Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Holidays are Here! Tis the Season!

The Language Arts Classroom and Julie Faulkner have teamed up again to bring us a great holiday blog hop!

Here are some of my thoughts on "the season."

As a teacher I think that right before the holidays is one of our busiest seasons.  We're preparing to go on break, colleges have finals, and there are often a lot of extra interruptions at the school. I think it's important to remember to take a second and breathe.  When I taught high school I used a lot of shorter activities that I could plug in one day at a time so assemblies and such wouldn't get me too far off track.  You can find some of them in my Winter Poetry pack.  I think poetry lends itself nicely to many different seasons and is a great way to bring winter in without being too specifically geared towards one religion.

As we've gotten older and since there are no grandkids yet in my family some of our family traditions have died down a bit.  But at home I like to put some festive decorations up and drink a lot of hot cocoa or hot apple cider. I love making handmade gifts for people as well. This year I'm attempting new crochet patterns!

The TPT sale is coming up on the 30th so I've decided to treat myself with a few goodies.  Right now I'm eyeing some clipart sets from a couple of my favorite designers. My wishlist is quite full to be honest!

Some years I have specific things that I want to get for Christmas- should anyone choose to give me something- but this year there isn't much catching my eye.  I think it's a sign that you're a real adult when the stuff on your wishlist is along the lines of new dryer, new stove, new vaccum cleaner, chandelier etc... #homeownership

In general though, I am looking forward to getting to spend more time with the people I care about over the next several weeks.  I have work parties, friend parties, and family parties to attend and I can't wait. I'm also really excited to spend my break prepping materials for two new classes that I'm teaching come spring semester. #teachernerd

Stop by and check out the rest of the posts in this blog hop.  You just might get some teaching ideas and gift ideas!

Happy Holidays everyone!


  1. Ha! You're right; when your holiday wishlist includes home appliances, you're definitely an adult. I remember the dryer my mom game me a couple of years ago and I was very grateful for the gift. Hope you get all the things that you need/want!

  2. Reading your cool ideas here makes me look forward to a few down times, festive gatherings and fun gift-giving projects!

    Yes - I so agree with you - that "poetry lends itself nicely to many different seasons and is a great way to bring winter in without being too specifically geared towards one religion."

    What a great idea to span the differences students bring to class - so they can all find meaning in their work! Nice touch! Ellen

  3. We have lots of work parties too. I'm excited to see everyone, but just coming off Thanksgiving, I'm ready for some down time too. Enjoy your break!

  4. Your wish list made me giggle ;) ha!

  5. I pinned your poetry list; I'm always looking for new poems to use! Thanks for joining us on the hop!

  6. I love prepping for classes. That feeling once a unit is all pulled together. My wishlist is very similar to yours.

  7. Great poems! Thanks for sharing! :-)