New Year's Books Ideas

Hi there! Looking for some ideas for New Year's Eve books for your class? Check it out at my blog post here. I have a bunch of ideas for you and would appreciate you commenting with your favorite New Year's books and/or activities for your class!

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Click on the titles you like for more info from Amazon!

40 Fabulous Christmas Books for Kids

If you have been over on my Facebook page, you may have noticed I have been posting 1-2 book suggestions each day for Hannukah or Christmas (Kwanzaa coming soon). So... I couldn't resist putting together a Christmas books for children post similar to my Hanukkah books blog post. Check out all my favorites and let me know - did I miss your favorite? Which book do you love?

Kids love these characters! Who is your favorite? I will put a vote in for Arthur! Click on any of the titles below to get details from Amazon.

Berenstain Bears Christmas Tree

It is so hard to pick my fave from these, but we read the Wild Christmas Reindeer so it's  tops to me! Click on any title below to get more details.

I am sorry but these all rock! No favorites for me. They all tie! Click on a title to go see it at Amazon.

I have to say Too Many Tamales is amazing! I don't think enough folks know about it. Mooseltoe is my newest favorite. I just bought it for my classroom! Click on the titles to get more info from Amazon. 

Here are a couple additional ones that didn't make the collage but you still may want to check out:

Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad (Little Critters by Mercer Mayer)

Thanks everyone! Best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Holiday Themed Products and Freebies

Happy holidays everyone! Just stopping by to remind you of some fun holiday themed Christmas products you may want to grab. There is a FREEBIE  too which I will share at the end!

First, you might like my holiday themed Literacy and Math Pack! It is chock full of tons of activities to use for the weeks before Christmas. I don't know when you get out but we go until the 23rd at 3:15 pm so I can use everything I can get my hands on!  Math Task Cards, rhyming activities, story problems, morning work, quotation mark practice, irregular plural nouns, and MORE! Click on any image to see it at TPT.



I love the writing prompts in my Holiday Writing Prompt Collection! There are both Thanksgiving and holiday prompts in here (Christmas and Hanukkah themed and general prompts too). Click on any image to get details.

Do your kiddos need some Place Value Practice? Maybe this little pack would help. I squeezed in a whole bunch of place value activities to go along with the CCSS. Here are a few sample pages. Click on any to see them at TPT.

Also,  if you can't do Christmas or Hannukah themed activities try the Winter Story Problem Pack. There is great practice for single and double digit addition and subtraction. Click on the sample pages to get details!



The Winter Writing Prompt Collection is also not holiday specific, but instead contains prompts of all kinds (persuasive, opinion, expository...) that relate to winter!


And you asked for the FREEBIE?? Here it is ! Grab a sample of the Literacy and Math Pack for free- you get to check out one of the morning works. Enjoy! Click here or on the image to grab it for free!


And one last thing! If you are a huge Jamberry Nail Wrap fan like me, you know they are great holiday gifts. They are also having a gift certicifate deal- if you order an E Gift Card between now and Dec. 24 you will get 10% cash back! WOWIE! Thats great! So for example on a $60 gift card you save $6. I don;t know about you but I like keeping cash in my pocket! Click on the image to check it out!

And I have some spare, brand new wraps if you missed the holiday shipping deadline! Take a look at the pictures and if any of them interest you, e-mail me (click here) and I can get them to you before Christmas! They are selling for face value, you would just have to pay for any expedited shipping.
Here are pictures of what I have ! You can also shop all the wraps here at Jamberry or click the images to shop.

Finally, Bailey wishes you happy holidays! Here he is getting ready!

Holiday Freebie

Hi everyone! I'm back with a holiday freebie! It is a sample from my Christmas Math and Literacy Pack which is chock full of great activities for the weeks before vacation. You can see the full product here over at TPT.

For the freebie, which is the morning work section (5 pages of morning work with answer keys) click HERE to pick it up from Google Drive!

Happy holidays!

Eight (+1) Great Hanukkah Books for Children

I'm back! I can't stay away during the holiday season because I just have to share my favorite holiday children's books! I love reading to my second graders books about all of the different December holidays. It is so fun getting the book boxes out and putting them on the shelves. Each year there are more and more! It is getting a little out of hand. This year one of my students said three times, "Whoah, that's a lot of books!" Well, today I want to share my favorite Hanukkah books! Take a look, click on any of the titles or you can click on the images in the collage to get more information about each book. What is your favorite Hanukkah book? Please comment below and let me know!

8 + 1 Great Hanukkah Books

Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins: Have you read this one? I discovered it about 5-6 years ago and it is so fascinating. Gorgeous illustrations and a clever part that helps to teach the history of the holiday.

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A fun story about a girl whose 4 brothers get into trouble with a magic frying pan that makes latkes!

The Magic Dreidels: What better combination than magic and the holidays? This is a sweet story.

Hanukkah! A story about a family celebrating Hanukkah and my students love the little toddler in this story who is learning how to say "Happy Hanukkah".

My First Chanukah: Tomie dePaola is always great! This is a nice Chanukah book for the wee ones.

Latke, the Lucky Dog: This is new to me and so cute! Anything with a dog always is a hit!

The Night Before Hanukkah: Natasha Wing's rhyming stories are fun.

Light the Lights: Another one that is new to me written by David Adler.

The Story of Hanukkah: A nice way to teach about the holiday for both non-Jewish and Jewish children.