Thursday, January 2, 2014

January Currently and Christmas

Let's start with my January currently from Farley at Oh Boy 4th Grade! Go check her blog out! She has lots of cute ideas!

Listening: I love the movie Love Actually! There is just something about it that makes me watch it over and over again! :)

Loving: Yup...we're expecting a LOT of snow here in NY. I hope that we actually get it all! Here's a picture from my front porch. (That's my barn and pond:))

Thinking: Well I have some personal New Years Resolutions: 1- Save Money! Yup I spend A LOT and really do need to save. 2- Get in super awesome have a six pack! I'm in decent shape, but would like to get in even better.
I've been feeling like I need to make a teaching resolution and I think it's going to be to do more hands on and creative stuff with some of my kiddos. It's just so hard to cram everything into a half hour, but I'll try to make it work!

Wanting: As much as I love my job this break has been so Amazing! It's nice not to have to wake up at the crack of dawn!

Needing: MOTIVATION!! I really need to get things, like cleaning, done before I go back to school, but watching a movie just seems to be more fun! :)

Tradition:Every Christmas Eve we go to my cousins house where we play this Santa Steal game. So you bring a grab bag gift, put it in the middle, then you get a number. When it's your turn you can either steal someones gift who went before you or you can choose from the middle. Other that go after you can also steal your gift! It's tons of fun! Then we go to my neighbors house for a party. The whole neighborhood is there and there is a lot of food and drinks! The host always dresses up as Santa and hands presents out to the little kids! It's a blast!


Now I LOVE Christmas, but I was having a really hard time with it in school this year, because I don't have my own class to celebrate with. I ended up crashing a few class Christmas parties, but it just wasn't the same. I decided I would share some of the things I did with my class last year.

I actually got the whole third grade to do a Polar Express Day. We did a rotation through the rooms. First we read the book, next we made Christmas cards and did crafts (in my room), then we watched the movie, and had hot chocolate. I gave my students an ornament bell, book, and a pencil as a little gift.

Reading the book! Oh yeah and we had pajama day that day too!

Then we did crafts! It was a glorious glittery mess! :)

I had printed and cut out a Believe ticket for every student. They got it as they entered the room. It was pretty adorable as they were waving them in the air. Then we watched the movie! :)

The teachers also have a crazy festive holiday sweater day. Here I am with the music teacher, Kim!
I'm one of those crazy teachers with a million holiday accesories...especially headbands!

Our town has a holiday parade each year. The bus garage made one of their buses into Thomas and a truck into Frosty! Pretty neat!

I know the Christmas post is late, but the holidays were just too crazy! Hopefully it won't be this long before I post again! :)

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and the happiest New Year! <3

Stay Classy
<3 The Classy Teacher


  1. I'm also a big fan of glitter messes :) And that Frosty truck is really cool! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Enjoy the storm!!!

    Breezy Special Ed

  2. What a beautiful post, blog, and tree! I live in California and can't even imagine a snow storm. It is in the 70's where I am today. Your Polar Express rotation sounds magical!

    Glad I found your blog through the link up!

    Fun Teaching Videos!

  3. What's the world without a little glitter!! When I taught pk my partner teacher would groan every time I said "we NEED to add glitter!!" lol
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I am your newest follower. :)

    Kickin It Whole Brain In Texas

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