Favorite Things for your Classroom Holidays

Hello everyone!!!


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Today we are throwing a big, humongous bash to celebrate YOU!
Last year we blogged about our favorite non-school related things, this year we have decided that we will share with you our favorite school things! So here we go:


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My favorite website for my classroom is ...


I am so in love with this web site!  Reading aloud was always my favorite time of the day with my kids and this web site is all about reading books aloud.  There are so many books on dozens of topics that I can always find one to go along with my lesson.  It's also a great last minute time filler when the days before the holidays get a little crazy!  http://www.storylineonline.net/


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My favorite organizational tip is . . . 
Zipper baggies are an excellent way to keep all your holiday crafts and projects organized.  Store your patterns and directions in gallon baggies so you'll have all the pieces when you pull out that file next year!

More than once a zipper baggie has saved my life!  I used to keep project ideas and patterns in file folders.  Then when I got the file folder out the next year there was always a missing piece!  But with zipper baggies you can put all the pattern pieces in the bag, zip it closed and never lose another vital piece to a project!



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My favorite class holiday activity is ...
During the holiday season I loved read books by Patricia Polacco to my class. She has so many wonderful books for the holidays that it's impossible to pick a favorite.  Her holiday books come from her own family experiences so they are about Christmas, Hanukkah and Epiphany.  All the stories are about the love shared by families and friends at this special time of year.

Books to share with your class for the holidays,  All by the wonderful author/illustrator Patricia Polacco

An Orange for Frankie is my favorite holiday story because it reminds me of our holiday tradition of finding an orange in the toe of our Christmas stockings.  My dad told me that when he was growing up oranges were very precious.  It was a very special holiday treat to have oranges for Christmas.  
To pass on this holiday tradition with your class you can read the book about Frankie and his special orange.  Then you kids can make these little spice oranges to have in their homes for the holidays. (Click on the image to download the activity.)

 An Orange for Frankie Free Activity



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Come and visit my other teacher friends' blogs for their favorite websites, organization tips and much more!




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