Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

I'm beginning to panic. I have this feeling that the Christmas Season is just going to fly by and I'm not going to get in all that I want to do. I don't know why I'm feeling this way. I literally know how many days I have to teach before the holiday break, but I can't help this feeling of not having enough time.

I am just going to have to start planning RIGHT NOW and prioritize exactly all of the things that I want to do before my break begins. It seems like I had all of these high hopes for the last two holidays, and I really didn't get to do all of the activities that I planned for. This time, I'm not going to plan as many activities and choose to do things that I can get done with the time I have allotted.

I know what my biggest obstacle is: FUNDATIONS. 
Losing an hour everyday to phonics lessons is killing me. However, I can't do anything about it. Gotta do it. I just need more time!

Today, I went to my classroom (my usual Sunday routine.) I combed through my room trying to find all of my Christmas lessons, books, nick-nacks, and decorations. I found a lot, but I have a feeling there is still another box somewhere. Since I am VERY limited on wall and shelf space, one of my favorite ways to decorate my classroom for the holiday season is to go up!

I DO plan on removing those Thanksgiving charts and tree soon!

It doesn't look like much from this perspective, but you really feel the change when you are in the room. It makes the room feel a bit magical and definitely Christmassy.

I love it so much, I kinda wish my house had ceiling tiles (but not really!)

This is an easy way to decorate your room for the holidays. I purchased garland, cut them up, and attached a pipe cleaner to the end of it. I chose to add silver ball ornaments at the end of the silver garland to make them stand out. 

AND they are easy to store when it isn't the holiday season!
We always need more space to store things.


Now, on to something completely different.

I need some help. PLEASE make me feel better and tell me that I am normal!

Okay, here I go:
Our school collects Box Tops for Education to get money back into our classrooms. I send home those cute little pages provided by the company where the parents can affix the boxtops and send them back into me. Some parents are great about collecting these tops and usually send in more than the paper will hold and are enclosed in a sandwich baggie. This is awesome and really nice of them to do for our school.

Here's the crazy part: I will sit for about 8-10 minutes (each time) and cut these tops again so they are cut perfectly on the dotted lines.

I really don't consider myself a Type-A personality person OR a control freak, but I feel compelled to do this every time I get a baggie of Tops handed over to me. I even do it at home when my husband doesn't cut them perfectly!!!

This is what I need from SOMEONE out there in blog-world:
 Let me know that y'all do this, too!

Have a great night and I can't wait for tomorrow! Lots of great sales!!!!!


  1. Same here! I send those cut box tops sheets home, but mine won't even return them! They just hand me a ziploc bag of badly cut box tops, like your picture shows. :) I also sit there and cut them out perfectly and then I glue them to the cute sheet!

  2. I like your garland idea. How easy :) I will definitely be doing this.

  3. Box Tops! hahaha! I worked on those little stinkers this weekend. I too am a bit bothered when they are not cut on the line... but this weekend, I worked on them for several hours and then I decided that I had to let it go. Asked me how that worked out. :-)

    First Grade Delight

  4. Adorable classroom! Your kids are going to be so excited when they walk in tomorrow!!! We are not allowed to hang things from our ceiling because it makes the alarms go off. I know. I have my table numbers hanging from the ceiling and just hold my breath every night. So far, it works!
    I do not DEAL with box tops. I send them up to the office with a kid and call it a day. You are scaring me. :)
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  5. Oh box tops! I send them home with a parent to cut them up and bundle them! :) Otherwise, I'd be cutting them perfectly on the line too! HA!!!!!

  6. Hahaha I do the SAME thing with my boxtops. I cannot stand having them all jagged, crooked, or uneven. Must be a teacher trait :) Your room looks awesome :) Mine doesn't have a bit of Christmas up yet, I'll probably wait until Wednesday afternoon.




  8. I sooooo do this!...I have to let my aide take care of the box tops now so I don't really even see them anymore, but if I see them, I will pull them out and start cutting! Thanks goodness I am not the only one!

  9. Take one of my pretzel containers, put a cute Box Top label on it and have the kids put them in AND DO NOT LOOK... send to office with student AND DO NOT LOOK...
    OK so I used to do that, but now I DO NOT LOOK!! I get a small nervous tic as I send the kids, but it goes away as soon as they leave the room :) Happy week - jh

  10. Don't stress over Fundations! I have been doing it for six years, it really does help with reading and spelling. We also have Harcourt for our basal reader. I started Daily 5 this year. I put Fundations and HB in my mini lessons. We don't spend an hour on it though, what do they have you doing that is that long of a lesson?

  11. Hi Andi, I just passed the Sunshine Award on to you. Please visit my blog to read my post about it.

  12. Guilty! I spend a good deal of my own time trimming and taping those suckers to the sheets. Right now my class is in first place with almost 800 (we have a contest to see which class can collect the most) so I am super motivated to keep cutting and taping.


  14. Your class looks so adorable for Christmas! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Go check out my post to learn more about it.

  15. I chose you for an award! C'mon over to my blog to pick it up!


  16. Hi Andi,
    Our box-top volunteer at our school would love you. She said they have to be cut and trimmed just like you do it or they won't take them. So kuddos to you. From one Florida girl to another I just wanted to let you know I posted a Happy New Year unit on TPT. I hope you can check it out. I'm really excited about it, and the baby new year art project included with it.
    Happy Holidays

  17. You aren't alone! I trim my Box Tops to perfection EVERY time!!

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