December 30, 2011

Guess it’s time to start planning again…


Well, Christmas is over. Sad, huh? It went by so fast but yet it feels like a big blur.. How did we manage to do so much in such a few weeks.


Just like the rest of the world.. Pinterest was helpful this Christmas! I made several new crafts or ornaments with my first graders thanks things I found on Pinterest. These little clay pot reindeer were a big hit and so easy!

I went yesterday to school and took down my class Christmas tree and packed up all the Santas, reindeer, elves, and any other signs of Christmas. It was time. I am ready to move on.. it’s time to move on to snowmen and penguins.. and hopefully a little snow!!


I live in Mississippi people.. if it snows.. it won’t be much! But, that doesn’t stop us from dreaming of snow (ummm.. snowdays!)


I put up a bulletin board, changed my calendar and put up a new winter door decoration. I took a picture but for some reason it didn’t save on my phone. I will snap another one next week.


And, as much as I didn’t want to- I brought home some work to do. I just don’t want to write lesson plans or average grades.. but they must be done.


I finished up some Winter centers I am going to list on TpT tonight or tomorrow. They are really cute- and are PERFECT pocket chart activities to use all month long. I needed some new things- and I am looking forward to sharing them with you!


In the meantime- I made this little penguin tally mark paper for my first graders to do. I thought I would share with you. If you can use it- please leave a comment!

Download here.. Penguin Tally Mark Paper 

That cute little ice skating penguin is from kpm doodles.


xoxo, kacey


  1. You are so good - my prinicipal opened the building for us today and i decided not to go! Guess I will be taking stuff down Monday morning before school lol! Love the Penguin tally mark paper, thanks for sharing! I have a Penguin glyph freebie and a "My Penguin Osbert" freebie at my blog if you want to come have a look!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  2. Cute! Thanks for the tally mark paper and I can't wait for your winter centers.

  3. I can't wait to use this! :)

    Thanks for the freebie!

  4. As soon as I finished after-Christmas shopping, I've been in full planning mode!

    I've added your blog to my favorite blog list! I'm just starting up and would so appreciate a link back! Thank you :)

  5. Those are some cute reindeer! Thanks for the tally mark page! Love it!
    =) Jennifer
    First Grade Blue SKies

  6. Love the penguin tallies and can't wait to see the new unit! This MS girl would love a snow day, too! Who knows? The past couple of years have been Winter Wonderlands!!

  7. Thanks, I love your cute stuff. I will be doing winter stuff with my g'kids this next month. Here in MN we usually get snow...lots of snow but none so far this year, well a little but it has all melted. To someone who is not fond of the white is OK. I will send you the snow we do get OK?

  8. Hi I am just so excited I found your blog. I don't have my own or I would share. No time at this point in life. I wanted you to know I pinned your penguin sheet. I am planning a penguin unit for my 1st grader. This is too cute. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thank you so much for the freebie! I LOVE IT! I cannot wait to use it with my penguin unit!

  10. Love all of your stuff! The penguin tally mark page is TOO cute. I can't wait to use it!! Thanks for sharing!

  11. love it ...thank you so much for the freebie :)

  12. Thanks for the freebie! I went into school and also brought a heavy bag home. I live in Ohio and it has been "warm" for us right now. I agree that a snow day soon would be great!


  13. Thanks for the cute tally mark page. I'm looking forward to penguins and snow (and snowDAYS!) too.
    Best wishes for a great semester!

  14. The chances of us getting a snow day are pretty low ... but the kiddos will love this little penguin tally sheet. Thank you for sharing!

  15. My firsties will have the penguin tally page waiting for them when they start their morning work on Tuesday- thanks!

  16. Love the penguin tally sheet. Haven't fully taught tally marks so this will be perfect!
    Thank you,

  17. Always, always, always love your stuff!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  18. Love your penguins!! Hey, I'm from the UP of Michigan. Snow days come with SNOW and lots of it! Snow on the car, on the roads! And if you have too many snow days you miss your summer off days.

  19. The reindeer are so cute. I can not believe break is almost over. Thanks for the tally mark work sheet. I will use it with my little ones.

    Sue :)

  20. Thank you for the freebie! Tally marks can always use practice.

    Happy New Year!

  21. I'm a new follower - downloaded your penguin!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  22. Thanks for sharing! I love the penguin tallies page!!
    The First Grade Dream

  23. Thank you for this, what a perfect way to practice tallys and counting by 5s. I am so happy I found your blog and am your newest follower!

    A KinderGarden In Bloom

  24. Thank you for a great tally mark worksheet! You are wonderful for sharing!