Friday, May 17, 2013

An "I'm Almost Free" Five for Friday

Oy! What a week!
As of today there's only 4 days left of school! Aaaaand....
some of my blogging buddies are OUT already! Wooo!
Now, don't get me wrong, I LOVE my job.
I truly ADORE my kiddos, and the thought of not seeing them and hearing their stories every day makes me kind of weepy.
But FOR GOODNESS' SAKE, I am ready for summer vacation this year! 

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five For Friday linky!

Here's what's been going on in my little corner of the world:

1. I'm glad to say that my end-of-the-year assessments are DONE! (Giving air high-fives about that!) I'm not sure how many more times I could have heard about koalas and their babies! I've gotta say, my kiddos' behavior was FANTASTIC while I was testing! I got out a bunch of old math centers, big books, and math manipulatives and let them switch activities every 15 minutes. Other than the occasional "It's MY turn!" or "He's cheating!", they did a nice job. We also had lots of fun brain-breaks! (See photo below)

2. How am I JUST learning about how to play Just Dance videos through my Smartboard via Pinterest? 
best.thing.since.sliced.bread. For real!
With 22 first-graders who have end-of-the-year wiggles and a teacher with a never-ending to-do list & assessments to give, it's been a life saver!
*Bonus: The Super Mario Bros. song reminds me of our first Nintendo system, which brings back happy memories, and compared to other kids' stuff, it's not a bad tune to have in your head all day :)

3. Our alphabet countdown has been a BIG hit! 
This week we had:
R: Rotate and Read (Opportunity to read with 3 different partners)
S: Summer Birthday Celebration
T: Tootsie Roll Hunt (photo above)
U: Uplift Someone
V:Kid-friendly Video

My plan was to hide 100 Tootsie Rolls, but I had 21 kids that day so they found 105 (everyone got 5). Before they could eat them, they had to count them as a class. It was nice to hear them count so quickly and fluently. That certainly wasn't happening at the beginning of the year!

4. This gorgeous iris is one of many that are blooming in my yard. Love those perennial beauties!
I'm anxiously awaiting to wrap up my school year so I can get my hands in the dirt! Last year we had that freakishly warm & weird winter. I don't recall the iris' ever coming up- just the leaves. Seems like every day there's something new popping up. Love, love, love me some SPRING!

5. Have you heard of PB2?
It's REALLY tasty powdered peanut butter with 1.5 grams of fat & 45 calories per 2 tbsp! I'd read about it on some blogs & gave it a shot- I'm so glad I did!  You can reconstitute it with water & it's really good! I've been eating it reconstituted with celery, pretzels, and/or powdered in smoothies. SO yummy! They have a chocolate peanut butter flavor too! Check it out! (I got mine on Amazon)

My teaching-pal, Karen tried some too, and shared this great smoothie recipe:
2 bananas
2 tpsp. chia seeds
crushed ice
almond milk
2 tbsp. PB2

Blend & enjoy!
 That was my week- how was yours?
Hope everyone has a SUPERFLY weekend!


  1. Thanks for the nice comments on my blog, and I'm so happy to check out yours too! SO cute little ladybugs! Nice to meet you, Alisha!
    Whimsy Workshop 

    1. Thanks, Susanna! Nice to meet you, too! :)

  2. My goal this summer is to learn ways to maximize use of my activboard...and just dance brain breaks is one of the ways!
    Just Reed!

    1. So much fun! I wish I would have been using them all year! :)

  3. I'm your newest follower!! Your alphabet countdown sounds like such a good idea!! I'm going to have to try that peanut butter...sounds interesting:)

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    1. Hi Tammy,
      Thanks! I'll definitely check out your blogs!

  4. I love the Just Dance videos on You Tube... it makes inside recess bearable! I am def intrigued by the peanut butter for sure! Hope your next 4 school days go by super fast!
    Funky Fresh Firsties

    1. Hi Stacy! Ugh, inside recess! That's definitely on my top 5 reasons why I'm glad it's almost vacation!

  5. Alphabet countdown sure sounds like fun! I've heard of the pb powder. People really love it! Happy end of school. I start assessments next week. Ugh....

    1. Hi Sandy! We've had a blast with our countdown! Good luck on assessments. I felt like I spend the better part of 2 weeks at "the back table" doing assessments. I did, however, really enjoy seeing all the growth my students had made. Hope yours are swift & successful! :)

  6. This is my first visit to your blog and I love it! I'm a new follower now. I found out about the Just Dance videos a few months ago and I totally agree with you. They are awesome! I am a little jealous you only have 4 days left. I am just starting my end of year assessments. Ugh.
    My First Love

    1. Hi Danielle! Thanks for following! Hope your assessments go well! So glad to be finished with that! :)

  7. That Iris is beautiful, I love this time of year when the flowers start to bloom again. Hope your week passes by quickly and freedom starts soon:) The tootsie roll count is a great idea!

    1. Thanks, Leslie! There's so much to do before next Friday- it's bound to go quickly, right? :)

  8. Hi, I just found your blog through Five for Friday and I'm your newest follower. I'm so jealous that you are on Summer Break already... 24 more days here. Oh well... love Just Dance on Youtube. You should check out the Sun Dance (yoga) and Have Fun Teaching videos, too.

    First Grade Hugs and High Fives

    1. Thanks for the yoga suggestion, Meghan! Great idea! Sorry you're still in it for awhile. Do you not go back until after Labor day? That's nice. It feels wrong to start mid-August when it's still so so summery!

  9. PB2 is AMAZING! :) Glad you like it too! Love your ABC times! I just found you and your cute little blog! :)

    Ms. Shope's Class

    1. Hi Julie,
      Oh my, it is good! Have you tried the chocolate flavor? I'm trying that after this bag is gone.

  10. Hi there! I found your blog through Doodle Bugs Teaching! :-)

    Thanks for tip on using Just Dance videos! I'm tucking that idea away for next year!

    Primary Junction

  11. Just downloaded a ton of Just Dance are a LIFESAVER!!!


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