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Five for Friday!

February 21, 2015 6 Comments

Why is it always that the shortest weeks feel the longest?!  Wooh this one was a doozy between freezing temps, snow delays, and crazy kids, I am VERY happy to be celebrating the weekend.  So happy to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the fantastic Five For Friday!

We continued to retell throughout the week using the members of the Ist family.  We retold the Mitten by Jan Brett and then used our retelling bookmarks to work through our guided reading books.  By the end of the week, I’m confident my littles will continue to use The Gist, The List, The Twist, and the End to help them remember what needs to go into a story retell.

I am seriously in love with directed drawings.  I get so excited to see how different all of the kids drawings look and how proud they are of their work.  These adorable George Washington directed drawings unfortunately weren’t finished by the end of the day but they were so fun to make!  Don’t judge my attempt on the SMART board…I do my best ha!  These directed drawings can be found by Kindergarten Planet on tpt here!

On a more personal note, I am a proud Penn State graduate!  7 years ago I had the honor of dancing alongside thousands of college students for 46 hours in the largest student run philanthropy in the world; Penn State’s Dance Marathon or more commonly known as THON.  THON weekend is always the 3rd weekend in February and I’m so proud of all the dancers who are standing up tonight and celebrating this amazing event and the courageous children that stand alongside them.  One day we’ll dance for joy until then we dance for a cure!  We Are…Penn State! For more information on the fight against pediatric cancer please visit! 

I love collaborating and working with my team to create and plan activities for our kids.  However, I’m getting so bogged down with the mandated basal series that we have to use for reading instruction.  I found this book at Barnes and Noble the other day and I’m hoping this will give me some ideas on how I can incorporate a reading workshop approach but still use the basal reading series materials.  Anyone else heard of this book or in the same boat?  I’d love to hear your ideas!

I posted this picture of my fur baby on Instagram the other night and felt like I needed to show him off here.  He’s my best blogging buddy all curled up in his favorite spot.  Yes, that’s my couch pillow and no there is no shape to it left!

I hope everyone stays warm this weekend and has a chance to relax and recharge!  Enjoy!


  • Recipe for Teaching February 21, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Your directed drawings look so cute!! I see so many people blog about them, pin ideas on Pinterest, or post pictures of them on Instagram! I keep saying that I want to try one with my kindergarten students, but just haven't yet! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!


    • Jayme February 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

      Thank you heather! The kids love doing them and they make s great Friday afternoon activity! I think your kindergarteners would love it. It's a great listening and following directions activity too.

  • Mrs. Solis February 21, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Your dog looks soooo cute! Reminds me so much of mine…I'm constantly taking pictures of him all the time. Have a great weekend!:)

    Mrs. Solis Teaching Treasures

    • Jayme February 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm

      Thank you Alma! There's no better feeling than coming home to that happy wagging tail!

  • Suzanne February 21, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Jayme,
    I so enjoyed finding your blog and reading your posts. I am now following you on Bloglovin so I can be sure to be updated with your posts. Thanks so much for sharing the George Washington drawings and including a link back to my store. They look great! Have a wonderful weekend :)

  • Unknown February 23, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Having something to aim for is a great idea….if you don’t have a target to aim for, as they say, it’s impossible to hit it.I am also trying to help in motivation and creativity to students via portal @

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    Hi! I’m Jayme! A former elementary teacher turned stay at home mom sharing toddler activities, mom tips, and educational resources to help you learn and play with your children. I believe in the power of PLAY and creating meaningful activities for you and your little ones to enjoy together.

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