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Sunday, November 27, 2016

November Favorites

The turkey has been eaten, Christmas lights are going up around the neighborhood.... November must be ending! I'm back to chat about some of the things I enjoyed this month, but this month's "favorites" post is special- there's a giveaway involved (and not a lot of time to enter)! Be sure to read to the end for your chance to win some fun stuff, and don't miss one other special announcement...


First let's talk about "a few of my favorite things"!

1. New Christmas planner supplies

I found some super cute Christmas sticky notes and washi tape on sale a couple of weeks ago and was so excited! I can't wait to use them next month (sorry I didn't get a picture of the washi tape- I'll share on Instagram soon!):


2. My 5th and 6th grade chorus

Is it weird to say one of the ensembles I conduct is a "favorite"? I teach 2 choral groups: a 3rd/4th grade chorus and a 5th/6th grade chorus. This year my 5th and 6th grade chorus has been blowing my mind every week and I just can't stand it. I literally thank them at the end of every rehearsal. They're singing in 3-part harmony at one point and I could just cry. I can't wait for the concert in a few weeks (seriously)! I always enjoy my chorus groups but for some reason I have just been amazed with what this group has done this year.

3. Ramen

Yes, ramen. Yes, the "instant" kind. I found these packages of spicy ramen at my grocery store recently and it has been my go-to meal when I'm sick and tired (which has been basically this whole month). Don't judge me- remember I've spent most of my life in East Asia. It's comfort food! If you want to see how I fancy up my ramen, be sure to read my post tomorrow..... :)

4. Blog posts

I found some awesome music education blog posts this month! If you aren't already, follow my page on Facebook. I share my favorite blog posts every Friday. Click on the pictures below to see each post- they really are worth the read!



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Taking Care of Your Voice: Elementary Music Edition, Vocal health tips for the music teacher

And now for the giveaway!!!

I'm giving away some of my favorite Christmas sticky notes from Target, some red and green pens, and a $10 TPT gift card! Why the gift card? Because TeachersPayTeachers is having a site-wide sale Monday, November 28th, and Tuesday, November 29th! Everything in my store will be 28% off with the code CYBER2016 !!


This will be a quick giveaway so that the winner can use their gift card in the sale ;) The giveaway will close at midnight EST, Monday the 28th, and I will email the gift card code to the winner on Tuesday morning bright and early. There are a few ways to enter- the more times you enter, the better your chances will be! If you are subscribed to my newsletter, be sure to use your secret code that I sent just for you for an extra entry (and if you're not, make sure you subscribe at the bottom of this post so you don't miss any more goodness)!

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18 comments :

  1. thanks for the giveaway and blog post suggestion

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  2. Thank you for the opportunity to win. :-)

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  3. Thanks! First year music teacher, so still learning what my favorites are to teach this time of year!

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    1. Ha! First year, if you actually know what to teach you are way ahead of the game (I say that in all seriousness)- you can decide what your favorite thing to teach is in a couple of years! This time of year can get crazy stressful- let me know if there's anything I can do to help!

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  4. I just got back from a state music convention, so I have many favorites -- now to get them organized and actually incorporate them into my classroom :)

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    1. I know the feeling! Confession: I haven't been to a music education conference in too long (because of my mommy schedule mostly), and I miss it dearly! Always so inspiring!

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  5. Thanks for the blog post shout-out! You won't get any judgment from me for eating Ramen. I ate it A LOT during college, and not just because it was cheap, I liked it! I've never tried the chili flavor, I'll definitely give it a go :)

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    1. Absolutely. Your blog posts are always fabulous. Ramen definitely has the reputation for being college food in the US I feel, but it is such a good winter meal when you dress it up properly :)

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  6. My November favorite continues to be the looks on the faces of our veterans when we sing, "You Are Our Heroes" from Music K8. It never gets old!

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  7. I always enjoy the ideas that you do with your own children! I am a grandma of a 3 1/2 year old so I have used several of your ideas.

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    1. I'm so glad! 3 can be a tough age, but I have loved 4. It's just so incredible watching them grow and learn.

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  8. I have so much fun with my K-1 doing an instrumental/movement/parachute combo with turkey lessons. Second/third grade singing games and native american music lessons. Fourth and fifth have their programs in November.

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  9. One of my favorites from November would have to be my 5th grade orchestra's first performance! They played Taps at our Veteran's Day assembly, and they sounded great! I was so incredibly proud of them!

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