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Hello November

Yall, what happened to the fall? I feel like I blinked and it was November. On the bright side Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner. This tired teacher could sure use a week off! You may have noticed that it's been a little quiet on the blog. I have a good excuse! I have a new project that I have been working on 24/7 and I can't wait to share it with you! It's big! Are you ready?

It's no secret that I love holidays and home decorating, especially Christmas! I have decided to turn this passion into a business and started a new website: Gingerbread Home and Holiday! I have home, holiday and gift items for sale plus a blog that you won't want to miss this holiday season. I hope you will check it out and find me on Facebook and Instagram too! 

Hopefully, you just have a few more days to make it through before Thanksgiving Break! Here is a peak at what will be happening in my classroom:

Of course there will be a lot of Thanksgiving boo reading going on! This one is my absolute favorite read aloud, but I like these too! Click on any book to order through an affiliate link. 


Last week we celebrated Veteran's Day! We had a really special ceremony to honor the veterans in our community. 

I will have this letter for students to use in my writing station this week so we can continue to honor those who have served. 

Download this letter template for FREE by clicking HERE. These books are also great and age appropriate if you are still learning about Veteran's Day:


Of course we will be making a turkey craft!

And this one is also academic! This craft can be used with any book! It includes different feathers that can be mixed and matched depending on the skill you want to teach. The feathers included areCharacters, Setting, Problem, Solution, Beginning, Middle, End, Main Idea, Detail, Fact #1, Fact #2, Fact #3, Fact #4, Fact #5, Fact #6.

I also love a thankful turkey too!

Speaking of thankful, this alphabet writing activity is always a hit for any age of students!

Download it FREE by clicking HERE.


Oh and Kindergarten and Pre-K teachers, this one is for you! And it's FREE! Click HERE. 

Hang in there friends! Thanksgiving break is waiting for you!

Hello October

If you have been following my blog over the past few years, you know that I am all about helping teachers get ahead! During the school year, I post a monthly blog series called Getting Ahead of the Game with tips to get you ready for the following month. During the summer I switch it up and give you weekly tasks to prepare for the new school year. This year I am going to switch it up a little bit and put together a monthly blog series called "Hello (Whatever Month is Next!)" It will include pictures, ideas, inspiration and resources for the upcoming teaching month! As always, email subscribers will receive an exclusive freebie to use in the upcoming month so make sure that you are subscribed!

 Tis the season for pumpkins! I choose one Friday in October to have a pumpkin day! Each student brings a pumpkin and we complete different activities using it all day! You can read more about it HERE and download the My Pumpkin Page HERE.

Writing about the pumpkin life cycle is fun too! If you carve a pumpkin with your class, be sure to save the seeds for planting too!


October 8-14. 2017 is also Fire Prevention Week. It's a great time to talk about fire safety and learn about community helpers. I love making these fire fighters with my students every year. 

They are ADORABLE hanging in the hallway! I also have a few freebies that you can use for Fire Prevention Week too! Grab them HERE.

Bats and Spiders are October musts too!  I love using the book Stellaluna as a read aloud and making this beginning, middle and end bat craft to retell the story. 

Check it out HERE. 

I have used this spider craft for teaching different things over the years! When I taught Kindergarten I used it to decompose the number 8. You can grab it for FREE HERE. 

In first grade, I created a similar spider to teach adjectives!

While we are learning about parts of speech, this Halloween themed noun and verb sort is perfect to throw in a center!

Don't forget about your sweet custodian this time of year either! Show him or her some love with this editable little gift tag. Add your name, print and attach it to some candy or another little treat!