I absolutely love this time of year! Excitement is always in the air, and my children get so excited to put up our tree! We went this evening to pick out our tree for this Christmas and their faces just lit up, even our twelve year old. I love that he's still into the magic of the holidays. I'm thinking we're going to have to leave the tree without decorations on it for a couple of days, because the pup is very interested in it. Last year was our first Christmas with him, so this year he's much more curious about it. I'm thinking that after a day or two it will be old news and he'll leave it alone so I can decorate it hopefully! =) This time of year tends to get crazy in the classroom, so I'm preparing in advance. I'm hoping to harness some of my students' energy into some practice with essential math skills that some are still struggling with. In our third grade common core standards we cover rounding to the nearest ten and hundred, which some of us are still struggling to grasp. I created two more workstation center games for them to have some extra practice with, and I'm hoping this will help drive rounding home for these kiddos.