Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Holiday Bingo until Dec. 1st

The Teacher Wife is graciously offering her Holiday Bingo for FREE until tomorrow, December 1st. I just printed it for us to play on the plane to Florida {printing on cardstock makes everything better :)}! After tomorrow you can still grab it for $2 through TPT. Click the picture below to print yours before the end of the 1st!!

We have been busy bees lately and I have several holiday projects to show everyone...hopefully I can post before packing this afternoon :)

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Henry and Mudge, well more Mudge than Henry

Whew, how the time flies!  From baby books to chapter books in a flash. The Prince picks four to five different Henry and Mudge books every time we go to the library. I have tried to explain that he may want to pace himself (HAHAHAHA, he is wayyyy to much like his momma for that concept) as there are not an infinite number of Henry and Mudge books, but he is too interesting in Henry and Mudge's adventures to care.

So, I was thrilled when I found a Henry and Mudge project on one of the blogs I follow and immediately wanted to recreate it, so while daddy slept in this morning that is exactly what we did.

Thanks to Amy with Step into Second Grade for the inspiration!

Here is the book the Prince picked to read for the project:

We followed it up with our creation of Mudge and of course, a learning task thrown in :). The three bones represent the beginning, middle and end of the story. The Prince dictated and I wrote.

Make a Christmas Penguin!

Look at this adorable penguin, that Amy from Step into 2nd Grade created and is sharing with everyone!
Click {HERE} to download a Christmas penguin template!

Monday, November 21, 2011

I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Pie and a Free Parts of Speech Worksheet (added additional lessons)

Remember the book I Know Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly?? Well, today we read the Thanksgiving version, I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie! The Prince really enjoyed it and then we followed it up with cute activities that were inspired by The First Grade Parade.

"If I were the Old Lady, I would swallow a melon."

I was going to share the printable noun-verb-adjective freebie worksheet that the Prince completed today, but for the life of me I can't find it...but no worries I will share the one we are going to do in the future, compliments of Tales of a Teacherista.

CLICK HERE for the following worksheets/lesson that focus only on Nouns from the very creative Step into 2nd Grade.





This is directly from Homemade Mamas! As soon as I found it I said "Is it really that easy? I am soooo making this, but I must put it on my blog or I will forget where I saw it and then I will be a sad homemade eggnogless girl who will be forced to drink the dark rum straight from the bottle!" OKAY OKAY, I didn't think the last part...but nonetheless I didn't want to forget where I saw the recipe, so here it is!!!

Homemade Eggnog

'Tis the season for tasty drinks and holiday cheer. And no seasonal drink gives you both quite like eggnog. You can buy it at the store, of course, but making it from scratch is so easy...not to mention delicious! The recipe we used can be found here on We made ours without alcohol so the kids could enjoy it as well, but feel free to add a splash of "something festive" to yours if you'd like!
What You Need:
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 quart milk
  • 1/3 pint heavy whipping cream
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt

First, beat your eggs then mix in the condensed milk, vanilla, milk, and salt. In a separate bowl beat your whipping cream until soft peaks form. Then fold it into your egg/milk mixture. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, serve, and feel merry!

(Of course it's up to you if you had a bit of rum or bourbon!)
Again, Thank you HOMEMADE MAMAS!!

Free Cute Writing Prompts

I decided to take a quick mommy break, have a second cup of coffee, snuggle on the couch and catch up on my beloved blogs. While visiting I discovered some really cute writing prompts (there are over 20!, plus a grading rubric if you like) that I want to share. The Prince is really doing well with his beginning writing, so I want to continue to encourage his progress. Just click on the pictures below to download and/or print away :) Make sure you stop by What the Teacher Wants to check out the creator of these prompts.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

HOLY YUM!!!! Caesar Deviled Eggs.

Did you watch the food network live special today? I did and I was inspired to make caesar deviled eggs and cake pops. Caeser salad is one of my favorite things and for the past couple of years I have made my caesar salad Rachael Ray style, so when I heard caesar deviled eggs I almost dropped the weight on my foot. YES! I was watching the food network while doing P90X....Hi! I'm Cindy and I am a foodaholic.

Let me show you what I made and thanks to Rachael Ray I'll give you the recipe for the deviled eggs.


  • 12 hard-boiled eggs, peeled

  • 1 small clove garlic

  • 2 teaspoons anchovy paste

  • A handful grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese

  • 1/2 small onion, grated (She said this was KEY...don't just chopped the onion!)

  • 3 to 4 tablespoons mayonnaise, just enough to bind

  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon coarse black pepper

  • 2 romaine lettuce leaves from the heart, finely chopped



    1. Cut the fat rounded ends off the eggs, scoop the yolks into a bowl and stand the hard-boiled egg whites upright in the egg carton. If you prefer to serve the eggs on a platter, trim a small piece of egg off the pointed ends so they will stand upright.
    2. Break the egg yolks up a little bit using a fork. Grate the garlic directly over the bowl, then add the anchovy paste, parmigiano-reggiano, onion, mayo, worcestershire, lemon juice, pepper and half of the finely chopped lettuce. Mash until smooth and check the seasonings.
    3. Fill the egg whites, overstuffing them a little. Garnish with the remaining finely chopped greens.

    I also wanted to show you what else I did this evening. The decorations are sooo much prettier in person, but as you probably already know I don't have a good camera (Santa is GOING to bring me one)and all my pictures are taken with my phone :/. In addition, I wanted the cake of the pops/balls to be a bit tastier, so I will post my gluten free cake pop recipe...soon!

    The garland and bow are from the dollar tree!

    This is my very first attempt at making cake pops, the Prince will be so tickled when he opens the fridge.

    I thought I'd see how I like the look of cake balls too :)


    Free Christmas Coloring Book for Lil Ones

    This isn't something we will be using this year, but it was tooo FREE not to share. I know many of of have lil ones that this might be perfect for, so here you are.

    Thank you to Musing of Me for this freebie! (She is Australia and for some reason I think that is really cool...yep, the Mister calls me a dork a lot...I think everything is cool!)

    Click on the picture for your free packet.

    Christmas ABC's pic
    I will say that the letter X and Z are not X and Z words...they have a bit of a twist that you might want to explain :) **FYI...the "slow" download is the free one.

    Free Holiday Card from Paper Culture

    Check out Paper Culture’s Facebook page to get a FREE holiday card!  You don’t need to like them, just register your email with them.  They’ll send you a confirmation email, just make sure you click the link.

    Saturday, November 19, 2011

    Upcoming Lesson - Free Snoman Pack

    One of the cute blogs that I follow is First Grade Blue Skies, stop by and check her out. Jennifer is offering a free Snowman Writing lesson pack to show appreciation to her followers and I wanted to pass it along.

    Just click the picture to get your pack! Happy Schooling.

    More Turkey Day Activities....It's it Christmas activity time YET! ;)

    My inspirations for these lessons:

    For the FABULOUS Mayflower inspiration check out The First Grade Parade.

    For the O-SO-CUTE ? Squash/Ugly Pumpkin activities check out The Inspired Apple.

    We picked up a book on the Mayflower from the library and then listed facts from the book and the Prince pasted them on the Mayflower.

    The Prince then created his own Mayflower book with facts of his choosing, along with pictures, on each page. He was so exicited to show his daddy his completed book and has read this book multiple times since its creation. 

    The Mayflower "almost caught on fire!"

    Have you ever heard of this book? It is so darn cute!!!

    I recreated a worksheet I saw on The Inspired Apple. The Prince colored his squash, labeled what type of squash he colored and then listed 6 adjectives to describe his squash.
    He labled his the "watermelon" squash and wrote the following adjectives: medium, deadly, kind, sleepy, old and slimy.  

     The Prince then created his own "Ugly Pumpkin" and named him the "silly" squash.

    Today, I started making a list of things I will be making for Thanksgiving dinner at our friend's house...but I have like 20 things on my list...UGHHH!I need to narrow it down and to do my P90X. Just thinking of all the yumminess is making me gain weight. I wonder what your favorite Thanksgiving dish is?????

    Turkeys and a Scarecrow

    We have been having a blast! I can't tell you how tickled I am to have Pinterest and so many fantastic teacher blogs. I have always been so impressed with how creative elementary teachers are. I am not creative on my own, but I can so follow directions and/or replicate. I want to share what we've been up to and I always try to credit the amazing inspiration for each. I hope you all are enjoying the beginning of the holiday season as much as we are.

    We read a cute book: Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey.  Gracias the turkey was probably pretty tickled he didn't get eaten :). We then created our own thankful turkey.

    The Prince wrote he was thankful for "family, toys, animals, food, Mom, Thunder (our dog), and Dad." If you would like the Thankful Turkey Pattern - click Thankful Turkey! You can print it in color or black and white and your lil prince or princess can color it.

    Then I couldn't resist! We had to make the EAT MORE __________ goofy turkey! This guy is saying "Eat more fruit!" If you want the pattern check out Mrs. Miner's blog.

    On the fantastic Pinterest, I saw the cutest scarecrows and followed it to one of my favorite teacher blogs The First Grade Parade. I then looked through our classroom books and found The Frightened Scarecrow. We read and created!


    Happy Thanksgiving....Can you believe I still have more turkey crafts/lessons to blog? WHEW!