Peppermint Party

My daughter had her Peppermint Party today.  It is her 5th annual party and she looks forward to it every year.  She invites her best girlfriends and they enjoy lunch, cookies, hot cocoa with peppermint candy stirrers, a craft, games, lots of peppermint treats, and each other.

It is a tradition she and her friends look forward to every year.  Here are some pics from this years party.  I will be sharing how to make the egg ornaments with your class, Wednesday, the 19th on the Classroom DIY blog site.

What is one of your favorite annual tradition during this holiday season?
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Teaming Up to Share the News! Cyber Monday Sale on TPT is Huge!

I am teaming up with literally hundreds of other teacher bloggers in TPTs Cyber Monday Plus Tuesday Sale!  The links below will take you to some of the amazing teachers who are hugely discounting their awesome resources.  

Check out the TPT sellers participating in the Cyber Monday Plus Tuesday Sale:

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Hershey Kisses Christmas Tree Gifts

I am a huge lover of cute paper crafts.  A couple of days ago I posted an easy to make paper-strip tree that your students can make and decorate.  Today I am posting a really cute Hershey Kisses Christmas Tree paper craft.  

I get my love of paper crafts from my mom - the official queen of sewing, paper cutting, and crafts.  She found this super cute paper Hershey Christmas Tree pattern from Qbee's Quest website.  If you love paper crafts you will want to subscribe to her blog.  She has a video tutorial on making these cute trees.  They are detailed, but easy to make.  My daughter made 15, with my mom, this afternoon.

Here are some pics of the process:

I would love to hear if you like these and think you will make them.  Let me know if you like posts about crafts.  I am always making something and love to share.


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TPT Cyber Monday Sale - 28% Off

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Monday and Bonus Tuesday Sale.  I am joining up with LOTS of other sellers to offer my products at 28% off (use promo code CMT12 at checkout). 

Grab your coffee and take some time to look around at your favorite sellers and pick up some great deals!  I'll be there shopping too.  See you then!
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Teacher's Notebook 3-Day Sale!

My entire Teachers Notebook store will be 50% off for Teacher's notebook 3-Day Sale.  Teachers Notebook is "giving back" to all its members. Make a purchase from a teacher shop and Teachers Notebook will take off an additional 10% from your ENTIRE ORDER!. With so many shops running sales, you could get up to 55% off!. 

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Classroom DIY Paper-Strip Christmas Trees

 These easy paper-strip Christmas trees are easy to make and make the cutest bulletin board.  
Come on over to Classroom DIY where I am blogging today to see how simple these trees are to make.

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Have fun teaching,


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DIY Monogrammed and Polka Dot Pumpkins

I just love pumpkins.  After seeing some cute polka dot pumpkins on Pinterest, I decided to make my own.  

I got a Zing cutter this summer and it is great.  It will cut any design you can dream up.  The initial and polka dots are cut out of sticky-back vinyl.  Then I made a bow with wire ribbon and thin wire.  I hot glued the wire that I wrapped around the stem to make it stay.  Wala!  Classy pumpkin decor.

I made one for my classroom, my son's teacher, and a friend (who has the same last initial!).  Each one came out different, but fun.  Here are the results:

I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving next week!
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Happy Halloween!

We carved our pumpkins tonight for Halloween.  We go to a friend's pumpkin carving party each year. The last two years she has gotten me into making character pumpkins.  This year I made the Lorax.  I think he is so cute!  

 My son sketched his own face and carved it himself.  
Below are the pumpkins we made last year.  
 Four little pumpkins, sitting on a bench!
Phineas, Cyclops, and the Headless Horseman,
 Charlie Brown said, "Let's roll on down the street,"
The Headless Horseman said, "I love Trick-or-Treat!"

I hope you all have a very fun and safe Happy Halloween!

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Make Your Student's Halloween "Glow" or "Hoot"

Do you want to make your student's Halloween "glow" or be a "hoot"?  Check out my blog post today over at Classroom DIY to get the downloadable file and directions for these fun student gifts.

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Have fun teaching,


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Halloween" Tic Tac Boo" & Candy Corn Math Mat Freebie

The weather here in Phoenix is finally starting to give hope that we may see more than a couple of days below 100 degrees in a row!  It is enough to get me into the fall mood  to decorate my house (pictures to come!) and create some Halloween posters and math activities.

Here is a Tic Tac Boo Freebie for you.  You can use this by itself or as a game with just about any center that 2 students are doing together.  As a student gets a right answer during the practice activity, he/she gets to put a marker on the "Tic Tac Boo" board.  I print on cardstock and laminate.

Click on the picture to download your free "Tic Tac Boo" board, candy corn mats, and preview of my new Halloween Owls Math Fun for K-1.

If you like this set, you can buy it on TpT.  Just click on the picture below to go to the listing.  Common Core alignments are included.
I am linking up with Manic Monday Classroom Freebies this week.  I can't wait to see what you all have for me to look at!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Happy teaching,

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