Now is a good time to look back at all the awesomeness you have done in 2014! So take a look at your posts in 2014 and see which ones had the most views! I was surprised when I looked back. But here are my most popular 14 posts in 2014.
January is right around the corner! ack! Man, time flies - December is always such a whirlwind, isn't it? Well, if you're looking for some printable calendars for your home or school walls, I just posted a FREE 2015 calendar printable on my A Splash of Life Blog.
I wanted to share with you a file I made for myself which makes my life easier, as a blogger/creator. I'm sure some of you already do this, but just in case it could help some of you...
I like to make a document file in powerpoint for credits, this way all I have to do is copy and paste for each new document!
One of the pages I have is a "thank you" page for the purchases. I also have one for downloading a freebie, I just changed the wording a little but.
But my BIG time saver is the clip art and font credits page. It took a while to make, and when I lost it in the great crash of 2014, I was pretty devastated. But it's one file that I have to have.
I took all of the buttons for my favorite clip artists and font makers and put them in a file, then I hyperlinked them in the document. So now, whenever I need to credit someone, I just copy and paste the button in my document and it's already hyperlinked for me!
I know some people just like to keep all the buttons on the page and just put them all in their pack. I personally don't like to do that because if I see some clip art or frames that I like in the pack, I want to know specifically whose they are. So, I just keep all the buttons on a template and then I have a separate "Credits" page where I copy and paste the already hyperlinked buttons that I used in that document.
Something so simple, yet such a time saver! And make sure you head over to Kristen's blog to check out how she did the default fonts! Her post is what inspired this post! She's seriously a genius. She's been one of those ladies that I have loved since the beginning of blog-stalking...almost 4 years ago now!
Before we start writing our letters to Santa, I like to have the students do their wishlist pre-writing. Depending on the grade, I would have them describe the item or "want" or tell why they want it. I've a few tear jerkers before...honestly, such sweet and selfless wishes! I would have them do this page first:
Then, I like to read The Jolly Postman to my class.
Then we start our talk about how to write letters. Of course, since my computer crashed, I don't have any pictures to show you of my anchor charts, but I found one from one of my favorite ladies!! Lyndsey, over at A Year of Many Firsts, has a fabulous post on it.
I also found a few more on Pinterest for you, if you want to check those out.
We then write our letters to Santa. When I taught 2nd and 3rd grade, I would have the students address and "stamp" envelopes to Santa at the North Pole. I have TONS of envelopes that I use throughout the year...we always tried to address our pen pal letters in envelopes too.
Where did I get the envelopes?? Well, I beg from my local grocery and Hallmark stores. They always have a TON of leftover envelopes...some places like to sell them, but I play the "teacher" card and they usually will just give them to me - just a handful.
(these are old pictures...with my old blog name on them, but since I'm home for the month of December, I had to steal old pictures. Shhhh... don't tell on me!)
Then, my friend's family would write all the kids letters back! I know... I love that family. I love that they did that for my kiddos. After all the letters were written back to the kids, her husband (who actually worked for the post office) would come and deliver the mail.. and he did such a great job pretending he just came from the North Pole!
I don't work with her anymore. I'm very sad about that on many levels and for many reasons, but this is one of them! ha!
Anyway, if you want some wishlist writing, click the pictures to download the prewriting and the letter pages.