Monday, December 24, 2012

All I Want for Christmas is...


I love that song!  :)  Every time it pops up in my classroom {because we love to listen to Pandora while we're working} I let my kids get up and dance around until it's over.  As soon as it's done, they hop right back in their seats and continue with their work.  It's a much needed fun break around Christmastime.

Ok, so there are a few other things I'd like for Christmas on my list below.  Plus - major bonus - for each purchase made, all of these TpT sellers will make a donation to Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut as a way to help make the Christmas of those teachers and students a little brighter this year.

{my wish list}

Hadar from Miss Kindergarten has the most adorable craftivities.  This winter buddies pack will be perfect for going back to school in January!

Ashley from Kindergarten Garden has a cute "There was an old lady who swallowed a..." that would go with ANY of those sequencing stories.

Kara from Sped-ventures has a super cute math & literacy pack for Jan Brett's The Mitten.  Look at these adorable graphics to use for retell, sequencing or finger puppets!

Debbie Clement from Rainbows Within Reach has an incredible talent that I just don't posses...she can sing!  Her song packets come complete with an mp3 recording, words and activity.  Some of them even have sign language directions and books.  Check out "You're Wonderful" for a fun EOY celebration song.

Third Grade Jen has some fabulous graphic organizers for you upper grade teachers.  She is also having a sale in effort to raise even more money for Sandy Hook.  Check her out!!

Marlana from Lil Country Kindergarten has tons of 100s board activities to use.  Next up on my list is the ABC packet.  How's that for math & literacy integration?!

Marlana is also the one who took my Teachers Supporting Teachers logo and turned it into a button you can post on your websites.  Thanks for going above and beyond to help out Marlana!!  :)

Deedee Wills from Mrs. Wills Kindergarten
awesome literacy center packs for writing, word work or independent practice.  Her packets include vocabulary cards, easy to follow instructions and writing paper!  This makes planning writing next week a no-brainer!

Susan from T.G.I.F.
To push your students past 100 {what?  there are numbers after that?!} use Susan's Numbers to 120 pack!  There are games, activities and assessments all included.

Rhonda Baldacchino is a seller helping out all the way from Australia!!  How special is she to help out a crisis that didn't even take place in her own country?!

You have to look at her sight word activities...she has a few of them!  I'm getting this CVC flip book and writing packet next.  The kids practice reading and blending then take those words and write them in sentences.  This would be perfect for writing, word work or additional practice for your RTI friends who need more support with reading or writing!

Kyp McLaren from Mrs. McLaren's Little Superheroes has a cute winter animal packet to help teach that tricky skill of inferring.  That will fit into any January curriculum whether you're teaching it for the first time or reviewing!

April Larremore from Chalk Talk has awesome units that already in my go-to curriculum.  The next one I have my eye on is her Zoo unit.  It's a perfect way to cover any animals you have missed in other lessons!

Lisa from Kindergarten Kingdom has another gingerbread activity for January.  Am I the only one who can never squeeze gingerbread men in before the holidays?!  This packet is for telling time...maybe so he knows when to run away!  ;)

Lori from Rainbows Reading and Rascals has some easy reading sheets that use picture sentences for even your earliest readers to help build their confidence that they can read too!

Ashley from Me & Marie Learning has a fabulous Pre-K assessment packet.  If you're looking for forms for letter ID, cutting, tracing, colors, shapes, you name's in here.  Such a great resource for Pre-K teachers!!

Be sure you don't miss out on the other teachers who are donating their products.  Check this list for everyone involved and for more details on the Sandy Hook fundraiser: Teachers Supporting Teachers.  Anyone who wants to help out is welcome to join in and link up!  You can also share the button on your blogs, websites and Facebook pages!

Anyone who shares the Teachers Supporting Teachers button and links back to the original post will be entered to win a $20 gift card to Target.  Just leave a comment on the original post with a link back to where you shared it on your blog or website!!  :)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!


  1. Kristin, what an inspirational and useful post! It's such a nice idea for you to highlight (and offer great descriptions for!) products that we can buy while helping out Sandy Hook. I will definitely take a closer look at some of them once the holiday whirlwind slows down long enough for me to settle down a little. I hope that you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday and a delightful new year! Your blog has always been one of my favorites!

    Virtual Hugs,

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT

    1. Hi Sharon! It's great to hear from you again! I totally understand the holiday whirlwind...I'm smack in the middle of family fun myself! :) The fundraiser is going through January 14th so you'll have plenty of time to check out the items - and promote it on your blog to enter the giveaway - once things slow down!

  2. I'd love to donate an item. Can you give me more info? I definitely will be linking up. Thanks!

    1. Hi Mrs. M! Instead of donating items, we're actually donating money from our sales. I highlighted those products from sellers who are participating but anything in their stores will lend itself to a donation!

      I'd love to have you link up and donate some of your proceeds! Please check out the original post for the details:

      Thanks! :)

  3. Kristin, thanks so much again for hosting and organizing this (and thanks for the shout-out, too). I received a comment on TPT tonight from a teacher who did her student teaching in Newtown. She said they have received more than enough tangible goods, but are still needing and definitely appreciating monetary support. So this project is timely and perfect! And I'm definitely looking forward to going on a shopping spree at the participating stores sometime next week :)


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