December 26, 2012


St. Nick himself wasn't too sure if I was going to pull through the horrific stomach flu that I have been in an all out war with since Friday.  However, I turned the corner late Christmas Eve and was good to go for Christmas Day! Although I was sick for a portion of it and the hubs caught the sniffles, the holiday was just perfect. It was a rather quiet year, but my parents did it up right (as always) and I loved getting to hang with the in-laws last night. My better half even surprised me with pearl earrings this year - BOOYA!  I am one lucky lady :)  I hope your holidays were just as merry and bright.

Being sick slowed me down a bit, but it didn't stop me from plugging away at the computer when I could.  Therefore, I managed to get January's Good Morning Work Packet (Math) up in my TPT shop.  

CLICK HERE to snag this pack!
As always, I tried to be very mindful of what kiddos can and can't do independently at this time.  I also stuck with the idea of "chunking" my topics. In other words, the pack targets a specific set of skills for five days in a row before moving on to 3 or 4 new common core standards.  This helps the kids feel more successful and allows you to milk a few extra "question free" minutes out of your morning!

This month's pack covers a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  Skills include: addition, subtraction, fact families, word problems, skip counting, place value, comparing/ordering numbers, odd + even, tallying, estimation, date writing, and more!  Yes my friends . . . all of these common core standards for firsties are covered in one little pack!  I aim to please :)

Sound like this is something for you?  Well, why don't you "try 'em before you buy 'em!!"  Here are three FREE pages for you to run with in your room.  If you like them, come on back and snag the whole pack :)
CLICK HERE to get these FREE tester pages!

Switchin' gears a bit . . . I am hoppin' in on a fa-boo linky party hosted by the one and only Christina Bainbridge over at Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge.  This lady helped me find my "footing" as a blogger and I big old {puffy} heart her! In this par-tay, we are supposed to highlight some of our best moments on our blog, so here goes nothin' . . .   

My most popular post this year was my WOW vs. BLAH Sentences Packet Review.  If you follow me, you know I always like to shake up the "standard" quite a bit :).  This one still makes me giggle!

I love to give freebies away on my little old bloggy blog. I try to link up with TBA every Friday (give or take a few) and I like to throw in some extra no-cost goods on the weekends.  It seems that the fan favorite this year was Sketchin' Out Spooky Sentences.  

There are SOOOOO many amazing educators that I have met on this journey. Ms. Susan Moran (Thank God It's First Grade), the eva-fabulous Katie King (Queen of the First Grade Jungle), and sweet Jessica Stanford (Mrs. Stanford's Class) will forever hold special places in my heart, but my love for others doesn't stop there.  Steph, Alisha, Gladys, Oregon, Hadar, Squirrels, Michelle, Lori, Nicole, Vickie, DeAnne, Tessa, Cupcake, Holly, Arlene, Jen, Ashley, Monica, Heidi, Sandra, Kristen, Reagan . . . see . . . the list goes on and on and on (and I wasn't even through naming them all).  You see, I can't narrow my faves down to just a few.  That would be like asking a world traveler to narrow her favorite destinations down to two itty-bitty towns.  Look down the side of my blog to catch all of those ladies who have made a HUGE difference in my life in 20-12!  

Alright, that's it from this girl.  Why don't you pop on over to Bainbridge's blog and link up too??!!  I'd love to learn about your best bloggy moments of 2012! I am finally off to shower (it's only 3:13 pm here . . . I am doing pretty well today). I'll be in touch soon with some winter goodies and my Good Morning Work Reading Packet for January.  Whoop, whoop!!!  It's done . . . click here to see the Good Morning Reading Packet and snag some more tester pages :) 


  1. i LOOOOVE your WOW vs.Blah writing! you are just all kinds of awesome!

  2. Happy belated Merry Ho,Ho,Ho Day!!! Your Wow and Blah packet is one of the first things that I'm doing with my kids when we return in January. Thanks for all of the laughs, smiles, support and great ideas this year. I'm looking forward to 2013 and seeing you rock out this Factory some more.

    1. Stacy . . . you are one of those special bloggers listed down the side of my little old bloggy blog. i heart ya girl! Thanks for everything.

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    1. Girl . . . how could I forget you??!! You are in that list of crazy names too!!!

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    1. Gladys . . . I cherish ya . . . I really do :)

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    1. Life in the bloggy world just wouldn't be the same without you!!!

  6. Love your WOW vs. BLAH Sentences! The students sentences were a hoot and the hand gestures and facial expressions were priceless! I am enjoying your blog and look forward to more posts! If you have a free minute, please check out my blog! I am new to blogging and appreciate any feedback (and followers too, of course)!

    1. Thanks so much for popping in for a visit Kim. If you ever have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email . . . I am always happy to offer up any help that I can :)

  7. Thanks for linking up, gal! I was so psyched to see your little pic on my linky today and couldn't wait to come and say hey!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

    1. Hooray . . . Hi friend! Great idea for a linky. Thanks for helping me get my "start" . . . being under that wing of yours was such a wonderful place to be ;)

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    1. You are too sweet Jennifer. Thanks for poppin' in to say hey!

  9. This is yet again, another awesome pack!! You rock Girl!!

    Thanks for the love too! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

    1. I love you more than cookies, brownies, candies, and cakes (all on one HUGE platter). Thanks for everything this year friend!!!

  10. I always love good morning work! I can't wait to see the language one. Oh, and thanks for mentioning my name. I am that Lori, right? LOL!

    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

    1. Naw . . . not you at all ;) I heart you LORI. Thanks for all of your help and support along the way. Here's to a rockin' 20-13!!!

  11. What?! How have I never seen your blog before? I'm so glad I checked out the linky party and stumbled upon your blog! I'm a new (and excited) follower. I already put some stuff on my wish list. Excited to follow you in the 2013 since I missed 2012! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  12. Does it mean I have a blog stalking problem if I could name all the blogs of the first names you listed? :) I sparkly, glittery, puffy heart them, too! AND you!

    LOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVEEEEE the Good Morning Work!!! Chunking the standards ROCKS and love those question-free, focussed-kid morning times!! Humungo Hugs on your fab work!

    Would be honored if you joined in our Shout Out Linky beginning January 1st. Hop over and take a peek if you get a moment. :)
    Growing Firsties

  13. Your pack looks wonderful! You go girl!!!



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