The HappyEdugator

The HappyEdugator
People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Fun Fall Activities!

Are your kids going batty waiting for Halloween? I can't believe that the holiday season is upon us! This is a great time of year for doing fun activities with your kiddos, and kids just love getting involved in all the action.

I love making things with the little ones. How about making some cheesecloth ghosts? Take a two liter bottle (I use one that is full so it won't tip over)  and tape a balloon on top of it. Then lay a piece of cheesecloth over the top. Drape it the way you want that makes it look spooky, and spray with spray starch. Repeat until stiff. Finish by gluing on some black felt eyes!

Another fun activity is to make gourd pumpkins! Start with a dried gourd. Clean it out and paint it orange, and carve it like a pumpkin! Glue it on a plate decorated with fall leaves. Glue some straw and a leave to the top for decoration.

Here is a treat for you!! Another activity is to make clothespin bats! Click here to get a great FREEBIE! Clothespin bat template and directions on how to make clothes pin bats, with lots of batty activities included! Halloween-Clothespin-Bats-Craftivity-and-Bat-Activities-373054

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

TPT is having a SALE! Celebrating 100,000 likes on Facebook!

News Flash - This afternoon, around 5:30 P.M., EDT, announced a promo code for 10% off through 10/14 to celebrate having topped 100,000 likes on Facebook. If you have anything on your wishlist, now is the time to grab it! Stop by my TPT store, as I am also running a 10% sale to coincide with this event, and save twice!

Best wishes,
Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October Events!

Well, I am breathing a sigh of relief! :) Today was my last day with students until next Tuesday! Tomorrow I have a work day, and I am looking forward to getting some things done in my room, as long as no more meetings spring up unexpectedly. I plan to get grades in, plan some lessons, put in copies, clean out my closet, organize my standards...yada yada yada. You know it will probably not get done, but I can dream.

Every month our school has a character word of the month, and students are nominated for an award based on being an exemplar of this character trait. One faculty or staff member is also awarded every month. Well, I was very surprised Monday when it was announced on the PA that I was selected as the faculty member of the month for the character word Honor/Honesty. Wow! What an honor! They came in and took my photo with my HR class, and gave me a $25 gift certificate to Longhorn Steakhouse, too! :)

We had a great Pink Out Day for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here I am with some of my homeroom students dressed in pink to support the cause.

(My mother passed away in 2008 from Breast cancer, and my sister and my cousin are survivors.)
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I have made a freebie for you! Stop by my TPT store and download your free Breast Cancer Awareness Bookmarks. :)
After my workday tomorrow, I am fortunate to be able to enjoy a four day weekend, compliments of Christopher Columbus! (Thanks, Chris.) For those of you who have to come up with plans for Columbus Day, or for the Friday before, I have a couple of things in my TPT store you might be able to use. Try out my Columbus Day PowerPoint for some nonfiction reading practice, or a Word Search and Fill in the Blank activity just for fun.
Red Ribbon Week is also Coming! Here are some free activities your school can do:
I also have a door decorating set for 2013 Red Ribbon Week available for sale in my TPT store.
Last of all, but not least of all, Halloween is creeping up on us. Some schools do not celebrate the holiday, but do celebrate with lots of fun Fall activities and festivals. However you celebrate, stop by my TPT store and click on either Halloween or Holidays tab for fun and educational activities to use in the classroom. There are too many for me to list here. :)
Deborah Hayes
aka HappyEdugator