The Love of Shopping and Friendship
Are you a Jane Austen Fan? I'm obsessed! Northanger Abbey is the first of Jane's novels to be complete for publication. A quote from her novel in the words of Isabella on friendship states, "There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves; it is not my nature. My attachments are always excessively strong."
I'm a bit late on my post for good reasons! I had a wonderful night out with a darling friend and her hubby! We get so caught up in life AND before you blink too much time has passed! Life changes drastically in a year. A loss of a loved one, a new significant other, and a beautiful new home. Each event, my husband and I dropped everything to be by her side. Last night was the first time in a year that we just enjoyed each others great company without a significant reason for the visit.
We scheduled the double date last weekend. Determined to find a cute outfit for the visit, I stalked a few of my favorite online stores: Hazel and Olive Boutique, The Blue Door Boutique, The Mint Julep Boutique, The Red Dress Boutique, and 834 Boutique! You have to follow of the boutiques on Facebook because once the item is posted, they sell out QUICK! On Monday, I scored an adorable chevron maxi dress! I spent my entire lunch break fighting the bandwidth on my phone to get this precious dress for my night out at the beaches.
Establishing Independent Early Finishing Activities
Establishing independent activities for early finishers in Kindergarten has been a challenge for me this year. I've tried various activities to ensure students are working towards the standards while awaiting friends in the class to complete their work time activities.
Recently, I pinned this cute picture on Pinterest from The Modern Teacher!
I'm certain I need to an intervention but I find so many wonderful ideas on the site. These bins are from Walmart. They're ice bins! Brilliant right? I ran out and immediately scored a set of ten! I knew instantly that I wanted to create center like early finishers to cap off the remaining weeks of this school year. The bins are assigned to a student for an entire week. I rotate the the students names at the end of the week for a controlled choice. Each bin has several activities or books to choose from. In addition to the bins, students have their library book, leveled books, and sight word rings to practice! After two weeks in rotation, the novelty hasn't worn off which makes this tired teacher happy!!!
You can find the above mentioned pin on my organization board. I'm also linking other of my favorite boards. Must Buy and Various <--- you know, all those pins that you have no idea where to put but know you need to refer back to them one day! ;-)
Earth Day Love
This past week the kids and I dove into Earth Day Learning! Between my Eco This! Core Centers featured on Thursday and Cara's What a Wonderful World Unit my kiddos are becoming a bit more environmentally friendly in their thoughts and actions! The kids assisted in the illustrations for my charts to align with her unit which was fun! They took such pride! I traced with a marker to give them a bit of pop!
Here are a few pictures of activities we completed from Cara's Unit
And a few pictures of our core centers!
Kelly Moore? Yes, Please!
Last week I shared that I celebrated my anniversary. I'm over the moon about my new gift. A Kelly Moore bag. I'm grateful for Kathleen from Growing Kinders and her FB friendship with my significant other! She was on hand to guide my hubby in his selection because he is a true dude with zero ability to make such an amazing gift decision on his own. HA. I'm thrilled to have a camera bag for my Canon Rebel. Now I can actually keep my lens attached while rolling around in style!