Give me a BREAK!

I am officially on Thanksgiving Break!  Well, I technically was on break at 12:30 yesterday afternoon, but once I got home I crashed for a good 3 1/2 hours before heading to a high school football game!  

Before leaving for break, I decided to prepare for Christmas.  I found a super cute decorated door on Pinterest that I had to recreate!  I still need to add "Reindeer Stable" to the top and maybe some kid-made stuff!

Two of our super sweet classroom aides made me this fabulous fireplace.  I plan on hanging stockings, wreaths and other goodies around this lovely piece!

On a side note... I have one activity that I will share.  This lesson was thought of in all of 2.5 seconds before I actually taught it, haha!  

The students listened to "Harry the Dirty Dog" from (Gotta love listening to Betty White read a story!)
Then, I had them think like a dog for a good 60 minutes.  I asked them to think of Thanksgiving from a dog's perspective or point of view.  To get them on that thought train, they made cute dog masks that I found online.

Here are a couple of examples of a chart they made with their partner:  They thought of things that a dog would be thankful for, and things that a dog wouldn't be so thankful for.  Some of their ideas were priceless!  I only had to redirect a few times when they started thinking like a child!

That's it for me!  I am getting ready to do some decorating for Christmas at my house!  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


Rachelle said...

AMY!!!! I love your door! CAAUUTTTEEE!

Sandra Maddox said...

Thanks and happy decorating! I love following you on Pinterest too!

Ms. Johnston said...

So jealous you're already on break!! I still have 2 1/2 days!! Love your ideas, thanks for sharing all of them!

Primary Punch

Haley said...

Sometimes the best lessons/activities are the ones you think of spur of the moment! Thanks for sharing as always :)

Malarie said...

I saw the reindeer door on pinterest too! I am going to have a parent volunteer do that this week! I LOVE it! Also, I mentioned you in my blog today :) I thought you may want to check it out.

Kelley Cirrito said...

You are so welcome for the shout out on my blog! I love coming to your blog and ALWAYS find great ideas!

Katie and Steve said...

Just wanted to let you know that we've awarded you with the Sunshine Award!


Mandy said...

I've awarded you a Sunshine Award (too!). My post is here.


nikki said...


first of all I want to let you know that you have an amazing blog :) there are so many useful resources, especially for a future teacher like myself.

I was wondering if maybe you could give me an advice what could I do to prepare myself for being a good teacher. I have one more semester of college and hopefully I will be able to look for a job. Perhaps you could recommend some books or just give your own advice. I just know that what they teach us in college is one thing, but reality is much different.

Oh and one more question... how does it work with new teachers? do we get some supplies from school ? do we get money to buy them? or most of the time teachers just invest their own money into all of the supplies?

sorry to bother you...
If you cannot answer I'll understand

Thank you

all the best

amy.lemons said...

Nikki....I'd love to talk! Email me at!