Happy Hump Day!!!  I hope everyone is enjoying their week!!

So far this week I have been peed on (a first for me!) and today one of my monsters lost her tooth.  And by lost her tooth, I mean she pulled it out right in front of me.  Here’s the weird thing:  the tooth bothered me more!  Seriously, I have this horrible loose, wiggly tooth phobia.  It started during my student teaching.  A student had braces (5th grader) and a tooth came out and was dangling on the bracket.  For 3 days.  3 days that tooth dangled in my face.  So yeah, me and teeth are not friends.  Seriously, it makes me ill.   It’s a kindergarten smorgasboard of phobias for me!

This week we are in the  midst of our Christmas/holiday festivities!  We kicked off our festivus for the rest of us with one of my favorite books (oh, who am I kidding…they’re all my favorites!) Moosletoe!  If you don’t have it, GET IT!  It’s great.  Lots of great vocabulary and great for retelling (hello flow maps and sequencing!) and also for problem/solution.  We have had a lot of fun with our friend Moose.

To keep that fun going, we enabled Mr. Greg’s love of craftivities with this cute Moosletoe!

I posted this on my Facebook page (WHAT?!?!  You’re not a friend on Facebook?!  Well go fix that!) and got a lot (OK, like 2, but in my reality that is a lot!) comments asking about the pattern.  WELL, the pattern is a Greg Smedley-Warren original!  I drew the pieces for the pattern!  The stars are actually Hanukkah stickers that we had leftover from last year.  And of course, we added glitter to the moose-stache!  
Here is your freebie!  It’s the pattern I created for our Moose!
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Today’s topic of discussion:
What is your school/district policy regarding Kindergarten students (or any grade really) wearing diapers/pull-ups?  This doesn’t apply to students with IEPs or medical issues.  We have 2 kindergartners wearing pull-ups just because…so I am curious about policies elsewhere.
This is one of my favorite outfits I’ve shown so far!!!  
Shirt:  H&M
Sweater:  Macy’s
Pants:  H&M

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  • Reply Jennifer K. November 29, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I love the Moosletoe craftivity! Our district policy is that they have to be potty trained by kindergarten. We have had students who didn't know how to wipe themselves before, but we just tell mama or daddy to teach them fast because we cannot be wiping bottoms. I can't believe you have some still in pull-ups! As a mom of 4, I have to say that not being trained by age 5 is very odd to me unless there is a medical or emotional reason.

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  • Reply NiseyT November 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Thanks for the free patterns I was just going to come and ask you we're you got the patterns. Super fun! Students have to be potty trained by kindergarten in our district. There are some exceptions, medical, IEP students, and etc. there is something in our handbook about it being a sanitation issue, because teachers are not able to change diapers/ pulls ups.

  • Reply Tanya Solano November 29, 2012 at 3:14 am

    Luuuuuuuv the outfit!!! LOVE H&M!
    No pull-ups here! Have to be potty trained to enter our 3/4 year old pre-k program. I used to have carpet in my room…I could always tell who accidents.
    Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

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  • Reply Justin K November 29, 2012 at 3:33 am

    I read “Mooseltoe” to my students today. Was it perfectly perfect? Check.
    Justin K.
    Writing Pad Dad

  • Reply Debbie Clement December 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    What a moose! You're really hitting your creative groove! Can't wait to see your room in person. Thanks for linking up over at PreK+K Sharing. I hope that it brings some new readers your way.

    Debbie Clement

  • Reply Shawna December 2, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Hey Greg,
    Love the outfit too! H&M is a great store!! Lucky me, I am your 600th follower…isn't there a prize for that, if not there should be 🙂 Glad I found you.
    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

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