Friday, January 31, 2014

Five for Friday!


Disheveled Owl
Crazy week. A little disheveled. It's me by Friday! HA!

Happy Friday to everybody!
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I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs and the Five for Friday linky party . Thanks Kasey for hosting! Here's what we were up to in my class this week!



Look what I found in my closet. You take your life into your own hands when you open those cabinets, let me tell ya. Somehow I missed these little jewels, stashed in the way back of the closet. White glue is not a kindergarten teacher's best friend and I must have ordered these in hope of kindling a better relationship with that scary stuff.

The picture of the little kid on the label is enough to make me steer clear. Run the other direction, in fact. What were they thinking?

They're replacement caps that only let out a small amount of glue when they press the tip down. Sure they do.

 I had to laugh at the promise of making your glue problems go away. No spills, no clogging and no problem. No chancey!!! Been there. Too. Many. Times.

I'm trying them out next week. Hope springs eternal... They actually look pretty neat!


Happy Chinese New Year Dragons! My kids loved making these.
Of course, long dragon tails mean you just have to go outside and run like crazy. I'm so thankful there were no head-ons. It's one of those recesses where you're grimacing the entire time.


It was a regular rookery in our primary building this week. We were all learning about penguins. 

New most favorite word EVER...regurgitate!!!!
Here's a kinder penguin. This little girl does a better job then her teacher!
First grade penguins.
Second grade did these beautiful pastel penguins. They'll be adding babies on Monday!!




I had the silliest thing happen by mistake. I laminated our list of sight words so that I could hang them above my desk for safe longevity. It was sitting on my desk when a little guy asked to use it during writing. He got out a marking pen and circled the words he wanted rather than using our writing folders which can be overwhelming ( so many words and letters in a small font).

Pretty soon everyone wanted it and they were passing it around the tables. The next day it was tug of war time. Huh. Who'd have thought! I'm making a class set this weekend with their classmate's names on the back.


Ground Hog Day project. Easy peasy.

Because I can't say Punxsutawny Phil and my children are even worse at it, I call him P. Philly, sort of like P.Diddy. Here's my rap to go with the art project:


Hey P. Philly, what do you say?
Let’s get to work, it’s Groundhog Day.

Time to tell us what the weather will bring.
Six weeks of winter or early spring?

Hey P. Philly, what’s the news?
Open your eyes and take in the views.

If you see your shadow, winter’s here to stay,
And if you don’t see it, spring is on the way.

Hey P. Philly, what’s that you’re sayin’?
If it’s sunny outside that means winter’s stayin’?

And if it’s cloudy out that means winter’s excused?
I hear what you’re sayin’ but you seem confused.

Well, thanks P. Philly, that’s really cool.
Now we know what to wear to school.

If it’s cloudy out we wear swimsuits,

And if it’s sunny out we wear our boots!


One more ground hog...
This is from a post I wrote Thursday:

My first and favorite is this pin from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. Her blog is amazing and has helped me so many times. This is a pin from a packet she has for sale on TPT called Tops and Bottoms Companion Pack. It's very clever, adorable and on my list for sure!! The rabbit, veggie and fruit people are sooooooo sweet. Hurry over to check it out.

Here's her bear. Isn't he the cutest? I love that the eyes open and close. As soon as I saw him, I thought he would make a great ground hog. Perfect for  the whole waking up from a winter's nap thing!  I just added whiskers( he needs a few more) and teeth. Mine isn't as sweet as hers but you get the idea.

I feel lazy like a sleeping bear when...


Here's mine.


Here are a few more things we were busy with:
We've been working on place value and using my Base Ten Number cards. We made the teen flip cards and they turned out well but the picture didn't. Whoops!



This is our "Love Tree." I ask the kids how their loved ones show them they care. I'll write their responses on the hearts for all to see.

Our plants are so confused in California. Look what was already blooming in our school's garden!

I love this pin! Those were the days!
I  wish someone was still in charge of my hair.

Love it! Miss it!
Happy weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ground Hog Ideas and a Rap!

Ground Hog Day is Sunday and I don't know about you, but I try to prep by Friday or I end up working all weekend! I thought I'd share some really cute ideas I found on Pinterest and a silly rap I have for the occasion! My hope is that this might help you get ready too.

My first and favorite is this pin from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten. Her blog is amazing and has helped me so many times. This is a pin from a packet she has for sale on TPT called Tops and Bottoms Companion Pack. It's very clever, adorable and on my list for sure!! The rabbit, veggie and fruit people are sooooooo sweet. Hurry over to check it out.

Here's her bear. Isn't he the cutest? I love that the eyes open and close. As soon as I saw him, I thought he would make a great ground hog. Perfect for  the whole waking up from a winter's nap thing!  I just added whiskers( he needs a few more) and teeth. Mine isn't as sweet as hers but you get the idea.

I feel lazy like a sleeping bear when...


Here's mine.

Here's a silly rap to go with this little fella. I'll either have him holding it with two little paws or  I'll glue it on the back. Put on a sleeping cap and get those hands and feet moving!!! I would have made it a freebie, but I don't know how.   :(  I can't say Punxsutawney Phil and neither can my five year olds. He quickly becomes Punks and Tawnie Phil. So, I shortened it to P. Philly, sort of like P. Diddy, and made a rap. Hope it makes you and your littles laugh!


Hey P. Philly, what do you say?
Let’s get to work, it’s Groundhog Day.

Time to tell us what the weather will bring.
Six weeks of winter or early spring?

Hey P. Philly, what’s the news?
Open your eyes and take in the views.

If you see your shadow, winter’s here to stay,
And if you don’t see it, spring is on the way.

Hey P. Philly, what’s that you’re sayin’?
If it’s sunny outside that means winter’s stayin’?

And if it’s cloudy out that means winter’s excused?
I hear what you’re sayin’ but you seem confused.

Well, thanks P. Philly, that’s really cool.
Now we know what to wear to school.

If it’s cloudy out we wear swimsuits,
And if it’s sunny out we wear our boots!

This is an activity I've done forever. It's all over Pinterest. Super simple and the kids love it!

Here are just a few other finds! They're all so cute it's tough to pick! I also included some short video clips and a book that looks good, maybe for next year. I have lots more on my Pinterest board.

paper plate groundhog day craft


This is a cute chart from Kindergarten Rocks.
Ground Hog Day's Chart. 
"Gretchen Groundhog, It's Your Day!"

This little hat is adorable!
Groundhog Day Pattern Hat
Kid friendly and interesting Groundhog video
Kid friendly and interesting Groundhog video
Cute video clip of groundhog in nature.


Groundhog day pancakes... Use a donut hole for head, Cherrios for ears, use white icing and mini chocolate chips for eyes, mini red M nose. How flippin cute is this?! you have to search this site for it if you can't figure it out on your own.



Punxsutawney Phil- On Feb. 2, use the link on this website to see the
official Groundhog Day video :)



The Groundhog Song from First Snow in the Woods--cute hibernation song


I hope this helps someone! Happy Ground Hog Day!!!
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