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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Downtime is going to be the most challenging resolution for me because I am a little ADHD and need to be doing something 24/7. I also struggle to not multi-task (for example, while watching a movie I have to be doing something else). Some of it is me having a Type A personality, oldest sibling, and being a little OCD at times as well. Anyways, I want to make sure to spend more time just hanging out with my husband and trying to make sure we just go out (just the two of us) once every couple of months because since Ethan we have only gone out just the two of us once (we finally saw a movie for the first time in 1.5 years! Yikes!). Also, I want to make more time for just hanging out with my friends. Many of us have kids now and it makes it much more challenging to get together but a goal I have is to get together at least once every couple of months with my friends. We will see if I can accomplish this! These two things are going to definitely be challenging for me as I want to be with Ethan any moment I am not at work or class and sometimes forget about my husband and me time and my friends. Wish me luck!





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Link up here 

I can honestly say I am currently working on this one! Currently, I am completing my second Masters in Early Childhood Education at Madonna and this coming April I will be done! Yay! I am definitely looking forward to that. Secondly, I am trying to go to more professional developments about autism and how to make my classroom more autism friendly. Our district and even my building have been offering a lot of pd's about this as 1:88 children have some form of autism now. However, I feel I still need to work on balancing the couple of autistic children in my classroom and the needs of all my other students because I feel like one or the other is not always being met. A great blog that has helped me immensely is Sasha over at The Autism Helper. Thank You for all of your great ideas! I really appreciate them because it is simplified how to do things and how to incorporate ideas into the classroom with step by step instructions!





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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!
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I hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season! It has been fun catching up with family and friends that I don't get to see too often! There is more to come this week as we try to get together with some friends that are in town. It has definitely been a lot more fun this year as Ethan was able to open some gifts and was definitely excited about it. He even went up to Santa on Christmas Eve without crying (he visits my mom's side of the family). He also was playing with his cousins. Well, I definitely hope that the holidays continue to be enjoyable for everyone and that they get a little bit of relaxation in there! I am savoring the quiet this morning before Ethan wakes up! We are suppose to be getting some snow late this afternoon and early evening, which I am super excited about. We did get a couple of inches on Christmas Eve, which I was super happy about as I love having a white Christmas! Anyways, enjoy the freebie and the rest of the holiday season!

Penguin, Penguin ABC Letter Matching
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Today Santa visited our classroom and read a cute story called Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight by Jerry Pallotta. My kids loved the animals in the book!

Yesterday we had our party and it went smoothly. I run centers and the parents go with the child from center to center. We had three centers. One being trains, the second making Santa faces and third making Chex reindeer mix. Only one more day and then break begins! I am definitely ready for some relaxation and some fun with Ethan!








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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 Board

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Link up at: Miss Kindergarten
All you have to do is think back at your favorites in 2012 and add a few pictures. What a fun way to remember the year, huh!? You can use these prompts if you'd like, or just type up your 12 favorite things!
 
12. Favorite movie you watched:

Dark Knight Rises
I just saw this movie this weekend and I loved it!
 

11. Favorite TV series:
 
 Both are super hilarious and make me look forward to Tuesdays!
 
 
 
10. Favorite restaurant:
 
The Noggin Room in Petoskey! A fun weekend!
 
 
 
9. Favorite new thing you tried:
Yum!
 
 
8. Favorite gift you got:
 
Cricut Imagine
7. Favorite thing you pinned:
 
 
 
 
6. Favorite blog post:
I can't think of one. All of the holiday ones are my favorite! I love this time of year!
 
5. Best accomplishment:
Managing being a mom, wife, student, and teacher!
4. Favorite picture:
Ethan and I in Alpena! I love going up to the cottage!
 
 
 

Ethan's one year old picture! 
 
3. Favorite memory:
Each thing Ethan has done! rolling over, crawling, walking, beginning to talk...just watching him grow everyday!
2. Goal for 2013: To stay positive, start working out again and find ME time!
1. One Little Word: Savor!
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