Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Where I’ve been…

We need so much prayer right now. We need an army of prayer! We left January 28, 2014 with so much joy as our family drove to the doctor's office to find out if our second child that we prayed a year and a half for would be a boy or girl. We found out that we are having a boy. His name is Piercen and he is so beautiful. He has such a strong heart but there's quite a bit of things in his body that need lots of healing. We were told that our baby had severe complications due to a diagnosis called Spina Bifida. We were told that he would not be compatible with life and would have multiple struggles. After several tests and doctors visits, we were told that the opening in his back is severe - one of the largest they have ever seen. The opening is from the middle of his ribs to the highest part of his sacrum. When we asked the doctors the chances of this ever going away or him ever having the best quality of life, they told us that only a miracle can do that. We know that our family serves such an amazing God that can indeed perform any miracle he wants. Our baby needs one. He needs to be healed so desperately. We know that God does not make mistakes and everything going on in Piercen's body was placed in those special places for God’s glory.

January 28th is the day we received the most devastating news of our lives – we realized that our baby may never walk, run, or even feel the grass between his toes. It is the day we fully learned that we have no control over anything in this life. The day the word FAITH became so real. It is also the day we began our journey. Throughout this journey, we have begun to see how powerful the Holy Spirit and prayer is. We have seen the Holy Spirit work through family, friends, and complete strangers. We have learned how fragile life truly is.

Please join our army in prayer on Piercen’s Facebook page as we continue to pray for ultimate healing for our angel baby. Healing that surpasses all understanding. 

“Do not be afraid…only believe.” Mark 5:36

-The Hudgeons Family

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

MLK and freebies!

This week has been a super short week in the classroom for me. I will be out of the room tomorrow and Wednesday at trainings. I am such a sucker for workshops and trainings! It never fails that as soon as I get back in the room….I want to implement everything I learned! I’m not one that likes to be out of the room, but I seriously can’t wait to learn some new ideas!

With this week being so short, we have been super busy! With MLK holiday right around the corner we spent the past two days learning facts about Martin Luther King Jr. and why we celebrate the holiday. We started off watching this great video from Brain Pop Jr. The kids loved it! They begged to take the ‘hard’ quiz afterwards! They rocked it! Afterwards, the kiddos broke into their groups with their elbow buddy and completed this writing about MLK.

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This MLK craftivity is from my Peace Love & Dreams pack.

We also reviewed numbers 50 – 80. After building numbers with our rods, units, and base 10 blocks, the kiddos completed this quick and simple place value flip book.


Expanded notation is always tricky for them, so we are pushing this quite a bit in our room!

They also completed these Sort and Stores! They had to read the number, build it, draw it, and then sort it by whether it was greater or less than 50.


If you missed snagging up the math freebies from my visual plans, you can grab both of them here and here.

Hope you are all having a fabulous week! 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Peek at My Week {Jan. 13}

I know it’s been forever and a day since I last posted my lesson plans. One of my goals this week was to get my visual plans done and posted for you all. I had everything ready to go and just needed to add in my links to each picture. In the past, that has always been speedy quick thanks to {this} tutorial. Today….not so much. I went to my preview in Adobe Reader, and it looked completely different! I am not sure what is going on with it, but it did not give my the option to add a hyperlink. My toolbar with that option was gone! Major bummer and super frustrating!

So, until I can get that figured out, you can find all the links to each product right below my plans. I’ve made several math freebies for this week! Be sure to download them.


Long I activities {here}

Math FREEBIES {here}, {here} and {here}

MLK,Jr. activities {here}

D5 Long I activities {here}, Sight Word activities {here} and {here}

Math Station activities {here}, {here}, and {here}

Again, I am so sorry for the inconvenience with the clickable links! Grrrrr! If you have any tips on how to make the toolbar reappear I would love to hear from you! 


Friday, January 10, 2014

Long A and numbers!!

TGIF! I don’t know about y’all, but this week has been super tough to get up and get going! It has been all things rainy, foggy, and cold in my part of Texas…..all those things make it super hard to get out of bed!

Yucky weather also makes for a super long school day when you can’t go outside! I knew the kiddos would keep me on my toes, so lots of games, walking around, and creating were on the plans this week!!

We worked a lot on long a this week! One game they couldn’t get enough of was Shout it! Show it! from my Long A pack. After I ‘shout’ed out a long or short a word, the kiddos held up a long a or short a card to ‘show’ the sound they heard. To add in some math, we kept score with how many long a/short a words we heard. Afterwards, we counted our tallies and compared data. This game also worked perfectly for my intervention time!

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We also did lots of long a and short a sorts this week. For one of our sorts, the kiddos had to read the snowball words below, mark out the short a words, and keep the long a words. After they identified all the long a words, they had to create a winter scene with their snowball words. I love how these turned out!


I love the Santa beard!


And of course…Olaf and Elsa from Frozen. Love how they put Elsa on her ice castle!


You can download the snowball words {here}.

We also worked on numbers 50 – 80 this week. The kiddos are masters at number making! When I read Amy Lemons’ post {here}, I knew this would be a perfect activity to do with numbers! Each table group got a piece of butcher paper with a number on it. They had to write or draw a way to show that number. Apparently tally marks and expanded form were the big hit for showing a number!  

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This would also be a great way for kiddos to show story elements with the book being in the middle! Or a long vowel in the middle with words all around, a digraph in the middle with words all around, oh my goodness….I could keep going! Thank you Amy for my brain spinning in a million different directions!!

And, before I go, if you purchased my Snip, Think, and Stick pack before this week, please make sure you re-download it! I fixed a few typos! Just click on the picture below to take you to it.


Have you seen all these fabulous Doreen Cronin books that Chick-fil-a is giving away in their kids meals?!?! I got super excited when I saw these were going to be the toy! Pretty sure we have gotten too many kids meals here lately!

We got Click Clack Moo Cows That Type tonight for dinner! It made for a quick impromptu inferencing and vocabulary lesson during dinner!


And there you have it, a few fun activities from our week! I’m linking up with Doodle Bugs today for Five for Friday!  



Now, I’m off to get warm by the fire and eat some milk and cookies!!! #itswhatthebabywants


Monday, January 6, 2014

Giveaway Winners!!

Did you all survive your day back?? We did!! Well, I did…not so sure about little priss. She was asleep as soon as we left the school!! I loved seeing my babies today, but I sure was ready to get home and put my jammies back on! It was a wonderful 17 degrees here in Texas this morning when we left for school! Seriously, if it’s that cold….there should be some snow on the ground! We have nothing here except for freezing cold wind!

Before my jammies get the best of me, I better announce the winner of my Long Vowel packs below!

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The winner is dbednars!!!

Please email me your email address in the next 24 hours so that I can send you the packs.

AND, if you didn’t win….don’t worry…I’ve got the packs on sale for $2.00 for the next 24 hours!!!

Hope you are all staying warm!!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Already over?! Plus a GIVEAWAY!!!!

Is the break already over?!? I have enjoyed every moment of being all things lazy and devouring all things sugary! I think my Dr. just about had a heart attack when they weighed me at my prenatal check up! I couldn’t help but giggle and smile at all the excessive pounds I have gained over the past 2 weeks. Everything I ate was TOTALLY worth it!! I could really use one more week to continue my bad habits!

Aside from being lazy, I did manage to get a few things marked off my every growing ‘to-do’ list. I LOVE being ahead of the game when I plan. There is nothing better than waking up to start a new week and knowing you’ve got your lessons all planned and ready to go! I will admit, there were a few weeks where I completely fell off that kick last semester. I am not one to make a ton of New Year’s Resolution because I know that more than likely…..they will fizz away. BUT, being ahead of the game on my lessons is one that I’ve got to keep! It just makes my mornings, my day, and my whole week run smoother!

This week I know my kiddos are going to need some review on things from last semester. I wanted our centers to be very simple but yet, still effective. So, that’s what started my Snip, Think, and Stick Printables! I ran up to the school on Friday to set it all up, and with a 5 year old helping me out…I managed to snap a picture of one of the stations. It literally took all of 5 minutes to set them up. Nothing needed to be laminated or cut out!! Now,.. that’s what I’m talking about!


I just added cotton balls as a manipulative for my kiddos to use. Super simple, quick, and easy!

You can find those printables by clicking on the picture below. There are a few freebies in the download from my store.


While I was there, I also prepped all my New Year countdown bags from Amy Lemon’s New Year Fun Unit. This is such a fun activity to do with your class!

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We are working on Long A with CVCe this week, so during my laziness, I finished up my Long A {activities and printables} unit.


I also created the very same pack for Long O and Long I. We will be working on those in the upcoming weeks. I’ve got them all printed out and ready to make copies for the next few weeks lessons!

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And, because I love you all so, I will be giving away all of my Long Vowel packets away to one of you lovelies! All you need to do is:

1. Follow my blog {leave a comment}

2. Follow my TPT Store {leave a comment}

3. Follow Smitten With First Instagram {leave a comment}


4. Pin this giveaway {leave a comment}

That is up to 4 entries!!!

I will announce the winner tomorrow evening!!!

Good luck!


Friday, December 13, 2013

More freebies for 12 Days of Christmas Freebies!!!

More math freebies for you all tonight!!! These are perfect for centers or partner work. Click {here} to download. The download includes 47 pages of center freebies…in both color and black and white!!

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Now it’s your turn to link up and share your freebies!!