Christian, Christmas, educators, Love, Reflection, Worship Wednesday

I Can’t Explain How Much I Love My Children {Worship Wednesday}

My children are so amazing.  Says every mom ever.

But when I look at my sweet children, I see masterpieces.  They are so beautiful and they inspire me so much.  Yesterday my son insisted that he and his baby sister wear their matching Christmas jammies.  I realize it was St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, but I kinda liked the idea myself.  So matching Christmas jammies it was. It even inspired me to create a new Christmas themed product for my TPT store. {Stay tuned!}  During nap time, they were both sleeping on my bed next to each other and I just admired them for a moment.  I felt overwhelmed by the love in my heart I have for them and a surge of pride ran through me.

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My children are just. so. amazing.  I can’t explain how much I love them.

And I thank God for them everyday, multiple times.  They make my life so happy, complete and wonderful.

We are currently finishing our basement thanks to my father-in-law slash handy man extraordinaire and it is going to be awesome.  I can’t wait to spend time with my family and watch my children play down there.  We are even putting in a half bath, which will be super nice for my kiddos.  😉

I decided I wanted to contribute to the basement finishing by creating some fine bathroom artwork.  I was praying about my children and thanking God for them when I read this verse.

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So I illustrated it and I am going to matte and frame it with a white frame and put it right behind the potty.  Just another reminder of how good God is and how thankful I am for my babies.  Feel free to use it in your bathroom (or anywhere!) by downloading the file here.

Bathroom Heart Art

It would also be so cool in a classroom.  Perfect, don’t you think?

ALL children are amazing,

BECAUSE they were made in the image of God.

I hope you have a happy rest of the week.

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“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.”

(Psalm127: 3)

ABCS, Alphabet, Freebie, Phonics, Reading, Teachers pay Teachers

St. Patrick’s Day Alphabet Activities {Letter ID, Sequencing & Sounds} Free for a Limited Time! {HURRY!}

This packet contains flashcards and templates to use for alphabet activities including letter identification, letter sounds and more. It has a fun St. Paddy’s Day theme!

Capital letter alphabet flashcards (13 pages)
Lowercase letter alphabet flashcards (7 pages)
Sequencing (letter writing) templates (3 pages)
Flashcards with letter sound pictures (7 pages)
Template for making CVC words (1 page)
St. Patrick’s Day letter matching activity (2 pages)

I created these materials to use for specially designed instruction and RTI intervention, but it can be used to supplement the general education curriculum as well!

I hope you love it! If you do…
***I really appreciate your feedback and follows!***


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Free for a limited time!  I only ask that if you download you leave me some nice feedback and follow me!

{Hurry!  Offer ends soon!}

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

(Romans 15: 13)

Christmas, Fun Stuff, Sale, Teachers pay Teachers

***Merry Christmas Sale!***

If you are still teaching, you deserve a sale.  If you are on break already, you also deserve a sale!

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Merry Christmas!

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

(Luke 2:10)


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Rowdy Reindeer Christmas Fluency Passage & Comprehension Activities

Rowdy Reindeer 3 Day Fluency/Comprehension Reading Intervention

This is an original fluency passage I wrote, two comprehension worksheets and a creative writing template to use as an extension activity to accompany the text. This package includes a teacher copy that you can print in color and reuse. It also includes a black and white copy that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it.  Click on the picture for the link for this item in mt TPT store!

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Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level: 5.4

*How to Use*
This was designed to use as a reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy. It would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, first page of comprehension questions (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, second page of comprehension questions (Middle levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Applying and Analyzing)
Day 3: Hot read, discussion, extension activity (Highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Evaluating and Creating). On this day have students use the writing template to complete the story about what might happen when St. Claus catches the rowdy reindeer.

The clipart used in this product was created by:

For a super cute accompanying activity, try this…
Rowdy Reindeer: A Make-Your-Own Game- Speech, Language, Vocab, Sight words, & more

You can use my fluency progress monitoring graph available for free in my store to track students’ fluency progress with this passage.

*If you like this, I really appreciate your feedback and follows!*

Thank you so much and merry Christmas!

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14

With teacher love,

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Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday *Sale!*

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your families.  I loved spending time with my parents, my husband {who I was able to steal away from coaching basketball for a few days} and my children.  I just love them so.  Now it’s time to get ready for Christmas!  In honor of Cyber Monday, I am throwing a 20% sale on my Teachers Pay Teachers site.  Combined with the sitewide two-day sale, you can save up to 28% using the code TPTCYBER.  Click on the banner for the link to my store!

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Let’s celebrate super cyber savings! The sale runs:December 1st 12:01AM (ET)
through December 2nd 11:59PM (ET)

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, in the power of the Holy Spirit.”

(Romans 15:13)

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Alphabet, Assessment, Christmas, fluency, Fun Stuff, Reading, Resources

Teachers Pay Teachers Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale: It’s Coming!

Hi teachers!

Hopefully you are enjoying the day off and preparing yourself to give thanks and eat lots of food!  I myself am feeling blessed beyond measure and excited to eat!  I wanted to let you know that I will be having a HUGE sale this coming BLACK Friday through CYBER Monday.  I love Christmas, I love shopping and I love sales so it only seemed fitting.  This will be the biggest sale in the history of my TpT store.  All items in my store will be 20% – 50% off.   Also, be on the look out for Flash Freebies, as certain items will be posted in my store for FREE for one day only, Black Friday or Cyber Monday.  Click on the picture for the *link* to my store.


Here are some items I recently posted:

***Fluency and Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons – Fourth Grade Level


***Addition and Subtraction Practice: S’more Games, Worksheets & Assessments


***Christmas Alphabet Activity – Letter Identification, Sequencing & Sounds

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I hope that if you purchase or download anything, you love it!  If you have some time, please take a minute to rate my items.  I love to read that teachers and students can use the items I’ve created and that it helps them!  Reading thoughtful and kind feedback literally makes my day.  Additionally, if you would ever like me to alter a product to fit your needs, I am happy to do that.  I would also be happy to try to create an item for you if there is something specific you need.

 Thank you so much for following me.  Your support is amazing and humbling.

God bless you and merry Christmas!

Christmas, Clipart, Fun Stuff

Free Christmas Clipart

I created some Christmassy clipart and put it in my Teachers pay Teachers store for FREE.  The zip file contains 15 color images and 12 black and white or grayscale images. There are 27 total images and they are all png. files with transparent backgrounds. The clipart is my usual style of simple and sweet. Also included in the file are the terms of use and the preview. Click on the picture for the link to the *free* product.

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I hope you love it!

If you download and like this clipart you MUST:
1. Rate me on Teachers pay Teachers. 🙂
2. Follow me for more freebies.
3. Remember the TRUE meaning of Christmas. *Matthew 1:21*
You can use this clipart for any personal, classroom or commercial use.

Credit is not required, but a link to my store would be nice.

Have fun and Merry Christmas teachers!

“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1: 21