The Barefoot Teacher: Five for Friday

Showing posts with label Five for Friday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Five for Friday. Show all posts
My oldest daughter (6 years) was recently introduced to The Sound of Music.
Sometimes I catch her singing tunes or talking about various scenes in the movie.
Well, I decided to share a few of MY favorite things...
for the classroom that is.

And no...I will not be twirling around,
dancing on hills as I share!
(get image out of head...get image out of head...)
My Favorite Brain Breaks:

Koo Koo Kangaroo Songs

My class loves to dance and sing 
to the No Crust song
Dinosaur Stomp is another favorite of ours.
And there are so many more too!

My Favorite Books

Mo Willems books for sure!
Check out his website too if you haven't already.

We also love to watch this version of
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!?
on YouTube.

My Favorite Classroom Games

Candy Land-Sight Word Edition!
 (found this on Pinterest)
Break the Ice Articulation Game
from Busy Bee Speech
Really, you could do sight words on the
Break the Ice cubes also...
or letters/numbers and make matching cards that students have to draw from a pile in order to see which cube of ice they have to knock out.

My Favorite Supplies

I love the Busy Mama Recipes that
Crystal Underwood, author and creator of
Growing a Jeweled Rose gives on her blog.

You can find recipes for peppermint play-doh, pumpkin scented paint, and more!

They smell so good that ya just want to EAT them! ;)
My Favorite Classroom Music

Why, Frozen soundtrack, of course!
What else would we listen to during free time with
all this snow?!

Isn't there some kind of song about
snow going away?
So over it!

~Til next time

It's the end of another week!
And Christmas break is HERE - WOOT WOOT!

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching  again 
to share my Five for Friday!
Speaking of Doodle Bugs Teaching, 
I loved her ornament craft that was posted last Friday so much, that I tried it with my class too. 
I pre-cut the strips of paper and put them in plastic baggies to make it a little more manageable for the kids.
Once we were finished, we laminated it and thread it with ribbon so they would hang on the tree.

So thanks Doodle Bugs Teaching for another great idea!

It went right along with what we've been learning lately and 
also goes perfect with our Measuring Trees...

Another ornament we made this week was from...
You guessed  it!
(I'm telling you-I am an addict!)

This one was more challenging than it looked. 
I found the ornament balls on Oriental Trading. 

One bag of metallic shred was enough for the whole class. 
But it was really hard for the kids to get into the ornament. They loved it none-the-less.

We used a hot glue gun on the 
eyes and nose so that they won't pop off in the future. 

This was the first time some of the kids had 
heard of a hot glue girl even backed up 
really fast when I picked it up, lol! I assured her 
that nothing was going to shoot out of it!

My Christmas tree is up and ready...
We always put it up the day after Thanksgiving. 

Each year, we take the four kids out to pick out their Christmas wrapping paper. 

They know that on Christmas morning, they may only open the gifts that are wrapped in the paper they chose. 

 This year's hottest gifts under our tree?
Let's just say Lalaloopsy dolls and Batman toys 
will be overtaking our home, haha!

My kids' school has a Christmas Bizarre for the 
students to shop at. This year, we decided to have 
our children buy for each other there instead 
of for mom and dad.

They brought them home to put under the tree on Wednesday. Our family opens up sibling gifts on Christmas Eve (right after a quick Happy Birthday to mom).

Wednesday night, I did what any mom would do...


The presents I saw that my kids had picked for each 
other brought tears. Now for those who don't 
already know, my school aged children are 3, 4, & 6. 
Yet, they really took into consideration what each 
other would want and picked things that I know the 
others will absolutely love.

Touching to see that despite all the fighting they do, somewhere deep inside, they truly do care for each other.

I celebrated my birthday with my class this week! 

I'm a Christmas Eve baby...
born during a blizzard in Northern Wisconsin. 
The doctor had to come to the hospital on snow skis, no joke.

And I blessed my parents with a whole lot of me-
I was 11 lbs 14 oz.
Yup! Go ahead and read that again-it's true!

So this year, I picked out my birthday present early. 
Thanksgiving DAY early.

Here's what I ordered:
I'm super excited to get it...
I'm not even sure what to do with it first!

I love playing games, so I'm sure that's where I'll start. just find some place quiet that I can go.

Well, there you have it-
Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!

~Til next time
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It's the end of the week and, for the first time ever, 
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching  
to share my Five for Friday!
Know these guys?...

You do if you have littles running around your house!

Well, we got tickets for:

 Do I have everything ready? I hope so...

Yo Gabba gear?...Check.

Excited children?...Check.
Even MORE excited mom and dad?...Double Check!

Our family's favorite Yo Gabba song? 
Definitely Party in My Tummy!

Look what I found?! 
All for $1 each!
They are perfect Christmas presents for my students. 

I plan on putting them in a white paper sack with a simple ribbon. I'm still trying to think of some type of exchange game that I can do with the kids when I give them out. 
So if you have any ideas, leave a comment below; 
I'd love some help on that!

My oldest daughter learned how to use a friendship loom that was given to her and has started her own business-ha! 
She calls it "Bracelet Maker" and she's selling key-chains 
(not bracelets...I know, right?!) for $2 each. 

Have you seen a picture of this crazy girl from my blog yet? 
This is the most recent one...
(She is just as crazy as her mamma.)

Well, she's been saving for an American Girl doll for 
the last two years. 
(It's something we are making her earn and not receive as a gift.) 
She's getting close. 
The frustrating thing for her is that mom and dad make her put half of 
all her money in a savings she has to earn twice as much to buy whatever she is saving for. 

She'll get there.

I decorated our classroom door. 
I found the idea on Pinterest.
 (How did we teach before Pinterest?!)

Here's our classroom door:
It took about thirty minutes to make and 
I'm hoping to get a picture of each kid standing in 
front of it with some "food", trying to feed the reindeer!

I love it!

My family has three pets...
a rabbit, cat, and tortoise.

Two of our pets are best friends...
This is our cat (Sami) and our rabbit (Abby). 
They love to play and cuddle.

And when Abby is put away at night, 
Sami likes to to lay on Abby's blanket and 'tease' her 
about her lack of freedom at night. 

Reminds me of children.

These are the best two animals a person could have.
We love them dearly!

Well, there you have it-
Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!

~Til next time
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