My Favorite Things

Good morning my sweet friends,
Are you feeling the weight and the joy of the holidays already?!?! So much to do, so little time!


I have teamed up with some of my bloggy friends to bring you all our favorite things Oprah Style!

These are my three favorite things:

This is what I love to do the most during the holidays:

Spending time with my sweet boys. They are my everything, and I cherish every single minute with them. This year we will be taking a trip to my country during the holidays.  I am so excited!!!  I am asking Santa to keep my boys little forever. #Ihopeyoucanrelate  We have such a great connection, so much fun together. #trulyblessed #meganhsuphotography

I have  to share my absolute favorite thing I did this week with my firsties.
"Spot" the Kind Elf made his arrival in a cooler full of ice and ice cream!  Mrs. Wilson and I had the front office call us and announce that we had a special delivery from the North Pole Express! The kiddos were beyond excited!
This cute little poem came in with Spot! Click here to download!

This is just my absolute favorite thing lately. My sweet friend Marie, who is the best-most amazing-knowledgeable teacher I know, introduced me to Arbonne. I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I am by each one of their products. From nutrition to skincare and make up.
 #Arbonnerules #TeachersloveArbonne #puresafebeneficial
Today I am giving you a $40 Arbonne gift card for you to shop at Marie's Arbonne Shop and some spectacular samples and freebies! Thank you Marie for contributing to our giveaway!!

Most importantly! Please stop by my store, I have reduced the prices of some of my best-selling bundles for this week only! 

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event in Bloggyland:

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Learning From Fall Content and a FREEBIE!

Can you believe I am just getting to writing about all the things we did in our classroom during Halloween time?
Hey better late than never, right!?!

Let me begin by saying that my sweet in laws came all the way from CA to spend Halloween with the boys (and us too). We hardly ever get a chance to see them, and we loved every minute. They are not only fun but so generous and kind. I love the fact that I “married” into such a great family.

My little Gabriel has also finished his soccer season. Every single game is filled  with joy and cuteness.


Let me just show you what has been going on in room 208:

I have introduced all the addition strategies I could think of!

P1010900     P1010901  



We also introduced subtraction strategies… well bonkers! I didn’t get a chance to snap a picture before I left school yesterday, but I promise I will for my next blog post.
I swear by the approach outlined in Children’s Mathematics – Cognitively Guided Instruction- you can get a copy of this bible wonderful book by clicking HERE!!

On the other hand we had a total blast celebrating pumpkin day. We conducted all the pumpkin explorations available on this planet…  but the highlight of our day was making pumpkin shakes.

I know, I know… this is not a healthy treat.

But hey, pumpkin day comes only once a year.  Even though I am a very conscious eater, I am willing to make peace with this delicious treat.



Of course we made accommodations for those friends with dietary needs. Every single kiddo loved this treat.
Remember: once a year.

You might be thinking that I have all these great ideas. Well don’t get me wrong, I do have ideas… as a matter of fact I am the type of human who needs a creative outlet (this is one of the reasons why I love teaching). BUT in this case, this idea was not mine. My sweet assistant Mrs. Wilson took this upon herself. She shared the recipe with me, she bought all the ingredients, and brought all the gadgets from her house.
All credit, goes to Mrs. Wilson. #lovehertopieces

The best part is that my sweet DBo, my former assistant, came and helped us make the shakes!!

Here’s the recipe. You can click on the picture to snatch a copy for your home or classroom.

pumpkin shake

So cute and yummy.

But hey! Kiddos don’t become better readers and writers based on “cute”,  so of course there is an instructional component to this activity.   Since we have been learning about sequencing, writing B-M-E, and transition words, we conducted a guided “how-to” writing activity.


This is an activity that can be done any time, it really doesn’t have to be on a special day. It is also a concrete shared experience to write about. You  may grab this freebie by clicking on the following image.

how to make a pumpkin shake

And just in case you are interested, I have jumped onto the “interactive notebooks” bandwagon and have created this product based on CGI as well.




Here it is! Click on the picture to get it from my TpT store.


Of course I am a rookie when it comes to interactive notebooks, but I hope to improve each day and share my experiences with you through this little blog.
Have a fantabulous day!!

October Math Stations, a freebie, and TONS of deals!

Please don’t hate me…but I am loving my three week fall break. I love to have all this energy and time to spend with my handsome boys.

I crave time with these two!

We are taking the boys to a surprise trip to Myrtle Beach in a couple of days and I am beyond excited about seeing their reaction. We are blessed beyond words. Our Lord is so good to us.


I have also been busy working on my October Math Stations, come and see what's inside!

Pumpkin Popsicle Teens

Every year, I find some firsties who have a really difficult time understanding the concept of "teens",  fifteen, for example, is confused with fifty and they have a really hard time understanding that each "teen" is made of a ten and some ones.



Missing Parts of a Ten

As we dive into fact families, the relationship between addition and subtraction, and missing addend, this is a great activity to touch on all those topics and to introduce number bonds.



The Greatest Candy Corn

At this point time in the year, I am pretty confident that my firsties know how to use the symbols: <, >, and =. But do they really have the sense to identify numbers in between? 


True and False Addition and Subtraction

Bonus: Let's bring some rigor by adding >, <, and = signs.


Pumpkin Ordering Numbers QR codes

My kiddos love these, and they need to practice, practice, practice this concept!!



Shape Witch Mathtivity

Even though, I am not supposed to introduce geometric shapes for a while, I thought that this was a perfect activity to activate my kiddos schema. 


Spooky Word Problems

Always! Word problems are so important. 



I have also taken a  free sample from this pack! You can get it by clicking HERE!!
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and have a general idea of what this packet looks like.
Until next time!