Link up at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

My goal for this one should be simple...start to get to the gym at least three times a week during the winter and once the weather warms up get running 4 days a week! I honestly should have no excuses for this one as the gym I go to, Lifetime Fitness has a daycare and my husband is in charge of it and Ethan does enjoy being in the jogging stroller when it is nice out. However, I find myself getting very lazy after work about doing either of these two. I will have to make sure to have my clothes in the car and go straight to the gym and when I get home just go running right away. If I sit on the couch I am doomed! I need to stop making excuses and get up in the morning otherwise. I use to be a runaholic (running 7 days a week a minium of 40 minutes a day), but since having Ethan my priorities have changed and I just want SLEEP! The few mornings I have gotten up and worked out before work I feel great and I just need to keep that in mind. I also need to just sign up for some races so I am working towards something. Tomorrow I am running the 5k Commitment Day Run down at Ford Field so this will be a good step forward! Good luck to everybody else!!


 
 



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Getting organized is something I say I am going to do every year and then it just doesn't end up happening. However, maybe this year I can accomplish these two goals.
Goal 1: Organize my books.
I have my books grouped together by theme, but I need to make sure the themes stay together and this is how I plan to do it. It also works out great because my sister just started working at Sherwin Williams so I should be able to get lots of paint sticks!

Southern City Girl

Goal 2: Organize my file cabinet. I have lots of materials saved that are not developmentally appropriate for my little ones (it is from when I taught K) and some things I just know I will not use again. So my goal is to go through each themed file and sort out things to keep and things to not keep. We will see how that goes. I may just need to start taking a file home each week and just quickly go through it.

 
Goal 3: To organize Ethan's toys in the basement. Upstairs I have bins and in his room we have a 9 cube shelf that helps keep his books and ever accumulating toys in order, but downstairs it is chaos! Two of my favorite ideas to create a storage system downstairs are:
 
 
I like the shelving ideas on here. My only worry is Ethan may attempt to climb up it!

 
This site has LOTS of awesome ideas to get organized!
 

If you have some goals to make your life more organized link up here
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Well, we definitely got some snow! We got about 8 inches, which isn't what they were predicting. Ethan and I got out to enjoy it a little yesterday and plan to do the same today. Last night I was able to get on pinterest and started going through some of the things I wanted to create. I had seen this cute Rudolph color game and replicated it here. The link to the original post is in the document. You can also download it from my tpt store here. We are out to go enjoy the snow some more!

Rudolph, Rudolph Color Poem and Emergent Reader
My co-workers have done some really cute art projects that I wanted to share. The kindergarten teacher made elves with Elf Applications. I have seen some similar elves on pinterest, but not with the child's actual face.




Here is a cute hand reindeer.


This is not a very good picture but it is a Santa that the kids snipped the red paper and then put cotton balls on his beard and end of his hat. You can get the coloring sheet here


My kids made their paper ornaments that open and have a picture of the child on the inside.

I have been loving checking out the blog arts and craft ideas for the holiday season! Have a great rest of the week!

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Words cannot express how devastated I was after hearing about the tragedy in CT. It is scary to think of being a teacher in that situation and to be a parent that has lost their child in that way. My heart and prayers go out to all affected.

The last couple of weeks in school the kids have been celebrating the holidays with lots of holiday songs and crafts. Make sure to check out last year's holiday post that has some fun songs and a few activities we did here.

We made tissue paper wreaths out of small paper plates and green and red tissue paper. It is a great fine motor activity for the students. They have to crinkle the tissue paper and then glue it on.

We also made Santa. There was a focus on shapes with this particular Santa. This was a two day project we did last week as we had the kids cut out the triangle and his beard, which was quite a challenge.

We also made reindeer bags last week, which I will get a picture of tomorrow. Many of my little ones have been out sick and so a combination of projects have been going on. We also started making our parents Christmas gift (an ornament) which I will get a picture of tomorrow as well. On Wednesday we have our class party and on Thursday Santa is visiting to read a story and hand out candy canes. It is going to be a fun week! :)
This is something I made a couple weeks ago and have not had the opportunity to post yet. My morning class is still really struggling with colors and this is able to be done independently. You can get it at my tpt store Sort by Color or download from Scribd. Have a fabulous week!


Sort By Color File Folder Game
I have been terrible about taking pictures of what's happening in my room lately! Hopefully, next week I'll be better about it. We started off the holiday season with the theme the gingerbread man and with the afternoon class I also talked about the 5 senses.

Here is the Holiday Sensory bin. The kids love opening and closing the tins and boxes and finding little items.



We talked about the 5 senses and made a Mr. Potato Head. We also practiced building Mr. Potato Head with picture prompts.  

We rolled marbles around to decorate our gingerbread men.




We also sang the 5 senses song and read many variations of the Gingerbread Man. It was a fun couple of weeks and next week we dive into Christmas. We have started a few activities so far. We have started singing Must Be Santa and saying the Santa Poem. I posted the picture prompts we use here. I love checking out all the fun Holiday activities other teachers are doing! It is fun to see! I hope you have a great weekend!

This Monthly Monday Made It is more geared to my home! I love crafting and I finally am able to put a few of the things I made over the summer on display! I made this wreath last year and it was super easy. Use a wire hanger, shape it into a circle, and string different size ornaments on to the wire!

This is a place to keep my cards. Just a piece of wood from Hobby Lobby and I painted it and added ribbon.


Lastly, I got this shadow box from IKEA. I love IKEA! The best place to get this and that! Anyway, I added red paper to the back and added bells that my mom had in her basement. Then, I used my cricut and cut out the words jingle bells!



Something I did made for my little ones was some interactive books. It is great for early finishers! I posted about this previously and you can see how I did it here:
The kids really seem to enjoy them!


Make sure to link up at fourth grade frolics for some other fun ideas!!!




I am joining in on Freebies on the first of the month on Freebielicious

 


Holiday Counting


Enjoy and check out all the other great freebies posted!



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