Friday, June 14, 2013

It's a Five for Friday! 6-14-13

Hello sweet friends! Happy Friday!
Now that I am on summer vacation, I wasn't sure if I was going to have enough to report to you for this week's Five for Friday. Well, I was wrong! I am off to a busy start this summer! Here's a recap of my week in pictures... I post all of these on Instagram. If you are on there, I would love for you to follow along. My username is learningissomethingtotreasure .
Now onward for this week's Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!
1. Common Core Training
This week, I attended a 4 day common core institute. Each school in our county chose a representative from each grade level to go. I definitely learned a lot from it and I was glad that I had the opportunity to go! We learned about changes to our ELA and math curriculum using common core and how to write close reading lesson plans. It was a very productive 4 days; however, by day #4 I was ready to be back on summer vacation!!! :-)
This is an AIMS science experiment that we participated in on Day 3 of our workshop. We made hurricane houses!
2. Summertime Shopping
It never fails! Every summer I swear I won't go crazy on shopping, but with boredom and time on my hands, how can I pass up some great deals?!?! I ran over to Hobby Lobby and scored some great home décor deals at 80% off!!! I found a noteboard for my classroom, a cute item for my friend's baby nursery, and some polka dotted candles that goes perfectly with my classroom theme!!!
This morning, I went to Bath and Body Works semi-annual sale!!! I walked away with a bag full of hand soaps, shower gels, sanitizer, body lotion, shower stuff for the hubs...all for $30!!! Of course I had to make a quick stop at Yankee Candle, where there candles were also 50% off!! SCORE!!!
3. My newest addiction
Who here is addicted to Candy Crush?!?! I heard about it from so many people that I decided to hop on the wagon and try it out....and now I'm addicted. I have finally made to level 39, where I am currently STUCK! :-( It is fun though and I can see what the hype is all about. It is definitely keeping the boredom out of my summer days!
4. TPT Creating
Guess what folks?!?! I am back in the TPT creating mode of things!!! I am so excited!! I am working on my first product in months, my Rainbow Bright Chevron Classroom Décor Pack!! It includes alphabet and number posters, calendar headers, name tags, supply tags, birthday tags, and cubby tags!! I think it came out adorable! I can't wait to put the finishing touches on this!! I will let you know when it's up and ready!
5. Kindness of Our Hearts Donation Drive
This one leaves me with a heavy heart. Unfortunately last week, the day that our summer vacation started, my friend and 1st grade teammate Kathy, was involved in a terrible car accident. She suffered many serious injuries and still remains in ICU. Thanks to my amazing blogger friends, I have put together a donation drive through paypal with around 50 products to bundle (grades K-6). For a $20  donation, all contributors will receive this bundle valued at $250. All proceeds will go to my friend Kathy, as she has a very long road to recovery. I will have this posted tomorrow and I appreciate all donations contributed. My blog post tomorrow will have more details about the accident and injuries sustained. Kathy is a wonderful person, and I am hopeful that I can bring her a little ray of sunshine during this storm that she is enduring. Please check back tomorrow.
Until tomorrow,


  1. I am so sorry about your friend, and am praying for her. I will definitely be checking back tomorrow.

    The deals that you found are amazing!

    I am also addicted to Candy's a sickness, I tell you!

    First Grade Magic

  2. I love the bright chevron colors :D I also like the hobby Lobby pillows. I'm probably heading to Bath and Body Works tomorrow. I mean...who doesn't need soap, sanitizer, and lotion...those are necessities not splurges, right?

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  3. You scored some great shopping deals! Prayers for your friend!
    Conversations in Literacy

  4. So sorry about your friend! This blogging community is fabulous! Love the donations they keep putting together!

    Candy crush is seriously a problem! I shared about it in my Five for Friday too! I'm currently stuck on level 63. Wait til you encounter the chocolate blocks. They are the worst!

    The Polished Teacher

  5. I love the pretty Chevron rainbow print...and am in prayer for your dear friend! I'll be checking back by tomorrow. =)

    A+ Firsties

  6. It's funny...most of our summers are all sounding similar...common core and SHOPPING! :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners