Friday, September 26, 2014

Five for Friday!

Hello friends! It's been quite a week...and its ending with a day off work taking care of my sick little girl. We will share more on that later!

  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday. Make sure you click the link to add to the fun!!!

This weekend we went and looked at model homes in a beautiful neighborhood with trails and weekend farmer's markets! I would LOVE to move there but we have a lot of thinking to do. I took this adorable picture of my oldest because she was OBSESSED with the "big girl room". I can't wait to have "Santa" update her room! She is growing up so fast!!!

We also got our family pictures taken this weekend. I adore this photo and I'm not even sure how she captured this beautiful moment because this photo session was ROUGH! My oldest (Kylee) decided she didn't want to take pictures and literally threw a massive fit! Kenzi was a happy girl until mommy walked away and she screamed her little lungs out. We had to call the session a wrap and are going to try another mini-session in the backyard. Fingers crossed!!

As far as the classroom goes we are getting into the groove of collaborative work. We introduced our bear share technique and the kids are discussing beautifully! It's so simple. All you need is a bear manipulative (which we all have) and a group of students. The rules are very simple. Whoever has the bear does the talking and everyone else listens! We love to use this technique to share our sticky notes, writing and our ideas. 

For this activity we read the book "I have a Pet" by Shari Halpern- you can grab a copy here:

After reading the story we split into groups to answer "What pet do you want and why?" They used the bears to share ideas first and then got to work. After the posters were complete the students got to share with everyone else! Loved it!

I also had a proud moment when my intern used my Bubble Gum Comparing Numbers Packet to organize our math stations. She was perfectly organized and didn't miss a beat. The students had so much fun and their test scores were AMAZING! I'm excited that I can continue to work with her next semester for her final internship!! She is going to be an AMAZING teacher!!

You can grab a copy of the packet by clicking the picture below. Best Part?!?! It's on sale until Sunday Night!!!

And now...the most pathetic picture ever. This little girl has a 103.4 fever! We took her to the doctor today and they aren't sure what's going on. We are on an antibiotic for "just in case" purposes. Since it's the weekend we won't have our test results until Monday. Fingers are double crossed that its NOT strep throat...please please please!

The good news is that she wants to cuddle. I love having her cuddle with me! 
Have a great weekend everyone!! We will be working hard to keep our family AWAY from germs...impossible I know.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Chart Fairy & a FREEBIE!

Hi Friends,
   Can I actually say that I'm getting in the groove??? I had time tonight to blog AND upload to TPT. Is this real life? I don't believe so. Slow down Kristen. Let's not get ahead of ourselves...Monday morning I will be feeling the to-do list stress once again!!

But for now I don't feel it at all and I decided to do a real QUICK blog post discussing my classroom "Chart Fairy". Do you have a "Chart Fairy" in your classroom? If will soon. Very soon!

We all make a bazillion anchor charts each day. Right? Some are great for posting around the room, especially if the students wrote on them as well! However some most in my class are a hot mess of sloppy letters, interesting illustrations and faded markers. TRUTH. For the perfectionist side of me this poses BIG problems. Until the chart fairy comes in over night (or over the weekend) and changes those charts into masterpieces!

So now I share with my wonderful teacher friends...the fancy Daily Five Anchor Charts! Just click the image to snag your free copy!

Happy {early} Friday!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for Friday!!!

Whoa?!? Where have I been?!? Sorry friends this working mom thing is rough! How do you guys keep up? I'm thinking a blogging calendar is a must! 

Anyways I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for this weeks Five for Friday. Wait until you see how crazy busy & fun my week has been!

First up we spent the entire weekend at the beach. My girls got to spend quality time with their grandad who was visiting from Texas! It was a great time BUT somehow all four of us ended up with a cold...not cool!

I finally got to work on my focus wall at school! My kinders are doing a fabulous job at discuss out essential question at the end of every lesson! We are still working on how to respond to a friend. I know they can do it!!!

My best friend is getting married and her bridal shower is this weekend! Every night after the kiddos go to bed I have been crafting away. It's going to be soooo cute! I've made some cute printables as well. Absolutely can't wait for the "he said she said" game!!!

My kinders were obsessed with their sticky note today. We've been building our read to self stamina and have made it 6 minutes. Impressive! I can't wait to give them their very own readers toolbox to keep inside their book boxes. I have a feeling it will be a BIG hit!

And this is how I ended my week! I miss her so much while she is at school but She is learning so much!!! She told me the letter c says /k/ today! Whoa girl slow down!! Haha!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I'm going to try my best to post more often! Please tell me I'm not the only one feeling overwhelmed?