Sunday, January 13, 2013

Winter Centers - Gone in a Flash!

I had so much fun with my last flash freebie that I decided to do it again, this time with my newest finished teaching eSource, Winter Centers.
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I'm a little late to the party with this center, but let me tell you a story about how they came to be.  I sat down to make a recording sheet to go along with my alphabetizing center for the month of January.  After I made the recording sheet, I looked at my raggedy old alphabetizing cards that I've used the past 5 years and thought, "Let me just whip up some new cards to go with my recording sheet."  So I did.

Then I looked at my Polar Bear Fishy Facts center.  Next to my shiny, new alphabetizing center, the dingy graphics and bent cards looked, well, sad.  So I thought, "How long can it take to whip out new fish and polar bears.  After all, I have this awesome graphics set from Primary Paradise that would work perfectly."  So I did.

Then I thought, "I need a center to work with our math unit of place value. Surely that will be easy enough to put together."  So I did.

Finally, I had one empty board left in my library center, and our newest spelling list introduces silent E, so -- well, you know the rest.

So 5 days, 41 pages,  approximately 25 hours of work, and two too many 2:30 nights later, "Winter Centers - "Snow" Much Learning Fun" was born.   I truly had no intention of putting together a set of winter centers.  I was thinking February.  But these winter centers were demanding to be made, so I went with them.   Is that how it works for you all as well?

To celebrate going to bed at 12:30  last night instead of 2:30 -- who knew the difference that extra two hours could make -- I'm have a two-hour flash freebie.  It is now 2:00 PM EST on Sunday, January 13.  For the next two hours, "Winter Centers - "Snow" Much Learning Fun" will be free!  But hurry because this offer will be gone in a flash!

If you missed the flash freebie, this teaching eSource will be available for $5.50 in my store.

Good luck!


  1. Sounds like me...staying up to the wee hours of the morning creating something I didn´t intend to do:) I love seeing the finished product though, don´t you?:) BTW I love your flash freebie idea...I´ll have to start doing that:) Thank You too, I downloaded it...going to go see if it´s done...

  2. Thank you! I'm so glad to know I'm not the only one who stays up too late creating things I didn't intend to create. And you're right, I do love seeing the finished product!

    The flash freebies are fun! You should try it.

  3. THANK YOU SO MUCH! This completely fits the bill for what I was looking for this week. I went to the teaching store and overspent as usual and didn't have anything left for last minute additions.You are a life saver. My kids have AIMSWeb testing this week and I needed something they could do as they filter in and out of my classroom.

  4. What a great idea to do a flash freebie! Love your new unit!

    Lovin’ Kindergarten

  5. Wow, talk about perfect timing! So glad you can use them and I decided to do a flash freebie on them!

  6. Thank you! Flash freebies are fun. I've seen others do them on Facebook, so thought I would give it a try.

  7. Looks like a wonderful unit!

  8. Thank you. It is chock full of centers, and knowing teachers, you all will think of many other ways to use the materials.

  9. Dang it is 4:03!! I always miss the good ones!!

  10. You should have checked! By the time I took it down, it was about 10 after 4.


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