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$25 Gift Certificate to Shutterfly

Do you own a blog or a website?
  I found out how you can get a free $25 Shutterfly gift certificate just for sharing any of your Shutterfly photo card projects on your blog or website.

Here are the instructions, luckily Shanna walked me through the process because it was not easy to find this promotion!
1. Login to Shutterfly
2. Click on “My Shutterfly” in the top menu
3. Click on “View all projects” under “My Projects”
4. Select a photo card project by clicking on the circle above the project title that you want to share (don’t click on the project itself, this promotion appears to only be tied to photo card projects)
5. Click on “Share Project” in the righthand menu
6. Type in “Title” and “Description” for your project (does not get included if you just embed the widget code)
7. Go to the “Next” step
8. Now you’ll see all the details of this promo, including the email address to send your blog post link to in order to get your $25 gift certificate.
9. Pick your embed method: Blogger or Widget Code (I got the widget code to use on my Blogger blog)
10. Don’t forget to email Shutterfly after you post your project!

This offer ends on January 31 and your $25 gift certificate will expire on February 15.

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It’s That Time of Year Again…

Hi folks! The time has come to get those kiddos in matching clothes, clean their little angelic faces, position them just right, and click…. the perfect Christmas card picture! That’s how it works right. I mean… you tell them to sit still and they listen… right?

*crickets chirping*

Let me tell you how Christmas card photo time at our house goes. First, the monkey dad and I come up with a fantastic idea… a vision of greatness for how the card will look. One year it involved sombreros… one year a lovely fireplace scene… one year, chef hats and a big roasting pan (that was my favorite!). Each year has to be better than the last… we can’t disappoint our fans. So… here we are… kids in costume… we sit them down. Tell them this will just take a minute. They promise to smile and look at the camera. They are in position. We go to set the self timer on the camera. We’ve forgotten since last year how to set the self timer. We spend a good five to ten minutes pressing buttons until we get it. In the last five to ten minutes, someone has moved, someone has pulled someone else’s hair, someone has knocked over the props, someone has pulled their hairbows out…

Through all this… somehow, we are able to get a family picture. Sure… not everyone is smiling and not everyone is looking at the camera… but we are all in the picture… together!

The thing that brings it all together and makes it more than just a photo is when we turn it into a Christmas card! Shutterfly is a fantastic option for photo Christmas cards! They have TONS of options… for real… if you are looking for it… chances are, they have it! Creating your card is easy too… just a few clicks of the mouse and TADA! I have been looking through their Holiday Story Cards and Christmas Cards trying to drum up some ideas for this year’s masterpiece. I came across their Thanksgiving Cards as well… so cute. We might just have to do something crazy and send Thanksgiving Cards this year instead!!!

I am so torn… should I choose this one... or this one… or maybe this one!!!!

Whatever your Christmas card needs, please consider Shutterfly when you are ready to pull things together! You won’t be disappointed!

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Greater Than, Less Than

Do you remember those number cards we used a couple of weeks ago for number recognition? Well, pull them out for our lesson on greater than and less than. This week in math, we are working with numbers again… Mostly comparing numbers and amounts.

All I did for visual aids was pull out the number cards and the beans and drew the greater than/ less than symbol on a card. We practiced by making piles of beans, determining which had more and placing the correct symbol between them. We also used the number cards by placing two cards on the table, putting the correct symbol between them and reading the “number sentence” that we had made. “16 is greater than 1.”

The monkey boy got the hang of the symbols pretty quickly and had no problems with the tasks. Today, Little Sis sat in on the lesson. For her, I drew teeth on the symbol cards and told her my “chompers” always want to chomp the bigger number. She understood for the most part… But she’s three… So, I am not expecting her to fully get it.

They were so excited about math today, they made their own “chomper” cards to use when practicing greater than and less than.

Materials for this lesson cost less than a dollar!

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Number Fun

At the suggestion of the My Father’s World curriculum, I made a set of cards numbered 1-100. Because I didn’t have enough index cards of one color to do them all, I did even numbers on blue and odd on pink.

We have been using these cards this week with our math lessons on number recognition.

Here are three activities that are very easy to implement:

1. Number War- divide up the cards between the players. Everyone puts their pile face down in front of them. At the same time, everyone puts the top card face up. Whoever has the highest card wins the stack. Continue until all the cards have been played.

**you can vary the amount of cards you use to accommodate the age you are teaching (we only used the cards 1-20 this week)

2. Guess My Number: a person gives clues as to what number they are thinking of. The other(s) must guess.

Clues can be simple:
“My number is 1 more than 4”

Or a little tougher:
“My number is what you get when you take 6 away from 10”

3. Bean Count: give you child some of the number cards and a pile of beans- have him or her match the number of beans with the number on the card. Again, you can vary the difficulty depending on the age of the child (our 3 year old had cards 1-8 while the 5 year old had 9-15).

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