Blast at the past: Last week

I am about to blog. Wait, I AM blogging.

Is it hard for anyone else to carve out time to blog?

This year has seriously FLOWN by. I love my sweet kids so much this year. I really DO not want to see them go.

Yes. I am already thinking about the end before it's near. I really love them so much! I didn't realize how blessed I was until I thought about my class from last year. *shudders*

Anyhoo I wanted to drop in and show what we've been up to.

Word Families
This week, we've been focusing on -ip words. I finally decided that they were ready for the word search so I broke it out during small group. We just very quickly learned how to find each of the words.

They were so amazing at it.

We started this FINALLY this week. I've had it up without the cards. I love this. It's super quick and easy to go through 6 skills. This covers beginning and ending sounds, syllables, number of words in a sentence, rhyming words, and phonemes.

I printed them two to a sheet to fit the area on my board where I wanted it to fit. It takes us less than 2 minutes to hit all of these skills.

Dental Health
We read a wonderful story this week for Dental Health. It was called Wibble Wobble. I really loved this book. It was full of fun for the kids.

After, we made a list of healthy and not so healthy foods.

We've also wrapped up our short vowel weeks. Next week, we'll be working on blends. My kids decided we needed to make a chart just for short vowels. So we did.

That's it. Our week in a quick blast.


Five for Friday!

Howdy friends!!! I haven't linked up with Doodle Bugs in.... FOREVER! I wanted to share what my kiddos and I have been up to lately and these was the best (and easiest) way to get it done.

Are any of you SUPER excited that today is Friday? Um... I am. I'm also excited that we have a four, yes, FOUR day weekend. PTL!!!!!!!!!!! I live in south Alabama and we celebrate Mardi Gras. Enough said. :-)

Enough about all that... here we go.

Sorry for the dark pic. The lights are off in the hall... which means I was at school WAY too late to be taking pictures.

 I love doing this every year now. It's always SOOO funny to read how to make a heart. I taught them  the day before after we read a story and made Valentine Mice. I got that idea from Primary Press. Vickie has the best ideas.

It says: Get paper. Fold it. Pinch it. Draw a big heart from the corner. Cut it. Open it.

 I LOVED this one! My kids loved this one as well. We taste tested the hugs and kisses and then graphed which was our favorite. The next day, we made the foil kisses and wrote about whether we loved giving hugs/kisses to mom or dad.

The graphing clip art came from The First Grade Parade. I didn't use the writing sheet. We're still working on writing neatly and correctly on the lines so I made them write on sentence strips.

 I have TONS of M&M graphing sheets, but I got this one from Vickie as well. She posted it earlier in the week. I love that it included ten frames. We discussed our data and they had to write what they had the most/least of. We've been focusing a lot on that lately. FUN! FUN! Fun!!!!

I planned to do this and then saw First Grader at Last's BEAUTIFUL chart and decided that I wanted one too. I left my camera and my phone was in the car so I didn't get pictures of our experiment as it was in progress.

OH-MY-GOSH! SO much stinking fun. The noises and happiness that erupted from them was WORTH this. I gave each table three cups. They each got to drop sweethearts into the three different cups. I like for them all to feel included, so it was SO much fun to just watch them watch the cups. If you haven't done this, get some candy Sunday when it's 50% and add this to your plans next week.

And yes. My soda looks like a hunk of cheese. I love it anyways.

Last, I'll just leave you with have a wonderful stress free Friday. We are probably having our Valentine party right now and I'm sure my migraine is in FULL blast. Our Valentine boxes are ADORBS!!!! These were just a few of my favorites. CUTENESS overload and such creative parents.

How awesome is this one? The wheels!!!!!!!!


Valentine Secret Admirer Blog Hop

Happy Valentine's Week! I'm super excited to bring you this blog hop with my collab friends over at The Elementary Entourage (love those girls, btw)!

First, let me thank Maja over at Kooky Kinders for my goodie box for Valentine's Day! We had a secret admirer for V-Day to send goodies to! Thanks girly!

For Valentine's Day this year, I've decided to go the non-food route and give my kiddos bubbles. This is easy and fun and they can't eat it in five seconds and be done with it. I still think it would be a SUPER cute idea if you can find a cute Valentine's bubble gum. I've included the option for both. All you need to do is open the file in powerpoint, add you name, and print. Then, add either bubble gum or bubbles.

I found these very small, but cute bubbles at Walmart. Last year, I also found some at Target. They had a larger pack of 24, but they were a little more expensive.

Grab the freebie below. Happy Valentine's Day.

Be sure to hop through each of our blogs to find a Valentine goodie for you! Be sure to leave us comments saying thanks or just a smiley to let us know you've been by.

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