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I am a first grade teacher who has rediscovered a love for firsties this year. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade and even second over the past 16 years. I have been married for 17 years to my wonderful husband and have been blessed with 2 very active boys.

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Merry Christmas to You!!


Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I have taken hundreds of photographs and I always LOVE looking back at favorite family memories! 
 
That's why I am hosting a linky with Mrs. Russell's Room and The Applicious Teacher on Instagram!
 
 
All you need to do is link up on Instagram with YOUR favorite holiday picture,
tag a friend and use hashtag #holidayhappiness2014!  
 
I just linked up with a collage of family Christmas pictures!  I am home visiting family in Rhode Island which is extra special since we haven't been home for Christmas in 10 years! The icing on the cake is my brother and his wife just had the most ADORABLE little girl in June so we were there for her first Christmas! 
 
 
So head on over to Instagram and link up with us at #holidayhappiness2014. 
If you don't follow me on Instagram, you can find me @theresourcefulapple.
 
And last but not least...
The winner on the All I Want for Christmas...is a TpT Gift Certificate is
 
 
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!
 
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Have Yourself a Crafty 'Lil Christmas!


I love me some crafts! At Christmas, crafts are ALMOST expected and that gives me a green light at school to craft  away!  So of course, I am linking up with Ashley from Just Reed!
 
We went with a Reindeer theme this year!  I have to say ALL of the products were Pinterest inspired.  If I can find the original pinner, I will link it below.  If not, feel free to browse Pinterest for inspiration as there are many variations!
 
Thumbprint cards were a HUGE hit! Each student made a thumbprint for each family member.  They loved sharing about their family while creating these cards! Inside they wrote: Wishing you a Won"deer"ful Christmas!  So cute!
 
Reindeer portraits are my all time FAVORITE project!  We completed the teacher directed drawing together and then I called small groups over to trace the drawing in black Sharpie marker and then to paint.  I framed them in plastic frames and the kids were OVER THE TOP!  You can see the original pin HERE!
 
 
I have to say, I was caught up in all the crafty fun that I decided to make Reindeer water bottles for out party. It was quick and easy added excitement to the snack table!
 
 
And last but not least, the kids made their own reindeer mix snack bags. (Sorry about the blurry picture!)  I went with no tracers and gave step by step directions.  The students created their own reindeer bags.  I love how each one was just a little different and special!  This was a perfect time filler on the morning of the party!

 
So reindeer crafts are a wrap for this year! Don't forget to head on over to Just Reed to see other cute Christmas craftivities:)
 
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All I Want for Christmas...a TpT Gift Certificate {Giveaway}


Today is the first day of Christmas vacation for me and I have left sunny Florida for snowy Rhode Island and couldn't be happier:)
 
This week was a whirl win of Christmas craftivities and my students and I have a wonderful time. We ended out week with a Polar Express pajama parade, movie, hot chocolate, cookies and a bell from Santa himself!  After lunch we moved into party mode and celebrated with all things Rudolph!
 
 
 
The sweetest, most touching moments is when students bring a homemade gift or card in for me!  They are so excited and they crowd around to share a small piece of themselves with me! If you are struggling to come up with a teacher gift idea, head on over and check out Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Cards in several denominations! 
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Gift-Certificate
 
(You can click on the picture to purchase one from TpT.  You will need to log in to view this page)
 
I am linking up with Laura Chandler at Corkboard Connections and many other teacher bloggers in a TpT Gift Certificate Giveaway!  Each blog will be giving away a TpT gift certificate!! 
 
 
You can enter the Rafflecoptor below to enter the giveaway here at The Resourceful Apple! Be sure to check back on December 24th to see if you won!
 
 
Remember your favorite teachers and teammates and spread JOY with a Teacher Pay Teachers Gift Certificate! When someone asks what YOU want, be sure to tell them a Teachers Pay Teachers Gift card too!
 
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Worksheet Alternatives & Wordless Wednesday


Happy Hump Day!!
I am linking up with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice with Wordless Wednesday. 
 
 
My firstes are working on place value this week, but are really struggling with number order and place value.  I started on Monday with a place value activity during math centers, but decided I needed to put the brakes on today!  We needed to back up and work some more on place value whole group!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/December-Centers-Math-for-Firsties-1582740
 
So, I pulled my December Center cards and had my firsties pull out their dry erase boards.  Each child got a different card so it was a great way for me to see who truly understood the activity.  After a quick check, the cards were passed clockwise and we started again!  So much more fun than a worksheet!!
 
So my question on this not so "Wordless" Wednesday is "What are some activities that you do to replace worksheets?"
 
 
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