'Tis the Season for Epic Christmas and Winter Freebies


My last post included the mantra one. more. week.  Don't get me wrong, I truly love this time of year, especially in the classroom.  It's full of excitement, energy, activity, and wonder.  It can be so magical!

It's crazy to think that we're just about finished with the 2019 holiday season at school.  It's even crazier to realize January is right around the corner and will be here before you know it—well, hoping not, hoping you have a nice LONG break.  But one way or another, January will come sneaking in and you'll want to be ready!

Do you have your favorite resources that you love using each year, or are you a "let's see what's out there" teacher who enjoys mixing it up a bit?  I seem to do both—come back to a few favorites, but each year I add a new favorite, too.

I've joined with a few TpT teacher-author friends to share some Christmas and winter FREEBIES to help get you excited about.........

a) this last week before break 



or perhaps...



b) coming back after break!  


Either way, there's something here for everyone.  Click on the caption to see the resource, and be sure to check out the other resources each author has for your kids and classroom needs.  Authors also LOVE it when people leave feedback on anything, so please be sure to send some love their way after you download and use their resources.  Maybe you'll find a new favorite among these talented teacher-authors' resources!

It All Started with Flubber Snow Globe

Cindy Martin The Teacher's Brain

JD's Rockin' Readers

Busy Me Plus Three

Carrie Lutz

Debora Marines Teach Magically

The Owl Teacher

Mrs Balius

The Fun Factory

Lisa Taylor Teaching the Stars

Cassi Noack

Created by MrHughes


Have a VERY MERRY holiday season and a Happy New Year!







Holiday Happiness

One.  More.  Week.  How many of you have this same mantra today?  One.  More.  Week.

Will your week be filled with end-of-semester testing and assessing standards, making parent gifts, wrapping student gifts, rechecking standards, rounding up missing work, a holiday program perhaps, classroom parties, and a little teaching, too?

It sounds exhausting, but we've teamed up with some friends to brighten your holiday in a big way.  Here is something to bring you a little respite - a chance to win some pretty snazzy gifts to ensure your own holiday happiness!

Click on the link below to enter - but hurry, it's open through December 19th. Winners will be verified as teachers and then announced on December 21st.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck in the giveaway - and with that one.  last. week.


Stay Organized with Our BTS Basics

Every year teachers everywhere work to clean, organize, and decorate their classrooms to make an inviting space for students to return to.  We spend hours planning curriculum to engage our students and share our own passion for reading, writing, math, and all that our state standards mandate as need-to-know basics for our own grade level or department.

If you are at all like me, you also vow to keep student and parent info organized and at your fingertips.  In particular, I need help tracking student data, identifying important allergy information, managing expectations for students when there is a sub, and matching student names with parent names and emails.  This last one is critical with so many of our students coming from blended families or having a different last name than the parent.  And then there is the parent email that begins with something like "rockstardad," "fuzzywuzzy," "ophidiophobia," or "hooterchic04" (seriously, I do not need to know that you worked at Hooters when you were younger), or worse!  When I need to send a quick email to a particular parent, sometimes it's hard to identify which student matches with which {inventive} email name.

With our BTS Basics Bundle, we've created a bundle of BTS resources to help you START and STAY organized this year....always my own personal vow, so I imagine others are in the same organizationally-challenged boat.

Included, you'll find more than TWENTY different forms and BTS resources:

student information
parent/guardian contact information (2 versions)
student log-in information
student reading and math data forms (2 versions for each subject)
student allergy information
parent volunteer information
field trip permission slip check-off form
generic class check-off form (2 versions-use for everything!)
book order info (Scholastic – multiple options for paying)
parent-teacher conference info
student dismissal form (3 versions – one with blank headings for you to fill in)
parent donation labels for Meet-the-Teacher or Open House
good-calls-home log
absent student work form
substitute teacher information form
substitute teacher report back to teacher
student behavior forms (3 versions—lower/middle/upper elem.)
glow/grow student letter and form
glow/grow parent letter and form
classroom job checklist
BONUS – perfect attendance poster for your door (2 versions)
BONUS – Learning from Podcasts form

Not necessary, but fun—grab a pack of Astro-bright paper and print the student info forms on one bright color, print parent info forms on another, and {my favorite tip} print data sheets on your own or each student's favorite color just to make data collection and reporting a bit more fun and enticing.

This resource is offered at half off through the month of August to celebrate the BTS season.  Some of the included resources were freebies at first right here on our blog, or they were included in the newsletter we send our email subscribers, so please consider signing up for this if you like what you see here.

If you have any questions about how I use any of these resources, please reach out and ask via the "questions" tab on TPT or via email.  Be sure to leave feedback so you can earn TPT credits toward any future purchases on TPT, and please tag #itallstartedwithflubber if you post any pictures on social media showing this resource in use—you might win a $10 TPT gift card!

Thanks—and Happy BTS!