Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year Giveaway!

Happy 2015!

The New Year is so exciting! And what better way to kick it off than a giveaway!?!

My awesome pals over at Owlways Be Inspired are giving away a $100 gift card to Amazon.  Make sure to head over there and check it out!
Click this image to go enter!
I'm also giving away a $10 gift card to TpT! You can use it to buy any resource from any seller for your classroom!

To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter below! Easy Peasy!

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And to start the New Year off right, I'm having a sale on my two Winter items:
Hot Cocoa Math Craftivity - 20% off TODAY! 

Snow Much Fun - Science and ELA - 20% off TODAY!

I hope you have an amazing New Year!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hot Cocoa!

When the weather gets cool (yes, even in Hawaii!), my kids love to bundle up with a hot cup of cocoa.  At my new school, my teammates love to introduce and review math skills with craftivities, so I had to make one using hot cocoa mugs for the winter season!

The students will create a cocoa mug craft, then decide how many marshmallows they want to be inside the mug and how many they want dripping down the side.
Then, they will read the word problem and write their numbers into the blanks.  At the end, they will write a subtraction sentence that matches the craft.  On my sample, I had 7 marshmallows in total, with 4 in the mug and 3 melting down the side, so 7-3=4.  On Joshua's mug below, he had 9 total marshmallows, with 5 in the mug and 4 melting down the side, so 9-4=5.  

My school is big on including rubrics and descriptive feedback on student work that is hung in the classroom.  Because of this, I included rubrics with I Can Statements and a place for comments.  This can go below the mug, or even on the back of the work.

The I Can Statements are included for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. 

My class has been working on Lisa's Print Think and Color no-prep winter pack for extra homework or quick center reinforcement.  And I stumbled on this page - it's a perfect follow up sheet for my craft! The kids color the mugs, then solve the problems on the marshmallows, color them, and glue them on the mug that is the answer.  As students finished up their mug crafts, they worked on this page.  It was perfect! Lisa and I must have been on the same wave-length! :)

Do you have any fun winter projects planned for when you get back from break?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Best Holiday Gifts

I love giving and receiving gifts - most people do! This year I am participating in 5 different gift exchanges.  It's a lot! And some of the people I've never bought gifts for before, so I'm not entirely sure what they would want.  I could go the easy route and choose something off their Amazon Wish List, have it shipped to their house, and call it a day.  But I don't like the easy route! 

When I'm buying for someone that I'm not too sure about what to get them, I either do one of the following:
  1. Buy them something unique, like from Etsy, the Museum of Modern Art, or Uncommon Goods
  2. Buy them something unique to Maui, where I live
  3. Buy them something I would want, like a makeup set from Sephora or a scarf from Anthropologie
  4. Or make them something
My "make something" repertoire isn't that amazing.  I like simple projects that don't take a whole lot of time.  And I LOVE using materials I already have on hand.  That's bonus points in my book.

Here are some real gifts I've made for people.  They are functional, pretty cute in my opinion, don't take forever to make, and are fairly easy.  
 Cloth napkins

Coffee Cozy

Cork frame

Silhouette ornament of a friend's dog

Oven mitt - this one was probably the hardest, but I've gotten better at it.

Simple tote or reusable shopping bag

A painting I'm working for a friend this year! Can you tell what it's going to be?

But what if you are still stuck on what to get someone? Luckily,'s blog The Good Stuff has 3 gift guides:
  • Budget-Friendly Gifts 
  • Gifts for Enthusiasts
  • Hostess Gifts
And while you're checking it out, you can enter the sweepstakes that's running from today until December 25th! There will be one $100 winner per week and one $500 grand prize winner! 

What are you planning to give this holiday season? 

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by  However, all ideas and opinions are my own.  
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