Linkys Galore!

Oh my! Christmas was wonderful! Everyone loved their presents and my 4 kiddos spent the whole day in imaginative play, which I love! There have been articles about the disappearance of imaginative play from our culture and ways we can jump start creative play but I have to tell you - my kids are proof that play is alive and well - at least in our little corner of the world. Between the Lego, Playmobiland action figures, my children have a whole slew of toys that activate their imaginations. Whether they're buiding houses for their Lego figures, mounting an offensive against an enemy encampment (yes, thanks to their father's profession they really use terms like that!), or making up story lines for Playmobil animals, my kids are unplugged and having a blast. We have a closet full of blankets that are often draped over their bunk beds to make forts, lots of open ended art supplies (the other day while babysitting her brothers my oldest organized a snowflake making factory at our kitchen table) and we give our kids the freedom to make their rooms messy. But, so many kids don't have this play-encouraging atmosphere at home - so we have to bring it into the classroom as well! This leads me to my New Year's Resolutions!

Tammy @ Live, Love, Laugh is hosting a linky party for New Year's Resolutions! Here are mine for 2012:

1. Start eating at home more often - between our busy schedules, and forgetting to thaw meat for dinner, my family eats out WAY too much.  My husband and I are resolving to save the eating out for only special occasions.
2. Spend more time with my boys individualoly. I already have a "Girls Day Out" with my daughter, now I need to figure out something that each of the boys and I can do together!
3. Stay on top of the laundry - with a 6 person household this is critical for happy mornings!

1. Incorporate more "play" into every day! My classroom is still set up like a kindergarten classroom for the most part - tables rather than desks and lots of "centers", but I've been afraid to use my centers because for some reason I thought 1st grade was supposed to be more "serious". But, play is a great way of reinforcing concepts and motivating students, so I need to use all my goodies!
2. Stay on top of my printing/laminating/cutting so that I can USE all the great ideas I find! So many times I can't get my materials organized in time to use it all in class!
3. Stay on top of my paperwork so my desk doesn't always look like a recycling bin threw up on it!

1. Build my network of blogging friends by hosting more linky parties and giveaways and participating on other's blogs.
2. Keep offering freebies as much as possible (although I have some items for sale on TPT due to clip art Terms of Use, I want to offer lots of freebies to my followers!)

Be sure to head over to the party to contribute your own resolutions - I  can't wait to read them and be inspired!

My next linky party is for the Holly Bloggy Christmas I participated in over from Sarah at Kindergarten Korner and Caitlin at Ms. Preppy!
I had a blast with this gift exchange - I made my first rag wreath for my bloggy buddy and received some really neat goodies too!
My Holly Bloggy partner was Leea from Set this Circus Down. She hasn't posted in a while, but I'm hopeful that the New Year will see more blogging from her! Here's what I made for Leea, based on her favorite color being Sage green:
 This was my first attempt at a rag wreath and I hope she likes it!
 And, to add a practical touch, I got her this notepad set with pads for each month of the year!

Here's what I got to open on Christmas morning from Terri at The Creative Apple!
 Isn't it darling?!
Now I can indulge my Pepsi Max passion in style!

Go check out the linky parties at Ms. Preppy's and Kindergarten Korner to see what everyone else received! If you missed out on this gift exchange or had so much fun that you'd like to participate in another, what would you think about having a Secret Cupid gift exchange for Valentine's Day? I say let's keep this ball rolling all year long!

8 Rustle Up A Response!:

laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said... Reply to comment

Your gifts are darling!
First Grade Blue SKies

Jill said... Reply to comment

I love all the gifts! So super cute!

Marvelous Multiagers!

Crayons and Curls said... Reply to comment

Happy Holidays! Love your gifts! Have a great New Year! :)
Crayons and Curls

Kerri said... Reply to comment

A valentine's exchange would be great! I loved loved loved doing the holly bloggy exchange. I just need to post about it.

Beth Ann said... Reply to comment

Wow! What great gifts! Happy Holidays!

❁Beth Ann❁
Taming My Flock of Firsties

Tammy said... Reply to comment

Thanks for linking up! I completely hear you on the eating at home more! I have 4 daughters and they keep us pretty busy. We typically have something every night of the week! I just need to be more prepared and ORGANIZED when it comes to meal planning.
Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

Mary said... Reply to comment

I always struggle with printing in color! I love the cutting/laminating/ assembling... just that darn printing!!! haha

I am a new follower!


Ms. Preppy said... Reply to comment

Thanks for posting your pics! How adorable!! It's so fun seeing what everyone got and sent! Thanks for participating!

Ms. Preppy's Adventures in Primary and Polka Dots

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