Friday, December 6, 2013

Five for Friday! {With a freebie of course!}

Hi friends! I hope you're enjoying your holiday season so far. It was in the 60's yesterday and today it's in the 30's here...go figure. I'm staying nice and warm inside with little Jack. Here's what we've been up to:

1. We made Jackson's first "handmade" Christmas gifts:

I used a Christmas tree from one of Krista Wallden's adorable clip art packs. I put one of his fingers in red paint and helped him make prints. We had fun! I'm going to cut out the tree and place it on a red background and write "Merry Christmas" to his grandparents.

2. My nephew Hank and I learned about the word "and". We used play doh mats to make the word. 

3. We learned about the letter "F". Hank found all the fs in his little F book. We used the do-a-dot marker to highlight them.

 He also found pictures that start with f and found capital and lowercase fs.

P versus Q: Hank has had trouble distinguishing between his ps and his qs. So we did a letter sort. We talked about how the "belly" on the p is on the opposite side of the q and how the q has a "monkey tail". I'm working on making several sets of the lower case practice page below and posting them on the blog for y'all. Those will be up as soon as I can get to them.

4. I'm working on a winter literacy centers pack for K/1 and 2/3. My dearest librarian friend asked me to create some so she can use them during her library lesson time. The first center I created was a beginning sounds center. I incorporated some QR codes so the kids can check their work. This center can be done with or without using the QR codes. 

Here's an example of some of the cards. The kids match the penguin to the mitten that has pictures that begin with the same sound. For example the B penguin matches mitten #1. If students have access to iTouches or iPads they can scan the QR code on the penguin card and it will tell them the correct match. It's an easy and fun way to incorporate technology into your daily routine.

You can pick this center up as a freebie on my Facebook page. You can get it in the "Fans Only" section.

I'm working on several more literacy centers targeting K/1 TEKS and CCSS. I'm hoping to get this pack done in the next week. 

5. And last but not's UGLY CHRISTMAS SWEATER TIME! We are going to my husband's work Christmas party and it's an ugly Christmas sweater theme. My mother in law gave me this one to wear...

Ha ha! She's had these for years and she couldn't believe how popular they are now. We showed her a website that is selling ugly Christmas sweaters and some of them are going for $80 a pop! She got excited...she might selling some of hers this year. Ha! :) 

Have a great weekend!! Make sure to go back to Doodlebugs and check out the other posts. 


  1. All that cold weather slid on over to Louisiana. When you have a sudden change in temp. it is kinda hard to adjust that quickly!!!


  2. That is the perfect ugly Christmas sweater! I always have a hard time finding one - our school does a day where the teachers wear them - we usually make our own.