Friday, May 24, 2013

Five For Friday & a Giveaway!

TGIF!!!  For Reals!
   We are STILL in school, and have 4 days...well 2 full days and 2 half days, but that's still 4 days. Thank goodness we're off Monday, because I need just a LITTLE breather. This is the longest I ever remember going to school, and the kids can sense it. Oh, yeah, they're ready. 

  I can't complain, though... my niece and nephew don't get out until late in June, so I'll take my 4 days and just be happy about it :)

  Okay, time to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and my Five for Friday....
Here are just a few snapshots that sum up my week ...
1)  Hey Little Ant!

This is one of my FAVORITE books! It's great for point of view, and it's just a super cute book. So, we read the story and then completed the craftivity & writing activity from Cara at The First Grade Parade. (Click the link for the patterns!)

So sweet.... she's such an angel !

 I laughed out loud at this!  While I'm an animal lover, this was probably more along the lines of my answer :)

2)  Ocean Crafts...
     We've made crabs, starfish, jellyfish and octopus. Of course, in the chaos this is the second to last week of school, I forgot to take pictures. But, I did take a picture of my fellow first grade teacher's little friend's craft.... cute, huh?
     I have been cleaning like crazy in my classroom & trying to get it all organized.  We don't have a lot of time post-planning, and we're not allowed in the school over the summer, but I've been working like a mad woman cleaning & throwing away.  You know those HUGE rolly trash cans you have at school? I filled up THREE of them just yesterday and today. Eeeek!

    But, it all started this past weekend with my own house. My laundry "room" is actually in the garage, which is not awesome, but it's okay. But, it does leave you with the need for an organization system. Enter my awesome dad... Handy Man Dan!

   Saw this on Pinterest....

And, because he's awesome,  he made me THREE for my garage! (Only two are pictured...stacked on top of each other). I  love love love love him!

Isn't this the best??  The signs are a little wonky, but I needed something. I'm still working on cutesy-ing it up a little. But, It makes sorting my laundry so  much easier, and then everything is folded and ready to be put up (when I get to it!). :)  If you know a Handy Man Dan & want these, click the first picture from & it will take you to the SPECIFIC and DETAILED directions on how to DIY one too!

4)  Pizza Party
  My class won the school-wide competition for fundraising, so we earned a Pizza Party.  Oh, and then it was a little one's birthday, so we had cupcakes. Fun...yes, insanity, sure...but they earned it & it was worth it!
We also watched The Ant Bully to go with our study of Hey Little Ant! :)

    Lindsey at For the Love of First Grade  & Ashley at Flying Into First Grade are having an awesome 150 Follower Giveaway. I'm a contributor & there's so many awesome things to win!!  Oh, and I should mention...there will be TWELVE WINNERS!!! WOW!!!  Just click the picture below to head on over and enter! :)

So, that's it for me!  Heading to Alabama for Memorial Day weekend, so I guess I need to hit the road.

Please take the time this weekend to remember those who have fought and lost their lives to protect our freedom. All the men in my family have served our country, and it's something that I hold very dear to my heart.  While veterans & military members should be thanked each and every minute of every single day, let's take the time this weekend to remember their love and their sacrifice for US! :)
Happy Memorial Day! :)


  1. Hopped over from Doodle Bugs - what a cute blog this is! Glad I found it!
    Whimsy Workshop

  2. Hi Kelly - I popped on over to your blog and love, love, love it! I couldn't see your button on my followers before - are you a secret follower?
    Paula’s Place and coming soon iSURF Maths

  3. What an adorable blog! So happy you are my new bloggy buddy! I LOVE your laundry organization. I need something like that pronto! Have a great weekend!
    Pinkadots Elementary

  4. Great Five! :) I like that you posted about Memorial Day.

  5. Only a teacher would have a laundry room that cute!!! We are also close to being done...about 2 weeks.
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  6. Wow! Your laundry sorting sounds like a great idea! I was thinking tonight about how I should probably sort my laundry. Even though I know how to "properly" do my laundry, I just throw it all in together. I think it is called laziness! :)
    Curious Firsties

  7. Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I should have linked up the necklace. It is from:
    Anyway love the ants. I do not have that book. I'll have to add it to my summer reading list.
    Have a great weekend.

    School Is a Happy Place

  8. Your blog is so cute Kelly, I love it! I also really love your laundry room, it looks awesome! Have a great last week of school!!

  9. Your blog is so darn cute! Pink and green are my absolute faves! Love the laundry organization. My laundry room is super tiny...I wish I had the space to do something like that! Thanks for sharing! =)

    A+ Firsties

  10. Not allowed in school over the summer?! I don't know what I'd do? Butter up the custodians and sneak in? Stay until midnight? I have no idea. I love my precious kid-free summer work time.

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  11. Hey sis!
    Your ants are awesome and how about those fabulous crabs! Stealing that for next year!!! 4 days for you and 5 days for me...WOOT, WOOT!!!! Hope you have your feet up and enjoying this fab 3 day weekend! Heading to Chris's for a cookout and down time!
    Love and many Hugs,
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  12. Thanks for the giveaway shoutout! I can't imagine not being allowed into my school at all during the summer...that's when I get my best work done...even if there is no AC in our 100 degree Texas summer weather! Have a safe trip!

    For the Love of First Grade

  13. LOVE "Hey, Little Ant!" I read it with my kiddos and we did a crayon resist and writing. They had to pretend they were little and the ant was big. They came out so cute!!

    Your blog is adorable!
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  14. Those ants are ADORABLE!!!! Love it...I'll be keeping those in mind for next year and I'll definitely have to check out that book! :)

    Sliding into First!

  15. I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE that book! Love it!

    I'm slightly jealous of the laundry organization system. My husband and DIY don't mix though! = )

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  16. Thank you so much for mentioning our giveaway in your post! :)

    Flying High in First Grade

  17. Cutte blog! We're learning about insects too. Have you read "Two Bad Ants?" I think you'd love it! I'm a new follower!

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