'Tis the Season to Give...Giveaway and FREEBIE!!!

Hi friends:

How is everyone spending this well-deserved school break? I am having a blast with my family! Was able to work on things around the house, school stuff and as soon a I finish this post, hubby and I will begin planning our road trip to San Francisco. We are planning to spend about four days in the bay area after driving 9 hours..each way. Let's see how that goes with a 4 and a 12-year old!

I've been working on some pretty cool things this past few days and I would like to share them with you. But first, grab your FREEBIE here!

2013 has been a great year for our family! And we should give back to our community, especially to out teaching community. I am doing a unique GIVEAWAY!!!

For the first 15 people who leave a comment on my blog with their favorite product from my TpT store....I will email the product to you....no strings attached! Make sure you specify the product and your email.

Check out my most recent MLK products!

Happy Holidays!!


Christmas in a Red Envelope

Merry Christmas!

I just want to share with you a special card I received today.

When I began teaching in 2003, I had a couple of great mentors, and one of them told me about the "Good Box". The purpose of this box was to save memorable items from my students and families. Throughout the years I have been collecting cards, pictures, drawings, and special items that have a special place in my heart. 

Teaching is challenging. When I am stressed-out and overwhelmed I dig into my box and "recharge" my batteries to keep going. I still have a rewarding note from Mrs. Tirado, my second grade teacher who inspired me to become a teacher.

Today I was given something that definitely will go in my "Good Box" and in my heart.

My Christmas present came in a red envelope!

Here's the translation (for my English speaker readers)

Ms. Janice, there's many reasons why we are grateful to you. In our daughter's behalf we thank you for accepting the call to be a teacher, by the way, not any teacher but the best teacher we have met. Thank you for opening your heart and your classroom doors to our daughter. For welcoming her every morning with a smile. You have changed our lives and filled us with teaching strategies and ideas on how teach our daughter. Thank you for making your class so entertaining and special with activities, crafts and projects and for the extra time you've invested in our daughter. For every homework you send home. Thank you for teaching our daughter to recognize her name and begin to write it independently, just thank you for each detail of your job, it's reflected in our daughter's development. 
We appreciate your work!
Blessings to you and your family. Your family should feel very proud of you.
The Delgado Family

I was feeling a little overwhelmed today, besides deadlines, assessments and meetings - we had to organize and prepare two Winter Programs, one in Spanish and one in English - with 20 students in each class. Each program had four songs, a cookie decorating activity and the visit of our surprise visitor, Santa Claus! 

When I read this beautiful card, I felt like I was alone in that room, so peaceful! This is the exact reason I began teaching 10 years ago....to make a difference in the children's life and I am very please to say I have. 

This family is just amazing! Mr. and Mrs. Delgado, you are the parents any teacher could wish for - involved, supportive, loving, understanding, advocates and just amazing! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your lives and serve you the best way I know how. 
Just remember this: "Only special parents have special children".

What to you keep in your "Good Box"?

Merry Christmas!

The Polar Express: Flash Freebie!

Hi friends,

I'm sure you are counting the days until Christmas break....I am (four more days and counting!). This upcoming week will be filled with winter-inspired activities, goodies from our elf friend, Snowy; and lots of surprises for my kiddos!

The past week we watched a six-minute documentary on The Polar Express, and they loved it! Because of that I have created this great bilingual language and literacy product to satisfy their craving for more Polar Express.

Get your freebie {{HERE}}
For limited time only!
How are you going to celebrate this last week of school before the winter break?

Keep learning!


The Adventures of Snowy the Elf

Hi friends!

And the countdown continues, only 17 days until Christmas! The tree is up, the decorations are displayed, the shopping is in process, and our elf has arrived!

This is the very first time I incorporate the Elf on the Shelf in my classroom, and my kiddos are loving it! A very cold package was delivered on Monday. Everyone was curious about what was in that special delivery package.
Sorry about the poor lighting on this pic. I guess the North Pole workers were working double-shifts and were extremely tired!

Everybody helped opened the package and we read the Elf on the Shelf book. The reactions from my kiddos varied. Some were pretty excited about the elf's arrival and some of my students were scared. I was asked lots of questions: how big will be the elf? will he be scary? will he take me to the North Pole? will he bring presents? do we need to leave him cookies and milk like Santa? This "simple" introduction took a loooong time! 

On Tuesday, we had the so much anticipated visit. Choosing "her" name was an adventure itself. After negotiations, voting, and consensus our elf was named Snowy, like Snow White!.....so cute!
Snowy arrived into our classroom with some very nice behavior cards. Courtesy of the North Pole and Rebecca Stone - you can download them {{HERE}}.

Day 2: Our mischievous Snowy appeared on top of our fire alarm. 

Day 3: Snowy appeared on our white board. To have a closer look to everything that was going on in our classroom.
Stay tuned to learn more about the adventures of Snowy the Elf.

Keep learning!


24 Days 'till Christmas and a $1 Math Product!

Hi friends,

Well, Thanksgiving vacation is officially over. Time to set the alarm clocks again and get ready for tomorrow.......yay!?!?!!

Here's what's going on in our household right now!

I have {finally} finished with my new product! A math resource for Pre-k and Kindergarten. It focuses on patterns, classification, cutting, organization, and other math skills that can be included in your math guided block or in your morning routine!

For only $1.00 you can get your Math Resource Christmas Nativity product {{HERE}}.

Keep learning!