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Five for Friday…On A Friday!

February 5, 2016 3 Comments
What a week, woh!  It feels good to kick my feet up after this long one.  It was a great week with my littles but my first FULL week of work in way too long.  Between snow days, sick days, and professional development days, I haven’t had a full week with my first graders in I can’t even remember how long.  So, getting everything (almost everything) accomplished with my first graders this week felt oh so good but OH.SO.EXHAUSTING!  I’m so excited to be joining Doodle Bugs Teaching for her Five for Friday linky party on an actual Friday!  I’m not sure the last time that happened either!  Let’s dive right in!
We’re at the tail end of our nonfiction chapter books unit in writing workshop.  Which means, before we can “fix up and fancy up” and get ready to publish we have to gasp…EDIT!!  It’s a difficult transition from revising to editing so I wanted to provide my firsties with some additional tools to help them focus and make the switch.  I found these adorable editing checklists from JD’s Rockin’ Readers and they were a huge help to my students.  Partner that with the chance to use brand new green editing pens!  My students fell hook.line.sinker.  I want them to be able to see the changes they’re making to their writing as part of the writing process.  The different color pens always help (thank you Lucy Calkins).
This week I received my first The Teacher’s Crate package and I was so excited to open it!  I’ll be blogging more about the adorable goodies that came in my first shipment in another blog post but I couldn’t wait to share this little tote that was part of the package.  How perfect is that?!  I couldn’t wait to bring it with me to school the next day!  Check back soon for a full post on the fantastic other teacher themed goodies that were part of my teacher’s crate package.  It’s a monthly present for teachers, what could be better than that?!
We started a new topic in math this week and I always love finding good literature to introduce new concepts to my firsties.  There is definitely a place for good books in math and I love that they show students how these abstract concepts are used in daily life.  Some of my favorites are by Stuart J. Murphy and the Math Start series.  This book, A Fair Bear Share is the perfect book to introduce place value and breaking a part a ten to younger learners.
I live a pretty decent distance from my school that I work in, so I like to leave my house anywhere from 6:30-6:40 in the morning.  Teachers don’t have to be at school until 8:25 but we all know how that feels to get there with mere seconds to spare!  The roads were VERY bad this morning but with no early morning phone call I figured I’d be white knuckling my way to school.  Little did I know that our emergency phone system was down and there was a delayed opening!  So when you never get the phone call for a two hour delay and show up to an empty school, what do you do?!  You enjoy the peaceful moments in the copy room ALL.TO.YOURSELF! #teachersilverlining
Monday is a professional development day for my team.  As much as I am excited for this out of district PD (the woman is a literal math genuis) I DESPISE sub plans.  Since it’s a Monday there is just so much that needed to be organized and written out.  This is teacher ocd in all its’ glory! Side note: TGFTPT (thank god for teachers pay teachers) check out all those TpT goodies in that pic!
Ok, now that I have officially done all that I could do on this Friday, I am calling it a night!  Thank you so much for stopping by.  My little pup is already calling for bedtime.
Enjoy your weekend!


  • Megan Baker February 5, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Your fur baby is so sweet! I blogged about our newest pup, too! I love the colored pens while editing, I should do this! I usually use the pens and kiddos watch me, but next time I'll put it in their hands. šŸ™‚ Enjoy your weekend!

    • Jayme February 6, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you Megan! I definitely suggest handing the pens over to them, the excitement is so sweet! Have a great weekend!

  • Anne February 8, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I totally agree about sub plans! It's so much easier to just be at school!!

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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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