Five for Friday

This week has been so much fun! I loved learning about plants this week! Here's what we did...

On Tuesday, we read Tops and Bottoms! I officially LOVE this book. We sorted pictures of fruit and veggies. Then, we completed this book. We included corn, watermelons, an apple tree, onions, and carrots. I am not sure who made this book, but I got it from one of the other K teachers on my team.

I had this parts of a plant chart that I made last year and it somehow survived my move down south. This is why it's all wrinkly. I think they did a super job labeling by themselves.

I got TONS of ideas this week from Mrs. Plant's Press. This was one of them. I think she got the idea for the greenhouses somewhere else, but here are ours all HUMID. They are currently on day 3, but have only swelled.

Just some other things we did this week... on Monday we completed this first chart after we read From Seed to Plant.

Last thing which has NOTHING to do with school - it took me FOREVER to finish this wreath for a coworker. I rarely make wreaths. The ones for myself are just for fun or I give them away mainly. I think this one is super cute though.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend. I should be back tomorrow with additions to my word family bundle, my April Response Journals, and hopefully I finish up my Spring Centers that I've been working on since FOREVER.

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Five for Friday

This week has been a WEEK! A lot of you were either on spring break or heading into it. We don't have it until next month. =( ANYHOO... my week has been full of coughing and sneezing. In the middle of all of that, we had 3rd quarter report card assessments this week. JOY! Here's what I did get to do between that. Be sure to link up as well so we can check out how your week has gone.

 We were absolutely astonished when the leprechaun man came in our room and left his footprints EVERYWHERE. This was the first year that I opted out of going all out. St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays, but I was so sick on Monday. I also didn't do the pistachio pudding because I have allergies and that totally just threw my vibe off. Lucky Charm graphing did make it in.

Thursday we made these suns with rainbow "rays" coming down. My kids begged to differ and said they were rainbow jellyfish. Whatever makes you all happy. So now on our door and the sides of our wall hold RAINBOW JELLYFISH. :-)

My absolute FAVORITE time of the year. I love everything about spring. The birds. The weather. The sun. The flowers. The trees. The children playing. ALL of it. I love fall just about as much as I love spring however.

We made flowers and their teacher told them not to use any dark colors, but can you see how many of my kids actually listened? I didn't care after like the third person picked up blue. I forgot to take an after picture, but they turned out SO stinkin' cute.

SOOOO it's totally not even a big deal, but it's kind of funny. Guess who's very random review ended up on Creative Teaching Press' website. MINE! My comments on my CTP review from yesterday were added to their book buddy bags. HA! So freaking hilarious.

Have an awesome weekend everyone.


Goodies from CTP!

Oh how I love free things and NEW things. Chevron and blue things... let me stop. BUT seriously, if you follow me on instagram, you might have seen this box a few weeks ago. WELL. I literally let it sit there for a week and finally got around to really looking at what all I had gotten.

Let me first say a HUGE thank you to Heather from Creative Teaching Press. She is the reason I got to get a huge box from CTP and tell you all what I thought. When I was deciding what I would like, I really didn't need anything to decorate my room. It's okay and to my liking for the most part. I wanted more for my kids and things to help us manage our current situations in the room and things that they were lacking. I only asked for a few different things, but she sent SOOOOO much more than what I asked for. Here's what I got.

First. I'll start off with the border. I took down the border on my birthday wall and changed it to the purple chevron. LOVE! Also, I pulled down the back of my front door and started with that. I had our jobs and hall of fame clothespins located here. It was so rough and ragged. I decided to put up new paper and the BEAUTIFUL chevron border. How lovely. I also had an idea for the door that I haven't actually thought all the way out. Just today, my kids decided that we needed to change the name on the door - so I didn't include a pic of the entire door since it will be changing at the top. Also, we decided to add a spot for our Rainbow Words.

This door will hopefully keep them in the learning mood. Their pictures will go (and are up) here when they have mastered a certain skill. For example, we have really gotten good at skip counting. 10's and 5's are all down. The 2's are the tricky ones. There picture will be added if they can do 10's, 5's, and 2's. I am thinking that this will motivate them to continue practicing outside of the time that we practice together to get their picture up on the door. I heard some of my girls counting a puzzle by 5's today and it made me smile. The little things like that count so much.

NEXT up is chevron nametags. Initially, I was going to use the name tags for their names, DUH. Then, I started thinking and wondering how else I could use these. I decided to put one tag down on each table. I laminated it first and then hot glued it to the middle. Every morning, I get a dry eraser marker and write one of our snappy words (sight words) on it. I call their table by their word. This has worked WONDERS in the past couple of weeks. The words that some are struggling on will be the word for a day or two or three until I feel satisfied with how well it is recognized. If I forget to change their words, I am reminded as well. There are so many other things that these tags could be used for instead of for their names. It can be used as labels on almost anything.

I also got this chart and these pockets. I didn't do anything fancy with them. I am using the chart as my homework checker. My kiddos turn in homework on Fridays and I just let one of my kids put a check in the box next to that person's name. I replaced some polka dot pockets that I had hanging with these for my math workshops. My students put their name sticks in the pockets so that I can quickly look to see who should be where.

MY FAVORITE. BOOKS. Book Buddy Bags. I. AM. SO. EXCITED. STILL. My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these little bags and books. When we all come in the room in the morning, they unpack and get started on their morning work which is in a binder in their desk. I do attendance, take snack money, and all the other little things. Some of my kids get finished really quickly. These bags have SAVED them. We already have book bins for our Daily 5 reading, but I just didn't think they were getting enough time to simply read. Both sizes of the bags fit perfectly into their seat sacks. When they are finished with work, they reach around and pull them out. I love that it is kid friendly to open and no one has to come to me to open them. We are 3 weeks in with the bags and they all still look brand spanking new. These were one of those products that I always wanted, but I was too afraid to get them. I wish I would have gotten these long ago. They're fab.

The books are a totally different conversation. My kids fell in love. The books are hilarious and keep my kids entertained. I've used the books as motivation to sit with me one on one. I really don't conference with my kids individually, but have started with these books. I let them "be the teacher" and come over to me and try to convince me to read one of the books. They have to tell me all their favorite book that is in the bag. Each child has three or four books to choose from. I let them keep them for 3 to 5 days and then we switch. This is long enough for them to read the book more than once. They impress me with how much they tell me about these books.

I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to use these punch cards. I love them. We have punch cards already and I'm trying to wiggle out of those and into these without too much fuss.

I definitely want to invest in more books. I am already addicted to books, but the fact that my kiddies love them as well makes the investment much more meaningful. Once again, thanks to CTP for all of their wonderful creations. Head over there and FIND something to spruce up your classroom.
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