Thursday, January 1, 2015

Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland in So Cal... A Blog Hop, a Giveaway and Freebies!

Hello from Southern California! I am lucky to hang out with a great group of BlogFriends--all from Southern California! In the summer, we joined together for a Blog Hop. And we had so much fun, we are back for the Winter Edition!

Shall we talk about the weather? The weather doesn't vary much where I live. In fact, Christmas morning looked like this! Eighty degrees!

Which is why I was so surprised when a few days later, we took a forty-five minute drive and saw this...

A surprise snowfall! I guess that's one of the benefits of Southern California: Just a little drive can offer a big change of scenery!

Of course, it's sunny again this morning, and I am enjoying my coffee and planning out the last few days of break before it's time to go back to work!

Even though I teach sixth grade, I've been helping my friend who has a kindergarten class. I've always believed this to be true: Teaching little kids is DIFFICULT work. You spend hours making stuff... and the activity lasts about three minutes!

To support my pal, I've been learning about ten frames... and I'm sharing one with you as part of our Blog Hop freebie!

I've had some technical difficulties with my TpT downlaod... so if that won't work, I hope you'll try the Google option!

In "real life," it looks like this...

And for those kiddos who need a little more support, I color-coded the first number red to match the red cups. I love the graphics from Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs!

But I am, after all, an upper grade teacher! (Thankfully!) So I made a freebie for my upper grade pals too! Click on the picture below to get a copy.

Two options for downloading this one too. Just click below!


We played Go Fish and Concentration at my house... but I am putting them in a center in my classroom on Monday for some of my kids who still need some extra practice.

And here's MORE great news! There is a giveaway in this Blog Hop too! TOO! Just follow the Rafflecopter directions at the bottom of the post for a chance to WIN! There are TWO gift cards up for grabs... One for Target and one for TpT! WooHoo!

Last--but definitely not least... My favorite part! Over twenty bloggers are participating in this Hop with a freebie on every blog! WooHoo! I'm ready to swap my Easter basket for a winter basket and fill it up with freebies! I guess I'm just a hopper at heart!

I'm a little star-struck because I get to send you off to Katie Knight at Teacher to the Core. She's one of my blogging heroes! If you don't know her, you will love her in two seconds. She's all sorts of goodness all squished into one person. Kind, funny, sweet, creative... Wonderful! And if you do know Katie, you are currently nodding your head in agreement (I just know you are!) Sooo... off to Katie Knight you go. Just click on her blog button...


And don't forget about the Rafflecopter... I really hope you win!

Happy Hopping!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Thanks for the cute fraction freebie, Kim!! I'm sharing your post with my primary friends, too!! I'm so happy to live in So Cal, too!! Happy New Year!

  2. I can't wait to use the ten frames game!! That will be perfect for the addition unit we're starting when we return next week! Thanks!

  3. Those ten frames will be great to use with my little guys at the beginning of the year and for my intervention kiddos who are struggling. Thanks for sharing. -Jaime

  4. Happy New Year! I enjoyed reading your post! It is so true what you said about spending hours preparing a lesson just for it to take maybe even ten minutes with the little ones! Still love them though!
    Jessica :)

  5. And it snowed just the other day here in San Diego! Crazy right?!
    Tales of Teaching in Heels

  6. You are THE sweetest! Thank you for your kind words.

  7. 2 freebies! For real!!!!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for your goodies and your goodness!

  8. Thank you so much for the giveaway! :) :) You're a rockstar!!
    Happy New Year,
    ~Amanda from His and Her Hobbies

  9. I do love our warm CA weather but I'm happy for the cold front we've had recently. Thanks for joining our blog hop! Hope you have a wonderful 2015!~Laura

  10. YAY You! Although I thought it was all coffee cups and NO lesson plans.
    Thanks for the freebie~ it will be great to add to my math centers when we return.
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  11. Thank you for the freebies! Love your pics and how great our state is. We can get 80 degree weather and take a short drive to the snow. Awesome!

    2 Smart Wenches

  12. I loved that you showed what a dichotomy of weather we've been having.
    Sun and snow in Cali!
    Teaching Powered by Caffeine

  13. Walking in a winter wonderland ... we should have come west instead of going north to find snow for the kids. I imagine you decked the hubs with a few soft snowballs, just for fun! I'm just stopping by to thank you ... for being you ... and for your kind generosity, which continues today with those freebies ... may 2015 be as dreamy as ever in your corner of the world.




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