December 17, 2012

BABY, IT'S...UH...WARM OUTSIDE??!! + ORNAMENTS

I am going to be honest and say that I really don't know the best way to get up and going again.  Everything feels so different and my heart is still so heavy. However, after taking the weekend to reflect and grieve, I want to take a small step forward.  I am going to do this by celebrating what my own first grade students have been doing.  I know it doesn't change anything, but returning to some sort of "normalcy" is how I am able to work my way through the healing process.  So, here goes nothing . . .  

Last week my kids were wrapped up in everything Christmas.  We made our parent Christmas gifts, crafted Christmas Cards, and studied holidays around the world.  My favorite country we visited (as it is every year) was Australia. My "cold Christmas" kids flip when they think about it being warm at Christmas time.  To help us really celebrate Australia and their traditions we ate BBQ chips and made super cool Christmas "Sunnies" or sunglasses with our BIG 7th grade buddies last Friday.





This is a definite crowd pleaser every year in my room and it may be just what you are looking for as you round the bend and head on into Christmas Break (if you aren't there already).   

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Switching gears a bit, our parent ornament gift turned out absolutely delightful this year.  The kids giggled their way through the 2-day process.  I always love to see which kids jump in and get messy and those who can't wait to wash their hands.  Oh, it's the little things I tell ya :)  


Please excuse my ugly mug . . .
I forgot to take finished product shots.  Duh, Dolling!
I got this wonderful idea from my mom's teaching besties (I heart ya Tina and Vickie).  They even came in and ran the ornament creation station for me . . . I am one lucky lady.  If you are interested in tucking this project away for next year, I have attached the directions down below.  

CLICK HERE to download the ornament directions!
A huge thanks to Tessa over at Tales from Outside the Classroom for her awesome border :)


Before I head out, I wanted to leave you with a quote my dear friend and coworker, Erin, pinned on Saturday.  I have always admired this great man and his words helped me find comfort in the world this weekend.

Originally posted on the Glamorous Housewife.  




16 comments:

  1. Love your ornaments! Definitley turned out super cute! It's definitely been warm here in Texas too...doesn't feel anything like December! Love your Christmas 'sunnies'!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

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    1. Thank you so much! Merry Merry to you :)

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  2. It's great to see the wreath ornaments. When I taught first grade 10 years ago, I had my students make these. I loved them! I had forgotten about them until I read your post.

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    1. It's an oldie, but a goodie for sure. Thanks so much for taking the time to jot me a note :)

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  3. The ornaments are adorable, and that is certainly no ugly mug! Thank you for the Mr. Rogers quote. I think we need reminders of the good in the world when these horrible, horrible things happen.

    Enjoy your last few days before break :)

    Halle
    Across the Hall in 2nd Grade

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    1. Hahahahahahaha . . . thanks. I think I don't like that photo because it was the year they moved me down to K. I can still see the fear hiding behind my eyes . . . having to leave my class sitting on the cafeteria benches with a PTA worker as I got my photo taken . . . my knees were knockin'. Thanks so much for swinging in here. I heart your visits :)

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  4. Love those ornaments!! They came out so cute {and your mug is NOT ugly!!}!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO . . . I heart ya Ms. Cupcake. You always know how to make my day :)

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  5. SO cute!

    LOVE the ornament! I need to tuck that away for next year! (And like the ladies above said---your mug is DEFINITELY not ugly!)

    Thanks for the great ideas!
    Angie
    Rulin' The Roost

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    1. XOXOXOXOXOXO Angie . . . Merry Christmas to you!!!

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  6. You are so talented! Love the glasses:)

    Heather
    I’m having a giveaway! I’d love for you to buzz by and enter :)
    The Busy Busy Hive

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    1. Thanks for the 4-1-1 . . . I got myself all entered :) Merry Ho Ho to you!

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  7. You are adorable...not an ugly mug in any way, shape or form. The green rice kinda cracks me up. And, what a fun pack, you creative girl, you! :)

    I'm cohosting a "Shout Out" Linky Party starting soon. Would be thrilled for you to check it out. :)
    Growing Firsties is co-hosting a Shout Out Linky Party starting soon!

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    1. Love your linky idea. The wheels are already turning. Merry Christmas to you Miss Lisa :)

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  8. G'day from Australia. It really is very hot here in Sydney on Christmas Eve. We have been swimming in the pool already today and plan to go in the pool again tomorrow. Just stumbled across your blog and had to comment. Love your ideas xx

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    1. This is SO cool! My kids were so excited to learn about Australia :) Merry Merry to you! Thanks so much for taking the time to me a drop a line.

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