Monthly Archives: December 2012

Welcome Winter TpT Sale and 7 Habit Craftivity #3!


Thank you Casey for this cute poster!

Winter is upon us and what better time to sit inside, enjoying a hot drink, and shopping on TpT in your PJ’s!  This weekend I will be joining a number of other TpT Sellers to offer a Welcome Winter 20% Sale.  Friday, December 21st through Sunday, December 23rd every item in my store will be on sale.

Included in the sale will be my newest 7 Habits Craftivity “Put First Things First {7 Habit Craftivity #3}”.

work first then play preview pics.001In this 7 Habits Craftivity students will learn to “work first, then play!”  Included in this unit are:

-”First Things First” Craft Templates & Directions

-Writing Prompt Page & Cutouts {“First Things First” Prompt and work/play cutouts} (2 sheets to differentiate learning)

-Work First, Then Play “TO-DO List”

This is a great craft that helps students prioritize their tasks and decipher between work and play.  The goal is to help them put those first things (not always the most fun, but the most necessary) first and then they can really enjoy their down time or fun time.

Enjoy the Sale!



Nativity Themed Math Centers

Welcome Baby Jesus {Nativity Themed Math Centers and Activities} Religious/Bible Based Centers

I absolutely ENJOY Math Centers!  I know the kids do too.  There’s something so great about turning the concepts you’re learning about into more of a fun game, then a required workbook page.

During the year it seems easy to find centers based on Seasons and Holidays, but I find it difficult to find many Bible based centers.  That’s why I came up with “Welcome Baby Jesus! {Nativity Themed Math Centers and Activities}”.  These are fun centers that hit Math concepts that students need to be learning in 1st and 2nd Grades and have the characters represented from the first Christmas like Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Shepherds and more.

Bible based center activities

Here’s what you’ll find inside:

* “Welcome Baby Jesus!” Nativity Counting Mini-Book and Class Book Idea

* Magi Skip Counting (Count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s)

* Sheepish Doubles (Adding doubles 1-9)

*“Time” to Follow the Star (Telling time to the hour and half hour)

* Silent Night Sums (Addition)

* Donkey Differences (Subtraction)

*Addition and Subtraction True and False

The fun thing is, these don’t even have to be only for your students, you can give them for your own kids, grandkids, church kids.

Enjoy sharing the greatest story on earth about Jesus’ birth in a fun, cross-curricular way!


Michaela Peterson 🙂

Make Your Own Christmas Cards {PicMonkey Editorial Link}

Be Merry Christmas CardThis year we are trying to do everything as “budget friendly” as possible.  My sister-in-law and I saw some beautiful designs on Shutterfly and wanted to make them our own.  We went on PicMonkey to see if we could take our pictures and make anything remotely similar.  We were pleasantly surprised to find out what we could accomplish.

After doing this, I thought these would make a great gift to your students’ parents as well.  Take a picture of your class, design the Christmas Themed Card, print off and send home to parents as a great parent christmas gift!

Click on over to Beginner DIY Christmas Cards with PicMonkey for a complete How-To on how to make your own Christmas Cards with PicMonkey!

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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Journey to Bethlehem {Christmas Literacy Centers}

Journey to Bethlehem Jesus Christmas Activities

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas!  There’s something in the air that makes most people seem happier, there’s salted caramel hot chocolate to be had, family gatherings to take place, but most of all it’s the perfect opportunity to share more about Jesus with our students and others.  There is something so beautiful about young children seeing the beauty in the story of Jesus’ Birth that really can rekindle the love of Jesus for any adult!  If you teach in a Private school, Homeschool, or just want to share Jesus with your own kids this “Journey to Bethlehem” unit is perfect for you!

journey to bethlehem jesus christmas activities preview

* “On the way to Bethlehem” Mini-Book and Class Book Idea
* Bethlehem ABC Order Sort
* Memory Verse Puzzle (Isaiah 6:9)
* Nativity Nouns (sorting Person, Place or Thing)
* Stable Sort (Long/Short Vowels)
**Each Activity involves a corresponding student recording sheet!

I really wanted to extend the Nativity Story beyond the reading books, and bring the characters into everyday Literature learning topics like; ABC Order, Nouns, Sight word reading, Short/Long Vowels, and Memorization.

Click on over to my TpT Store for a closer look.

Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

-Michaela Peterson 🙂