Christmas Around the World and More!

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We are finishing up our Holidays Around the World book bag from Second Grade Shenanigans.  LOVE it!! If you want to see the other countries we have visited, click over HERE.

Here are some places we went to this week:
The kids decorated a little piece of coal because it's considered good luck to receive a piece in England. 
 In Italy the kids learned about Befana and made this little broom to remember her by.
I remembered that I had this book by Tomie DePaola.  Perfect!

We also went to Mexico and made a poinsettia. 
I love it when we can tuck our projects into the bag book to save our crafts.
We continued on into China and made some dragons.  So cute!
This cutie was really proud of her dragon!
We also went to Germany and made a little gingerbread craft.  I forgot to take pictures, but I did take some pictures of the gingerbread cookies I made for my kids.  Four hours of work and I didn't think they tasted too great :/ but the kids said they were delicious.  They especially liked the royal icing, go figure. 

The kids also wrote letters to Santa and we displayed them using a craft from Erica Booher.
Find the craft HERE and the writing stationary HERE

I spent HOURS making my student's Christmas presents.  It took forever but it was worth it.  To create them I used my Cricut to cut the vinyl and then used transfer tape to add the names to the bottles.  They kids were stoked!
I will have to add a close up of one of them, but here they are on my students' desks.

We ended the week by watching the Polar Express.  Santa himself brought us bells from the North Pole!! Yep, we have our very own personal Santa here:)

We wrapped up the last day of school by taking home parent gifts.  These ornaments were easy to make and super cute.

Now make sure to link up your week's happenings with Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up for Five for Friday!
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Student Ornaments

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It's Monday Made It time!  I love it when Tara posts for Monday Made It on Sunday :)

So I spent all last night making these ornaments for my kids.  They turned out really cute and they were very easy to make!  
If you would like to make them for your kids, this is what you need:

1. Glass Ornaments- These were from Hobby Lobby.  They measure 2 5/8" and came in a box of 12 for $7.99.  They were 50% off this weekend.
2. Student Pictures- Printed on regular copy paper
3. Round Punch - Mine came from Joann's and measures 2.5 inches
4. Fake snow
5. Ribbon
To make them:
Just print out your pictures and cut them out with a round punch.  Roll up the picture and insert into the ornament.  Put some snow through the opening and put the metal top back on.  Last add some ribbon.  Like I said, pretty simple and the kids love them!  A couple of years ago I made them using pictures printed on transparencies because I saw that done online (can't remember where) and I couldn't even see the kids.  I'm not sure if it was a printer problem or the transparencies I was using, but it was a big fail!  

This years ornaments were much easier to make.  If you have any problems with the picture not unrolling, take some long tweezers and play with the picture a little.  That fixed most of mine up.  The snow was easy to put in, but make sure to not get the kind that is overly flaky because the flakes tend to cover the picture.  The stuff I used was really easy to get in there.  I even had some snow filled dreams thanks to these ornaments!

Now make sure to check out everyone's projects for Monday Made It!


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Christmas Crafts and More!

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We began the week with the Grinch. I used this idea from The First Grade Parade and A Cupcake for the Teacher to create these:
They decorated the outside of my windows and the kids just loved them!

Our elf Jack also joined us right before the Thanksgiving break.  It seemed really early for me, but Santa comes to our school and he is coming a week early this year.  Since Jack has to leave the night before Santa comes (so he has time to travel to Santa to tell him who's been naughty or nice) he had to make an early visit. 

Here he is:

I sneak away while my kids are doing an activity and remind Santa to drop a word to each of my kids about Jack at the North Pole and you should see my kids when they hear Santa talking about Jack!! They go nuts!  We miss Jack like crazy, but he makes sure to stay in contact via his letters.

These letters are so tiny!  The envelopes are about an 1.5 inches wide and about an inch tall.  We usually find the notes tucked in one of our read alouds for the day.  I wonder how Jack knows which books we will read each day?  

Since we were in our elf craze, the kids applied to become one of Santa's elves using one of Mrs. Cupcakes awesome crafts!  I love how they need to get fingerprinted to apply! 
They were so cute that Jack wanted to join them:)

Cyber Monday came around and I purchased an awesome file.  It's from Second Grade Shenanigans, it's called The Ultimate Holiday Bundle and in it came the Holidays Around the World Bag Book.  I am in love!  I wish I could share my kids' reaction to these books.  One of them yelled "I can't wait to start this!" another said "I've never made a book like this before!" We have only made one of the little crafts so far and they were so ecstatic about their little book.  Here is a little peak at our books so far.

For the America project, the kids made this little string of lights.

Here's my favorite part.  After making the craft, it goes into the little pocket as a keepsake of their "travels" around the world!
This has now become one of my all time favorite projects!

Now we are working out way through all the Christmas books!  There are about 30 of them all around the room, so we are reading a couple each day.  I LOVE Christmas books and my kids do too!

On a personal note, my husband "gave" me my gift early this year.  [I kind of picked it out and he paid for it :) ] It's a new camera lens.  I wish I knew how to use it like a pro, but I can't, so I'm playing with it for now.  I took all of the pictures above with my new lens.  Definitely not perfect, but it's a start.  Here's a fun one I took of some flowers against my tree.  I love how the lights look with it.

Make sure to link up your week's happenings with Doodle Bugs Teaching and link up for Five for Friday!

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