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My Favorite So Cal Places Blog HOP FREEBIES and GIVEAWAY

Hello Friends!

Thank you for hopping on over! My So Cal bloggy friends and I are sharing some of our favorite things that we love to do here Southern California. Plus, we have an awesome giveaway and AMAZING winter FREEBIES for you all along the way... because well,  EVERYONE loves FREE!!!   :) Seriously. After the holidays, I am trying to get myself on a spending freeze ...oh, look Target dollar bin. :/




I love living in So Cal!  I can get to the beach or mountains within an hour. It really is amazing. Even though we do not have seasons (I wish our trees would turn beautiful colors), I really would have a hard time moving away from here.

Here are some of my favorite things to do in So Cal...

1. Theme parks like Knott's Berry Farm or Disneyland/Downtown Disney




Obviously, I could not live in So Cal and NOT talk about our theme parks, especially Disneyland! I love Disneyland but to be completely honest, we stopped getting our annual passes about 5 years ago because it really is so pr…

DNA in a YUMMY way

Hello Friends!

We've been learning about DNA and wow... talk about learning along with your kiddos! As I was explaining the structure of DNA and its functions, I began drawing it.. or trying to draw it. I thought I did a pretty good job until my neuroscience friend came over one day and asked me why my DNA had "those things" on it. What??!!! I drew it completely wrong.. and worse, I taught it wrong to my kids. Sheesh!  Well after a quick lesson from my dear friend, I was able to correct my drawing and teach my kids the RIGHT DNA. lol.


Since my candy animal cell was such a hit with my kids, I decided to make a candy model of  DNA. And since I'm such a visual learner,  this project was just as much for me as it was for my little ones.






Here are the materials I used:

Sour punch - sugar phosphate backbone
Nerds - nucleotides
Mike and Ikes- base pairs (AT, GC)
Frosting - to "glue" the nucleotides to the sugar phosphate backbone






I cut the Mike and Ikes in half so …

Winter FREEBIE!

Happy New Year Friends!

I know that some of you are back at work so I wanted to share a little Winter FREEBIE with you to help you ease back into the classroom this year while your coffee kicks in today. Easing back in for you doesn't mean that your students just color and do packets, either. Here is a FREEBIE that will help with reinforcing a skill while your kiddos have fun. They can work in groups, use it in a center, or use it however works best to fit your needs.




I've included 3 different levels for alphabetizing: ABC to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd letter.  Students alphabetize the cards with the same picture and then write them on the recording sheet with the matching picture. This 18 page FREEBIE includes 6 sets of words for each level plus 3 different recording sheets!








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Thanks and have a wonderful 2016!!

Blessings,