Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Hoppenings

SURPRISE...a pre-baby post! I know I had said that I doubted I would post something before our little guy arrives, but I need a distraction. One can only clean, cook, organize, and bake so much! Before I give you a few things, I would love to share pictures of our nursery! I can't wait for our baby to make it complete.

And, here is the basket of double chocolate chip Heath cookies that I made this morning for the nurses and doctors who have to put up with me. Yum-O!

My last day at school was Friday. My intention was to work until I labor...on Thursday our doctor scheduled an induction for Monday, December 12th!!!!! I am over the moon excited and scared to death at the same time! I pray that everything goes smoothly.

My gift is coming tomorrow. Those of you who have read my posts from way back when now what a long and crazy journey it has been for me. It seemed to take forever to get here....lots of tears, medical interventions, and doubt. The pregnancy has not been very easy, I have thrown up every single day due to chronic and horrible acid reflux. Now that it is ending, I will miss feeling him within me. It will most likely be my only pregnancy and I have truly tried my best to enjoy it. A new journey lies ahead, I hope that you will stick around as I find my way through it....I probably won't be creating so much, but I will try.

Now for your gifts. It's just a hodge podge of Holiday stuff! I adore all things holiday related, so maybe next year I will go all out with a fabulous post. For now, I haven't created anything new, it's mainly things that I've used before. I hope you will find things to use in your classroom. is the season of giving. If you have a blog, it is the perfect time to just post a unit as a freebie :-)

Happy "Labor" Day...couldn't resist!

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Literacy Goods

With the Bingo cards, I give my kiddos the list of words and they write their own cards.
December Sight Word Bingo

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Polar Express. We have a whole party for it...which is tomorrow, I hope my kids have so much fun!
First Gift of Christmas Class Book

Holiday Journal

Holiday Syllables

Holidays Around the World Bingo

For this emergent reader, copy the main page on cardstock and the rest on regular paper. It will hold up nicely!
Holiday, Holiday, What Do You See

Reindeer Noses Books

Santa Medial Sounds

Santa Sight Words

Math Goods
Christmas Graphing Worksheet

Count the Menorah Candles Book

Do You Like Candy Canes Graph

Elf Squeeze directions are actually on the document. It's just an update of the Everyday Math Game "Monster Squeeze". My students are beyond 1-10 by this point, but definitely need practice with the tricky teens!
Elf Squeeze

Polar Express Numbers Worksheet

We use sentence strips for this sequencing activity.
Present Number Sequencing

Roll a Christmas Tree (2 Dice)

Santa Number Puzzles

Spin and Graph December Spinner

Spin & Graph December Holidays


  1. Many blessings to you and your little one, Shannon! {Hugs} are being sent your way!


  2. Congratulations!! I'm praying hard for you now and tomorrow. Hoping things go smoothly for you. Your nursery is adorable, and I can't believe you are up the night before you go into labor and are still bringing us wonderful resources for our classrooms. :o) You sound like my friend who was still calling the sub with more notes when she was riding to the hospital about to give birth! Super mamas! :o) Good luck - wishing you the very best!

  3. May God bless and keep you and your precious gift. Prayers are being sent your way.

  4. Congratulations and wishing you the best tomorrow! Love your nursery! Thanks for the freebies!
    Whyte Water

  5. I am so excited that you will finally get to meet your little guy tomorrow! I have been thinking about you and praying for everything to go smoothly during your delivery. Your blog was the first one I ever came across and it is still my favorite! Every time you post you give me something new to use! Thank you for everything you have shared today, it was a great surprise to see one last pre-baby post. I can't wait to see a picture of you and your son!

  6. Congrats on your little one! I pray everything goes perfectly for you and your precious little one. Your nursery is beautiful. Thank you for being so willing to share your hard work and creativity! Congrats again, and Merry Christmas!

  7. So happpy for you...nothing is better than the arrival of that very special blessing! The nursery looks great, such a welcoming room for your little guy.

  8. Best wishes. I had an scheduled c-section. It was a bit scary but it was all worth it when I saw my son. Rest up and enjoy your new journey as a mommy. You will love its ups and downs.

  9. Good luck tomorrow and thank you for the fun Christmas activities! You are a saint!

  10. I love the nursery- especially the Dr.Seuss quote. I have been reading your blog for about a year and I appreciate everything you share. I am so excited for you and your family. I'm sending good thoughts for all of you tomorrow!

  11. It will all go well. Get some rest and put the blog aside for now. The best is yet to come. Just enjoy it all and his nursery is spectacular.
    What a lucky little one. I cannot wait to see pictures of you glowing.

  12. Best of luck on your blessing! I love following your blog and I am wishing you lots of joy tomorrow. Thank you for your last post and I can't wait to see pictures of the baby.

  13. Aw! How exciting for you! I am due just after Christmas with our 2nd daughter, so we'll be close!!

    ♥ Jen Ross
    The Teachers' Cauldron

  14. Look at you giving us gifts so close to your delivery! You truly are a giving person. May you be blessed with an easy delivery and quick recovery. You are going to love your "Christmas Blessing" sent from God. Being a mother is the most wonderful gift that our creator gives us. You will love that journey!

    Merry Christmas!

    Ann @

  15. Yay! The nursery is precious! It is such a wonderful blessing. Thank you for the wonderful freebies.

  16. Thanks for sharing your talents with us; I will be putting them to good use beginning today!
    Your nursery is adorable! Blessings on your new addition! Looking forward to pictures of the little guy :)

  17. Shannon,

    Love the pictures of the nursery! Your little one is going to be one lucky guy to have you as a mom! Thank you for sharing all of your talents. You are right- it is the season for giving. But you are in season all year long!!! Thanks for all you do!

  18. God bless you & your little one. Truly a gift from up above.

    Thank- you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. I appreciate all your hard work!


  19. Congratulations! Have a wonderful day and enjoy every moment. What a true blessing. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers today.

  20. Congrats on your new arrival!!! He will be blessed to have you in his life! Thanks for all you do!

  21. I am so excited and happy for you! Enjoy every moment! We went through fertility issues for our first bundle of joy and then our next one was surprise!
    Thank you for all of your wonderfull freebies!

  22. Can I just say THANK YOU! This is my second year teaching and my first year in Kindergarten at a new charter school where I have to search and come up with my own materials and curriculum. You have saved me! Thank you for your willingness to share your ideas. I can't afford to buy things off of websites and your cute ideas have made it so I can throw in some fun activities here and there! Again thank you and Congrats on your new addition! :)

  23. I hope you are holding your sweet baby at this very moment! Congratulations!!


  24. Thank you for the great activities. Wishing you the best with your new baby.

  25. Thinking of you and hoping you are holding your little love by now! Thank you for the activities, my kinders will enjoy them!

    ~ Amy

  26. Shannon,
    I am wishing you many blessings on your new adventure as mommy. I hope all is well and I look forward to upcoming posts of your new bundle of joy!
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

  27. I didn't come across this post until tonight so you are probably already snuggling tight with your new little bundle of joy! What a blessing for you! And what a blessing YOU are to all of us! Your awesome ideas and generosity are amazing! You are an amazing teacher and now you will add Mama to that list! Enjoy your new little one!

  28. Your nursery looks amazing! He is so lucky! Many prayers sent your way!

    Thank you SO much for all you have given us!

  29. Thank you so much for all of the great activities once again. One of my kids literally shrieked when I showed her the color by sight word new pages. :) I hope your little man is here, that you are recovering & that he's letting you get some sleep! Merry Christmas!

  30. Congrats on the arrival of your little guy - the best Christmas present ever! Thanks for posting so many wonderful things. Hope you'll post a picture of the new addition once you are settled.

  31. You are an amazing teacher and soon to be mother! My thoughts and prayers are with you. The nursery is beautiful.
    I can't believe you are thinking of sharing with your blogging followers the day before delivery.
    Thank you!
    Tonia in Redlands,CA

  32. Congratulations Shannon! I am sure you are over the moon with your precious gift! What a wonderful Christmas present! Your nursery is adorable. He is one lucky little guy. I can't imagine how amazing his scrapbooks will be :-). Thanks for all of your work! You are much appreciated!

  33. Hi Shannon! I printed A LOT of your stuff today (from this post as well as many others before it). THANK YOU so much for sharing your wonderful work, and congratulations on your baby boy. I'm not sure if you've had him yet or not, but take care and enjoy! Thanks again!!!

  34. Your nursery is adorable. Very best wishes! AND thank you for the fun Christmas printables!

  35. Shannon,
    I wish you the best in motherhood. As caring as you are to share with all of the teachers out in "Blogland", you deserve much happiness in life. Enjoy every moment with your new little bundle!

  36. Enjoy your early Christmas gift! Little boys are so sweet and the unconditional love they give is truly a gift from God.

  37. Congrats on your special arrival! Your son's nursery is so lovely, he is such a lucky little guy to have such a creative Mama!

  38. Congratulations! I wanted to let you know I snagged several of the activities you posted. Love your choice of font and clip art. Thanks so much! Merry Christmas :)

  39. I love the Scribd feature on your blog! I'm a blind pre-k teacher and I've just started my own blog. So far, my posts are about music and dance. Here's the address in case you want to take a look sometime:

  40. Thank you so much for the fantastic freebies!

  41. Thank you for the holiday freebies! I'll file them away for next year. I posted a 26 page pirate addition unit on my blog as my holiday gift!

    The Littlest Scholars

  42. I am so happy for you. A child is the greatest gift a woman can have. Definitely a blessing from above. Enjoy him, they grow too fast!