"elf on the desk" tutorial

ok, so it doesn't rhyme.
But they're cute!
and super easy!
and you don't have to hide them, or move them, or make fake mischief!

So my Elf never showed this year. I suppose the kids scared him away. At least that's what they were told. But since we are doing Linda's Twas the 5 Days Before Christmas Break, and today's treat was "elf pillows," I kinda missed the little fella! So I printed off page size elf clipart and wa-la! Elf on the desk!

and here's how you can make your own!

 I used Powerpoint out of habit, but any ol' word processor will do!
Insert a rectangle from the Shape menu (insert>shape).
line the bottom up with the little elfie butt.
I then made my shape white with a thick black line for cutting. 
Just personal preference!
You need to send this shape to the back so it's behind your clipart.
reorder>send to back

self explanatory!

you are making a cylinder for the base. 
each tab back and tape them together. 
if they didn't cut too well or close enough, just snip to the legs to prevent tearing
once you bend little elf's legs forward, he'll sit right up!
the tabs serve as a little hiney. 

I used Krista's Elves graphics because those are what I used for Class Dojo avatars this week. Any elf will do, but you want ones that are good for coloring unless you're printing in color (lucky you if so!) You also need your elf to have legs that are pretty straight down so it'll be stable. 

and if you want to know how to do this...read my post from last year when our sneaky elf changed the kids to elves! FYI-you can only change them if the student has NOT logged in and changed it themselves. Last year, when the elf changed them, that was perfect because I could show them that I wasn't able to go in and change it! wink wink!

and while we're all here, congrats to YOU!
Angela got herself $50 in TpT goodness!

happy hump day!

Christmas Questionnaire and Peek A Pak!

I am linking up with Michelle at Fabulous in First again this year for her Christmas Questionnaire
1. When do you decorate? 
Um, not yet??!! I know, but I'm so not into it this year...I'm kinda being a Scrooge. But we did put up a tree Saturday and the little lambs and I decorated it. There's a few decorations around, but not like the past. When I was little I put up my family's tree myself! on Halloween! I lived for it. Perhaps I got it all out of my system early on???
But here's how I decorate my tree. I LOVE the natural decor at Pier One. Last year was our first Christmas in the new house and I didn't feel like searching for the decorations, so I bought all new ones. I'm like that! It's easier! ha!

2. Elf or no elf?
Elf, even though I thought I'd never have one! I actually do more at school with him than home because the boys were kinda old for him. But now that Little Lamb is in school, he;s all about it! So this year Jingles is at home, and he brought a friend, too!

3. Christmas cookies or no baking for you?
I'll manage some sugar cookies

4. Favorite holiday tradition?
Yearly ornaments. My mom bought my sister and I a new ornament each year (she still does) and I carried that tradition on. They do not pick them out! It's a surprise! I love looking at them and seeing how their favorite things have changed! No more Elmo ornaments these days! In fact, the tree is becoming a litte Star Wars themed!

5. Favorite Christmas movie?
As a kid, The Life & Adventures of Santa Claus, Twas the Night Before Christmas, and Rudolph (anything by Rankin and Bass...) and Claymation Christmas Celebration. I loved them real bad. I still do! But the kids just don't get a kick out of them like I do! But as far as modern movies...ELF! and the Grinch (and not the Jim Carrey...ew)

6. Snow or no snow?
I like to look at snow, and I like to be out for a snow day, but no; I do not like to be cold. and if some of that snow gets in my coat sleeve, forget it!

7. Favorite Christmas song?
The Little Drummer Boy

8. Favorite Gifts to Give and Get?

So here's my little ol' list
Hubs and I are getting ourselves a couch for our anniversary/Christmas! Yippee! We adore Restoration Hardware, but have to save up a little for it! I also wouldn't mind if someone gave me Tory Burch perfume or the Dylen Anorak, either...a girl can dream
I'll admit that buying gifts for the boys is getting tougher. We don't want to get more Legos, that's for sure! So we are sticking with one big gift. That way I won't have to clean it up later! Plus, they get so much from others and they really want for nothing. But one gift I plan to give to the two littles is a Peekapak subscription! I got the opportunity to review one and they ate.it.up! 

And it had everything needed to do the activities, so there was not searching for the right glue, or the scissors Mom let's us use, or the markers that aren't Sharpies! The first thing they made was a parachute with tissue paper, string, tape, and a cup. Awesome! I use this same activity in my Air Unit!

We also made a kaleidoscope with beads in a plastic container, silver cardstock, and a toilet paper tube (probably not from tp, but you get the idea). We had two pairs of scissors, crayons, tape, books and puppets, and we haven't even gotten to the tangram puzzles yet!

Peekapak wasn't just a great way to get my kids creative and doing something besides video games, it was also a way for them to play togetherPeekapak would make a wonderful gift for a child in your life. They have a variety of subscription plans available including one month, three months, six months and one year. Peekapak is currently offering a coupon for $10 off and for a limited time the subscriptions start as low as $16.50 a month, use the code SPECIAL10 at checkout. To learn more about Peekapak visit their website and to stay up to date with the latest information connect via FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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Now go and link up with Michelle, too!

The final giveaway! Merry 12 Days of Teaching and $50!

I know I have had a blast over the past 2 weeks posted freebies and deals! I love getting emails from winners who thought they'd never win! Why it was MERRY. VERY! 
(ok-I have heard How the Grinch Stole Christmas for 5 days in a row now plus the last 5 years, too! I know all the lines people and I use them willy nilly!)

So Jessica and I are each giving $25 to the winner for a total of $50! Plus, I took out some extras that didn't quite fit in my It's a Common Core Christmas anymore and added them as a freebie right in the rafflecopter just like before!
oh, and did I mention that BOTH my BIG holiday files are HALF OFF!

I hope you have loved playing along even though my life got a little hectic and I got half of the giveaways posted late! 
Good Luck!!

Day 8 Winner's Choice! and some Holiday Updates!

SO yesterday, today, and tomorrow are all winner's choice from Jessica and I! and there are TWO chances to win! Just enter the raffle copters below! 

and right in time, you can snag this HUGE UPDATE for HALF PRICE tonight! or enter to win it! I took forever to update this because I kept thinking about what I needed to practice or review, and thinking of new games! And some of those I decided to leave out will be right in you TpT inbox as freebies! 

It still includes 10 centers, but they are more challenging, more appropriate for 2-3 grade (I first made these when I moved to 2nd grade, so I know a little more now!), and much more pretty! 

Now go and enter! Saturday is the BIG Day!

Day 7 and the cutest stinkin' Christmas cards ever!

So, I normally wait until the very last minute to order photo cards for mail out. It's last minute because I want to do them myself, but let's be honest, I barely have time to shower let alone make the perfect Christmas cards to showcase my little fam!
Then comes in Pinterest and all these mom blogs with the perfect cards and I get all jealous and I want to have time to sip coffee (aka Diet Coke) and blog and decorate my house (which still has no signs of a holiday that will be here in 14 days!).
Well, enter MINTED's Christmas Cards!

Because I am BUYING CARDS before DEC. 20th y'all!
I know!
But I found the cutest cards ever!!!
It wasn't even hard to choose because one of them just about slapped me in the face!
No lie
the cutest
So here are a few cards I love!

Now if we had a sweet little doll baby girl, I'd totally go for the foil-stamped calligraphy card! LOVE it! but we don't have that kinda family!
and if I didn't have kids or have to show relatives what they look like, watercolors all.the.way. I seriously am in love with watercolors right now! But a boy-less card is out of the question!
So, Wreck The Halls it is! I mean, could that be more lamb-tastic! Nope! I love that-I may even use that on a bulletin board! genius!

And I know you can get photo cards about anywhere these days, but I wanted a good quality standout card! I love these little extras making my cards extra special!

So head on over to minted. and at least to a little window shopping! TONS of ideas, options, and I love that their designs are submitted by women (and men) just like me! Who obviously have more time, but nonetheless! 
And they have a 15% off orders of $150+ deal through Thursday!

And now for the giveaway for Day 7! It's another winners' choice! One winner from my shop and another from Jessica's! Of  course, you can enter BOTH!

Happy Hump Day!

Day 6-a lit circle freebie!

Jessica has just started lit circles with her 3rd graders! She made these adorable role badges!
They are all yours today!
Sorry the post is a tad late...it was a Monday! So this freebie will be up until Wednesday to give you a little more time to download!
I'll be posting later on about our week ahead! I'm excited to try our Holidays of Light unit a little differently! Since we will be focusing on the stories and leaders this year-I've been adapting the unit! If you've bought it, I think you will love the updates! soon...I hope!!
just the booklet that's getting the update

the big bundle with presentations and activity sheets
now here's the freebie!!

Day 5 freebie!

today's freebie is a little different than normal. It's for your home rather than your students! I hope you like it! and remember, the freebies are only up for 24 hours!

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