Sunday, March 1, 2015

WHAAAAAT!!!! (& Five for Friday)

I FINALLY made it into the TpT Newsletter!  YAY YAY YAY YAY YAY!  Click the pic to check the newsletter out! My heart is beating so fast! :)

Ok, my feet are back on the ground. ;)

Anywho, I'm late for the Five for Friday party are my 5 random things from the week....!

I'm stiiillll recovering from getting rear-ended on the 18th.  My car didn't look too bad - I guess the guy did more damage to me than the car.  But, after x-rays, tons of pain meds, lots of days off, and continued physical therapy, I'm starting to feel a little better.  I'm definitely not pain-free yet though.  :(

Yep, you can totally see the outline of his license plate in the dent. Yikes.

Awww, little brother and big sister! :) 

 The 3rd grade class came down to read A Chair For My Mother to us this past week.  :)  They did SUCH a good job!  The 3rd graders did an amazing job reading and asking questions as they read.  My 1st graders LOVED it and were great listeners.  :)

We were working with 2-dimensional shapes this week.  We learned about sides and vertices while eating some shapes.  :)   For squares and rectangles: I gave them wafer cookies, Cheez-Its, and graham crackers.  Later we learned about triangles (with triangular pita chips), and circles (with round sandwich cookies).  YUM!  Anything to keep them interested and engaged!

They also did a little shape hunt around the school.  (No pics, sorry!) I gave them each a clipboard and paper and we did 5 stops around the building.  The task was simple - draw or write the shapes they saw. The best part was that they were up and moving while learning.  :)

Then we got back and  talked about the shapes we found.  We had some extra time so I just dumped out some shapes and let them explore.  This group made a rocket. ;)  Silly kids.

We've been learning about those tricky spelling patterns for long vowels.  We focused on long i (igh, ie, y) and long o (oa, oe, ow).  It is HARD for my poor little strugglers.  To make it easier, we took out the dry erase markers while we were using our fluency cards.  They had to find the letters that made the long vowel sound.  It helped SO MUCH!  :) :) :)  Good thing all of my fluency cards are laminated! :) 

Whew, time to just soak in this happiness of being in the TpT newsletter!   Enjoy your Sunday! :) 


  1. Super congrats on making the newsletter! It is so validating to achieve such an accomplishment!

    Mrs. Harris Teaches

  2. Congrats on making the TpT newsletter! How exciting!

    I agree, it is so hard for those struggling learners to pick up on those long vowel spelling patterns. I don't think anyone realizes how hard the English language is until they try to teach a struggler to read! So many 'exceptions' to the rules! Ugh!