Friday, May 24, 2013

Five for Friday

Doing my usual link up with Kacey over at Doodle Bugs! :)

1. Working backwards.  Today was field day and we had a BLAST, but WE are all exhausted! The halls were filled with the smell of sunscreen and sweaty kids.  Not my favorite mix.
 Our NEON orange shirt was a hit!  I'm not sure why it didn't show up brighter in the picture!! :)
 The water slide is ALWAYS a big hit!
See the exhaustion!! Laying out watching a movie to unwind after field day!

2. Classroom Organizer.  Um, have you head of this app?!?!?! Seriously awesome!  
You scan the barcode on your books and it adds it to a list that you can keep track of!!   Plus, if you want to use it as check out system for your classroom books, you can do that too!  I also love the fact that you can login on your computer to manage the settings, your library, etc!  I managed to scan in MOST of my classroom library books this week!

 The only flaw, which really isn't a flaw, it's a flaw of my books is that some oddly don't have barcodes.  I guess they are ones that I bought in a pack from scholastic and they didn't put one on them.  I have about 30ish without barcodes.  These are some of the books below. :(

If you are like me... I am always questioning if I have this book or that book when I place my scholastic order.  I am hoping that this will help keep me a little more organized and from purchasing so many duplicates!  

3. Berklee.  As you know B is my PRIDE and JOY!  So here are a few snapshots from this week! :)
 We made my last batch of girl scout brownies this week!! I received 4 brownies in a jar from my girl scouts for Christmas.  Needless to say, B enjoyed every last bit of it!!
This was Wednesday morning.  She woke up so happy and didn't fight once about me getting her out of bed!  B hit the "I DON'T WANT TO WAKE UP AND GET OUT OF BED" mode about 3 weeks ago.  Needless to say, these next 2 weeks I'm praying she doesn't get used to waking up early again!! :)  I want summer sleep in time!

4.  Elf Village! So one of my awesome co-workers came up with an idea to do a PEEP village several years ago.  It was a part of our economics unit.  This year however our economics unit came much later in the year, so purchasing peeps would not be nearly as easy.  She came up with the idea to do a Keebler Elf Village, so she asked me to "Pepperize" a paper for her.  So this is what I came up with and created! 
The kids began this almost 2 weeks ago as one of their centers.  There was A LOT of work that went into them and this week they were done!! I was so proud of how MOST of them turned out!  The kids worked super hard, they had to create the proposal, create the building, materials/tools they would need for their job, and then create clothes for their little elf! 
This is the Hotel in the Elf Village!! Love all the details, he has a vending machine, ice machine, elevator... This kid did EXACTLY what was expected.  However, this is not a surprise, he is one of my GT babies!
Elf Village Flower Shop!  I love the artistic ability of this sweet girl, she did an AH-MAZING job on hers, too!
Lastly, I will share the school!  You can tell she definitely had field day on her mind when making hers! :)

You can download this page, the kids checklist, and a rubric here!

5. My classroom is still H.O.T.  Still between 78-80 degrees.  This is the email I received from the secretary on Monday.  

Needless to say, it STILL isn't fixed.  I'm not sure how I'm going to handle this one for the next 2 weeks.  I pray I come in on Monday Tuesday and it is magically fixed.  

I hope have a great 3 day weekend!  :)


  1. Yay I've just found your blog through the linky and started following along- I love your blog title! Your little girl is adorable and I love her name, I've never heard that name before.
    I'm also going to download that classroom organizer app! Thanks for the recommendation!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

    1. Thank you for the sweet comment, Serena! I had NEVER heard her name before either... Then my cousin told me that she has a friend named Berklee spelled the same exact way! I guess it is just one of those uncommon names rarely seen!! :)

  2. Just found you through the linky & so happy to be here!! What a super cute blog:) I can't wait to check out that it only available for Apple, though? We are not fortunate enough to have those in our school yet.. (sigh). And SO very sorry to hear about the A/C! It's HOT in GA, but I can imagine a LOT hotter in TX. Hope it's fixed when you get back next week!!! :)

    Excited to be your newest follower,
    First Grade Fairytales

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly! I am not for sure about the app being offered by more companies than apple.... BUT like I mentioned in the post, they do have a website and I saw something about downloading an app that scans barcodes to help input the info. The Apple app they provide has one built in, but it could be a great alternative! :)

  3. You're so lucky that you guys get a water slide for fun day. I hope the kids had a lot fun. I love the title of your blog, as teacher of K-2 aged students & the mom of a toddler, sometimes it does feel like surviving. Excited I found you on the Five for Friday linky & am your newest follower.


    1. Stephanie... between my toddler and 23 kids in my classroom... I literally feel as though I'm just trying survive MOST days! :)

  4. Girl, no AC when it's already summer in Texas...I totally feel for ya! Definitely wouldn't want to be in those shoes! Brighter note...not many days left!

    For the Love of First Grade

    1. It was definitely getting rough, Lindsay! Coworkers would walk in and freak out because it was so hot!! Good news, it is now fixed... well kinda! Not as cool as it should be, but I didn't sweat today! :)