Christmastime Measuring and an Emergent Reader

It's Christmas time! Here are some fun Christmas facts about me. Scroll down to see some of my favorite Christmas products!

1. Hot Chocolate or Eggnog?

Both! I can drink hot chocolate through the winter, though, while I feel eggnog is really only for Thanksgiving-New Year's. 

2. Does Santa Wrap?

When I was little it depended how much time Santa had.  The weeks leading up to Christmas were busy! Now Santa wraps.  We don't have children but I imagine it will be the same.  

3. Colored or white lights?
White.  I like the idea of colored but just think it's too much for me- I like to go simple. 

4. When do you decorate?
The first week in December- usually between the 5th and the 10th is when I try to have the tree up.  We have no lights outside our house this year because it snowed the day we were going to put them out so I'm not sure if we will have lights out this year. 

5.  Real or Fake?
Fake.  I've never had a real one- apparently you have to water them?  Too much work! I can barely keep myself fed. 

6.  What tops your tree?
This year, a red bow.  Last year, some Martha Stewart creation that was expensive but this year doesn't fit between the tree and the ceiling, and the year before that, an acrylic Santa hat!

7. Favorite memories/traditions?
I mentioned it in my Currently: we do a huge Christmas Eve party and that is my favorite memory and tradition.  I also love to watch Christmas movies while I decorate the tree- I have certain ones that I absolutely MUST watch and may or may not have somewhat borrowed the very old Christmas specials  from the internet. 

8. Favorite gift?
A 101 Dalmatians doll that I had wanted so bad.  I remember screaming like the kids on the youtube videos when I saw it.  

9. Giving or Receiving?
Now that I have students who need so much, I would just give and give and give.  But I do love sparkly things.

10.  Favorite Christmas Song?

11.Candy Canes?
Oh yeah! Especially in hot chocolate!

12. Favorite Christmas Movie?
I have a computer file of about 12 that I go through like clockwork every December.  I'm going to have to go with Elf, just cheers me up.

13. Shopping?
I do a healthy mix.  I did a lot this year on Black Friday but then just spent a good chunk of time this week doing some after-school shopping.  I do like to get out and actually see what I'm getting. 

14.  Cards?
I LOVE getting Christmas cards.  My mom got me the cutest silver tree holder- it's adorable.  Anyways...I like to send photo cards but we haven't taken a nice picture in a while so I don't know if that's happening.  I bought cards from the store just to have that say "Keep Calm and Jingle All the Way"  I might send those out just because I like to look at them!

And now for fun products!!!  Click on the picture to go to the download. 

We are working on measurement in newcomer class so I whipped this up- it's a quick and fun activity you can use as an assessment or activity. 

The next one is an emergent reader.  My teaching partner said, "You're making another one?!" I said, "Yes! They are learning vocabulary AND reading! Plus, I like the clipart" 

I hope you can use one of these- leave me some Christmas love and good cheer if you can!


  1. I am glad you are having such a nice week! I definitely prefer white lights too. I just like the look. I just tried a candy cane in my hot chocolate for the first time this season. I can't believe how much I have been missing out on! Now, I think I will watch a Christmas movie! :)

    Eclectic Educating

  2. The measuring activity is perfect for us...this is what we are doing this week! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  3. Loved reading about your Christmas! We decorate about the same time. If I do earlier than the first or second week of December it been up too long and I am ready to get my house back in regular order. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. White lights are in my opinion so much prettier and give it a classier look! I am obsessed with hot chocolate. I got this huge set for hot chocolate today and can't wait to use it. =)

    Just Wild About Teaching


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