Saturday, April 27, 2013

Five For Friday!

I FINALLY finished my MASTER'S DEGREE last weekend and it feels SOOOO GOOD! So glad to have more time on my hands for blogging & getting "back in the loop" of the teaching blogs I follow. 

I'm so excited to be able to participate in Doodle Bug's Five for Friday linky! I've posted to this linky before and it's such a fun idea! I consider myself a pretty random person and this linky is the perfect place for some random stuff! 

Let's get started!
Here's what I've been up to in the past week (or so):

1. My husband makes me crazy sometimes! This isn't the first time that he's HULKED into something rather than opening it the way it was designed to.  I can't figure out if he:
-was trying to show his crazy strength  (ha! I doubt it.),
-was in a time-sensitive situation (a-la Mission Impossible) and needed a gallon size Ziploc bag, or
-was just being Billy (that's probably it).
His impatience with exterior packaging is a sight to behold. He rips & tears into stuff that opens pretty easily with little effort. Oy! Little surprises like this remind me to be grateful for a strong husband!

2. My class began their "alphabet countdown" to celebrate the last 26 days of school.  (we're down to 19 now- woot!) Letter A was "art project" day. After conferencing with the class, it was decided that rather than doing a pre-determined project, I would just set out the art supplies and let them go to work.
They had so much fun!
I put out a long piece of paper and let them work on a mural as well as letting them use my glittery glue to make stuff out of doilies, foam, and the contents of the scrap paper box. They were all (well, mostly) getting along, encouraging each other's efforts, and just being kids. It was great and I was (almost) sorry to tell them  it was time to clean up & go home.

I am SO excited to have received 4 new Samsung Chromebooks for my classroom! The Alumni & Friends Association in my district offers a grant opportunity to teachers each year so I applied and was chosen as a recipient! Before these babies (which are so fast!) I had NO student computers- so this is HUGE for my classroom! What are your favorite ways to use student computers in your classroom? I'd appreciate any suggestions of first-grade appropriate sites.

Last weekend a bunch of buddies and I got together & went on our first camping trip of the year. The day(s) were spring-y, so sunny and warm, we hiked, played bocce ball & laugh, laugh, laughed! The overnight was a different story--a low of 26 degrees. Yikes! We were super bundled up and still, it was FREEZING cold & we ended up spending half of the night in the car because our noses were so frozen! We got up early and quickly started the firee. Coffee was much-welcomed and we made cinnamon rolls with a Pinterest Recipe that worked pretty well! You unwind a cinnamon roll and wrap it around a hot-dog or marshmallow stick. Pinch to seal and rotate over the fire. Someone also had a mesh cooker-thing that worked well, too! We've found a new camping breakfast tradition!

This week I spent some time at my Grandma's house and found some really cool stuff.
An Esquire magazine from 1952. It's seriously all cigarette & liquor ads! Being a man about town in that day & age must have been something! Tucked inside the pages of that magazine was someone's honorable discharge papers from the Army, dated 1945. It's hard to tell how my Grandparents acquired it, but I think it's so neat. In the same cabinet was a tiny book called "Saying and Songs for Soldier and Sailors" and was printed in 1917. Inside was a photo of 3 soldiers from WWI as well as a receipt for membership dues for the Ohio League of Women Voters- dated 1926! So cool! I LOVE old stuff like this.

Here's to the weekend! It's just begun- let's have some FUN!


  1. HA! I love your description of your husband hulking into the baggies! I have done this on occasion and I have zero strength, so my guess for myself..impatient?! It isn't always as easy as it looks! :) Great idea for art day! I am sure they loved it! Congrats on the chrome books for your classroom! I don't have computers in my classroom so I am jealous! What a cool find at your grandma's house! I love historical memorabilia!

    1. Hi Kim,
      I'm so impatient, too! That plastic packaging that's sealed around the edges is the WORST!
      The chromebooks are so affordable- about $250 each! That was a big factor when deciding what to get for my class- more bang for my buck! :)

  2. I always "hulk" the boxes open...they make them too dang hard to get into nowadays! How exciting to have new technology. I bet your kids are exctied. Oh, and those cinnamon rolls look mighty scrumptious!

    For the Love of First Grade


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