Friday, November 27, 2015

Freebie Friday: Christmas Edition

We wish you a Merry Christmas! I know we just finished the turkey leftovers, but as teahers we always have to be planning for the next thing.  Today I'm teaming up with other teachers to gift you with some Christmas freebies to jump start you into the holiday season.  My freebie comes straight from my Christmas around the World scrapbooks.  I have really enjoyed creating these.  I learned so much while I made them! While Christmas is celebrated around the world, we all celebrate it a little differently.  Since this is a very common activity in the elementary ages, I took it to a different level and included items not often seen in other units.   I wanted to make sure the activites and facts included were unique and authentic, and of course fun!

Click on the picture below to catch this freebie! If you want more Christmas around the world, come to my TpT store!

Follow my instagram @minutemommytpt for quick ideas and updates! See you around...the world!

The links below are freebies from larger products for sale. If you like these samples check out their stores for more!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Bringing Back the Classics

In the day a time we live in, parents are often asking what we are doing to address technology in the classroom.  This year we were hit hard with the fact that our students may be savvy with techology but they couldn't hold a pencil.  Wow! Our plans came to a screeching halt (as they can in a private setting) and we had to reassess how to meet their needs better. There are many amazing benefits to technology, but don't throw all the old out. Below are some things I use in my classroom for two reasons: 1)because students probably haven't used them before and 2) there are great benefits from these practices below and I don't want them to be lost to future generations.


With all the chalkboards virtually extinct, we had to get creative and create our own.  I had some old, scratched whiteboards and sprayed them with chalkboar paint.  Chalkboards have something that whiteboards don't offer: the drag of the chalk across the board.  It takes a little more effort to drag the chalk across the board.  It is also a good chance for students to learn pencil grip while holding the chalk.

Felt Boards

When I pull out my felt board to tell a Bible story, some adults may look at me strange and wonder why I use something so ancient.  My students on the other hand are dying to get their hands on it. They have never seen them before! It is a nother sensory object they can hold and manipulate.  It is also very durable.  It allows the students to partake in the song or story as they place the pieces on the board.  You can also probably find a good deal on them online as they are slowly disappearing.

Finger Plays

I remember doing these as a child. They require only your memory as you sing a song or tell a story with your fingers.  They are quick to do when you have a few minutes or want the students to calm down.  Below is a link to Dr. Jean doing some finger plays.  It requires them to use sequencing, rhyme and coordination to complete this task.  At the end of Dr. Jean's videos she explains a little more about the importance of finger plays.

These are just few classics I like to keep going in my room.  I only see benefits to them and hope you will pick one or two to keep in your room. I'd love to hear about anything you use in your room that others might think is old and forgotten.  It's time to bring it back!

Minute Mommy

P.S. Come back soon for Christmas treats!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

10 on 10 Fall Fun

First of all a huge thank you to The Classroom Game Nook for hosting this 10 on 10 linky!  A fun way to see some snapshots of whats going on in my world in the fall.  Even though down here in Florida we do not experience fall-like weather until about January, we still like to have some good old-fashioned fall fun.  Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by! May the upcoming weeks be full of family fun, thankfulness and memories that will last a lifetime. Don't forget to capture the special moments! I've also included my Native American Freebie as a Thanksgiving treat for you. Stop by soon for Christmas and Winter Wonderland fun!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Thinking Thankful

Welcome to my blog relaunch! Take a look around and leave a comment below.  Check out my TpT store and Facebook.  Rather than share some tips and tricks, I thought it fitting to share things I'm thankful for as we approach the Thanksgiving season.  It is an interesting time in education.  It isn't always easy to feel like our efforts are paying off or that we are compensated enough for our investment.  Through tears, exhaustian and frustration, I am amazed to watch fellow educators tough it out and continue to love what they do.  You turn lemons into lemonade on a daily basis, and you don't quit.  This blog is devoted to educators everywhere who don't give up on the precious lives we've decided to touch. You are heroes and this entry is a thank you for everything you do! The following are a few things I'm thankful for each day:

Smiles and Laughter

Inside the four walls of my classroom, the worries that may plague my life or theirs can fade a way, at least for a while as we learn and laugh together.  Through dancing and singing my precious little ones can forget the bad morning they had or that mommy and daddy don't love each other anymore.  Their smiles and giggles give me the boost I need to keep going.


Children's artwork is some of the most beautiful ever created.  Through crayon and stickers, my walls are decorated with works of love.  They find out my favorite color or animal and spend their evening at home creating for me.  It shows such love and thoughtfulness.  I like to lay them out at the end of the year and they choose their favorites for me to save forever.

"I Love You"

Once there was a student I was used to having to talk to frequently. You know the one, you can picture him or her righ now.  He had gotten out of his seat for the 100th time within an hour and I was just about to say "Sit Down".  When I said his name, he said "Mrs. Brooks, I love you."  He instantly turned my frustration into a large smile and an "I love you" back. Hearing this from students throughout the day breaks down barriers of irritation or frustration I may be feeling and lifts my heart. Little do they know that while I'm teaching them, they're also teaching me. 

The Goodies and Link-Up

I've included a Thanksgiving freebie to say thank you.  I'm also having a sale in my store on TpT for three days only! (November 2-4)  Please leave your Thankful post or a favorite Thanksgiving activity below!

Native American Tribes FREEBIE