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..of course you know the rest! IN THE SNOW!


For me this is one of those books that goes way back. Not way back to my childhood or anything, but way back to the days of student teaching.

I think it's fair to say this was the first ever sequencing activity that I planned, prepped materials for, and taught to a class. I loved it. Sequencing quickly became a favorite of mine.

I have literally been using these materials with this book for 8 years. EIGHT! Honestly, I have no NEED to update them, but couldn't help but think about the adorable clipart I saw that would be great for updating my resources.


I made the original cards by blowing up images on the copier, coloring them in, gluing them to card stock and then laminating them. -- those were the days. haha!


While putting together new sequencing cards I also created a smaller set of sequencing cards to use with a paint stick or something similiar, a storyboard for students to follow along with, and a black and white activity book for tracing and coloring. -- great for pre-readers!

While reading the book out loud with my students they will each get a copy of this story board to follow along with. Students simply use their finger to find the picture that matches the page we are on.


As the story repeats itself students can follow along to read with me! The book is already great for this with the pictures in place of the text on the pages, but I love giving my pre-schoolers something to hold while sitting to read. Especially for books that may be a little longer.

I will use the large sequencing cards to lay out as we read as well. These can act as a large cue for the students to find the matching picture on their story boards too.


For the small sequencing cards these are great if you are working on re-telling with any of your students. Simply add velcro the back and use a paint stick or another surface for students to place the pictures on as they re-tell you the story.


The black and white activity book can be great for small group activities or to simply put in your writing area for students to work on and take home to share the story with their families!


If this is a go to book for you during the winter you need to grab these resources! I've put them all together in one pack and with such easy prep it's a no brainer! You can buy this pack on TpT for just $3! Click {here} or click the photo below.





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It's time for another peek into my workboxes! I used to never switch out boxes seasonally, but my set-up this year is different and I realized how many materials I have readily available that make amazing work box tasks! 


I have 10 winter themed work box activities that I'm doing that are super easy to put together!

These first four are from Teaching Special Thinkers Winter Clothespins Task pack, except I simply added velcro instead of clothespins. 

The first one is matching identical items, then counting snowflakes, missing number, and missing letter-- perfect variety! 


The next box is actually meant to be cut apart into individual cards. For the sake of time I keep them whole. I've recently started to include a tracing work box to build extra pre-writing practice into our daily routine. These are from Creative Learning 4 Kidz.


The next two boxes are from one of my shape sorting packs. I will change these boxes again throughout the month. Right now they are snow globe shape sorting, but I have polar bear and carrot nose (snowmen) ones too. 


This next one is my counting box. I simply switched out my target mini erasers in this one. One to one correspondence is a great skill to practice and by changing out the erasers each month we can keep it fresh!


Lastly, are 2 activities that I had in my Winter theme box that I'm not quite sure where they came from, but they make great workbox tasks! 


Whats in your workboxes?


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Are you waiting for more counting books in your 10 & 20 frame counting bundles?


I've used some time this holiday break to get the next few months added to the bundle. You can now work on printing and prepping your counting books for the following months:

February: Heart Candy!

March: Spring Flowers!
April: Raindrops!


You can buy the 10 frame bundle, the 20 frame bundle, or a bundle that includes them both. I love using these counting books as assigned independent work or in work boxes. You can also buy them each individually if you're only interested in 1, maybe both, but not the bundle! :)

If you already own any of the bundles you can download a re-vised version for free on TpT, if you go to "my purchases" then sort by newly revised. 

I like to try and keep the books in these bundles pretty neutral and not holiday specific. I.e. October was counting spiders, versus jack-o-lanterns.

I still need to create books for May, June, and July and I'd love your input on theme ideas! July will have to be something summery, since I want to avoid 4th of July themes.

If you are looking for some counting books that are more holiday specific I did recently add a 10 frame counting book and 20 frame counting book for Dental Health Awareness and Ground Hog Day. You have to purchase them each separately, but the Ground Hog Day one is FREE!


...and these two are FREE! Just click the photos to download them. 




Shew, that's a lot of counting books. You should hopefully be set for a while, but don't forget to let me know theme suggestions for May, June, and July!

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Excuse me while I pull down the cob webs from this blog. 

If you're not a blogger yourself you really don't understand how time consuming putting together a great post can be. That my friends is why I end up blogging so little. HOWEVER I am posting on Instagram very frequently so please be sure to follow me there if you aren't already.

I'd originally taken the photos in this post to share on Instagram, but then I realized I could give you so much more information about each idea if I made it a blog post.


I filled up 8 of my workboxes with some holiday themed tasks that are pretty cheap and easy to assemble. Some of the materials I've used I found a year or 2 ago, but it would be easy to replace them with something similiar in the stores now.

I also realize I'm posting this at a time when most of you are probably already out of school. Tuck these ideas away for next year and shop Christmas clearance for items to use in your boxes!

This box is missing number with clothespins. I put 4 number strips in here, but I have more. The resource is from Teaching Special Thinkers. I believe it's her Holiday Clothespin Tasks. I love using clothespins tasks in my workboxes. They really help build those fine motor skills and there are so many different ways to use them.

The next box can be a little tricky for some of my students, but makes a good challenge for some others. They have to match the faces to the correct body. This really forces them to pay attention to detail. I found this resource from Creative Learning 4 Kidz on TpT. I love their stuff! 

What are you doing with your target erasers? This box is great because each month I can just switch out the erasers that I'm using. Students have to count them out and put the correct number in each spot on the tray. Super easy to set up and super cheap! I think ice cube trays are 2 for $1 at Dollar Tree.

This one is also from Teaching Special Thinkers Holiday Clothespin Tasks. I love this one! Students have to put the clip on the picture that matches the big picture. Matching identical pictures in VB-MAPP anyone? 

I have 2 boxes that have 3 shape sorting cards in them each. These particular cards are from Creative Learning 4 Kidz too. What I love about using shape sorting cards in work boxes is that you can easily differentiate. You can do 2, 3, 4 different shapes. You can pick shapes that are drastically different, or ones that are more alike to make the task more challenging. 

I can't remember where I found this resource, but it was in my Christmas tub of stuff. I've just recently started adding some dry erase stuff to our work boxes to give additional fine motor practice. So far the students have done pretty well with them. Just something quick and simple. Nothing too difficult to be frustrating. Almost all of my students get OT so I try to make sure they each do a dry erase box at least 1-2x/week. 

I know I most definitely bought these somewhere on 90% off clearance. At the time I didn't know what in the world I was going to use them for, but they were too cheap to pass on. I taped one of each to the bottom of these little containers from Dollar Tree and placed the others in the container. Easy peesy sorting task. So be sure to hit up those after holiday clearance sections to buy some materials for next year!

Another super easy sorting task box to set up. I have tons of these small containers from Dollar Tree and use them for SO many things throughout the classroom so I just grabbed a red and green one from my stash and threw in some bells. A holiday touch, easy, and cheap! 

My last holiday work box is another shape sorting one, but it's with Christmas trees. I just did one of these, but same set up as the others I shared. This one only has 2 different cards. You can get these from my TpT store by clicking {here}

I know it's after the holidays, but be sure to save this post for next year and shop those clearance sections now to find cheap materials! I did snap photos of my winter themed boxes for January that I will be sharing over break too!

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Monday was my first contracted day back to work and honestly I forgot to snap pictures before I started working so I could show you progress. I snapped my photos at the end of the day instead and just decided from that point, I'd start taking them at the end of the day.


Well. That didn't happen. There has been so much going on between meetings, PD, and screenings that I started forgetting to snap photos and was so focused on squeezing in progress any chance I could get.

I haven't taken any photos since Monday the 28th, but wanted to show you the final lay out that I came up with. From this point I've just been gradually making my way around the room and putting things away and organizing different areas.

 My work boxes are no longer in this spot! I basically flip flopped the sides of the classroom, moving centers to this side and work boxes to the other. I also got all of my cabinets organized (hence the green post its on them for future labels) -- which was huge progress, just not super noticeable progress.
You can barely tell but my new classroom rug came! It's flipped over in these photos per the instructions to get it to lay flat-- follow this step! It really works!
This angle has looked the same for a while. It was a great place to put all the bins and pull from here as I needed them for various things.

Another view of the front, I moved a few minor things around from here, but not too much. I'm planning on using a room divider to block the climber and trampoline when we're sitting on the carpet.
I found the perfect bookshelf to make my 1:1 work area with (the back corner in this shot) I have a lot of organizing to do back there still, but I'm thinking it's going to work perfectly!

So much stuff. So so so much stuff. It looks amazing now and I can walk into this storage closet. That's a first in basically my all previous 6 years at this school! ha. My closet floor has never been this clear!

We have our meeting the teacher on Friday September 8th and I'm going to be honest. I'm starting to panic a little bit. I don't feel prepared AT ALL, but just keep reminding myself that I still have 4ish days left. We will be helping in Kindergarten rooms all day, but I should have time here and there and after school to get some things done.

Hopefully I'll get some things done over our long weekend too that will help :)

The next time I update you on my classroom status I hope to be sharing the final shots!
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Wow you guys! I did my live box opening on time but really slacked in getting these links posted to get you more information about each of the items! My September box should be arriving early this week.


If you didn't see the live opening, or it's been so long between now and then that you want to watch it over, you can do so right here!


If you saw any awesome items in the video that you want to try out in your classroom I've found them ALL and I've given you links below to where you can find them. Again, this is NOT a paid post. I do not get these boxes for free nor do I get any discounts on my orders. I simply LOVE them and LOVE sharing them with you.

NOW, the amazon links listed below are affiliate links, meaning I get a teeny tiny bit of $ if you make a purchase through that link, but only if you make a purchase. Any link outside of amazon is not an affiliate link.

This months box at 7 items in it-- I think that's the most I've had in a box so far! Here's what I got:

1. Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oil Calming Dough


You guessed it, it smells amazing and is super soft! It's $4 a tin and they have lots of different options too. Check it out by clicking {here}

2. Playable Art OSM, Kinetic Sculptural Toy



This one was my favorite item in the box! You can purchase it in a few more colors too.  

3. Melissa and Doug Scratch Art Sketch Pad

This was super easy to use, it wasn't too hard to scratch off-- super fun for fine motor practice.

4. Fidgipod


I had never seen this before! If you watch the video you'll see how to use it :) 

5. Liquid Layers Visual Stimulation Timer


This one is pretty neat. I've seen these before but didn't own any. Every time my husband comes into my office he turns it around.

6. Lizard Toy


I don't know that this is the exact one that I got in my box, but either way, very similiar if not.

7. Squishy Smiley


Another oldie but goodie. I feel like these guys have been around for a while, but again, I don't own any. When I was a little kid I managed to explode one of these so they do make a little nervous! haha This price shown is also for a pack of 4 of them.

So this month I just added up the total for all of the items that came in the box-- assuming that I found the correct items and did my math on the multi packs correct, and the total is $39.99. The subscription box is $39.99 a month. That was a turn off for me originally, but this months box broke even on the pricing. Each month is different.

I will keep you guys posted on when the September box arrives and when I will be doing my live!

Interested in Sensory TheraPlay Box?! Click {here} to sign up! --


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