January 30, 2015

Five for Friday!!!!


TGIF!!! It's that time again. This week was AMAZING and flew by so fast. I am officially in love with primary land. I was crying while working with some of my babies this week, beaming with pride and amazement at how far they have come since September! They are just TOO CUTE :) 

Okay first of all forget TGIF, can we talk about TGIT!!!!!! Scandal always has me going HOLY COW at the end of every episode! Also, sadly Parenthood came to an end last night.... which I am very devastated about, but also got sick of balling like a baby every Thursday night. 

As I have said before, I'm currently trying to spice up the bedroom design. I found some really cool shelves at Meijer the other day and just knew exactly what I wanted to do with them! My hubby immediately got to work with a can of gold spray paint and some cool metal touches and I AM IN LOVE!!!!! These are now our new night stands :) :) :) 
Side note, please ignore the beyond HORRIBLE lighting in our house.

I couldn't be more in love with Deanna Jump & Deedee Willis Guided Reading pack! I have never been so excited to go into school each day. My kiddos are loving it and learning so much. Can't wait to get started with next week's book and activities! 

We finished up our graphing and data unit yesterday. The kids did awesome. As a final project, they created their own questions, surveyed the class, and then used the computers to make bar graphs online. It was a great lesson and they did awesome! 

This week I have kept very positive, about every aspect in my life. I feel so much happier! Nothing changed, except my attitude. 

January 23, 2015

Five for Friday!

 It's that time again! TGIF! 

It has been an extra long week for our school- which is funny considering it was only 4 days! We are in a "transition period" as our old principal/director has left and they are looking for a new one. Meanwhile, it's all changes and crazy over here! We have resource people helping out covering duties that aren't their typical ones, teachers spending lunches helping out where they can, and everyone really not knowing what is going on..... but

In the classroom we are still ticking away! We have been working on blends this week. It sounded super easy and I thought "my kids are totally going to rock this".... boy was I wrong. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!

Every Friday for writing, I give my kids the option to sit around the room to write. THEY EAT THIS UP!!!!


Speaking of writing... I stumbled across this book in a box of donated books and was very sad. But then I quickly thought of all the awesome things I could do with this as a mentor text with my kids! Has anyone read this book? 

Last, while on the topic.... it's been almost 6 months now since this wonderful man in my life passed away. He's been on my mind a lot lately. 

And just to make you laugh.....

January 17, 2015

Five for Friday (on Saturday!)

Link up!

Very excited over here for another 3 day weekend! I have TONS of grad work and cleaning to do, so I will happily take the extra day off. Of course before I start that I have to do my five for friday! 

Our theme for the last few weeks has been about penguins, which is one of my favorite units. I borrowed a 2nd grade Scholastic News to use with my higher babies this week. We worked on asking deeper level questions while reading. They did great! They never cease to amaze me! 

Thankfully, we also transitioned to the informational writing unit in Write Steps. The timing couldn't be better! The kiddos are loving writing all they know about penguins each day, and I love teaching informational writing- it's a win-win!

While hubs and I have been married and living together for a few years now, our bedroom still looks like we just moved in. It was the last room to get some pizazz! Slowly, we are trying to make it pretty. The "hello" sign from Hobby Lobby was our inspiration piece, and we are working from there. We went to the thrift store this weekend and found a few more cheap finds to add to the room.... now if we could just settle down so we could add a coat of paint!

This little one is really ready for mom to be done with grad school. What a coincidence, I'm ready too! Even though it's extra work, I am really excited about my courses this semester. I have an amazing professor who is teaching Reading, Writing, and the Inquiry Process and so far it's amazing! I don't mind the readings or the assignments at all! (he isn't too interested though)

Finally bought this baby! I tried a sample in a birch box and fell in love! It's the best highlighter for contouring EVER! Such a gorgeous shade! 

January 9, 2015

Five for Friday! First of 2015

First post of 2015 here! Happily linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching 

The first week back from break kicked off with a bang! My precious firsties came back refreshed and ready to rock and roll! Our theme for the month of January is Arctic/ Antarctic Animals. We had lots of great penguin activities and they are loving it! Our Scholastic Spin perfectly paired ( LOVE when that happens!) After reading the text, they students wrote four sentences and drew pictures to go with it of information they gained through reading. They had to highlight and show me the information from the text as well. 

 Thursday morning we woke up to a happy phone call at 6:04am saying it was a "Cold" Day. The temperature was -4 with a feels like temp of -25. Thankfully hubs was off too, and the four of us enjoyed our nice FREEZING cold day off. I got loads of things prepped, printed, and ready for the next few weeks. Good news is we had a snow day today too!!! 4 day weekends ROCK! 

  As with the majority of the world, January means healthy diets and new starts. After loads of unhealthy food over holiday break, I am loving my fresh meals, extra H2O and exercise time. Sadly, exercise in winter in Michigan isn't quite the same....but I'm working out anyways! 

 Thanks to an unexpected 4 day weekend, I have centers printed, laminated, and ready for the next few weeks! And, I still have the weekend to relax! Though honestly, I still probably won't!

 Began to rematch this series over break and quickly binged my way through all 4 seasons on Netflix.... just the other day they added Season 5! So thrilled!