December 24, 2012

2012 Best and Brightest!

Happy Holidays everyone!!! I'm very excited to link up with Christina Bainbridge for her 2012's Blog Best and Brightest linky! It's an opportunity to talk about all of those bright moments during the year and there have been so many great ones in 2012!

Here are a couple of highlights from my year here on Ladybug's Teacher Files, as well many bright moments from my wonderful blogging friends!

Freebie Shared
(I'm going by views/downloads on this one). I have a whole bunch of adaptations of this file on it's own little page, you can see all of the different free signs here...

I don't think I've ever had so much fun on my blog as I did this past summer, working on all of these decor items! I'm honestly surprised my printer didn't implode or something but it was so worth it. I love my signs so much I'll be keeping the same scheme/decor next year (my printer just breathed a sigh of relief...little does it know, I have other plans for it!!).

Linky Party
I think a gazillion people would agree...Tara's weekly linky party this summer (and monthly party now!) has been a huge highlight of 2012! I swear, I can practically hear the buzz of inspirations from hundreds ideas just radiating from her blog! Thanks Tara!

Lessons Learned
I always worry about doing this because I don't want to forget anyone, but here are some of the best lessons/ideas I learned from my wise blogging friends this year...
I should probably just make it easy on myself and say "everything" when it comes to learning from Stephanie's blog. Every time I visit there, I think "whoa" and I feel like my eyes have been opened again. One item that stands out in particular though and has made a big impact on my classroom this year is Stephanie's Calendar Math. Seriously incredible!

The same goes for Jen Runde...I can't believe all I have learned from her blog...from her Comprehension Question Fans to her infamous Interactive Math Journals. Jen, you have made me a better teacher today and I cannot say thank you enough.
My very dear friend Elizabeth, well, I've always learned a ton from her blog and her heartfelt advice. Lucky for us, this year she specializes in math and her latest work (like her Division Lapbook) have been a huge help for my classroom! Thanks E!

Besides making me laugh every time I read her blog, Farley has shared a new tradition that not only I enjoy, but one my students love too...Currently for the Classroom! Thank you Meghan, for adding something really special to our class each month :)

If I could list all of the ways Rachelle and Natalie have been there for me and all that I have learned from these girls since the beginning well, let's just say I'd be posting well past the holiday! The latest item I am totally enamored with are their Common Core Galore checklists...they have been an enormous help in planning since our district is new to the core. Thanks ladies and much love to you!

Blogging Joy
The learning and growth I have experienced from this community is truly amazing and just continues to grow and expand. I remember when I started out in 2010...I didn't know too many upper-grade bloggers at the time and waited anxiously as new ones cropped up quickly. I was ecstatic at all of the upper-grade friends I was making but, in the meantime, learned (and continue to learn) so much from my primary friends as well (thank you K-2 friends!!!!).
So what I'm trying to say (apparently in the most long-winded way possible, haha) is that the brightest point of my 2012 blogging experience is really hard to list because it is tied to the whole package that comes with sweet readers and my blogging friends--all of you!!

Happy, happy holidays to everyone!


  1. Kristen,
    I know I tell you this all the time, but you by far are the "brightest" there is in blog land. I'm so thankful for our friendship and for your advice along my blog journey.

    I'm glad I can call you a friend.

    Have a fantastic 2013! May it be even brighter than 2012 :)


  2. Conversation with hubby about an hour ago...

    "Oh my gosh! Kristen from Ladybug's Teacher Files just joined my linky party!!!". That's me, screaming.

    Hubby says, "I don't know who that is, but good for you!".


    You're a rockstar! Thanks for linking up and sharing your fabulous ideas!

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

  3. I think I've told you this before, but I ALWAYS get excited when you write a new post! Your ideas {and designs!} are always amazing and you are very generous, too! Thank you for everything you do! Happy holidays!

    EduKate and Inspire

  4. oh my gosh i am typing as fast as my one little finger will let me!!!! I got a shout out!!!! you have been a great bloggy friend to me and you are such a true inspiration to me!!! i love you lb and can't thank you enough with my one little finger!!!!

  5. It's hard for me to think about my CAFE/Reading time before your CRAFT board appeared in my life! Thank you so much for always being such an inspiration and I hope you have the happiest holiday ever :)


    3rd Grade Thoughts

  6. Happy Holidays. I love your Craft/Voices resources. Thank you for being so creative and sharing your awesome work

  7. Loooooove reading this!!!! You are awesome and always a highlight to my day when you have a new post. Happy Holidays!!!

  8. Awww! Thanks for the love friend:) I love you and your blog so much:) Thanks for all the inspiration and chats we have:) Merry Christmas friend:)

    4th Grade Frolics

  9. Right back atcha babe. You are seriously an awesome person...and SUCH a light in the blogging world. So many of us can say we are here because of YOU. I look forward to our Best of 2013 :)

    Teaching in Room 6

  10. Your CRAFT board has been AMAZING in my class and everyone always asks me where I got it! I love it!

    I have gifted you with a RACK (Random Act of Christmas Kindess) over at my blog! Come visit for a shout out and a free item of your choice from my TPT store!
    Merry Christmas!

  11. You already know that I adore everything you do :) Merry Christmas to one of the sweetest bloggers ever! I hope you enjoy your Christmas Kristen!
    The Moffatt Girls

  12. Kristen I couldn't agree with Annie more. We love what you do, create, share and say... your an inspiration to all of us, me the most. Thanks for being part of my world in some way and making a better place to be.
    Lots of hugs, I know I have been absent a lot, so miss you tons, have a wonderful, and merry Christmas. May your holidays be more than you imagine and may you get all that your heart desires.

  13. Kristen.. seriously you are SO amazing.. i love every thing you create! xoxo girlfriend, happy holidays & new year!

  14. Hello! Your blog is awesome! I have searched everywhere for your lesson plan template. I would love to adapt it for my 5th grade class! Could you point me in the right direction?? :) I have been taking a blogging break but hope to restart soon! Come by and check me out....I could use the encouragement!


    5th Grade Tomfoolery

  15. Love 'ya, girly! Merry Christmas to you and yours..and may 2013 be full of blessings too! ;) <3

  16. I love everything you do! You are truly an inspiration! I also couldn't agree more with you- I love Tara's Monday Made It- it totally made my summer :)

  17. My ExtraSpecialBuddyKristen:

    Sending you holiday blessings and wishes for a very Happy New Year!
    I can't explain how happy it makes me to see your little Ladybug's favicon in our little "teacher group."

    Thanks for inspiring so many of us...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  18. Hi Kristen!

    I don't know how I wasn't already following you, but I am SO glad that I found your blog because Hadar over at Miss Kindergarten and Kelly from An Apple for the Teacher both passed on a RACK {Random Acts of Christmas Kindness} to you from the RACK linky party I am hosting. I'm your newest follower and absolutely LOVE your blog!

    I would be so honored if joined my linky party and passed on the RACK to 2 blogs that you are grateful for! RACK Linky Party

    First Grade in Foxwell Forest

  19. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I appreciate and love you so much and feel honored that you would consider us one of your favorite blogs!

  20. I know I've said it a million times, but YOU are such an inspiration to me! I've learned so much from you, and can't wait to keep learning. Cheers to a bright and clear NEW YEAR!!!

    Runde's Room


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