Tuesday, January 1, 2013

13 Ideas for 2013

Wow, I've had a great vacation, but I can't believe we go back tomorrow!  I sure would like another week to rest and get ready!

But I don't have that luxury, so I'm coming up with a list of 13 for 2013.  These are some of the activities I'll be doing with my little ones this week!

1.  Thank you notes for all those holiday gifts!  See THIS BLOG POST for my routine on making Thank you notes.

2.  Here's a Brain Pop Jr. Video on What is a calendar?  It's cute, has the robot Moby that the kids love, and reviews some nice information about the calendar for the kids, including the science concept of what makes a year.

3. Here's a cute foldable freebie from Rachel Lamb. (Click the image!)

4.  Here's a calendar for all of 2013 from my own Teachers Pay Teachers store with lots of unusual holidays for fun ways to celebrate learning throughout the year. (Click image.)

5.  If you are interested in a free sample from that calendar, download the January page HERE.

6.  This might be the most clever idea I've seen in a while.  It's a power point with printables for the children to follow along and color to the directions.  It's even timed so the teacher can gather her  materials for the next activity while the kids are engrossed in the math activity.  I can't wait to try this, and probably more of these "Watch, Think, Color" activities that this seller has created! (Click image.)

7.  Here are a variety of activities for the 2013 from my own store including some math activities, some reflection on 2012, and a unique creative writing prompt. (Click image to the right.)

8.  My friend Rachel from Minds in Bloom has this freebie for some 2013 reflecting! (Click image to the left.)

9.  My friend Arlene from It's Elementary has this ELA/ Social Studies New Year's Themed Unit in her Teachers Pay Teachers store

10.  I'll be starting the year by re-reading this book! (Click image to the left.)

11.  As it is winter in New England, I'll be starting in on some winter themed activities.  This book is a great place to start:  If you google Snowflake Bentley, you'll find a lot of fascinating information about William Bentley's photography!

12.  I have a lot more New Year's and Winter activities on my January Pinterest Board!

13.  My whole Teacher Pay Teacher store is 20% off through Wednesday, January 2nd!

Be sure to drop in on Denise at Sunny Days and her Show & Tell Tuesday!


  1. Glad I found your blog! Trying to find one new creative idea a week in 2013, so I will be back :)

  2. What great resources! Thanks :)
    I read my students Snowflake Bentley before the break and they were absolutely facinated. I have a free PPT and some winter poetry paper at my TpT store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jessica-Lawler
    I used both after reading the story.

    Also, we're going to jump-start the semester with Have You Filled a Bucket Today? too! Great minds think alike :)

    Thanks for sharing,
    Joy in the Journey

  3. Wow! I just went to look at the Watch, Think, Color activities. They look great! I think I'll buy one and try it out when we go back. Thanks for the sharing about them.
    First Grade Found Me

  4. Thanks so much! Of course I spent the lat 9 days planning nothing & now at the 11th hour i'm scrambling for something for just tomorrow! This pretty much has my day made!

  5. Wow Sally! What an awesome collection of resources!
    Cant wait to come back and really check things out :)
    Thanks for linking up to Show & Tell Tuesday!

    Sunny Days In Second Grade

  6. Thanks so much for the "Shout Out" Sally. Happy New Year.
    LMN Tree


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