January 25, 2013

Five for Friday {Linky Party….January 25}



Here are 5 random things from this week.. HAPPY FRIDAY!


1. We have a fabulous art program at our school.. and every year we participate in the private school’s district and state competition. Each class gets 5 pictures selected.  These are the five school winners picked from my class heading to the district competition. I can take NO credit for any of this.. my students are LUCKY DUCKS to get to go to art 3 times a week.



2. Last week I showed you the beginning of a directed drawing activity. Here are some of the finished snowmen. They turned out pretty cute!



3. We had a great guy come to our school this past Wednesday .. he is a herpetologist {yes, I had to look that spelling up} and brought  a collection of snakes for our kids to see. He was AWESOME and did a great job talking on a level they could understand. One of my little boys said, “This was the best day of my life.”





4. Some of the members of Blog Hoppin are having a fun 100th day giveaway. Jump over and enter! You can win my 100th day of school unit and lots of others.




5. I noticed when I left school today- that I was the only one carrying a huge load out the door. Do you bring home a lot to work on over the weekend? I was at school an hour early today and I worked like crazy during my free time to try and plan and get organized for next week.. but still I have a TON to do before Monday. I never feel like I am “ahead”.


Post about 5 random things from today or this week and link up below.


  1. Holey moley! The artwork is fantastic. Your art program must be top notch - so impressed :) And yes, even though I am just a student teacher, I still always bring work home with me :) Thanks for hosting!

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  2. The artwork looks fantastic!!

    A teacher's work is NEVER done. I can't believe how much I still bring home and I go in early, work through lunch, and specials!!


  3. I love your students artwork - they definitely are lucky ducks if they get to go to art 3 times a week (so jealous!). Also, your class' snowmen turned out fantastic.

    As for taking work home... my school year hasn't started yet her in Australia and after a visit in to school to set up my room I came home with a bag full of work to do. It's never-ending!

    Miss Galvin Learns

  4. Their artwork is very impressive! Those snowman are also too stinkin' cute!

    Do not worry, I am always taking home a box or tote full of stuff for the weekend. I do all of my planning at home usually, so I need everything to come home on Fridays.

  5. Love the artwork! I always feel behind too and I am lugging 3 bags of things home.

    Swimming into Second

  6. I second the comments of everyone above! The artwork is awesome! I miss having a full time art teacher in our building.

    Mrs. H's Resource Room

  7. I'm with you on all the work I bring home! Every week I say I won't do it, and then Friday rolls around and I still have tonnns to do! Ugh.. Good luck with all your work! Thanks for hosting!! =)

    The Resource Room Teacher

  8. oh my gosh! I feel the same way sometimes- I worked my tail off and still have a huge heavy bag with me! I feel your pain! :)

    Smiles from 2nd Grade

  9. The artwork is amazing!! Your kids must LOVE art time!!


  10. Wow! I'm loving that artwork!

    I have downgraded from the rolling cart to a tote, but there is always something to do! I'm right with you - never ahead!

  11. Thanks so much for hosting. I always look forward to checking out the fun randoms you (and others) write about here. No, you're not the only one who takes lots of teacher-related items home from work! :)

  12. The artwork, I join the rest of the contributors, is amazing, but the owl is astonishing. I love it!

    Fonts 4 Teachers
    Fonts 4 Teachers in TPT

  13. All the artwork is fantastic! I don't know how you brought a snake guy into your classroom.....I could not handle it. One time there was a little snake in our building and I screamed like a little girl and ran up the stairs as fast as I could.

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  14. 3 years of teaching and I've NEVER felt ahead. I've worked almost every single weekend since I started. Crazy. I keep thinking that I'm missing out on some secret.

    Extra Special Teaching

  15. I love your snowman art! :) I live in Florida, and many of my firsties have never experienced snow! :( We've been doing some read alouds in class about it and drawing snowmen too! :) I grew up in New Jersey and miss the snow--and the SNOW DAYS, but I don't miss being COLD! LOL! Thanks for the linky! :)


  16. I am with you on always feeling like I am never ahead. After my kids are in bed I work until I literally cannot work anymore. When I finally put the papers and computer away, I fall asleep! What am I missing? I love the pics of the art projects. Wow!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  17. I love the kids' art, it is amazing. I bring a big totebag home every weekend. I feel like I can never get got up.

    The First Grade Princess

  18. A SnAkE?

    I would have had to leave my kids in the care of a stranger-snake man.

    You are quite a trooper.

    And YES, I carried a huge stack of things home tonight AND plan on heading up to the school tomorrow.

    When I was student teaching, my mentor teaching gave me the best advice. She said, "Remember that whatever work you have today will be there in May."

    It always helps me to keep the a clear perspective. I can't do it all in one day!

    I hope you have a chance to relax this weekend!

    The Frizz

    The Frizz in First Grade

  19. I echo what everyone else said! Awesome art! My district does not have any art program. I always bring work home. Always.

  20. Loving this weekly linky party! :) Seems to be the only blog post I can get done in a week... I am trying hard to not bring a lot of stuff home with me this year. It's getting better I think. :) Have a nice weekend!!

    First Grade Garden

  21. LOVE the artwork (from art class and your directed drawings too!). Yes, I bring home a ton also--in fact, on Friday I was the one pulling a cart!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  22. Yes, the artwork is wonderful. And I always have a big bag on Friday, no matter how quick and diligent I am during the week. I will be caught up in June. Haha.

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  23. Beautiful work! I am always amazed at the teachers that can walk out with just their purse. I carry a ton home and still always feel like I'm playing catch-up!

  24. Oh I NEVER feel like I am ahead. then when there are a few chances that I am ahead, I get behind the next week anyways. It's a vicious cycle! :-)

    Darling Little Learners

  25. I get so sad and jealous when I see such cute and fun crafts from younger grades! My fifth graders are too "old" for stuff like that. Makes me sad. But your kiddos did a fantastic job!! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

    The Science Life

  26. I also haul a giant bag/box/whatever is handy, home each night/weekend. It's always mountains of grading and prep. I know my teammates do the same.
    Happy working weekend!

  27. the artwork is beautiful. I am the pm art teacher at our school and I am very impressed.
    Yes, I bring loads of work home every wekend.I have been teaching for 29 years and still finding myself swamped. Last week I somehow managed to drop my file box with all my student data! Everything fell all over the floor. When I stopped crying, I vowed to get a better system going.

  28. I, too, lug a ton of stuff home. *sigh* I absolutely love the art work you posted. I'm so impressed!

  29. That artwork is AMAZING!

    Thanks so much for hosting this linky! SO fun and it's important to look back on all we've accomplished over the week. :)

    Lattes and Laughter

  30. I worked till 6:45 last night and STILL am not close to being ready for Monday. And have I done any work today? NO. Unless you count blog-reading. :) Also, our copier wouldn't stop jamming last night, so I finally just gave up, only halfway through our spelling copies for Monday. FUN. :/

    Love the artwork! We are also so blessed to have an amazing art teacher (she is our TOY this year)!

    Teach On.

  31. I have been cutting back on bringing work home, but some weekends it's un-avoidable! I feel your pain...esp when a new month is upon us with 9,000 holidays!

    *I see you are wanting some Hot Girls Videos and Pictures.* Bahahahaha! Dang spam!

    Mrs. Wheeler’s First Grade
    Mrs. Wheeler TpT

  32. The artwork is great. I would love directions on how you did the snowmen. Is that on your TPT? I have taught the same grade for 32 years and I arrive at school every day at 6:30 and leave at 5:30 most of the time and still take home a boat load everyday and on weekends. That's just what it takes!

  33. That sounds like a crazy amount of work to bring home! I can't believe I wasn't following you. I always check up on your page. You have great ideas. =)

    Drop by.

    Just Wild About Teaching