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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Party Update etc....

So we had an all Polar party! We all wore our jammies. We made reindeer food, watched Polar Express and ate all of our yummy treats! Then we played games!! My class had so much fun!! Again we have Mimi that takes care of our parties! She made re steak the show train cake and also had the games ready to go! My class loved the unwrap musical box! Mimi wrapped a box of candy canes with 25 pieces of different wrapping paper. If the music stopped on you, then you unwrapped a layer and received a cute plastic cup. Then we knew who had a turn. No one was out, all kids kept passing. They just got 1 turn to unwrap!
This was probably my best party ever...(maybe because so little was expected of me)!!! Lol.
Fun stuff coming for the new year! Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! I hear we have snow coming tomorrow!!

Please ignore the mess behind me! Need to make resolution to deal with my chaos!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Snowman Freebie & New Snowiness

I am addidng a link in here to Frebielicious for their 1st of the month Freebie Linky!!!! Tons of great stuff. Go check it out!

Hi all! We are here with heavy hearts and trying to finish up the last 2 days with these kiddos! Just want to have fun and enjoy the time! I was home with my own sick little fancy miss. Tomorrow she goes back to daycare(which she calls home). I will be headed back to my class! I suppose all this mess and sadness makes me want to show just a little more love to each one of them! Anyhow.....Here is a little math Snowman fun so you will be all set to fire up the learning in January! I also put together a domino addition freebie! It includes a write the room domino addition and a worksheet for the kids to draw dominos and write the answer! Let me know what you think! My class is loving anything write the room! So I am trying to oblige!
Here is the Freebie!
Good luck with your last few days and if you are already on break I am REALLY jealous!
Much Love,
Autumn & Ruth

Friday, December 7, 2012

Making Latkes for Hanukkah

Getting our ingredients ready to cook latkes.

 Students loved the smell of onions- not.

We can hardly wait they smell so good.

 Do you want applesauce and sour cream?

They wanted to share left overs after lunch,

 so I stayed in the room and cooked!!!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hanukah Freebie

You have to go check out all the freebies over at Freebielicious! We are linked up there!

My Poppy(step dad is Jewish) So this is why mom & I thought it would be extra important to create some Hanukkah resources! We put together a little freebie for you! My kiddos are loving clip boards and writing the room! So we included a write the room activity with ten frames(11-20), a sentence reordering activity, and a little toothpick decoration! Hope you enjoy and can use these!
Hanukkah Freebie Click on the picture to pick up the Google Doc!
I am really hoping to feel up to making Latkes with my class this week! What do you do to celebrate Hanukkah in your class?
Much Love,
Autumn & Ruth

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

All Aboard Mrs.Gill's Polar Express

OK, the Novice Nana is at it again. I can't get the train side by side, the passenger car will not move up. This is the new hallway display. I can't wait to see what my creative daughter puts on display. I love being able to see all that she does from my side of the world. She is in heavy coats and gloves and I am still in my crocs and doing yard work inthe sunshine.  Our whole family had a busy weekend watching football and getting ready for the holidays coming.  Wish I was around to attend Autumn's gatherings and that she would be around for my New Year's Celebration and later Super Bowl Sunday.  Gee where has the year gone. Stay tuned. Maybe she can straighten out my train. She is my guru.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Musical Turkeys

Hoping everyone had a great day. It was sunny and relaxing on the island today. We had lunch with neighbors and enjoyed the compay of college student that has been away. Family and I were apart this year. But so glad all is well from Coast to Coast. I attempted turkeys from pintrest. They tasted better than they looked. We have enjoyed bikes and football today. We have football game this weekend in Jacksonville. We'll see how it goes.

We are ready for Hanukah and I have posted my new units. We are excited about more new units being created. Keep tabs on us we are wathching all of our new followers. Remember Monday Cyber Sales are on their way. I have my wish list. Do you?

Gobble, Gobble,

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Thankful Linky Party

Linking up with Lyndsey over at "a year of many firsts" for her Thankful Linky Party. I have been having a few challenges at work this year so I have probably not been taking enought time out to see how blessed and how thankful I should be so I am glad for this opportunity to share with all of you and remind myself of all the things I have to be thankful for!

First and always I am thankful for God and my church family and friends! Just got a facial and relax time from my great friend Kim!

Next I am so thankful for my super awesome husband! He loves me more than I deserve some days! He works super hard to take care of our family! I am so glad God gave him to me!


I also have the best kids anyone could ask for! My

son(bubba) and my daughter(sissy girl) are the light of my life. I am so proud of the people they are both becoming!

Then of course there is my momma who helps me with this blog and developing al sorts of great resources for my classroom! She is the best mom anyone could ever have! She loves all of us beyond measure and we love her the same!
Finally I am blessed to have tons of other friends and family that I am blessed with!!!

Head over to see all of the other Thankful posts and check out some other great blogs!

Much Love Autumn & Ruth

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hanukah is coming

Good news is when it is raining I get inside work done. I completed "Happy Hanukah Bundle". 
But as I started to look for our Hanukah decorations, I could not find them. No menorah or dreidels. It has got to be here somewhere, but it was not in Thanksgiving box or Christmas things. Knowing my luck it will turn up in July decorations. But I did get in attic to put away Halloween.
I made edible dreidels and took photos, then Bert ate the pretzels and chocolate kisses and threw away the marshmallows.

This is the bundle of  all things hanukah! All of the items are aligned to the CCSS and it is shown on the bottom of each page! We are also separating them into a Math and a ELA pieces. So here is a link to the bundle! Will add link to the pieces when we get them loaded up!
Hanukah begins December 8 and lasts to December 16th. Please enjoy and let us know if there is anything else that we could help you with on teaching your class about Hanukah. Wish we could come make latkes in each of your classrooms!

Much Love Ruth & Autumn

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Teaching Tips Linky Party

Miss Kindergarten is having a teaching tips linky Party! I do agree with her that the blogging world is like one big PLC! Best news is I only have to attend this PLC and listen to the stuff that applies! Anyhow I was trying to think of a GREAT BLOW YOUR MIND tip........And yep you guessed it I am pulling a blank.......... So still thinking about this. I teach all day I have to have 1 tip stored away somewhere up there that would be meaningful to you.......
And I am sure tomorrow I will think of that SUPER TIP! But for tonight this is a simple one! I think we get caught up in all the "expectations" that are thrown on us and we forget that these kiddos are just that kiddos! So I have been taking a book out of my mom's sometimes "old school" book! We are singing fools in my class! (I CAN'T SING) but my kiddos have NO idea! They jam out with me!! So I have been keeping a stack of seasonal songs by our carpet area so if I need to fill a minute, have a brain break, or just for fun! This group is eating it up! They think I'm as good as Taylor Swift(WOOT WOOT) just wait till they realize my voice is dreadful! Try out this one tomorrow!
Turkey NO on google docs
or on TPT at

Sorry no clip art on it, haven't paid for additional license for freebies....

Thanks for stopping by! Go check out all the amazing tips over at Miss Kindergarten!

Much Love, Autumn & Ruth

Veteran's Day & Thanksgiving

I am sure most of you know today is Veteran's Day! My step son is in the Air Force stationed in England! I am so proud of how hard he works and that he felt called to be a part of keeping our nation what it is! Luckily he has not yet been in the line of fire! (I hope we keep it that way!) In order to help you share with your kiddos, mom & I put together a few activities to help there are 5 Veteran's Day song posters (1 original), counting by 2's math paper, counting by 5's paper, coloring sheet by sight words with traceable sentence, and a poppy art project. All activities are aligned to the CCSS.
Pick up the activities here for just $1.50!

We also added some Thanksgiving Math to compliment the ELA activities that we had. Here is what is included:
These Thanksgiving activities all have the CCSS standard listed individually on each paper.There are whole group and center activities included.
•10 Frame Write the Room & Recording Sheet. K.CC.4
•Number Cards 1-30 Use for Calendar or to order in a center.
•Roll & Graph Activity: Use in a center or print multiple dice and use in small groups. K.CC.6
•Turkey Addition K.OA.5
•Fill in the missing number (3 sheets) K.CC.2
•Color by Addition K.OA.1

Go check it out! Just $2.00

In other news how is your weather? I am in the midwest and it is COLD! I made a big pot of Chicken Curry with Roti for afternoon dinner.. And our fireplace has been on since we got home from church! It's cold and wet here!

Tomorrow we have to turn in our lesson plans to be reviewed by our principal and instructional coach. Although I have done pretty well(this year) about having my lesson plans out (thanks to the pinterest plate display idea) I kind of dread turning them in! Feels like they will be picked apart.. My plans are pretty simple. How about yours? Do you have to turn in regularly?
So I must now get off pinterest, TPT, facebook and the like and do previously mentioned plans (unless one of you has great ones you want to loan me) LOL! Have a great week 7 teaching days for me the THANKSGIVING!!! YEAH

Lastly, here is my super cute turkey outside of my door. I made it then and my friend Stacie put it up for me! YEAH what a great friend!
Get it I named her CC(Common Core) Turkey!

BIG Turkey!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hallway Walk-through Evaluation

I was so proud when I did my own hallway walk- through evaluation when I was visiting in K.C.

Autumn had an attractive Leaf Graph that her students had done with homework assignment. She had Common Core Standards listed, Explanation of Activites, and Depth of Knowledge sited. The students' writing was displayed.  It all reminded me how much more society expects from teachers today. Not sure the general public gets it all, but it is all there for those who are checking. I am so proud that my daughter, chose to follow in my footsteps. I know she will not gain lots of material wealth, but love watching how her empathy and caring continues to grow from all her experiences. She  thought I was laughing at her teaching, but I was laughing because I was so slow, I could not keep up with her Kindergarten on their naming the alpahbet and the sounds each letter makes. I got B,C,D, messed up E, got F,G,H, messed up I..... I felt so confused. During recess Autumn explained they did both the long and short sounds.  OH, now, I get it!" Grandma's slow, but she is old!" I had a great week and was so proud of her wonderful teaching and classroom management.

Thanks MOM!!
You can find all of the papers and letters home in this Autumn Packet along with tons of other stuff!! If anyone needs the hall rubric to go with let me know I can send or adapt & send it!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Official LINK UP!!!

Ok this is my 1st official link up! It took a bit for me to get it right and I am so thankful to Debbie at K is for Kinderiffic for helping me figure it out!!! Go see her at
Also go see everyone that is linked up at Oh Boy Fourth

I am SO excited to be linked up!!! YEAH!!!
Much Love,
OOPS it was supposed to be classroom music... In that case add Jack Hartman!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Happy Halloween!!!

I am so lucky this year! One of my kiddos has a super awesome God mother! She wants to be in charge of all of my parties!!! YEAH for me! She also came in to make applesauce! Not to mention she is constantly sending in cute little cut outs from her cricut!! So all that said here are a few pictures from our party decorations and the graphs we created to decide how our jack-o-lantern should look!
Finished Jack-o-lantern
The kids had so much fun! She also brought games! Pass the pumpkin(hot potato) and pin the nose on the jack-o-lantern. Oh and prizes!! I was also blessed with another family that took their afternoon break/lunch to come in and decorate and set up!! Lastly had to share a little picture of my own Ladybug leaving her daycare parade & party!!
Graph: eyes, nose, mouth
Juice box
My Ladybug

Hope everyone had a great Halloween! It was great for me since my Mom was visiting and helped in my classroom all week! But now she is gone and I am sad!! Miss her and hate that she lives far away!
Much Love,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CCSS Link up

Click on the link to find some great resources that are all on sale and directly aligned to Common Core State Standards! I have added my Scarcrow Letter & Word match which is aligned with CCSS!

Much Love

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Making Subtraction Real

So my unique group of kiddos this year are having a super hard time identifying numbers. The weird part is they are catching on quickly to subtraction..... Well we do a daily review sheet all sorts of kindergarten math skills are on it. I started telling a silly story in passing to help make the subtraction problem real. Such as Sara has 5 dogs Tim came over and borrowed 3 of her dogs. How many dogs does Sara have left at her house? I always use my kiddos names in the story! They LOVE this part! So they get it. Now to create my own addition that is that interesting..... On the review paper the addition is just dots!
Anyone have any great tips for helping with number recognition?? Especially those pesky teens?

Much Love

My momma(nana) arrives today and I'm so happy!!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Even More on SALE!!!

Joining up with some other more experienced bloggers & putting everything in our store on sale! Everything is 20% off! Please stop by!
Much Love,
Autumn & Ruth

Go see The Teacher's Cauldron

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Our Halloween Items are on sale! Please go see our store!! Working on a few new Thanksgiving themed items! After I make it thru this last day of conferences I'll be back to posting! Have to share my hall display. Our leaf graph turned out GREAT!!! The kids are thrilled with it! They were so proud of each leaf they brought in. My Tuesday night conferences went great! I have some of the best parents in my class. These parents just want to share and be involved it is great. Also looks like the Nana is coming to the midwest for a visit, so hopefully we will get my plans done thru Christmas and she will come help in my class next week YEAH!

Much Love,

Halloween Party & Fun Pack

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lesson or test?

OK. I'll keep on trying. Hopefully this works right. If not, I'll have my daughter fix it!
 It is funny how our roles keep reversing the more mature I get.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Red Ribbon Freebie

Next week is Red Ribbon week. So here is quick little diddy that Nana made up tonight! She added some clip art and ta-da! The last lines are open so you could use various times or pick settings to use! Go to our TPT store to pick up this freebie!

Much Love Autumn & Ruth

PS. Mom is scared to post because she created about 4 different facebook pages for us! So if you would like to leave her a word of encouragement! By the way if you would like us on Face Book We would appreciate it!

Red Ribbon Song

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Math Quickie

My kiddos this year are having a really hard time getting numbers! So we have been very S-L-O-W-L-Y working our way thru numbers. So I had been using someones fabulous sheet with my kids on each number. The sheet was perfect for numbers up to 10. Well tomorrow is 11, so I put together this little sheet to use! Most of it is self explanatory but they say it with 2 lines, My kiddos are stuck on the spanish number(I will have to look up11). You could also use the "th" of the number eleventh...
Also they LOVE the Roman numeral! Feel free to white out what doesn't work for you or email me what you want added or removed and I will send you one!


Here are a couple of quick pictures I took today! Almost all of my kiddos did great with our new paper! Tomorrow we will continue with working on 11. Oh and doing TONS of quarterly testing....YEAH!
Student Paper
Class Poster

Harvest, Fall, Autumn, and Halloween

So I spent most of the rainy day yesterday working on finishing up several items! I have my Common Core Math Activities in 2 versions. One is Halloween themed and the other has a AUTUMN theme! Most of the activities are very similar so you could easily use both of them to repeat and continue working on the same skills. I set these sheets up in the way that my district is currently testing these skills. If there is a different way you would like to see the worksheet please share! Each of the worksheets have the common core standard at the bottom of the page. In the Autumn Math I included a letter that I sent home on Friday to my families asking for them to collect leaves. We are then going to make a class graph out of these and I included an individual graph. Also with this there is a sheet to answer questions about the graph.

I also finished up my Autumn Activities and Songs. This unit includes an original song by my mom!!!(Ruth-Nana) Her song is all about the life cycle of a pumpkin. I have also included a poster of the pumpkin life cycle and a worksheet for students to do about the life cycle. Finally there is a set of vocabulary cards and several other songs & literacy activities.

As you can see I am hoping for more followers soon and we are headed toward an upgrade on our blog! Please check back & follow us if you are not already!!

***Thanks MM for your proofreading AMAZINGness!

Much Love!
Autumn & Ruth

As a side note the main reason I created this graphing activity was because I had used a similar one and the assistant superintendent complemented that one, since I live on compliments I thought this would be a great chance to do the same type thing again!

I mean its all about the learning that kids get not me being complimented LOL....

Friday, October 12, 2012

Free Fall Friday

Visit our store. TY

Wanted to do this right and I can't get it.  I can zip line and parasail, but I can't get all the gadgets and buttons together.

I wanted all of you to have free fun fall songs to sing with your class or when you are out enjoying your weekend time with young ones you arer around. I will have to take more remedial clasees, but I promise I will get better, I will get better, I will get better.

Free Falling,

Friday, October 5, 2012

Columbus set sail

So I know and you know that America was here and had inhabitants LONG before Christopher "discovered" us! With that being said I still feel like there is relevance in teaching my class a bit about him! Here is a link to a few fun songs, vocabulary cards, vocabulary matching paper, and a math paper! Thanks for checking it out!!
Much Love
Click here to go to the Mini Unit at our TPT store

Monday, October 1, 2012


Great activity to use in a center with the small mini pumpkins or in a whole group setting to compare the weights of various objects to a pumpkin! Enjoy! All of my adventures with applesauce to come!

Much Love,

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pete the Cat

Like many of you Pete the Cat has captured the hearts of my classroom! He have read Pete the Cat  repeatedly. We have a Pete matching activity in our math center. We have a CD of the story in our listening center and we keep reading Pete in the library center! I bravely decided to attempt an art project starring Pete! One piece at a time each student got a large rectangle(body), a small rectangle(head), 4 stick legs, 2 precut eyes, 6 whiskers, a piece to cut as a tail, and 4 shoes. I then gave step by step directions to complete the project...... Here is what we came up with! I also added a writing component by having them trace I love my______shoes. I then helped them write in the color of shoes they chose. We have to make sure that any displays that we put up are alligned with CCSS, and includes a task, rubric, DOK level, and district power standard.... 

My example.....

Ok so maybe to make it look SUPER I shouldn't have included this picture, but let's be honest this is real! Sometimes this is how it turns out.....