The Most Magical Holiday

Hello! I'm spreading holiday cheer with a few of my math friends. Make sure to keep blog-hopping to find more giveaways!

My Favorite Holiday Activity

This year my favorite holiday activity was going to Disney World! I just returned from a three-day "Princess Trip" with my two-year old daughter and my mom - and it was the most magical vacation. I loved seeing Main Street all decorated with holly in the streets and the tallest tree plopped right at the end. My daughter was ecstatic when she caught her first glimpse of Cinderella's Castle and when Minnie Mouse held Elsa's hand while she sang, "Let It Go," it may have been the most exciting moment of her life so far. Something about being inside the bubble of Disney World makes all your other stresses and worries melt away and was just the break I needed to make it through the next five days of school (we are all counting at this point- right!?).

My Favorite Math Activity
The favorite of me and my students have to be my coloring activities. I find coloring to be so relaxing and soothing (and those are two words students don't usually associate with math!). In all my coloring activities, students get to pick their own colors., which means they do not all look the same. I also love self-checking activities, so that students don't practice incorrectly, and the coloring activities have an answer bank included, so students know when to ask for help. The opportunity to engage the right-brain is so important in math class, and I love giving the students a chance to show their creativity. Plus, with the holiday break so close, a few minutes coloring could be just the hook you need to get the kids to do their work and stop asking, "Can we just have a free day?"

My Favorite Teacher Tool 
My go-to daily teacher must-have is a nice strong cup of coffee. I love walking around helping students with their work as I sip it during 1st period. I usually brew my own at home and love to add some peppermint-flavored creamer this time of year. Only once in 10 years have I spilled any on a students' work and it was this year in her interactive notebook, while I was showing her work under the document camera (oops!). Now every time I ask to put her work on the document camera, she says, "Only if you make sure your mug is all the way closed first" 😁

So now it's time for your chance to win a present in a GIVEAWAY! I have a $15 Starbucks gift card that I will send to you via snail mail, and my Algebra Coloring Activities Bundle that you can use to keep your little elves engaged all year!

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Now it's time to hop over to Smith Curriculum and Consulting's blog to enter another giveaway! 
Giveaway ends Monday December 18, 2017 at 8PM EST! 


  1. Thanks for sponsoring, but I'm the only person in the w3orld who doesn't go to Starbucks and I teach 4-6 SE, so your algebra activities are out of my range. Enjoy your holiday break!

  2. Coloring and Coffee are on the top of my list,this would be awesome!

  3. Love both, Starbucks and Coloring activities for my Algebra 1 students. Thank you!

  4. I would love this! Coffee, algebra, and coloring - heaven on earth!! :)

  5. I am not a coffee drinker (not even sure if there IS a Starbucks around me.) However, I am a HUGE fan of coloring math activities - my high school math intervention students like them too! I keep a binder of them for free time work and they appeal so much to my students that I regularly have to refill with new sheets. To have students who don't particularly like math using their free time to do more is priceless.

  6. Love the idea of coloring in algebra!

  7. I will have to check out the coloring in algebra! Next year is my first year teaching algebra!!

  8. I;m not a coffee drinker but I do LOVE tea and hot chocolate. Starbucks has great seasonal flavors of those as well!

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  10. I have tried a few of your coloring activities in my remedial algebra class and the students really enjoy them!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm so glad your students had fun with them :)


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