FREEBIES, fun new products and more!  Festivities begin December 1 at 12:00 am… and each day lasts for just 24 hours!

  Click here to sign-up for their email list so you don’t miss a thing!  (link to http://goo.gl/8OS0D4 )


I use DJ INKERS clip art!



This ELF is NOT on the SHELF!

My friends at DJ INKERS have a FREE gift for YOU!



The CUTEST BORDERS for WINTER WRITING!
Click   HERE

AND...

A  SUPER DUPER GIVEAWAY!

November 19-26, 2017

1 winner will receive:

DJ INKERS
Holly  Jolly  Days  Clip Art
( a $39.99 value )



and
$10 YOUR CHOICE
from my store  1stgradefireworks




a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can't WIN...if you don't ENTER!

Here are some products you might want from 
1stgradefireworks:


Book  Club




Must Do's & May Do's




And....




So...enter  TODAY!






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Monday, November 13, 2017

Why I Need Tissues When We Put up the TREE!

Happy Holidays, my friends!

I just spent 2 1/2 HOURS...yes, hours...
putting up our
CHRISTMAS  TREE!


Wendy....
WHY SO LONG?
Because.  

My Christmas tree is NOT a 
MARTHA STEWART tree.

It doesn't match.
It doesn't have a "theme".

It is MY  family's legacy.
It is a timeline of our life.
AND I CHERISH EVERY MOMENT!

I cried.
I giggled.
I remembered moments from years past.

My hubby kept coming into the living room
wondering what was taking so long.

Then...he would look an an ornament and say..
"Do you remember...?"
Yes!  I DO!

As I look through the ornament box,
my heart swells with happiness.
THAT, my friends, is what 
CHRISTMAS is ALL about.

I collect ornaments! 
I search them out EVERYWHERE we go!
I buy them for MY kids and MY grandkids!
ALWAYS...date the back! 
Doesn't seem important now...IT WILL BE LATER!
If you can't find ornaments...key chains work fantastic!
Scavenge the "AFTER CHRISTMAS" sales!
Christmas boutiques, & craft sales!
It's about a memory.
I never want to FORGET!

IN  LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER".
There are "second chances"...but they are
DIFFERENT!

Here is a little "smattering" of my 
Christmas Tree!

A cruise hubby & I took to the Caribbean.
The first ship I had ever been on!

After 10 months on fertility drugs...BABY on the way!
This was the first ornament I ever bought with a baby on it!
We didn't know if it was a boy or girl.
Ended up being twin boys! 
32 years ago & still cry at this one!
Happy tears!


Yes...I have the first 5 years for ALL of my kids!
We are blessed with 4 kids & 5 grandchildren.


Hubby's FAVORITE!
JAWS FAN!



A trip to EUROPE with my mom & sisters!
4 California girls to England, Ireland, & Scotland!
We found our ancestor's farm!

My auntie ( now 90 ) made this for me
when I was 5. ( 49 yrs ago ).

Very precious.
At the TOP of our tree.
The last remaining ornament HANDMADE by my grandmother.
My parents house burned to the ground 30 years ago.
In the attic were ALL of my MOM's Christmas ornaments!
GONE!  Luckily, I had one from MY grandma.
Sniff...sniff...memories!
You think those little strings of popcorn won't last?
Hubby's from PRESCHOOL!
1965!
(It used to be much longer...I wrap it in tissue every year!)

For your kids...
If they play sports...get them a sports ornament
EVERY  YEAR!
There will come a day...when they won't play!
Remember all the fun times!


KEY  CHAINS   MAKE  ORNAMENTS!
My little sis got remarried on the beach in HAWAII!  
The WHOLE family went!
We went snorkeling and saw the SEA TURTLES!
FUN TIMES!

My son's favorite sport ( He wrote this when he was 10 ).
He is now in the US NAVY!
I wonder if ALL the practices & games helped him get ready for LIFE?
YES!

My first trip to the EAST COAST!
We toured from NEW YORK to NEW HAMPSHIRE.
Stayed at the BEST B&B in Plymouth BAY!


TEACHERS!!!!
Yes...those  "SILLY"  classroom ornaments 
DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
AND...GLITTER  MATTERS!
A plastic lid...some glitter...and  a picture!
Circa  1992.

So here is a "SMATTERING"
of 
MY LIFE!

It's  PERFECT for ME!






Remember..

IN LIFE...there is NO "DO OVER!"
Live, LAUGH, Love!


Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays
from

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

HOW to help EL student's with WRITING!

HOW to help EL student's with WRITING!

I work in a Title 1 school.
I have 24 first graders with  99%  free  lunches.
This year I have 12  English Language Learners in 4 different languages!
( I have had 18-20 EL's in the same class!)
12???     
A BREEZE!



My kiddos come with a SMALL  amount of ENGLISH print.
MOST..not all..but MOST have enough English to communicate 
everyday NEEDS to me.
BATHROOM, Recess, and When is LUNCH?
We are OK.

BUT...
English PRINT?

WOWZA! Another WORLD!

FIRST...

 We begin...BEGIN...with  Phonemic Awareness.
Sounds...
ORAL...
NO PRINT!
Letter Sounds, Vocabulary Words, Rhymes, Alliterations,,
SOUNDS
and LOTS OF THEM!

Next...
We ADD 
PHONICS!
A symbol (letter/word) to the sounds.

Alphabet, HFW, Word Families, emergent readers, etc.

For those who make READING a priority...
they excell!

For those who don't have a LOT of support at home..
It can take LONGER...

But..

THEN...
We write well and we write A LOT!

Lists, poems, booklets, stories, and they LOVE IT!

The problem occurs when they don't have an ENGLISH word to attach to the "word" in their head!

Vocabulary MUST be a HUGE part of the daily writing minilessons.
And RESOURCES!

We use Step Up to Writing...


and

I "supplement"...Ummm
SUPPLANT
with
LUCY CAULKINS!
YESSSS!!!

http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07729.aspx
Click HERE to see it...

FINALLY..

We  use  my
WRITE ON!
 papers because they have 
VOCABULARY
built in!






Available HERE...

My kids are doing GREAT!
(Most could only write their names at first!)

Daily PROGRESS! :)




And so..
we 
PRACTICE, we TALK, WE SING,
WE CHANT,
AND ..we
  WRITE ON!

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