Saturday, May 31, 2014

Five for Friday!
Happy weekend!! Click above to head over to the weekly linky party!
1. This week we FINALLY finished our Animal Research Reports!!!!
I LOVE completing these projects with the kids each year, but WHEW-I'm glad when they're finished.
 Next week we'll be sharing our animal reports during our end of the year celebration with parents. I finished tying the ribbon on each report today, so they are completely set to go.
2. We also learned more about Memorial Day on Tuesday and created these super adorable soldier crafts! 
 3. Are you in need of a memory book to capture those special moments from throughout the year?
You're in luck!! I just so happened to have posted this FREEBIE for you! :)
We have 3 days left, so we're having fun with these on Monday!
(not a K teacher? No worries- I included other covers, too!)
 4. Who DOESN'T love freshly picked flowers from a beautiful 6 year old?
This was a wonderful way to start the day! :)
5. Really.
I do.
Summer is SCREAMING my name!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

End of the Year Gift FREEBIE!

Just stopping by to give you a quick FREEBIE! :)
This year, each one of my little kiddos will receive a
 *beach ball
 *container of bubbles
 *jump rope
 *sidewalk chalk
 *2 books- One purchased by myself, and one purchased by the amazing author Corey Rosen Schwartz! (more on this later!)
All of these will go inside of their blue cinch bags that we took on our Zoo trip last week.
I created this little freebie you can pick up (with my name removed) and leave feedback at my TpT store!
Just click the picture below.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Five for Friday/Peek at my Week! With a FREEBIE and WINNERS ANNOUNCED!!
1. Ya'll KNOW it's Monday. It's most definitely NOT Friday. So I have to start with this first, in honor of all of the men and women who have and are currently still serving for our country!

(this was a FB share, I did not create this)

2. Last week I had thought I was just tired from the 12 kinds of crazy that is the end of the year.
Tuesday our little guy had a high fever ALL day and night.
Wednesday the hubs took him to the doctor and found out he had contracted hand/foot/mouth.
If you know anything about H/F/M (which I for one, did not) the incubation period is 3-6 days BEFORE symptoms.
What a sneaky, devilish little virus.
After the hubs took the little man to the doctor Wednesday he said, "You know if anybody gets it from him it'll be you."
Thanks for the vote of confidence, honey.
Of course I was the lucky winner to get a sinus infection AND H/F/M.
Needless to say, we had lots of snuggles and pj's this weekend!
3. On Thursday last week, I hosted a Be the Match donor drive at my school's carnival!
We had 6 staff members and 2 parents join the registry, and I'm so proud and excited to say I was one of those 8 people!!
If you haven't gotten updated information on bone marrow donation, PLEASE do so!
Over 80% of the donors today donate by a procedure similar to giving blood platelets!
It's really that easy to SAVE A LIFE!
I hope I receive a call someday to BE THE MATCH!!!!
4. A little out of order, but my birthday was last week! I got a sweet edible arrangement and 2 balloons from the hubs delivered to school!
I was so very surprised and thrilled he remembered my special day! :)
I received so many lovely cards, notes, hugs, and presents from my kiddos that day as well!
I will definitely share more of those pictures AND pictures from our field trip later in the week when I have more energy back!
5. WINNERS!!!!!!!
The WINNERS from my birthday Rafflecopter are below!!
 Thank you so much for helping me celebrate my birthday!
 I'll send you an email with details!
And finally... a Peek at my Week and a FREEBIE!
As always, click either picture to check out my lesson plans!
With my absence last week, we're finishing our final copies of our Animal Research Reports this week! We're also working on practicing our presentations for out End of the Year Celebration next week!
In addition to our Animal Research Reports, we're going to be closing out our year with some fun crafts! A few of the crafts we're doing this week involve paper plates and can be found here, or by clicking the pictures below.
I created a few differentiated writing prompts to go along with these fun little crafts we're using this week! Just click either picture to head over to my TpT shop! Please make sure you share the love and leave feedback on this FREEBIE! :)

Before you go...
because this post just ISN'T long enough already..
I listed a few more Word Family and Phonics packs in case you're in need of something fun for the end of the year!!

Top Ten SWEET SUMMA' Time Things!
I'm linking up with the fabulous Mrs. Jump to bring you my list of 10 things I want to do this summer!
Of course, I have a gazillion things on my school "to-do" list.. but I added a few on here! :)
1. spend time OUTside soaking up the sweet summa' time sunshine!
 We'll be doing LOTS of playing outside!
2. This goes without saying- spending as much quality time with my handsome little man as possible!! I just can't seem to get enough time with him :)
We're hoping to take our first family vacation this summer!!
(I'm secretly hoping for it to involve some sort of beach or ocean)

4. DAB it up!
I've had this on my to-do list all year, but I'm going to create sets for each word list (K-2 at least) and then create a bundle pack. I'm thinking I may even create a few fluency phrase packs!

 5. Fairy Tale Bundle!
I'll be adding my update to The Little Red Hen and then bundling each set I already have in my TpT shop!

6. Word Family and Phonics Packs-
I'd like to have at least 20 of each finished and ready to bundle by the end of the summer!
Currently I have 14 Word Family and 12 Phonics packs posted.
I also have plans to bundle my Word Family games!
7. Guided Reading- I have a set that I've created and have been using for years, but since I opened my shop in the fall I haven't gotten around to posting it yet, but it WILL happen this summer!
 8. Another product that I used but didn't get to finish for TpT- a superhero ELA unit.
This will definitely be fun when it's posted!
9. Parent/Volunteer gifts- I'd like to create and bundle gift ideas and tags as a huge FREEBIE this summer! They will be similar to this one available in my TpT shop listed now as a freebie.
 10. BUNDLES! I think my theme for the school portion of my list so far has been bundles!
This summer I will also be bundling my How-to writing packs, center packs, and finishing my monthly journals to bundle!

There are SOOOOO many things on my list I didn't include here.. reading, starting a work out regimen, spending time with family.... I can't WAIT to get started!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me... but YOU CAN WIN!! :)

As part of my birthday wish this year...
YOU get to win!
Here's the scoop..
3 winners.
3 prizes.
2 $10 TpT gift cards to use in any store
 another lucky winner of $9 worth of FREE products from my store!
$29 worth of free TpT products up for grabs!
You have until Sunday at midnight to enter!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Yesterday I told you that in honor of my 29th birthday, I'll be doing 29 random acts of kindness this week! These three prizes are part of those 29 acts, so I'd love it if you shared this giveaway on your social media as well so more people have a chance to win! :)


Monday, May 19, 2014

Peek at my Week, FREEBIES and a Field Trip!

Thanks for stopping to check out a Peek at my Week! Click below to head over to my Google Docs and grab a closer look!
 It's the time of year where we are all assessing like crazy!
I'm hoping to finish all of my assessments this week so that we can focus on just having fun the rest of the year!
Our week this week includes my birthday (more on that celebration later!), our field trip, a carnival, and a few parent conferences.
For Math this week, we're working on decomposing and composing numbers to 20.
Monday we're using plain, iced, and chocolate Animal Crackers and these little work mats below!
Click the pictures to grab a free copy, there are several options included!
 I also included animal crackers and number cards if you'd prefer to not use edible animal crackers.

We're also hard at work on our Final Drafts of our Animal Research Reports! I'm hoping to have these finished by Friday so we can begin our presentation preparations next week! Click below to see a closer look at our research reports!

We're also using these freebies I posted about on Friday! Click below to head over to Friday's post and snag a copy! I think the kiddos are going to love using craft items to make themselves with animal hair and teeth!

I mentioned earlier that my birthday is tomorrow!
This year I'm doing something a little different for my birthday and I'm totally excited about it!
I will be 29, so I'll be doing 29 random acts of kindness this week!
Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin' and on Facebook (click the social media buttons at the top right corner) because I'll be GIVING AWAY tons of goodies and gift cards this week!