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Five for Friday…Finally!

July 15, 2016 2 Comments
Well, well, well, hello Five for Friday, we meet again!  It feels so good to get this blog back in fighting form!  I have missed connecting with bloggers and sharing ideas with everyone so much.  It is so true that teachers become human again over the summer.  I’m feeling energized, excited, and more creative then I have in a long time.  I love you July and August!  I know August is not always a summer month for some teachers but here in NJ, my new crew of firsties won’t report back until after Labor Day.  So, I still have a good amount of summer ahead of me.  But, in the meantime let’s look at what I’ve been up to lately!

I had fallen off the TpT creating horse these last few months but with summer comes time that I had been lacking. I am starting to create things that have been on my to-do list for months now!  I’m so excited to have finished up my newest packet that is similar to my Animal Research Reports using PebbleGo that has been so fun for my firsties.  This year, my team is looking to use PebbleGo even more for researching opportunities, so creating an identical biography packet was a MUST.  This will be on sale throughout the weekend.  I hope you will check it out in my store here!
This Tuesday, Diana from My Day in K and I kicked off our summer linky party; Tell all Tuesday 2.0.  It was so much fun connecting with new bloggers last summer and we’re hoping to engage with even more this summer.  Each Tuesday, we’ll post a new topic to blog about and give everyone the chance to link up with us.  I hope you’ll check it out!
This week, we kicked off with Two Truths and a Lie! It was so fun to read everyone’s “facts” about themselves and see which one was the lie and which ones were true.  For anyone who read my post, my second fact was a big fat juicy lie!  I love to write and actually did write a children’s book in grad school but have never pursued publishing.  Maybe one day!  

This summer, my husband Craig and I are taking on new jobs; professional wedding guests!  It has been a blast to spend time with friends and family but it is also exhausting to travel!  We have just wrapped wedding #3 and have two more before the end of the month.  From June until the end of October, we will attend 10 weddings.  I’m so happy for all my friends and family but woh it can be a lot!
Isn’t this the most gorgeous sunset you’ve ever seen?!  Last weekend I was able to spend time in my happy place, Long Beach Island, NJ.  My parents have a house there and I would love to get down there more often.  Hopefully next weekend!  Do you go to the beach over the summer?  If so, which one?

Another product that I am so excited to use with my firsties this year is this Scavenger Hunt with No, David!  I already know that I have a lot of new incoming students this year from a private school that closed in town so I wanted to come up with a fun way to get them acquainted with our new school.  I always read No, David and David Goes to School over the first few days so I thought about a way to incorporate some activities with these great reads.  Before the first day, I’ll hang up David’s clue and message cards at different spots around school.  After reading, we’ll go on a hunt to find David’s hidden messages.  At each stop, David will have left my students a little poem about what he would do in this areas (library, cafeteria, office, etc.)  BUT, we all know David likes to get into trouble, so the ideas he gives the students will be the opposite of how they should act in each location.  This will lend itself to a great discussion about what is appropriate behavior at different areas of the school!  I think my first graders are going to love this!  If you want to check it out some more, head over to my store here!
Thank you so much for stopping by and reading today!  I hope you’ll come by again on Tuesday for the next edition of Tell all Tuesday.  In the meantime, I’ll be hanging out with my summer buddy.  He says, “Good morning!”


  • Jordan July 15, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Wow! 10 weddings is a lot! You guys will be professional wedding guests. I'm excited to check out your Tell All Tuesday. Can't wait to link up!

    Team J's Second Grade Fun

  • ithappenedin3rd July 16, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Oh my, the No, David activity is adorable! Love it!

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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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