Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Sunday Scoop & TPT Holiday Ebook!

It has been such a busy month, and every time I tell myself I need to stop and blog, something always comes up!  So glad everyone is all fed and happily watching football in our household right now, because I am finally allotted some free time to catch up here and link up with the Teaching Trio!  :)

3- With Polar Express Day, Christmas Around the World, and the Holiday Party, it will sure be a fun-filled week! Besides reading and watching the Polar Express with my sweet students, I'm super excited to get to wear my pjs to school!  Who doesn't love that, right?!  Last year, I picked up my sweet baby boy from daycare wearing my pjs from Polar Express Day at my school and his teacher thought I had took a day off and came to pick him up in my pjs! It was pretty hilarious, and we both laughed about it.

Ahh... and of course the Christmas presents!  Why have I not wrapped my son's Christmas presents?! Ahhh!!! So I saw this video on Youtube about how I have all wrapped Christmas presents the wrong way all these years, and the right way is from the corner of the wrapping paper!  Have you seen this?!  It's looks super easy and super efficient!  Another example of Youtube helping me with the little problems in my life! :)

Speaking of presents....We shopped for our little Angel the other week and have delivered the gifts for wrapping and delivery.  So glad I got a chance to make Christmas a little brighter for another lil' one in our community.  Hope he likes his new clothes and learning toys on Christmas Day!

2- Since my husband and I always do a family holiday trip, we have decided that the trip itself would be presents for each other.  This definitely makes gift-giving easy for me, but it still doesn't stop me from brainstorming of other gifts I want to buy for me... I mean him.. :)  So I've been wanting to get matching family pjs for Christmas for the longest time.  I think I will do that this week along with baking some warm cookies with my lil' man. 

1- So glad Christmas Break is in the horizon!  No schedules or alarms for two whole weeks!  Woohoo!!!! But as much as I would love to sleep until noon, my sweet son will definitely be up everyday at 7 as he always does.  Oh well, at least I can take afternoon naps with him for two whole weeks! :)

Speaking of the holidays... I'm so happy to share with you the TPT Holdiay E-book that I am part of this year!  If you are looking for some great Holiday ideas and FREEBIES, come check it out!  I can't tell you how honor I feel to be featured along with so many great contributors and TPT stores out there!

Love that the idea that I shared in the ebook was also my son's holiday party craft at daycare!  While more parental guidance was required for him and his sweet classmates than my first graders, I'm so glad he had a great time making his own gingerbread house!

Well, that's about all for now.  Hope you're having a great time celebrating the holidays with all the fun festivities going around! :)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It's Christmas Season!

Christmas Season is in full-swing, and it really is the BEST time of the year!  One of my favorite parts of teaching is definitely using relevant and seasonal themes to make learning more meaningful for my students while also covering the necessary learning targets and standards.

As a first grade teacher, I love for my students to write letters to Santa to not only tell him of their wishlist but also persuade him to have them as his elves.  They always get such a kick out of it, and are encouraged to compose simple sentences with correct spacing, punctuation, and capitalization, while also cover the parts of a letter and be introduced  to writing to persuade.

I'm also excited for my students to learn about the different traditions that surround Christmas and how different cultures and people around the world celebrate the holidays.  Below is a great resource that covers the many Christmas traditions in the US complete with colorful signs and a students booklet.  The best part of this packet is that it encourages students to make connections to self and share their family traditions with their friends at the end of each writing prompt.

If you are also looking for a fun way for your students to continue their learning during the Winter Break, make sure you check out the Winter Break packet below!  It includes 24 Math, English, Social Studies, and Science activities!

I have also invited my TPT and Blogging Friends to link up their Christmas/Holiday Resources to share with you!  Please click to the links below to check them out!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My December Currently & A Freebie!

December is here, and so are all the wonderful Christmas festivities, decorations, and! Nothing warms my heart like hearing Christmas music by our Christmas tree, but of course, football is also going on and with my hubby around, that's what I'm currently listening to.... WHICH....brings me to... my December Currently!

LOVING-I love, love, love Christmas!  As wonderful as all the decorations and festivities that come along with Christmas, I love the memories that I have had with my friends and family the most! 

25 years ago, my family moved from Vietnam to the U.S.  It was that very first year that my family and I were blessed to have celebrated Christmas for the first time in America complete with snow and all!  For a kid who had never seen snow before, it was a really BIG deal!  Even a bigger deal was that a wonderful family had adopted our family from an angel tree and delivered boxes and boxes of gifts to our family of eight in our little, cramp apartment on Christmas day! It was the most magical moment for our family that year, and I will never forget the joy that day and generosity of that wonderful family.  

THINKING- In the spirit of giving, my husband and I are thinking and planning to adopt an angel this year.  I hope we can get it all done this weekend and help create some good memories of giving for our son.

WANTING & NEEDING- As much as I love my boots and leggings, I don't like this 30 and 40 degree weather days so much.  I'm so glad the 60's in the forecast again.  Yay for warmer weather, for sure!

GIVING- As for giving, here's my Holiday Noun Sorting Freebie!  It's a great way to review nouns using Christmas-themed picture cards!  Just click to the cover to download!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Sunday Scoop & The Super Cyber Sale!!!

Hello there!  It's been a great Thanksgiving break, and I am ready to get back into the swing of things and start all the Holiday celebrations.  Today I'm kicking off with the Teaching Trio again to bring to you my Sunday Scoop! :)

3- Thanksgiving was really fun!  We spent a whole week with my family in California and even got to visit Lake Tahoe and San Francisco! My siblings knew we were visiting, except for my parents.  I wanted to surprise them, and it worked!  Below are some pictures of our Cali trip.  Our sweet lil' man also got to go ice skating with daddy for the VERY FIRST TIME!  For my hubby who is a BIG hockey fan, this was definitely a moment for him.  As for our Thanksgiving meal, we actually ate turkey this year!  I know that doesn't sound shocking at all, but for a very traditional Vietnamese family, that was a BIG deal for my family which usually opts for the usual Vietnamese cuisines for all holidays including Thanksgiving!  Gotta love my family. :)

I'm also so excited for Christmas, but I really need to start wrapping up my son's Christmas presents.  As much as I tell myself, NO MORE TOYS!  He keeps getting more and more. #mamadrama  And of course, I need to put up the rest of the ornaments.  Sorry, our Christmas tree is 10 feet tall, and little me can only do so much at one time.  :)

2- Christmas lights and Christmas shopping are definitely on my list this week!  I can't wait to start all the Christmas festivities!  

1- My sweet brother-in-law took some really awesome Holiday pictures for my family while we were in California, and I can't wait to use them for our Christmas card.  Below is a collage of some of the pictures.  

And!!!!  Did I mention that MONDAY and TUESDAY is TPT's Cyber Super Sale?  Use the code when you check out and get up to 28% off! Click below for the direct link!

So that's what going on in my week.  What do you have planned?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's the Sunday Scoop, and it's FREEZING outside!!!

Somebody please remind Mother Nature that it's still fall and NOT winter yet! Please!!!! That north wind has been blowing down our way here in Texas, and honestly, we're not ready for it, we don't know how to cope with it, and we're just not having it. ;)  But even with much protest, I know it's time for me to get out those thick, thick sweaters, jackets, knee-high socks, and winter boots.  The weather calls for a wintery mix and possibly, sleet in the morning.  That means.... maybe NO SCHOOL tomorrow!!!  Oh the weather in Texas.... One day it's sleet, the next day it's 70 degrees.  I will have to wait until tomorrow to find out.  Ekkk....

So excited Thanksgiving is coming up!   There's so much prepping to do, but it's going to be so much fun!  And since my family will be together, it's only timely that we also get our family Christmas pictures done as well.  I hope baby boy is cooperative and happy.   Hopefully this cousins will make him laugh and smile.  Here are some of our family's past Christmas cards.

Speaking of Christmas....Yes, it's still November, but since that cold wind is blowing in, it's brought the Christmas feel with it as well.  So up with the Christmas decorations this week!!!... I hope. :)

But more than anything, I am happy that the cold weather has resulted in many cuddling moments for my sweet son and me.  Can't believe he'll be 2 1/2 next week.  It seems like he turned 1 the other day.  Yes, I'm sorry, I'm 'that' mom.  I told myself I wouldn't before, but I am. :)

Well, I hope you have a great week ahead of you!  And if you are where that cold wind is blowing, bundle up and stay warm, especially during recess and dismissal duty! Brr..............

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A New Name & A Turkey Freebie!

Yes, it's true! You're in the right place......just with a new name!  What used to be First Grade Shashay is now Happy Days in First Grade! I even got a new FREEBIE just for YOU to thank you for stopping by!

 One of my favorite books to read aloud during this time of the year is definitely Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano.  If you haven't read it, it's a must-have!  Not only is it a fun read, but a great opportunity for the students to take on the perspective of the main character, the Turkey!

In the book, the Turkey hides from the farmer and tries to disguise himself as other farm animals. Once the read aloud is complete, the students will have a chance to choose which disguise is their favorite and write to us, humans and convince us that they are really what they look like instead of a turkey.

To get your own turkey and writing template, click to the turkey below!  Special thanks to the Sketchy Guy & MyCuteGraphics!

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Sunday, November 9, 2014


This week a fellow Blogger and TPT seller friend of mine, Katrina from The Pioneer Teacher,  is having a HUGE Giveaway to celebrate her $20K TPT milestone! To help her celebrate, I along with many other TPT sellers have contributed products for her BIG GIVEAWAY!  You can find my "Thanksgiving Unit: Math, Literacy, and Social Studies (K-2) Packet" below!

The GIVEAWAY starts TOMORROW and runs all WEEK!

Good luck and congratulations to Katrina from The Pioneer Teacher!

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Celebrate Our Veterans!

There are so many ways to celebrate and thank our veterans....and all of which can be done so in the classroom!  From learning the history of Veterans Day to writing letters to show our appreciation, students will definitely gain a better understanding of our military and the wonderful people who have honorably served our country!

So if you are teaching and celebrating Veterans Days with your students next Tuesday, grab this packet which includes Veterans Day, Armed Forces, and Memorials Day activities!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Happy 50+ Days of School!

Wednesday was our official 50th Day of school, but since it was also our Parent-Teacher Conference Day, we're celebrating Thursday instead!

To tell you the truth, I really can't believe that it's been 50+ days already, since it feels like we got back from summer break just yesterday!

In the short amount of time that I have had with my students, I am so proud of the progress that they have made so far!  From the little jumps to the BIG jumps, they have worked so hard and put out so much effort into their own learning.  I feel even prouder when I hear it from their parents.

First grade now has definitely changed so much from it used to be when I was in first grade!  I remember that everyday after recess in first grade, I got to either watch Reading Rainbow or take a nap. Those were definitely the days.....And yes, first grade has definitely changed throughout the years, but I am blown away everyday by students' abilities and capabilities!

To celebrate the wonderful teachers and staff at my school for 50+ days of teaching and learning, a friend of mine and I as part of the Sunshine (Social) Committee on campus transformed the teacher's lounge to a 50's lounge!  In addition, we are treating the teachers and staff to coke floats ALL DAY!  So excited!!!

I am treating you to a 50th Day Freebie for your classroom as well!  Students draw a sight word of a basket and then records it onto their sheet. Feel free to click to the picture below to download the file! If you would like to download the Sight Word Flashcards, click on the link below!

May you be in your 50+ day of school or more....I hope you are celebrating your students' accomplishments and all the hard work that you put in them each and everyday!  :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

A Thanksgiving Tradition

As November begins, I like many teachers begin planning for Thanksgiving activities for our classroom.  One of the best things that I like teaching about Thanksgiving is discussing about the different traditions that my students may have.

Growing up in a traditional Vietnamese family, we never celebrated Thanksgiving the way that my friends at school did.  I didn't realize it until I was in middle school!  Yes, I know.  Middle school. hahah... One day it just dawned on me that all of my friends had the traditional turkey, stuffing, corn, mashed potato dinner, and my family had never done so.  Instead, my sweet mom would whip up our family's favorite- pho, chicken curry with baguette or duck soup with vermicelli. One year I proposed the idea of having the traditional Thanksgiving instead and was met with....hmmm... much opposition. So then I started thinking, "Ok, maybe Asian families just don't do the turkey and stuffing and such.", and then I met my husband whose Vietnamese family does the whole turkey SHABANG!

So there you have, at 30 something years old, I have never had the traditional Thanksgiving dinner with my family.  hahaha... We definitely are grateful for all the blessings in our lives and celebrate the meaning of Thanksgiving, but maybe....I'm still holding out...that maybe... we'll have turkey together one day... along with a traditional Vietnamese dish, of course. :)

Ok, so back to planning Thanksgiving activities for the classroom.....If you are looking for a Thanksgiving resource for your classroom to help teach the story and tradition of Thanksgiving along with literacy, math, and social studies activities, feel free to check out my Thanksgiving Unit below! It comes with differentiated activities for K-2 and colorful signs to the tell the Thanksgiving story!  

I have also asked my Blogger & TPT Friends to share their K-2 Thanksgiving resources below.  Please check out their awesome resources below!

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