December Checkpoint

I've been thinkering and tinkering (and perhaps reading too much Seuss) and I redesigned the blog a bit. What do you think? It feels so *bam* in your face big to me, but I think before it was a little to subtle. I tend to overthink these things...

In the elf update category, CC made me some coffee on Friday. An elf after my own heart. I guess they do have Starbucks at the North Pole, complete with little itty-bitty elf sized cups!

Monday is the last week of school before break. I'm guessing most of us are on the same schedule, so I thought this would be a great time to make sure you've seen and downloaded all the freebies from December. Just click on the pic to download if you see something you'd like:

I've also got some fun stuff for sale in my TpT store if you care to take a peek.

Hanukkah Activity Pack:

Elf on the Shelf Classroom Resources:
Edited 11/22/13 This resource is currently unavailable, but should be back in my shop soon with a slightly different twist!

December Writing Center Task Cards:
Whew! That was a lot of linking! Hope you enjoy, my friends. I'm off to shop for my Secret Santa gifts.  Have a great weekend!

Check out TBA's Freebie Friday for even more goodies!
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  1. We started making your gingerbread glyphs yesterday but we didn't have time to finish! The kids are loving them so far. I'll write about it next week! :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  2. I love your new design!!!!! I'm working on a makeover as well!
    Thanks for sharing these great freebies!

    Happy Holidays!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen ❤
    A Teacher's Treasure

  3. You are unbelievably creative! LOVE the new look and all of your treasures.


  4. Hi Denise:
    I LOVE the new look. It's so sunny and cheerful.
    And the itsy-bitsy Starbucks cup is A-DOR-ABLE. (Glad to know I can enjoy my beverages with an elf!)

    I have next-to-no knowledge of how to post and link pictures on my blog. Would it be okay if I e-mailed you and asked you a question or two? Your pictures always look so orderly... and perfect. I just want mine to SHOW UP! (My links are just freebies--I don't have a TpT store). Or, is there a reference you can recommend?

    Happy Holidays! Thanks for the CHEER!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  5. Love the new look. Thanks for the freebies.
    2B Honey Bunch

  6. Your site looks great! Your last day is Monday? We go all the way until Friday the 16th!! Enjoy! ~Fern
    Fern Smith’s Classroom Ideas!

  7. All your freebies are awesome! Many thanks!

  8. These are great! Thanks! I love your new blog design, btw.

  9. You are the BEST! I started doing a classroom elf this year and will be doing your journaling next year. Thanks so much for all the rock!!! Enjoy your Christmas break :)
    -Claire @

  10. Hi Denise,

    I downloaded your gingerbread man bump game and my kiddos loved it! I used it as a pattern to create a winter bump game so we could continue with it thru Jan. Would you mind if I shared it as a freebie on my blog? I won't unless you give permission since I used your idea as my example. Just let me know!
    Spotlight on Kindergarten

  11. Hi Tessa!
    I tried to email you, but can't find your email address on your blog.
    Can you send me an email at
    Thanks :)

  12. What beautiful resources, thank you for your generosity! You put so much love into your activities. I used your Bump games before and the sweeties loved them. Thanks again!

  13. Aw thank you Louise! What a nice thing to hear. I hope you can get some use out of these things too! :)


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