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Five for Friday-Let the Back to School Games Begin!

August 15, 2015 4 Comments
Happy Friday friends!  This month is going just too quickly for my taste.  I am still in need of some weekend trips to the beach and leisurely mornings with my coffee and pup.  But, as much as I love these summer days, I’m getting super excited for the new school year!  My classroom was officially cleaned on Monday and ready for the taking.  Armed with my new class list, I entered my room ready to point my magic wand and turn it into a beautiful space.  Well, I’m here to tell you that those dreams have quickly been dashed.  My classroom has not magically transformed into a Pinterest worthy photo shoot, but rather is still very much a construction zone even after 7 hours of organizing. 
After a quick trip away this weekend, I’ll be back with renewed energy and ready to tackle the beasts that are my endless boxes and crooked alphabet posters!  Before signing off for the weekend, here is a quick snapshot of my week with Doodle Bugs Teaching’s Five for Friday! 
When I walked into my classroom, it may have looked like a haphazard mess but I was so giddy and excited over my new math manipulatives, games, and school supplies to (really) notice.  There is NOTHING better than an unopened box of Mr. Sketch markers ready to work their magic on an anchor chart.  Not to mention, my adorable little dish towel with my favorite teaching quote.  My mom picked it up for me a few years ago from a garage sale and it hasn’t left my guided reading table since.  I absolutely love it!
On Monday, my mom and I took our annual trip to the local teacher store, Becker’s School Supplies, to stock up on new borders and supplies.  My mom is so supportive and helpful with my classroom.  Every year she comes to help me set up my classroom after we bring in my always large haul from the teacher store.  This year was no different, we had way too much fun mixing and matching these beautiful borders.  I can’t wait to share how they all turned out!
I blame this photo on my sweet sweet friend Diana from My Day in K!  She told me that Target was selling Scotch laminators for $20 and how awesome they were.  I found myself at Target on Thursday (shockingly) and didn’t mean to buy it but it was just there sitting on the shelf saying, “Jayme take me home with you!”  I couldn’t ignore it.  I have already laminated my alphabet posters, leveled library labels, reading strategy posters, and word wall headers.  So, I think it’s safe to say that it was a good purchase.  Thanks Diana!  If my dog’s not careful, he might get caught up in the laminating whirlwind!
Speaking of bulletin boards, here’s a sneak peek of one of my boards from today!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the borders came out and the banners with the letters.  I don’t want to admit to how long it took me to do this first board (cough an hour and a half), so I’ll just sit back and admire the finished product!  All of my bulletin board paper is put up with borders but there’s not much else on my boards yet to show.  I’ll be working on a classroom reveal post when it’s all finished!
My cousin and his girlfriend use Blue Apron regularly.  They offered my husband and I a free week’s trial and we couldn’t pass up the chance to try it out!  Blue Apron is a meal delivery service that delivers fresh food to your doorstep with recipes to cook on your own.  I think it would be a great way to stay regimented with cooking during the school year.  There’s enough food for 3 meals delivered to your door at a time.  All of the food delivered (produce, fish, and poultry) was unbelievably fresh and ripe.  The recipes were fairly easy to follow, with a little more prep needed than I would like, but not too difficult.  My husband loved the ginger chicken stir fry with coconut rice especially!  I’m usually a 90 second Uncle Ben’s rice kind of girl, so this was a treat!  I will definitely be using it again in hopes to cure the exhaustion from the back to school craziness!
That’s my week in a nutshell!  I hope you all have had a great week and are looking forward to relaxing this weekend!  For all of you that are back to school already, kick up your feet and pour yourself a glass of wine (or two).  For those going back next week, good luck!  I can’t wait to hear about your first days back!
Have a great weekend everyone and as always thank you so much for stopping by!  


  • Erin Murphy August 15, 2015 at 2:39 am

    Looks like you had a great week! I love all of your school supplies and manipulatives! Such a great collection!! You've got a lot of really great borders, and I can't wait to see how you use them in your room! I got a Scotch laminator too, though I haven't used it yet. You and Diana are inspiring me though with all of your laminating this week!!
    I hope you have an amazing trip this weekend and are able to relax and recharge!

    Kindergarten Dragons

  • ithappenedin3rd August 15, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Scotch laminators are the best! Easily one of my top five purchases ever.

  • MyDayinK August 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Friend, I LOVE your bulletin board borders and the boards. They turned out great. Love the focus banner. Such a colorful way to keep everyone on track. I can't wait to see your classroom reveal because it is going to be amazing! I'm so glad you joined the laminator club! It's the place to be. I just love mine and plan to laminate a few things this weekend. Blue Apron sounds awesome! What a neat idea and the fact that everything is fresh and you just have to assemble is perfect for school nights. I wonder if they have a company like that around here?! I will have to investigate. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. šŸ™‚

  • Emily English August 24, 2015 at 2:59 am

    Where did you get the ten frame match game?! Love it!

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    Hi! Iā€™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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