Five For Friday and a FUNNY!

OH-EM-GEEZUS this week has just about run me ragged. I'm pretty sure I am NOT the only one feeling this way. Is it the 19th yet? That's when we get out. Thank goodness for that Friday off for whatever reason. However, we're back WITH kids on the 2nd. Booooooo.... anyhoo on to this hectic and crazy week. I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday.
This week and month for that matter, I decided to read a Christmas book everyday and skip the stories that came with our reading series. So far I've read 9 books. I missed Thursday of this week I think. We've read Santasaurus, Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight, Who'll Pull Santa's Sleigh Tonight, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell, The Very Snowy Christmas, Russell's Christmas Magic,  Santa is Coming to Alabama... and I can't find the other one lol.

I wasn't impressed with the Santa is Coming to Alabama book - not for kinders in my opinion.
This week during our Lit centers we worked on syllables, beginning sounds, ending sounds, rhymes, sight words, middle sounds, writing the room... and the norms during our Daily 5. Here is a bit of what we did this week. These are all from my Santa Needs a Vacation pack.

 Sorting pictures by medial sounds

Practicing writing snappy (sight) words

 CVC word mats

Sorting words by syllables. I keep all of my things in little zip baggies like this. Clean up is so much quicker and easier. And I rarely have lost pieces. 

 Beginning Sounds

Ending Sounds

We had our Christmas program last night that was PACKED to the max! It was literally standing room only before it even started. Crazy.

 Our elf Rio (and visiting elf Roxy) had pure plans for us this week! So much FUN! Funny thing is they took most of last week OFF. My kids were not on their very best behavior and I didn't think they deserved to see the elves for a while. Meanie teacher over here. So when they finally returned, we saw such a FUN disaster and treats left in their table cubbies.

 The tree above was blurry, but here's what it really looks like.

And here's some randoms that I just love from this week. I love my new boots from Shoe Dazzle and the leggings I got from Very Jane. LOVE!

I love what my Secret Santa got me on our first day. Today was the color red and I LOVE FUZZY and cute socks! LOVE!

Sad that I'll be taking down my door next week. I seriously love this door!

I found these at Paper Source last month and have used them in some things they've sorted. CUTENESS.

And KOBE IS BACK! Just had to say that hehehehe...

Last - a funny for the week. I usually don't notice things in the room until everyone is gone. So as I cleaned some things up this afternoon I found THESE just like this hanging on one of the bookbag tubs in the restroom. Really? Who? Why? When? and WHY????????

Hope you all survive through another week! And if you read this ENTIRE thing - leave me your email in a comment below with one item you'd like from my store. :-)


Thankful Tuesday

I'm linking up with Lucky to Be in First with this WONDERFUL idea. I think this is a great linky because sometimes it's great to let a little of yourself be known by sharing personal things. I am so excited to see what everyone says.

First and FOREMOST, I am so very thankful that I know Jesus Christ. I am so far from perfect and the fact that He allows us to make up for our mistakes and wrong doings and be forgiven is one of those never-ending thank you. I might not thank Him as much as I should, but there is nothing in my life that would have been remotely possible without Him. ;-)

 I am thankful for my sense of humor. Life gets so HARD sometimes and I've been given this wonderful gift of humor to take everything with a smile. As teachers, many people cannot imagine the daily struggles that we endure. The wonderings of how we're going to reach a child, writing up a reply to an aggressively rude parent, leaving your personal issues at the door and slapping a SMILE on your face for your sweet babies, seeing children go home to "empty homes", and such an ENDLESS list. Life can be so hard, but I think we all have this sense of humor to let the small things go. That's what I'm thankful for - being able to drop the worries, drop all the extreme pressures of school and simply not sweating the small things and being HAPPY.

I am very thankful for my family and friends. My friends keep me SANE after my family drive me insane. Seriously. My family is the BEST. They are always there for me when I need them. Personal friends. Work friends. New friends. Old friends. Online friends. I'm very shy in person and it's so relieving to have friends that I can just be myself with. I have so many different types of friends and I love all of them for different reasons.

 My JOB. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do. Seriously I cannot say it enough. This year, I am almost back to the "old" me. My first 3 years of teaching I learned the type of teacher that I wanted to be. The next two years I ended up in a place that changed my entire attitude towards teaching. I began to hate coming to work. I knew I needed a change and I think I found the perfect place for me. I love getting up in the mornings. I love seeing my kiddos. I just love what I do. I'm pretty sure most of you can relate (I hope ALL of you can), but there aren't many professions, careers, jobs or whatever you want to call it where the employees can say they truly love what they do. With the job, I get so much FREE PD from all these wonderful other teachers around the world.

I do a little bit of everything it seems nowadays. I like crafting which includes dabbling in painting things, scrapbooking, creating wreaths, making things on my Silhouette Cameo {best thing I've purchased TO DATE - and I've had it for 2 years now I think}. I've sewn a little with my scrapbooking and that's fun. I like seeing things that I can create and putting my own spin on them... mostly personal things.

My 6 year old Yorkie. Love her to pieces. Everyone says she is spoiled rotten. Hmmm, I beg to differ.

One of the most thrilling things is getting on a plane, in the car, on a train, on a ship - and just GOING. I absolutely love to travel. I usually talk or can get my friends at some point in our friendship to go on some type of trip. It's one of my specialities. I've been to Jamaica twice, Honduras, Bahamas twice, Key West,  Cozumel (2 or 3 times), Grand Cayman, St. Thomas, Belize, Puerto Rico, Montego Bay and who knows where else within the actual states. I love to GO! Funny thing, I've never been to Vegas or California and everyone in my family has been, but ME. My parents are heading to Aruba December 1st. Family of travelers, huh?

I hope that you will link up and join the fun!

Oh and I almost forgot to let you know about the winner of my Santa Needs a Vacation pack!

Congrats to Andrea! Check your email!

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