Snowy Jumbo Set + a Bonus

Hey hey! It is time to shut this year down.  This is a crazy, stressful time of year.  I have spent a lot of time and effort in avoidance behaviors.  If you follow me on Instagram, you know I was avoiding work by designing Christmas koozies for my family.  Because, duh.  Big necessity, right?  Who needs wrapped packages.

I continued the procrastination theme by creating a new jumbo set, Snowflake.  You can buy just the papers:
Or the whole bundle:

I'm kind of super in love with those colors, so I made a bonus set for my blog readers.  Enjoy! I hope you have an amazing holiday break.  You've earned it!!!
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Five on the Fifth

Hey, hey! Welcome back.  November's gone (how in the heck did that happen?), and it's time for me to share five awesome postsfrom the past month from five awesome bloggers.  Want more great posts?  Check out the Five on the Fifth Pinterest board.
I'm a few days late because I've been busy giving away 20 TPT gift cards for my 3,000 follower giveaway!  You have until Wednesday night to enter.
Weekly goal sharing? This awesomeness if from Stephanie at 3rd Grade Thoughts.  She's a blogging/teaching genius with a super cute new blog design.  {Wink. Wink.}  Life is kind of just happening to our kids.  I love that this pulls them into the learning process in an empowering way.

I'm pretty much in love with everything Jen Jones creates.  These strategy cards are no exception.  There are lots of vague, touchy-feely types of professional texts on teaching reading.  I love when someone shows me what it should look like.

I looooooove this problem and solution lesson and extension from One Extra Degree.  She's one smart teacher who likes to get her kids THINKING about what they are reading.  When you visit Amanda's post, just keep scrolling through her blog for some more thinking about reading genius moments.

Yes, please! Yes! Yes! Yes!  Everyone needs this post from Dixie at Teachin' Little Texans.  Because there's always one kid.

And speaking of connecting . . . . Are academics important?  Absolutely.  But creating a community of learners is vital to the success of the classroom.  I love this post written by Kim from Practical Primary Ideas on her Friday Circle.
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Holiday Gifts for the Blogger/TPTer in Your Life

I love this time of year!  I love shopping for gifts for the special people in my life.  I'm not going to lie, online shopping has made my holiday life a million times easier.  I'm here today with a list of gifts that most bloggers and TPTers would love to have.
How cute are these graphics from Miss Tiina???

$10-$25

A TPT gift certificate.  Duh.  This actually is a great gift in any price range.  Double it if the special person in your life started in a new grade this year.

Any TPTer would be delighted to sip his or her coffee out of this mug from Small Glow on Etsy while burning the late night oil.  I used mine during the Cyber Monday sale in an effort to give myself good juju.

We're on the computer.  A lot<--Understatement of the year.  Brighten up your blogger's space with a personalized mouse pad.

$25-$50

A planner.  There are lots of planners out there: Plum Paper, May Designs, and Erin Condren and many more.  If you person is a planner person, there has been talk of THE planner.  "I want this planner" "Not sure I should spend that much" "Is it really worth it?"  These were all actually hints.  I have the Plum Paper planner, and couldn't love it more because I get to customize not just the cover but also the "guts".  They recently added a blog planner pages.  Not ready to commit to a planner?  Plum Paper and May Designs have super cute notebooks for jotting down ideas.
Bloggers are all a buzz about online shopping (because we're on the computer so much, and who has time to go to a store?)
Packages from Jane, Stitch Fix, Amazon, and Etsy shops (gift cards to these sites are all perfectly awesome gifts) are probably showing up at your door daily.  Another favorite brand is Alex and Ani.
Start a stack for blogger friend with an initial bracelet from Alex and Ani.

Are other bloggers excited to meet your blogger?  Maybe this shirt would make the perfect gift.

$50-$100

How about a Netflix subscription?  It can get a little quiet sitting at the computer for hours on end creating resources or writing blog posts.  Catching up on season 4 of The Walking Dead will make that time go by a little faster.

All those nights hunched over the computer can lead to some achy muscles.  How about a gift certificate for a massage?
(This is what your TPT seller will look like pre-massage.)

$100-$200

Now we're getting to the good stuff.  Number one on this list?
The Silhouette portrait.  If your gift receipient is a blogger, she knows what a Silhouette is.  If she is even slightly crafty, this is a good bet.  You can get an awesome deal on these on Amazon.com right now.  $109.00 plus free shipping if you have Prime.

The teacher blogger world is a little obsessed with Tieks right now (including this blogger, big time.)  When you're on your feet all. day. long. it doesn't seem as big of a stretch to spend money on shoes that are cute and comfortable and don't look like your grandma at the home would be wearing them.
These slate grey crocs are great because you can wear them with black, navy, gold, silver, whatever.

Daddy Warbucks, Platinum Level Gift Giving

Are you going all out for you someone special?  Here are a few dream level gifts:

15 Macbook Pro, Retina screen
We're taking productivity to a whole new beautiful level.

The Teachers Pay Teachers Conference-July 2015
Your TPTer will meet up with all of her friends, gain valuable information on build up her TPT empire, and maybe win big at the casino.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, whatever you are celebrating, may it be a beautiful and special time of year for you.
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Elf on the Shelf and Kindness in the Classroom

Happy December to you!  I'm so excited December is here!  I love Christmas, I love reflecting on the year, and I love having a long holiday from school.  Amen, y'all.

I wrote a post a loooooong time ago about how I use my Elf on the Shelf in the classroom.  There are a lot of new people around this blog these days (woohoo!), so I thought it was worth writing about again.  He does fun and kookie stuff, but this is why I really love him:
I put this up in my classroom.  I had it printed on an 11x17 piece of glossy card stock at Office Max for about $1.50 and laminated it.

Throughout the day, kids can write about something kind they observed a classmate doing.  Franklin takes the notes each night to the North Pole.  You know-just in case Santa missed something.

Here's a picture from a previous year:
This year, since I am only working with small groups, this is going to be part of our warm up.  You can download this freebie (regular and large versions) for free here.  You'll need to download the font for the elf's name, or just use another font you like.

We'll have fun with our elf this year, but I love having him as part of our classroom to take the emphasis off of getting and on to others.
{Yes-one year they made cards for Franklin.}

Want more holiday goodness? I posted about my favorite holiday writing activity over on the Owl-Ways Be Inspired blog today!
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